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Tuesday 23rd February

Like all schools up and down the country we are working hard to plan for the return of all students from Monday 8th March. I have a further meeting this evening with other city leaders after which time I hope that we will have further clarity around what mass testing arrangements will look like in York. As soon as we have this information then plans about the full return can be finalised and then shared with families. As you would expect we have thoroughly mapped out various scenarios and I appreciate the patience from families whilst we await final important pieces of information that we need.

These back to school arrangements will include the opportunity for students to be tested as outlined by the government. We have planned carefully for what will be a large undertaking. As part of this we are asking members of our wider school community if any parent or carer would be willing to potentially offer to be part of supporting these arrangements. In the first instance if this was something you might be interested in doing could you please email school using the following address:
swillsden@pmat.academy

At this point we will be able to provide further details of what this role would look like and when potentially this would take place. As ever I’d like to thank families for their support.

AHS Wellbeing – Wonderful Wednesday

Head of Year Update – Mr Avery and Year 9…
I hope all the students of Year 9 have had a well-deserved break over half term. The Prime Ministers announcement on Monday means the students of Year 9 will be back in school form the 8th March, news which I am sure the students very much welcome! They have been brilliant toward their engagement to home learning, however as I have said before nothing replaces the effectiveness of face to face classroom teaching. I hope this news will also bring light at the end of the tunnel to those students who miss their friends, teachers and the structure and routine that school offers them. As always, we are working hard as a pastoral team to ensure the return to school is a smooth one, with masks being very much at the forefront of our minds. Students have always been required to wear masks in school, but this reaches a new level of importance following new government guidance.  Therefore we will continue to be requiring all students to be wearing a mask on their return to school. Should a student have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, we will provide them with a lanyard upon a doctor’s note being submitted to the school office.  

A really exciting prospect of a return to school is the potential to run lunchtime clubs once again for the students. I know how popular they were and how much they have been missed since the start of the year. While school is closed, we have been running virtual extracurricular clubs for the students to enjoy. More information about this can be found on their year group classroom. By running these clubs, we hope that it allows more opportunity for social interaction, something that I know they have missed. In addition to this, I would also like to remind parents that students are being offered the opportunity for a Google Meet with their form tutor and other members of the form twice a week. The feedback we have received from students has been really positive, and hopefully it provides a little bit of normality.

Staff Recognition

I have been inundated once again with praise for Year 9 in their live lessons. To put them all in unfortunately takes up too much room, however here are some highlights:

  • Sam Birkinshaw in Y9 produced an amazing Science assessment! Mr Thompson
  • Thank you to all my Year 9 Science class – Amazing resilience and hard work, thank you! – Miss Gray
  • My Year 9 Maths students have all worked really hard this half term. Well done! – Miss Milner
  • Kai Gatenby is literacy hero for excellent engagement in literacy and English activities. Mrs Short
  • 9c3 for science have been excellent this week, well done! Mr Limbert
  • I have been so impressed with the hard work and engagement of my Y9 History class. Their assessments were excellent. Mr MacFarlane

I congratulate the year group once again for their resilience, patience and hard work In this difficult time. Miss Clark and I are really looking forward to welcoming them back to school from 8th March.

As always, please feel free to contact me on navery@archbishopholgates.org should you have any questions or concerns.

Eco Club
Please find attached this week’s eco club top tips on how to make a wildflower garden and a bug hotel!

                             

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.

Wednesday – “Walking with God’s guidance makes every path of success walkable.” – Edmond Mbiaka, 21st C. American author.

24 February 2021|

Thursday 11th February

As this is the final bulletin of the half term I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their considerable efforts in helping to make the last 6 weeks as successful as they could be given current circumstances. We are very proud of the collective efforts of staff, students and families. I hope everyone has a safe and restful half. For those who are interested the link to the optional half term activities is attached below.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15Lnop1oNO-UbXq2grwNjeeglR58j86fkTvBJ-kTFggQ/edit#slide=id.p1

I will be taking a break from sending a bulletin each day during half term but will of course be in touch with families should we receive any further notice about when a full return to school may be possible. A letter has been sent home to families and information posted in the bulletin on Tuesday about arrangements for the first two weeks after half term.

Planning for a return to school
We are obviously planning carefully for when we can all safely return to school. One of the key ways of ensuring that the school continues to be as safe as possible is making sure that face coverings are worn whenever and wherever necessary. Student compliance in this area was excellent last term but there is always more that we can do. As such all families will receive a letter in the coming days detailing our plans for face coverings in the months ahead and importantly asking for a letter from a doctor to confirm that a student does not need to wear a face covering due to medical reasons. These students will be issued with a lanyard when we return so we can distinguish more easily who should and should not be wearing a face covering. By sending this letter now, we hope this gives parents adequate time to contact their local GP or Doctors surgery, in order to provide medical exemption to wearing a mask for their child.

Teaching School Hub
I am delighted to pass on the excellent news that Archbishop’s Holgate’s has been selected to become one of the government’s new teaching school hubs, a national network of 87 school-led centres of excellence for teacher and leadership training and development. The 87 teaching school hubs are replacing the network of around 750 teaching schools currently operating across the country. Schools judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted with a strong track record of high performance were eligible to apply to become one of the new hubs for their region. Our bid fulfilled the stringent application criteria which recognised the outstanding performance of the school as well as the other key partners in the bid. I am really pleased that the school is being acknowledged for its excellent achievements over time and we are very much looking forward to further supporting schools to ensure that all staff are getting the necessary professional development and as a result all students benefit from a high quality education. I have attached the full press release from yesterday for those who are interested.

Press Release – Archbsihop Holgate’s Teaching School Hub

Wellbeing survey
We are asking all our students to complete a Wellbeing Survey entitled ‘Tell us how you are feeling’.  The link has been posted to their Year group classroom.  It would be very much appreciated if all parents/carers ensure that it is completed.  We will use the results of the survey to focus our Wellbeing work after half term.

Anti-Bullying and Discrimination working party
Yesterday the ‘Anti-bullying and Discrimination working party’ met virtually after school.  It was a very productive meeting with the following outcomes:

  • A student friendly version of the Anti-Bullying and Discrimination Policy will be completed (following feedback), turned into a poster and be printed and placed in every classroom.
  • On the return to school, the Heads of Year Act of Collective worship will be based on the poster to ensure clear understanding of the key messages.
  • This will then be followed up within a month with Acts of Collective worship about the dangers and the damage to Wellbeing that ‘Banter’ brings.

A massive thank you to all those students who contributed  and gave up their time to support the schools aims of ensuring the school is free from any bullying and/or discrimination and that everyone understands there is no place at Archbishop Holgate’s School for bullying or discrimination in any form.

Student Wellbeing – Feel-Good Friday

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:
krobinson@archbishopholgates.org
gstainsby@archbishopholgates.org

Head of Year update – Mrs Avey and Year 11…
The Year 11 team would like to thank all the students in Year 11 for their efforts throughout the half term.

Special mentions; a plethora again this week:
Josh Ro- thanks from a grateful form tutor;  Louisa S; Sam B; Natasha P; Sophie W; Fran K; Sandy H; Katie S; Maisie C; Rhys O’d Josh Ri; Eleanor H – All working really hard at home on their artwork and for being fabulous in general – always. I am so proud of you all.  Mrs Halifax; Miss Turvey’s RE class who were fantastic on Monday ~ excellent questions, fabulous answers and incredibly attentive; Phaedra W– for really give 100% in German! – Miss Dixon; My whole Year 11 class – everyone got asked a question in today’s lesson and they all had a go – Miss Hopkinson; Olivia W; George P; Leah W- Miss Chambers; Rowan F – Mr Appleyard; Matthew N- Mr Shaw; Harvey W; Jake N; Evie J; Nadine D; Fin B; Alfie P – Mrs Robertson; Jack S; Kenzie B; Hannah R; Sophie F- Miss Redman ;  Kyla B; Lewis D; Abigail E’ Emma L; Will L; Olivia M; Victoria M; Josh M; Nicola N; Amelie N; Josh O’N; Owen P; Hannah R; Gabe S; Ivy T; Katie T- Mr Evans and Mr Handley; Ben H; Fin W; Amelie HD – Dr King; Aaron L; Katie H; Pippa S; To E; Georgia H; Jess C; Maddie W; Rhys O’D- Miss Kitney; Jamie J – Miss Cooper; Elisa A; Peter C; Daisy H; Kirsty H; Jess M; Aimee R; Katie S; Holly T; Charles T; Maggie W; Sophie W and Adam W – Mrs Robertson.

Year books and hoodies
Every family should have received this week, the letter, order form and consent form needed to access the receiving of a year book and hoodie. The return date for all information is Monday 8th March. Please return to main  reception or the email address below.  If you did not receive this information regarding how we are rewarding the wonderful year 11’s , please contact the year 11 team at: yeareleventeam@archbishopholgates.org. The prom has been provisionally booked for July 15th.

We wish you and your families a restful and restorative half term.

February Half Term DEAR
As half term approaches, students in Year 7-10 will once again have a range of activities focused around DEAR activities to complete over half term, should they wish. This time we are using the wonderful works of Roald Dahl with each year level having one of his lively and engaging books to read and study. I hope all the students enjoy the resources, learning a little bit more about the author and generally escaping into the fantasy worlds he creates!

Form tutors/HOY will be posting the resources to Google Classrooms this week and I encourage all students to engage with the activities. All activities should be completed on the google doc on Google Classroom and ‘handed in’ via google classroom.

If any students are having issues accessing the materials, please contact Mrs Short. eshort@archbishopholgates.org

Books being used:
Year 7: Boy, Tales of Childhood
Year 8: Matilda
Year 9: The Witches
Year 10: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Happy Half Term Reading!!

