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Headteacher Update (Wednesday 8th April)
As families will be aware students in receipt of free school meals are receiving supermarket vouchers in lieu of lunches. However in these unprecedented times there may be others who are finding themselves struggling financially due to the uncertainty of their work, and perhaps a delay in furlough or benefit payments. The school has a small amount of money raised through fundraising such as the Christmas Fayre. If you are finding yourself struggling financially and worrying about feeding your family, please get in touch with school via using one of the following emails:
Keeping busy – From Mr Haynes, Head of Acomb…. Please CLICK HERE FOR over 60 virtual tours and trips you can take from home. These include aquariums (extract below), art galleries, famous places, music and films, space and planets and Zoos and animals. Well worth a look.
Watch live cams of their rescued dolphins, Winter, Hope and PJ, as well as an otter, pelican and turtle camera.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Balmer for Year 11 and 12 students…. Due to the ongoing school closures, Eton College are offering some of their online learning courses for free to state schools. These are usually around £50 per student. They are particularly aimed at students about to undergo or who are currently undergoing their A-level studies. The courses are all online and include approximately 7-10 hours of self-study. They have been written by Eton college teachers and professors, who are all specialists in their field of work. Students will be guided through various tasks and will be given a signed transcript at the end as recognition of their completion of the course. This would be excellent evidence for applications to university or further education providers.
The two courses we are applying for at Archbishop Holgate’s School are ‘Resilience’ for Year 11 and ‘Research’ for Y12.
This is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to thoroughly prepare themselves for Y12 and 13 and I hope many students will be eager to get involved.
From Miss Woolerton… Saw this poem on Twitter and thought it was great.
Make the Ordinary Come Alive Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.
Summer exam grades, a visual reminder…. We wrote to all Year 11 and Year 13 parents last week explaining the process that has been agreed in terms of awarding students GCSE and A Level grades this summer. The visual below offers a useful summary of the key things we outlined.
From Mrs Lambert…. Some potentially useful resources for students struggling with their mental health during lockdown…
This link provides advice for young people with OCD re: how they can cope during the coronavirus pandemic:
Thought for the Day for Holy Week “Then one of the Twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I turn Jesus over to you?” They paid him 30 pieces of silver. From then on he was looking for a chance to betray him.” – Matt 26: 14-16 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Tuesday 7th April)
Once again this morning we have included a number of extracurricular links and resources that might be useful over the Easter break. Just a reminder that the subject work on the google drive for the next two weeks is completely optional. We made this decision to give families choice and flexibility at this time. If your son or daughter wants to do some additional Science work they can, if they would rather focus on the extracurricular activities or other leisure pursuits then this is equally appropriate. We have made sure that all the subject folders now clearly state that this work is optional.
Useful links from Miss McDermott…. For students in Year 7 and Year 8, there are some great resources on the David Walliams website and a range of fantastic resource packs based on his bestselling books;
From Miss Robinson – I am Me T-shirt Design Competition ‘I am me’ are looking for students to take part in an online t-shirt design competition! ‘I am me’ is a not-for-profit mental health initiative created for young people by young people and they are looking for students help them with designing the first official I am me t-shirts!
They are looking for a design that shares an insight into the mind of a young person growing up in today’s world. The winning design will sit on the back of white t-shirts and can be any shape, size or colour. The competition is open to all students aged between 12-19. You can draw, paint, digitally create your design, however you would like and full details of how to enter are in the brief. Entries must be in by Friday 8th May. You can also download the I am me app in the link below. Please share with your students. Check out: https://www.iammeapp.com/
Accelerated Reader update from Miss Woolerton… As we enter our third week now, I thought it would be nice to celebrate the reading successes of our students over the past week or so. The following students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have all read and quizzed on at least one reading book, which is fantastic:
George Horner, Russell Broadbent, Emma Lyons, Miles Hall, Lucas Whatling, Imogen Brewer, Stimson, Bethany, Lucas Brannan, Erin Childs, Amelie Darwin, Josiah Finn, Thomas Leonard, Luca Vicari-Lowson, Cindy Xia, Naomi Hunton, Alfie Hornshaw, Robyn McDermott, Sophia Nicolle, Penelope Perring, Joshua Smith, Flo Wakeling, Imogen Price, Imogen Morris, Tyler O’Brien, Zoe Williams, Lauren Taylor, Grace Wilson, Thomas Wilson, Freya Soppelsa, Bianca-Maria Sirbu, Matthew Waites and Jonte Robinson
Remember that encouraging students to read is a quick and easy way to ensure that their brains are stimulated and they are learning. Students should be encouraged to read whatever material they are interested in: from online articles to autobiographies to comics and more! Once students have finished a book, why not see if there is an associated quiz on our Accelerated Reader programme?
From Mr Charlton – Head of Y12… Spring is a fantastic time of the year. Evenings stay lighter for longer, the weather improves and we have Easter celebrations to look forward. Some of you may even have been planning to go on a holiday or short break at some point over the next two weeks, indeed I should have been driving to Centre Parks today with the family, instead I am sat at the dining room table in front of a lap top.
For Year 12 students, the Easter holiday will always be doubly important as we expect you to continue to work hard towards your A-Levels and BTEC qualifications. Despite the challenging times, this year is no exception and I hope you have been able to settle into a working at home routine that works well for you.
Congratulations to the following students who have excelled working from home over the past two weeks.
Beth Mason – nominated by Mrs Kellett for producing great quality work in Psychology which is often handed in before the deadline. Keep up the great work!
Daisy Pearson – nominated by Mr Avery for a piece of work which is outstanding and is by far the best essay she has written me all year.
Michael Joyce & Hannah Smith – nominated by Mr Charlton in Business for a series of outstanding pieces of work using Google Drive resources. Fantastic work!
Katie Fearnley & Olivia Teasdale – nominated by Mrs Armes for their ongoing hard work & commitment in French, although the whole class have been excellent!
Abby Dennis, Amy Birchall, Emily Pearcy – nominated by Mr Knox. These students have worked incredibly hard completed work to a great standard, despite the challenges of adapting to Home Learning.
Well done to you all!
More Y12 news from Miss Gray in Science…
It’s been great to see how many students are working hard on the Remote Learning platform, Google Classroom. They have been returning their work quickly and enjoy receiving their marking feedback. Here are few comments from this week:
‘Thanks for making it easier for us, I think we all agree that what you’ve done has helped us a lot during these weird times’
‘I saw the message saying I would receive an email inviting me to join google classroom. I am keen to join in.’
‘Thanks Miss. I understand where I went wrong now. Hope you’re doing ok.’
‘Just wanted to give you a bit of feedback that I preferred today’s lesson structure, and I liked how there was a video there too. It helped a lot. I asked my friend what she thought of it and she agreed. I think this google classroom is a very good idea and helps us feel like we can have help when we need it.’
We are also keeping the AHS Google Drive filled with activities, lesson plans and stretch and challenge tasks. Pupils are engaging and enjoying!
PE Activities from the York Sport Partnership – ‘Train like a pro’
I’m sure everyone on social media and on the internet have seen many professional athletes putting their workout videos online. Your task is to train like a pro in a sport of your choice.
Identify your favourite sport
Go online, to social media, YouTube or to sports magazines such as 442 (for football) and choose 5 exercises that the professionals seem to be performing (if you’re struggling, take a look at the links below)
Write the exercises down on a sheet of paper or on a mobile device/ tablet/ laptop. Don’t just write down the first 5 you see, research the ones you feel would be most beneficial to you.
Then write down the muscle groups each exercise is working – try to be specific, instead of just writing ‘Legs’ can you mention ‘Quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius’.
Complete a workout with the exercises you have just identified. You could do the exercises in a timed circuit style e.g. perform each exercise for 60 seconds followed by a 30 second rest OR you could perform in a rep based circuit style e.g. 15reps of each exercise, then take a 30 second test before you move onto the next exercise. You could repeat either structure until you have completed the exercises 3 times each.
Could you complete the workout 3 times next week? E.g. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Compare the differences between how you felt on the 3 days.
Some question prompts to get you thinking:
Which days workout felt the hardest?
On a scale of 1-10 how hard did you find each workout?
Why did your muscles feel more sore after your first workout?
What would happen if you continued to perform this workout for a longer period of time? E.g. over 4 weeks.
Why do professional athletes do fitness based exercises during off periods in the season?
