Cardinal Hume Bulletins

Bulletin

Please find below our weekly bulletin for our year 12 and 13 students:

Please find below our bulletin for parents and carers:

 

 

Student Can’t Log In?

Don’t worry we can sort this out!

Most online lessons require the student to log into their school account. Follow these troubleshooting steps to solve any login problems.

JOB 1 – Are you using the right username to log in?

Your username is the code on your swipe card followed by @cardinalhume.com. For example: 14jlir5784@cardinalhume.com

JOB 2 – Are you using the right password?

If you can’t remember your password, you need to contact the school to get your password reset. Either call using the number, 0191 487 7638, or email info@cardinalhume.com

A password will then be assigned to you.

You should now be able to log in.

Keep up the awesome work!

Y11 & Y13 Students Parents and Carers

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Update for Year 11 and Year 13 Students, Parents and Carers.

You will have seen that the government has decided that examinations will not take place in the summer. Instead Examination Boards will award a calculated grade. However, all Year 11 and Year 13 students should continue to complete work assigned through the website portal.  This is because:

  • students will need to complete courses to prepare for sixth form or university study
  • any students who are not happy with their calculated grades can elect to sit an examination after the summer and will not be prepared if they do not complete courses
  • students applying to sixth form at CHCS will be required to show that they have completed courses as part of their sixth form application

School Closure

School Closed

Update: 19/03/2020 – 11:02

School Closure Information

Click Here to download the PDF Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to thank you again for your valuable support of the school, particularly in recent weeks during the escalation of COVID-19. I must also commend the resilience, maturity and conduct of our wonderful students at this challenging time. They have been truly excellent. Furthermore, the approach of our staff team has been outstanding. They have worked tirelessly to maintain the highest possible standards of provision and pupil care in these unprecedented circumstances.

We hope for a return to normal routines as soon as possible but, as you will already be aware, the prime minister yesterday announced school closures throughout the UK. Therefore, for the vast majority of pupils, the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. The school will remain open to all pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 until Friday 20th March 2020. The school will aim to accommodate children of key workers during the school closure, for as long as this remains sustainable in terms of staffing and school access. If you are a key worker who falls into any of the categories listed below, and you are concerned about making childcare arrangements for your son or daughter, please email the school urgently on info@cardinalhume.com. Please write KEY WORKER as the subject of your e-mail. Provision will also be made for the most vulnerable children; parents and carers of these young people will be contacted individually. In the email, please include:

  • name and year group of pupil
  • your job title and place of work
  • a contact telephone number

If you do not intend to send your child to school because you already have childcare provision, there is no need to e-mail the school. If you do intend to send your child to school, it is essential that you email the school for safeguarding purposes. It is crucial that we have information in school about who will be attending.

We will aim to provide limited canteen facilities for pupils who do attend school. If this is not possible, we will inform you as soon as possible.

All pupils attending school must wear full school uniform and bring their basic equipment/planner. Below is a list of key workers/areas of work:

  • NHS
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Education/teachers and other staff required to work in schools
  • Prison service
  • Probation service
  • Social care
  • Highways
  • Drivers for essential deliveries (e.g. supermarkets, pharmaceutical)

If you feel that you are a key worker and will be unable to arrange childcare, but your area of work is not listed above, please e-mail the school as outlined above for clarification.

Please do not send your child to school without notifying the school that they will be attending.

Pupils can now access resources to enable them to work from home via the school website. To view these resources, they should go to the homepage of the website (www.cardinalhume.com) and then click on the link to the Learning from Home portal which has been recently created. Work for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 is organised by subject. For Years 11 and 13, there are study materials for all course aspects, as well as a folder for each teaching group where classroom teachers will deposit work for pupils to complete. If requested, pupils may submit responses to their class teacher using the school e-mail system. However, pupils will not receive individual marks for their work during the closure.

The prime minister also announced that exams will not take place as planned in May and June. The government will work closely with Ofqual on ensuring that qualifications are awarded fairly and consistently, but specific details about how this will be achieved are not available at present. I will, of course, keep parents and pupils updated on this crucial matter. My advice to those pupils who were due to complete exams in the summer series is to continue to prepare for these important assessments.

For urgent enquires during the closure, please e-mail info@cardinalhume.com. Please do not try to contact individual members of staff.

We are aware that for some families, school is a source of a guaranteed meal for their child. We are currently putting in place measures to ensure that funding is directed towards those who are entitled to it. Parents and carers of those entitled to free school meals will be contacted separately.

Our contingency planning also extends those pupils who are accessing additional pastoral support for mental health and wellbeing. We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the on-line mental health service ‘Kooth’ which is free and confidential. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com.

Please continue to follow the advice of Public Health and the government in the days and weeks ahead. This is a very difficult time for everyone in our school and wider community but the following words from Cardinal Basil Hume will hopefully offer some perspective:

“I believe that we have a duty to look frankly at the social conditions around us and to work to do what we can to address the specific needs which we find.”

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Coronavirus Updates #6 (20/03/2020)

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Updates regarding the coronavirus will be displayed below.


