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CCHS Newsletter 28 - 28th June 2021
Weekly Message from Mr Harding, Executive Head Teacher
Unfortunately we are seeing a rise in new infections across the country and South Staffordshire is no different. We have had an uptick in students testing positive and, as a consequence, we have once again been working with the Local Outbreak Team and PHE to isolate students in different year groups. This is deeply frustrating for all of us. We had just begun to hit some kind of normality in school and we are now in the position of having to reintroduce online or hybrid learning. I'm not certain what the plans for September are from the government as we have not received any updates as yet. I do hope that schools are told of these plans at the earliest opportunity as we need to know what we can do and what we can't do. We have had to cancel our transition events for new students joining us in September due to the advice from the Local Authority so we are working with our partner middle schools to facilitate an online version of the process.
Whilst it might seem a while away at the moment, just a reminder that we will be breaking up for the summer holidays on Friday July 16th at 1pm. 
Finally, as we are seeing a rise in positive CoVid cases, can I remind everyone to maintain the hands, face, space process. Can I also remind everyone to take the two Lateral Flow tests each week? If this test is positive you should not come into school until you have undertaken a PCR test and it is negative. Similarly, the symptoms of the Delta Variant are very much like a summer cold so , please, err on the side of caution and get a test.
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Covid19 Symptoms
Please remember - In the interests of keeping all our students and staff safe, if your child has any symptoms associated with COVID, including the new symptoms, please keep your child away from school until they have taken a PCR test.
Many thanks for your co-operation.
Thank You - 3
The Pastoral Team
Another huge THANK YOU goes to our Pastoral team who have worked tirelessly throughout the past 15 months to ensure the students that were in school for the whole time were safe and following guidance to ensure they stayed safe while in school, and for all the extra work they have implementing the ever-changing regulations sinice everyone came back.
Thank you to Mrs Croxall, Mr Probert and Mrs Riley.
Thank You  - 4
The Mentoring Team
THANK YOU must also to our Mentoring team for all the extra help they have given to students who have been anxious about Covid during the past 15 months, as well as turmoil about exams, and all the rest of the everyday problems that they have had to contend with.  A fantastic job!
Thank you to Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Page, Ms Wright and Mrs Howell
Upcoming Events
Each Wednesday and Sunday - Staff and Student home Lateral Flow Tests - please continue to do these and submit results through the school website

Monday-Friday 28th June-2nd July  -  Year 10 (not 10K) Assessment week

Wednesday 7th July   - Year 8 Virtual Induction day


Duke of Edinburgh Award
Year 10 and Year 11 - Silver Award
30th June - 2nd July   -  Practice expedition (Llangollen)
12th -14th July            - Qualifying expedition (White Peaks)
15th July                     - Kit back, eDofE and presentation (school)

Year 12 and Year 13 - Gold Award
29th June               -  First aid training / wilderness camp / route cards (school)
5th-9th July            -  Practice expedition (Snowdonia)
19th -23rd July       - Qualifying expedition (Snowdonia, Harlech to Barmouth)
Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
Last week saw another successful expedition for the Bronze award with Year 10 to the Long Mynd in Shropshire.  There was mixed weather with some pretty wet conditions on Thursday, and students were up at 6am,  tents packed away and out of camp by 7am to avoid the heavy rain.  In contrast, there were long assents in pretty hot conditions on Wednesday.  
All students did amazingly well but some really shone especially in situations with their support for students needing a little extra help, as well as taking responsibility for extra medical considerations and training. 
"Proper proud moments and life long memories made on this expedition!"
Staff Commendations
Students that have been nominated for extra praise by teaching staff and will receive extra Achievement points for their Head of Year/ Senior Leadership Team nomination which can be seen on EduLink. 
The students nominated this week are as follows:

 
                      Benjamin A                 James B                    Jack D
                      Eden H                       Callum K                    Eathen L
                      Jessica P                    Fran P                       Louie S
                      Seriah S                      Luke T
 
Summer Reading Challenge
The following initiative will be launched by Staffordshire County Council in conjuction with World Wide Fund for Nature on 10th July.

Pack Your Bags, We’re Headed for Wilderville for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, launching on Saturday 10th July at a Staffordshire Library near you!
 
