Claire, Author at St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

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Coronavirus Update and Current Situation

The headlines as of 5.30pm on 12 March 2020

As you will be aware the government has moved onto the ‘delay’ phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus [BBC News]. The immediate implications for schools are:

  • School trips: schools are now being advised not to go ahead with international trips for pupils. We will be contacting parents of any students that are involved in any international trips to provide updated information.
  • Self-isolation measures: anyone with a new persistent cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for 7 days
  • There have been no changes to the following:
  • School closures: as part of official guidance, the DfE is still advising schools to stay open, unless your local health protection team advises a school to close.
  • Exams: Ofqual has informed schools that we should prepare for summer exams as usual

Please follow this link for the latest public health guidance  Coronavirus: what you need to know

We are continuing to remind our students about the recommendations from Public Heath England and to follow guidance about washing hands and about covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the bin.  Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

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Exceptional Circumstances (COVID-19)

If exceptional circumstances do mean that some students will not be able to attend school we will be using electronic systems to inform students of the work that they should be doing. It is important that, should, the situation arise, that students are able to work from home.

Over the next few days we are asking students to ensure that they have access to the following at home:

  • a wi-fi connection
  • technology to watch videos, read PowerPoints and access documents on line. This could be using a computer, laptop, table, smart phone or gaming device.
  • Microsoft Office 365 and teams. Details of how to access Teams can be found on our website here. It would be useful to have notifications for Teams turned on as students will received them.

If any students require additional assistance with the above they should let form tutors know in the first instance.

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Coronavirus – Daily updates to all schools

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Guidance for Health Professionals and other Organisations

Daily updates on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Government coronavirus action plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Action plan recap

The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.

The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice to educational settings in England. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

·       https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

·       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

·       against all but essential travel to Italy

·       against all travel to Hubei Province, in China

·       against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China

·       against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

·       https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

·       https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

·       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

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World Book Day Results

World Book Day

Thank all the students and staff who took part in the World Book Day Potato challenge.

The 6 winners of the students potatoes were:

1st – Anna Gilroy (Mr Bump)

2nd – Lauren Frost (The Gruffalo)

3rd – Fiona Milligan (How to Train Your Dragon)

4th – Grace Newton (A Unicorn)

5th – Anna Gilroy (Mr Tickle)

6th – Ruby Hannah Grace (Harry Potter).

The staff winners were:

1st – Hannah Baker (Winnie the Pooh)

2nd – Jackie Eyre (Macbeth)

3rd – Yvonne Reeds (The 3 Witches from Macbeth).

Keith Worrell did the judging with help from the Headteacher and Mr Larrington and they were very impressed with all the entries.

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W8 Bus Service News

Garforth\Crossgates

We have been in on-going negotiations with The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and are delighted to let parents know that the current W8 service will not be ending this July as expected.  We have received confirmation that the service will continue to follow its current route.

From September 2020 the fare options will be £1.60 per trip or £14 per week purchased from the driver. 

MyDay and under 19 tickets will not be valid on this service.  

 

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School Uniform Update

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to take this opportunity to remind families that following the consultation regarding our school uniform, the whole school community will adopt a full uniform with logos from September 2020.

An updated School uniform policy which includes further guidance on footwear, has been attached to this letter for your convenience. You can also view the policy on the uniform page, to help clarify what is and is not acceptable, along with a list of official school uniform providers and contact details.

The school will no longer stock PE Kit or uniform after February half term. We feel that it is more convenient for parents to be able to buy all the school uniform including PE kit from the same outlet with the exception of KS4 Ties and GCSE PE tops. These items will only be available in school.

You can continue to order PE Kit via the online shop until close of school on Monday 10th February and students can continue to purchase PE Kit in the school shop until close of school on Wednesday 12th February. Our official uniform providers will have stock in store from Saturday 15th February 2020.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs E McGrath BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH

Interim Headteacher

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Chaplaincy Update

At this month’s Light Fever we prayed for the victims of The Holocaust. Pope Francis has invited each person to spend a moment on the anniversary of The Holocaust in prayer and recollection with each person saying in his own heart, “never again, never again!”

 


Lourdes Pilgrimage

Our annual students are busy preparing for their annual Lourdes pilgrimage. The pilgrimage, led by Bishop Marcus is an important part of our calendar and our faith. Our students help the sick and elderly of the diocese by being a friend and pushing the wheelchairs enabling the pilgrims to attend Mass, the processions and all that Lourdes has to offer.

To support them in their journey, our students fundraise to pay for their passage and accommodation and we need your help, if you are able to donate any   unwanted gifts from Christmas. We would be more than happy to take them off your hands and use them to raise money to support our Lourdes pilgrimage this year. If you can support the group in any other way, then please do get in touch. You can drop any unwanted gifts to reception of contact our Chaplain, Carmen Pearce.


 

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3G Pitch – Building and Information updates

Building Update – March 2020

Unfortunately since the February update building work has temporarily ceased following large volumes of rainfall.  Before tarmac is laid the pitch base needs to dry out further to accommodate this.  We are hopeful that in coming weeks building will start again.

Building Update – February 2020

The development of our new 3G pitch is progressing well with fencing and floodlights now in place.  In the coming 2 weeks tarmac will be set before the rugby shock pad and pitch surface are installed.  Completion is estimated to be at the end of March.

Building Update – January 2020

The pitch formation has started, unfortunately due to the heavy rain, work has ceased for the week.  The contractors will start again on Monday 20th January, with a pump to remove surface water first! 

Building Update – December 2019

The new path is well underway now!  We are hoping the major excavation will start this week once the path is finished and useable.

Building Update – November 2019

The contractors are creating a new path first which will run alongside the pitch to allow safe access to our new fire assembly point once the pitch is built.  Next week the grass football pitch and rugby pitch on the second field down will be moved 9m away from school to create the space required for the build.  Once these jobs are complete the pitch excavation will start.

The first part of the build is to lay a path which will run alongside the new pitch for access to the grass pitches and fire assembly point behind the 3G pitch.  We are hoping the major excavation will start this week once the path is useable.

The contractors are creating a new path first which will run alongside the pitch to allow safe access to our new fire assembly point once the pitch is built.  Next week the grass football pitch and rugby pitch on the second field down will be moved 9m away from school to create the space required for the build.  Once these jobs are complete the pitch excavation will start.

In preparation for this fantastic new facility we wanted to make parents aware of the strict footwear policy that we must adhere to in order to prolong the lifespan of our new pitch.  Please view our school 3G pitch footwear guidelines

All students in school will use this facility, our Director of Sport, Miss Delaney has said “Having a 3G pitch at St Wilfrid’s will significantly enhance our facilities for all students and allow high quality PE lessons to be delivered all year round. It will also benefit our extra-curricular sports teams, meaning training and fixtures would commence even in inclement weather conditions, and students would not have to miss lessons as the facility is fully flood lit. This is a very exciting time for PE and sport at St Wilfrid’s.”

As a school we will be investing in a stock of studded boots for students to borrow; however if students can bring their own it would be appreciated as we will only be able to provide limited numbers of each size. Any donations of new or used boots would be greatly appreciated as long as they are acceptable 3G pitch footwear.  

Building Update – October 2019

We are excited to let you know that the build of our 3G Pitch will begin on Monday 18th November.  Thank you for all your help fundraising to date, we still have some further fundraising events planned so watch this space.

We are working to provide a new booking system for all school lettings which will support the use of the 3G pitch as well as our other facilities.  If anyone would like further information about our facilities available for hire including the 3G pitch, please contact Chris Slater: Academy Business Manager csl@st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk

 

      

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