Update: 20/03/2020 – 14:29

Please click below to view a letter with more information regarding Key Workers.

Click here


Update: 20/03/2020 – 8:37

 

Please click below for more information from the DoE regarding school closures and other educational setting:

Click here


 

Update: 19/03/2020 – 11:02

School Closure Information

Click Here to download the PDF Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to thank you again for your valuable support of the school, particularly in recent weeks during the escalation of COVID-19. I must also commend the resilience, maturity and conduct of our wonderful students at this challenging time. They have been truly excellent. Furthermore, the approach of our staff team has been outstanding. They have worked tirelessly to maintain the highest possible standards of provision and pupil care in these unprecedented circumstances.

We hope for a return to normal routines as soon as possible but, as you will already be aware, the prime minister yesterday announced school closures throughout the UK. Therefore, for the vast majority of pupils, the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. The school will remain open to all pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 until Friday 20th March 2020. The school will aim to accommodate children of key workers during the school closure, for as long as this remains sustainable in terms of staffing and school access. If you are a key worker who falls into any of the categories listed below, and you are concerned about making childcare arrangements for your son or daughter, please email the school urgently on info@cardinalhume.com. Please write KEY WORKER as the subject of your e-mail. Provision will also be made for the most vulnerable children; parents and carers of these young people will be contacted individually. In the email, please include:

  • name and year group of pupil
  • your job title and place of work
  • a contact telephone number

If you do not intend to send your child to school because you already have childcare provision, there is no need to e-mail the school. If you do intend to send your child to school, it is essential that you email the school for safeguarding purposes. It is crucial that we have information in school about who will be attending.

We will aim to provide limited canteen facilities for pupils who do attend school. If this is not possible, we will inform you as soon as possible.

All pupils attending school must wear full school uniform and bring their basic equipment/planner. Below is a list of key workers/areas of work:

  • NHS
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Education/teachers and other staff required to work in schools
  • Prison service
  • Probation service
  • Social care
  • Highways
  • Drivers for essential deliveries (e.g. supermarkets, pharmaceutical)

If you feel that you are a key worker and will be unable to arrange childcare, but your area of work is not listed above, please e-mail the school as outlined above for clarification.

Please do not send your child to school without notifying the school that they will be attending.

Pupils can now access resources to enable them to work from home via the school website. To view these resources, they should go to the homepage of the website (www.cardinalhume.com) and then click on the link to the Learning from Home portal which has been recently created. Work for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 is organised by subject. For Years 11 and 13, there are study materials for all course aspects, as well as a folder for each teaching group where classroom teachers will deposit work for pupils to complete. If requested, pupils may submit responses to their class teacher using the school e-mail system. However, pupils will not receive individual marks for their work during the closure.

The prime minister also announced that exams will not take place as planned in May and June. The government will work closely with Ofqual on ensuring that qualifications are awarded fairly and consistently, but specific details about how this will be achieved are not available at present. I will, of course, keep parents and pupils updated on this crucial matter. My advice to those pupils who were due to complete exams in the summer series is to continue to prepare for these important assessments.

For urgent enquires during the closure, please e-mail info@cardinalhume.com. Please do not try to contact individual members of staff.

We are aware that for some families, school is a source of a guaranteed meal for their child. We are currently putting in place measures to ensure that funding is directed towards those who are entitled to it. Parents and carers of those entitled to free school meals will be contacted separately.

Our contingency planning also extends those pupils who are accessing additional pastoral support for mental health and wellbeing. We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the on-line mental health service ‘Kooth’ which is free and confidential. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com.

Please continue to follow the advice of Public Health and the government in the days and weeks ahead. This is a very difficult time for everyone in our school and wider community but the following words from Cardinal Basil Hume will hopefully offer some perspective:

“I believe that we have a duty to look frankly at the social conditions around us and to work to do what we can to address the specific needs which we find.”

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 


 

Update: 18/03/2020 – 15:56

Click Here to download the PDF Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Coronavirus update

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:

  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or temperature, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days. Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house.
  • Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel. People should start working from home where they possibly can, and should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues. This advice is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.
  • By this coming weekend, it may be necessary to take further steps to ensure that those with the most serious health conditions are largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks.
  • The government will no longer be supporting mass gatherings with emergency workers.

This guidance represents a significant ‘step up’ in the measures that we are all being asked to take and calls for significant action on our part. Our response to these significant changes are:

  • Students who have either of the symptoms, a new persistent cough or temperature, must not come into school. They must self-isolate along with all members of their household. We will ask parents to collect their children if they come into school with either a temperature or a new persistent cough.
  • We will not run any non-essential extra-curricular activities until further notice.
  • The numbers of visitors to school are being drastically reduced and only include those on safeguarding or other absolutely essential business. Staff have been asked to cancel non-essential meetings and cover absent colleagues.

You will be aware that the school is closed to Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils for the rest of this week due to a shortage in staffing. Pupils can access resources to enable them to work from home via the school website. To view these resources, they should go to the homepage of the website (www.cardinalhume.com) and then click on the link to the ‘Learning from Home’ portal.

