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Parent Bulletin

Winter 2022 Half Term 1

 Dear Parents/Carers
I hope this message finds you well and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year. The new term has started well considering the context we are currently working in.

I thank parents for their support with testing last Tuesday. We had over 1300 students go through the test centre on that day and managed to uncover 17 asymptomatic positive cases. At the time of writing, we have 83 students across the school who are self-isolating as result of a PCR/LFD positive test result. This is a reduction in cases from last week, which were unusually high but was somewhat expected following social mixing during the Christmas break. Similarly, we have seen a high level of staff absence since the start of term which isn’t ideal in re-establishing routines and consistency in the classroom.

Please be aware that your child’s normal school routine is likely to be disrupted due to COVID-19 this month. Also, if you make contact with the school our response times may be longer than normal due to staffing difficulties. Every effort is being made to give our students the best learning experience possible at this challenging time.

  • Teachers, if well will teach remotely from home.
  • We have pre-booked a higher number of known supply staff who are able to manage classes well in the absence of a teacher.
  • Daily checks are being made of all cover lessons to ensure good learning is taking place in the absence of the teacher.
We continue to offer extra-curricular clubs, tutoring and study sessions. Although staffing absence is a concern, at the moment we are managing the difficulties well but should the situation worsen then we will have to look at more creative solutions to address teacher absence i.e. collapsing/merging groups, large groups in the hall etc.

We know that you may find this phase of the pandemic concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and doing our very best to keep our provision and routines as normal as possible.

 
Please also be aware that access to live lessons for self-isolators may be disrupted if your child’s teacher is absent. We understand that in many cases students are unwell during their self-isolation and not able to complete work at home but if students are well, then they are expected to complete work set on ClassCharts or join live lessons when available.

Finally, we ask parents to encourage their child to test twice a week using an LFD test or daily if they are close contacts, and to report all results to the NHS and to school to covid@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk

With your ongoing support we will reduce the spread of infection and minimise disruptions to children’s education this year.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs K Grewal-Joy
Headteacher

Dates for your diary


Y13 Mock Interviews
Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th January

Y9 Virtual Options Evening
Thursday 20th January 6:00 - 7:00pm
Please join following this link on the evening - https://mhsch.uk/y9optionsevening2022

Y7 Assessment Week
Monday 24th January - Friday 28th January

Y7/8 University Workshops
Delivered in school between 26th January - 3rd February

Y13 UCAS Application Deadline
Wednesday 26th January at 6pm

Y11 Parents Evening
Thursday 27th January
Book appointments here from Monday 17th January at 6pm

Y12 and Y13 Trials
Monday 31st January - Friday 4th February

Y11 Post - 16 Application Deadline
Monday 31st January


Y12 Work Experience
Monday 7th - Friday 11th February

heppFEST
Higher education Festival for students, parents and schools
Monday 7th - Friday 11th February
Sports Fixtures and Results
Keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest PE fixtures and results! 
Sports News

NEW Extra Curricular Timetable!
Click below to view the new timetable for this term, which is now up and running. 
Extra Curricular Timetable

Please click below to sign up to the winter alert system to automatically receive the poor weather alert.
 
Weather alert sign up
Y9 Options Process 

This term students in year 9 choose their courses for next year.  As part of the process of helping your child decide on their option choices for Year 10/11, we are holding a virtual Options Information Evening on Thursday 20th January, 6:00pm - 7-00pm. The evening will begin with some presentations where we will explain the options process, offer insight into progression routes and explain how choices will affect future pathways. Students will also be given a courses booklet. Information on the course and the options process is also available on our website https://mhsch.uk/y9options.

For further information, contact Ms Woodward (Deputy Headteacher) or Mrs Evans (our careers advisor) or email y9options@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk

Y9 Options Process - Key Dates

Monday 17th January

Course booklet issued to students

Thursday 20th January  6:00pm - 7:00pm

Option Information Evening (VIRTUAL)

Thursday 10th February 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Parents’ evening

21st February to 4th March

SLT interviews to make final choices

Monday 21st March

Deadline for parents validating the choices.

 
Y9 Options Further Information

COVID-19 Testing

Thank you again for your continued support with the COVID-19 testing of students. On Tuesday 4th January, 1313 students were tested, identifying 17 positive cases, which prevented any further spread in school. 
 
Please continue to encourage your child to do a lateral flow test twice weekly and report their results on the school website below. 
Report your results here
COVID-19 Vaccination programme for 12 to 15 year olds

Around half of 12 to 15 year olds have now received at least one dose.
Young people aged 12 to 15 in England are now being offered a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a minimum of 12 weeks from the first dose, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Parents can book vaccinations for their child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system.
Vaccination for this group will also continue to be carried out by the school age immunisation service (SAIS).

Vaccinations will be taking place in school on the 3rd and 4th February. Your child will have brought home a consent letter.

Please note, you need to complete the form for your child whether you do or do not consent to the vaccination. 

1AST Pharmacy - COVID-19 Vaccination Centres

Centres are now open to everyone from the age of 12 to walk-in or book an appointment for 1st, 2nd or booster doses of the vaccine.

There are 2 centres in Sheffield:
Heeley Parish Church
151 Gleadless road, S2 3AE. Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm.

St Oswald's Church
Corner of Abbeydale and Bannerdale roads, S7 2DL. Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. 

Both are walk-in centres so appointments are not needed. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available at both sites.

Never Okay and Relationships and Sex Education
In December, Meadowhead School has launched its new “Never Okay” campaign to tackle Sexism and Sexual Harassment. Designed in collaboration with a group of student leaders, the materials directly tackle some of the excuses that could be given for harassment. The school has also set up a new reporting route for students to pass on incidents and has expanded the amount of lesson and form time dedicated to this topic. You can view the school’s updated Relationships and Sex Education policy below. 
Relationships and Sex Education policy
NEW for 2022 - Meadowhead House System!

Thanks to all parents and guardians who have nominated inspirational figures to be the names of the school’s new houses. If you have not nominated a person yet but would like to, please click below to submit. The four new houses will be announced later in the year.

Please click below to nominate an inspirational person before Monday 31st January.
Nominate an Inspirational Person

Useful information

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