PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS BELOW ABOUT THE START OF NEXT TERM.
The Christmas lunches dominated Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with over 1100 lunches served by our wonderful kitchen staff. The lunches were pre-packed in sustainable containers and students had the choice of a traditional Turkey dinner or a vegetarian version. Christmas music videos were also played and this helped to provide a great atmosphere as we move towards the Christmas holiday.
Tuesday after school, members of the senior sixth form choir performed a selection of Christmas carols and whilst not quite the same as our normal Carol Concert, provided lots of enjoyment. Thank you.
Today, staff and students are enjoying Charity Day with the theme of Fairy Tales. During the day students will spend time together as a form and enjoy fun activities such as the Sandringham Christmas House Quiz, the Staff Panto and a Fairy Tale Quest. It is a chance for students to enjoy themselves after a challenging term and hopefully also raise a lot of money for our chosen charity, FareShare.
There have been a number of announcements from ministers this week and there will be more information coming out during the holiday period. It is unfortunate this is last-minute communication however we will do our very best to consider and react to all necessary changes.
The first is that minsters have advised that only years 11 and 13 will return to school for physical lessons at the beginning of term (5th January 2021). This means that years 7 – 10 and 12 will be working from home using our Virtual Learning Curriculum delivery. We are not sure how long this will be, further details are to come. It is possible this will be for the first few days to give time for schools to prepare for mass testing.
The second announcement is that schools will be encouraged to support the regular mass testing of staff and students. Secondary schools are in the first phase, and the expectation is that this starts at the beginning of term. The requirements are significant, both in terms of resources and staffing, and this may be a massive challenge for schools to mobilise so quickly. Any testing is voluntary and will require parental permission for students, so please rest assured that nothing will happen without full communications and consent. The aim is to help keep everyone safe and in school unless they are ill. It should avoid having to self-isolate for 10 days. We will consider the implications of this and begin preparations over the holiday period.
I will end by reminding everyone to stay as safe as possible over this period, and to check communications as we near the start of term for any updates on the above arrangements.
I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday despite the restrictions, and that the new year brings with it a recovery from the pandemic.
With best wishes
Mr A Gray