The school currently remains open to all pupils in Years 10 to 13. We do have extensive contingency plans should the school close to all students. This will be communicated to parents if necessary.

We are aware that for some families school is a source of a guaranteed meal for their child. We are currently putting in place measures to ensure that funding is directed towards those who are entitled to it.

The third part of our contingency plans include those pupils who are accessing additional Pastoral support for mental health wellbeing. We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the on-line mental health service ‘Kooth’ which is free and confidential. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support at this challenging time. Furthermore, I must commend our brilliant students on their impeccable conduct and levels of maturity. They are absolute credit to you and to the school.

We will continue to keep parents notified as things develop.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher


Update: 17/03/2020 – 15:06

Dear Parents/Guardians,

KS3 SCHOOL CLOSURE: COVID-19

School will be closed to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 for the remainder of the week: 18th, 19th and 20th March.

This is due to a staff shortage in school as a result of the government’s new containment measures.

We are not aware of any confirmed cases of the virus within the Cardinal Hume staff team or pupil body.

We continue to recommend that all households continue to follow government advice and we will update you on Friday with plans for next week.

If you are a key worker, for instance in health or public service, and you are concerned about childcare arrangements, please get in touch with the school and we will make necessary arrangements to accommodate these young people in school.

School remains open for pupils in Year 10-13.

Information about how pupils access work at home will be sent to parents tomorrow.

Many thanks for your understanding and continued support of the school.

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher


Update: 17/03/2020 – 11:00

As you will be aware, no information has yet been published with regard to the upcoming public examinations. The decisions regarding arrangements for both KS4 and KS5 examinations is one that will be made in due course but on a national not school level. We currently have no further information from the DFE but will inform you as soon as we do. Please reassure your child that students across the nation are experiencing the same concerns and that the school will support students and follow guidance as it is issued. Please be assured that the school is working on a contingency plan in the event that pupils have to work from home.

A Short Prayer

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A short prayer for those in our community:

Lord, we pray as a school community for all those affected by this virus. Give us the help and hope we need to look to the future and know that you are with us. We put our trust in you as we come together to support one another as neighbours and friends.
St Aidan, St Bede, St Cuthbert, St Hild, St Oswald and St Edmund Campion pray for us.

Coronavirus (Social Distancing Information)

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Background and Scope of Guidance

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting – guidance is available at residential care setting

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; 3.Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  3. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  4. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  5. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days. You can find the full guidance at stay at home

Fast Food for Frazzled Families

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Tuesday 3rd March, 6.00pm – 7.30pm  for 3 weeks

Venue: Cardinal Hume Catholic School

  • Do you try to provide healthy, tasty meals for your family, but struggle to find the time?
  • Tired of eating the same meals each week, and looking for fast and tasty new ideas?
  • Do you want to encourage the whole family to have a go in the kitchen?
  • Then this is the course for you!

Join us for our latest Family Cooking course. Each week you will select and prepare a quick, easy and tasty dish form a range of choices. All ingredients are provided, and at the end of the evening you will  share your meal with other families and taste a wide range of recipes which you can then take home and try yourself!

Please complete, tear off (from the document below) and return to the school reception ASAP – places are limited.

Download Here

‘Who Are You?’ – Family History Project

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Calling All Families!

Want to know more about where you come from?

Interested in learning how to research into your family tree and local history?

Join us for our Family Learning project and develop new research skills. Our project will be launched at the Gateshead Archive where we will be guided through fascinating resources and supported in the first stage of our learning journey.

Over the course of the next few months you will build a record of your family, perhaps an album or scrap book, maybe design and create a family tree.  Our last session will be an opportunity for you to share and celebrate your findings with your wider family

Session 1 Tuesday February 25th Gateshead Library / Archive 5.30 -7pm
Session 2 Tuesday March 24th CHCS  6-7.30pm
Session 3 Tuesday April 21st CHCS  6-7.30pm
Session 4 Tuesday May 19th CHCS  6-7.30pm
Session 5 Tuesday June 9th CHCS  6-7.30pm

 

 

To confirm your places on the course, contact Mrs M Richardson mrn@cardinalhume.com,  or call school reception 0191 4877638.

Year 11 Prom

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is having a Year 11 Prom at the end of this academic year. This event is for all students whose behaviour, attendance and punctuality record is of a high enough standard.

The prom will be held at Beamish Hall on Thursday 2nd July 2020.

The cost of the event will be £32.50. If your child wishes to attend then a deposit of £16 will be required by Thursday 12th December 2019. Cardinal Hume Catholic School now uses Parent Pay and this is the most convenient way to pay the deposit. Parent Pay can be accessed via the school website. Alternatively, you may pay by cash or a cheque made payable to Trinity Catholic MAT.

The price will include a buffet meal and disco. A non-alcoholic bar will be open for pupils to purchase soft drinks.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House who will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

Yours faithfully

R Holmes

Mrs R. Holmes

Head of Cuthbert House