05 Mar

The start of this week’s blog has a very green feel! The Learning Centre staff and students have been extra busy this week working on our grounds getting ready for the wider re-opening next Monday. We are very lucky to have some great outside spaces at the Learning Centre, however much of it has become overgrown during last year’s lockdown. Mr Blackman has been busy since September supporting our students who have been accessing work experience placements developing our outside spaces.

Our Year 14 and Employability Pathway students have been getting to grips with the overgrown Pampas grass growing at the front of the Learning Centre. Luckily for the team there weren’t any tigers in there and the cuttings all went round to the bays for composting. Another great effort by the group well done chaps! ~ Mr Blackman

This week Mr Blackman and the students have been working in partnership with Mr Taylor laying a flag stone path to the rear gate of the Learning Centre for the easy access to the countryside beyond the fence. It looks fantastic and will be great to access the green spaces surrounding the Learning Centre (when COVID restrictions allow, of course!)

This week our resident gardener Jason has been pruning the shrubs in the bed at the main entrance to the Learning Centre. Jason also edged off the bed using a half moon edging tool.

Jason has also leant a helping hand to Miss Kindon who is creating a water feature in the staff wellbeing garden. Work is ongoing on this project and I look forward to updating you on the progress in the weeks to come.

A massive thankyou to Jason for helping to maintain our grounds to such a high standard, he’ll have his own business soon!

Now to next week’s plans. I must say how much everyone is looking forward to welcoming our students back to the Learning Centre on Monday, it’s been far too long since we were all together (within bubbles anyway!!). I’d like to share some key information around next week’s wider opening. Our teams have also been in contact with families to go through all the information you may need.

We know from what our families have said that they really appreciate and value this contact, therefore our staff teams intend to continue making weekly wellbeing calls. We hope that this will help alleviate any fears families may have about the full opening of the Learning Centre on Monday 8th March.

I’d like to take this opportunity to assure all our families that the safety of all our students and staff remains paramount and robust covid protocols and systems of control remain in place throughout the Learning Centre. We are also ensuring that students remain within their classes on a static model and there will be no mixing with other students from different classes.

Face coverings

Can I please remind families that Government guidance now suggests that all students and staff wear face coverings, not just on corridors but also in classrooms and other teaching spaces. We acknowledge that this may be inappropriate for some of our students and they may be exempt from wearing a face covering (as set out in Government guidance). If your child will wear a mask, can we ask that you please make sure they are equipped with this on their return to school.

I appreciate that this may cause some concern, however it is worth mentioning that this protocol has been in place at the Learning Centre for all those students who returned in January and we have experienced no real issues.

Parent, Carer and Taxi drop off and collection times

Please can I also remind families that we have amended the start and end of the day times for families and taxis in order to reduce congestion and adhere to social distancing:

  • Please drop off at 9am and collect at 3pm.
  • Please wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up your child.
  • Markings are in place to assist with social distancing. Please ensure you follow these markings when dropping off and picking up.
  • Please do not wait in clusters.

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

Colette Robinson has been in contact with all those families who would like their child to be involved in LFT and arrangements have been made for the collection of kits. If you wish for your child to be involved and have not responded to the survey sent out last week, please contact the Learning Centre for further information.

After School and Holiday clubs

In order to maintain bubbles we are not yet in a position to resume ASC or holiday clubs. We are exploring whether this will be viable during the summer break, however this will be dependent on the COVID guidance. We will keep families informed of any further developments. 

Recovery Curriculum

We understand that returning on Monday will be a big change for many of our students therefore we will be focusing on our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ to help students settle back in to College life, highlighted within the plan below from Dr Tina Rea:

Can I please remind all our families that students will need to bring back their iPads and chargers when they return on Monday as these will still be an integral part of their learning onsite.

I appreciate that not all of our students are able to return on Monday, I really hope that they can be back with us soon when it is safe to do so. Can I reassure our families that in the meantime we will continue to offer a remote learning offer until they return.

Have a lovely weekend,

Dawn

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