1st September 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Student Resources

Guidance for Students and Parents for Return to School in September 2020

The following guidance has been created using current government advice. However, it is subject to change at any time due to the ‘conditionality’ of the COVID19 pandemic and the need for weekly review once operational.

Face Coverings

Following the publication of additional government guidance on face coverings we have reviewed our initial statement about the wearing of face masks.

We want to ensure that our students feel safe and are safe when they return to school on Wednesday next week.

Although this is not compulsory, students and staff are encouraged to wear face masks in communal indoor areas such as corridors, toilets and dining hall. The guidance states that students are not encouraged to wear a mask in classrooms where students are in their year grouping, but the school will not object if a student chooses to wear one.

The school is not responsible for providing masks. It is the parent/carer responsibility to provide a clean face covering of an approved type. Students may only wear a simple face mask which, if worn, should cover the nose and mouth. No masks can be worn with images or slogans which are a distraction or can cause offence. Scarves, snoods and full face coverings are not acceptable. Please ensure your child if wearing a mask has an understanding of how to safely  put on and remove a mask, including the importance of hand washing, and how to store this when not worn. We recommend a sealable plastic bag.

This is an additional layer of protection and does not detract from the need for students and staff to socially distance and to hand wash frequently.

Schoolgateway

WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING CASH! Due to the Coronavirus we are taking appropriate measures to help reduce any risk in the spread of infection. Therefore, when students return to school in September they will no longer be able to access the revaluer in school to put money on for lunch. All money will need to put on electronically via the schoolgateway app. For more information please see the school website in the parents section or follow this link.

http://www.hettonweb.co.uk/…/SchoolGatewayOnlinePayments.pdf

General

  • All students are expected to attend school starting from Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
  • All students must wear full uniform inline with guidance previously sent out. P.E. kits are required from Thursday inline with student timetables.
  • All students must bring their own equipment in line with guidance previously sent out.
  • To support the principle of social distancing, students will enter school at staggered times and this will impact morning tutor time. Students may enter the school grounds using their most convenient gate, but ensuring that they socially distance whilst entering. Students are to enter the school building at the nearest external entrance to their tutor room. Tutors will advise students on this. The timings for the Sep-Oct half-term (reversed in Nov-Dec) will be:
  • Year 7 & 9 (8:40am)
  • Year 11 (8:50am)
  • Year 8 & 10 (9am)
  • Students should not come to school earlier that the stated time. Where this is unavoidable (e.g. siblings) students will be asked to wait outside (in new temporary covered spaces) until their start time. There will be no social gathering allowed and no food will be available from the dining hall.
  • All students must wash hands on entry to, and exit from, the school (or apply hand gel alternative) following the current government guidance.
  • Although Tutor time is reduced in length for some students it will still contain a combination of pastoral support and delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education.
  • House group assemblies will be delivered virtually (either live or pre-recorded) and accessed by tutor groups in a morning.  Separate year group assemblies will be scheduled in the hall accordingly (pre-recorded during Covid19 restrictions).
  • There will be mentoring / peer reading (Year 7 with 9, and 8 with 10).
  • Period 1 and 2 run on normal timings and students will be instructed to transition around school in the most efficient manner. To support this there will be external movement as well as internal movement. All staircases and end of block/yard external doors will be usable to the general student population. Tutors and teachers will advise students as to their best route from their room to the next location.
  • Students will transition to break time at the normal time and have dedicated areas they can access. There will be no food served at break. Outdoor areas will be used (with temporary roof cover).
  • Years 7 & 9 will use yard B/C (between Art & Design and English) and use the upstairs toilet facilities
  • Years 8 & 10 will use yard C/D (between English and Humanities) and use the pastoral corridor toilets downstairs
  • Year 11 will use the tennis court area and use the toilets downstairs in the pastoral corridor
  • Period 3 and Period 4 will have some disturbance depending on what year group students are in.
  • We will be splitting lunch into 3 sittings.
  • Year 7 & 9 to transition out of Period 3 at 12:10pm (15 minutes early) to collect lunch and go to their designated area (Yard B/C or Main Hall if wet). They start period 4 at 1pm.
  • Year 11 as normal in terms of timings and they collect lunch and go to the tennis court area (Sports Hall if wet). Year 11s may also be allowed into the library for quiet study only. They start period 4 at 1pm.
  • Year 8 & 10 have ‘free time’ first (only on Yard C/D) and then are allowed to collect lunch at end of lunchtime to take back to Yard C/D (Dining Hall /Drama if wet). Their period 4 starts at 1:15pm.
  • This split lunch system will be reversed at half term so that the same lessons are not affected throughout the term.

