Covid-19 Comms and Operations
HEADMASTER's COVID-19 Briefings
Wed 1 April 2020: read here
Tues 31 March 2020: read here
Mon 23 March 2020: read here
Tue 17 March 2020: read here
Mon 16 March 2020: read here
Sun 15 March #2: read here
Sun 15 March 2020: read here
EXAMS AND QUALIFICATIONS
As explained in the notice issued by the School during the week of 23rd March - and available for reference here -the School is following closely the information coming from Government, Examination Boards and other Advisory Bodies to build a picture of what will replace the formal examinations. On 26th March, the examinations regulator Ofqual issued the following statement here. We will keep you updated as we know more.
We have received some enquiries from parents as to what will be happening in terms of internal formal assessments scheduled for the Trinity term. For the present, pupils should continue to work to the published dates:
- Monday 27th April: Fourth Form Examination week
- Monday 18th May: Junior House Assessment week (CAT II)
- Monday 1st June: First and Second Form Assessment week (CAT II)
- Friday 5th June: Lower Sixth Assessment week (RAT II).
We will keep this under review. Depending on how long the school is closed we may need to move dates on. In any planning, we will give consideration to how long the pupils have been away from their lessons and make adjustments to the timing and content of assessments accordingly.
Online Learning Guide
Remote Learning Guidance for Pupils and Parents: read here.
Please note the following link on online safety: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Note also the existing links on leading a balanced Digital Life currently on our School website here.
Further resources here:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
Safeguarding and Child Protection:
On joining the online classroom, it is assumed that:
1. Parents consent fully to their child engaging in online education, simply by the fact that their pupils have logged on from a home-based remote device. If parents do not consent to this, then they must opt out and prevent their pupils from logging on, notifying their Housemaster that they do not wish to engage with interactive online education.
2. Parents understand fully that it is contingent upon at least one parent being present in the home-setting, close to the vicinity of the pupil for the duration of the sessions.
3. Parents understand fully that staff may choose to record the sessions they give for training and quality purposes; this will include pupil audio, chat and video input.
4. Pupils must be engaging in online education in spaces that are not private, such as bedrooms.
5. Pupils must be smartly and appropriately dressed: smart, but casual, as a minimum. The teacher can insist on full school uniform for online sessions; defaulting pupils can be excluded.
6. Teachers have full power to ‘mute’, or to stop the video, or delete the chat of pupils, excluding disruptive or inappropriate pupils from the group, if, in teachers’ judgement the pupils are not entering into the spirit and the letter of the experience with maturity. Sanctions – including exclusion from online education – may follow.
7. Parents are not permitted to intervene in the lessons.
8. Teachers will inform parents of the extent to which pupils have logged on to the sessions at regular intervals.
9. All correspondence between teachers and pupils and teachers and parents relating to the use of Zoom or Teams must be via School emails; the sharing of mobile phone numbers or private emails is strictly forbidden.
LOS Staff Email Contact List: read here.
LENT TERM 2020 CALENDAR UPDATES
Updated Calendar as of 27th March 2020: read here.
Goods and Services to Help The Community
If you are a supplier of goods or services that can help alleviate some of the pressures families are experiencing at this time – and would welcome a free space to let the wider community know about your goods and services, please forward a flyer or link to Mrs Robinson on email@example.com. While the school cannot endorse products, we’re happy to let parents know about goods and services they may need.
Nature's Choice Home Delivery: read here.
Flint Wines Home Delivery: read here.
At this difficult time some people may appreciate the opportunity to have a case of fine wine delivered to their front door. Flint Wines are an independent wine company who work with directly with over 150 estates around the world to offer its customers an honest, informed and comprehensive level of service. If anyone is interested in finding out more or ordering wine please contact Tamer@flintwines.com
Urgent Appeal To Help Homeless People Stay Safe From Coronavirus
See message from The Passage: here.
key workers and vulnerable pupils
The government has issued a list of those defined as ‘Key Workers or Vulnerable Pupils’ here.
If you have submitted the relevant request form, and the School has contacted you to confirm an emergency place, then please ensure your child is in School, according to the instructions set out on the form. Please be reminded of the government advice with which the School must strictly comply:
We have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend . . . the fewer the children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Do note: we do need the relevant request form to assess, regardless as to whether you have notified the School of your desire for an emergency place either by telephone, email, or in person.
If you need to, and have not done so already, please complete the form here.
The Time to Talk Here to Listen Team have elected to conduct counselling exclusively by telephone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email your child’s counsellor directly to arrange. If you are a sixth form pupil, an enhanced service is available by simply texting: 07827 927380. A counsellor will respond to your text via telephone.
Please do contact the Housemasters or Mr Mantio if concerned about any pupil or family at this time (see staff contact list in the link above.)
FREE school meals
Please find the link to the government guidance here. In sum:
We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.
Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.
Clearly, this will take some time to implement. In the meantime:
Contact your child’s Housemaster if you need immediate support. If so, I will instruct the catering service to prepare lunches in paper bags. Either these can be collected from school, or from a mutually agreed collection point.
As an alternative – once the supermarkets have re-stocked – we will purchase supermarket/local shop vouchers and email them to parents. If you currently receive Free School Meals and are in need of support, please contact your Housemaster asap and we will see that support is given. At this time of supply shortage, if you do not qualify for FSM but are in dire circumstances (or know of others who are), then please we need to know. We will be able to source sensitive, anonymised and immediate help.
At this time, also, please be vigilant to email and telephone scams. These may come in the form of emails asking for your bank details because you qualify for FSM, or from phone calls purporting to be from official bodies.
careers information for 3rd - 5th form PUPILS
LIVESTREAM DAILY MASS
View Daily Masses here.
Virtual art gallery
View 3rd Form and A Level artwork here.
It is important to continue to exercise during the School closure, so please find a document here which was distributed to pupils via Show My Homework. When you have scores, feel free to submit them on the blue results tab (there is a category for parents/adults) and soon you'll be able to compare your results with others in the school. We will look to set out some more challenges over the next few weeks.
HATS provides non-emergency patient transport and special needs transport.
HATS are now assisting in the effort to combat the outbreak, including transport roles and food preparation for NHS workers. Find out more: http://www.hatsgroup.com/
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital are recruiting: