We have made it! It has certainly been an interesting year which has presented many different and unexpected challenges but I would like to thank you again for your support of Hardenhuish and our young people throughout.
Looking forward to September, I hope that the document shared on Wednesday goes some way to providing reassurance of the extensive measures being put in place to ensure that our school is as safe a place to be as possible but we focus on what is most important, inspiring our young people to learn and supporting them in every way that we can to achieve their aspirations. We have held a prize draw this week for those young people who have consistently completed their home learning and 10 lucky winners have been told that a £20 Amazon voucher has been emailed to them.
We have made a number of significant decisions to help support our young people moving forwards:
Year 13 will have a taught 6th lesson in each of their subjects rather than being provided independent study
There will be an increase in Counselling, Therapy and Mental Health Support in school to support our young people
Year 7,8 and 9 will have extra teaching groups in English, Maths and Science to enable us to support them as fully as possible
WIFI will be enable for all pupils and students during term 1 to enable remote learning in classrooms. This will be carefully monitored and our mobile phone expectations have not changed.
The 6th Form Centre has had further refurbishment work to provide extra space for study for our new Year 12 to help them get into good habits from the beginning of their 6th Form experience
Year 11 5Team pupils will have extra English and/or Maths teaching in their 5Team lessons
Our broad and balanced curriculum will continue, taking advantage of our amazing site and facilities
Successful Lives is being reviewed to include sessions to support our young people and prepare them for the possibility of a return to remote learning in the future
Please see here an updated support leaflet, which signposts a variety of external support services that are available to pupils, students and parents during the summer holidays. There is also a short term extension to the Barnardo’s support provision due to the Covid-19 crisis, known as See, Hear, Respond, that you may also find useful. In addition, please see here a self-care guide that has been put together by the Anna Freud Centre, to help young people remain healthy over the break.
Refunds have been issued over the last couple of weeks for all trips that have been cancelled due to recent events. Thank you for your patience as we have negotiated with the various companies and our Insurers. Please also see below a message regarding the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions planned for September.
I hope that you have a restful summer break, take care and I look forward to welcoming our young people back to school in September.
DofE Expedition Weekends September/October 2020
With regards to the expedition weekends above, recent government advice has stated advising against domestic overnight educational visits. However, the expedition weekends will be able to go ahead (unless there are any changes nearer the time) but the pupils will not be staying at the campsites overnight, they will have to be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the evening for both Saturday and Sunday, enabling them to carry out their expedition activities during the day.
Further details regarding timings etc will be sent out asap.
Thank you for your support.