COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please be assured that we are committed to ensuring that we do all within our power to reduce the impact of the pandemic on students learning and attainment and to keep our students, staff and wider community safe.

All communication will be via the school website and emails to parents, please regularly check your emails and read all information carefully. The letters area of our website will be updated with all outgoing emails.

We take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging period.

New Academic Year - Returning to School in September 2020

We look forward to all our pupils returning to school, re-developing routines, re-engaging in their learning, working hard and making swift progress. To facilitate this, we are staggering student returns to ensure that your child is safe and understands how the school is operating in their whole year group bubbles. This means that we are working very differently as a school as each year group will be located to allocated learning bases.

In addition to this, each Year group will have a designated social space, a designated toilet block with soap and handwashing facilities and separate dining arrangements. Hand sanitising stations have been installed around the school and students are encouraged to bring their own if they wish. The school has also organised extra cleaning of rooms and equipment. 

Each Year group will have differing start and finish times to their school day, and will have a designated gate through which they must enter and exit daily. On their Year Group's 'First Day Back' students will have an induction to the school's new ways of working, this day will be shorter than usual so please note the timings. After their 'First Day Back' students will be expected to attend school every weekday at their designated start and finish times. Please see summary of information below and read the full letter relating to your son's year group:

Year Group First Day Back Start Time Finish Time Designated Entrance/Exit Link to Letter with Full Details
Year 7

Friday 4th September 2020

8.30am - 1.15pm

8:30am 2:30pm Side Gate on Thornbury Square Year 7 Return Letter
Year 8

Wednesday 16th September 2020

9.15am - 11.50am

(Virtual Learning from Monday 7th September - Tuesday 15th September)

9:15am 2:45pm Side Gate on Thornbury Square Year 8 Return Letter
Year 9 

Friday 11th September2020

9.00am - 11.50am

(Virtual Learning from Monday 7th September - Thursday 10th  September)

9:00am 3:05pm Side Gate on Thornbury Square Year 9 Return Letter
Year 10

Wednesday 9th September 2020

9.00am-11.50am

(Virtual Learning on Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th  September)

9:00am 2:45pm Back Gates accessible from Archway Road (A1) Year 10 Return Letter
Year 11

Friday 4th September 2020

8.30am-11.50am

8:30am 3:05pm Back Gates accessible from Archway Road (A1) Year 11 Return Letter
Year 12

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

8.30am - 12.40pm

8:30am 2:45pm Front Entrance on Hornsey Lane Year 12 Return Letter
Year 13

Thursday 3rd September 2020

10.00am -12.00pm

8:45am 3:05pm Front Entrance on Hornsey Lane Year 13 Return Letter

Students are expected to wear full school uniform (Sixth Form students to comply with dress code) and come equipped with a school bag and a pencil case. Each student needs to bring a full water bottle as the water fountains are out of use. Tissues are available in classrooms but students are encouraged to bring their own.

All students will be provided with a free St Aloysius snood (PPE). This is made of cotton and is washable. This is now part of the uniform and must be worn as PPE when in communal spaces (e.g. corridors, canteen). This snood is not to be worn as PPE in classrooms (LA guidance). No other face masks are permitted. Additional snoods can be purchased from the school at a cost of 50p each.

Should your son/daughter show any symptoms of Covid-19 at school, you will be asked to collect him/her immediately and to take him/her for a test as soon as possible and then communicate the outcome to the school showing written evidence. Further advice on this can be found here.

We appreciate your support, particularly as we navigate this new way of working.

Home Learning

In order to safely welcome all our students back to school we are staggering the return dates for each year group. We are therefore carrying on with the setting of work online for all students who have not returned to site by Monday 7th September 2020 (Years 8, 9 and 10). Work will be set on a daily basis according to the timetable for each year group. This timetable has also been posted on each year group's page in the Student Area of our website, and on Show My Homework along with the guidance outlined below.

Our teachers will be setting plenty of tasks for pupils to complete. Do remind your child to take breaks away from screens as well, and also make time for having fun and connecting with friends and family.

We have all had to adapt to new ways of working, so we want to take the chance to say thank you for all you are doing in supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.

How do I access virtual learning?