The diagram below shows the timings:

School Day Timings September 2020

(Please click image to enlarge)

  • Period 5 is ‘normal’ start for all but there is a staggered dismissal to encourage social distancing on departure.
  1. 2:50pm Year 7 & 9
  2. 3:00pm Year 8 & 10
  3. Year 11 (period 6 extended day 4 days a week and on a Tuesday leave at 3pm)
  • Staff will assist students leaving the school via the nearest external exit. Staff will walk out with students and encourage hand hygiene through sanitiser or gel.

Teaching and Learning

  • Desks in classrooms will be front facing and spread out as much as logistically possible. Seating plans will be altered to reflect these changes. Students must stay in their seat at all times and seating plans will only be changed when it is essential for the student’s progress.
  • Teachers will remain at the front of the classroom and be 2m away from students for as much time as possible. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, giving out cleaning wipes/tissues, issuing reward stamps, giving specific guidance to an individual student. Where these are done, teachers will move on as soon as possible.
  • Where possible, exercise books and resources will be either out on desks or available for students to pick up as they enter the classroom.
  • All occupied desks and tops of chairs must be cleaned at the end of every lesson with an antibacterial wipe; these will be provided in all classrooms. One student per desk can collect a wipe at the end of the lesson or the classroom teacher may choose to hand the wipes out. Wipes will be placed in the bin as students exit the room. New, additional bins will be provided.
  • All teachers will clean any surfaces they have touched at the beginning and end of the day, or if they know their room is to be used by another member of staff.
  • Teachers will not stand at the door to welcome students into the classroom in the usual manner, they must position themselves inside the classroom and observe social distancing.
  • Tissues will be provided for all classrooms and students will be encouraged to use these for coughs/sneezes followed by hand sanitisation both verbally and through notices.
  • Any extra resources such as worksheets and textbooks are will only be used when absolutely essential to the students’ learning.
  • Booking of rooms, i.e. the library or an ICT room, will only be done when absolutely essential to the students’ learning, and be known to the students in advance. Cleaning procedures must take place in any room that the students have been in.
  • Cover lessons will take place in the timetabled classroom.
  • We will keep the use of extra stationery to a minimum, e.g. scissors, Pritt sticks etc. Students have had additional stationery included on equipment lists (including calculator and if possible the recommended Casio one) and should not share between them. When extra stationery is essential to the students’ learning, teachers will ensure that it is only shared between Yrs 7 & 9, Yrs 8 & 10 and Yr 11 alone, unless it has been left untouched for 72 hours.
  • We will maximise natural ventilation by opening the windows.
  • Exercise books can be taken home for marking and staff will ensure that handwashing occurs before and after handling books. Students are not to take exercise books home unless it is essential to their learning, e.g. revision before assessments/exams.
  • All students will receive formal half termly assessments and feedback in term 1 to make sure that staff know their current position and then can plan and report accordingly. This will be on academic progress and on student’s Attitude to Learning.
  • Students will be taught in 3 academic bands (rather than the previous 2 bands) and this setting will take place prior to September. However, Year 7 will only be ‘set’ after Term 1 and ready for January 2021. To provide greater protection and reassurance, Year 7 students will be taught in tutor groups for the first term (rather than academic sets) and again this will be reviewed, based on updated guidance.

 

Behaviour and standards

  • Our behaviour policy has not changed except to reflect the new pastoral structure.  There is an addendum to it which covers guidance and behaviours relating to Covid 19. This is available via the website.
  • Our uniform policy is remaining the same with the added expectation from September of black shoes, NOT black trainers. (See attached letter)
  • On days where students have practical PE they should attend school in their school PE kit (details of this are in the uniform and equipment guidance). They will remain in this kit all day. This is being done as our changing rooms will remain closed to groups to reduce transmission risk. Students must still bring their school bag and classroom equipment on these days. We recommend bringing spare footwear and a waterproof on wet days.
  • Isolation will be moved to the room previously known as Meeting Room 1 – upstairs.  It will be known as ‘Inclusion’.
  • This is a larger space so can be divided into two.  Yrs 7&9 down one side, Yrs 8&10 on the other.  There will also be a space designated for Yr 11 students, if required.
  • The expectations will remain the same in inclusion as stated in our isolation guidance.
  • Inclusion will continue to be used as a pre-planned sanction for more serious incidents (to avoid fixed-term exclusion) and SLT/Pastoral staff can place students in isolation during the day if, for example, responding to an on call that cannot be resolved. No students can be sent there by other staff.
  • Whole school on call – There will be an enhanced rota of SLT/Pastoral staff to respond to on call incidents and be on walkabout around the school.  The aim will always be to return the student to the lesson even if the SLT/Pastoral staff remain in the room near the student.  Removal from the lesson will happen rarely and only occur in extreme circumstances.
  • Detentions – There will be whole school detentions only, no individual or subject detentions. These will only be added by SLT or Faculty Leaders. They will take place in the Main Hall (where more space is available) and be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights 3-3:45pm. On Friday there will be a longer detention for students that fail to attend a detention that week.

