Today is Children in Need and we hope to raise plenty of money for the Charity. Thank you all for donating and supporting the cause. If you wish to still donate, you can do so using the link
Next Thursday evening at 6.00 p.m. we will be holding a Virtual FoSS Parents Forum via Zoom, which will give you the opportunity to hear about FoSS and also ask me questions about the school. We have not had a virtual Parents Forum this term so if you would like to hear more about the school from me, Mr. Nicholls (Deputy Headteacher) and some other senior staff, then do join us. The meeting will last no more than 45 minutes and you can of course leave whenever you wish. One of the things we will explore is how to move FoSS forward with some of the committee retiring at the end of their term of office. Being on the FoSS committee has a number of advantages, one of which is direct access to senior staff and myself at meetings where we discuss the latest developments of the school. I hope you can join us and contribute to the discussions. Additional details are in the FoSs article further on in the newsletter and the link to access the meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3993227841?pwd=Mk1BcFppSFlTTGVmNDJnMGVCMkJmZz09
You may remember that Sandringham is a lead school in the World Class Schools Quality Mark organisation. Each year the WCSQM organise a number of events, one of which is an essay competition. With 100 of the best schools in the country competing, you can appreciate that the standard of entries is incredibly high. We entered three students this year and I am delighted to announce that Keerthana Appandairaj has been shortlisted for the Awards Ceremony, due to take place in March next year. Keertahana joins nine other secondary students in the final. The essay title will be judged by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Psychology at the University of Cambridge where she leads the university’s Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group researching the development of social cognition and decision making in the human adolescent brain and adolescent mental health.
The essay title was:
“School classrooms look the same across history and across countries. But is the classroom the best way to educate future generations in the 21st century? What would the ideal education system look like?”
We wish Keerthana all the best in the finals and would like to congratulate Helena Dawes and Livia Klag-Horne for also being nominated for entry this year. A very big thank you to Ms Fox and Ms Clifford for organising the entries.
Another milestone was reached today with our wonderful caretaker, Darren Tofte celebrating 20 years at the school. Darren has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the campus at Sandringham, and made a huge difference to how we offer facilities to the community. He maintains the swimming pool on a daily basis which benefits large numbers of young people, and coordinates the work of the team of assistant caretakers and cleaners to make sure the site is safe and secure for everyone. Congratulations Darren and a very big thank you from everyone here for your dedication to the school. Darren was presented with his long-service award this morning and he can use the champagne flutes to celebrate the arrival of his second grandchild this week.
I thought I would finish HeadLines this week with a Covid-19 update. We review our procedures on a daily basis and monitor all those who are either being tested or are self-isolating. This week we have been notified of two positive cases; one with a student and one with a member of staff. In both cases, on checking with the latest guidance on actions required, because the individuals had not been in school for a period of time before the onset of symptoms and subsequent testing, there was no need to identify or notify other students or staff for close contact and self-isolation. The latest guidance is:
Information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 is medically sensitive and as so, should be treated as confidential. Information that could help identify an individual child or staff member should not be shared. Your responsibility is only to inform those directly affected by a confirmed case as they will need to take action to stay at home, self-isolate etc.
Saying this, it is good practice to keep you informed of how things are going and to reassure you that we are being as vigilant and proactive as possible to keep everyone safe and secure. So, we will always communicate with you when there is an important update to the situation at Sandringham.
I hope you have a great weekend, Alan Gray
Mr A Gray