LPSB Update 10th July 2020
Welcome to the end of the penultimate week of a very unusual and difficult year for everyone. I hope that you are managing to keep spirits high as we push through the final week towards a much needed summer break. There are a number of things that I need to update you on this week.
Return to school in September 2020
I will write to you in detail during the course of next week with our plans for the full return to school in September and I will include for you information around the safety principles that are underpinning our plans. In many ways it will be business as usual for our students who will be back in the classroom on a full time basis, but there will of course need to be modifications to how we do things which I will explain next week once we have ironed out the details. Any plans sent out next week will of course be subject to potential change depending on how the situation nationally develops over the coming weeks and months so I would ask you to keep an eye on your email accounts throughout the summer as we will notify you as soon as possible if anything changes.
Key worker / vulnerable students / catch-up pods
Next week will be the final week of our provision for key workers and vulnerable students, and for those students attending our catch-up pods. Well done to all of the students who have been regularly coming in – some of whom have been in virtually every day since lockdown began on 20th March. A reminder to let us know if your son will be in next week and the days on which they will be in. Please note that our provision for key workers will end at 1pm on Friday 17th July which is when the school term ends, so they will be dismissed earlier than usual on that day.
Exams consultation – years 10 and 12
You may be aware that Ofqual last week launched its consultation on changes to the assessments of GCSE and A Level exams to be sat next year in the summer of 2021. Obviously this consultation will be of particular interest to students in the current years 10 and 12 and I have included a link to the consultation below so that you can give your own views on the proposals that are being put forward.
End of year assemblies
I am delighted that we are going to be hosting our end of year assemblies for years 7-9 on site this coming week, and you should by now all have received a letter to let you know when you need to attend for these. Years 10 and 12 will have virtual assemblies sent out for you to watch.
Please note that we will also be asking all students to clear their lockers when they come in for assemblies so that everything can be cleaned thoroughly over the summer break.
2020 Junior Mathematics Challenge
This event was scheduled to take place at the end of April…mathematicians are, of course problem-solvers by nature, and so the organisers solved this problem by moving the event to the end of June, and (for one year only – we hope) making it an online event. Accordingly, 117 of our finest Y7 and Y8 mathematicians took part and all entrants will receive a certificate to mark their participation in this unique event. Amongst these we had 41 Bronze certificates, 24 Silver, and 9 Gold. Gold winners were:
Samuel Jarvis, Tristan Lachenal, and James Chowdhury in year 7, and Teo Holmes, Ari Akhawais, Jasper Hyland, Isaac Methven, Toby Dobson, and James Farrell in year 8.
Returning laptops and library books
Please can we ask all students in years 7-9 who borrowed laptops from the school during lockdown to return them during the coming week, as there will be no expectation of you doing additional work over the summer holiday. Please also bring in any library books that you have so that we can check our stock over the summer break. Students in years 10 and 12 may hold on to their laptops if you borrowed them and we will send out some online work that you may wish to look at over the break.
The government is considering adopting a policy to give free wifi to families in the local community who don’t have access to wifi at home. Please can you take the time to complete the survey in the link below to give us an idea of who might benefit from this provision.
DT exhibition online
Hot on the heels of last week’s Art exhibition you can see some of the fantastic work that has been produced by our DT students during the lockdown period for this year’s DT exhibition by clicking on the document at the end of the page. Well done to all of the students whose work is featured in the display, and thanks as ever to our fantastic DT Team for supporting the students.
Remote Reading challenge
A big thank you to all students, families and staff who have taken part in the Reading Challenge and told us how many hundreds of pages you are reading each week. Well done! There is still time, until midday Sunday, to enter your pages read for this final week here - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Dz1RgxaMOkSchS-IAgbuOIqEeGWN6aFOj_DpO3eBTzFUNUI5TzhLR1QyTlVBWVhVREVTR1IySVNURy4u
Next week we will be adding up those pages and allocating Gold, Silver & Bronze awards as well as prizes for the most read per family and the most inventive book review, amongst others.
The Virtual Showcase!
A reminder that on Friday 17th July at 7:30pm Langley goes Live with the Virtual Showcase - a celebration of the best of the best of Langley Talent.
Simply go to ‘Langley Park Productions’ YouTube channel to watch for free!
For this show we want YOU involved! Be part of the big finale by learning our short routine and filming it. We want students, staff and entire families dancing along to our finale. Find the routine and Mrs Willis’ and Mrs Crawford’s coaching video here: https://youtu.be/nIlz66sxnbs
Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for my additional email with the details for September next week, and then my final weekly update which will be sent out along with our end of term newsletter.
Time to log off and enjoy the weekend.
Mr S. Parsons
Langley Park School for Boys