12 June 2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
A number of staff and students were invited to an online meeting with the Lord Mayor of Manchester yesterday to discuss our ongoing work whilst away from the school building. It was a lovely opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of our school community. As I said to the Lord Mayor, CHS South didn’t close on the 20th March, it changed. Our students, staff & families responded to that change with resilience, optimism and motivation and continue to do so; thank you for your continuing work to support our school community. Please find some updates below regarding our provision.
In School provision
We continue to support the children of key workers and other identified students with our provision hosted at Chorlton High. This week saw us move this provision to solely support CHS South students with our own staff. We have seen the numbers attending increase over the past week and if you feel that your child should access this provision please contact us on [email protected].
For those of you keen to know our plans for September, we are currently developing a selection of timetables to accommodate a return in September according to the guidance we receive from the Government. As soon as we know more, we will be able to share details of these with you.
Those of you living near to the site of our permanent school will no doubt have been keeping an eye on progress over the past few months – I know I have! I’m pleased to say that construction continues apace and this week we saw the first sections of the building being put in to place, which is a fantastic milestone to acknowledge. As you are aware the temporary site is also undergoing work to develop the third floor and social spaces in the school; we have also been drawing up plans to allow us to accommodate social distancing in the building in September if required.
End of Year Reviews
From the week beginning Monday 22nd June we will be assigning all students an 'End of Year Review' for Maths, English & Science that teachers will mark and give feedback on. This is so that we can review where students are up to and give them some meaningful feedback and solutions to enable them to progress further. For students with computer access the reviews will be an assignment on Teams; students without computer access will be provided with a paper copy, which will be dropped off and then collected. The completion due date for these assignments will be Monday 29th June. Please find information to support students in preparing for the reviews below:
Students wills be using the following skills; Describing a setting; building up a plot; Introducing characters; Using ASMAPS; Varying how to begin sentences in order to engage the reader
Please see the revision guides below
The Year 7 review will be on plants, photosynthesis, food webs and states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). These topics were covered in Teams Summer 1 (week 5) and Summer 2 (weeks 1, 2 and 3). The Year 8 review will be on genes, chromosomes, DNA, evolution, natural selection, GM, genetic engineering, variation, fossils, extinction, classification and selective breeding. These topics were covered in Teams Summer 1 (weeks 3, 4 and 5) and Summer 2 (weeks 1 and 2).
We also be issuing students with a ‘Headteacher’s Project’ in the week beginning 22nd June, to be completed by Friday 3rd July. The project will ask students to reflect on their experiences over the past few months, identify the lessons we can learn to support our community to develop & grow, and document them in a creative form. This project will be assigned by a member of staff in Teams and students will also receive feedback on it.
Interactive Zoom Sessions
We continue to be delighted by how many students are joining us on the daily interactive live sessions and all students have displayed impeccable behaviour. Just a reminder that the student's user name must be their first name and surname and their camera needs to be switched on when they join the session. For security reasons, students will only be allowed in to the session up to 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.
Forthcoming community events
On Friday 19th June we will be hosting a virtual ‘Great Get Together’. Please see the poster above for an outline of the day - we hope to see you getting involved!
On Monday 22nd June we are celebrating Windrush Day. As well as poetry from the pupils (and some staff) we have local Historian, Linford Sweeney delivering a Zoom session at 1pm. Please see the poster above for details - we will circulate details of how to join interactive sessions closer to the time.
Have a lovely weekend,