Hopefully that gives the older primary children and secondary pupils a little research task and exercise plan to get stuck into and gets them thinking about the theory of exercise and why it’s so important for athletes to keep their fitness up during breaks in the season.
Thought for the Day
For Holy Week – “Every day Jesus taught in the Temple. The chief priests and the leaders wanted to kill him, but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people kept listening to him, not wanting to miss a single word.” – Luke 19:47-48 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Monday 6th April)
Remote Learning and Feedback (Y7- Y11) There has been some really lovely feedback from parents and students about the work our staff are setting for learning at home – these kind comments are really appreciated by staff who are working very hard to make the best of what is a challenging situation for everyone. Thank you! Obviously there will continue to be challenges as we look to set work and feedback online, but we appreciate parents and students continuing to work with us. Some updates regarding setting work and our plans for offering feedback:
Work will be available for students to complete over Easter, if they wish. The work will be clearly labelled as OPTIONAL for students
Students will have noticed that there is now a DROP BOX folder on the googledrive. This is the place where they can leave work for feedback from their teachers
We are now seeking to include answers and examples to go alongside work, so that students can include some self-assessment and marking, allowing them to check that they are on the right track
We are in the process of mapping out when ‘assessments’ will take place for each year group. When this is completed parents will receive a clear list of all the pieces of work their child has to complete, along with submission dates. These pieces of work will then receive detailed, individual feedback
A reminder that Y11 students should continue to work on their BTEC coursework, they will receive specific instructions from their class teachers
We now have a superb range of Y11 transition materials available, so that Y11 students can start preparing for September. These can be found on the googledrive in the ‘Year 11 Transition’ folder.
Awarding of examination grades in Summer 2020 A reminder that on Friday Miss McDermott (Y11) and Mrs De Lashley (Y13) wrote to parents and students to update families on the most recent guidance we have received from the Department for Education and Ofqual, regarding the awarding of examination grades in Summer 2020. Whilst I do not intend to replicate these letters here there are some important messages that are worth reinforcing:
All schools will be asked to generate ‘centre assessment grades’ for each student, in each subject. This will be the teacher prediction of what grade they think a young person would have achieved in their subject
We are really confident that the hard-working nature of our students, their diligent approach to exam preparation and the robustness of our internal assessment procedures, combined with the fact that AHS has a history of achievement and progress that is amongst the best in the country puts us in a really positive position to deal with this period of unprecedented change.
The results entered by teachers will be confidential –schools will not be able to release these grades to students. This is because it will be the government who determines the final grade awarded to students.
As such we respectfully ask parents not to contact individual teachers about potential grades for students. We appreciate your support with ths matter.
Full guidance document from the government here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877842/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents.pdf
Please note, the above information does not apply to BTEC subjects in either Year 11 or Year 13. Students studying for these qualifications need to continue to complete their submissions of work under the guidance of their class teacher until we have a further update about how grades will be allocated.
Year 11 to Y12 Transition As explained in the letter we now have in place provision for students who are planning to pursue further study in September, either in our Sixth Form, or at alternative providers. If students access the Google Drive through the AHS website here:
In this folder, students can find work that will start to prepare them for Post-16 study. We would strongly encourage students to complete the work in any subject that they might be interested in pursuing in September – don’t just limit to the subjects they have currently selected. We hope there will be numerous benefits from this, not just preparation for specific subjects but also maintaining the academic impetus that students were developing so well prior to school closure, hopefully building their curiosity and excitement, ready for September and, very importantly, helping them to maintain some routine and good study habits that will be of great benefit to them in the long run.
If parents have any questions they can contact:
Mrs DeLashley (Director of Post16) email@example.com
Miss McDermott (Deputy Head) firstname.lastname@example.org
World Class Schools Earlier this year we were short-listed to enter the accreditation process to be a ‘World Class School’. The organisation has put together some resources to support home study, with projects being made available for Year 11 students and Year 13 students. No computer access is required for these (just a phone) and more details can be found in the World Class Schools folder on the Google Drive.
Free School Meals There is a new quick and easy way to claim free school meals. Children attending a school in York can apply for free school meals if Parents or Careers are receiving certain benefits and we can assist to ensure no one is missing out. When we process your application we will use your details to check your child’s eligibility, checking information held by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education; this quick online check means we can often confirm eligibility immediately. If your child is eligible, the benefits are a free school meal for your child, which is good for their health and could help their learning. Savings for you, worth over £350 a year and extra money for the school through Pupil Premium, worth at least £900 a year. Once your details are in the system it will continue to check your child’s eligibility periodically, even if your circumstances change without you having to tell us. To apply for Free School Meals please contact the school for an application form.
AHS Journey Challenge Week 1 Even though students are currently not at school, they will continue to develop and grow as an individual. Their AHS journey has not stopped! Each week, we will send things to think about yourself and set challenges to share with others. This is optional but we would love to hear from you all!
AHS Journey Challenge Week 1
The recent weeks have seen the nation join together for lots of activities to cheer everybody up in difficult times.
Have you joined in with:
The rainbow challenge?
The teddy bear challenge?
The applause for the NHS?
The Joe Wicks daily PE session?
An online event?
This week, we want to celebrate you joining in, from home, with any of these or something completely different.
Send a photo or an update on your activities to either Miss Kincell at email@example.com or Mr Williams firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share these on the Year 7 page if you give us permission to do so.
We have all found we have a lot more time on our hands and this is a great opportunity to try something new.
Have you taken this opportunity to:
Get more sleep and rest?
Play board games with your family?
Spend more time with your family?
Try something completely new?
This week, we want to celebrate any positive opportunities you have had at home.
Send a photo or an update on your activities to either Mrs Edmondson email@example.com or Mr Williams firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share these on the Year 8 page if you give us permission to do so.
This has been a difficult time for everybody and we have all had to stop and think about what is important to us, what we need to do to protect ourselves and others and finally what we need to do to stay well.
Over the last week, have you:
Learnt something new about yourself or your family
Found out you can do more than you thought you could?
Thought about what is important to you and what you will look forward to doing when this is over?
This week, we want to hear updates about what you have learnt about yourself and what you have learnt about others.
Share your experiences and what you have learnt by sending a message to either Miss Turvey email@example.com or Mr Williams firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share a selection of these on the Year 9 page.
Over the last few weeks, you will no doubt have found things tough. Each of us have had to show resilience in very tough circumstances, resisting the temptation to carry on with our normal routines and do lots of the things we enjoy.
Over the last week, have you:
Had to resist the temptation to meet up with friends?
Taken responsibility for jobs in the house, including looking after younger siblings?
Had to show resilience dealing with independent work at home?
This week, we want to hear your stories about how you’ve been resilient in these difficult times. What advice would you give other students (and adults) about overcoming the challenges you’ve faced?
Share your experiences and advice by sending a message to either Mrs Avey email@example.com Mr Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share a selection of these on the Year 10 page.
This has been a really challenging time for Year 11 and you will still feel lots of uncertainty about what will happen next. However, it is important to focus on what you can control.
Have you thought about:
What you will do when this is all over?
What are you excited about doing next year?
Challenging yourself with different work?
How would you like to celebrate with the rest of Year 11 when we can?
This week, we want to hear from you! We want to know how you are doing and what you’re focusing on at the moment. We also want to know if there is anything we can do!
Please update us with a message, sending it to either Mr Arthur email@example.com or Mr Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share a selection of these on the Year 11 page. It’s important to keep in touch!
This week has brought out the best in lots of people. We have seen people stepping forward and volunteering for their local communities and the NHS. We have seen stories in the news of act of kindness.
Over the last week, have you:
Set an example to those around you by following the government guidelines?
Undertaken important work as a key worker?
Volunteered or helped your family or others in a specific way?
This week, we want to hear from what you’ve been doing and the leadership and initiative you have taken, either at home, or if you are able, at work.
Please update us with a message, sending it to either Mr Charlton email@example.com or Mr Williams firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share a selection of these on the Year 12 page.
Like the Year 11s, this has been a really challenging time for Year 13 and you may feel uncertain about your future. However, there is lots to celebrate:
Over the last week, have you:
Thought about your favourite memories of AHS?
Thought about what you want to achieve next?
Thought about what you’d advise other students who are about to start Sixth Form in September?
This week, we want to hear about your favourite moments from AHS. These could be from any time.
