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WEEK 24 - Friday 19 March 2021

Hello to all of our year 9 students and their families.

Ten days ago Mrs Green and I were overwhelmed by the positive return made by our year 9 students. It was a day that we had been eagerly waiting for and the start was much smoother than we had potentially expected. The laughs, giggles, and relief in their faces to see friends again was absolutely wonderful (as was hearing some students wishing each other a Happy New Year and discussing Christmas gifts, three months late!)

The new daily routine of lining up was greeted positively, with tutors equally as pleased to see our students back as we were. Each tutor organised their group seamlessly and we were impressed at the organisation of students, both getting lined up in the right place and returning well prepared - thank you for your support in making this happen.

Building the steps on my counter, I am really enjoying getting round the groups during tutor time to say good morning. Moreover, Mrs Green and I are making it a mission to pop into lessons as often as we can to see how students are engaging in their lessons. The positive comments and emails from staff regarding their impressive attitudes are a further example of how our year group are wanting to learn and benefit from the subjects that they are studying. One student pointed out that she had seen me four times in one day, whilst others are somewhat shocked when we appear with their timetables, when they appear to be lost! 

Our work with year 9 is really enjoyable, and this is supported by the numerous conversations and emails that we are having with you as their parents and careers. Being able to support your children is such an important part of the roles we hold. As parents to teenagers ourselves, both Mrs Green and I are aware of the many challenges families face in today’s climate; I think we all agree that life was simpler when we were at school. However, this doesn’t make parenting impossible. We have acknowledged that we are learning to parent, like all generations, with some significant challenges - Social Media and Covid Lockdown are likely the biggest reasons for some of the issues faced. Whatever is happening in your child’s life please know that we will continue to support them and help them grow, whilst offering you ways to support them, or places to get advice.

This week my final message regards Covid measures. The majority of students are wearing masks correctly and sanitising often. However a number of students are still wearing their masks incorrectly and moaning about sanitising. All of us are wanting a brighter second half of the year and to do this we must all work together. Please can you encourage your child to always have a mask with them and stress the importance of wearing it, along with observing regular hand hygiene. Soon, students who have been taking part in the Lateral Flow Tests will be getting their home testing kits; there will be clear instructions enclosed and, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us. 

We have one week until the Easter break and I am hoping it will be another great week for our students and year team. Please remember that we are just a call or email away.

For now, take care and stay safe.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 9

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 9