 

17th July 2020 update from Mr Knowles

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Student Resources

Guidance for Students and Parents for Return to School in September 2020

The following guidance has been created using current government advice. However, it is subject to change at any time due to the ‘conditionality’ of the COVID19 pandemic and the need for weekly review once operational.

 

General

  • All students are expected to attend school starting from Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
  • All students must wear full uniform in line with guidance previously sent out.
  • All students must bring their own equipment in line with guidance previously sent out.
  • To support the principle of social distancing, students will enter school at staggered times and this will impact morning tutor time. Students may enter the school grounds using their most convenient gate, but ensuring that they socially distance whilst entering. Students are to enter the school building at the nearest external entrance to their tutor room. Tutors will advise students on this. The timings for the Sep-Oct half-term (reversed in Nov-Dec) will be:
  • Year 7 & 9 (8:40am)
  • Year 11 (8:50am)
  • Year 8 & 10 (9am)
  • Students should not come to school earlier that the stated time. Where this is unavoidable (e.g. siblings) students will be asked to wait outside (in new temporary covered spaces) until their start time. There will be no social gathering allowed and no food will be available from the dining hall.
  • All students must wash hands on entry to, and exit from, the school (or apply hand gel alternative) following the current government guidance.
  • Although Tutor time is reduced in length for some students it will still contain a combination of pastoral support and delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education.
  • House group assemblies will be delivered virtually (either live or pre-recorded) and accessed by tutor groups in a morning.  Separate year group assemblies will be scheduled in the hall accordingly (pre-recorded during Covid19 restrictions).
  • There will be mentoring / peer reading (Year 7 with 9, and 8 with 10).
  • Period 1 and 2 run on normal timings and students will be instructed to transition around school in the most efficient manner. To support this there will be external movement as well as internal movement. All staircases and end of block/yard external doors will be usable to the general student population. Tutors and teachers will advise students as to their best route from their room to the next location.
  • Students will transition to break time at the normal time and have dedicated areas they can access. There will be no food served at break. Outdoor areas will be used (with temporary roof cover).
  • Years 7 & 9 will use yard B/C (between Art & Design and English) and use the upstairs toilet facilities
  • Years 8 & 10 will use yard C/D (between English and Humanities) and use the pastoral corridor toilets downstairs
  • Year 11 will use the tennis court area and use the toilets downstairs in the pastoral corridor
  • Period 3 and Period 4 will have some disturbance depending on what year group students are in.
  • We will be splitting lunch into 3 sittings.
  • Year 7 & 9 to transition out of Period 3 at 12:10pm (15 minutes early) to collect lunch and go to their designated area (Yard B/C or Main Hall if wet). They start period 4 at 1pm.
  • Year 11 as normal in terms of timings and they collect lunch and go to the tennis court area (Sports Hall if wet). Year 11s may also be allowed into the library for quiet study only. They start period 4 at 1pm.
  • Year 8 & 10 have ‘free time’ first (only on Yard C/D) and then are allowed to collect lunch at end of lunchtime to take back to Yard C/D (Dining Hall /Drama if wet). Their period 4 starts at 1:15pm.
  • This split lunch system will be reversed at half term so that the same lessons are not affected throughout the term.

The diagram below shows the timings:

School Day Timings September 2020

(Please click image to enlarge)

  • Period 5 is ‘normal’ start for all but there is a staggered dismissal to encourage social distancing on departure.
  1. 2:50pm Year 7 & 9
  2. 3:00pm Year 8 & 10
  3. Year 11 (period 6 extended day 4 days a week and on a Tuesday leave at 3pm)
  • Staff will assist students leaving the school via the nearest external exit. Staff will walk out with students and encourage hand hygiene through sanitiser or gel.