Please send us a message with your favourite moment or memory to either email@example.com or Mr Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share a selection of these on the Year 13 page.
Thought for the Day For Palm Sunday – “Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting; Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” – John 12;12-13 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Friday 3rd April)
Headteachers Update As we approach what would have been the traditional Easter Holiday we have a busy bulletin to share with you. Given the uncertain times we are in it is our intention to continue to send these updates over the next two weeks to help keep families in touch with school. We will also continue to set work over this period for Y7 to 10 but this will be optional for students to complete. We hope that this will give families the flexibility to fit in with their specific circumstances over Easter.
Pathfinder MAT Newsletter As families are aware we are, alongside 9 primary schools, part of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust. Having such close partnerships is a benefit at all times but especially at the moment. You can see the latest Newsletter via the link below:
Supporting Mental Wellbeing – Guidance for Adults and Children The NHS has come up with 19 tips of things you can do NOW to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home:
From Miss Turvey for Year 9 (I think this is excellent!) but suitable for all…
Good Morning Lovely Y9….
I hope that you have managed to get to grips with the google drive and are now all in a set daily routine, which may start with Joe Wicks and may end with you writing in your diary/journal. If you are having any problems or issues then please do contact school (01904 4113410) during school hours or email email@example.com at any time; there may be a delay but someone will get back to you. Today is your last day of term and you would have had your cultural enrichment trip. Fortunately you can still take this virtually by following the links below (and hopefully for real in September):
A trip to Kingston-Upon-Hull for SRo, RGi, LBr and RMewould include Ferens Art Gallery, the town trail taking in the White Hart where allegedly the rebels met who started the English Civil War, Amy Johnson’s aeroplane in St Stephen’s Court and also a visit to Wilberforce Museum, the birthplace of William Wilberforce. He was an abolitionist who campaigned against the Slave Trade and for 43 years tried to get his Anti-Slavery Bill passed in parliament. His resilience finally paid off when in 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act became law; Wilberforce had died one month earlier from flu. Check out the 2006 film Amazing Grace starring Ioan Gruffudd.
A trip to Wakefield for JLi, BDu and EMoto the National Coal Mining Museum for an expedition down the pit in the tiny cage lift to the coal face; coal was the life blood of Britain becoming Great during the C19th Industrial Revolution and caused the growth of some amazing Yorkshire cities such Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Doncaster and Middlesbrough. Spend the afternoon in the Sculpture Park where you can check out the wonderfully weird world of Damien Hirst, the colourful Portugese artist Joana Vasconcelos and Alfredo Jaar’s Garden of Good and Evil
A trip to Bradford for Ima, By, JRi and MPe to the Science and Media Museum where the games and animation exhibition would whet your appetite ready for the Space workshop and IMAX cinema presentation; as it is a media museum it has set up an on-line museum experience as well as looking at the science of CV19.
Have as good an Easter holiday as is possible, but stay at home and if you are at a loose end then the AHS staff have put optional Easter work on the website. Take care, stay safe, have fun and be kind ~ virtual hugs to all. Miss
Y12 to Y13 Transition: Y12 have adjusted to the school closure in an impressive manner. They are responding well to the work being set and they understand the significance of not falling behind despite these very difficult circumstances. The work being set has been adjusted to support Home Learning and feedback is being given alongside, where possible, recorded lessons. We are all adjusting together and it is preparing us all for the best start to Y13 that we can hope for despite this prolonged period of absence from school. At this time we do not know if we will be returning to school before the summer break and we are having to plan what to do if summer assessments are unable to take place for Y12. The Y12 assessments are usually the key indicator in what plan we put in place for students progressing to Y13. We still plan on having transition meetings with families when we are able to, to best discuss what is needed to secure future progression plans. If we do not return to school before the end of the summer term, we will reschedule the summer mock exams and move them to the Autumn term. This is to ensure that we can monitor progress and put in place the necessary intervention to support expected outcomes at the end of Y13. Following these assessments we can have further meetings with families to discuss slimming the curriculum down from four subjects to three where appropriate, something we usually do following the summer exams. This does mean that students must be putting equal effort into the Home Learning of all of their subjects despite their future plans and aspirations. The aim of this is to ensure that all students leave us with the very strongest of outcomes that they can, across at least three subjects, something required for Higher Education and to be a competitive apprentice applicant. Once we have more clarity over when school may resume, we will be able to formulate a proper plan and notify you of it. In the meantime, Y12 should continue as they are.
Should they need any support or there are any questions regarding any of this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Key Stage 4 Book of the half term – Recommendation from Mrs Evans We hope that you are all keeping safe and have found some extra time to do some reading. Online book sales have been soaring over recent weeks as people look to literature to get us through these difficult times. And it’s easy to see why when literature continues to connect us with other humans, worlds and events from the safety of our homes. Science is increasingly proving that reading promotes good mental health and we hope it brings you comfort over the following months. All the ‘KS4 Books of the Half Term’ so far can be found in the Year 9 and Year 10 English folders on googledrive if you’d like some inspiration for what to read. Well done to everyone who read our third spring 2 KS4 Book of the Half Term, ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’. There is now a sequel called, ‘The Next Person You Meet In Heaven’ if you’d like to know more about the little girl Eddie saved. ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ is a thought-provoking memoir by Mitch Albom too.
Presenting our KS4 Book of the Half Term for summer 1: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the colour yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher, everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally
Covid guidance for families in different languages – Mrs Cox Please find attached a useful document to support families. CLICK HERE to open it.
Using Hegarty Maths – An update from Mrs Crabtree… We’ve been really impressed with how well our students have been getting on with their maths work via the Hegarty Maths website. It’s great to see so many of them watching the videos, attempting the tasks and asking their teachers questions as they go. For those students struggling to get on, I’ve attached a guide which will hopefully help. Please remember, to make the most out of this brilliant resource students should:
1) Watch the tutorial video & copy down any key methods and examples. 2) Show working in a book/on paper whilst working through each task. 3) Ask their teacher questions via the ‘send comment’ button.
All pupils’ passwords were reset a couple of weeks ago so if your child hasn’t logged on since then, they can simply choose their own password. Any queries, please get in touch.
To download a guide on using Hegarty Maths – CLICK HERE
From Mr Evans in Science – Amazon www.amazon.co.uk are offering free downloads on a whole host of books. The link for the A level sciences is https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?node=21173577031&pf_rd_r=8FNEZK3F3SRDZ5XY8WJV&pf_rd_p=a3e93a49-ee98-49fe-a74d-ec09c3a87bc1
Indeed Amazon has cancelled subscription of books and audio for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Keeping busy – An idea from Mrs Lambert… This is a useful article on The Independent’s website re: supporting students working at home – a guide for parents: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/coronavirus-children-school-closed-healthy-happy-learning-a9412976.html There are also links to websites, which some parents might find useful in stretching their children/broadening the curriculum.
Keeping busy – Careers ideas from Mrs Robinson… The Easter holidays are nearly upon us – and they’re going to be a bit different to normal. We’ve pulled together some some recent articles from ‘success at school’ for students and parents to use as careers resources during the break.
Content for students • 60 Second Interview: Apprentice Solicitor • Future-proof jobs: Emerging careers in each school subject • 5 jobs in Star Wars you could actually do
Content for parents • Helping your child overcome gender stereotypes in the world of work • How you can help your child develop employability skills
Greetings from AHS Chaplaincy This coming Sunday is the Christian festival of Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Here are a few suggestions as to how you might mark this occasion and get a bit of spiritual input and refreshment during these challenging times.
St Paul’s Church in Holgate is live streaming a service on Sunday morning from 10:15. www.youtube.com/channel/UCy2cUq1X4pCXsT5QoGP-Sqw
St Michael le Belfrey Church in York city centre will be live streaming worship at 9am, 11am and 6pm. more details can be found here: https://www.belfrey.org/livestream Alternatively, this is the address of their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2JYxKv2H1x3NPSPl5bauqQ
The website of our ordained Chaplain, Revd Paul Deo, has a set of recent sermons and some encouraging video thoughts: https://www.heworthchristchurch.com/
The Church of England also has a search engine that enables you to search for live streamed services in your immediate locality, as well as bible studies and prayer meetings: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/live-stream/?tags=Live_stream&archdeaconry=431
Do let me know if your church is live streaming some form of worship during Holy Week and over Easter. We can then share this more widely. Bless you all and stay safe, Mr Nihill.
