21 May 2021

This week: COVID recovery; Year 11 exams; Year 6 transition into secondary;

Attendance matters; Safeguarding - updated advice on dating apps and Whatsapp for parents’ information;  Year 8 and 9 exams

 

 

One more week to go until half term.  I hope I am not tempting fate, but I am pleased and relieved that - since Easter - we have not sent home any groups of children as a result of a positive case.  That’s a pattern reflected across the borough, but there have still been a small number of cases in other schools.  Fingers crossed that the improvements last, but we are all well aware that the process must be carefully managed across Greater Manchester to ensure that the rates remain low.  Hands - face - space remains the central message.  We will remain vigilant, and we thank parents for your support and understanding.  The removal of face coverings has gone well this week, and teachers have been pleased to be able to communicate face-to-face rather than through a covering.  We look forward optimistically to further freedoms in school after half term.

 

Year 11 showed a positive approach to their internal examinations, and teachers have been working incredibly hard to mark and then moderate and then standardise their assessment grades.  Teachers take this very seriously, and I want to thank them all for their hard work.  For most Year 11s, the process is now nearly complete: for teachers there are several more weeks of hard work until the grades are sent to the exam boards.  Next week will be Year 11’s last week in school, and we will be organising a farewell event in school for them before they depart.  If any parents of Year 11 students want to donate any spare uniform they no longer need please feel free to send it in with your child or drop it in at reception.

 

Year 6 transition day is - virus permitting - now booked in for Thursday 1st July.  Mrs Tonge and Mrs Taylor are working to set that up, and we will provide parents with details prior to the day.  We have now finalised our list of new Year 7 form tutors but - because of the virus challenges - our primary visits are slower than normal and we will need more time to allocate our new Year 7s into their forms.  Again, that’s a task that needs time and careful consideration.  They will all meet their form tutors however on 1st July, and we will follow this soon after with an opportunity for parents to meet the form tutors via our CloudApp.  This week’s visit was to Woodley Primary.  It was lovely to visit Year 6s there, and they were very interested to ask me a whole range of questions around the move to secondary school.  It’s good to allay their fears, and provide them with the details that they need.

 

Attendance Matters:   Firstly, many thanks to you all for ensuring that your child arrives at school PUNCTUALLY.  A special WELL DONE to Year 7s who have the best attendance in school to date.  They are closely followed by Year 8!  Our attendance team spend many hours daily chasing up families who have not let us know why their child is off.  PLEASE can you ensure that if your child is too unwell to attend school, you phone the school or email the reason to absence@wernethschool.com  by 8.30am.  You can even use the EDULINK app to do that!

 

Safeguarding - Young people and dating apps:  We are always keen to support parents with the many issues that surround social media, apps and the internet.  They can and do cause major issues, in and out of school.  The article below may be of interest to you as parents and carers and it explains the typical functions of dating apps, the risks and concerns, and how we can protect the children in our care with some top tips.  Young People and Dating Apps - Ineqe Safeguarding GroupA reminder as ever that mobile phones must not be out in the school building - we would really appreciate it if parents would not ring their children during the school day for this reason: it can lead to conflict in school.  Children can always be contacted via the school office or Year Inclusion Managers if you need to get a message to them.

Please also be aware that Whatsapp has recently forced an update which has changed privacy settings to 'Everyone'. It means a child can be added to a WhatsApp Group, and that group could be a safeguarding concern.  The changes also mean that anyone can view a child’s profile photo, see their “about” info and know when they last checked WhatsApp.   So many problems could potentially arise for young people from these changes.  Whatsapp is meant for over 16s only but we know so many young people use it, so parents may wish to ensure it is removed!

Year 8 and 9 examinations.  A message to parents from Mr Norman, Assistant Headteacher who organises our Key Stage 3 examinations.  The Year 8 exams will take place from Monday 14th June to Friday 18th June.  The Year 9 exams will take place from Monday 21st June to Friday 25th June.

Maths, English and Science exams take place in the Hall. Students who require additional support will sit these exams in a separate room. Exams for other subjects take place in classrooms.  Please take time to remind your child of the following rules and expectations;

  • No mobile phones will be allowed in the exam hall. Students may leave them in their bag or hand to one of the invigilators.
  • No bags will be allowed into the hall. Bags can be left in either of the cupboards at the entrance to the hall.
  • Students should not communicate or talk to other students once in the exam hall or exam room.

We have the highest expectations of all students during these exams. Should a student need to be removed from an exam due to unacceptable behaviour they will complete the exam paper the following day, after school in a Pastoral Detention. We appreciate your support in this matter.  Your child’s teacher will provide resources for them to use for revision. Teachers may give physical resources out in lessons, or online resources which will be made available on Show My Homework or Google Classroom.

I hope that all of our Year 8 & 9 students will do their best, and perform to the best of their ability in the forthcoming exams.  Below is a copy of the timetable for Year 8 and Year 9.

Year 8 RED Week,

commencing 14th June

Additional COVID measures will still be in place.

Year 9 BLUE Week,

commencing 21st June

 

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Have a good weekend!

Posted by cmurphy

Category: Parental Update