I would like to thank parents and carers for the kind offers to support the mass testing of students prior to their return to school, this is much appreciated. To help fulfil our ambition to have all students back in school on Monday 8th March I am now in a position to confirm that we will begin mass testing for those that want it from Monday 1st March. We will provide further details of these arrangements over the next two days and hope that this will provide answers to any questions families have. Indeed invite letters and consent forms are going home by email on Thursday morning, if you haven’t received this by Friday morning please let us know. I’d like to thank all families in advance for their support with our efforts to get all students back in classrooms as soon as possible.

If you need new uniform
From Monday 1st March onwards, Keal Teamwear will be opening their shop from 10am-1.00pm to purchase uniform. A reminder that when students return to school they will need to do so in full school uniform including a school tie, jumper and appropriate shoes. Of course if families need any support in terms of buying additional school uniform remember that the school does have its Unity Fund

Unity Fund
A reminder as we approach half term that through the Unity Fund the school can offer confidential and discrete support to families who are struggling financially. If you are struggling in any way please contact us and we will do our best to help:

Science Week at AHS, 1–5 March 2021
Science week is upon us once more and it is time to celebrate all things linked to STEM!  This year, science week takes on a different format to usual: students in Year 7 and 8 are being asked to pick one of six possible challenges to solve in their home learning lessons, we are looking forward to seeing how their creativity, ingenuity and problem solving skills help them to produce some great work.  In addition to this, all students will be given the opportunity to do some extra-curricular Science by choosing options from our science week menu or watching our favourite demonstrations – this is a great opportunity for the whole family to come together and do something linked to science!

Y10 Parental Bulletin
I am greatly looking forward to seeing your children, as in actually seeing them in the flesh, very soon. I completely understand that some of them may have anxieties about coming back into school and, as we did last summer at the end of lockdown one, please do get in touch if your son or daughter would like to come into school next week, 1st to 5th March, for a cup of tea and a chat; please email reception@archbishopholgates.org or telephone 01904 411341 to arrange a time.

Delightfully, five of our young people have taken it upon themselves to raise money for the Young Minds Charity by, between them, running 200km in a month; some undertaking, I am sure you will agree. Their giving page explains their reasoning as below:

“YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Mental health is becoming even more trying due to the Covid 19 pandemic and children’s mental health is often overlooked by many people, we are looking to raise money for young minds’ which is an organisation devoted to Childs mental health and well-being when schools cannot provide. Even if you do not know what it is like to have mental health problems first hand I’m sure you can begin to sympathise with anybody going through such trying times we (a group of 5 friends) would like to raise money for this charity because what it does is it makes counselling and therapy open for every young person who needs it. Young minds also provides a 24 hour seven days a week suicide helpline which is run by volunteers and that is really amazing – you never know who is suffering and who needs help so organisations like this are open to the public to help those who can’t speak out.

We would be really grateful if you could donate something.


Thanks 🙂 Abby(15), Bella(14), Erin(15), Ethan(15), Izzy(14)”

If you are able to support their efforts then please click on the link and donate. Thank you.

Could I also encourage you to encourage your children to dig out their school uniform? Try it on, check that it still fits and make sure it is clean; I sympathise with those who have grown out of their clothes during this lockdown and have good news, in that Keal Teamwear will be open next week from 10am – 1pm for people to phone up (01904 624497) and order for collection, any items which may be needed. Your children will also need to re-find their face masks.

While we are all experiencing the “same storm” of covid, lockdown, vaccinations and so on, we are not all in the same type of boat; so, if there is any way we can make the transition from home learning back into school smoother for you or your child please do get in touch. Stay safe, Miss T

Student Wellbeing – Thankful Thursday

VACANCY – Archbishop Holgate’s School
I am pleased to say that we have another opportunity to join our successful and supportive staff team…

Pastoral Support Worker (2 posts)
Required from 12 April and 1 September 2021
Grade 6 – £21,989-£24,447
Full Time (37 hpw), Full Year
For more information visit: www.archbishopholgates.academy/staff/vacancies/

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Enhanced DBS check will be required.

Collective Worship
During half-term it was the start of the Christian season of Lent and we are going to continue with our Pilgrim Pathways theme over the coming weeks, based on material from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. When we set out on a journey, we make a plan. We might look at a map or set up the Satnav to guide us. The key item on our pilgrimage today is a map.

Thursday – “A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.” – Bear Grylls, British adventurer, writer, TV presenter and Christian