Thought for the Day “I am the Lord your God; I strengthen you and tell you, ‘Do not be afraid; I will help you’.” – Isaiah 41:13 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Thursday 2nd April)
Please find below the usual daily updates that we feel families may find useful. A reminder that at this difficult time school is here to support our school community in any way we can.
Keeping children safe online At this time the need to stay safe online is more important than ever. The following are some links that come with government recommendations:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
Of course all the information we regularly include in our Newsletters and on our website will also prove helpful.
Helpful hints for supporting students with their work As everyone struggles to develop a new routine of learning (and often working) from home, we have tried to collate a list of ‘top tips’ for supporting your child in their school work. Many of these have come from our staff who are currently doing the same with their children, I hope there are some useful ideas for parents and children:
Encourage them to keep active, taking part in things like the Joe Wicks work outs
Try and make sure that each child has a specific place to work
Set out their equipment and everything they need for the task read
Work through all the task instructions together, so that they understand exactly what they need to do. Spending 10 or 15 minutes doing helps them be more productive when they start working by themselves
Set a clear timeframe for completion – this is not an exact science, but might help them stay focused
Map in frequent, small breaks
Make screen time intentional – try to separate where they work on school work and where they are using their devices for leisure time
Make use of some of the fantastic websites that are out there (see below for a list)
Try and make sure that the students don’t ‘overwork’. Put firm timelines in place and stop them if you feel like they’re doing too much.
Don’t panic if it goes wrong/they don’t get it/you can’t help them. This is never going to be an ideal situation, we’re all just doing our best in a national crisis. If neither you nor you child can make sense of the work, email the teacher for help and move on to a different task or subject.
If all else fails, get them reading!
Useful websites and ideas (any of these have already gone out):
Music with Myleene Klass: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ/
PE with Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKGNzNbWjU
English with David Walliams: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Maths with Carol Voderman (younger students): https://www.themathsfactor.com/?awc=5757_1585746413_d7f3f7b03a1157c9b7424b48ab3934e4&utm_source=Affiliate&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=PRI_MAT_27JAN2014_TMF_General&source=aw
History with Dan Snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozx8E8CJHzs
Duolingo for Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/
Ted-Ed (from the makers of Ted Talks) https://ed.ted.com/lessons?
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/
Miss Newton and the York Music Hub Today we launch share.yorkmusichub.org.uk an online music space for all young people in and around York. The idea is to have an forum where we celebrate music making and creativity. The area is for anyone who had a concert cancelled, a festival pulled, an exam postponed or just for anyone who’s using this time to work on being musical. It’s for things are happening or that were happening in school, it’s for families at home, it’s a way for us all to connect and share and enjoy each other’s music at this really difficult time. There are some shares on the site already, please do add more! All details of how to do that are on the site just follow the “submissions” link. Any questions – please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers from Mr Avery If you have completed your academic work and want something a little different, why not get stuck into some employability skills? This can be found in the careers folder on the google drive, and focuses on building communication skills, employability skills and other vital aspects of building a successful career. Each set of resources has been differentiated by key stage, and is appropriate for each students stage in education. There is a huge amount of lessons and resources to go through, so I recommend you pick a key employability skill you would like to develop and have a go!
Care Provision for children of Key Workers and the ‘Vulnerable’ I thought it would be helpful to remind families about this important information. If you are a parent/carer who is a Key Worker or your child is classified as ‘Vulnerable’, please can you book your places for child care for the Easter Holidays either by phoning:
Visiting the school website and booking online
We do ask that your child stays at home unless it is an absolutely essential they attend school. We must all work together to protect everyone, this includes our students, our staff and the whole population.
If they do have to attend: We are now using the 6th Form building. We are asking that:
Where possible students are provided with a snack for break time and a pack-up for lunchtime.
They do NOT have to wear school uniform.
Students who qualify to attend must attend for the full school day
The school will run at the usual times Monday to Friday, with registration beginning at 8:50am
Students need to bring to school the following: Reading book, Basic equipment (e.g. pens and pencils) and PE kit
School will finish at 3.10pmNormal school rules and expectations apply
Students attending school will not be set additional homework, but will have access to all of our ‘Learning from Home’ resources
No after school clubs will run
Young Minds – Supporting Families The Young Minds website is an excellent source of support. It has resources for parents and students to support them in this difficult time. The website can be accessed via the link below: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/
Thought for the Day “I am the Lord your God; I strengthen you and tell you, ‘Do not be afraid; I will help you’.” – Isaiah 41:13 – The Bibl
Headteacher Update (Wednesday 1st April)
Headteacher Update Please find below the usual daily updates that we feel families may find useful. A reminder that at this difficult time school is here to support our school community in any way we can.
School trip update Following the closure of schools in the UK and subsequent ‘stay at home’ advice, we have been able to definitively cancel some visits with a very imminent departure date. In terms of those trips planned for later in the summer term we are awaiting further guidance to ensure that we fully comply with any insurance requirements. We continue to work closely with our tour operators and will be in a position to provide an update after Easter. Please be assured that if trips do not go ahead they will either be re-scheduled or refunds will be provided. Many thanks for your understanding in these difficult circumstances.
Y11 BTEC Unit Results BTEC will release examination outcomes for specific units in Engineering, IT and Enterprise on 1st April. Currently, neither BTEC nor Ofqual have released any guidance about how these results will be used as part of students’ final grades, or indeed whether they will be used at all. As soon as further information regarding the use of these results is released to school, we will pass this on to parents and students in Year 11. If families have any questions about this please contact school.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Woolerton…. The Open University have made tons of their courses completely free, including certification. The ‘Education and Development’ section has a range of particularly useful course, ranging from how to be a good school business manager, to leadership, to honing subject expertise. There are also courses on how to teach at home, parenting etc… There are 7 other subject categories to choose from. You can select which level of course 1,2 or 3, and then complete for free at home. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/subject-information
Keeping busy – An idea from Mr Lever… Bright Sparks Challenge – The updated challenges for the remainder of the academic year are now on the Google Drive with a Dropbox for those who complete. Hopefully the instructions are clear.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss McDermott…. Please find below the PIXL ‘Kindness and Well-being’ Challenge, offering 100 ideas and activities for students to complete. If children or parents use social media, they can share pictures using #PiXLBeKind, or share them with the school twitter account!
Online wellbeing support for students The following online support may be of some use to families in the coming weeks.
Thought for the Day ” Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” – Isaiah 41:10 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Tuesday 31st March)
Headteachers Update I hope families are finding both the academic and extra-curricular updates we are providing useful. If there are things that you feel we should be sharing that we are not please be in touch to let us know. We continue to be available to support all members of our school community.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss McDermott….. Universal Project Guide – If you’re bored, why not use some of your time to develop a project in an area that you are really interested in? The Universal Project Guide (below) talks you through how to develop each stage of an individual project and gives lots of ideas for how you can research areas of interest.
Choose the subject area Think about something you are personally interested in OR something that you know you need to know more about:
A scientific discovery or phenomenon? A scientist? An inventor?
A period of history? An ancient civilisation? A big event or political issue?
A person with an interesting life story? A work of art or an artist?
An interesting place in the world? A book or film?
An aspect of nature? Plants and animals, interesting environments and ecosystems?
A debate or issue that is important to you?
Your personal hobby or interests: music, sport, fashion, technology…. Anything!
Start with background reading and searching. Use a mixture of books and online research. It’s better to use focused search engines:
This is a great search tool: https://www.researchify.co.uk/
The National Geographic website for kids has loads of great information https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
This website has collections of videos aimed specifically at school children http://www.sqooltube.com/
Look at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize for great video clips and information
Wikipedia is an obvious place to start for lots of projects but take care not to get bogged down in details you don’t understand: https://www.wikipedia.org/
Use Youtube as a search tool. https://www.youtube.com/ e.g type in “How did dinosaurs become extinct?’ or ‘Who was Frida Kahlo?’
Check to see if you think the material feels like it’s aimed at the right age-group as best you can. Zoom in further: Set yourself a series of questions or challenges: Once you have read around a subject, frame your project as a question or series of questions. This helps to give your project a sense of purpose and achievement: Give your project a title that is a question like one of these.
Who was Nelson Mandela and what did he achieve?