Recommended Reads Week 6
Y7 The Accidental Secret Agent
Something funny for half term. The Accidental secret Agent (Quiz 232865. Level 4.1. Blue)
When you hear the words ‘international super spy with a licence to kill’, you’re probably not thinking of a thirteen-year-old boy with an overactive imagination called Kevin. But through an incredible mix up, Kevin happens to be the secret service’s latest recruit and the fate of the world rests in his hands. However, he is more of a teenage Johnny English than a young James Bond.
You can download an activity pack for this book using the link below.
https://tommclaughlin.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/TheAccidentalSecretAgent_activitypack.pdf

Animal Farm Y8
If you read the synopsis below for Animal Farm by George Orwell (Quiz 200134. Level 7.3. Yellow) it can sound quite daunting. However, I’ve just signed up to the 10 Minute Read Company which is free to use. Each day they send you 10 minutes of a classic novel. Animal Farm is the first one, and you will be sent a chapter a day for ten days! Just open the link in blue.
Animal Farm, known at the beginning and the end of the novel as the Manor Farmsymbolizes Russia and the Soviet Union under Communist Party rule. But more generally, Animal Farm stands for any human society, be it capitalist, socialist, fascist, or communist.
https://www.10minutereads.com/?fbclid=IwAR0xW-KHf0fDythHRiAT4BTh4st3vD2MYFYWi3CATrq-Qo-Y0fUEuF_UPu4

Y9 The Un-Forgotten Coat
The Un-Forgotten Coat is the latest novel by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Quiz number 220651. Level 4.4. Multi-cultural) It is the story about two refugee brothers from Mongolia who turn up at Julie’s school and ask her to be their guide.
My brother is being chased by a demon…. a demon that makes things vanish.
You can hear the book being read, plus a question and answer with the author by clicking on the link below.
Chapter 1 – The Un-forgotten Coat – Bing video

KS4 – The Book Thief
Nazi Germany 1939. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Extracts from the text can be found here:
https://americainclass.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/BookThief.pdf

KS5 – Student wellbeing
A really interesting article about an teacher who has started a podcast to help teenagers talk about mental health. The podcast is worth a listen too.
https://www.theguardian.com/100-teachers/2021/feb/05/i-want-to-help-teenagers-be-open-about-feelings-the-teacher-who-launched-a-mental-health-podcast

Collective Worship
Over the next 6 weeks our Collective Worship is based on material from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Called Pilgrim Pathways it will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each item symbolises ideas that can help them when facing challenges in their personal life journey. The first item is a lamp.

Friday – “Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” – Roy T. Bennett, American author

12 February 2021|

Wednesday 10th February

It was really good to have the opportunity yesterday to meet with all our prospective School Captains in Year 12. I very much enjoyed hearing about their ideas for the Sixth Form and was extremely impressed both by their resilience and determination to succeed at this challenging time and how proud they are of being part of our school community. Our AHS Journey is designed to develop students into well rounded young people who live out the values of our school and this was very evident in our Year 12 students yesterday.

We also had a busy evening of meetings with Year 8 families discussing possible option choices for the important transition year before GCSE studies. It was good to hear positive feedback in terms of the Arts Award in Year 9 which ensures that all students continue to study creative subjects as well as the flexibility to change choices during Year 9 if needed. As ever there were also a number of conversations around language choices and why it is important for the majority of students to continue with either their French or German. I know Mr Arthur, Mr Green-Harding and other members of SLT are available for any further discussions as needed this week.

Activities for Half term
I think everyone is looking forward to half term and a break from five lessons of online learning each day. Whilst students have managed this exceptionally well it is important that there is time for rest and recuperation at half term. That said there will be some students and families that will want to remain engaged with learning so like we did in the summer we have put together a February Half-Term Activities menu described below by Mr Arthur. This is of course completely optional.

A little like we did for the Summer Holidays last year, we want to give students some ideas for fun activities they can do throughout the Half-term break! These are designed to be more fun and relaxing, and they have been provided by different departments across the school. We very much hope your child finds something to their liking on the menu – they just need to read the short description, click the link, and off they go! The activities can be found of your child’s Year Group Google Classroom, or by clicking the link below.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15Lnop1oNO-UbXq2grwNjeeglR58j86fkTvBJ-kTFggQ/edit#slide=id.p1

Student Wellbeing – Thankful Thursday

YoungMinds
YoungMinds have produced the attached 2 documents to support parents and carers during coronavirus.  They have some really useful ideas and information around ways to support your child throughout the pandemic.

ten-ways-to-help-children-cope-with-change

coronavirus-parent-to-parent-advice-guide

Head of Year updates – Miss Turvey and Year 10…
Team ten have made it (nearly) ~ one more sleep, ten lessons and then a week of stress free non screen time. Yay! How has this final week been? Any plans for half term? I personally feel it would be rude not to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday 12th with a Chinese meal, and then Sunday 14th is Valentine’s Day so, potentially posh dinner followed by copious amounts of chocolates and then Tuesday 16th is Shrove Tuesday, so pancakes with ricotta cheese and spinach, followed by pancakes with cheese and tomato, followed by pancakes with grated chocolate and cinnamon, and you have to have the traditional pancake with sugar and lemon juice as well.  Might delay starting the couch to 5k until Wednesday 17th!

It has been an interesting, challenging, stressful and sometimes really difficult six weeks since we came back to online school after Christmas and your children have done fantastically well;  active engagement in google classrooms, help, technical advice and IT support for teachers who were not completely up to speed with google, lovely emails letting us know how they are doing, some fabulous lockdown limericks coming in (keep them coming), great conversations with tutors and ownership of their learning. Who knows what the Prime Minister might say on the 22nd of February, but hopefully it will not be long before we can all meet face to face. If it were me making the speech I would have to champion the positive and productive work ethic of Y10 who are digging deep into their resilience reserves and proactively working to ensure a better future.

So, whether your half term is full of decluttering, digging vegetables beds, dragging the kids on country walks, den building in the garden, having carpet picnics, binging on box sets or just sleeping, my wish for you all is a week of rest, relaxation, recuperation, and restoration, so that we can return reenergised, rejuvenated and revived, raring to reengage responsibly with our digital resources. Whatever half term brings, stay safe, take care, have fun, Miss T.

Food Corner
Wow, what a year it has been.  Looking back to this time last year, we were all raring to go in the push for Easter holidays, ready for the fun of summer term, sports day, saying farewell to our Year 11 and 13s… then, dare I say it… Covid happened.  For some people it meant more time at home with family and for others, it meant learning new things and different working practises.  Here at Archbishop Holgate’s we are committed to helping the local economy, we source all our food from local suppliers ensuring it is delivered fresh and with the least carbon footprint possible.  The school’s Allotment Club has even provided some vegetables to reduce our footprint further.

During the first lockdown we worked hard to deliver packed lunches to all the primary schools within the academy and feed our own key worker children.

In the run up to September there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes, Covid risk assessments, new menus, making sure measures were in place for staff and students’ safety.  We adapted menus to offer a good balanced diet, within an affordable price range.  We welcomed Mrs Thompson to the catering team and she has gone on to complete her Food Safety Level 2 certificate.  Well done!!!

Mrs Creaser oversaw the opening of the new ‘upper school’ eating area and kitchen, working with SLT and students to make it a success.

Our favourite day of the whole year was a difficult one to plan, Christmas dinner day.  We are keeping everything crossed, that this December, we can offer the full experience Year 7s missed out on.

At the end of Christmas term we bid a fond farewell to our Catering Manager, Mr Richardson, and welcomed Mrs Calvert in his place.  But fear not, she comes with experience of school kitchens after working at St Peter’s School for a number of years.  Mrs Creaser accepted a career progression to Deputy Catering Manager to work alongside Mrs Calvert ensuring the children have the best experience possible.

Suddenly it was lockdown the trilogy.  We once again undertook lots of behind the scenes training, shoutout to Miss Robson for completing her Level 2 Food Safety also.  Menus were adapted and reduced to cater for a much smaller audience.  Offerings such as sausage and mash, carbonara, even the legendary Archie’s pizza made an appearance.

This second half of the spring term, the catering team are looking at the experience as a whole with regards to school lunches.  We will be working closely with students devising ways to enhance our catering facilities.

Our summer term objective will be ‘healthy food, healthy mind’, because children’s mental health is paramount.

Watch this space for upcoming competitions, prizes and also a new menu which will be emailed to all parents to either print or save to see which days their children would like a school lunch.

We hope you enjoy the half term break and look forward to welcoming many more students back after half term.

Collective Worship
Over the next 6 weeks our Collective Worship is based on material from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Called Pilgrim Pathways it will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each item symbolises ideas that can help them when facing challenges in their personal life journey. The first item is a lamp.

Thursday – “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer, 19th C. theologian and philosopher

11 February 2021|

Tuesday 9th February

I would like to start this bulletin by drawing families attention to the important notice below from Network rail.

Network rail
All schools in York have been contacted over the dangerous behaviour of a very small number of students around train tracks, who’s actions are putting their own lives and those of others at serious risk.  They have asked that we highlight the dangers of electricity and fast, quiet electric trains which reach speeds of 125mph and take about a mile to stop following application of an emergency brake. The have asked us to share their awareness campaign ‘You Vs Train’, which features real-life stories of teenagers that have received life-changing injuries after coming into contact with the railway illegally.
http://www.youvstrain.co.uk/

Remote Learning Provision for after half term (families should also receive letters in the post)
I would like to pass on my thanks, on behalf of the school, for the support of parents and the incredibly positive feedback we have received about our remote learning provision.  We are continually trying to reflect and improve on what we offer to students and it has been great to note how positive students in year 10, 11, 12 and 13 view their experience so far, based on the responses from our recent Online Learning survey.

