Message from Mr Samra and Miss Mason
Information during school closure
- Safeguarding Policy
- Welfare and Mental Health
- IT related information
- Show My Homework
- Links to Government information
- Free School Meals
- Extra Curricular Activities
27th March - Easter Provision
24th March - Trips and Visits 2019-20
23rd March - Exams letter to parents
19th March - Closure of Schools
If the current news on coronavirus (COVID-19) is making you feel anxious, concerned or stressed, here are some things you can do.
What to do if you’re feeling worried while school is closed?
If you feel unsafe at home, or feel worried about a friend or sibling during the current situation, here are some things you may be able to do to get the help you need:
- ext or call a trustworthy family member or safe adult who may be able to help you
- Call Childline 0800 1111 and talk through how you are felling and your concerns
If you have a safeguarding concern for a young person you can:
- Call school between 9am and 3pm Mon-Fri in term time
- Call Warwickshire MASH on 01926 414144
If you are at immediate risk of harm call 999
If you, or a member of your family become unwell, don’t panic. The advice from Public Health is simple, you must remain at home and if your condition worsens contact 111 or 999 in an emergency. Most young people will only experience mild symptoms.
Fake news is everywhere. It is important that if you see something on Social media, you always check it out through a trusted source. The Government launched an official WhatsApp messaging service yesterday. To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
Please find some useful IT guides that may provide support when working at home.
Need help in attaching a file in your school email?
Please be aware that if you are making a video to be used in school or shared with staff you are required to following the following for personal presentation: “Students appearing in video recordings must be dressed in a manner that is appropriate for a school environment, these are the same guidelines as we have for non-uniform days. Midriff should not be visible at any time and clothing should not be excessively short or display inappropriate motifs. Students should be aware that the following items are not acceptable: shoestring vest tops, low cut tops, shorts above mid-thigh, cropped tops or ‘body-con’ dresses/skirts.”
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
If need any support getting on to Show My Homework please email the dedicated email address: SOUSTUDENTICT@welearn365.com for support, including login details.
Learning at Home Update
Thank you to everyone that has given us valuable feedback this week.
Below is a link to a short video on how to get the most out of Show My Homework, great for parent/carers and students.
Students please remember:
- You can ask teachers questions via the comment facility in SHMW if you are unsure of something
- If you are not managing to finish all tasks just let your teachers know via SMHW comments
- Be kind to yourself, the work is there but if you are struggling speak to your parent/carer and agree what is achievable for your situation
- If the internet is struggling, take a break and try to come back to it later
You are all doing so well with this massive change, remember we are here for you.
What you need to do: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Advice for households with possible infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
Parent and Carer Information on School Closures: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Cancellation of Examinations: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020
Free School Meal Vouchers
From the 20th April, we will be providing FSM Vouchers with a value of £15 per week, per child, that is eligible for Free School Meals. This will be via the new Government Scheme which has been launched in conjunction with a number of supermarkets. You will receive these vouchers by email and will have the option to choose from a selection of supermarkets.
If you have not yet replied to the email you were sent this week regarding FSM please contact the school as a matter of urgency to confirm your email address.
Please also remember that you can also contact the Warwickshire Welfare Scheme who are able to supply you with a £30 voucher to cover 6 weeks. Telephone: 0800 4081448 or 01926 359182
Daily Activity for Kindness, Happiness and Friendliness.
Mrs Thomas has put together a daily suggestion for enrichment activities over the next 30 days.
Have a look, you can follow daily or pick 'n mix!
Click to download Daily Activity for Kindness, Happiness and Friendliness.
Mindfulness Art Club
Whilst we are not able to meet as a club in person there are still lots of Easter colouring pages on the internet to print off and colour in if you have the facility to do that. If you don’t have a printer at home why not try creating your own design to colour in? Stay safe everyone.
From Mrs Anthony
31. 03. 2020 - A suggestion for this week for mindful colouring. Remember if you don’t have a printer you can always use this as inspiration to design your own. Enjoy!
Dare to Design!
Another great extra-curricular activity for all students to get involved with.
A range of 20 activities that you could carry out at home over the coming weeks. Keep a photographic record of each activity you complete and submit them on a PowerPoint slide when finished. All entries should be emailed to Mr Storer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Good luck! The Technology Department
Learn to Code – Suitable for all ages
Students can access this website and learn how to code, it is free. We cover python at school so they may want to continue with this or learn a completely new language. Like HTML and build a website. https://www.codecademy.com/
Computer Code challenges – KS4 & KS5
There are over 50 challenges for students to try and solve in this booklet (link below). Can you complete a challenge a week? https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/260930-coding-challenges-booklet.pdf
Cultural Activity of the Week (1)
We will be giving a suggested activity each week for students to take part in if they wish. Here is our suggestion for the Week 1 activity, this week's focus is on Mehndi design, enjoy!
Send your completed activities to email@example.com by Tuesday of the following week.
The top 10 designs will be annouced!
Cultural Activity of the Week (2)
This week students may explore the Indian tradition of Toran.
Please send a picture of completed Toran to firstname.lastname@example.org we can celebrate your efforts!
DESIGN A NATIONAL BOOK TOKEN COMPETITION 2020
Click here for details https://www.worldbookday.com/2020/02/design-a-national-book-token-competition-2020/
Some more great links for websites, podcasts and competitions!
The World book day website has loads for podcasts, competitions, videos etc. to look at. https://www.worldbookday.com/
Podcast for book lovers https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/feb/the-best-literary-podcasts-for-book-lovers/
Writing competitions (poetry and prose)
Are you a budding young artist aged between 5-19 who would love to exhibit your art work at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts?
The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young people aged 5 - 19 years, taking place online at the Royal Academy of Arts to recognise talented young artists.
The deadline for your submission is 24th April 2020 and the online exhibition will go ahead from 12th July.
HOW TO ENTER:
Year 9 & above:
Log on to https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/submissions/1 and follow the simple steps and upload your art work.
Either ask a parent or carer to submit your work via the link above for Year 9 & above or submit your work to email@example.com peg image/s of the artwork, along with details including a title, medium and a short description.
Terms and conditions can be found at:https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/terms-and-conditions
Southam's Big Sing!
Each week the Music dDpartment - with your help - will put together a virtual choir performance. Social isolation does not mean we can't sing together!
This week's song is 'Three Little Birds'. You can listen to Bob Marley's version to learn the song, then sing and record your voice to the given karaoke track. If you're able to add vocal harmonies that would be great.
You need to use headphones when you record so that we hear only your voice and not the backing track. Once you're happy with your recording please email it firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Monday 6th April. All recordings will then be mixed into one virtual choir.
So, in the words of Bob Marley, 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' and get singing!
Original Bob Marley track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LanCLS_hIo4&list=RDLanCLS_hIo4&start_radio=1&t=48
Karaoke Backing Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHBsw9nrBcQ
Fancy cooking up a storm this Easter or dipping into our 30 day challenge? Then check out the Hot Cross Bun Bake Off Competition, a recipe for Nest Cakes and our 30 ideas for food related activities. All can be found in the Extra-Curricular section on our website. All tasks are optional and feel free to be creative if resources are limited.