Where was Mesopotamia and what was life like there?
How does the International Space Station work and what does it do?
What are the 10 most endangered species and how can we protect them?
Who discovered electricity and how did they do it?
What is the Turner Prize and who has won it?
How has the Olympic Games changed in the last 100 years?
How have computers/calculators/bicycles/cars/shoes/food changed over time?
Collect your evidence and information Before you write anything, collect lots of information. It can be annoying to lose things after you find them so make lots of notes, collect website links in your favourites, cut pictures out of magazines or download them on your computer or phone. A good project is likely to have a nice mix or images and text so try to create a visual record of the story you will tell, like a scrapbook.
Produce a project product in one or more styles Decide how to present your information. There are so many possibilities and you can do one or more of them for the same project:
A newspaper report or magazine article
A personal diary or first-person account of your exploration and ideas.
A report to inform readers about what you found: a booklet or a traditional essay.
Fact files: Scroll through these examples. Decide what the most important information is and record it for your readers.
Include a timeline for anything historical
Include maps, graphs, tables and diagrams.
Use some technology: make a video or a powerpoint presentation.
Set up your own blog: it’s easy once you get started.
Make a piece of work inspired by the research e.g. a piece of art.
Make it into a scrapbook, folder or booklet using simple paper and pen.
Write your own quiz based on your research – giving questions and answers. Use this to test your family members after they’ve read your project.
Updates from Mr Avery… Brilliant Club It has been announced that the Y10 students who took part In the brilliant club earlier this year, excelled in a range of skillsets. In the findings published by the academics behind the brilliant club, it was noted that the students from Archbishop Holgate’s school excelled in their research and evidence element of the task, and achieved on average a grade higher than other schools that submitted students for the award. This is an excellent achievement which once again highlights the hard work and dedication the students showed in achieving their award in January. When school re opens, the Y8 cohort selected for the award this year have high standard to reach, however I remain confident then can match the fabulous achievement of our Y10 students.
Careers Newsletter If you are interested in keeping up with all the fantastic work students have completed toward their future careers, please see our termly careers newsletter. This has been designed to keep parents informed of the students progress toward their chosen career, contains interviews with former students who are building their own careers in a variety of sectors and highlights local job market information and employability skills. This newsletter has been emailed home to all parents, and will continue to be published once a month. Any constructive feedback about this new resource is very much welcomed.
Free History Lectures If your thirst for History has not been quenched, why not access some free History lectures from Gresham College? Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years, and currently has a backlog of excellent Historical lectures on a variety of topics. This resource is aimed at Y11-Y13. https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools/history
Post 16 Update from Miss DeLashley…. Year 13 UCAS update Earlier this week, you may have received an email from UCAS to tell you they were extending May’s UCAS Undergraduate decision and reply deadlines following an announcement form the government, asking universities and colleges in England to hold back from making unconditional offers or amending existing offers.
The new dates are below:
Original date UCAS Undergraduate deadline New date
5 May 2020 The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020. 19 May 2020
6 May 2020 The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020. 20 May 2020
These dates have been updated in Track, and UCAS have emailed applicants to let them know if their deadlines have changed. Most of you have already made your firm and insurance choice, in which case this makes no difference. Should you have any questions regarding this then please do get in touch.
Y13 Vocational deadlines:
Y13 Health and Social Care Unit 17 final submission Wednesday 1st April
Y13 Sport Unit 23 Session Plan Friday 3rd April
Y13 Sport Unit 5 Learning Aim A & C Friday 3rd April
Y13 Health and Social Care Unit 19 first submission Friday 24th April
Y13 Health and Social Care Unit 14 resubmission Tuesday 28th April
School bus services – A41, A42 and A43 Following recent announcements we have been working with Pullman regarding provision of bus services. The A41, A42 and A43 will operate until the end of term, Thursday 2nd April, for any student of a key worker who is attending school and will then cease until such time as school re-opens to all students.
Greetings from Mr Nihill and AHS Chaplaincy…. Some of you may be in habit of attending church on Sunday morning and cannot now do so due to the government restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19. Alternatively, perhaps some of you would like a bit of spiritual input and refreshment in the midst of these challenging times.
St Paul’s Church in Holgate is live streaming a service on Sunday morning from 10:15. Due to restrictions it is not actually live, but is a compilation of pre-recorded videos compiled from contributions by members of St Paul’s and St Barnabas’ congregations. The service from Sunday 29th March can still be watched and can be found at the site below, as can the link to their coming service on 5th April: www.youtube.com/channel/UCy2cUq1X4pCXsT5QoGP-Sqw
On Sunday 29th the National Church Service was led from Bishopthorpe Palace by our school patron Archbishop Sentamu and his wife Margaret. This is still available to watch on: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
The website of our ordained Chaplain, Revd Paul Deo, has a set of recent sermons and some encouraging video thoughts: https://www.heworthchristchurch.com/
The Church of England also has a search engine that enables you to search for live streamed services in your immediate locality, as well as bible studies and prayer meetings: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/live-stream/?tags=Live_stream&archdeaconry=431
I would love know if your church is Live Streaming some form of worship and we can share the details of this later in the week. Send me a link to the site at email@example.com
Family Matters Family Matters York are a local charity that run excellent sessions to assist people in the challenging task of parenting. Due to current restrictions they are not able to do this in their usual manner, yet they realise that we are all at home with our children for several weeks and we could do with the support of other parents and help and ideas more than ever.
They are therefore hoping to be able to run a “Handling Anger in the Family” course over Zoom, an online platform. Typically the course has 2 sessions looking at how parents handle their own anger and 2 sessions exploring ways in which parents can help their children to effectively manage their anger. The Zoom course will involve the presentation of material, whole group discussions and small group activities which will all take place online. They are aware that you will have your children at home and so are asking parents what the best time to run this course would be:
9 to 11am 2 to 4pm 7.30 to 9.30pm
If you are interested in participating contact Helen as soon as possible on: 07393 147 259 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thought for the Day ” When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty, I put my trust in you. I praise God for his word. I trust God, so I am not afraid.” – Psalm 56:3,4 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Monday 30th March)
Headteachers Update I hope everyone had a safe and restful weekend. As we begin another ‘school week’ we will continue to do our best to keep families updated with both information around academic learning and also ideas for more extracurricular activities. We will of course also share the latest government guidance in relation to schools.
Key Workers’ and the ‘Vulnerable’ The school remains open for children of ‘Key Workers’ and the ‘Vulnerable’, however in line with government advice we do ask that your child stays at home unless it is an absolutely essential they attend school. We appreciate your support at this challenging time.
We are now using the 6th Form building. We are asking that: • Where possible students are provided with a snack for break time and a pack-up for lunchtime. • Students do NOT have to wear school uniform. • Students who qualify should attend for the full school day • The school will run at the usual times Monday to Friday, with registration beginning at 8:50am • Students need to bring to school the following: Reading book, Basic equipment (e.g. pens and pencils) and PE kit • School will finish at 3.10pm • Normal school rules and expectations apply • Students attending school will not be set additional homework, but will have access to all of our ‘Learning from Home’ resources • No after school clubs will run
Please could families ensure that they inform the school of the days that you want your child to attend. You can do this by: • The ‘Care Form’ on the schools website. • Phoning the school and explaining when you require the provision. We appreciate the support with this and will continue to ensure that the experience those students who are in school receive is of a high quality.
The Happy Newspaper In response to a couple of enquiries…. ‘The Happy Newspaper’ free resource pack ‘to celebrate positive news, acts of kindness and teach children how to be mindful in a fun and colourful way’ can be accessed at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/txqw8aahpwk66pi/Free%20(temp)%20The%20Happy%20News%20pack.pdf?dl=0
Keeping busy – An idea from Mr Appleyard , a Computer Science challenge… The following extra coding challenges have been set for computer science students but may also be of interest to other students. There are 10 in total for a range of abilities and are all online and free. We will add one each Monday….
Challenge 1. Code Combat – medium level https://codecombat.com/ This is a great site for kids of all ages who love playing online games and want to learn how to code in the process. The games are interactive and to control actions of players, the kids have to write lines of code. The difficulty rises as they advance in stages.
