Dear Parents and Carers,
As you know, the government has announced that all children are expected to return to school as normal when they open full time across England from September. Since the announcement, we have been reviewing the latest guidance and updating our COVID-19 risk assessments to ensure we have the necessary control measures in place to continue to minimise the risk to our pupils and staff.
The plans below set out what to expect when we reopen our gates after the summer break. As we are all aware, government guidance and restrictions are regularly changing, so our plans are still subject to final review and approval; we will confirm final details by the end of August.
To support us in ensuring that we are able to properly follow government guidance and be certain that all students have had a full and clear induction to our new safety routines and measures we are only opening the Academy for one year group per day for the first week of term. All students will be expected to attend only this day and then the full Academy will return on 14th September.
The following days are for this year group only:
Year 11 – Monday
Students are expected to attend this induction day in full uniform with correct learning kit.
What to expect from September
Drop off and Pick up
The back path to the Academy will now be staffed before and after school.
Keeping your child safe
Breakfast and after school clubs
I want to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. We will continue to update you if our plans change leading up to the full reopening of our academy in September.
Brought to you by Sussex STEM and the STEM Hub at Canterbury Christchurch University, the Hastings Virtual STEM Fest will include the below activities:
Greg Foot’s STEM Show! YR6 – YR10, 35 mins
Available for one day only, this exciting show has been pre-recorded from the popular science communicator Greg Foot. It’s designed to give students an exciting introduction to the world of STEM and encourage them to engage with the rest of the activities on offer, so we recommend you timetable this first!
Virtual Careers Stalls YR7 – YR10, 45 mins
Students will enter a virtual room containing graphics of a careers fair with exhibition stands. Each stand will light up when your curser lands on them and students then click on them to see pre-recorded content from the employer, including tours of workplaces and ‘day in my life’ videos. Students will also have to complete a worksheet to encourage them to engage fully with the content.
What is my job?! YR7 – YR12, 40 mins to complete on average
These virtual rooms guide students through a fun series of interactive videos pre-recorded by STEM Ambassadors. The STEM Ambassadors will give the students clues about their jobs in two stages and students have to guess what their jobs are. The answers are revealed in the third video clip and students complete a worksheet.
Workshop activities YR7 – YR10, 30 mins to complete on average
We’ve worked with STEM Ambassadors, employers, academics and STEM outreach staff to bring students a variety of practical activities for them to try in the classroom or at home, using easily obtainable materials. Delivered using a pre-recorded film or narrated PowerPoint presentation with a downloadable worksheet which teachers and parents can print in advance.
Gallery & Certificates
Teachers, students and parents will be able to post pictures of their creations in the gallery and unlock the ability to download certificates to celebrate their achievements and connect with fellow STEM heroes!
The Parenting Team are delighted to offer parents ‘Virtual Discussion Groups’ via Microsoft Teams. Please see the posters attached advertising the sessions.
Parents/Professionals will need to have downloaded the free App – Microsoft Teams before they apply. (Please note: This only applies to families in Hastings/Rother.)
We have 4 to choose from, or you can attend all 4!
‘My child can’t sleep’ – Dealing with Bedtimes routines – Friday 10th July 10am-12pm
We look forward to seeing you there! (Virtually!!)
What Parents need to know for Schools in September
Transition to St Leonards Academy for Year 6 students starting in September 2020
Secondary schools in the UK remain closed until further notice in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However we would like to reassure Year 6 parents and carers that we are committed to supporting our new students and their families with a positive transition to The St Leonards Academy.