Headmaster's Bulletin 22nd October 2021
Students across all year groups have enjoyed a rich selection of activities during our Personal Development Week. There were different areas of emphasis for each year group with Years 8 and Year 12 on residential, Year 10 on actual or virtual Work Experience, Year 13 focused on Post 18 next steps as well as academic subject support and Years 7, 9 and 11 following a school-based Personal Development programme.
The latter covered a breadth of different areas including some wonderful work on British Values, Black History Month, Expressive Arts / Music with the theme of ‘A World Reimagined’ , Careers, Team Building and House Activities as well as a focus on vitally important PSHE related areas such as anti-extremism, sexual harassment, LGBTQ, the Holocaust and Knife Crime.
All in-school groups also had the opportunity to participate in House Sports competitions for their Year Group which were a great success. The week is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum and we have been delighted with how whole-heartedly the students have embraced the change to their normal schedule. The school is also very grateful to all of the external speakers / organisations who supported the students through this week as well as to Mrs Greenaway, Miss Rickaby, Miss Kennedy, Mrs Bradley-Brophy and all other staff and governors who put the programme together.
Staff and students are encouraged to continue with twice-weekly Covid-19 LFD testing at home over the holiday. This is a key part of reducing transmission of COVID-19 in secondary schools and reducing case rates. Students are particularly encouraged, to test at home immediately prior to returning to school after the holiday.
Parents / carers of students aged 12-15 are reminded that the deadline for consent for the in-school vaccination programme is midnight tonight. Parents / carers will be written to separately by the NHS regarding the out of school vaccination service for 12-15 year olds at local vaccine centres which is now running alongside the schools programme as an additional option for parents to book a vaccine for their child. Please find attached a general update letter on Covid-19 from the Director of Public Health for Northamptonshire for all parents / carers to read.
We hope all students have a good break next week and we look forward to their safe return from Monday 1st November.
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