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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

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Principal's Newsflash

Friday 23rd October 2020

As we come to the end of what has undoubtedly been the most challenging term for anyone in schools, I welcome you to the third edition of the Principal’s Newsflash. Thank you sincerely to all parents who have worked very positively with us in this most turbulent term. Whilst we have not suffered from the same scale of positive Covid cases as some schools have, we were more challenged by the requirement of staff to isolate due to track and trace requests.

As we head into next half term, we do so knowing that we are living with the pandemic and ensuring that Covid systems are part and parcel of normal school life for the time being. So with that in mind, we can move forward knowing that systems are in place and we can concentrate more fully back on the more normal aspects of school life and the wider activities that we would be working on outside of ensuring strong curriculum implementation.

Coming up next term will be our usual support for Children in Need, as well as our annual pensioners party, although both will look very different this year!

 

Staying safe, staying healthy

Thank you to all parents regarding dropping off in the morning. This is much better now. There are still some cars making quick U-turns on a busy road. Can I once again, politely request that this doesn’t happen.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

A reminder about this poster which has been produced to help parents when making a decision about symptoms.

We started the weekly 100% attendance draw, there were lots of 100% pupils for the week, thank you!! Lets keep it going.

You will be receiving a new half-term contextual attendance report for your son. This report will highlight your son’s attendance and how it compares to the average for his form class, year group and academy whole attendance. If you would like to discuss the report, please contact your son’s form tutor in the first instance. I hope you find the reports informative and useful.

As always, attendance for the week. Please ensure your son attends every day. You will see from the table that Friday attendance is an issue at the moment. We will be looking at this very closely next half term.

Curriculum

An update from R.E. about what the boys are focussed on at the moment.

Blended Learning

As highlighted in the last newsflash, we will be introducing Google Classroom after half term. By law now, any pupil that is absent due to isolating must access blended learning remotely whilst at home. We are now fully geared up for this and have produced a parent guide to support yout son with this expectation. You can find the guide on the blended learning page of our website. All students will receive training in the first week after half term. Please take at look at the linked information to help you prepare for this eventuality.

 

Equipment

We insist that all boys take great pride in their work and especially book presentation. Many boys do this well, however, some are limiting their opportuninty to ensure their work is of a very high standard by not being appropriately equipped for learning. Please can all parents ensure that their son is fully equipped for all lessons. You can view the equipment expecatations here.  

 

Homework – Knowledge Organisers

This is a reminder that the central focus for our homework is the study and revision of knowledge organisers for each subject. These organsiers cover all of the information in a unit of work. Students are tested on the knowledge every lesson as part of the ‘prepare to learn’ stage at the start of each lesson, in each subject. Please remind your son to be revising from their organisers on dailiy basis. They will know which subjects they have to focus on.

 

Safeguarding

A reminder from last week about the Safeguarding Resource Hub, which is aone stop shop for a wealth of safeguarding advice for parents.

Specific focus this week is on Bonfire season and a message from the Fire & Rescue service. As we head towards the bonfire season, we are reminded about staying safe. The Fire & Rescue service have produced this flyer, as well as an animation about making the right choice between positive and negative behaviour and is available here https://bit.ly/3lSoFVE

Important dates

  • The Academy will close for the Half Term Holiday on Friday 23rd October. We reopen again on Monday 2nd November.
  • Parent Forum 17th November 6pm. Zoom event. Details to follow.
    Last day of Autumn term is Friday 18th December 2020. Students return to school on Monday 5th January 2021.
  • Monday 2nd November 2020 is curriculum week 2

 

Social media

We have recently launched  transition TV to share a more in depth view of the life at the academy, please take a look at it as well as a wider series of videos that capture life at DLSA.   

Remember you can follow us on Twitter @DeLaSalleAcad