WEEK 33 - Friday 10 June 2022
Ласкаво просимо в Hessle!
(Welcome to Hessle!)
This week has seen the arrival of our first two Ukrainian students to Hessle High School and it has been great to have them with us. Both Year 8 students, Mira and Miroslava, turned up on Monday morning with their parents looking immaculate in their school uniforms and delighted to be able to resume their schooling after a period of time in their lives that we can barely imagine. A great deal of work has already gone into preparing for their arrival - thankfully, we have members of staff in school that can speak Ukrainian, Russian and Polish and these language skills have been invaluable in helping us to understand the needs of the children and their families so that we can get them settled into school.
We also have some marvellous students from Eastern Europe and these have been wonderful in helping to bridge the language gap and ensuring that Mira and Miroslava have begun to get to know the other students in their tutor group and in their teaching classes. We are also fortunate to have the services of Mrs Ridley in school who has worked with students of many nationalities over the years and who is very adept at integrating students with English as an additional language into our school, whilst also providing them with translation support. The rule of thumb is that younger students benefit from being integrated fully as soon as possible; ‘thrown in at the deep end’ in other words, so that they can quickly learn the language from mixing with other students.
As they settle into the school, we look forward to getting to know them better and learning more about their country and their culture, to the benefit of our whole school community. We know of several other families that are currently settling into the area and who are intending to send their children to our school and we look forward to welcoming them too.
At last the sunshine has arrived. Our school site is glorious on clear sunny days like today and it is fantastic to see the students enjoying the entirety of our school, playing sports or just sitting on the field chatting with friends. Let’s hope it continues.
Have a lovely weekend.