‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’
Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (08.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (04.06.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.
Thanks again to all parents and students who ensured the work set by our teachers was completed last half term. We hope you have all enjoyed a rest this week. Can I once again remind everyone that students can upload their work on to Class Charts which allows class teachers to give feedback, meaning that even more progress can be made. This can be done at any time. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.
We hope our Key Stage 3 students enjoyed the projects that were set last half term and thrived in the independent nature of the tasks. From Monday June 1st we will be teaching individual lessons to all year groups so students can follow their daily timetable as if they were at school; obviously this is flexible to fit around family life. Lessons will also be more interactive, with our teachers personally guiding students’ learning more. Some lessons will begin with recorded ‘live’ teaching segments and/or voiceovers to explain learning, whereas some teachers will be delivering their learning through Zoom which is a video conferencing tool. If a Zoom invitation is received through Class Charts it is beneficial to have downloaded the Zoom app prior to the meeting. Please ensure you constantly check the homework section of Class Charts.
The welfare of our students is obviously still our primary concern and we would like to stress that it is imperative that regular breaks are taken for fresh air and refreshments. We are always looking into ways to improve our online content and hope that this improvement will increase the variety in our delivery and continue to enthuse our students.
Can we extend our thank you into another week with regards to the completion and return of options forms from our years 8, 9 and 10 students. Despite the obvious difficulties and barriers that are in place the majority of forms have been returned ahead of the deadline. Please can I take this opportunity to encourage those that have not yet returned forms to do so as soon as possible. However, for those having difficulties please don’t panic as our tutor and pastoral teams will be following up with phone calls for those we have returns from.
Can I also thank all those people who got in touch to thank us for how we shared the course information for subjects. Your kind works and messages of thanks and reassurance we genuinely welcomed at what is a difficult time for all. We continue to have staff readily available to answers any questions or provide help with the forms themselves should this be needed so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whilst email is the most efficient mechanism for this we are picking up phone messages and responding as promptly as possible.
For our current Year 10 we said last week that we want to make sure that we provide the best possible support for your return. At the time of writing we were unsure what this would look like and what the timescales will be. We are sharing a questionnaire for parents and students regarding their thoughts and concerns around returning to school and we continue to review and respond to DfE guidance and information as it is released. Can I reiterate the need for a return of option form as soon as possible as this will enable to best plan for the return of Year 10 students.
There continues to be more exciting and interesting changes to the way that ‘lessons’ will be delivered for all our students. Face to face delivery has started with some groups through Zoom calls and live teaching and more is of course planned. More information on this, along with explanations as to how it will happen, are covered in the teaching and learning section.
Year 6 Students
Please could parents of Year 6 students ensure that they have returned the contact & confidential information document that they recently received through the post back to Hetton School by the 10th June 2020. If any Year 6 parents have not received the information pack then please contact Hetton School.
Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.
If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s metal health and you would like to talk to someone from school or for school to contact you individually, in addition to the tutor calls that are taking place, then please contact the school by email.
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