Message from the Principal 6/10/2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

 

I hope this finds you well and that your sons and daughters are well settled back to school at this stage.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to keep everyone as safe as possible in challenging circumstances. Our priority is the continuing education of all of the young people in our care and we compliment teachers and students on the high levels of work and engagement taking place. We have a blended learning model in place which will ensure the continuity of teaching and learning in all circumstances.

 

We have received some queries about the temperature in the building, toilet access, canteen facilities and after school study.

 

Regarding the temperature in the building, the heat is on but the windows and doors are open. The World Health Organisation have advised that ‘Ventilation is an important factor in preventing the virus that causes Covid 19 from spreading indoors…In all workplaces, schools and tourist accommodations, there should be fresh, clean air.’

We advise students to have a school jacket or at least a black jacket which they may wear in class if they are cold. We would also advise that students wear thermal underlayers to keep warm. It is not ideal but we believe that closing windows would be a serious risk to the health and safety of all at the moment.

In addition, while we strongly advise that students go outdoors during breaks, we have allocated spaces indoors to year groups and given access to classrooms for senior students who wish to stay indoors during breaks. We ask senior students to respect this privilege by ensuring rooms are clean and tidy when they leave them.

 

One of our measures when reopening the building was to open the toilets on all floors. Students were asked to cooperate and respect this. The majority of students have done so. However, a minority caused serious damage to the boys toilets on the 3rd floor and we have had issues of groups of students flocking to toilets at the break between classes. Apart from the fact that a maximum of 4 students may access toilets at any one time due to physical distancing, students know the procedure is to go to their next class and get teacher permission to use the toilets.

Consequently the toilets are locked briefly between classes and reopened once class begins.

 

We have a new canteen provider. They are Rafter’s Cafe and operate in other schools in the locality. They plan to open the canteen on the 19th of October.One of our requirements was a provider who could provide a cashless service. Rafters have developed an App which will allow students pre order and pre pay for their food in the canteen. There will be a dedicated queue for pre ordered food. There will also be a second service counter to reduce queues. Students will also be able to order on the day and pay by card or cash if necessary.

As part of the School Meals Programme students can access free breakfast before school in the mornings. They will be able to select 2 items from the breakfast menu.

One of the things we have noted since we reopened without canteen facilities is the reduction in litter. Please encourage your son/daughter to use the bins provided and to clean up after themselves.

 

We have received queries from students, particularly 6th years about the resumption of evening study. At the moment KWETB are still advising no after school activities. However we hope to be in a position to offer evening study to 6th year students after mid-term break.

We will keep you updated on this.

 

In the meantime, I thank you again for your ongoing support. Please continue to encourage students to maintain physical distance at all times, to wash and sanitise their hands regularly and to wear a mask correctly. Please check out the short video on our website made by the 6th year Prefects to highlight this.

We ask all students to make a great effort in the coming weeks to limit their social contacts, not to congregate in large groups and to please follow  public health advice for the good of the whole community.The next few weeks will be crucial in determining the type of Winter we will experience.

 

Finally, our Open Night for incoming 1st years will be virtual this year. A video showcasing the school will be available on our website this Thursday evening the 8th of October. 

 

Kind regards,

Caroline Herity

Principal