Update for parents and carers: Friday 25th June 2021
Our school motto guides us to ‘learn to love’ all people made in equal in the image and likeness of God. We follow the commands of God, which are to be loving, peaceful and tolerant.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
We continue to operate within full Government and Public Health guidelines for schools.
We look forward to welcome youngsters from 7P and a small number of additional youngsters back into school following a period of isolation after a confirmed Positive Covid Case. Parents, please look out for text updates about when isolation period ends.
Our policy and how we have set-up this academic year has been to limit the number of children who are required to be at home and isolating. We respect the reasons why children are required to isolate and fully support them, but we want children in the building and learning every single day.
Thank you for your support this week in adjusting to our plan to reinstate face coverings for all pupils to be worn in communal areas from Wednesday 9th June. Although not mandated, we felt the advice received was too strong to ignore
especially as we are now dealing with a new and more transmissible variant of Covid19.
Please continue to support your child in carrying out twice-weekly Covid tests at home. Thank you.
We continue to follow this guidance:
If your child or any of the household are displaying any of the main symptoms of Covid19, such as a new or continuous cough, a high temperature or fever, a loss or change to taste or smell, you are expected to stay at home, isolate and to seek a test.
Our current timings for school start and exit have worked very well since September for a whole host of reasons but principally to support with safety. Our compressed curriculum model has meant that pupils have full subject coverage with no learning time lost. Despite the huge challenges, the quality of education at Holy Trinity remains excellent and at the very highest standard. Key performance indicators are showing very pleasing progress data for pupils in all years. It seems sensible to continue with these timings for the rest of the year with any changes happening in September.
In other news:
School Expansion Project has started and the site has been transformed! We plan to update our website with footage which tracks the work that is taking place over the coming months. All being well, work will be completed on January 24th 2022.
With great sadness, I announce that there will be no Year 7 Transition Day in July following a Government Directive sent to all. The school will move a series of activities online to support our youngsters in making this big step into joining Secondary School. Within the current regulation guidelines, colleagues are in the process of visiting Primary Schools youngsters in Year 6 who are coming in September. We will do as much as we can in order to make this transition a comfortable one.
As we progress through these challenging times together, we must be mindful that our continued collaboration and strong working partnership is the only way in which we can overcome the challenges that are faced.
Our school mission has been strengthened during this pandemic, which is to provide all of our pupils with an excellent education, to support them in achieving
absolutely anything that they set their ambition for. There are ‘no limits’ to what can be achieved in our school.
A reminder of some key dates as we approach the end of this academic year:
It is our ambition and priority to provide an end of year academic report for all youngsters.
Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th July: Date confirmed for Year 10 Virtual Parents Consultation via SchoolCloud. This event is vitally important as we prepare youngsters for making the transition into Year 11. Your child has received an information letter. Thank you to those who have already booked appointments. Please contact school if you are experiencing any technical difficulties.
Monday 12th July: Year 7 Virtual Parental Meeting and Progress Review. Parents will receive their child’s end of year report. Pupils will complete a series of reflective tasks and set their targets for next academic year. Pupils will work from home and online during the day and join parents in their meetings with tutors. There will be an assembly to start the day via ‘Teams’ at 9am. If there are any issues with individual children or families, provision will be made available to support in school. Pupils will be receiving a letter in the coming week with all of the details.
Friday 16th July: School closes for pupils and they begin their summer break. Pupils to leave in staggered exit times from 12.30 – 12.45.
The start of the following week will be remaining INSET time for staff and will see an acceleration in the school buildings work project.
Key dates for the start of next academic year:
Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September: INSET days for teachers only.
Monday 6th September: Year 7 and Year 11 only 8.40 – 3.00
Tuesday 7th September: All Year Groups return to school 8.40 – 3.00
I am delighted to confirm that ‘Summer School’ for new Year 7 pupils and children in our current Year 7 who would most benefit from this extra provision will be taking place from Wednesday 21st July – Friday 30th July.
An information flyer that has been emailed regarding booking a place for this provision. Please email this address email@example.com to reserve your place and we are reminded that this provision is free to families and fully funded by Government and school. There are no limits to the number of places that we can offer.
*If youngsters can’t make a particular day for whatever reason it is completely fine as long as we have as much warning as possible. Youngsters can sign up for as many days as they want and there is no obligation for them to do all of it unless they want to of course!
I am delighted that 40 places have been reserved within the first 48 hours of information having been circulated! Wonderful!
Please look out for further information via text message, pupil email, ‘Microsoft Teams’ messages, updates to this website, or letters posted to your homes.
Thank you for your continued support.
With every best wish for a good weekend.