KS4 Weekly Bulletin
Monday 1st June 2020
Dear Parents, Carers and young people,
Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely, restful half term break and were able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine we have been having. As we move forward through this period of remote working you will notice some differences in the way your school work is set.
Google classroom is available for all students. Mr Dean has issued a letter today regarding the login details and some information on how to use the system. Whilst we will continue to use Doddle to set the work for students for the rest of this half term, Google Classroom will be used to set assessed tasks that will be fed back on by teachers and allow students the opportunity to interact with their teachers.
Students should look to use some of their working time over the next couple of days to logon and familiarise themselves with the way it looks and feels and take the opportunity to go into their different classes and see what’s been posted so far. I have put a quick note in the Year 7 class to ask students to make some brief contact with their teachers this week. This may just be to say hello or it could be in the form of a question that they have been wanting to ask. We look forward to being able to converse with students about the work they are doing and provide the help and support they need to get the most out of the learning they are doing at home.
Over the next couple of weeks, teachers will be doing further training on how to most effectively use Google Classroom and as everyone gets a good understanding of how to use it we hope that everyone will find it a good platform to help support learning and give greater connection to the school in general.
The closure of school to our community is a tough one to get our heads around at times, can we please remind our young people that in order to observe the social distancing guidance and to protect our key workers that the school site is closed. Students should not be gathering on the school playing fields.
Mr Bennett has posted this week’s assembly on YouTube “Random Acts of Wildness”
The assembly gives some general updates and looks into the ways that we have tried to stay positive during this period at home. This leads to the Wildlife Trusts’ “30 Days Wild”, which includes challenges for every day in June. It would be great to see Year 7 getting involved in this and any pictures of your adventures in the wild being tweeted to @PoyntonHigh.
Finally, please remember that although we are not physically in school, we are still a community and we will do everything we can to support you and your learning during this time. If ever you need anything, drop me an email. We are up to challenge 36 on Twitter, if you haven’t already, get involved. You might find yourself having a go at doing something you wouldn’t ordinarily.
Stay safe, keep learning and look after yourselves and your families,
Mrs R. Dempsey
Director of Learning to Key Stage 4