Headteacher’s Blog – Week 26

Monday 23rd March 2020

So our first day of 'almost' closed school. We had 20 students booked in for supervision today but only ended up with 8 because many parents chose to find alternative arrangements for their children.

As per government advice, we have opened for our vulnerable students as well as those whose parents are doing a sterling job for the NHS, Supermarkets and other key workers.

Monday's staffing was primarily Leadership, Pastoral and our team of cover supervisors. With only 8 children, we sent many staff home and a core team remained.

We were all based on Broadway Campus, allowing us to close down Foxland Campus ahead of a deep clean.

After having their temperature checked, Mr Corns and Mr O'Connell supervised the children who were doing the work set by their teachers in a computer classroom.

Meanwhile, Mrs Kelman (Welfare Assistant) and Miss Hughes (receptionist) manned the phones.

The senior leadership team met - staying 2 metres apart from one another to plan for the remainder of the week.

We have remained in constant contact with local authority officers and our secondary colleagues throughout the day, who were gathering a Stockport-wide picture.

Unbelievably, 3pm came around quicker than I thought it would and we said goodbye to our students and left ready for the next day.

Kingsway Coronavirus Heroes today were Mrs Kelman, who brought in chocolates for staff and checked everyone’s temperature to make sure we were all OK. Also, Mr Corns and Mr O’Connell, who spent the whole day in the computer room with our small group of students - trying to make the work as varied and interesting as possible for them!

Tuesday 24th March 2020

With an inkling for how the day might look, we had planned for much reduced staffing today. Even so we only had 4 students arrive, and so sent a couple of staff home.

On arrival, students’ temperatures were checked, hands were sanitised and breakfast was provided.

Knowing that our students had found yesterday's learning session hard-going, Ms McSheffrey spent the morning with them doing some Drama work and teaching them how to mime - I even joined in with the ball throwing and dropping! Ms Murray then took over after break and did some practical science work using the electronics circuit boards.

After lunch, I joined the Fantastic Four back in the computer room where we did some more work online, set by their teachers. We had a mid-afternoon mile walk around the block (2 metres apart) and finished with some activities on the BBC website. Another full day over.

In the midst of all this, Mr Knott (Deputy Headteacher) went foraging for goggles, gloves and aprons to donate to the NHS who were desperately in need. He delivered 6 bin bags’ worth and a full box to our local NHS, who were very happy to receive them.

Another day tomorrow, 8 students expected...

Kingsway Coronavirus Heroes today are Miss Stansfield, who spent long hours working from home. Miss Stansfield set up a bank transfer to each family in need, ensuring that all our students who are eligible for free school meals had the necessary funds. Our second hero of the day is Mr Knott who organised the delivery of protective equipment to the NHS.

Wednesday 25th March

Five students today and four teaching staff: Mrs Bradbury-Cheetham, Mrs Burgess, Miss Wildgoose and myself, supported by our premises team and canteen staff.

After the usual morning health check routine, students were given an outline for the day before taking part in Joe Wicks’ workout … phew!

After their workout, the students created some stencils in Art with Mrs Marsh and Mrs Bradbury-Cheetham in readiness for brightening up our Quad.

After a break, there was more physical activity with Miss Wildgoose where the older students could use the cardio equipment, whilst the younger ones played badminton.

After lunch, our band of students were taken into the quad by Mrs Marsh and Mrs Burgess and got busy with some spray paints, using the stencils they had made earlier. What a brighter place they have made our quad.

The local authority educational psychology service has produced some useful resources to support parents in communicating to their children about the virus. You can find a link to this information here: https://stockport.fsd.org.uk/kb5/stockport/fsd/service.page?id=IjkDfHe3E4E&familychannel=999

Kingsway Coronavirus Heroes today must include our premises team: Mr Cross, Ms Burns, Mr Naughton and Mr Madden (who have made sure our premises are open, clean and operational). With regards to cleaning, just to let our parents and students know that you will not be able to access the school site in light of the advice to minimise any travel. Our Foxland campus is now shut down for a deep clean and much of our Broadway campus is also inaccessible following deep cleaning. We still have a team of cleaners in school each day cleaning the rooms that have been used during the supervision of students.

