Friday 3rd December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Covid Update
We have seen an increase in Covid cases over the last few days. We currently have 14 students and two staff members absent from school having tested positive with either a LFD or PCR test. Whilst these are still relatively small numbers compared to the end of term one, it is best to be aware and act now before it becomes a greater issue. Please may I ask that you ensure students continue to test twice weekly and to be cautious of sending your child in if they have any Covid symptoms. Students identified as close contacts are advised to take a LFD and then a PCR test, but, are able to continue to come to school whilst waiting for the test results as long as do not have symptoms.

Carol Service
Whilst we hoped to hold the Carol Service, at St Mary’s Church next Tuesday, following discussion with the church we have decided that this presents too great a risk to the church and wider community. We will instead have a ‘school only’ event without parents which we will then record, edit and then release to you all the following week. We have brought the recording forward to the earlier time of 5.30pm. Mrs Dudbridge will discuss with students involved how the day will work in practice.

Rebuild Update and Consultation Process
You can visit the website on this link to read about the build as well as click through to a video showing what the school might look like in the future. We would welcome your thoughts via the survey on the web page. We are currently still proceeding with the Public Consultation event next Wednesday, which will take place in the Drama Hall from 3-7pm. We ask that everyone attending wears a face covering and to sanitises their hands on arrival. Please park in the reception car park and come through reception to the drama hall. We will be delighted to see you.

January staggered return – Covid testing
You may have read that the government is requiring all secondary schools to test students on their return in January. Whilst this has provided us with little notice and a logistical headache, we do believe that it is sensible given the amount of mixing that Christmas is likely to bring. We are currently working on our plans; however, I thought it best to forewarn you that it is highly likely we will have a staggered return with students coming to school to test before starting school the following day. Once again, we are required to seek consent; forms will be issued next week.

Sporting update
It has been another superb week of industry and commitment by students towards their sport this week, with many take advantage of a wide variety of activities. The excellent progress made by our U14 girls’ English School journey ended with a narrow defeat at Hardenhuish School. Year 13s students said a final farewell to senior hockey at the school and we would like to thank those students who have so ably and proudly represented the school over the past seven years. Finally, congratulations to the U16 Boys Indoor Hockey squad who are Regional Champions and will now represent the West at the National Finals in London after the Christmas break, a fantastic achievement.
Year 11 mock exams

Finally, I know that Year 11 students have been working extremely hard in preparation for their mock examinations and I wish them the best of luck over the next fortnight.

Successful Return of Indoor Hockey
Friday 10th December

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