I can not start this blog without mentioning Year 11. It has been an unusual end to this phase of their education journey, but they have been mature and resilient given the circumstances. The skill of resilience is something that will serve them well throughout their lives, because as we have found out, things that we have all taken for granted can change at short notice in dramatic ways. Being able to be adaptable has taken on a new meaning and if Year 11 can take one message from this last couple of years it should be around adversity and overcoming it. ‘It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop’, Dieter F Uchtdorf.
We have had a week of celebration assemblies. These have been very positive experiences, as both staff and students do very much enjoy acknowledging and being acknowledged in a positive way. It is a lovely way to end a half term. Well done to all students who were rewarded in one of these assemblies.
When we come back after the half term break, we will be maintaining the bubble arrangements and staggered break and lunch patterns for students. These details have been shared in assemblies throughout this week too. I would like to remind parents that it is important to remember that although restrictions are easing nationally, we do need to maintain arrangements in school which allow us to carry out contact tracing and only send the necessary students home, if a positive LFD or PCR test is reported. To make this as effective and efficient as possible, bubble areas for social spaces and canteen time are essential and will be maintained until at least the end of the summer term.
Please can I ask that students taking part in the home LFD testing, do continue to do this over the half term break, reporting their results as always to the Government and to the school. This will be especially important to be done on the Sunday evening/Monday morning before returning to school on Monday, 7 June. As a school, we do also need to continue to contact trace over the half term period, so if your child tests positive having developed symptoms within two days of being in school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that this can be followed up and close contacts can be advised to self-isolate. Please continue to follow all Government guidelines relating to symptoms and hands, face, space.
Next half term is a busy half term, with Year 8 Parents’ Evening, Year 7 Parents’ Evening, Year 6 transition (details of which are yet to be confirmed), Year 10 mock exams and some year group sports days. We are looking forward to ending this academic year in a positive way and look forward to seeing all of our Year 7 – 10 students on Monday 7 June, smartly dressed in their uniform and ready to learn.
Executive Headteacher and Head of Medina College