Year 8 End of Year Bulletin July 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this bulletin finds you and your families safe and well. This is the strangest end of academic year I have ever written, having not been physically in a classroom teaching properly since March! However, I find myself feeling extremely proud and thankful to be working in a school community that has adapted to these changes so well and taken every challenge in its stride. Whilst the last few months have been a difficult break from normality, they have also given us an opportunity to spend more time with our families than we would ever have had, and for that I am extremely grateful. Personally, I have been able to read more, cook more and managed to get myself running! I’ve also been in regular contact with my friends and extended family – taking part in weekly quizzes or just a phone call to check in on how people are doing. All of these are definitely things I want to continue with over the Summer break and in to September.
Student reports will be issued on Wednesday of this week. The reports have been designed differently this year as we are aware that each student’s personal experience since March has been very different. Whilst many students have engaged with Google Classroom with great enthusiasm and to great success, the experience has not been uniform for all of our young people for a wide range of reasons beyond their control. To be fair to all students the grades are reflective of how our students were working before school closure. We have also reported to you the work that they have been completing remotely since March.
For many of our students, the forthcoming summer holiday will be a welcome break from hard work they have been completing from home. We very much encourage families to use the break to have a rest. However, the work that has been sent on Google Classroom will be available until September. We recognise that some of our young people will want to use some time in the during the Summer break to catch up with some work that they may not have fully completed, or revisit the content to increase their confidence before September. No new work will be set over Summer.
As you are aware, for the last half term we have been using Google Classroom as our main method of setting work for students. We will be continuing with Google Classroom in September and will no longer be using Doddle. Doddle will remain live over the summer, but come September it will be closed.
It has been great to get the Year 9 students back into school for some GCSE preparation sessions before the end of the school year. All of the staff that have worked with the Year 9s have commented on how fantastic they have been; engaging well, working hard and really getting involved in discussions in the classroom. It has been a privilege working with the year group this year and I have every confidence that they will achieve great success in Key Stage 4 and beyond. From September, Mrs R Dempsey, Director of Learning for Key Stage 4, will take over as Director of Learning for the year group. Mrs A Handby is the Welfare Leader for KS4.
As is tradition, an end of year assembly will still be taking place this Friday. This year, it will be recorded and a link sent out to parents and carers for the students to watch.
Poynton’s Got Talent
Mr Rawling is putting together the final touches to Poynton’s Got Talent for the judging to take place – I am very excited to be judging the entries and look forward to seeing all of the brilliant talents our young people have!
If there is ever a time to get back to reading, it is this summer. Many studies have shown that reading is the best thing your child can do to boost their attainment and confidence. A comprehensive understanding of language will support your child’s learning in every subject. It does not really matter what it is, but reading a book will always be of benefit. I have really enjoyed reading more whilst we have been in lockdown and it is definitely a habit I intend to continue. There are lots of recommendations for good books to read on the Poynton High School twitter feeds from both the English Department and the Library. The English Team have also discussed books and reading in their lessons with the students this week.
Some ideas for books can be found on the following websites:
Finally, a massive thank you and well done on behalf of all the staff at Poynton High School to our KS3 students. We have been really impressed with the way our students have adapted to these challenging times and it has been a real pleasure communicating with them over live lessons and seeing the brilliant work they have submitted on Google Classroom.
More information will be sent to parents and carers from Miss Holyland and Mr Waugh regarding the return to school in September. Have a wonderful summer break and I really look forward, more than ever before probably, to returning to teaching our students in September.
Stay safe and look after yourselves.
Director of Learning for KS3