As we approach the end of the half term I would like to flag up to parents a summary of what provision will look like after half term, for each year group in the school. I hope this clarity will be helpful.

Year Group Live Teaching Narrated lessons Optional Activities
7 & 8One lesson per week in English, Maths, Science, MFL, RE, History, GeographyArt, Textiles, DT, Food Tech, Music Core ITCore PE

Guidance and PSHCE

9Live lessons in English, Maths, Science, MFL, Geography, History, RE and all GCSE/BTEC Options subjectsArts Award, Core ITCore PE

Guidance

10 & 11Live lessons in English, Maths, Science, MFL, Geography, History, RE and all GCSE/BTEC Options subjectsNone currently, although some departments use narrated resources for DIRT/assessment feedback – this is likely to be no more than once a half term.Core PE

It also worth flagging up that the subjects listed in the ‘optional activities’ do provide students with a chance to move away from their screens and take a break, or complete their well-being booklets or PE activities.  In Year 9, we are really proud with the quality of narrated resources in Core IT and Arts Award and encourage students to complete these wherever possible, however, these sessions also give students and parents a little flexibility, should they decide to use the hour for something different and catch up on the work at a later point.   We know how hard all our students and parents are working to manage the challenges of learning from home – please do contact your child’s Head of Year to talk through ways we can support them if they are struggling.

Finally, I thought it might be helpful to include some frequently asked questions – please see below:

Frequently asked questions

Will live lessons always last for the full hour?

The Google Meet will stay ‘live’ for the full hour, with the teacher on the call. However, teacher input might just be for the first 15- 20 minutes to set a task, with students then working independently being able to ask for help if they need it.

Does my child have to participate in the live lessons?

We strongly encourage attendance and think the blend we have for each year group is right – we have been delighted with student engagement so far and are confident we are supporting students the best we can.  However, all resources are posted for each lesson, so if a child cannot attend a live session, they will still be able to complete the work at a later time.

My child does not want to show their face. Do they have to have their cameras on?

We encourage all students to use their cameras where possible and practical and staff will very strongly encourage students joining the lessons with their cameras on.  However, we do not have ‘camera on’ as a requirement for attending a live lesson, your child is free to choose.

My child does not want to verbally contribute.  Do they have to use their mic?

No, students can use the chat box to contribute if they are uncomfortable or do not have a working microphone.  Our recent survey flagged up that whilst all students are confident using the chat box to contribute, some feel less confident making verbal contributions.   Over the coming weeks we are trialling a number of techniques to help offer alternative ways to contribute – including smaller ‘break out’ rooms, jam boards and the ‘ask a question’ function. 

My child needs some more flexibility to work at a time that suit them, how can you support this?

We feel that the continuation of the school timetable supports the majority of students with the maintenance of good routines and study habits – 98% of students who completed the online learning survey agreed that this was the case.  We are, however, aware that flexibility may be needed.  The table above outlines narrated lessons that could be completed at a different time and also highlights optional activities that students could choose not to complete in favour of exercise/hobbies/projects.

Why are live lesson recorded?  What happens to these recordings?

Live lessons are recorded for safeguarding purposes.  They are stored for 30 days and then deleted automatically.  Our GDPR impact assessment has been updated to cover the use and storage of live recordings.  Please note, live recordings of lessons will not be posted to Google Classroom and are only available for the teacher or senior school staff to view.

Mrs Halifax Artist of the week….
Fran Knight (Y11) has produced this fantastic coloured pencil study working from her own photos taken whist exploring the theme ‘Fragments’.  Fran’s colour blending is outstanding and, along with her meticulous attention to detail makes this a visually stunning observation.

Student Wellbeing – Wonderful Wednesday

Head of Year updates – Mr Avery and Year 9…
As this is the last bulletin of the half term, I want to start by congratulating the students of Year 9. I have been really impressed with how resilient the students have been in the face of such turmoil, and have displayed such a hardworking and positive attitude toward their studies. Their commitment to their live lessons has been very pleasing, with over 93% of students taking part every day last week. This will mean that when the time comes to return to school, the students will be in a very strong position to continue their transition to becoming excellent GCSE students. I am also very proud of the way they have supported each other, which has been visible both in and out of school. This display of compassion and trust toward each other has been inspiring, and testament to the wonderful students we have in the year group. I would also like to thank parents for all the support they have given their children in home schooling, which is certainly not easy while trying to work from home yourself! Despite the difficult circumstances, I have rarely been unable to reach parents, and the home/school partnership that has been established has been a strong cause of the success toward remote learning. When the prime minister updates us after half term, I sincerely hope we have a short wait before we return to school. However I know that should we have to stay at home a little longer, the students will continue to take their live lessons very seriously.

Over half term I am really encouraging students to have some time away from their studies, in order to have a good rest. With this in mind I would like to point parents to the reading tasks we have set for students of Year 9, as something to pass the time and hopefully broaden their horizons. To compliment this, school will be producing an activity table for students to use, that will suggest a range of tasks and activities students can have a go at over half term. We have designed the tasks so students can spend some time away from their computers, which I am sure will be a welcome change for them! These tasks and activities are not compulsory, but may act as a way to keep the students entertained while they are away from school. The activity table can be found in their year group classroom, and more details will follow in the Mr Daly’s bulletins.  

Student Wellbeing
I hope the students are finding time to enjoy themselves, even in this challenging time. Exercise, short walks, cooking and time away from a screen seems to be the most popular ways students are ‘switching off’ and looking after their wellbeing. The picture below of Y9 student Will Vincent baking macaroons at home, as a way to counter the boredom of lockdown and increase his skillset! The end product looked amazing, and a challenge has very much been set to see if Mr Martin ( Our Head of Food Tech and former professional Chef) can match the quality of Will’s baking! Who knows, in a few years’ time Will could become a great British Bake Off Champion!

Staff Recognition
I have been inundated once again with praise for Year 9 in their live lessons this week. To put them all in unfortunately takes up too much room, however here are some highlights:

  • Amazing work by 9d1 Science, with perfect attendance nearly every lesson, engaging throughout and everyone handing in exceptional work even with some technical difficulties from my side. – Mr Dervenkar
  • Well done to Ruby Holland for extra effort in lessons this week and to all of my lovely Year 9 Science group who are doing their best in challenging circumstances and especially when my computer froze on Tuesday morning leaving everyone wondering where I had gone in the Google Meet. Mr Williams
  • Year 9 Science – Persevering with some tricky Physics stuff on half-life and radiation.  Well done to all.  Mr Lever
  • 9A/Gg1 – Dr Paul. Really excellent work across both lessons this week – well done, you are working so hard and I can see real improvements to your work over these live lessons. Great job, and thank you for your compassionate additions in the lessons today (Weds)
  • 9B/Gg2 – Dr Paul. You all absolutely sped through the work day, and shared some really detailed and considerate answers. Great job 9B. I am proud of your application today.
  • Really impressed with my Year 9  GCSE Computer Science class – I have had 100% attendance in all live lessons and most people are putting tonnes of effort into their assessed project. Special mentions to Ben B and Logan for perseverance and resilience towards their learning. Mrs Parkinson 😊

Year 8 Options Evening
As I said yesterday we are looking forward to hosting our next virtual Parents Evening for Year 8 families this evening. If you haven’t had a chance to look at these they are available via the link below:
https://archbishopholgates.academy/curriculum/year-8-pathways/

For us Year 9 is an important part of the AHS Journey, this transition year before GCSE studies begin an opportunity to both try new subjects as appropriate but also through the Arts Award continue to experience a full range of creative subjects. This breadth of experience is really important and during Year 9 students will have the opportunities to change their chosen subjects if they feel the need to do so.  Students will continue to engage in the creative practical based subjects through studying the Arts Award which includes – Art, Design and Technology, Music and Food.

Personal development is rooted in the Year 9 curriculum through character and culture lessons, curriculum enrichment opportunities, enrichment days, ICT, PSHCE, Young leaders, creative arts and STEM enrichment trips to external organisations or providers across the country. The Year 9 transition year enables us to offer a varied programme of enrichment that aids students’ personal development, as well as significantly underpinning their understanding of our school values, British Values and cultures other than their own.

The transition year (Year 9) which is central to the development and mastery of key skills that underpin higher order concepts within future KS4 teaching. The transition year builds on the strong academic core of subjects studied, which for the vast majority of students includes – Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, RE, Geography/History and a Modern Foreign Language. Alongside this and the opportunity to start new subjects, there are lessons to aid character development and opportunity for curriculum enrichment provide students with an exceptionally rich, varied and dynamic curriculum offer.

Collective Worship
Over the next 6 weeks our Collective Worship is based on material from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Called Pilgrim Pathways it will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each item symbolises ideas that can help them when facing challenges in their personal life journey. The first item is a lamp.

Wednesday – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

9 February 2021|

Monday 9th February

We are looking forward to hosting our next virtual Parents Evening for Year 8 families tomorrow evening. We also appreciate the positive feedback about the range of resources available on the website about the Year 8 Pathway process. If you haven’t had a chance to look at these they are available via the link below:

https://archbishopholgates.academy/curriculum/year-8-pathways/

Year 9 is an important part of the AHS Journey, this transition year before GCSE studies begin an opportunity to both try new subjects but also through the Arts Award continue to experience a full range of creative subjects. This breadth of experience is really important and during Year 9 students will have the opportunities to change their chosen subjects if they feel the need to do so.

