Daily Update

23 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I hope you have been able to enjoy the lovely weather.

 

 *** PLEASE READ - CHANGES TO OUR PROVISION WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT***
  
Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

Due to the higher demand for this provision, we now need to run two groups with immediate effect.  Therefore, the following changes will be in place from tomorrow.

  

Year 7 and Year 8 
  •  Year 7 and Year 8 students will continue to attend the provision from 08:30 - 14:30.  Their provision will start with the Sports session from 08:30-09:30.  Then they will continue with their distance learning in R04.  This is the same procedures as has been in place.
  • Year 7 and Year 8 students will have their break and lunch on the back netball court (or in the Drama Studio if the weather is bad).

  

Year 9 
  •  Year 9 students will attend the provision from 09:30 - 14:30 (one hour later than Year 7 and Year 8).  They must not arrive on site before 09:25.  
  • They will be located in the library where they will complete their individual mock exams.  It is up to the student do arrange their mock exam timetable following the instructions that have been sent (see below for further details).  
  • Year 9 students must arrive with their revision and / or mock papers.  If a student studies Music, they will need to bring in their own headphones.
  • Year 9 students will have their break and lunch on the new carpark (or in the Hall if the weather is bad).

  

Rationale

The current guidelines from the Government states: 

 "It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff where possible, only mix in a small, consistent group and that small group stays away from other people and groups."

 Therefore we need to keep the two group separate and avoid any contact during the school day.  The 'Year 7 and Year 8 Bubble' will be in a different block from the 'Year 9 Bubble'.  The two bubbles will exist independently and they will not mix.

 The guidelines also suggest staggering start times.  Therefore, the 'Year 9 Bubble' will not do the Sports session in the morning, but instead will start one hour hour at 09:30.

 Should a student be tested positive for Covid-19, then the whole bubble will need to isolate and follow the advice of Public Health England.  As these bubbles will have been separated in school, only the affected bubble will need to isolate, meaning the other bubble can continue to attend.

 I appreciate that this may cause some difficulty for parents, however, I am sure you will appreciate that these measures are in place for everyone's safety.

  

Booking Procedure

If you have not already done so, and wish to book your child into this provision, please complete this form - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB22JUNE/

This provision is ONLY for  parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 

  

Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions - Week Beginning 22 June 2020

The Year 10 sessions for the rest of this week are shown below.  Group 5 and Group 6 need book an appointment time here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UZTV_UPn_DwkVnB8CgPrPmWbWPinq1iDaPtRE6IoIHY/edit?usp=sharing

 Date                              Group          Time                      Subject                    Room


Wednesday 24 June     Group 5        See above             Academic Review     Canteen

Wednesday 24 June     Group 6        See above             Academic Review     Canteen

 

Thursday 25 June         Group 7        10:00 – 12:00        English                      U01

Thursday 25 June         Group 8        13:00 – 15:00        English                      U05

   

Year 8 Creative Subject Selection

We have now completed the first phase of the Curriculum Selection process and Ms Corp has written to Year 8 parents / carers with their child’s provisional subjects for Year 9.   You should receive the letter by post in the next day or so.  If you wish to make changes to your child’s subject allocation please email me directly using the following email address no later than Friday 26th June 2020: kcorp@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk . Allocations will be decided on a first come first served basis.  New choices may not be possible if the class is full.

  

School Diversity Week

This week is Schools Diversity Week, where primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges across the UK celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in education.  At The Deanes, we are committed to equality. The Deanes is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. 

 We aim to:

  • Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our students can flourish and all contributions are considered and valued. (Promise#1)
  • Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity. (Promise#5)
  • Proactively challenge stereotypes and provide positive, informative messages about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and SEND. (Promise#1, Promise#2)
  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity. (Promise#1)
  • Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school. (Promise#1, Promise#2)

 

If we were at school, we would be delivering assemblies to all years promoting diversity, but obviously this is not possible.  So, instead, your child may find this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQKGigb5l28 -  informative.  It was made a few years ago by LGBT Youth Scotland about the need to speak up against homophobic bullying and language.  Its message is just as poignant today and goes for any type of discrimination and bigotry.

  
Contacting Students

This week, all students will be receiving a phone call from their tutor / key worker.  These are informal ,welfare calls to give each student the opportunity to check in with their form tutor / key worker and to discuss any concerns they may have about the Distance Learning work or about returning in September.  We will leave a voice mail message if we cannot reach you and we will suggest a new time for a second attempt.

Please be aware that the number calling you may show up as 'No Caller ID', as staff have been asked to withhold their personal numbers for obvious reasons.

  

How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly and it will allow our reception staff to remain at home.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.

 

Take care

Desi

Desi McKeown

Headteacher