Dear Parents and Carers
We have 15 students and one member of staff absent with Covid. This compares with a total of 15 last week. Although these are relatively small numbers, we will remain cautious and keep all existing measures in place over the coming week. Please continue to exercise a ‘safety first’ approach with any illness and possible symptoms over the coming days.
The students spent Tuesday this week at St Mary’s church rehearsing for and then performing the carol service. We were disappointed that we could not invite parents, but I assure you the edited video will be well worth a watch when it is released next week; the students played, sang and read beautifully. Please go to the KLB website for further information.
Thank you to those who either attended the public information event or have given comment via the website. Members of the school council also had the opportunity to attend and, as you can imagine, the students had plenty to say but were most definitely behind the plans to modernise the site. Today is your last chance to comment before the final plans are developed, ready for planning towards the end of next week.
The Last Day of Term
The school finishes for students at 12.05pm next Friday. All dedicated school transport providers have confirmed buses will arrive at KLB for the earlier finish. If you use a public bus service, you will need make your own arrangements.
January Staggered Return – Covid Testing
You will be aware that we are required to test students on their return in January. We have staggered the return in order to test safely and effectively. The vast majority of our testing team either do not work on the INSET day or are involved in staff training. We are therefore starting testing on Wednesday 5 January for Years 10, 11 ,12, 13 and for Years 7, 8, 9 on Thursday 6 January. We will remind you about the consent forms required and provide timings next week.
This will mean that Years 10-13 will return to school on Thursday 6 January and Years 7-9 on the Friday 7 January. We are keen to minimise the lost learning time and will return to Remote Learning whilst students are not in school. Subject teachers will set approximately forty minutes of work on Class Charts for the classes they would otherwise have been teaching face to face. This should mean that students who come in to school for Covid testing have time to complete the work around their testing. The work set will be consolidation work from this term or reading in preparation for the first lessons back in January. If your child is struggling to access Class Charts at home, please contact Kate van den Broek firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may remember that last year everything changed over the course of the Christmas break, so the arrangements are of course subject to change.
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This week we have seen the conclusion to the boys rugby and girls hockey programmes. It has been a positive return to school sport this academic year and we look forward to the hockey, football and netball programmes in the New Year. A special mention to our U15 boys who made the regional semi-final of the RFU National Cup. They came agonisingly close to further progress after a narrow 5-10 loss to St Peter’s School. Next week will see the first instalment of our house sports competition; boys will be competing in rugby and girls hockey.
Have a good weekend.