23rd September 2020 – Headteacher COVID-19 Urgent Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

PARENTAL INFORMATION: COVID-19

We have been advised that a member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19.

Please see the letter from Mr Knowles.

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FAQ FOR PARENTS: COVID-19 Public Heath England have confirmed a case of coronavirus in Hetton School. Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQ)and answers that you may find helpful. If you wish to ask a question please post it below on the form (link at the end of the FAQ) and we will answer general questions as soon as we can

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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.

 

28th August 2020 – Update from Mr Knowles

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Student Resources

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.

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.

 

15th July 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Student Resources

SENT ON BEHALF OF SIMON MARSHALL, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SERVICES, 

 

We have been asked to collect some information about what parents have planned for home to school transport in September. We have compiled a very simple Survey Monkey questionnaire for parents, which asks them to identify the name of the school and their preferred mode of transport. This information will be used to help public transport providers understand the expected demand and also to support the council’s traffic management plans.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T23R2T3

Please can all parents/ carers of year 7-11 students complete the form. This includes current Y11 pupils, as this will help in understanding the demand for post 16 provision.

If there are any further specific SEND transport questions, please contact Paul.Tomlin@togetherforchildren.org.uk

I have also added a link from the updated guidance regarding GCSE exams. Released on Monday night, this update provides additional detail on centre assessment grades and arrangements for 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020?utm_source=b51c5880-157a-4ac2-8155-57d2c526ff9e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Best wishes

Simon

10th July 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life

Earlier on this week we communicated that school will be closed to students, in line with other Sunderland schools, over the summer holidays.

A very important piece of communication will be sent next week about plans for the September return of all students. It is very important that this is read through by parents and students as there are lots of changes required in line with government guidance.

For Year 10 students only, the school will continue to be partially open for the last week 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 13.07.20.

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

 

Home Learning

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 hope you have enjoyed the lessons and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook this week; the responses have been amazing 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

Before the end of term, Year 6 students will be told which tutor group they have been placed in. This will allow them to visit the school website where they will find in the student enrolment section a welcome video from their head of house and a photograph of their tutor. There will also be other information which they will find useful in preparation for their first day in September.

 

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 Curry set week 6 P.E. challenge.

Tuesday – 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 ‘Where in the world’ challenge. Use the clues to work out where the place is in the world. Then submit your answers to Miss Sewell.

Mr Busby set you a challenge to superimpose your face so that you become part of a recognisable work of art. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to Mr Busby.

Friday –Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own music video for a song/artist of your choice. Please send you submissions to Miss Naisbitt via email.

Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today. We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week.

 

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

 

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

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

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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

 

Hetton School updates

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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

Please follow the link to the latest message from Mr Knowles.

 

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

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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