  1. Your teachers will set learning for you by 9am each morning which will be due on 4pm the same day. There will be learning set for three or four different subjects each day, and it is intended to take approximately 4–5 hours.
  2. At 9am each morning, go to SMHW (Show My Homework) and check what work has been set.
  3. In order to complete this learning, you are likely to have to access other online platforms such as Hegarty Maths, Seneca Learning or Google Classroom. Your teacher will provide specific instructions about how you should access your learning on SMHW.
  4. You will need to submit your work each day by 4pm so that teachers can review your learning and either give you feedback or adjust their plans for coming days to help you improve your learning. Depending on what learning you were set, you might submit this learning in different ways. Your teacher will provide specific instructions on SMHW. This could be to:
  • Complete quizzes/activities on SMHW, Hegarty, Seneca or other such learning app.
  • Complete questions/written work and submit it to your teacher – you can do this online on Word or by hand and take a photo which is submitted on SMHW.

How do I submit work to my teachers?
Work can be submitted as a word document or if it is hand-written/drawn work simply take a photo and upload it, using the submit function on SMHW. For more information on how to do this see the following link: https://help.teamsatchel.com/en/articles/2912000-submitting-my-work-online 

How much work am I expected to do?
You are expected to complete work for four hours each day and complete the weekly quizzes that are set. You should also take daily exercise. The PE department have given guidance and ideas for this on SMHW.

How will I know when I will be set work for each subject?
You will know the work to be completed because it is on Show My Homework and should be completed on the following days and times:

 

YEAR 8

  • Year 9 will be set work from Monday 7th September - Tuesday 15th September via SMHW, before returning to school in person on Wednesday 16th September.
  • English, Maths and Science will be set on SMHW and should be completed in your CGP workbook
  • Work for all other subjects will be set on SMHW and should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day

Y8

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

English

Maths

Science

DEAR

English

RE

Music

Art

Maths

Science

DEAR

English

French/Spanish

DT

Maths

History

Geography

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

English

Maths

Science

English

RE

Music

Art

Maths

Science

English

French/Spanish

DT

Maths

History

Geography

 

YEAR 9

  • Year 9 will be set work from Monday 7th September - Thursday 10th September via SMHW, before returning to school in person on Friday 11th September.
  • English, Maths and Science will be set on SMHW and should be completed in your CGP workbook
  • Work for all other subjects will be set on SMHW and should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day

Y9

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

Maths

English

Science

 

YEAR 10

  • Year 10 will be set work on Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th September via SMHW, before returning to school in person on Wednesday 9th September.
  • Work for all subjects should be submitted online by 4pm on the same day.

Y10

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Work set by

9am

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

DEAR

Work due at

4pm

Maths

English

Science

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

RE

Option A

Option B

Option C

Maths

English

Science

 

 

GCSE, A level and BTEC Qualifications

We are aware that this is an anxious time for many of our students: Any students who still require further support or guidance regarding their GCSE, A Level or BTEC qualifications are welcome to email our Exams Officer, Ms D Gaiu via gaiu.d@sta.islington.sch.uk 

Student Wellbeing

This is a challenging and unprecedented time. Understandably the situation will be causing some concern and distress to our students and their families. As a school we strive to support families in adapting to Home Learning and coping with the impacts of this pandemic.

Staff members will be calling the families of each and every student on a weekly basis to check on progress with subjects, resolve any online platform access issues, support Home Learning and monitor student wellbeing. Students and parents should feel free to raise any issues or concerns during these calls.

Please find below links to online resources that offer mental health support for children and young people.

  • Childline – offers ideas for managing mood and allows access to 1:1 counselling through a web chat; their advice line is 0800 1111
  • Kooth – offers access to resources for managing mood and has an online feelings diary
  • WoeBot – an app that has been developed for teenagers to help them manage low mood and to relax; it can be downloaded for free on a smartphone or tablet

If a young person is worrying about the coronavirus or struggling with self-isolation, there are a couple of websites that they might find helpful:

  • Young Minds
  • Mind
  • CARIS Bereavement Service – Children and young people bereavement support. For parents and teachers we can offer phone support about how to help children with their bereavement issues: 

Other useful links for further support:

We will provide more information on all of the above matters as and when we have it.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of our students and their families at this time.