Posted 15th March 2021
Welcome back from Miss Smith
Dear Students, Families, Staff and Community.
Well done to everyone for doing so well this week as we have returned to school. It is fantastic to see school alive and vibrant again with all students in Y7-13 having returned to school by Thursday. There have been so many highlights and I feel lucky to be able to update you on life at Beckfoot Oakbank this week.
First the Testing! The school dance studio has been taken over and is now our Covid Testing centre. I have been overwhelmed by the maturity of every child in school who has been for their test. As I write Y9-13 have had their second one as well! There has been no fuss, the students have been calm, organised, supportive of one another and really respectful of the process. I could not have wished for a more fantastic group of kids this week! Just to say to parents thank you so much for your support with this. It means so much to the whole community. The Covid testing team which is made up of our Health Care Leaders, Science Technicians, other Technicians, Nurses and Library and Admin colleagues have been a slick operation. We can't thank them enough.
Attendance in school this week has been the best that it has been during this academic year. It just shows that our students love school, have missed it and can't wait to get back! Face to face lessons started again on Tuesday 9th March and it has been lovely to actually see all our young people in person instead of them being behind a screen. There are some interesting hair 'do's from both students and staff as hairdressers remain closed! With shops also closed in the main, school has been supporting families who have had access to uniform problems because as teenagers do, you have all grown during this latest lockdown! Any families needing help with uniform in anyway please get in touch.
This afternoon we have celebrated with those students who have recently won 4 star badges due to the number of positive stamps that they have. Others have won certificates and vouchers for competitions including 'My perfect University'. There were cakes and drinks to be had too! It was a privileged to be with these students today and I look forward to being able to see more of you soon - keep clocking up the stamps!
School has felt very calm and safe this week as all staff and students have followed out risk assessment and student absolutes. Everyone has felt reassured as a result. Wearing of masks in classroom was going to be quite a challenge but the students have been brilliant at doing this and through tutor time sessions they understand why. We have got the student wellbeing survey results and the Well Being Team are busy actioning what you have said and talking to those of you who need it. Anyone who needs support please let the wellbeing team know.
I am pleased to report school enrichment activities resume on Monday 15th March with a full programme advertised on our school website. Get involved! From Football to Art club to Musical Theatre there is something for everyone. Community lettings will resume from after the Easter holiday, and we will be in touch with groups who would like to use the facilities.
With 2 weeks to go before the Easter holiday I hope that every student comes for the 10 days that are available. Which year group can be the best for attendance? Y10 were in the lead yesterday! Y8 today.
Thank you to everyone for being supportive of one another. Have a good week and take care.