School closure newsletter #4
Welcome to our latest ‘school closure newsletters’. I hope that you and your family members have been managing to remain fit and healthy over the last few weeks.
It’s now almost two months since schools closed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. At time of writing, we are still awaiting detailed guidance from the government about how secondary schools might go about re-opening for some ‘face-to-face’ catch-ups and/or teaching with students in Year 10 and 12 this summer. Once this guidance has been published, we will be working with colleagues in the local authority to carry out risk assessments on both sites before we can develop any proposals for re-opening.
It is becoming clear that a return to a normal on-site timetable for students in all year groups is unlikely to happen before September. With this in mind, we are spending some time in the coming days reflecting on the effectiveness of the online learning we have been publishing since mid-March. Thank you to the over 200 parents and over 200 students who have already taken the time to respond to the surveys we sent out a few days ago. Students will find a link to their survey in their emails and in my recent post in their tutor group’s Google Classroom. Parents can complete the survey using this link that we sent out last week:
We will, of course, keep you informed about how plans for re-opening for Year 10 and/or 12 develop in the coming weeks, as well as any changes we make to how online learning is organised.
‘Catch-up’/Enrichment Week - beginning Monday 18 May
Thank you for all of the support you’ve been giving your sons and daughters with the online learning tasks we’ve been setting in recent weeks. I know that several of you have also been balancing your own home-working commitments, the care of pre-school and primary school children, as well as supporting your older secondary school child(ren). Your help is really appreciated!
We recognise that students are ‘in different places’ when it comes to how much of the set work they have completed. In order to allow some students to ‘catch up’ and teachers to plan for the coming half term, we have decided not to post any new core work this week. Instead, for those students who are up to date with their work, we have posted a range of enrichment tasks for them to choose from. There is no expectation that the outcomes of these tasks need to be submitted for marking. Details of all of the online learning can be found on our website at https://www.ccwhitby.org/welcome/home-learning/. To repeat, the work for students in Years 7-10 this week is to either ‘catch-up’ with any outstanding work or, for those students who are up-to-date, select from the range of enrichment tasks we’ve published.
Please remind your child to check their emails and their form’s Google Classroom on a daily basis. Every Monday morning Mrs Harrison (KS3) and Mrs Gordon (KS4) post a ‘Welcome to the Week’ type message in each of these Google Classrooms, and by midweek each tutor will have posted some sort of form group activity or message. Please encourage your child to briefly reply to these posts.
If there is any way in which you think we can offer you or your child support please contact Mrs Harrison or Mrs Wood about Year 7 and 8 issues, and Mrs Gordon or Mr Taylor about Year 9 and 10 issues via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many families have taken advantage of the Chromebook loan scheme we have set up to support online learning at home. There are a small number of devices left in school. To register your interest, please go to https://ccwloanrequest.on.spiceworks.com/portal. For more general IT support, contact our technicians via email at email@example.com.
Work for students in Year 12 continues to be posted on a weekly basis. Our Sixth Form Team continue to contact all students on a weekly basis via email or a phone call to check on progress and well-being. If they can offer any further support, please contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable children
We are continuing to provide daily provision on the Normanby site for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, in partnership with colleagues from Eskdale School. If your child falls within one of these categories and needs to access this provision, please contact us at email@example.com. We are currently planning to be open during the May half term holiday.
Virtual Sixth Form
In normal times we would now have been in the middle of the GCSE and A-level examination season. A reminder that details about the introductory courses we are offering in our Virtual Sixth Form over the next few months can be found at www.sixthformwhitby.org/news/virtual-sixth-form. These courses provide a bridge between what Year 11 students been covered at GCSE across to the first term’s work in the Sixth Form. They can also access up to date careers information, as well as information about universities and other post-18 opportunities.
Bake 100 Cakes for Captain Tom
Thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Bake 100 cakes for Captain Tom’ fundraiser a few weeks ago. With almost perfect symmetry, we received entries from 52 staff and 56 students. The quality and variety of the decoration themes was amazing and Mrs Purvis in our reprographics department did a great job of collating them onto a birthday card that we sent to Captain Tom on the occasion of his 100th birthday. We also took the opportunity of sending a similar card to all of the local hospitals, care homes, emergency services, supermarkets… and bin men… to thank them on behalf of everyone at CCW/WSF for everything they’re all doing to keep the country running at the moment.
Students in all year groups have been continuing to develop their artistic talents during this period of school closure. We’ve been using social media to publish some of the best pieces of work we’ve received, a selection of which I’ve included below. Well done to all of the students involved!
Thank you for all of your continuing support.