Safer Internet Day 2021
February 9th is  ‘Safer Internet Day’ a day with even more relevance this year with the amount that everyone is using the Internet at the moment.  We have collected together a range of excellent resources which we hope will be helpful for parents:

National Online Safety Guides
National Online Safety Guides have produced a vast library of online safety guides/posters for parents, educators and children, providing you with top tips on keeping your children safe on the latest games, apps, devices and platforms.

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

These are really good and very accessible.

National Online Safety App
National Online Safety have created a FREE app that you can download it’s packed with insightful courses, explainer videos, webinars and guides on topics that will help you protect the kids you care about when they’re online.

Apple – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/national-online-safety/id1530342372

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.nationaleducationgroup.nos

Online Safety courses for parents/Carers

  • Children aged 11-14: This short course provides you with an important insight into how children aged 11 to 14 are typically engaging with the online world. It will highlight the common areas where pre-teens and early-teens now focus their attention online as they get to grips with increased independence, and what steps parents should consider around setting filters, discussing content online and encouraging healthy device usage.
  • Children aged 14 to 18: This short course provides you with an important insight into how children aged 14 to 18 are typically engaging with the online world. It will highlight the common areas where teenagers start crafting their online identity, creating their digital footprint and consuming online information, and what steps parents should consider around maintaining openness with their teen about their internet us.

The Full Picture
The Full Picture is a short film exploring how young people use social media to connect and share. The film highlights the influences and pressures young people face online and encourages them to see the full picture. Social media helps us share our lives but it does not tell the whole story.  The campaign encourages young people to be mindful of what influences them and how they respond to pressures online.

https://www.webwise.ie/thefullpicture/#

Digital Wellbeing
This resource aims to help young people aged 11+ learn about their wellbeing and how the online world can affect it, understand their feelings and behaviour, and help them manage/improve their own wellbeing.

It is intended to be used by young people with the support of an adult – a parent/ carer, a teacher, a youth worker and so on. Find out more:

https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/digital-wellbeing/

Covid 19: Online Safety Advice for Parents
While all families have their own unique circumstances, many parents have similar concerns when it comes to their child’s use of technology. How can parents strike the right balance between online and offline activities, and help their kids have a positive relationship with technology, and the internet? This resource provides some simple steps for parents to manage online safety in the home.

https://www.webwise.ie/parents/covid19-online-safety-advice-for-parents/

Student Wellbeing – Thought-Provoking Tuesday

Head of Year Awards
The following have been nominated for the Head of Year Award this week. Amazon gift cards can either be posted home, or saved until students return into school

 NameFormReason
Year 7Thomas Bate7GrWell done for passing his Grade 7 Associated Board Classical Guitar. This is an incredible achievement considering the exams only go up to Grade 8 and we would normally expect Year 13 to be on Grade 7/8 by the time they finish their A level music exam! Excellent- keep up the good work! Miss Kincell
 Tom Cain7BlWell done for your outstanding commitment to making the most out of lockdown alongside your brilliant home learning- including an excellent science egg shell experiment, you have been taking part in walks, extra-curricular PE in a morning and extra-curricular music! Keep up the positivity! Miss Kincell
Year 8Brad Binnington-Winn8MHeFor working really well recently showing great resilience in their online learning. Well done! Mr Arthur
 Caitlin Casey8MHeFor working really well recently showing great resilience in their online learning. Well done! Mr Arthur
Year 9Alisha Langhorn9CAlFor a wonderful attitude toward her work. Alisha has worked hard in school every day and had a happy positive attitude. Well done! Mr Avery
 Summer Langhorn9SMrSummer has been a joy to have in school, always polite and hardworking. Well done! Mr Avery
Year 10Grace Wilson10WaFor living the schools values into being with her support of other students in google meets. Well done! Miss Turvey
 Summer Dixon10MPeFor her focus on and contribution to online learning. Well done! Miss Turvey
Year 11Leah Wright11ZDaLeah has been working consistently well across her subjects, working hard and making terrific progress. Well done Leah – Mrs Avey
 Elliot Luck11 ObElliot continues to work consistently well across all his subjects and is always courteous, polite and friendly. Well done Elliot. Mrs Avey
Year 12Gabby Moore12HGaExcellent effort and engagement with home learning, I’m hearing great things form all of your teachers. Well done! Miss Cox
 Chloe Harwood12HvExcellent effort and engagement across the board and it was a pleasure to hear your ideas in your SL interview. Miss Cox
Year 13Mia-Mae Deighton13HaFor consistently producing work of a high standard throughout lockdown. Mr Charlton
 Tyler Anthony13AlaFantastic effort and engagement with her home learning, I’m hearing superb things form your teachers. Well done! Mr Charlton

Head of Year updates – Mr Arthur and Year 8..
This penultimate week of the half term saw Year 8 conduct some of their lessons Live via Google Meet. Thank you to the History and Geography departments for getting the ball rolling on this. As a History teacher of a Year 8 class myself, I have to say the engagement of students on the Live Lessons has been wonderful to see. It certainly has brightened up my week, and I very much hope you have seen the benefits for your children also. Being able to engage with their subjects in this way, and interact with teachers and friends they may not have seen in a while will provide some much needed respite in what are certainly gloomy times. Further to this, I very much hope students in Year 8 are taking the opportunity to engage with the PM Registration activities, as well as the Form Time Google Meets. If there are any issues with this, please be sure to message myself, Mr Deamer or your Form Tutor.

In this week’s Act of Collective Worship, we considered the use of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language, and the reason why it is so important to stamp this out in our society. Based on data from the LGBTQ+ charity ‘Stonewall’ we have certainly come a long way in recent years. In 2007, 65% of LGBTQ+ students reported being bullied, which fell to 55% in 2012, and 45% in a recent study. However, there is still a long way to go, and we explored how the use of this language can have such a damaging affect on young people within this community. As it says in John 13:34, “I give a new commandment to you now. Love each other as much as I love you.” It is important that students at AHS follow this message and be the change they want to see. They must ensure there are #nobystanders and that we all stand up to prejudice when we see it both in our school community as well as in wider society.

As a reminder to students, we have also begun to adapt our systems with regards to monitoring the learning of Year 8 students. Here are some of the key points regarding this…

  • This week, we will be introducing more Live Lessons to the Year 8 curriculum offer after an excellent start in subjects like History and Geography. This will be offered at the beginning of lessons to answer any questions students might have. If you have any questions regarding this, please do get in touch. Some key documents have been added to the Year 8 Google Classroom which can be found by clicking HERE and logging into your child’s Google Classroom account. This includes a parent’s guide on Google Meets, and a copy of the Google Meets Protocols.
  • We are still encouraging students to work as closely to their normal timetable as possible from home – this should become easier as we move more and more to live lessons. This is because student’s teachers are available on Google Classroom to message and support your child with their work during this period of time. As a result, each lesson will have a register posted with it that will appear around the time of the start of the lesson. This register works essentially the same as the morning register on the Year Group Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to register at the start of each lesson. I, as Head of Year, will be monitoring the registers and contacting if a pattern emerges of a student consistently not registering at the start of their lessons.
  • When students complete their work, they must ensure that they click the ‘Turn in’ button on Google Classroom when they have finished. This will allow the teacher to look at their work and provide recognition that they have seen it. If a students is completing work on paper, a guide has been uploaded onto the year group Google Classroom explaining how to upload a picture of their paper work before they turn it in. If your child is having to work on paper due to not having access to a device that allows them to complete the work directly on Google Classroom, please do get in touch and we will see what we can do about getting a Chromebook to you. Teachers will be in touch either by phone or email if work is not being completed or submitted.

I hope this all continues to make sense – as always, if there are any questions please contact us via the email addresses at the bottom of this bulletin.

A just to finish, this week sees two more recipients of the Head of Year Award to recognise student’s achievements at this time. Congratulations to the following students in Year 8 for last week…

  • Brad Binnington-Winn (8MHe) – For working really well recently showing great resilience in their online learning. Well done! Mr Arthur
  • Caitlin Casey (8MHe)  – For working really well recently showing great resilience in their online learning. Well done! Mr Arthur

Keep an eye out each week in the bulletin and the Form Time Act of Collective Worship to see who wins the Head of Year Award each week. On their return to school, students will receive their £5 Amazon Gift Card!

As usual, I wish to end with  a positive quote during these challenging times…

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but better than I used to be!”

If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 8 that you wish for me to be aware of, particularly if there are any issues surrounding access to our online learning provision, please do get in contact with me at aarthur@archbishopholgates.org, or Mr Deamer (Pastoral Support Worker for Year 8) at rdeamer@archbishopholgates.org.

Mr Arthur and Mr Deamer

English Home Learning Certificates
The following students have all received an English HL certificate this week:

– Amy McGrath
– Callum Hall
– Elsa Green
– Ben Bell
– John Monk
– Leah Strickland
– Olivia Perry
– Theo Barnard
– Tommy MacDonald
– William Leonard
– Ila Bhattacharye
– Joseph Yoward
– Liam Sharpe Oates

Collective Worship
Over the next 6 weeks our Collective Worship is based on material from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Called Pilgrim Pathways it will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each item symbolises ideas that can help them when facing challenges in their personal life journey. The first item is a lamp.

Tuesday – “The unfolding of God’s words gives light; it gives understanding to the foolish.” – The Bible, book of Psalms 119:130

9 February 2021|

Wednesday 3rd February

I would like to thank families for their attendance and support with Year 11 Parents Evening. It appears as if our latest virtual event went well and that important messages about how best to support each individual child were effectively communicated. Of course we look forward to receiving clarity from the government in terms of how young people in Year 11 and Year 13 will be assessed this summer. In the meantime the key thing is for students to continue to engage with their learning and complete work to the best of their abilities.