How to take part at your local library
  • Visit your local Staffordshire library to sign up for the challenge.
  • You will receive a starter pack containing all the items you need to
    begin your reading adventure - including a pull-out poster and
    stickers! Take out six books and get reading!
  • When you have read your books bring them back to your local
    Staffordshire Library, and collect your completers certificate,
    medal and bookmark.
 
How to take part online
  • Sign up to the Reading Agency's easy-to-use website and create
  • a profile at http://www.wildworldheroes.org.uk
  • Children set their own challenge to read any amount of books
    during the Summer.
  • Collect rewards with additional activities and incentives along
    the way, including online badges, games and videos.
  • Children can download a certificate once they have completed
    the Challenge.
Online Activities
There's lots taking place online during the summer too! Visit Staffordshire Libraries on Facebook for fun creative activities taking place every Wednesday during the summer holidays.

 
Book Recommendations
Another book suitable for teenagers to read. 
Some will be linked to a particular curriculum area, others will simply be books that your child might be interested in reading or that you might both want to read and compare notes.
Missing in Action
by Dean Hughes

Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing. Jay Thacker is used to being called names because his dad is half Navajo. But things are different after he and his mother move to a small town in Utah to stay with his grandparents during WWII. Jay makes friends and earns money working the fields for his well-respected grandfather—but he encounters a problem in Ken, a fellow worker who’s from the nearby Japanese internment camp. And Jay’s dad, who’s been fighting for the navy out in the Pacific, is missing in action. This moving story about an unlikely friendship deftly addresses themes of prejudice and intolerance, providing readers a glimpse of the past that enlightens the present.

 

 Available for free on Sora.  Sora link: https://soraapp.com/home - this is for all Year 9 or Year 10 pupils. If any pupils can't remember their logins (they are written in their yellow books) then they can email at efo@ch-pb.com 

Suitable for:  All year groups at CCHS
ISBN: 1-4424-1248-8
 
Students are still being encouraged to sign up for a free online tool recently produced by a charity called Read for Good. Students are sent unique web links where they register their reading and the number of minutes they have spent reading, which then contributes to a 'school total'. It's really easy to use - for pupils to be able to log a variety of different texts on this, e.g. article, comic, book.  The school's page can be found here https://trackmyread.org/public/I9Cku4VoTlyyCjaPdWq4

Thank you to all of the students who have already registered their reading.  Miss Ford is very pleased with your progress!
General Reminders
The attendance tracker below shows the percentage of learning time that can be missed due to absence. Even a few days can make a difference to your learning capabilities.
Think about your attendance carefully!  If you were an employer, would you be pleased with this from one of your workers?
Key facts: 
  • There are 52 weeks in a year and you attend school for only 38 weeks.
  • If you have 95% attendance they you have LOST 57 hours of education and that is equal to two weeks.  Can you afford to lose that time?
In line with COVID-19 guidance we are limiting the visitor access to our site to essential visitors and appointments only. 
Please email office@cc-hs.com if you are unsure if your propsed visit is essential or if you wish to make an appointment.
Community Events
Safe+Sound Event
Staffordshire Fire & Rescue held a special Safe+Sound event recently aimed at KS3 students. Safe+Sound is a programme of safety, wellbeing and life-skills messages created by their specialist partners, then compiled to produce a programme that was transmitted on the Learn Live platform.  The seven topics included are: 
  • Ditch the blade – Staffordshire Police
  • Distractions – Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • Railway Safety – Network Rail
  • Cycling and Bikeability - Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • Body Scan Yoga – Sporting Communities
  • Are You Listening? – Staffordshire Police
  • Home Escape Plans – Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
 
The programme is approximately 40 minutes long, to view it please follow this link and scroll down to watch: https://learnliveuk.com/safesound/. 
If you would like us to share a community event with others in a future newsletter, please contact the school with details email: office@cc-hs.com
Have your circumstances changed recently?
Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime and you can save yourself time and money.

Even if you don't want your children to have the meals, claiming them helps their school. The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives.


https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Educational-awards-benefits/FreeSchoolMeals/Apply-online.aspx
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