Weekly Parent Bulletin

Friday, 16th July 2021

Following Government updates, please see the letter from the Principal containing information on:

  1. What’s different for the end of term?
  2. What’s different for the summer holidays?
  3. Arrangements for September Mass-Testing 31st Aug – 6th Sept 2021
  4. Other information regarding the start of the September Term

Some of the key information from the letter can also be found in the bulletin below, but please see the letter for full details.

Please also find see the updated FAQs and next year's Family Calendar.

NEW: Information regarding the end of term

With regards to Government guidance around the lifting of restrictions from the 19th July, as per last week's bulletin, there will be no changes to the protection measures in place during the final 2.5 days of term. Details of current measures in place can be found in the parent FAQs.

From Monday 19th July, it will no longer be the responsibility of schools to identify and notify close contacts. Instead this will be carried out by NHS Track and Trace. If your child or a member of your household develops symptoms or tests positive on a Lateral Flow Test you should still self-isolate and book a PCR Test. If the test returns as positive, you will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace who will advise you.

Sports Day - Years 7/8 - Monday 19th July

Please can all year 7 and 8 come into school on Monday in PE kit for Sports day. Please remember to bring sun-cream, caps and water for warm weather.

Last day of term - Wednesday 21st July

The last day of this academic year is Wednesday 21st July 2021. The school day will finish at 1.00pm for students in years 7 & 8 and at 1.10pm for students in years 9 & 10 & 12. Buses have been organised to pick up at these times. Please note that students who catch public buses will need to make alternative arrangements. If your child does not use bus transport, please arrange for their safe travel home at the relevant times as outlined above. Due to the earlier finish, the canteens will be providing extra food at break time, so if your child is eligible for free school meals they should collect them at this time.

NEW: Information regarding the summer holidays

The Government continue to advise everyone to continue regular testing to help reduce the risk of transmission. Kits can be ordered here: Order Self-Testing Kit GOV.UK or collected from your local pharmacy. From the 16th August, close contacts who have been double vaccinated or who are under 18 will no longer need to isolate but will be required to take a PCR test.

Mental health and wellbeing support

If you have any concerns about your child over the summer break, please contact your GP in the first instance. Your child can access online counselling or telephone support through the Childline website www.childline.org.uk (or call 0800 1111) or at www.kooth.com. If your child is over 16 years of age, they can access counselling at Outlook Southwest. You can call them on 01208 871905 to make a referral. In times of crisis, you can call the Mental Health Crisis Connect number 0800 038 5300 or Bodmin CAHMS Service 01579 373850. In an emergency or if you feel that you cannot keep your child safe, please call 999.

Bodmin College students have access to a Well Being Portal on their student area of the website, with a range of information and support around mental health issues. There is a self-care section, which is particularly helpful in exploring ways that students can take care of themselves.

Free period products

For students who would like to take a pack of products home over the summer holidays, these are available either by asking tutors, emailing Mrs Bray (by@bodmincollege.co.uk) or there are also packs which can be collected from the table in reception by parents or students. We have a lot of packs available so please don't hesitate if this is useful to you.

Music tuition

SAM Music Service provides 30 minute one-to-one online music lessons over the summer holidays, Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, allowing your child to continue learning to play the guitar, drum kit, piano / keyboard or to sing whilst schools are closed. You can choose the number of lessons you wish to have over the holiday period, with a minimum booking of two lessons. You are welcome to book a half-price one-off taster lesson for £8.25, to be sure your child enjoyed the experience and is keen to continue. Parents are welcome to pay by childcare vouchers. Lessons are affordable at the discounted holiday rate of £15 per 30 minute individual lesson, suitable for both children and adults.

To enquire, click here to complete the short contact form on SAM’s website, and they’ll be in touch soon, or you can email lessons@sammusicservice.com, or call 01273 465 122 to speak to one of their friendly team.

Careers advice and next steps

Parents perspective is a new podcast featuring guest speakers on the topic of how to support your child with their options this summer. Nicola Hall, Director of Education at the Careers and Enterprise company talks about the current careers landscape and gives her 5 top tips on how to support your child when exploring options. Also on this episode, George Anderson, a wellbeing coach addresses anxieties parents have and suggests solutions.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/the-parent-perspective-podcast/

NEW: Information regarding the start of the new academic year

The government have said "all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term."

Bodmin College will offer all students their first test as a "drop-in and go" appointment starting from Tuesday 31st August whilst their second test will take place on their first school day. A schedule is as follows:

Round 1 (Pre-Term Drop Ins)
Tuesday 31st August Year 7 Summer School Students
Wednesday 1st September

Year 7 Non-Summer School Students

Greenfield Students

Degree Programme Students

Thursday 2nd September No Testing
Friday 3rd September

Year 11 Students

Year 12 Students

Year 13 Students

Saturday 4th September No Testing
Sunday 5th September No Testing
Monday 6th September

Year 8 Students

Year 9 Students

Year 10 Students

You will receive a personalised letter with your child's allocated appointment time and details of the drop off and collection zones. Please allow 15-20 minutes for your child's appointment.

Round 2 testing will take place as part of their normal school day once term starts.

Students will return to school as follows:

Monday 6th September Staff Training Day
Tuesday 7th September Year 7 & 12 Induction Day
Wednesday 8th September Year 7, 11, 12 & 13 Only
Thursday 9th September All Years

Uniform

Ties have arrived! These can be ordered from the school shop on the website or using the link below. For any orders received before Tuesday 20th July, we will endeavour to distribute ties before the holidays. Orders after this date will be distributed in September.

https://app.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Uniform/Default.aspx?shopid=777

Nose Piercings – please remember that nose studs/rings are not permitted in school. For students who choose to have their noses pierced, we would strongly advise doing so at the start of the holidays to allow full 6 week healing and studs to be swapped for a retainer before the start of term.

Coloured Hair/False Nails – please remember these are not permitted in school. For students that like to experiment with hair and nails, please ensure that they are back to a natural state on their first day back in September.

Uniform Items - lastly not all shops sell uniform that meets our standards, and often jeans are advertised as school trousers. Please remember that jeans, leggings and lycra skirts that are less than 3/4 length of the thigh are not appropriate for school. Please do check our website or ask if you are unsure.

PE Kit

Agame are no longer the kit supplier for core PE kit. Wovina are the new PE kit providers from September 2021. Those joining the college in September are to purchase the PE tops from Wovina but those going into Year 8-11 can still purchase "Agame" kit from the PE department at £5 per top - please contact the department directly on the email contacts below. If we cannot find a replacement top or if you would prefer, older year groups can also purchase the new top from Wovina.

Please contact: Mr G Russell (rg@bodmincollege.co.uk) or Miss B Bosley (bjb@bodmincollege.co.uk)

Don’t forget to record ALL Home-Test results in TWO ways:

1. NHS: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

2. Bodmin College: PARENT/STUDENT Covid19 Home Self-Test Result Reporting

To inform us of a positive test result, contact us on 01208 72114

Out of Hours Covid Line: 07826 637936 / 07780 051728