Unity Fund
A reminder 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:
krobinson@archbishopholgates.org
gstainsby@archbishopholgates.org

Holocaust Memorial Day feedback
On Holocaust Memorial Day a selection of students listened to the testimony of Eva Clark who was born in a concentration camp. Following this experience we asked our students to share what important lessons they had learned and what impact the testimony had on them.

“It made me want to learn more about the holocaust so I could appreciate the suffering the people went through. To dive deeper into the history of the holocaust and WW2.”

“It taught me about hope and staying strong and together during hardships. I think people can be more knowledgeable about it and stop what is happening today.”

“It made me realise how lucky I am that i haven’t lost someone so close to me and that I should be grateful for everything. I think you should respect what has been given to you and love the time spent with your loved ones.”

“Prejudice has no place in the world, but something like that could easily happen again, it is a gradual process that everyone needs to be aware of to be able to recognise the signs.”

“It gave me the opportunity to consider how truly lucky I am to be born at the time that I was.”

“That we can never let anything like the Holocaust happen again.”

“It does make you think about the things that people can go through and still go through in some genocides. And how fortunate we are to live in a time of peace in our country.”

“It made me think about how lucky we are today that we don’t have to be going through the same experience and we need to be grateful for the situation we are in.”

“That everyone should be accepting of one another and not judge them for their religion, race etc…”

Art – Masterpiece of the week.
Katie Atkinson has been making excellent progress in her exploration of landscapes for her A-Level Art project.  Here she has experimented with Brusho ink and watercolours to create expressive backgrounds and then worked into the drawing with pen to add contrast and structure.  She has also started to try composition ideas, such as this ‘tondo’; a Renaissance term for a circular work of Art.  It’s really exciting work and has taken hard work and determination to complete – well done Katie!

Head of Year updates – Miss Turvey and Year 10…
Does anyone else feel as though they are swimming as hard as they can towards a shore that seems to be getting further and further away with a riptide trying to drag them back out to sea? Half term is now 39 lessons away and I need a lifebelt. Resilience and responsibility are the AHS school journey words for Y10 and personally, my resilience tank is running on fumes. BUT, it is not about waiting for the storm to pass, which is will, it is about learning to dance in the rain. So whether you have the energy to jive or Charleston, or feel a more languid waltz is more appropriate, then let’s dance.

I have been setting your young people daily challenges as part of a “Get fit Physically, Mentally and Emotionally for half term” and last Friday’s challenge was to: go screen free for 12 hrs straight this weekend ~ no phone, no tablet, no laptop, no PC, no game consoles, no tv, no kindle. So from Friday 8pm until Saturday 8am OR Saturday 8am until Saturday 8pm OR Saturday 8pm until Sunday 8am OR Sunday 8am until Sunday 8pm. I am not sure if any of them managed it, but I would like to encourage all of you to look at having a screen free 12 hours or, if you can manage it, 24 hrs during half term. Many of us have sore eyes and headaches, a result of too much screen time. If your children are really suffering then try 20/20/20, which has been recommended by an optician ~ every 20 minutes look at something 20 metres away for 20 seconds. It works at de-straining the eyes and avoiding the headaches.

Thank you for answering the phone to us this week; Mrs Stead and myself do monitor the Y10 registers to make sure students are where they are supposed to be. And thank you for letting us know about appointments or illnesses. It may seem weird to you to have to phone the actual school to tell us your children are not going to be in online school when they are at home with you, but please continue to communicate with us: 01904 411341.

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week and our Careers Advisor Ms Robinson is available if you would like to discuss anything to do with Apprenticeships reception@archbishopholgates.org. However there are a whole host of virtual events for you to engage with if your son or daughter is considering the Apprenticeship route post Y11. See the attached NAW schedule for more information.

NAW Schedule

As many of you will know this week is Children’s Mental Health Week and The Duchess of Cambridge, as Patron, said:

“This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself – about finding creative ways in which to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings. So whether that’s through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry – it’s finding those things that makes you feel good about yourself” Which is why I am launching the Y10 Lockdown Limerick competition ~ be creative, be inspired, be inventive, be original ~ and yes, there will be a prize. Send entries to me hturvey@archbishopholgates.org by the end of half term. Get your brains going and free your neocortex.

I’d like to finish by quoting Captain Sir Tom Moore, a centenarian Knight of the Realm who raised over £33million for the NHS and inspired a generation, who has sadly passed this week: “Let’s try not to get downhearted, we will get through this, whatever is thrown at us, and together we can ensure that tomorrow will be a good day.”

Stay safe, take care, virtual hugs, and have a good day. Miss T.

Student Wellbeing – Thankful Thursday

Social Media and Mental Health
The image below is a useful guide for parents/carers around social media and mental health.  If you need any support in this area please speak to your child’s Head of Year.

Collective Worship
This week our form tutor collective worship focuses on the question of Does our behaviour really matter? This is considered in the context of working against injustice in society and our local communities, especially racial injustice. It includes an interview with Daniel Eduardo sharing his experience of growing up mixed race. Our daily quotes are on the theme of Justice.

Thursday – “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the cause of the downtrodden.” – The Bible, the Prophet Isaiah 1:17

4 February 2021|

Tuesday 2nd February

As families are aware colleagues throughout the city have worked effectively in partnership throughout the pandemic, meeting regularly as part of York Schools and Academies Board (YSAB). As part of this we have been grateful for the support of the Local Authority and the guidance from Public Health which has helped inform our decisions over the last year. With this in mind please see attached a joint letter from Amanda Hatton (Director of Children’s Services), Sharon Stoltz (Director of Public Health) and Wendy Watts (Consultant Paediatrician) about children’s symptoms of illness during the pandemic. Please take a moment to read this carefully. Thank you.

Letter to parents non-specific symptoms covid (amended)

We have Year 11 Parents Evening tonight and are very much looking forward to talking with families about the progress students are currently making and how best we can continue to work in partnership to support each young person in the weeks ahead. If families need any last minute support please contact the Year 11 team (Mrs Avey, Mrs Menell, Mrs Hirst and Miss McDermott) who will be happy to help.

Student Wellbeing – Wonderful Wednesday

Year 8 pathway process
Last week you should have received your child’s full report that has been designed to give an indication on academic progress in each subject area. Please contact school if you have not received this information.

You should have also received in the post your child’s pathway booklet which outlines the details regarding course combinations, subject information and the process for making selections.

Please also visit our Year 8 pathway webpage which has been specifically created for your child this year to help provide further information due to these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in.

Please click the link below to access this webpage:

https://archbishopholgates.academy/curriculum/year-8-pathways/

On this webpage you can find out further information about the process, the fantastic transition year and subject information including the Arts Award. Also, on this site as parents you can book an optional meeting with a member senior leadership team should you have any questions specific to your child. In the meantime, should your child wish to speak to a member of the senior leadership team for support through this process please get in touch to arrange this via phone (01904 411341) or email reception@archbishopholgates.org

Year 9 – the Transition year
The whole school curriculum has been constructed to include a transition year (Year 9) which is central to the development and mastery of key skills that underpin higher order concepts within future KS4 teaching.  Alongside this, lessons to aid character development and opportunity for curriculum enrichment provide students with an exceptionally rich, varied and dynamic curriculum offer.

As part of the transition year all students in Year 9 will complete the Arts Award through their continued engagement to the creative practical based subjects. This rich experience allows students to keep the breadth of their curriculum whilst selecting specific courses they wish to study at GCSE. The student’s KS4 journey begins in Year 10 for students as they start their GCSE studies in order to prepare for the summer GCSE examination period in Year 11.

Whilst students are in the process of selecting a small number of optional courses to study at KS4, within Year 9 there is flexibility to change their decision. It is important that students understand that there is scope to swap subjects in Year 9 should they change their mind.

Year 9 is about “Understanding yourself and others.” This is reflected in our unique curriculum design which allows students to explore their own personal development, subject passions and interests whilst allowing them to make fully informed choices about the progression before they embark upon GCSE study in Year 10. The flexibility and alternatives available provide a unique opportunity in Year 9 to ensure students fully understand themselves and the choices that are theirs to make.

Upcoming key dates:

10th FebruaryYear 8 Parents’ EveningParents and carers virtually meet (virtually) each of the teachers for their child and discuss their progress and sound out the potential to take the subject to GCSE standard.
12th FebruaryYear 8 subject choice deadlineAll option applications must be submitted to Mr Green-Harding by this date.


Please note: The curriculum blocks will not be constructed until after the final deadline has elapsed. This means that students will by no means be disadvantaged with regards to their options choices if they wait until after parent’s evening to submit their form.

Head of Year updates – Mr Avery and Year 9…
Another fantastic week for year 9 students, who seem to go from strength to strength adapting to remote learning. Students have become so committed to their remote learning, that on occasion I wonder if they are finding time to relax and have fun? It snowed at school today, and I began envisaging the amount of fun the students would usually be having at break and lunchtime – and the stress this would have caused the staff! I hope the students are finding time to enjoy themselves, even in this challenging time. Exercise, short walks, cooking and time away from a screen seems to be the most popular ways students are ‘switching off’ and looking after their wellbeing.

With the wellbeing of our students in mind, we want to offer an opportunity for the students of Year 9 to manage their work load a little more independently around their live lessons. The head teacher will be sending more information out regarding this in the coming days, however please rest assured we are always reflecting on how we can improve the wellbeing of our students, without impacting on their education.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents of Year 9. I know how challenging working from home and supervising a child can be, but the communication between home and school has been exceptional. The emails, phone calls and text messages explaining if a student is poorly, or at an appointment, or having issues with IT at home really helps us with our registers and tracking of student engagement. Please remember that Miss Clark and I are here to support where we can, and are offering the following to any parent who feels their child would benefit from it:

  • A short wellbeing meeting
  • A wellbeing phone call each week
  • A motivational text at the start of the day
  • Communication with teachers if your child is struggling in a certain subject.