Keeping busy – An idea from Mrs McMurdo in English… Here are some extra-curricular English activities for KS3 students: https://goape.co.uk/groups/schools/adventure-stories This writing competition is open to 4-12-year-olds. Students are challenged to write an adventure story. The deadline is 19th April. https://www.rsc.org.uk/education/live-lessons As a school, we have signed up for a ‘live lesson’ with the Royal Shakespeare Company on 28th April at 11am. Actors will discuss Macbeth, which is the play that year 7 students were studying this term. We have booked 550 virtual places, so students from other year groups are welcome to take part. We will send logon details closer to the time.
Keeping busy – An idea for Year 9 and 10 from Mr Charlton in Business… You are invited to take part in the University of York’s online business and enterprise programme, The Big Deal 2020, launching online on Wednesday, 1st April You will embark on an entrepreneurial journey to create a unique and innovative business plan for a product, business or social enterprise. The Big Deal is an exciting challenge for you to take part in completely online. You will explore your potential, use your creativity, develop your skills, join a community of business professionals and students across the country, and see how your great ideas can become reality. To top it all off, we have a range of awards – including books, hoodies, iPads and AirPod headphones – for your hard work and achievements.
On Wednesday, 1st April, you will receive a link to The Big Deal Hub, providing access to:
The Big Deal eGuide, with weekly focuses for developing your business idea – Activities to help you consider a wide range of factors that will make your business the best it can be – Journalling, to help you reflect on the experience of being an entrepreneur – Business Mentors, who are professionals from businesses ranging from big banks, law firms, small businesses and charities, who are here to provide guidance and information to support your business development. You can message them your questions and hear their advice on the weekly focus during weekly Webinars, every Wednesday at 4-5pm Lots of other resources, including inspirational Business Mentor profiles
On the week of Monday, 29th June, students submit their business plans to be judged by our Business Mentors. All students will be awarded a Big Deal Completion Kit, with additional awards for engagement, top quality business plans and outstanding reflections on the entrepreneurial journey. Awards include books, hoodies, iPads and AirPod headphones – and much more. Completion requires submission of a full business plan (based on a provided template) and engagement in at least 3 Activities and/or Webinars.
How to Take Part You can sign-up here – make sure you register no later than 10am on Friday, 3rd April. If you know of other people who will be interested in taking part, share this document with them. The only requirement is that they go to your school and are in either Year 9 or 10. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with the team at email@example.com
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss York one of our School Assistants… You can watch pandas, koalas, penguins and tigers, at Edinburgh Zoo https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/#pandacam
Lots of free theatre from National Theatre, Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Almeida Theatre and performances the Royal Opera House. See whatsonstage.com and roh.org.uk for details. The National Theatre Collection is also available free to teachers and students https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning/national-theatre-collection
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Murphy our Librarian… York Explore – Just to let families know the online joining form, where you don’t need to go into a library to get a card is now up and running, so that you can join and use the digital services. You will find it at https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/getting-a-library-card-or-yorkcard/ Once joined people can sign up for our audio and e-books. https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/digital/e-books/ From Friday there will be lots of links for people to get activities and information for their children. This will include links to authors, books, subject information and more. Amazon – It appears as if Amazon are offering free audio books for children during this crisis, so this may be of use to you too https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Edmondson Head of Year 8…. English Diary Challenge – I have set this as an ongoing writing task for my 9 yr old who is very excited about it and decorating it/including items/sticking in etc. As such we would like to make a Year 8 challenge which students hand in on their return. There will be prizes for the most effort, written skills and creativity. – Students are to create their own diary of their home learning and COVID-19 Lockdown. – Students to create an entry either each day or every two to three days with a written account of what they have done and how they are feeling. – Students can include drawings and decorate the outside of their diary or even create it on the computer. – Students can include examples of work they have done or items they may have collected on their daily exercise outside the home. For example, a sample of wild flowers (not from anyone’s garden) or some leaf or tree rubbings. – Students could include photographs (with others permission). – Students could also include any information of how they might be helping others or helping at home.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Montagu in Geography… In Geography we have supplement our tasks with a map quest activity, which has been added into the folder for each year group. This task encourages students to use either the map in their planner or an alternative atlas to improve their understanding of where places are in the world. This is being updated each week.
Getting ready for GCSE English… Miss Woolerton sent out a letter earlier in the week but the key GCSE texts that will be studied are: J.B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls, Heinemann – ISBN 978-0435232825 Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Wordsworth Classics – ISBN 978-1840227567 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Oxford School Shakespeare – ISBN 978-0198321668
If you think your child would benefit from additional revision resources on these texts, we recommend: Romeo and Juliet : York Notes ISBN 978-1408248829 An Inspector Calls: York Notes ISBN 978-1408248737 Just for your information.
Thought for the Day “Leave all your worries with God, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 – The Bible
Headteacher Update (Thursday 26th March)
As we approach the end of a very strange week I would like to thank everyone in our school community for the way we have all rallied together to support each other. I wish everyone the best weekend possible in the current circumstances and hopefully some of the ideas below will help in this regard. We will be back in touch on Monday.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Woolerton about Reading Life is Better When We Read Together – Accelerated Reader have opened their online library for free to all students. There are thousands of online texts for students to read, all with an associated quiz.
All you need to do is click this link and start browsing the virtual library: https://readon.myon.co.uk During school closures, we want to make sure that every child has access to daily reading, which is why we are announcing access to over 6,000 digital books with myON, as well as myON News, which provides daily news articles reviewed by child psychologists, helping to ensure students make sense of current events. myON links with both Star Reading and Accelerated Reader quizzes and offers practical literacy tools and supports through myON Projects.
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Chambers in English ‘The English Department will be running a Creative Writing competition. This will be open to all students, on any topic of their choice. Winners will be selected from different year groups. Prizes to be confirmed – but they will be awesome! For further details and ideas, see the Creative Writing competition and writing ideas available in the English Home Learning folder. To enter, just email your piece of creative writing to Miss Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is June 30th and winners will be selected when we are back at school. We are hoping to publish an anthology of all the work created by students during this period to be available once we are back at school for you to keep. Thank you, Miss Chambers’
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Holmes our SENDCo This padlet is a brilliant resource! It has links to audiobooks, podcasts, performances to watch, relaxation, YouTube channels, virtual museum tours, articles of the day, games and a section for parents helping students with distance learning. https://uniofyork.padlet.org/alex_reid2/a9lhpzz3ysmm
Keeping busy – An idea from Mrs Harvey in Textiles
Keeping busy – An idea from Miss Hollinger in RE Join hundreds of schools from around the world taking part in this year’s Spirited Arts competition! They welcome entries in (almost!) any art-form pupils can think of, including:
Art (painting, drawing, sketching etc)
Winning entries will provide a good response to one of the 5 themes, and judges will be asking is it original? Is it well-crafted? And (most importantly!) is it excellent RE? Entries should consist of a piece of art and a corresponding write up of no more than 400 words. The write up should support the main piece in responding to the theme and showcase the brilliant RE. The commentary is a large element of judging, and authentic commentaries demonstrating pupil knowledge and interpretation always rank highly. They welcome entries from pupils of all abilities up to age 19 but each school can only enter 10 pieces of work, all artwork is the judged by RE Today Advisers and takes place in August and the winners are then announced in the new academic year. This year’s themes are:
God’s good earth?
Where is God?
Picturing Faith (BRAND NEW Photography section)
Able, Gifted and Talented Resources Over the next week each department will be adding an AGT resource folder in google drive, designed to give students a little extra to do should they feel inspired. The folder is designed to provide resources for not only the most academic, but also students who may wish to complete tasks out of enjoyment for the subject. Within the folder there will be suggestions ranging from specific reading materials or documentaries to watch, down to more practical elements such as recipes or craft ideas, all of which can be completed at home. As always we are really keen to see some of the work going on at home, so if students are feeling particularly proud of their work, please email a picture to Mr Avery and I will be happy to tweet it! These folders will be updated so please keep checking for new tasks.
