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Week Commencing 12th April
Welcome back to another half-term. I hope you have had a lovely break as the country starts to ease the national lockdown and return to some more normality. Students have now moved back to having separate weekly assemblies which is wonderful and gives a better opportunity to be together and share ongoing news and information. We are also making some changes to some bubbles to give opportunities for use of different facilities. Ultimately, I really look forward to a more normal half-term and continue to ease students back into learning :O)
Year 11 students begin their Maths intensive curriculum and have hit the ground running in their studies. They have been told that there is no official ‘leaving date’ as we work around national dates and indeed exam board directives but we will will share this when we know more. For now – it’s important that students complete work and continue to build their evidence in readiness for Teacher Assessed Grades. Please note that staff cannot inform students of their grades as this will render them void.
Week Commencing 19th April
Welcome to a busy week 2! After a lovely weekend, I come to school looking forward to continuing the positive return to school. Nearly all students are taking advantage of the nice weather and additional socially-distanced areas around the school site – which is lovely to see. This week is History and IT GCSE catch-up week for Y11’s. In addition, we have a live seminar (details below). Year group assemblies continue each day and the impact of Covid remains low – long may it continue! I have a plea to parents and carers around ensuring their child is punctual in the morning and indeed the huge importance of attendance – let’s work together in ensuring that the overall ‘attitude/commitment’ profile is exceptional to ensure the best chances of securing those all-important College/work placement places post Y11. Please also refer to the letter outlining uniform expectations sent out at the beginning of this term. Please also refer to the new and updated (hopefully much clearer) letters section of our website. Have a lovely week and i’ll be in touch very soon.
Week Commencing 26th April
As we enter week 3 of this half term we have unfortunately seen another positive LTD Covid case. This follows last week’s 2 cases. This says 2 things – firstly, the importance of the LTD twice-weekly testing which everyone should be doing now at home, protecting themselves and others around them by picking up non symptomatic cases. Secondly, it is a stark reminder that the virus is still amongst our community. I will be reminding students of the importance of social distancing and the expectations around their everyday conduct when around people. We still remain low in terms of cases but it is important we all work together to protect each other.
Week Commencing 3rd May
Welcome back after a long bank-holiday weekend – I hope you have enjoyed the time (notice I didn’t mention the weather!). Year 11 will be focusing on English this week and I have included the timetable below. Due to the English staff assessing and marking for this week, there will be no after-school revision. I’m really pleased to say that the new astro-pitch is ready for students to use – let’s just hope the weather means that students can enjoy this new update to our school facilities.
So excited to see our new Astro Pitch completed! Students have yet another cutting edge facility to take advantage of in school. I look forward to more improvements as we further improve the already better facilities than our LOCAL schools!
Our natural areas in school area developing each week – we aim to develop our ponds and gardens to keep and attract animals – further enhancing the student experience and respecting our environment.
I have texted this out to parents and carers but if you can engage and answer some questions – it would be much appreciated. The PDF document is below:
For those families celebrating, we hope that you’ve had a wonderful Ramadan. As you look forward to celebrating Eid next week, please be aware that we are only able to authorise one day of absence for your child. Any additional days taken off will be unfortunately unauthorised. We wish you a happy Eid in advance! :O)
Week Commencing 10th May
Information about face coverings
There are more media rumblings about phasing out face coverings and I include our school stance on the topic:
Absolutely no measures will change with regards to face coverings, social distancing, testing and bubbles at Newsome Academy regardless of any national messages. As always, we will ‘logically’ review the local picture alongside our school context and make decisions based on that. Needless to say, we have seen at first hand the direct impact over the last few weeks of Covid cases in addition to the Local Authority picture and it would be irresponsible and careless of us to change any system at present – especially as society hasn’t opened up fully yet. We care about the welfare of all our students and the community and will do our bit to protect them!
Information about Face Coverings
There are more media rumblings about phasing out face coverings and I include our school stance on the topic: Absolutely no measures will change with regards to face coverings, social distancing, testing and bubbles at Newsome Academy regardless of any national messages. As always, we will ‘logically’ review the local picture alongside our school context and make decisions based on that. Needless to say, we have seen at first hand the direct impact over the last few weeks of Covid cases in addition to the Local Authority picture and it would be irresponsible and careless of us to change any system at present – especially as society hasn’t opened up fully yet. We care about the welfare of all our students and the community and will do our bit to protect them!
Media Coverage about Uniform
You may have seen the recent article in the Examiner (click here) about our commitment to families joining our school in September. What the article didn’t say is that this will be available to ALL Newsome students. I have contacted them to give a full (and accurate) message but in the meantime we will communicate how and when this will happen/work. Our Uniform will indeed slightly change as we re-brand our school but the main reason for the change and decision is as our Trust CEO, Mick Kay states “Families have been through some challenging times during the pandemic; being able to support them by providing uniforms for new pupils at Newsome Academy this year is living out our vision to be a Trust where hearts and minds connect.” – Said Mick Kay CEO of Impact Education MAT”.
Week Commencing 17th May
Week Commencing 24th May
Year 11 Leaving Information – click here for the letter about arrangements for Year 11 students.
Students have been asking about the colours planned for our new uniform. They are asking if they are orange, red and all kinds of different colours! Rest assured – the colour won’t change – they will be a black blazer, black v-neck jumper with the new Academy logo. Ties are currently being decided by the Student Senior Leadership Team.