Teaching and Learning

  • Desks in classrooms will be front facing and spread out as much as logistically possible. Seating plans will be altered to reflect these changes. Students must stay in their seat at all times and seating plans will only be changed when it is essential for the student’s progress.
  • Teachers will remain at the front of the classroom and be 2m away from students for as much time as possible. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, giving out cleaning wipes/tissues, issuing reward stamps, giving specific guidance to an individual student. Where these are done, teachers will move on as soon as possible.
  • Where possible, exercise books and resources will be either out on desks or available for students to pick up as they enter the classroom.
  • All occupied desks and tops of chairs must be cleaned at the end of every lesson with an antibacterial wipe; these will be provided in all classrooms. One student per desk can collect a wipe at the end of the lesson or the classroom teacher may choose to hand the wipes out. Wipes will be placed in the bin as students exit the room. New, additional bins will be provided.
  • All teachers will clean any surfaces they have touched at the beginning and end of the day, or if they know their room is to be used by another member of staff.
  • Teachers will not stand at the door to welcome students into the classroom in the usual manner, they must position themselves inside the classroom and observe social distancing.
  • Tissues will be provided for all classrooms and students will be encouraged to use these for coughs/sneezes followed by hand sanitisation both verbally and through notices.
  • Any extra resources such as worksheets and textbooks are will only be used when absolutely essential to the students’ learning.
  • Booking of rooms, i.e. the library or an ICT room, will only be done when absolutely essential to the students’ learning, and be known to the students in advance. Cleaning procedures must take place in any room that the students have been in.
  • Cover lessons will take place in the timetabled classroom.
  • We will keep the use of extra stationery to a minimum, e.g. scissors, Pritt sticks etc. Students have had additional stationery included on equipment lists (including calculator and if possible the recommended Casio one) and should not share between them. When extra stationery is essential to the students’ learning, teachers will ensure that it is only shared between Yrs 7 & 9, Yrs 8 & 10 and Yr 11 alone, unless it has been left untouched for 72 hours.
  • We will maximise natural ventilation by opening the windows.
  • Exercise books can be taken home for marking and staff will ensure that handwashing occurs before and after handling books. Students are not to take exercise books home unless it is essential to their learning, e.g. revision before assessments/exams.
  • All students will receive formal half termly assessments and feedback in term 1 to make sure that staff know their current position and then can plan and report accordingly. This will be on academic progress and on student’s Attitude to Learning.
  • Students will be taught in 3 academic bands (rather than the previous 2 bands) and this setting will take place prior to September. However, Year 7 will only be ‘set’ after Term 1 and ready for January 2021. To provide greater protection and reassurance, Year 7 students will be taught in tutor groups for the first term (rather than academic sets) and again this will be reviewed, based on updated guidance.

 

Behaviour and standards

  • Our behaviour policy has not changed except to reflect the new pastoral structure.  There is an addendum to it which covers guidance and behaviours relating to Covid 19. This is available via the website.
  • Our uniform policy is remaining the same with the added expectation from September of black shoes, NOT black trainers(See attached letter)
  • On days where students have practical PE they should attend school in their school PE kit (details of this are in the uniform and equipment guidance). They will remain in this kit all day. This is being done as our changing rooms will remain closed to groups to reduce transmission risk. Students must still bring their school bag and classroom equipment on these days. We recommend bringing spare footwear and a waterproof on wet days.
  • Isolation will be moved to the room previously known as Meeting Room 1 – upstairs.  It will be known as ‘Inclusion’.
  • This is a larger space so can be divided into two.  Yrs 7&9 down one side, Yrs 8&10 on the other.  There will also be a space designated for Yr 11 students, if required.
  • The expectations will remain the same in inclusion as stated in our isolation guidance.
  • Inclusion will continue to be used as a pre-planned sanction for more serious incidents (to avoid fixed-term exclusion) and SLT/Pastoral staff can place students in isolation during the day if, for example, responding to an on call that cannot be resolved. No students can be sent there by other staff.
  • Whole school on call – There will be an enhanced rota of SLT/Pastoral staff to respond to on call incidents and be on walkabout around the school.  The aim will always be to return the student to the lesson even if the SLT/Pastoral staff remain in the room near the student.  Removal from the lesson will happen rarely and only occur in extreme circumstances.
  • Detentions – There will be whole school detentions only, no individual or subject detentions. These will only be added by SLT or Faculty Leaders. They will take place in the Main Hall (where more space is available) and be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights 3-3:45pm. On Friday there will be a longer detention for students that fail to attend a detention that week.

 

3rd July 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Student Resources

For those Parents / Carers who are Keyworkers, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (13.07.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (09.07.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

For Year 10 students only, the school will continue to be partially open for the last three weeks of school. This has been communicated separately to the students involved. Only those in year 10 or those who are LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend their allocated school sessions week commencing Monday 06.07.20.