An update from Science Following on from English and Maths it’s the turn of Science to update families on what is going on…
Year 7 to 10 students have been getting on with their work brilliantly so far this week. Many have accessed the excellent BBC Bitesize website which has been updated and expanded in light of recent events and continues to be an excellent resource. Year 7 are working hard to complete work on the structure of the earth, the seasons and the solar system. Year 8 have been busy working on the very topical subjects of the carbon cycle, global warming and climate change whilst year 9 students have been completing getting their teeth into their GCSE working using their excellent flashcards for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Year 10 students continue to use their revision guides and brilliant work booklets to study GCSE content and strengthen links from year 9. Remember we are here for you, just drop any of your teachers an email for help. The following websites are brilliant and interesting to support your learning and get ahead of the game:
Mrs Day has set up a class that KS3 students can access https://app.senecalearning.com/dashboard/join-class/5g5cgrh9g4 This website is also worth a look for parents wanting their children to find engaging activities https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning
Y12 studentshave made an excellent start to their home learning too. The biologists are busy completing, annotating and highlighting their notes and applying their learning with examination questions. Remember, reading around the subject is vital here and there is plenty on the news to make sense of. Downloading the BBC news app and filtering by Science is a great thing to do to keep up with all the news and subscribing to an online journal like The New Scientist is really good practice. YouTube has loads of good stuff for looking at practical work and results so do use that widely too. On YouTube there are excellent National Geographic videos to watch too covering many science topics. Do get in touch as per the instructions sheets. Websites for preparation for Year 13 are vital too. Check out the following to get ahead and stay ahead:
Suggestion to build a bird feeder (good time of year to feed them up ahead of their busy nesting season): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yV6V6rtpyc. Other designs are searchable!
Message from Miss Dixon in MFL Needing a bit of break from your working routine? Why not practise your MFL vocab in French/German/Spanish using some fun games? LINGUASCOPE is a fantastic resource and is full of a range of fun activities to help you learn the language of your choice. Simply visit:
and choose the flag of the language you wish to practice!
Alternatively, you could download the DUOLINGO app and learn phrases of a new language- there’s no better time! OR for avid Disney fans… why not go on youtube and listen to your favourite songs in a language of your choice? Put the subtitles on in the foreign language and learn whole songs in a new language! Parents invited to join in, too…
Laptops We are still doing our best to ensure everyone has access to an electronic device. If you need to borrow a device please email:email@example.com. We will then inform you as soon as possible if we are in a position to lend a device and when. This is obviously contingent on official guidance and following strict social distancing rules.
Catering Account Balances – Year 11 If your son or daughter is in Year 11 student and you have a balance on your catering account, and wish this to be refunded, please contact Tasmin Burgess – firstname.lastname@example.org and she will confirm your balance and refund any credit you have.
Thought for the Day ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.” – Psalm 27:1 – The Bible
With kind regards Andrew Daly
Headteacher Update (Wednesday 25th March)
We continue to wish all our families well at this difficult time. As we are all aware it is incredibly important that our children stay inside both for their own safety and that of others. I hope that these regular updates will continue to outline the ways in which we are trying to support families to keep children as busy and productive as possible.
Provision for students of Key Workers and the Vulnerable
A reminder for parents to inform the school if you require child care either via the school website or phone 01904 411341. For clarity:
Students do not need to wear school uniform
Please where you can provide your child with a snack for break time and a pack up for lunchtime.
Student Wellbeing. A reminder that yesterday we published a brief Student Guide to Wellbeing which can be accessed from https://archbishopholgates.academy/home-learning-wellbeing/ I hope students find this useful. As a school we also recently signed up to ‘The Happy Newspaper’ which aims to focus on all the good that takes place in our world, rather than focussing on negativity. Given the current situation we find ourselves in, the creator of ‘The Happy Newspaper’, Emily Coxhead, has put together a free pack to celebrate positive news, acts of kindness and teach children how to be mindful in a fun and colourful way, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging them to create more positive news and change in our schools and communities. This resource can be accessed from Sam
Keeping busy – an idea from Miss Allard in History
Miss Allard has put together some History-based arts and crafts such as making a Norman shield, or baking a war-time chocolate cake. These will be updated weekly. The folder can be found in the History 7-9 enrichment folder under ‘History crafts at home’, and students are encouraged to send in their finished masterpieces for the twitter page. Miss Allard will also maintain the ‘This week in History’ in the enrichment folder for those that are interested to read to read this.
“Why not research an area of science you are interested in and write a short article about it or make a poster about it. Send an email with any submissions to Mr Thompson for a prize when we return to school! You can also email Mr Thompson for help or ideas!”
Maths Update Yesterday we gave parents an update from English, today we have one from Maths thanks to Mrs Crabtree and Mr Dodson.
Y7-10 students have been getting on with their Hegarty Maths work brilliantly despite there being some issues with high traffic on the website (collectively since Monday there has been over 17000 questions answered, 150 hours of tutorial videos watched & 520+ hours of learning). The online issues should be resolved soon but if you are having problems, look in the ‘Extra Resources’ tab on the Google Drive for ideas of other work you can be getting on with. (FOR INFO: ALL PUPIL PASSWORDS WERE RESET LAST WEEK SO IF A PUPIL HASN’T LOGGED ON SINCE THEN, THEY SHOULD CREATE A NEW PASSWORD.)
Y12 students have made an excellent start to the home learning structures we have put in place. All students have registered with Dr Frost website (despite some serious capacity issues earlier this week) and most have made a start on the set exercises. Remember these are to be done alongside the textbook exercises you would complete for us in normal circumstances. Also, print off the powerpoints (if possible) as per usual and annotate them as you work through the exercises.
Further Mathematicians interested in pursuing Maths based degrees at competitive universities should download the STEP Questions document from 12FM folder. This will give lots of practice and help you get ahead of the game for next year.
Continue to email your teachers with any questions or comments you have. Let’s keep working hard and develop solid routines of working, exercising and relaxing.
White Rose Maths Home Learning a series of maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8 (with higher year groups to be added soon). Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
If you are at home with your children, you could take this opportunity to expose them to more ‘real-life’ maths: Give them a budget and ask them to have a go at on online grocery shop, get them to scale recipes when cooking/baking, talk to them about budgeting/finances/bills etc…
Please do get in touch if we can support you any further.
Post 16 update from Miss De Lashley
Y12 Vocational deadlines: There will be vocational deadlines over the coming weeks, starting with Applied Science assignment 2B due Wednesday 1st April. It is important that students stick to these deadlines to receive timely and effective feedback to support steady progress for transition to Y13.
Home Learning: If anyone is experiencing any difficulty with accessing Home Learning then please do get in touch with Mrs De Lashley. In the coming days some subjects will be creating classrooms via Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams to make feedback and access a little easier. This will be communicated via specific subjects directly to pupils.
Vocational deadlines: Re-submission deadline in Applied Law Thursday 16th April
EPQ update: Pearson still require samples from schools to award EPQ grades. This means that we must continue to ask that you complete your EPQ corrections as instructed and complete your presentation PowerPoint. If you are able to film yourselves delivering your presentation then this will be included also. We will update you if anything changes regarding this sampling process.
We had a successful day yesterday providing over 30 families who do not have access to a computer at home with a Chrome Book. Thanks to Badger Hill Primary School lending us an additional 15 devices (we are trying to source more) we can arrange to lend these out today. A reminder that this will based on:
Year group (starting with Year 10)
If you need to borrow a device please email:email@example.com. We will then inform you as soon as possible if we are in a position to lend a device and when. This is obviously contingent on official guidance and following strict social distancing rules.
Thought for the Day “Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.” – Psalm 23: 4 – The Bible With kind regards Andrew Daly
This contains guidance on the students next steps and addresses concerns over entry requirements without examinations. It gives contact information for colleges, apprenticeships and other carer providers, as well as an opportunity to contact our L6 careers advisor David Keeton directly with any specific questions you may have.
As always we are here to support our students the best we can, and Mr Avery or Miss Robinson will be happy to assist any student who wishes to gain advice regarding their specific situation.
Headteacher Update (Tuesday 24th March)
A reminder that the purpose of these updates is to keep our families informed about key areas of school, highlighting other documents that may have been sent out or uploaded to the website each day, as well as links to the latest Government guidance. The document will be uploaded to the website https://archbishopholgates.academy/coronavirus-updates1/and emailed out to parents at the start of each school day. Any constructive feedback about how this can be further improved is most welcome!
Students in school We very much appreciate the efforts being made to ensure that your children stay at home unless it is absolutely essential. Following the most recent Government announcement numbers in school on Tuesday fell considerably. The school remains open for children of ‘Critical Workers’ and the ‘Vulnerable’. From Wednesday we will be basing ourselves in the Sixth Form building and any student coming into school will now need to sign in there rather than at the main reception. We will however continue to have the facility to answer all calls, respond to texts and where necessary deal with anything that needs posting. For those students who are in school we will continue to provide a safe, calm and welcoming environment. We do ask that students bring a ‘pack up’ where ever possible although there will be some provision in school. From Thursday students in school no longer need to wear school uniform.
