On Friday, I had the pleasure of having breakfast with a group of inspirational Year 7 students, all of whom had achieved top scores for Attitude to Learning (ATL). Mr Williams and Ms Ives planned the event to celebrate the achievements of these fantastic students.
You will be aware that Stockport is experiencing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, and we are beginning to see an impact on the number of cases reported in school. In line with the local guidelines we have re-introduced the need to wear face masks whenever in the school building, including classrooms. This is because we are not able to guarantee 2m social distancing and the latest variant of COVID-19 is more easily transmitted between people. Each student should have their own face mask and hand sanitiser.
We are issuing Lateral Flow Device test kits for students this week. It is really important that all students complete these tests twice a week and report results on the NHS app, and positive results need to be communicated to school. A significant number of people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, and these tests are designed to help identify asymptomatic people. We are aware that the number of test results reported from students at the Kingsway school before the holidays was low. Please help us to protect everybody at our school by conducting these tests twice weekly.
During this latest upsurge we are striving to keep the school operating as normal and your help is essential in us achieving this aim. Please do not send your child to school if they show any of the COVID-19 symptoms, and with the recent variant these may now include headaches, sore throat and muscle aches. (British Medical Journal).
Our Year 10 students are well underway with their exam season. This is their first experience of sitting exams formally in our Sports Hall with our team of fabulous invigilators. The year group has been excellent in their conduct. One more week to go.
A reminder that aerosols (e.g. body spray) are a banned item in school. This is because they can cause a severe reaction if sprayed in the vicinity of any student or member of staff who suffers from asthma. Please do not allow your child to bring an aerosol spray into school.
A message from our Safeguarding Lead, Miss Cropper: "At The Kingsway school, we encourage all students to report concerns, and encourage this through our "It's Safe to Talk" policy. If any of our students feel unable to speak with a trusted adult in school, or at home, the NSPCC have just announced a new helpline, dedicated to reporting incidents of sexual harassment or abuse. Please see the attached flyer, with the contact number and email. As always, if you need further advice or guidance, our Safeguarding Team in school are available to discuss further."
Finally, huge congratulations to Jessica L who came second in the Greater Manchester Athletics Championships 75m hurdles achieving a personal best of 12.14 seconds. Jessica has also been selected to represent Greater Manchester in the North West schools combined (pentathlon) events regional qualifiers on Sun 27th June in Telford. This is a huge achievement as only four have been selected. Well done Jessica.
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