12th June 2020 – School Update

‘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


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