Weekly Parent Bulletin

Friday, 24th 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

Tuesday 28th September - Virtual Remote Learning information evening (see below for more information)

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

Friday 22nd October - INSET day

NEW: Guidance from Cornwall Council on mask wearing and Enhanced Response Area

As you know the South West peninsula is currently a COVID-19 Enhanced Response Area (ERA) due to high rates in the region. As part of this for the first two weeks of term, secondary school pupils, college students and all education staff have been asked to wear face coverings in communal areas, unless exempt. This includes in corridors and shared transport and may include classrooms. Case rates have come down since the end of August, but they are still high in the region. Therefore, the Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the public health team have agreed that it is appropriate to continue with the same advice regarding mask wearing in educational settings for the next two weeks, when it will be reviewed again. Our approach to face coverings and all other COVID-19 measures will therefore remain in place until we receive further guidance. Thank you for your support with this measure that is helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

NEW: Virtual Remote Learning Information Evening

The Remote Learning Information Evening will take place on Tuesday 28th September at 6pm via MS Teams. The aim of the meeting is to provide guidance on how to use MS Teams and Satchel:One as well as to show parents what remote learning provision the college provides.

A link for this virtual meeting will be emailed to all parents on Monday 27th September and a recording of the meeting will be sent out also after the event.

This meeting will be particularly useful to Yr7 parents and parents of students new to the college.

NEW: Yr 10 & Yr 11 English/Maths information

A reminder that we will be uploading virtual information presentations for GCSE Maths & English Language for Yr11 parents, and GCSE English Literature for Yr10 parents on Thursday 30th September. More information to follow.

NEW: Extra-curricular clubs and activities

Click here for the new timetable for extra-curricular clubs and activities for the Autumn term. Clubs begin from next week (week beginning 27th Sept). For further details, students should speak to the named member of staff for the club.

NEW: Assemblies and guest speakers

In our drive to continue to keep children safe, we have just launched the first of many assemblies and drop down days in addressing some of the issues that young people are facing and giving them the information and tools to help them keep themselves and each other safe.

Our first was looking at the impact of drugs, gangs and knife crime from Paul Hannaford on Wednesday, who has made it his mission to talk to over 1 million students to ensure that they do not fall into the same traps as he did. The response from students and staff has been overwhelming, with many students explaining that although teachers give them the facts and figures, it does not hit home until they hear it from someone who has lived through it.

Next month we have Brook Cornwall delivering workshops with our Year 8s, 9s and 10s, with each year group looking at different aspects of positive relationships and sexual health. Further details to follow.

NEW: Students contacting home

Please can we ask you to remind students that if they are feeling unwell or have an issue in school, they must inform a member of staff before contacting home. If your child is unwell this must be reported to first aid or your child’s tutor and, if necessary, we will make contact with parents/carers. We would not encourage students to contact home directly as, in most cases, situations can be addressed more easily by speaking to a member of staff first.

NEW: Lockers

Students are now allowed to use their lockers again. If there are any students that are interested in getting a locker, please go to Reception and your name can be added to a waiting list and advice given on the process, once a locker is available.

NEW: Road Safety

We endeavour to ensure that students are aware of road safety and cover this during tutor times and assemblies. In addition, please can we ask you to support your child in reminding them about walking sensibly on the pavements, as well as safe conduct whilst using their scooters and bikes.

NEW: William Clift Academies

Following on from the Year 12 Settling In Evening, this is a reminder to Year 12 students and parents that many opportunities will be posted on our William Clift Academy Facebook group. Please request to join. There is an additional page called William Clift Academy: Medicine for those interested in a health-related career, specifically. In addition, please encourage students to check emails regularly!

Jayne Smith, Aspirations Co-ordinator (Sixth Form)

NEW: Aspirations Years 7 to 11

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the new Aspirations Co-ordinator for Years 7-11. Part of this role is to signpost opportunities to the students and parents and one of the ways I will be doing this is through Facebook. For Years 7 and 8, students and parents can request to join the William Hamley Academy 2021/22 and for Years 9, 10 and 11 students and parents can request to join the Emerging William Clift Academy 2021/22. I will inform you of masterclasses, events, local opportunities and competitions, career information and lots more.

Amanda Greenwood, Aspirations Co-ordinator KS3 & 4

NEW: Bodmin Rotary Art Competition

Bodmin Rotary have launched their Brighter Future Fund and are holding a Fundraiser Art Competition. The competition is free to enter and is open to all aged 5-24 years old. The theme for the younger age group is 'The Beast of Bodmin' and the older age groups are 'Freedom and Captivity' and 'The Bright Side'. More information and details of how to enter can be found on their website www.bodminbrighterfuture.org

NEW: CAN ART SAVE THE WORLD? - 25th September 7:30 P.M. St Petroc's Church, Bodmin

How do creative people respond to climate change? And how do scientists work with artists and musicians to engage us in their research?

Join us for an evening of lively conversation between world-leading researchers and creatives, chaired by BBC Radio journalist, Ritula Shah. We will explore how science and art can help us look at the emotional and creative reactions to vital research on our changing world.

There will also be a screening of the excellent short film Under the Surface, and live music from folk hero Martha Tilston.

Tickets are FREE but please register.

More info here: www.agile-rabbit.com/event/creative-responses-to-climate-change