Also, Mrs Bradbury-Cheetham, who with the help of Mr Naughton, delivered 50 rolls of desperately needed paper towels to the pathology department at The Christie Hospital.

Another hero is Mr Humphreys, our Network Manager, who has been available throughout the week to support staff with any ICT issues, all from the comfort of his home!

Keep safe everyone.

Thursday 26th March

The day started with the students following Joe Wick’s workout in the hall. Ms Burrows and Ms Owen set an impressive example as they completed the work-out too. Miss Linnecor had sensibly opted to be in charge of the technology whilst Mr Knott monitored reception.

Following that our students moved on to completing Curved Stitching activities requiring good levels of concentration. They managed to create some impressive designs.

After a short break they then started to construct an enlarged jigsaw from a picture of Bart Simpson. Trying to keep the right proportions from the original proved to be more of a challenge than first thought.

Lunchtime was spent enjoying the sunshine in Broadway Quad, and then followed by some exercise playing table tennis and badminton.

Our Kingsway Coronavirus Heroes today include Mr Traynor who has signed up to support the NHS in any capacity he can via. https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS. He has promised some updates which I will share with you in the weeks ahead.

Our other invisible heroes are our Canteen staff (Chris, Lisa and Kyle) who have come into school every day to make sure our students and staff have access to a healthy meal. They have also very kindly donated around 100 eggs to our charity foodbank collection today.

Friday 27th March

Happy Friday everyone - though with such strange times, it’s hard to know where our week began and ended!

I hope you all got a chance to Clap for our Carers last night. It was really lovely to hear the applause for our amazing NHS staff in my street. I received this lovely email, via Mrs Wardle this morning: 

Dear Miss Wardle, 

As you posted the being grateful note on the year 7 notice board, myself and my family all stood outside with our neighbours and clapped for the NHS who we are very grateful for. We also live across from an ability centre and we saw the nurses cleaning the wheelchairs so we kindly sent them a cup of coffee each and an Easter egg as a thank you for everything they do. 

Yours Sincerely,  Millie Tanswell 7W

Back at school this morning, our students were given the pleasure (not sure they see it like that) of doing the Joe Wick’s workout again with Mr Nicholson leading the way!

The group then worked with Mr Burniston and Mr Nicholson. Here’s Mr B’s report: “Today the group were studying the issue of litter around school through hypothesis testing.  After discussing what the problems were, the students carried out a survey of Broadway site. They successfully used their map and data collection skills to record and collate the data.  Back in the classroom, we used excel spreadsheets to calculate totals and generate graphs to analyse. Each student then came up with an action plan to help to reduce the amount of litter around school. The conclusion? Too many students not using the bins provided!”

After lunch, students worked on analysing the data they had collected in the morning and did some more maths before heading off for a walk. Knowing Mr Burniston and Mr Nicholson, it will have been a pretty pacey walk!

The day ended with a session on how our students can save our planet. What message would they like to give to the next generation?

Finally, included in this blog is a letter to parents from the local authority for your information.

Also, a reminder that there are regular updates for parents on our website.  You can access this by using the link to the Parent Noticeboard on the parents page of our website. 

Similarly, our students each have a specific tab for their year group, which they should check on FROG. Here they will read daily messages from their Raising Standards’ Leader and other bits of information.

A shout out to today’s coronavirus heroes Mr Mahmood and for the second time in a week Mr Humphreys, who remotely solved the issue of the projector showing everything upside down in the data analysis lesson.

Following the egg collection yesterday, Mr Mahmood sent me this email:

Last night the eggs were separated and placed in over 70 food parcels which are going out to the following places:

  • homeless shelters
  • referral centres
  • elderly people who have been in contact asking for a pack of food and essential items
  • others self isolating

We have been overwhelmed with requests and have been supporting various different groups set up in response to covid-19, including the council and other charities to provide as much support as possible. Eggs (as we know) are a difficult item to get hold of; I am sure the recipients of these packs will be extremely happy to see them inside.

Coronavirus Week 1 over and successfully completed. Here’s to week 2.

Have a great weekend, stay home and stay safe!

Mrs J. Lowe

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