For all other students who do not fall into the criteria above please continue with the home-schooling provision via Classcharts.

 

Message from Mr Knowles

 

The Department for Education have provided two documents to help explain:

 

1. School provision between now and 31st August

What parents and carers need to know

 

2. School provision from September

What parents and carers need to know

 

Whilst these are generic documents they contain useful insight and the facts rather than media interpretation. As a school we will communicate more with you before the end of the summer term to outline our plans, which will differ in some ways from these generic documents, but always be in line with government regulation and guidelines. We will always put student safety and education at the forefront of our thinking.

 

Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

You should be accessing Class Charts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

We have set up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.

These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. However, we continue to look at other ways to support your core learning.

 

Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students will continue to receive Zoom meeting invitations which need to be attended unless they are in school. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

In addition to the Zoom meetings during normal school hours the schedule below details departments that will host after school hours Zoom meetings to support those who are unable to attend during normal school hours. Staff could invite you to attend but all after school sessions will end at 6pm.

  • Monday – English (Lit and Lang)
  • Tuesday – Maths
  • Wednesday – Science
  • Thursday – Humanities
  • Friday – Non Core subjects (inc tech and French)

There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, and ensure progress is being made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

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 the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students.

 

Year 6 Students

Lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic has been essential but it has made the transition for Y6 to secondary school very difficult. Even with lockdown rules relaxing, the guidance advises that no transition activities for Y6 should take place. However, here is a list of the transition support that has happened and what is still to happen.

So far:

1)    A ‘Welcome to Hetton School’ pack was posted to Y6 students & parents. This asked for confidential information to help us get to know your child and also included information about the school; a map of the school; guidance on school & PE uniforms; pictures of Heads of House plus other important school policies.

2)    A Virtual tour of the school was placed on the school website.

3)    The school website transition page was increased to include the names and faces of key staff who are mentioned in the virtual tour.

4)    The school website transition page was increased to include some Frequently Asked Questions.

5)    Year 6 welcome assemblies that cover key points are on the school website.

6)    The Heads of House have made welcome videos which are on the school website.

7)    Welcome postcards from the Heads of House have been posted out.

 

Still to come:

 

1)    Virtual meetings with Year 6 teachers & students are taking place where possible.

2)    Welcome emails will be sent directly to parents so they can have any individual questions answered.

3)    A virtual presentation to parents from the Headteacher will be available on the school website.

 

Class Charts

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.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

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.

 

Social Media

Departments have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.

Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round five of the staff baby photo competition.

Tuesday – Mr Ferguson set the ‘5K’ P.E. challenges. Mr Watson & our English department are continuing the challenge to create a Tik Tok style rap. This will remain open to all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘Hetton Geographer of the week’ challenge. The task is to take a picture of something geography related. This might be something you see on your daily exercise or from a previous holiday you have been on or even something in your home. Submit your answers to Miss Sewell.

Mr Busby set you a challenge using different materials to create a piece of headwear to commemorate a country, for example make the Eiffel Tower made out of cardboard. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to Mr Busby.

Thursday – The science department set you the ‘Experience Gravity Free Water’ task and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own news report for an issue which is NOT currently being reported in the news. You could choose to create a TV video broadcast, a radio recording, or a media print. Please send you submissions to Miss Naisbitt via email.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set a Business department treasure hunt . We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

New challenges will be set next week, please keep social media and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of as it is used to reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. Huge congratulations to Abbie who has achieved the following award this week, well done!

 

Abbie Swallow – 900 WOW points – Governors Award

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

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2nd July 2020 – Head Teachers update in relation to new information from The Department of Education

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher

The Department for Education have provided two documents to help explain:

 

1. School provision between now and 31st August

What parents and carers need to know

 

2. School provision from September

What parents and carers need to know

 

Whilst these are generic documents they contain useful insight and the facts rather than media interpretation. As a school we will communicate more with you before the end of the summer term to outline our plans, which will differ in some ways from these generic documents, but always be in line with government regulation and guidelines. We will always put student safety and education at the forefront of our thinking.

 

26th June 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Student Resources

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers who are Keyworkers, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (06.07.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (02.07.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

For Year 10 students only, the school will partially open for the last three weeks of school. This has been communicated separately to the students involved. Only those in year 10 or those who are LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend their allocated school sessions week commencing Monday 29.06.20.

 

For all other students who do not fall into the criteria above please continue with the home-schooling provision via Classcharts.

 

Message from Mr Knowles

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Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

You should be accessing Class Charts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

We have set up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.

