Letters to Year 10 Parents
We have been receiving many queries about vaccinations in school today and tomorrow.
The school nursing team have ordered the precise number of vaccines in advance, therefore if we have not received a completed form before today they will not receive the vaccine in school.
School will not be taking anymore forms in from students/parents/carers.
Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: Year 10 On-line Parents’ Evening, Thursday 3rd February 2022, 3.45 – 6.45pm – Online Appointment Booking
I would like to invite you to attend our on-line Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 3rd February. This is a vital event to check how your child has started their GCSEs and other subjects in Year 10: it provides you with an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and engagement in their subjects.
The school continues to use the schoolcloud online appointment booking system – as I hope you remember from the Year 9 event. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and receive an email confirming these.
Appointments, which will last 5 minutes, can be made from 27th January at 6pm and will close on 3rd February at 3pm. Should you need to, appointments can be amended via the platform after this time.
Appointments are booked via this site https://priestnall.schoolcloud.co.uk/. (A short guide on how to add appointments accompanies this letter.)
The evening itself will focus on teachers outlining attainment and progress to date and discussing areas that need focus in order to enhance future studies. The Year 10 Interim report – available on FROG/SIMS parent app – should be useful to inform discussions.
Please login with the following information:
Your (the parent/carer) details
Title: First Name: Surname:
Email (as we have it in our school records): Confirm email:
Student’s First Name: Student’s Surname: Date of Birth:
If you have problems logging into the system it is likely that there is a miss match between the data you are inputting and how we have recorded this previously on our system, for instance, in the past double barrel surnames have caused issues with where spaces, or lack of them, are used. Please let the school office know and we will resolve the issue. It is most helpful if you could tell us exactly how you entered the required information as the way it is typed to log-in must match exactly what is stored in the database.
We are confident that this will be an extremely useful event and hope that you are able to participate.
We would like to invite you to attend an E-Safety Evening which will be held on line over Teams on Wednesday 9th February from 5pm until 6pm.
The purpose of the event is to raise parents’ and carers’ awareness of how to keep their child safe on-line. During the evening we will cover the dangers to children when they are on-line and provide you with advice about the steps you can take to protect your children in a digital world. We are lucky enough to be joined by a guest speaker from the Local Authority, Tanya Cross – Schools Health & Well Being Adviser. Tanya is a very experienced and knowledgeable professional with an extensive knowledge of e-safety issues, concerns and emerging internet trends across the borough.
As this event is over Teams – you simply need to follow the link in the email which will be sent out later this week.
Mr B Delaney , Mrs H Drury
The E-Safety Team
As of Thursday, government guidance relating to face coverings in educational settings changes:
“From 27 January 2022, we no longer recommend that face coverings should be worn by any pupils, students, staff or adult visitors when moving around premises, such as in corridors and communal areas. Everyone should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of education settings, including on transport to and from education settings.” (DfE: Contingency framework: education and childcare settings. January 2022)
As the recommendation for wearing of face coverings in classrooms ceased last week (20th January), this means that there is no recommendation from the government that members of the school community should wear face coverings anywhere on the school site.
We will be adjusting our recommendations to reflect this position however, given the continuing high reported number of Covid cases and children absent from school nationally, we understand that many will want to continue to use face coverings on and around the school site. We would hope that testing at home continues and that caution is exercised for children with any potential Covid symptoms regarding attendance at school. Continuity of in-school face-to-face education remains our priority.
We are writing to inform you about the DLAW Tour to Disneyland Paris, the trip is offered to all Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 pupils (Covid restrictions permitting). The current Covid regulations for France are that everybody 12 years or older must be double vaccinated and provide proof of a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departure. We will be leaving on Monday 11th July 2022, returning Thursday 14th July 2022.
The cost of the visit will be approx. £560 (depending upon numbers). An initial £75 non-refundable deposit is due immediately, with the balance due by 31st March 2022. This price includes:
- Two nights bed, breakfast accommodation and 3 evening meals, third night is travelling home
- Travel by coach and Eurotunnel
- Two days admission to Disneyland Park & Walt Disney Studios Park
- Insurance: details can be found at: Schools journey insurance details
We anticipate that there will be a high demand for the 63 places that are available to the pupils; therefore, we have decided to complete a draw if more than 63 pupils apply for a place on this visit, if we are unable to increase numbers on the trip. Students will also need to currently meet, and continue to meet, the high standards of behaviour that Priestnall expects. The school charges and remission policy can be found at School charges and remissions policy. This tour will only go ahead if sufficient contributions are made. Our only method of payment is via WisePay.
Those students who wish to apply for a place on the trip should complete the consent, and pay the £75 non-refundable deposit by Friday 4th February 2022 on Wisepay. If you would like to request a place for your child, however need longer to pay the deposit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – however you will need to be able to pay the full amount by 31st March 2022.
Any students who do not make it within the first 63 places, may be offered a place on the reserve list. If a group of friends (4 maximum, as rooms in the hotel accommodate 3 or 4) wish to apply, they must arrive and submit their applications together. We cannot guarantee that all members of a group will be able to go as each individual student will be given consideration in respect of their suitability for the trip.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact email@example.com
Mrs H Drury & Mrs H Fern
We are looking forward to meeting you at tonight’s Parents’ evening.
We have attached the GCSE course outline that may be referred to in the meetings. We have also attached two reading lists. One is more detailed than the other.
To quote from our Faculty vision, we want our students to “understand that: reading teaches kindness and empathy; that words have power; and be able to control that power with kindness and empathy” and to “have an appreciation and love of a diverse range of both fiction and non-fiction texts from a variety of cultures.”
The English Faculty
Next week is National Apprenticeship Week. Students will be learning more about apprenticeships throughout the week in school and they can also access information, short videos and case studies on the Amazing Apprenticeships website Amazing Apprenticeships . For Parents/Carers there are great resources on the same website including a Parent/Carers Pack that is published every month. I have also attached a copy of the letter from the Skills Minister to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2022.
The multi media nature of the social network is something that is ever changing, and sometimes difficult to navigate as a parent or carer. This handy guide attached is something that we are uploading to the school website, but I feel it would be good to share directly to you.
- Do you know what a Yolo Add on is in Snapchat?
- Do you know how to stop Facebook telling all your friends “exactly” where you are?
- Did you know that if you sign in to YouTube via Google you can send direct messages to other people logged in?
All of the above and more are on this great PDF.
Head of Safeguarding