Mr Devenney's End of Half Term Message
As the end of the half-term draws near and the girls embark on their well deserved 2 week half-term break, starting next week I wanted to write to you to firstly point out the highlights of this and the next half-term and secondly to say thank you for all for what you have been doing to help support us and your daughter.
The trial of the online learning provision on Friday 9th October was hugely successful and we are working our way through the minor technical niggles to ensure we are able to offer a full curriculum online from home, should the need arise in the next weeks and months.
INSET Day Wednesday 18th November
In order for us to prepare for the event of an online learning curriculum we need to use one of our spare INSET Days on Wednesday 18th November. Whilst it will be deemed a training day for us, it will be a Home Learning Day for students and therefore work will be set on Show My Homework for students to complete in their booklets. All work will still be expected to be completed and will be marked by their teacher.
Year 13 will still attend school and Year 11 will be experimenting and trialling different methods of uploading their work/assessment from home so learning time is not lost. The dates for exams in Summer 2021 have been set but we are still very far away from these being confirmed as taking place in the usual manner. Therefore we need to be prepared for any eventuality and we need to test both our systems and the teacher and students’ capabilities so they are more familiar to everyone, should we require them.
The term dates for the remainder of the school year can be found here.
Student Leadership Teams
One of my absolute privileges as Headteacher is interviewing the candidates for Head Girl, Head Student, Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Student. We took the decision this year to have our Head Girl & Deputy Head Girl in Year 11 and Head Students in Sixth Form. The standard was incredibly high from all the candidates and it was an incredibly difficult decision. All the girls epitomised what it is to be a student at our school and my heartfelt congratulations to Caitlin E, Poomiha N, Jessica Z-N, Rakchene S, Aaliyah F-W, Grace B, Anzelika G, Shardae L, Lois N, Amina C and Giovanna B. I am sure they will all be fantastic ambassadors for the school over the next year.
Over the course of the next half-term we will be contacting each year group individually to roll out and introduce them to SchoolComms. Our communication and the ability for you to communicate with us as parents/carers is important to me and I want you to be more informed about your daughter and how she is getting on here at Carshalton High School for Girls. We will start with Year 7 very soon after the break and follow this with the other year groups. We will be asking for feedback as we roll out to each year group to make sure we get the best out of the programme.
Year 11 & 13 Intervention (Oct Half-Term)
We are running an intervention programme each day over the next 2 weeks for Year 11 & 13. Details have been sent out via e-mail to parents of those year groups. These will be fantastic opportunities for students to gain some additional support and guidance. We will also be holding our Year 11 Mocks in English, Maths and Science in the first week back after the break. I know it will be difficult but please remember that it is important for the girls to have a break.
Reports and Parents’ Evenings
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we will not be able to hold Parents’ Evenings in the usual manner. Instead we will be producing an additional report in lieu of the evening and parents will be contacted by telephone where there are concerns about any student. You will also be given the opportunity to email your daughter’s teacher should you wish to discuss anything in the report and they will contact you directly. We will also be posting hard copies of reports out to parents/carers until we move over to SchoolComms. Go 4 Schools will be phased out so parents/carers can access all their daughters information in one place.
As we head towards a Tier 2 Covid Alert Level it is important that we remind ourselves of the some of the expectations of everyone. Jen Smith (Trust CEO) will be writing to you today to outline the Trust’s stance on masks.
Students must not come to school if they or any household member have any Covid-19 symptoms, regardless of how mild they may be. These symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous dry cough or change of taste or smell. It is important that we work together to keep everyone safe – we cannot jeopardise the girls’ education by allowing students to come to school when they have symptoms.
Everyone on public transport should be wearing a mask and be considerate of other users.
Finally from me, if you did not get a chance to see our new school video I urge you to watch it using this link https://www.chsg.org.uk/news/?pid=466&nid=2&storyid=930. I could not be more proud of the staff and students and they remind us what a great school this is. I assure you none of it was scripted! The video creators could not stop complimenting the girls in their lessons; how well behaved they were, their thirst for knowledge, their resilience, uniform and the fact that all of them had a belief that we were there to help. That’s what makes us all part of #teamchsg.
Of course none of this is possible without the support of you as parents/carers and the huge increase in number of supportive emails to me, our School Office and to the teachers has not gone unnoticed in the slightest. Thank you to those who have taken the time to make contact – it is very much appreciated.
Mr M Devenney, Headteacher