I have been inundated once again with praise for Year 9 in their live lessons this week. To put them all in unfortunately takes up too much room, however here are some highlights:

  • 9c/Gg1 Geographers – so hard working with absolutely superb answers. They are a joy to teach! Dr Paul
  • Thomas and Henry Bate both passed their Grade 7 Associated Board Classical Guitar exam recently. This is an incredible achievement considering the exams only go up to Grade 8 and we would normally expect Year 13 to be on Grade 7/8 by the time they finish their A level music exam!! Well done! Mrs Morrison
  • My Year 9 engineering class are superb, well deserving of recognition – Mr Limbert

Meanwhile in school the students have been working incredibly hard, with a very positive attitude and a smile on their face (well MOST of the time!). This week, a selection of students in school were offered the opportunity to do some cooking with Mrs Cobb, as this was working toward their Food Tech GCSE. The boys did a brilliant job,  cooking an excellent cottage pie and baking some very appealing cupcakes. Needless to say I was hanging around the food tech rooms to ‘supervise’, but was disappointed to leave empty handed at the end of the hour!

I look forward to another week of positive feedback from Year 9 teachers, and I congratulate the year group once again for their resilience, patience and hard work In this difficult time.

 As always, please feel free to contact me on navery@archbishopholgates.org should you have any questions or concerns.

Collective Worship
This week our form tutor collective worship focuses on the question of Does our behaviour really matter? This is considered in the context of working against injustice in society and our local communities, especially racial injustice. It includes an interview with Daniel Eduardo sharing his experience of growing up mixed race. Our daily quotes are on the theme of Justice.

Wednesday – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

3 February 2021|

Monday 1st February

Last week in our online staff meeting I used the caption below to take stock of where we currently are. As we progress with the fifth week of online learning I thought families may also appreciate the sentiment behind this. Everyone is doing really well, thank you.

As promised we continue to reflect and refine our online provision to ensure that we support families in all ways possible to engage with home learning. Students from Year 13 all the way down to Year 7 continue to engage well with these lessons, showing determination and resilience which is admirable. Please find below information specific to our younger students:

Year 7 and Year 8 Live Teaching:
Many thanks for all the feedback about this today, it’s great to hear that this has started well. However following this feedback I have asked teachers to double check that they have made it clear in their classroom streams which lessons are live and which are narrated.  I realise that some students have got a little bit confused today and it’s important they we fully support them as they adjust to a different way of working. I appreciate parents support and patience in this regard.

Wonderful to see the variety of Event Reviews being submitted from Y7 and 8 students for AHS Bronze Arts Award @home
There is still time for any pupil in Y7 or 8 to get involved. All details are on the Google Classroom, click HERE for the link or email Mrs Newton for more information. This week reviews will be of Podcasts…

AHS Careers – Year 10 to 13
Next week sees the celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 from the 8th to 14th February. With this in mind we have emailed you a schedule of events for the week, should there be anything you and your child wish to attend, please register using the links. The Schedule will also be added to your child’s Google Classroom along with any presentations. The week will prove really useful for anyone wishing to find out a little more about Apprenticeships or for anyone hoping to take on an Apprenticeship after leaving School or Sixth Form.

Head of Year Awards
The following have been nominated for the Head of Year Award this week. Amazon gift cards can either be posted home, or saved until students return into school.

 NameFormReason
Year 7Faith Lister7MrWell done for you relentless cheer, politeness and kindness to those around you, a multitude of positive comments from teachers and outstanding Just Dance partner work- very impressive! Miss Kincell
 Olivia Lister7MrWell done for you relentless cheer, politeness and kindness to those around you, a multitude of positive comments from teachers and outstanding Just Dance partner work- very impressive! Miss Kincell
Year 8Gracie Briggs8PiFor always being polite, happy to help anyone and keen to complete her work with 100% effort – Well done! Mr Arthur
 Clementine Ensor8ABtFor producing consistently excellent work during lockdown – particularly an excellent recruitment poster for bus drivers in WWI. Well done! Mr Arthur
Year 9Jack Taylor9KxFor a superb attitude toward his studies and for being an excellent role model to his peers. Jack has been a pleasure to have in school, with a really positive outlook and enthusiasm. Well done Jack! Mr Avery
 Phoebe Stanage9BMoFor engaging so well in her online lessons. Phoebe has worked hard all year and not stopped since lockdown 3.0. Well done Phoebe! Mr Avery
Year 10Dillion Stapley10JLiFor outstanding dedication and completion of Duolingo German. Well done. Miss Turvey
 Faith Burrows10IMaFor excellent work and effort in Travel and Tourism. Well done – Miss Turvey
 Ananya Valluri10WaFor superb knowledge and dedication in Geography. Well done! Miss Turvey.
 Neve Mitchell10RMeFor upholding the school values and challenging injustice. Well done! Miss Turvey
Year 11Isla Lister11SMfIsla has made excellent progress as demonstrated by her terrific mock results. Well done Isla – Mrs Avey
 Jayde Langha11DnJayde has achieved terrfic mock exams which are testement to her hard work. Well done Jayde – Mrs Avey
Year 12Jemma Blanchard12LvFor working consistently well across her subjects, praise from Child Care and Psychology teachers. Well done! Miss Cox
 Marta Garofalo12BKiFor being really proactive in looking for opportunities,  working hard and investing in her wellbeing. Keep going! Miss Cox
Year 13Faith Battersby13BmFor consistently excellent effort across all subject, but particularly in Business and Music – Mr Charlton
 Bobby Lamb13Yg/GlFor being brilliant in school, working hard and being a pleasure to have around the Sixth Form! Well done – Mr Charlton

Student Wellbeing – Thought-Provoking Tuesday

Head of Year updates – Mr Arthur and Year 8…
As we move into the fifth week of online learning, it is great to see that many students have found their groove and established a positive, purposeful routine. I do understand however, that of course these times are difficult. As I drive into school each a morning, I listen to the radio and hear the stories from up and down the country of students and families struggling with this period of school closure. Of course, in an ideal world we do want students to be engaging with their learning and ensuring that this period has as little negative impact on their education as possible. However, if there is any more we can be doing as a school and a Year 8 pastoral team to support you and your child in these challenging times, then please do get in touch and we will do what we can to support.

With regards to wellbeing, last week we embarked on a new pastoral system which we very much hope provided some much needed face-to-face contact that will be greatly appreciated by students. You child in Year 8 should have received an invitation from their form tutor to a Google Meet on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week. Those that attended these small group sessions very much enjoyed seeing their form tutor and interacting with members of their form who they won’t have seen for nearly two months now. Furthermore, on Fridays the entire form are invited to a Google Meet Quiz, and notice went out via form tutors about this also. We do really feel this time with friends and form tutors will reignite a sense of school and tutor group community, and we strongly encourage students to attend these sessions which will be at the same each week.

As a reminder to students, we have also begun to adapt our systems with regards to monitoring the learning of Year 8 students. Here are some of the key points regarding this…

  • This week, and increasingly over the coming weeks, we will be introducing Live Lessons to Year 8 on Google Meet. Last week, we began a programme of this with students joining Google Meets during form time twice a week, however we are now introducing this into the broader curriculum. Initially this will only be in certain subjects, and only at the beginning of lessons to answer any questions students might have. If there are any questions regarding his, please do get in touch. Some key documents have been added to the Year 8 Google Classroom which can be found by clicking HERE and logging into your child’s Google Classroom account. This includes a parent’s guide on Google Meets, and a copy of the Google Meets Protocols.
  • We are encouraging students to work as closely to their normal timetable as possible from home. This is because their teachers are available on Google Classroom to message and support your child with their work during this period of time. As a result, each lesson will have a register posted with it that will appear around the time of the start of the lesson. This register works essentially the same as the morning register on the Year Group Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to register at the start of each lesson. I, as Head of Year, will be monitoring the registers and contacting if a pattern emerges of a student consistently not registering at the start of their lessons.
  • When students complete their work, they must ensure that they click the ‘Turn in’ button on Google Classroom when they have finished. This will allow the teacher to look at their work and provide recognition that they have seen it. If a students is completing work on paper, a guide has been uploaded onto the year group Google Classroom explaining how to upload a picture of their paper work before they turn it in. If your child is having to work on paper due to not having access to a device that allows them to complete the work directly on Google Classroom, please do get in touch and we will see what we can do about getting a Chromebook to you. Teachers will be in touch either by phone or email if work is not being completed or submitted.

I hope this makes sense – as always, if there are any questions please contact us via the email addresses at the bottom of this bulletin.

Finally, this week sees two more recipients of the Head of Year Award to recognise student’s achievements at this time. Congratulations to the following students in Year 8 for last week…

  • Gracie Briggs (8Pi) – For always being polite, happy to help anyone and keen to complete her work with 100% effort – Well done! Mr Arthur
  • Clementine Ensor (8ABt) – For producing consistently excellent work during lockdown – particularly an excellent recruitment poster for bus drivers in WWI. Well done! Mr Arthur

Keep an eye out each week in the bulletin and the Form Time Act of Collective Worship to see who wins the Head of Year Award each week. On their return to school, students will receive their £5 Amazon Gift Card!

I will finish, as I have done in the past few weeks, with a positive quote during these challenging times…

“Life is like riding a bicycle – to keep your balance you just have to keep moving!”