These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. However, we continue to look at other ways to support your core learning.

 

Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students will continue to receive Zoom meeting invitations which need to be attended unless they are in school. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

In addition to the Zoom meetings during normal school hours the schedule below details departments that will host after school hours Zoom meetings to support those who are unable to attend during normal school hours. Staff could invite you to attend but all after school sessions will end at 6pm.

  • Monday – English (Lit and Lang)
  • Tuesday – Maths
  • Wednesday – Science
  • Thursday – Humanities
  • Friday – Non Core subjects (inc tech and French)

 

There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, and ensure progress is being made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

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 the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students.

 

Year 6 Students

Lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic has been essential but it has made the transition for Y6 to secondary school very difficult. Even with lockdown rules relaxing, the guidance advises that no transition activities for Y6 should take place. Therefore, we wanted to highlight for you the actions we have and are taking to support Y6 transition to Hetton School.

So far:

1)          A ‘Welcome to Hetton School’ pack was posted to Y6 students & parents. This asked for confidential information to help us get to know your child and also included information about the school; a map of the school; guidance on school & PE uniforms; pictures of Heads of House plus other important school policies.

2)  A Virtual tour of the school was placed on the school website.

3)  The school website transition page was increased to include the names and faces of key staff who are mentioned in the virtual tour.

4)  The school website transition page was increased to include some Frequently Asked Questions.

5)  Year 6 welcome assemblies that cover key points are being placed on the school website and Facebook & Instagram pages this week.

6)  The Heads of House have made welcome videos which are being placed on the school website this week.

Still to come:

7)  Year 6 students will receive a welcome postcard from the Heads of House.

8)  Mr Willson is in the process of arranging Zoom meetings with Year 6 teachers to take place with Y6 students in Primary schools where possible.

9)  When all parental and primary school forms are returned, following this Year 6 students will be placed into their tutor groups for next year. Students will be notified of this and will be able to access a virtual welcome from their tutor which will be available on the school website and Facebook page.

10)  A virtual presentation to parents from the Headteacher will be available on the school website.

 

Class Charts

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.

Class Charts for parents guide

Class Charts for pupils guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

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.

 

Social Media

Departments have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.

Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round four of the staff baby photo competition.

Tuesday – Mr Hardman set the ‘mini sports day’ P.E. challenges. Mr Watson & our English department are continuing the challenge to create a Tik Tok style rap. This will remain open to all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘geocam’ challenge. The task is to click on a webcam from around the world and explore that place, then you have to create a passport page which included pictures, a flag and amazing things you can see and do. Submit your answers to Miss Sewell.

Mr Busby set you a challenge in your garden using flowers / rocks or even mow your lawn to create a recognisable international flag or shape of a country. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to Mr Busby.

Thursday – The science department set you the ‘Astronaut hovercraft experiment’ task and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own news report for an issue currently being reported in the news. You could choose to create a TV video broadcast, a radio recording, or a media print. Please send you submissions to Miss Naisbitt via email.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge ‘Hetton gamer of the week’ where you have to create your own animation. We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

New challenges will be set next week, please follow us and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of as it is used to reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. A huge congratulation to the following students who have achieved the following awards this week:

 

William Swift – 600 WOW points – Senior Leader Award

Alfie Spottiswood – 500 WOW points – Exceptional Award

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

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22nd June 2020 update from Mr Knowles

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher

Dear parents/Carers

 

I hope you are all well. I am writing to you with news of a change of approach for your child in Year 10 at Hetton School.

 

We can all acknowledge how tough missing so much school has been on young people and despite our teacher’s best efforts at setting work online, delivering Zoom lessons and holding virtual learning conversations, it is not the same as being in the normal routine of the school day. Firstly, can I thank you as parents for your efforts in helping your child to continue their learning at home. With children in Years 7 and 9 myself, I know that keeping them in any routine and focused on their work is tough. Secondly, I want to say a huge well done to the vast majority of our students who have engaged with work set and the challenges we have posed.

 

As we approach the last few weeks before the summer holidays I want to let you know of a few of the opportunities we are creating for Year 10 students to start their ‘catch-up’.

 

1. Year 10 in-school core lessons – From Monday 29th June (for the last 3 weeks of term) Year 10 students will be invited into school one morning per week to have an English, Maths and Science lesson. They will be placed Group A, B, C or D which will each comprise 25% of the Year group. They will be informed which day to come into school, be taught in the main hall with appropriate distancing and hygiene precautions. More details will follow on this later in the week.

2. Year 10 virtual learning conversations – These sessions with class teachers and some groups of students started last Monday and will continue until the end of term. Invitations are sent out on ClassCharts.

