Weekly Parent Bulletin

Friday, 17th September 2021

For further information about measures related to Covid-19, or any other school information, please see the college website. If you have any questions, please complete the 'contact us' form found here.

REMINDER: Upcoming dates and events

Thursday 30th September - Year 10 and 11 Parent Information Evening and Year 10 Parents' Evening (Eng/Maths/Sci)

Thursday 7th October - Prospective Year 7 Event

Thursday 21st October - Prospective Sixth Form Event

We are awaiting guidance from Public Health before confirming whether these events will be virtual or in person. Details will follow shortly.

NEW: Vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Whilst there have been reports in the press this week that agreement has been reached within government that the Covid vaccination programme will be extended to 12-15 year olds, we have yet to see what precise role there will be for schools and colleges in this process. We await further information from the Government about how the vaccination programme will run. As always, we will act in the best interests of the children and young people in our care and work with parents to minimise any risk to our children. We will provide an update to our parents when more information is available.

Please see current government information for young people here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people

NEW: Student home-testing kits

This week, students have been issued with lateral flow test kits to be used at home. If your child has not received their tests, they should see Mr Morris in his office (next to the Sports Hall/ opposite PE office) at break or lunchtime to collect their kits. We encourage all students to self-test twice weekly (Sundays/Wednesdays) and to report the 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

NEW: PE update

For Core PE, please be aware that all jewellery needs to be removed to ensure the safety of all taking part. This includes all nose studs (including clear retainers). Students are allowed to use tape to cover one set of newly pierced ears. This must be provided by the student and kept in their bags. Students will not be allowed to visit first aid to ask for tape before or during lesson time. It is the student's responsibility to organise this. In relation to new piercings, we please ask that we are provided with information about the date of piercing and when it is safe to remove. Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

For Year 8 -11 Core PE, the PE Department still have a range of the Agame rugby tops and T shirts for sale at a cost of £5, available from the PE office. Alternatively if you require new core PE kit, you can purchase the new style top from Wovina.

NEW: Medical Appointments

If your child has a medical appointment and needs to leave in school hours, please could parent/carer write a note for your child to bring in and show their tutor to arrange an exeat. If it’s a last minute appointment, please phone college and speak to the Attendance Officer by choosing option 2.

NEW: Girls' Tennis Sessions at Bodmin Leisure Centre

Indoor tennis sessions for teenage girls looking for the opportunity to try tennis and learn the basics in a social and fun environment are running at the Bodmin Leisure Centre. The sessions will be delivered by a LTA Accredited Female coach. These take place on Thursdays from 4pm – 5pm. £6.50 per session (see here).

NEW: Lostwithiel Educational Trust - grants for young people

The above Trust exists to benefit children and young people up to the age of 24 years old who live in the parishes of Lostwithiel and St Winnow. In the past they have helped with grants for large scale projects within the town of Lostwithiel e.g. skate park, children’s play areas, and with small groups such as Guides/junior band. They also help individuals with various enterprises, including where the applicant shows promise in a particular area e.g. music, drama, sport, dance etc.

Each application is discussed by the Trustees as to whether it falls within their remit and a decision is made at their quarterly meetings. Applications may be made at any time during the year by, or on behalf of, the young person, but for your information the next meeting is in October 2021.

Application for grants should be made either by email to:- The Secretary Educational Trust, coffabridge3@yahoo.co.uk or by mail, marked for the attention of Lostwithiel Educational Trust c/o Church Administration Office, St Bartholomew’s Church, Church Lane, Lostwithiel, PL22 0EG.

Initially you could just request a form to fill in and return to the Trust - if any further information is needed, then the Trustees will get back to you.

REMINDER: Instrumental Music Lessons & Singing Lessons/Vocal Coaching

If your child wishes to start or continue to have instrumental or singing lessons, you will need to apply again this year. This can be done through the following links:

Please contact The Cornwall Music Service Trust (CMST) for any of the following lessons:

  • Piano/Keyboard with Mrs Mann
  • Woodwind (Sax, Flute, Clarinet) with Ms Elston
  • Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba) with Mr Harrison
  • Strings (Violin, Viola Cello) with Mr Webley
  • Tuned and Orchestral Percussion with Mr Hendry

Please contact Cornwall Music Tuition (CMT) for any of the following lessons:

  • Drum Kit (Rock, Pop and Jazz) with Mr Howarth
  • Guitar & Bass– Face to face lessons in college with Mr Mason

Please email Chris Hamilton for singing lessons/vocal coaching:

Please email Paul Berrington for Online Guitar/Bass lessons (Outside of college time/day):