It has been lovely to be able to show off our wonderful site to prospective pupils and their parents this week. Obviously we have not been able to do this as we would with our normal Open Evening but the external site tours with members of staff and prefects have given them a flavour of our wonderful school. We have more tours taking place tomorrow to enable as many prospective Year 6s as possible to visit within the constraints of the Covid restrictions
Dear Parents and Carers
Wiltshire Police are committed to reducing harm and preventing crime in our communities. This week, we’re focussing on educating parents and pupils on County Lines and the associated exploitation. Please take a minute to read the linked leaflet, which will explain what County Lines is, the signs to look for, advice and further help. By understanding the issue and being aware of the signs, we can proactively work together to safeguard our young people.
Clerk to Governors
£22,627 to £24,491 pro rata
A rare vacancy has arisen for an outstanding clerk to play a key role in the supporting the governing body. The work is irregular involving attending a series of early evening committee meetings of approximately two hours duration every couple of months.
You will be responsible for preparing meetings and minuting them accurately. Additionally, you will play a critical role in ensuring the governing body is legally compliant and carrying out its duties effectively. You need to be a self-starter available to adjust to the peaks and troughs of the workflow which means in some weeks you will work more than the advertised hours and in others less. You will mostly work from home although you will be expected to attend meetings and other activities at school as required. It is essential you can use Microsoft Word and Excel and desirable you are familiar with Office365. A knowledgeable clerk would be preferable but someone with related experience and a willingness to learn and undertake training is equally desirable.
We offer an ongoing CPD provision, regular staff-wellbeing events and access to a generous benefit package through Wiltshire Rewards. Should you wish to discuss this role please contact Heather Baker, HR Manager on 01249 650693.
Please click HERE for the application pack.
Closing date: 8.30am on Tuesday 6 October 2020
Year 10 Health and Social Pupils Become Dementia Friends!
This week, Mrs Wilson joined our year 10 Health and Social class for a fun and interactive session about Dementia. The session involved gave pupils a great insight into the different types and features of Dementia, the impacts it might have on those with Dementia and those around them, and the ways we can be Dementia friendly. The session culminated with the pupils making a promise about an action they will take to be a Dementia Friend in the future.
Resource Centre news
This week has seen the launch of our annual Bookbuzz scheme with Year 7 pupils – the amazing opportunity for every Year 7 to choose a book for free that they get to keep forever! There are 17 books to choose from and full details will be given in library lessons. It’s always one of the highlights of the year and we already look forward to when their choices arrive early in term 2.
If you’re in Years 8-13 and you still need to return library books from before lockdown, please can you make sure these are sorted next week.
Amongst the new titles now available here this week have been the 2021 edition of Guinness World Records, the brilliant debut novel by Elle McNicoll ‘A Kind Of Spark’ and several new manga titles. The Bookbuzz novels are also available as library copies so they are proving very popular at the moment!
Finally, we didn’t get chance back in March to thank everyone who purchased items at our annual Book Fair, which finished on the last day we were in school before its closure during lockdown. We took £1006,93 – the fifth year in a row we have broken the £1000 mark, and it was great to see so many of our pupils eager to invest in the latest novels, posters and stationery during the week. We hope you all enjoyed your purchases.
The Book Fair will return in March 2021 but you do have the opportunity to buy books through the school every term, often at very discounted prices compared to in shops, through our regular Scholastic Book Club. The latest titles, classic novels and a range of brilliant activity and craft packs are now available – simply go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/hardenhuish to browse the selection and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards, all of which goes towards buying more books for the library.
Please place your order online by October 21st, 2020 and we will then receive the books to hand out to pupils right at the start of term 2. With Christmas less than 100 days away, this might be the perfect place to grab a bargain!
COVID 19 Information
NHS COVID-19 App
The NHS COVID-19 app is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service.
The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify students if they’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.
It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not the individual.
The app uses a smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if your pupil has spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Do we need to do anything?
We’re asking if you can encourage your pupils to download the NHS COVID-19 App when it’s available tomorrow (Thursday 24 September).
The app is only available to pupils aged 16 and over.
Once downloaded, they can check themselves in when visiting venues such as restaurants, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place they’re visiting.
How will it work?
A step-by-step user guide on how the service will work is shown below:
Link to download and print this guide – https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/user-qr-guide.pdf
Which features does the app have?
The app has six key features that will help to reduce personal and public risk:
- Trace – alerts the individual if they were in close contact with a confirmed case
- Alert – provides the individual with the risk level associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) in their local area, based on the postcode district they enter
- Check in – allows the individual to check in to locations via the app and official NHS QR codes
- Symptoms – allows the individual to check symptoms against government guidance and to get advice
- Test – allows the individual to order a free test and to receive results and advice via the app
- Isolate – provides an isolation ‘companion’, which counts down how many days they have left to isolate and provides links to useful advice