It was lovely to see so many parents/ carers virtually at Year 7 Parents’ Evening this week. We hope you found the event useful and we enjoyed the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. We really do believe that ‘Team Hamble’ works most effectively when all stakeholders – students, staff, parents/ carers and the local community, are working together. If you do have any further questions about your son/ daughter’s progress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to direct your email to the relevant member of staff.
Our Year 8s also had a great time on the Computer Science trip to Bletchley Park this week. Thanks to Mrs Holborow, Mr Smith and all the staff who supported this. We know that a large number of students wanted to attend and we were unfortunately limited in terms of numbers. We will look into another visit in the summer term.
Events next week
- Monday 17 – Friday 21 January: Keeping Yourself Safe
- Monday 17 – Friday 21 January: Landmark Assessment Week
- Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January: Year 11 BTEC Engineering Exam
Letters sent this week
Whole School – COVID Vaccinations, Extra Curricular Music Clubs
Year 10 – Science Revision Guides
Year 11 – Science Revision Guides, BTEC Engineering Exam, Fit4Life
All our letters are available here: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/letters-to-parents/
The Headteacher’s Blog is available here: https://hambleheadteacher.wordpress.com/
Extra Curricular Clubs
We offer a number of Extra-Curricular Clubs and would encourage all our students to try a new activity in 2022. Last week we outlined PE Clubs; this week we would like to share the other clubs available (see below). A reminder that we run Homework Club everyday (except Wednesdays) where our Learning Support Assistants will be available to help with homework.
One of the best tips for GCSE revision is to start early. We would encourage all our Year 11 students to plan out their revision now. Here are a few tips to get them started:
- Find our what topics you need to revise for each subject. Write a content list for each subject in a notebook or on some flashcards – ask your teachers if you are not sure.
- Plan your revision by writing a timetable – when are you going to complete your independent revision in between homework and social activities/ clubs?
- Make sure you have all the resources and revision guides you need. We have the following available to purchase in school through Scopay:
Geography – AQA Guide – £3.25
Geography – AQA Workbook – £3.25
RE – Pocket Guide – £2.79
Maths Revision – Ready Steady Go – £5.50
MFL – Revision Pack – £6.00
Science Revision (Three Books) – £16.50
Physics Flash Cards – £3.50
- Set up a tidy study space – ideally somewhere with good lighting, your pens are close by, your phone is out of sight and TV unplugged.
- Make sure you are sleeping and eating properly – drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods and doing some physical activity will help your concentration during revision.
The Year 11 school revision booklet can be downloaded here: Download (PDF)
COVID-19 Related Absences
The Health Secretary has announced that from Monday 17 January there will be changes to isolation rules for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation time has been cut to 5 full days (from the date of their positive test) for anyone who has recorded two consecutive daily negative lateral flow tests (using Lateral Flow Devices – LFD). We hope that the summary below will help with any questions, but if you need further guidance, please email email@example.com and state that your email is FAO – the COVID-19 Co-ordinator.
My child has COVID-19 symptoms – what do I do?
Do not send your child to school – Book a PCR test. Do not send your child into school while you are waiting for the appointment or the result. If your child tests positive, you must follow the guidance below. If they test negative, they can return to school. These rules have remained the unchanged.
My child has tested positive for COVID-19 – how long do they have to stay away from school for?
All people – including students, parents/carers and teachers – have to isolate for a minimum of five full days after the day of a positive test before then going back to school if they have tested negative twice using LFDs. The first full day of isolation is considered to be the day following the positive test. Following the fifth full day of isolation – on the sixth day – it will be possible for people who have received two negative LFD tests on consecutive days to go back to school.
People who have tested positive can now take two LFD tests on day 5 and day 6, and if both are negative and they do not have a temperature, they can end their self-isolation on day 6 and return to their education setting immediately. If either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest
In practice it means that if a child or teacher tests positive on a Saturday, that would be considered day 0. They could then take tests on the morning of Thursday (day 5) and Friday (day 6). If they tested negative on both days and did not have a temperature they would be then able to return to school on the Friday.
What about if someone else in the house has tested positive? Can my child go to school?
Yes. They should continue going to school but test daily using LFD. If they test positive they should isolate.
How do I report a COVID-related absence?
Please complete this form – https://tinyurl.com/THSCovidAbsence We would ask that you do not phone in or email for a COVID-19 related absence.
Lateral Flow Devices
A box of 7 Lateral Flow Devices will be distributed to students on Monday. If you require further LFDs, please order them online: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
These are free and delivered next day – there does not seem to be any delay at the moment.
We have a small number of job vacancies available for teaching and support staff. If you are interested or someone you know might be, we would love to hear from you. All our job vacancies are available here: https://www.thehambleschool.co.uk/current-vacancies/ If you would like further information or an informal chat with the Line Manager, please email our HR Manager Karen Chilcott firstname.lastname@example.org
Well done to the following students, who have gained the most reward points in each year group this week:
- Maddison T 7-7
- Scarlett W 8-8
- Phoebe B 9-3
- Rachel J 10-9
- Arden W 11-2