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CCHS Newsletter 47 - 31st January 2022
Weekly Message from Mr Harding, Executive Head Teacher
As we crawl our way out of January there is the slightest hint of the evenings becoming a tiny bit lighter (or maybe that's my desperation for Spring to be around the corner!) and the promise of better days ahead.  The hard work continues here at Codsall High and over the last week or so we have addressed some big issues.
I have now given assemblies to both Year 11 and Year 13 around their mock exam results and what lies ahead in the coming months.  I have also given assemblies to Years 9, 10 and 11 to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and whilst they may seem quite disparate issues, a common theme I drew was that your behaviour and how you treat others says far more about you as a person than any qualification you may hold.  I spoke about prejudice and persecution and the horrors of history when individuals and groups were singled out and persecuted by those with deep held prejudices.  Whilst it might seem a big leap from the holocaust to present day, words and behaviour can often lead to those that feel vulnerable being made to feel targeted and unwelcome - persecution can start in the smallest of ways.
We strive to create and celebrate our diverse and inclusive school society. I have urged all of our students to embrace and welcome our differences.  They should be celebrated and never used as an excuse to make others feel unwelcome and ostracised.

 
Mr Harding
Executive Headteacher

Codsall High Federation of Schools
New Covid-19 Guidance
Mask Wearing

Following a change in Government guidance, face coverings are no longer be required in classrooms.  For the time being face coverings are still necessary in corridors and indoor social spaces when not eating or drinking.
 
Testing
Reminder - people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature.   For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day.  All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace 

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.  Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Wednesday 2nd February      - Y13 Parents' Evening (4-7pm)

Wednesday 9th February       - Covid vaccination team administering
                                                    second student vaccinations

Friday 11th February              - Football Academy Taster Day

Monday 14th February           - STAFF TRAINING DAY

Tuesday 15t
h February          - School re-opens to students

Tuesday 15th -                        - CAREERS WEEK            
Friday 18th February                (Details to follow)

Wednesday 16th February    - Discovery House Cake Sale in aid of
                                                   Compton Care


REMINDER - Each Wednesday and Sunday - Student and staff home Lateral Flow Tests - please continue to do these and submit results through the school  website
Kangeroo Maths Challenge
The Andrew Jobbings senior Kangaroo 2021 is the follow-on competition to the Maths Challenge held last year.  We had three students qualify for this competition after good performances in the Senior Maths Challenge in the Autumn term.  They have done really well to get that far and two have done even better to achieve a Merit.  While there is no real prize for this achievement, it is a good thing to put on UCAS applications and CVs and to talk about in interviews. 
Well done to Ella G, Sam G and  Joe J.
Car Park Safety
As you will know, the CCHS car park has a safety barrier to ensure that our students are safe when walking on the school grounds.  The barrier will only be raised for parents/carers who have an appointment on site.   

If you are driving onto the school site to drop off or pick up students, please drive to the left towards the top of the school driveway to avoid the barrier.  In order to minimise traffic jams to allow access for school buses and coaches, please consider whether you would prefer to park in another nearby area to drop off or meet your child. 
Thank you for your support with this necessary safety measure.  
Replacing Lost or Broken Meal Cards
Students use their card to make purchases at our various eating pods around school.  If students lose or damage their meal cards, they will be replaced for free in the first instance.  Subsequent replacement cards will be charged at £1, the monies being deducted from the ParentPay balance. Students who present at the eating pods without a payment card will be sent to the back of the queue so as not to inconvenience students who do have their payment cards ready, and will be served last by giving their name to the kitchen staff to do a manual look-up on the tills.
Litter Picking Lotto
An app has been launched called ‘Litter Lotto’ encouraging young people to put litter in a bin.  They download the app on to their phones and take a picture of themselves putting their litter in a bin.  They are then entered into a lotto draw and can win up to £1000.
Careers Update
Wolverhampton University SciExplore
Year 12 BTEC Applied Science students had the opportunity to visit Wolverhampton University as part of their SciExplore days.  The students took part in a number of workshops which promoted a wide range of course involving science. 
To start the day there was a presentation into how bacteria and infections can be spread via direct and indirect contact.  I’m not sure all the students enjoyed the demonstration of how far vomit can spray or the need to the experiment with faeces, however they really enjoyed the workshop to promote alternative ways into to studying medicine and becoming a doctor.  During the session the students were able to undertake ECG monitoring on their peers along with the identification of positive and negative cancer cells.  Many of the student’s eyes lit up like Christmas trees when the were introduced to the role of a Physician Associate with a starting salary of £50,000.  They also had the opportunity to investigate a disease outbreak running PCR -DNA synthesis cycle in which they conducted hands on practical involving high tech equipment to amplify target sequences.  
The students fully engaged in all aspects of the day which hopefully has given them some food for thought when thinking of their next steps in their education.
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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:  

 
   Alexandra F            Freya D             Lewis D-B             Anna M
   Jenson B                Tegan G            Jack W                  Bianka K
   Niyah B                   Matilda L           Daniel C               Sam V
   Jacob B                   Anna P              Izzy C                  Shea H
   Jade C                    Bailey P             Maximum N         Tara H
   Hayden F                Rhia R               Phoebe P             Mia L
   Hanna T                  Amy R               Tegan G               Jay N
   Jack W                    Chloe P
     
On-Line Reading Platform
Pig Heart Boy
by Malorie Blackman
Suitable for:  All year groups at CCHS
The link for ePlatform is: 
 https://cchs.eplatform.co/
User name and passwords can be obtained from English teachers.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
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.

The phone number for the free school entitlement checking service team has changed.  Should you need to contact them regarding any claims queries, their number is now 0300 111 8007  option 3, then option 2


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