3. Year 10 home learning – work will continue to be set via ClassCharts for all students and should be handed in via ClassCharts for teacher feedback.

4. Two extra hours of core learning, for current Year 10s, in September – Dropping a non-core option and the proposal to extend the school day Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri by 1 hour (Yr 11 only), puts time back into the curriculum for core subjects.

5. Tutoring – You may have seen announcements by the government about tutoring from September. As we learn more about this we will put a plan together and update you.

6. Mental Health – From September we will have a dedicated plan in place for Year 10 students, but in the meantime please contact their tutor or the school direct if there are any issues we can help with

 

Please support us in ensuring that your child attends their set mornings over the next 3 weeks (details to follow) and keep checking our blog and social media for other changes/opportunities.

 

 

Craig Knowles

Headteacher

12th June 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher

‘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 (22.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (18.06.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Message from Mr Knowles

Please click the link to view the latest message from Mr Knowles.

 

Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

You have been asked to decide about which non-core option you wish to drop if possible. This is to put time back into your core subjects and will help the adjustments needed to make up for the lost time in school over the past few months. If you have not already could you make sure that this is communicated with us as quickly as possible to support our planning.

You should be accessing Class Charts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 10th June, that Year 11 exams will take place next summer and it is important that you continue to work hard and not fall behind in your studies.

From 15th June, we will be setting up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.

These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions.

 

Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students in particular will be receiving several Zoom meeting invitations to ensure that we can conduct lessons and learning conversations with them face-to-face from Monday 15th June. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work on to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, meaning that even more progress can be made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

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 the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students.

 

Year 6 Students

The Year 6 parental contact & confidential information document should have been returned to Hetton School by Wednesday 10th June. If any parents of Year 6 students have not yet returned this document, then please could they do so as soon as possible. If any Year 6 parents have not received the information pack then please contact Hetton School.

 

Class Charts

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.

 

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

 

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

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.

 

Social Media

Department have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.

 

Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round two of the staff baby photo competition. Miss Ruddell has continued with the fantastic Art Challenges.

Tuesday – Mr Curry set a P.E. challenge of 50 Press Ups!!. Mr Watson & our English department would like you to join in with a Tik Tok style rap which is open all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘Where in the World’ challenge. The task is to work out which continent, country and state then submit your answers to Miss Sewell. Mr Busby set you a challenge of creating a model of a famous monument from a foreign country and submit your pictures/videos to him.

Thursday – The science department set you a STEM task ‘Can you collaborate with others effectively?’ and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge for you to create a 20 second advertisement for a product of your choice. Miss Naisbitt would like you to send in your submissions and there are prizes for the best videos!

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge of creating your own crazy scratch game. We have issued our new weekly bulletin for each year group today on social media which will round up all the fantastic things our students have been doing. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

 

New challenges will be set next week, please follow us and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of; we reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. A huge congratulation to the following students who have achieved the following awards this week:

Anja Richardson – 500 WOW points – Excellence Award

Nathan Palmer – 500 WOW points – Excellence Award

Isabelle Adey – 600 WOW points – Senior Leader Award

Callum Baker – 700 WOW points – Senior Leader Outstanding Award

Aaron Foster – 700 WOW points – Senior Leader Outstanding Award

Kaydie Webb – 700 WOW points – Senior Leader Outstanding Award

Paige Evans – 800 WOW points – Senior Leader Exceptional Award

Ellie Scaife – 800 WOW points – Senior Leader Exceptional Award

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

Blog – www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/ or Facebook / Instagram

 

Yr11 Message from Mr Knowles

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher

Message to Yr11 students from Mr Knowles – 10th June 2020

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A.      Introduction

  • Hello everyone.
  • This message is being recorded on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and is intended for all Yr11 Hetton School students, plus parents of those students.
  • The situation we have all been in over the past few months has been one that none of us could have foreseen, and it has led to so much pain, loss and sacrifice. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic that has caused upheaval in our lives.
  • The last time that I spoke to many of you was in the main school hall prior to our closure for lockdown and that feels like a long, long time ago.
  • In this message I intend to lay out key information for students and parents and talk about your future after exam results.