Student Guide to Wellbeing. Alongside the lesson resources that we are providing it is important that we continue to support the wellbeing of our students, all be it form a distance. As such we have produced a brief Student Guide to Wellbeing which can be accessed from https://archbishopholgates.academy/home-learning-wellbeing/ I hope students find this useful.
Home Learning Correspondence went home today to Year 11 students outlining the current position regarding GCSE examinations. We are aware that parents of students in Years 7-10 want students to be able to hand in the work that they are completing and hope to have a drop box system set up on the google drive by the end of the week. We really appreciate how parents and students are working with us as we all seek to settle effective and productive methods of ensuring that students can access appropriate work.
Sixth Form Y12 find themselves in a position requiring them to be proactive and engaged. They made an excellent start to Post-16 study and we cannot lose momentum throughout the school closure. Of course there is still some uncertainty for this year group on how we will support their progression to Year 13, when we will facilitate appropriate assessments to support their progress, whether we can accommodate Work Experience at a later date and when we introduce the information necessary to make decisions about next steps. All of this will come with time and we appreciate your patience whilst we wait for more direction, and have the chance to plan and respond. During the school closure we expect your son/daughter to continue their programme of study. Students will be set work on a week-by-week basis just as they had whilst in school. There is no specified time to log-in and complete work, but the work will be set daily and they are expected to check each day and complete.
A Level student: work will be set via Google Drive. Students will be set plenty of work and they will be expected to submit work and will be provided with feedback each fortnight.
BTEC students: our BTEC students have been using Google Classroom since the start of the school year. They will continue to be set work here by their subject teachers and will receive feedback on their coursework. They must check this each day and stick to the structured guidance on what should be completed and by when. Deadlines will have to be strictly adhered to. Some subject teachers may also use Goole Drive to set work or provide resources.
If you have any queries regarding the completion of work, access, or you didn’t receive guidance on how to access work in the letter sent home and via email on Thursday 19th March then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs De Lashley.
Keeping busy – Ideas from Miss Woolerton… Calling all Year 10 GCSE English students, Mr Bruff is offering free, live lessons via his YouTube channel everyday from 12pm. There will be a video, a worksheet, and 1 hour of feedback on student work. Mr Bruff will be doing this every weekday. Oh, and everything is FREE. Please take part if you can https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff
And for our students in Years 7-9, did you know that David Walliams of ‘Gangsta Granny’ fame will be reading one of his much loved stories every day at 11am. To tune in, visit https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/?fbclid=IwAR3BFbFUnVJnmcdQFVBcuwxH2v2a7Y17F1en3sYkGkka-Z6tdVtiN2gXMZ8
If you love getting creative and using your imagination, now’s the time to flex those creative writing muscles! Pobble 365 has a new story writing stimulus everyday: https://www.pobble365.com/
Proud of your work and want some feedback, why not post it to our AHS Writing Blog here: https://ahswriting.wordpress.com
Laptops We continue to work with families who do not have access to a computer at home. As we explained yesterday we do have a small number of Chrome books (and are looking to purchase more) that we will be able to lend to our students until they return to school. This will based on: • Individual need • Year group (starting with Year 10)
If you need to borrow a device please email:firstname.lastname@example.org We will then inform you as soon as possible if we are in a position to lend a device and when. This is obviously contingent on official guidance. Indeed, if any families have a spare laptop that you could loan the school in order that we can then lend it to our students please can you also inform us, so we can make arrangements to collect them, clear them and then issue them. Again please email: email@example.com We would be grateful of any offers of support here. Once again, we will only be able to do this once we know that it is safe to do so.
Thought for the Day “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” – Psalm 18:2 – The Bible
With kind regards Andrew Daly
We have a small number of Chrome books that we will be able to lend to our students until they return to school. This will based on:
Year group (starting with Year 10)
If you need to borrow a device please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then inform you if we have a device available.
If you have a spare laptop that you could loan the school in order that we can then lend it to our students please can you also inform us, so we can make arrangements to collect them, clear them and then issue them. Again please email: email@example.com
Message for Year 11
Dear Parents and Carers,
It was with regret and sadness at the situation we find ourselves in that Mr Arthur, Mr Daly and I met with Year 11 students yesterday to confirm what the government has announced – that due to the Covid-19 virus GCSE examinations will not take place as planned and that schools across the country will close from Monday, except to offer childcare to certain groups of children. I know how upsetting this is for the students, particularly those in Year 11 who have worked so hard towards their exams and who really did deserve their chance to shine.
As ever, we remain exceptionally proud of the good grace, spirit and resilience of our young people. They have truly done themselves and the whole school community proud in the way they have responded to these events and I know that their excellent attitude will stand them in good stead. As all their teachers have stressed to the students today, this was by no means their last day at AHS, nor was it the celebration that they rightly deserve and that the Year 11 team are determined for them to have. It is our firm intention that the Year 11 Prom will go ahead as soon as appropriate (we are working towards a date at the end of the Summer, but are acutely aware that currently nothing is certain), Year 11 will still receive their hoodies and their year books and we will ensure that the young people in Year 11 have the chance to say their good-byes and celebrate their time at AHS before moving on to their next steps. Linked to this, Mrs De Lashley (Director of Post-16) will be writing to students next week to confirm that all of the Year 11 cohort will have places made available to them in the Sixth Form, regardless of how the Department for Education decides to award grades.
On behalf of myself, Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer, Ms Hirst and all of the teachers and form tutors who worked closely with Year 11, we would like to thank you for your support and wish all students and families the very best in these challenging circumstances. I am planning to write to all Year 11 students and their parents each week via email, to provide clarity around any updates and ensure that all information released by the Department for Education is passed on to children and families. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any of the Year 11 team, should you have any questions.
Penny McDermott and Mr Arthur
Headteacher Update (Monday 23rd March)
Over the coming weeks we will do our very best to ensure that clear communication with our school community continues. Whilst we will not have a Newsletter during this period, we intend to provide a regular Headteacher update. This will allow us to keep our families informed about key areas of school, highlighting other documents that may have been sent out or uploaded to the website each day, as well as links to the latest latest Government guidance. I hope families find this useful.
We appreciate that the current situation is rapidly changing, the Government latest response to the Coronavirus is summarised below:
“The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public”
The school remains open for children of ‘Critical Workers’ and the ‘Vulnerable’, however we do ask that your child stays at home unless it is an absolutely essential they attend school. We must all work together to protect everyone, this includes our students, our staff and the whole population.
CLICK HERE to read the governments guidance in full.
Home Learning We appreciate the positive feedback about the resources we have provided on the Google Drive and the ease in which these can be accessed. At this time high quality ‘Home Learning’ is more important than ever and we will ensure that work is always available at least one week in advance. In terms of Year 7 to 9 there should now be differentiated learning materials on the drive. Miss McDermott and Miss DeLashley will provide further regular updates for Year 10 and 12 will work set for each individual class. When is safe to do so a paper pack of work will be sent home to Year 10 students. If parents have any questions about how to access this work or suggestions for further development please do not hesitate to contact school.
Despite our best efforts to ensure high quality work is available for all students we are aware that not all students have access to a computer at home. We have a small number of Chrome books (and are looking to purchase more) that we will be able to lend to our students until they return to school. This will based on:
Year group (starting with Year 10)
If you need to borrow a device please email:firstname.lastname@example.org We will then inform you as soon as possible if we are in a position to lend a device and when. This is obviously contingent on official guidance.
Indeed, if any families have a spare laptop that you could loan the school in order that we can then lend it to our students please can you also inform us, so we can make arrangements to collect them, clear them and then issue them. Again please email: email@example.com We would be grateful of any offers of support here. Once again, we will only be able to do this once we know that it is safe to do so.
Year 11 and Year 13 Both Miss McDermott (Year 11) and Miss De Lashley (Y13) will be writing to families tomorrow with the latest information on how the DfE intends to generate grades and how the school will support this process.
Thought for the Day ” Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” – Isaiah 41:10 – The Bible
We have also attached a message of encouragement to all young people from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. .