If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 8 that you wish for me to be aware of, particularly if there are any issues surrounding access to our online learning provision, please do get in contact with me at aarthur@archbishopholgates.org, or Mr Deamer (Pastoral Support Worker for Year 8) at rdeamer@archbishopholgates.org.

Our weekly Science update from Miss Gray
Ben Wells 7Hf Sci – Absolutely superb engagement with the static electricity lesson. I was particularly impressed by the video to document your hard work – excellent effort Ben. Mrs Freeman

Charlotte Walker and Joe Merrison y11 – very proactive in their learning. Really impressed to see such excellent engagement with the work set. Keep up the great work! Mrs Freeman.

Amber Atkinson, Orla Durmaz, Niamh Foster-McGlynn, Fran Knight, Emma Leopald, Isla Lister who worked particularly well with their food webs practice questions this week. Really well done for all of your hard work. Mrs Freeman.

10D3 Science are doing fantastic work. In particular this week; Dylan Fountain, Daisy Brierley and Leah Grimes have engaged with each task exceptionally well and showed superb IT skills to present their work to a high standard. Well done. Mrs Freeman.

Well done to Gabby Moore for being the first to spot the deliberate mistake in the presentation on HIV replication in this week’s Biology lesson. Mr Williams 

Excellent work in Science this week from Lewis Godliman in Year 11. He has been working really well along with Aleyna Ceylan, Emy-May O’Donovan and McKenzie Humphrey. Well done all of 11B3. Mr Williams 

Worthy of praise this week in Year 11S1 are Jess Machen, Phaedra Wright and Ben Hields for some excellent contributions. Well done all. Mr Williams 

Brilliant efforts this week from Kyle Noddings, Sidar Cetin, Ruby Wedge, Henry williams – Mr Lever

Superb work from year 9 science with Miss Gray this week looking at the issues regarding nuclear accidents, thanks for all you hard work year 9! – Miss Gray

English Home Learning Certificates – Congratulations to…
Brooke Brandon
Fatmanur Han
Grace Wilson
Gwen Orton
Jace Stacpoole-Ryding
Jack Taylor
James White
Oliver Wootten
Sophia Nicolle
Summer Dixon
William Leonard
Zoe Williams

Collective Worship
This week our form tutor collective worship focuses on the question of Does our behaviour really matter? This is considered in the context of working against injustice in society and our local communities, especially racial injustice. It includes an interview with Daniel Eduardo sharing his experience of growing up mixed race. Our daily quotes are on the theme of Justice.

Tuesday – “A good person considers justice for the poor, but wicked people cannot understand such things” – The Bible, book of Proverbs 29:7

2 February 2021|

Thursday 28th January

We have now completed four of the six weeks of this half term. In many ways this time has flown by but for families I do understand how difficult it can be to support home learning for children whilst at the same time working from home or managing everyday life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank families for all they are doing to support both your children and school, it is very much appreciated. I am extremely proud of the way we are all working together as a school community at this challenging time. This will continue to be extremely important now that we know that the earliest we will return to school with be March 8th. With this in mind please remember that you should not hesitate to contact school if you need any further support in helping ensure that your children are accessing their lessons each day. Thank you.

Blended learning for Y7 and Y8
In advance of our move towards an element of live content for Y7 and Y8 students, please see attached for two key documents:

1. Guidance on how to access Google Meet for the live lesson

AHS Google Meet Protocol 2021

2. A summary of for parents, students and teachers about supporting online learning

Google Guide Parents and Students KS3, Jan 2021

Bewerley Park trip for Year 7
We are optimistically hoping that the trip in July may still be able to take place. In this case, if you are able to make the payment by the deadline next week Monday 1st February then please do so as you usually would via wisepay. However, if you have concerns about this payment or need further support please contact main reception and ask to speak with the Year 7 team.

Places offering food support
York CVS and Healthwatch York have compiled a list of all the places where families can get food during lockdown if they are struggling, without needing Food Bank vouchers – you can download it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-B91Jrb_5srFY3l1XHEiAXMpO79mjQvb/view?usp=sharing

Recommended Reads from Mrs Short – Week 4
Y7 – Millions (the not so great) Train Robbery, by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
(Purple. Level 4. Quiz 207463) It is both funny and thought provoking.
Damien makes a small den (hermitage) out of a cardboard box, and he sits in it watching trains. One day £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens it. He thinks it is a gift from God, but with just over two weeks until the national currency changes from pounds to euros. Will he have time to spend it?

You can watch a trailer by clicking on the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHcQF8LNvfE

Millions is the first book of a set of three. The other two are Framed and Cosmic and are available from the library.
You can read the first four chapters of Millions by clicking on the link below.

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Millions.html?id=p3pOaP9_ueQC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y

Also, don’t forget to complete a quiz for any books you have read. You can access Accelerated Reader quickly by using the following link

https://ukhosted83.renlearn.co.uk/1893564

You can borrow virtual books from York Explore. Just follow the link https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/

Y8 – A Good Day For Climbing Trees by Jaco Jacobs
(Green.  Level 5.9. Quiz 235049) find out what the book is about by clicking on the link https://youtu.be/IsaLJJSuYMA
Marnus is the unremarkable brother sandwiched between two stars—the Adonis-like 15-year-old Donovan and the gifted nine-year-old Adrian  “Marnus-in-the-middle, that’s me. Sometimes it felt like I was invisible.” However, when a “weird” girl named Leila comes to Marnus’s door with a petition to save a tree, he follows her to the park to see it, then joins her up in the branches to protest and save the tree from bulldozers.


You can read the first few chapters by clicking on the link below.

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/A_Good_Day_for_Climbing_Trees.html?id=0h69DwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y

You can borrow virtual books from York Explore. Just follow the link

https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/

Also, don’t forget to complete a quiz for any books you have read. You can access Accelerated Reader quickly by using the following link https://ukhosted83.renlearn.co.uk/1893564

Y9 – The Shapeshifter Series by Ali Sparkes.
The first book of the series is Finding the Fox. (Colour Blue. Level 6. Quiz 208708)

Dax has an unhappy home life. He jumps at the chance of attending the boarding school, and upon arrival immediately feels at home. But when a journalist tracks him down his fox senses are on high alert.
Finding Fox is the first book of a series of five, all are available from the library. You can read the first couple of chapters by using the link below.

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Shapeshifter_Finding_the_Fox.html?id=PLDuAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y

You can borrow virtual books from York Explore. Just follow the link

https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/

Also, don’t forget to complete a quiz for any books you have read. You can access Accelerated Reader quickly by using the following link https://ukhosted83.renlearn.co.uk/1893564

KS4 – Woman in Black
This week’s recommended read for KS4 is The Woman in Black, a 1983 horror novel by Susan Hill, written in the style of a traditional Gothic novel. The plot concerns a mysterious spectre that haunts a small English town. You can read an extract here:

http://media.freeola.com/other/24439/thewomaninblackchapter5oakley.pdf

KS5 – Art during lockdown
Have a look a the BBC article below showing the way many 6th form students are coping with lockdown through the use of art!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-52968564

Student Wellbeing – Feel-Goof Friday

Head of Year update – It’s Mrs Avey and Y11….
Year 11 Parent’s Evening – We are really pleased to be able to offer a remote parents evening to discuss your child’s mock results, their engagement with remote learning and their academic progress throughout Year 11.  It is great to see so many students making appointments – hopefully, the process is simple and straightforward.  A reminder to parents that students will make these appointments through their Google Classrooms in each subject and then record the times of the meeting.   The pastoral team have spoken to lot of students individually since the mock results have been released and I know staff are really looking forward to the opportunity to do the same – we look forward to seeing you there.  If you have any problems accessing appointments, please contact a member of the pastoral team for Year 11.

Y11 Careers – This week also saw an opportunity for our Y11 students to engage with careers education and next steps, with the online Year 11 Careers and Skills Fair taking place on 26th January.  The event was live and was also repeated on 28th January at 6:00pm, further details were posted on our Y11 classroom by Miss Robinson, the Careers Advisor and Lead and this opportunity will be will continue to be complemented with a number of 1:1 appointments for Y11 students to discuss their next steps and plans for life after Year 11.

Year 11 Online Lessons – We remain very pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment with which the very vast majority of Y11 pupils conduct their online learning.  As half term approaches, we are taking the time as a school to reflect on what has gone well with our remote learning and where we might be able to make further tweaks and improvements.  The survey sent out earlier this week is to gain the direct feedback of Y10 and Y11 students – the pastoral team are in constant contact with our students about a range of issues via phone, email, text and Google Meet, but this survey also provide a chance for students to offer feedback and their learning and how they’ve engaged with remote education – we would really appreciate them completing it and welcome the feedback!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPB4smW8uxiAiWLJQ_hAE7lctZoqqPn9aMLEyq307aUxAKEg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Year 11 Special Mentions
Through out live learning we have continued to be inundated with positive messages about year 11 from their teachers. Here is a sample from the many received just this week:

– Great RE work: Callum Franks, Olivia Marshall, Lewis Docwra, Tia Barlow, Kenzie Booth, Yonese Lazrak, Jordan Reynolds, Marcus Webster
– Big congratulations to all students in 11B3 Combined Science. They are working brilliantly and special mention this week to Lewis Godliman, Alessandra Hough, George-Gareth White and Leoni Hinchliffe for some fabulous contributions
– Continued brilliant work from 11S1 Triple Science and this week’s special mentions are to Jess Machen and Sophie Warburton for faultless pieces of work on plant and animal adaptations:
– Thank you to all our year 11 students in 11b1 GCSE Science, you are all amazing: All working exceptionally hard in German – Charlotte W; Josh R; Phaedra W; Hannah R; Lillie J; Daryl S; Tala H: Elise Saxton, Jess Simpson, Evie James – all working really hard in science and regular contributors to class discussion. They are fantastic students
– Max Myers – Excellent work in media
– Libby E; Jamie J; Curtis T in English
– Onett P – computer science; Isla L
– Excellence; Earl J; Regan; Yonese; Harvey; John;  Kian; Libby – Sports Studies
– Jen M – Geography
– Jayde L – art: Emma L
– Paige O; Holly T- H&S
– Emma B; Lento Y; Sandy H; Rowan F  – Good effort in on line learning
– Elise Saxton, Jess Simpson, Evie James – all working really hard in science and regular contributors to class discussion
– A shout out to all my hard working year 11 Geography students. I am so impressed by their application:
– 11b3 – couldn’t be more impressed.  All engaged, all working well. 11c2 – So many I can’t name them all but Amelie has been outstanding in her efforts.  I am so pleased with the effort and application so many of them  are putting in, even after 4 weeks.  Although it is not the same as having them in the room, they have made the time with them very enjoyable  Mr McBride, maths.

