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Firstly, I would like to thank all parents for their support, at what, I know, is a very anxious time for us all.  I have to report that the response of the students has been mature and demonstrates care for their fellow pupils and their teachers.

Our thoughts are with those attendees of the ski trip who are currently ‘self-isolated’ at home.  We have received news of the results of a third of the coronavirus tests that are currently scheduled for these students.  They have all been negative in respect of the virus, which is a great relief, of course.

Moving forward, we will await news of all of the tests, before our ‘self-isolating’ students return to School.  I would refer you all to my previous post, which sets out the precautions we need all to be taking as a community to seek to prevent the further spread of the virus.  It would help us enormously if all students had their full equipment and hand sanitisers every day.

Jamie Brownhill

Headteacher

 

In the light of the Public Health England advice on the preventing of the spread of the coronavirus, the school has reviewed its processes for the prevention of the spread of viruses.

There are a number of actions that we would ask parents to support us with:

-          the students should wash their hands prior to leaving for school each morning.

-          the students should carry their own supply of tissues and a hand sanitiser.

-          the students should come to school with their school equipment to avoid the sharing of pens and other equipment needed for learning.

-          the students should be kept at home if they have any cold or flu like symptoms, such as a fever, a cough or shortness of breath.  They should only return to school once they are symptom free.

 

At school we will ensure:

-          the students are well informed in respect of the actions they should be taking to prevent the spread of the virus.

-          all students and visitors to the school wash or sanitise their hands when arriving at the school.

-          the students wash their hands prior to eating.

-          we are requiring the use of tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, and the appropriate disposal of tissues.

-          we are monitoring students for cold/ flu like symptoms to ensure that all students who need to be recovering at home are doing so.

-          we have reviewed our cleaning processes to ensure that we do all we can to prevent the spread of viruses.

 

I would like to thank you for your support in these matters.  I will continue to keep the school community updated via our school website.

 

Jamie Brownhill

Headteacher

 

The situation remains the same as yesterday, with the School continuing to respond to this situation in line with Public Health England guidelines.  Any student or staff member who attended the half term ski trip to Aprica and has the symptoms of the fever, a cough or shortness of breath, however mild, remains at home.  The School continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis with everyone who was on the ski trip.

Year 9 parents’ evening will take place this evening.  The school has contacted those parents who will not be able to attend as a result of their son being currently off school following the ski trip.  We will make alternative arrangements for these families and students.

 

The School continues to follow the guidance of Public Health England in respect of its response to the coronavirus concerns.  In our frequent discussions with Public Health England, they have confirmed that the response of the School is in line with their guidance and their recommendation is that the School takes no further actions, other than the ones that have already been taken.  The School is reviewing guidance updates as they appear and continues to discuss its response with Public Health England in the event of changing guidance or circumstances.

Any student or member of staff who attended the ski trip to Aprica, in northern Italy, and displays symptoms of fever, a cough or shortness of breath, however mild, is required to self-isolate at home, and contact the NHS on 111.   The School remains in contact with all families of students who attended the ski trip in respect of providing guidance and support on this matter.

The School will provide daily updates in respect of this matter on its website.

 

Mr Brownhill

Headteacher

 

The School ski trip returned from Aprica, Italy, a ski resort located close to the Italian/Swiss border, on the 22nd February.  Aprica is now within the area of northern Italy covered by the government advice and information in respect of coronavirus.  In line with this advice, the School has requested that any young person who attended the trip and has a cough or a fever, however mild, remains at home and contacts the NHS 111 for further advice.  The School is in individual contact with all families of students who attended the trip to relay this advice.

Central Foundation Year 10 football team won through to the last 8 of the Schools National Football Cup.  They draw 2-2 after extra time, and won 5-4 on penalties.

Over 1,000 teams across the country have taken part in the competition. Following the heroics of the 7th round of the National Cup against Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, the Year 10 team travelled up to Welwyn Garden City to play against Chancellor’s School.

With what looked like a depleted squad at the beginning of the week due to some previous injuries, the boys were upbeat and ready to take on the challenge.

2-2 after extra time was certainly a fair reflection of what was an even game of football between two sides who deserved their place in the competition. Penalties decided on the result of the game.

Taking a penalty is always about confidence. Five boys put themselves forward and were confident about taking us through to the next round.

There were fantastic scenes on the pitch after the winning penalty as the fifth member of the team scored a goal and was bundled in the box before the boys shook hands with the opposition.

The Year 10 team’s incredible journey continues and let’s hope it continues for a couple more rounds. Another historic win for Central Foundation, who march into the quarter final (last 8 teams) of the cup for the first time in the School’s history. A huge well done to all the students involved in the game as well as those that have contributed towards getting to this stage.

 

Lion Dance Workshop

February 18th, 2020

Our Year 7 and 8 students studying Mandarin took part in a fifty-minute workshop in the week before half term. This workshop was aimed to celebrate Chinese New Year and increase students’ cultural awareness. In the workshop, the students watched lion dance performance first and then tried the lion dance and instruments themselves. Students enjoyed the workshop and they look forward to other cultural activities in the future.