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KS3 Weekly Bulletin

Date: Monday 27th April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and young people,

            I hope this bulletin finds you and your families safe and well. Hopefully we are all now back into the swing of doing some work from home having readjusted from the Easter break; the weather of the last week has certainly helped to lift the mood in my house! I find setting myself weekly or even daily goals a really help to keep focused – it also helps being able to tick tasks off at the end of each day so that I can review what I have achieved. It is easy to feel as though we are not achieving much whilst working from home, so it is important to look back on what you have done. Remember to spend some time each day doing something that you enjoy and makes you feel good – for me, that’s cooking, reading and doing some exercise!

Daily Challenges

            Each day at around 10am a challenge is posted on the KS3 twitter (@PHSYear8and9). Last week’s challenges were:

  • Download Duolingo or check out the website to keep learning languages in an interactive way – you can check out your pronunciation too.
  • Check out a virtual museum or gallery – there are loads available online!
  • Wednesday was World Earth Day – there are loads of resources available on line to look at and see what we can do to support the Earth and consider our impact.
  • Give a friend or family member a phone call to see how they are doing.
  • Make a mood board of your dreams and goals for the future.

I would love to see what you have been doing – send me a tweet or put it in an email!

Doddle and Learning from Home

            Alongside this bulletin is a Doddle Hints and Tips poster – please encourage your young person to take the time to read this today. Hopefully it will answer any questions they may have about ordering work or accessing different subjects. We appreciate that there is pressure on shared resources like laptops and computers in many households; please just do what you can and if you can take a picture or jot down the tasks that can be done offline that may be a way to ease some pressure.

As a school, our focus is to provide the best educational experience possible at this time. Now that we move into a longer period of working from home, we are in the process of establishing a platform on which students can submit work and teachers can provide feedback. More information will be provided on this in due course. If you have any concerns regarding the ability of your child to access work that is set, or anything that may be a barrier to them completing work, please get in touch with the year teams so that we can support your child at this time.

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, send me a tweet or drop me an email.

Stay safe, keep learning and look after yourselves and your families,

Miss E Keaveney

Director of Learning for KS3