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is on the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day which falls on Wednesday 27th. Our collective worship has been created by students at Alsop High School in Liverpool. It explains what Holocaust Memorial Day is and explains some of the events of the Holocaust. It contains a moving speech by Holocaust survivor Ziggy Shipper. Our daily quotes are on the theme of Living Together.

Friday – “In the face of evil, we must summon our capacity for good. In the face of hate, we must love.” – Barack Obama, 44th US President

29 January 2021|

Wednesday 27th January

As we seek to further improve and develop our provision for remote learning, we are planning to introduce some elements of ‘live’ teaching into classes in Year 7 and Year 8 slightly earlier than we had previously communicated.  This has been successful in Years 9-13 and we are keen to continue supporting parents and students to learn as productively as possible.

To this end, the following subjects will be ‘trialling’ some live teaching for Year 7 and Year 8, during week 5 (next week) and week 6 (the final week of the half term), with a roll-out to further subjects after half term. Subject teachers will make clear to their classes which lessons will be live and parents will sent some documentation tomorrow to make clear how to access this.

Year 7 will access some live teaching in the following subjects:

  • Maths (starting week 5 – w/c 1st February)
  • History (starting week 5 – w/c 1st February)
  • Design Technology (starting week 5 – w/c 1st February)
  • RE (starting week 5 – w/c 1st February)

Year 8 will access some live teaching in the following subjects:

  • History (starting week 5 – w/c 1st February)
  • Geography (starting week 5 – w/c 1st February)
  • RE (starting week 6 – w/c 1st February)

For these younger year groups there remains a great deal of value in the narrated lessons we have worked hard to produce and these will also continue after half term supplemented by live lessons each week. With the potential of a more prolonged period out of school this blended approach should help continue to keep students motivated and engaged.

KS4 Online Student Survey
As part of our process of reflection and continuous improvement we would like some feedback on the online learning experience of Year 10 and 11. We did this last week with Post 16 and the feedback was extremely helpful. The link can be accessed below and is also available in Google Classrooms.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPB4smW8uxiAiWLJQ_hAE7lctZoqqPn9aMLEyq307aUxAKEg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Student Wellbeing – Thankful Thursday

Art challenge of the week from Miss Dugdale…

Eco Club
Eco Club are sharing a top tip once a week on how families can do one small thing once a week to become more environmentally friendly with a fun quiz on Geography Google Classrooms. This week is an introduction with a carbon calculator and a quiz…..

Head of Year update – It’s Miss Turvey and Y10….
Many of you will have joined in last night with Holocaust Memorial Day and lit a candle at 8pm in order to “be a light in the darkness”. Your young people, as their Act of Collective Worship yesterday, watched the following 15 minute presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQQLnpchn9c&feature=emb_logo ; if you have the time, it is worth the watching. The message of the video is one of hope. Hope for change, hope for a more tolerant society, hope for your future and your children’s future, hope for there being a light in any dark situation we are in. It is times of adversity that a person’s strength, resilience and fortitude shines through. Please thank your children for being shining beacons of hope in a chaotic world.

There are twelve school days between writing this and half term, which is 58 lessons (I have taken off the core PE lessons!) and we can all make it ~ some of us will skip merrily towards half term while others of us will be crawling slowly with every step being painful ~ but we will all make it, as resilience is a key aptitude of any Y10 student. There are ample opportunities to engage with well-being activities, PE zoom sessions and chats with tutors as self-care is important.

Also important is celebration of how well your sons and daughters are working; my colleagues would like to give the following messages: 

  • Miss Dixon says: Scarlett P and Katie H are an utter delight to teach languages to online.
  • Dr Osman says: Isabel C, Leah G, Gemma G and Taylor G-R all working hard and really getting to grips with “The Mole” in Chemistry. 
  • Mr Bryan says: Connor E engagement and enthusiasm for learning in RE has been excellent over the last three weeks.
  • Dr Paul says: Ananya V is absolutely delightful in online Geography lessons, hardworking and so conscientious and James T always reassures me that my mic is working and unmutes to give me a response (ensuring that I don’t feel like I am talking to an empty room – even though I am)
  • Mrs Kitney says: Massive shout outs in Travel and Tourism to Fin, Grace, Imogen, Ellie, Summer, Jack and Faith who are really trying so hard and producing some great work.
  • Mr Williams says: Ben M has been absolutely superb in Triple Science Chemistry lessons since the start of remote learning and Jess T and Ellie F have both been superb. Especially at being prepared to ask the questions that other students were too apprehensive to ask. Continued fantastic work from 10c1 and 10d1. However, special mention to Laura W. for her tenacity at grappling with ionic bonding and balancing equations.
  • Mrs Edmondson says: I have been really impressed with Toby D, Fatmanur H and Imogen M. All really hardworking and mature in their attitude to remote learning in English.
  • Miss Harper says: My group (10d4) were absolutely brilliant today – all who attended the RE lesson engaged throughout! But Special praise today to:

Callum H – attempting Bright Sparks tasks and asking excellent questions

Tyler B – great engagement with all tasks and attempting Bright Sparks

Bradley G – responding to teacher feedback and adding extra detail to his work

Tom F – thoughtful and detailed work

  • Mrs Robertson says: thank you to Keigan C for rounding up the troops and getting the form group to attend the google meet.
  • Miss Cooper says: Just wanted to let you know my Y10 maths class have been great with the online lessons, but Brad G really stands out as being excellent.  He writes everything down, attempts every question and emails me after every lesson with photo evidence of all the work he has done.
    Mrs Freeman says: Grace M, Jack F, Imogen B, Summer D, Faith B in y10 Science – all of you have been making excellent contributions during live lessons. I’m really pleased that you are confidently offering to read parts of the lesson, completing work to a high standard and always engaging well for the lessons. Very impressive work and you should be very proud.
  • Mrs Freeman also says: Finley S (10d3) and Noah H (10d3) working really well in Biology lessons this week. All tasks completed including extension work, well done!
  • Mr Gibson says: Dillon S is amazingly superb and has competed 500 Duolingo German lesson in a week!
  • Mr Knox says: well done to his History class on the effort they put into the 16-mark question. Great resilience.
  • Miss Lawrenson says: excellent engineering work and solid effort from Fenn W-B, Frankie T, Dillon S, Josh S, Oli L, Jamie H, Oli G, Will G, Ethan D, Rob D, Keigan C, Callum C, Ethan C, Tyler B, Isaac A.

As ever please do continue to communicate with us especially if your child is ill or has a meeting during their school time ~ it will save us chasing you by email or on the phone. And thank you for your encouraging emails, phone calls and messages.

Let us all be a light in the darkness. Virtual hugs, Miss T.

The bears are back..
You may remember from the last lockdown that one of my colleagues Dr Bailey from the Teaching School had set up displays in her window each week during this period showing the bears getting up to different things. This has now been updated to reflect the vaccination programme…

From Mr Young, Head of Social Sciences and ITT Lead
Bring your parent to school day! Did anybody ever do this when they were at school? No. Me either… Not until the other day anyway. I always thought it would be nice to introduce this rather American tradition into my classroom. On Monday my year 12 Sociology class had the privilege of being with not just one Mr Young, but two!

Professor John Young bravely agreed for me to interview him on a Zoom call with my year 12 Sociology class. Recently we have been studying the Sociology of health. This means we have been learning about health inequalities in Britain, the role of the medical profession and the social construction of health and illness. It was therefore right that my father entered at least one of our lessons to share some of his wisdom with us.

Professor Young – Emeritus Professor of Elderly Care Medicine, University of Leeds – has a career spanning over 40 years in geriatric care. He was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in Bradford in 1986 and has devoted his life’s work to care of the elderly ever since. He has published a range of research on topics linked to frailty, dementia and stroke. In 2009 he was awarded the Lady Illingham prize for “outstanding contributions” to services for older people. John was seconded to NHS England as National Clinical Director for Integration and Frail Elderly for 2 years before retiring. He now helps me out with the DIY in my home, and is an excellent grandfather to my children.

The students were brilliant. They listened with intent, made lots of notes and asked excellent questions at the end such as “what was the hardest thing you ever had to do?”. I think our admiration for those in the health care profession went up even more after this session and the students were able to see their theory come to life. Well done to all of my wonderful year 12 Sociology students. And thank you Dad for joining us!

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is on the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day which falls on Wednesday 27th. Our collective worship has been created by students at Alsop High School in Liverpool. It explains what Holocaust Memorial Day is and explains some of the events of the Holocaust. It contains a moving speech by Holocaust survivor Ziggy Shipper. Our daily quotes are on the theme of Living Together.

Thursday – “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 20th century Christian missionary in India

27 January 2021|
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