 

B.      Yr11 Message

  • Here in our main hall is where the majority of you should have been sitting exams today (it would have been Chemistry paper 2 this morning!)
  • You have missed out on so much, not just exams, but your celebration day and your prom. We are still looking into a way of celebrating your time with us, but I’m sure that you understand that this is not easy.
  • We are genuinely sad that we have not been able to spend these last few months with you and hope that you have cherished memories of your time at Hetton School as you move on to your own exciting futures.
  • We have now submitted your centre-assessed grades for all your subjects and look forward to you receiving your results with the grades that you deserve on Thursday 20th August.
  • I don’t know exactly how we will do it, but we will find the best solution that also keeps you safe.
  • Over the last few months we have done our best to keep in touch with you and colleges if there has been issues over your post-16 opportunities, and of course Mrs Chalk has led the charge. Please get in touch if you need any support. You may feel that you have already left school, but we are still there for you.

 

C.      Conclusion

  • I hope that you have been able to keep up to date with all the messages we have been putting out on our social media pages. We post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, whilst ensuring that all our key messages get copied to ClassCharts for younger students.
  • There have been lots of challenges posted in the last two weeks. We have had Miss Ruddell’s art and baking challenges, ones from English and Media, Quizzes from Mr Hutchinson, guess the teacher from the baby photo, and lots more.
  • Many of you have also already had a go at the challenges on the new Hetton PE Facebook page, and through all these options you can earn WOW points or even the chance to win Amazon vouchers.
  • Finally, and on a personal note, I have been a teacher or Headteacher for 23 year, and I could never have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in. The last few months have been tough because we have all missed you. Hetton School is all about helping you to become the best that you can be, so not being with you day-to-day to support and challenge you has felt hard.
  • We are all adjusting and learning new ways to work and live, but it will be how resilient we are, that will determine our success in coming back stronger. We are, and will always be, committed to you as individuals.

 

Take care and stay safe.

Yr6 Message from Mr Knowles

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Primary School Life

Message to Yr6 students from Mr Knowles – 10th June 2020

Click here for the video version of this message

A.      Introduction

  • Hello everyone.
  • This message is being recorded on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and is intended for all Yr6 pupils who will be joining us in September, plus parents of those students.
  • The situation we have all been in over the past few months has been one that none of us could have foreseen, and it has led to so much pain, loss and sacrifice. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic that has caused upheaval in our lives.
  • In this message I intend to lay out key information for students and parents and talk about what the future may hold for us in September.

 

B.      Yr6 message

  • If you are a Year 6 pupil or parent you must be confused and frustrated right now. Some of you may be going into school or planning to. If you are then please continue to work with your teacher to make sure you and everyone stays safe.
  • You should have received a transition pack from us and we are working with your primary school to help them prepare you to come to us in September.
  • We have offered your school the opportunity to use our school building with your Year 6 teacher if it is required (because of a lack of space at your primary school). They will be deciding on this in the coming week or so.
  • In terms of transition, we will not now be able to proceed with the two days we had planned for you on our site in July. The Department for Education are actively discouraging on-site transition because putting together pupils from different schools with new staff leads to much higher risks of transmission. This is understandable and we will reluctantly accept their decision.
  • However, what we plan to do is a ‘Virtual Transition’. This will involve a video presentation from me and some of my senior team, video messages from the three heads of house and even some Zoom lessons you can attend from a few teachers. We know that this isn’t the same, but we hope that you will understand why. We will make it up to you in September with more orientation activities.
  • Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns.

 

C.      Conclusion

  • I hope that you have been able to keep up to date with all the messages we have been putting out on our social media pages. We post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, whilst ensuring that all our key messages get copied to ClassCharts for younger students.
  • There have been lots of challenges posted in the last two weeks and these are for Yr6 pupils too!
  • We have had Miss Ruddell’s art and baking challenges, ones from English and Media, Quizzes from Mr Hutchinson, guess the teacher from the baby photo, and lots more.
  • Many of you have also already had a go at the challenges on the new Hetton PE Facebook page, and through all these options you can earn WOW points or even the chance to win Amazon vouchers.
  • I’m sure everyone of you is wondering what school will be like in September, but at present, I’m not entirely sure myself. We are developing a range of solutions to the issues, so that we prepare in the best way possible, but I am sure that you will be back at school for at least the majority of your week.
  • The Department for Education and the Local Authority are providing guidance, and we will take on board everything that is necessary to work in your best interests. You will always be at the centre of our decisions.
  • Finally, and on a personal note, I have been a teacher or Headteacher for 23 year, and I could never have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in. The last few months have been tough because we have all missed our students. Hetton School is all about helping you to become the best that you can be, so not being with them day-to-day, to support and challenge them, has felt hard.
  • We are all adjusting and learning new ways to work and live, but it will be how resilient we are, that will determine our success in coming back stronger. We are, and will always be, committed to you as individuals.

Take care and stay safe.