Headteacher's Blog

Update - 4 December 2020

December 4th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

The confirmed positive case on Monday of a student was a stark reminder that COVID that is in our community and we must remain vigilant despite Cornwall being one of the few places in Tier 1.   Here’s a handy poster to let you know the rules that will be in place for us over the coming weeks.   On Tuesday, I let you know the details of the case in a dedicated email and I hope that now you can see how we manage a case in school and that we are prepared for any others that may occur in the coming months.   We have had support and advice from Public Health England and County Council to prepare for these eventualities and the steps we have to take afterwards.   The student has only mild symptoms and we all wish them well and a speedy recovery.   

We only have a small number of students isolating for two weeks and their school work has been set via SMHW in an identical fashion to the spring lockdown.  Should we have to send more students home at any point then this will be the method of work setting and feedback.  

I spoke to the whole school on Tuesday morning remotely and reminded everyone of all our responsibility for remembering “Hands, Face, Space”.  These simple rules applies to school as well as everywhere else.   I am pleased that mask wearing, washing hands, ventilation, classroom set-up and distancing is now the new normal at Falmouth School but the flip side is we must not get complacent.

The national restrictions have ended this week and I hope you can responsibly visit our local town shops and facilities.  Follow the campaign #KeepItCornish to support all our local businesses through this winter like no other.  As a businessman pointed out on the radio the other day: summer was like winter that followed a winter and now we’ve got another winter coming!  Our Sports Hub opened to the public this week and Emma and the team are welcoming our loyal members back. 

Not counting the students self-isolating, our overall attendance is still around 95% and thanks to all of you for keeping sending students to school every day.  Attendance at school remains compulsory and only if your child or someone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus or have a positive test then they should inform the school and stay at home to contain any infection.   

The announcement yesterday of the alterations to examinations for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students has brought some reassurance that the disruption to these year groups has been recognised and it allows our teachers to adapt their plans for the coming months.  We are waiting for details of individual subjects and what some of the announcements mean to students.  As ever, when we know, you will know.   We are still planning to hold formal practice exams for February for all our exam classes.   

This week’s learning journey is child development.  This subject starts in KS4 and then there is progression into our popular and successful Early Years Education course at Falmouth College.   When you do come back and visit you will see we have a classroom dedicated to child care and it replicates the childcare setting to the last detail.  Mrs Hartley leads this area and every year we have students entering the childcare and primary teaching sector as a results of their work.  

We have great news that one of our Falmouth College students has secured an Oxford interview in the coming weeks.  We are supporting them with interview practice and our alumni are helping out by passing on their experiences.  It will be done remotely so, again, it will be whole new experience.  On that note, we will be launching our Falmouth College application process with our Y11s over the coming weeks and letting you know how we will be doing our Open Evening next year.

We had our second remote Parents’ Evening for Falmouth College yesterday and thanks to all you who came on-line to meet our team of teachers.   If you did not book or had problems with the system and would like some feedback for your child then please contact Mrs Hambury shambury@falmouthschool.net.  We would also love to hear your thoughts on how it went and the system, please follow this link to leave any feedback.  For those with children in other year groups you can get ready for the evenings next year by watching the video. This talks you through the experience and here’s the login page.  Just follow the instructions!

Next Friday 11th December is National Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children charity and we are encouraging all students to come in with some festive and £1 for helping children around the world.   The rest of their uniform will remain the same.   Please don’t buy anything especially for this day – it is the effort that counts and we welcome homemade creations!  I’ll be dusting off my penguin waistcoat once again for the occasion. 

Looking ahead we are aiming for the usual 12.30pm finish on Friday 18th December.    The first part of the day will be normal then we will be having a whole assembly in a remote fashion with the usual 12 days of Christmas send off led by Christmas’s biggest fan, Mr Wallis.   We will be returning in the new year on Tuesday 5th January.

We’ve had lots of support once again from you during this difficult week.  My particular thanks to the parent (who shall remain nameless to save blushes)  who delivered fudge to all our teachers and support staff.  It was most welcome.  I have never seen fudge that glittered!   I hope that all of you get to see some of your friends and family in the safest way possible over the coming days and weeks.  Keep safe everyone.

 

Kind regards,

 

Dr Matt Fox

 

Posted at 10:48 on 4th Dec 2020 Back