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Message from Mrs Woodfin

Date published: Mon 8 Jun 2020   Author:    Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.  Where has the sunshine gone? Lockdown is so much harder in the rain!

We are spending this week finalising the details for our wider reopening. All parents of year 10 and year 12 students will receive their child’s personalised timetables this week. On Wednesday, myself and Mrs Edwards will be putting together a video/photos (depends on our technological skills!) to demonstrate how the school has changed in preparation for our ‘new normal’. We will be sending this to all families. Please sit and discuss with your child the changing protocols and how school will be different.  The key message is that even though the layout of the classrooms and groupings will be different, even though the procedures for entry and exit are different, nothing else has changed, our priority is still their wellbeing and learning and we are really looking forward to seeing them! Students that are attending next week will received personalised timetables, a short equipment list and a reminder of the entry and exit procedure.  It is fundamental that everyone feels reassured about the processes in place and arrives to school with a sense of confidence.

With so much happening in schools in response to COVID-19, it is still very important that as a school we must also continue with our responsibility to reflect and educate ourselves, and our community on wider global issues. I'm sure all of you (as was I) was appalled by the murder of George Floyd in the United States on May 25th. As a school we are committed to fighting racism and prejudice in all its forms and to the active promotion of equality for all.   As a school our actions will be on a variety of levels, firstly, we will be writing to you all with a formal response to Black Lives Matter. It is also really important to  acknowledge the heightened distress the events may have caused in our community . Students this half term will also have personal development sessions that will allow them to reflect and think about next steps. We are also looking at our curriculum and school calendar in order to ensure that we, as a school are doing everything we can to support Black Lives Matter. We will issue more information later in the week.

A few updates…

35% of staff are currently impacted by COVID. 34% are due to shielding and 1% due to self-isolation as a precautionary measure.

£16,545 issued in food vouchers so far. It is no surprise that with the difficulties facing all families our number of FSM students continues to increase.

Bulmershe in the community….

A Performing and Creative Arts competition.……..please read the below power point ‘Keep the light burning’, it is a really exciting project to take part in. A high number of you are really missing practical lessons so Mrs Whitmarsh and the team have put together this competition.  If you have a mobile phone with a camera you have all the equipment you need!  I look forward to seeing all the entries and there are prizes for the best entries!

Virtual Fixtures! A message from Mr Bradbury…..

This week we have our first virtual fixture against the Highdown School.  It will consist of 5 different challenges over the 5 days and it is open for all students, parents and staff.  The deadline to submit your entries each day is 9.00pm.  The scores will then be totalled and the school that has the highest will win that particular challenge.  I will be putting the challenges on Doddle for the students each day as well as on the PE twitter account. 

Monday's Challenge -

Tuesday's Challenge -

Wednesday's Challenge -

Thursday's Challenge -

Friday's Challenge -

The year 7 and 8 CV challenge in PE…

The year 7's and 8's had a CV challenge last  week to see how far they could walk/run/cycle/swim/scoot etc and by Friday they had actually managed to cover 1386km through walking, running, cycling, swimming and scooting. To put that into some perspective that is like travelling from Reading to Glasgow and back again and then doing another 100km!Well done all!

The link to the results for virtual sports day is below: Well done all! A tremendous effort!

Stay safe,

Mrs Amanda Woodfin



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