Summer Arrangements 16/07/2021

Please click here to download a copy of this letter dated 16th July 2021.

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

At the end of a challenging year for everyone in our school, local and wider community, I would like to thank all of you for your support of the school. I am incredibly proud of our students – their resilience, compassion and strength of character has been truly outstanding, and I hope they all enjoy a well earned break this summer. I am sure you will join me in also thanking our excellent teachers and support staff who have worked so hard for the young people throughout the pandemic.

Below is an outline of arrangements for the start of the new term. In line with government guidance, and to allow for on-site lateral flow testing, the start of the school year will be staggered.

INSET Days
Please be reminded that Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September are training days and only staff will attend school.

Testing
According to current guidance, all students will be offered two lateral flow tests on their return to school in September. Arrangements for this process will be published during the Summer holidays and the start of term will be very slightly staggered to allow this to happen.

How the tests work
In-school tests will be supervised by trained staff. Most students will be used to the process by now, but we assure new Year 7 parents and carers that we will be particularly careful with the supervision of their children, for whom this may be new. Students will swab themselves. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, this time using a double nasal swab. Results (which take around half an hour) will be shared with the individual participant. Parents/ carers will also be informed of positive tests.

Consent
During the holidays, we will be sending out links to an electronic consent form and a privacy notice for you to opt into testing. The testing is voluntary and students will not be tested without consent.

Arrangements for Testing Wednesday 8th September

Year 7 Transition day (Arrival 8:45am)
Year 8 to Year 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)
*Year 11 are on Work Experience week beginning the 6th September.
*Year 12 and Year 13 timetables will begin on Monday 13th September

On-site testing

Year 7 – test 1 (morning)
Year 10 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr10 parents over the Summer holidays.

Thursday 9th September

Year 7 and Year 8 in school.
Years 9 + 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)

On-site testing

Year 8 – test 1 (morning)
Year 9 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr9 parents over the Summer holidays.

 

Friday 10th September

Year 7 to Year 10 students in school.

On-site testing

6th Form – test 1 (morning)

Yr11 students who are not in placements – test 1(afternoon)

Exact times for testing will be shared wit h Year 11 – 13 parents over the Summer holidays

Monday 13th September

Year 7 to Year 13 students in school.

On-site testing

Year 11 students who have been on work Placement – test 1.

All students will receive their second test during the course of this week.

I wish you and your family all the very best for the summer. Take care and stay safe.

 

Yours Faithfully,

Mr B Robson
Headteacher

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

23 September 2020

Please Click Here to download a copy of the letter from the DFE on Covid-19 symptoms

 

Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

 

  • You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

 

  1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)

  1. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

  1. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

 

  • Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of
  • If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
  • Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test
  • If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus
  •  If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop

 No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy- body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.

 

Parent Letter on Mandatory Face Coverings

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18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

In view of local restrictions in the North East of England, face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of the school, for students, staff and visitors, from Monday 21.9.20.

The school already has in place several measures to minimise contacts between people and to enhance personal hygiene and cleaning. The advice of Public Health England is that these measures will have the most impact in mitigating against the transmission of Covid-19. It, therefore, remains the case that all students must adhere to the strict social distancing and enhanced hygiene rules that have already been implemented.  The introduction of face coverings is an additional mitigation and should not be viewed as an alternative to the measures we have established this term.

So far this term, I have been extremely proud of the way the school community has adapted to the new systems in school and I would like to commend students for their outstanding conduct.

As communicated in my letter at the start of term, masks must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour. Students may wear the widely available standard blue/white disposable masks, but we are discouraging their use for environmental reasons.

From Monday 21st September, students, staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering:

  • when moving between lessons
  • when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses in indoor areas
  • when using toilets
  • during break and lunch times in indoor areas
  • other communal areas of the school

While eating in the dining area, pupils should remove face masks. Face coverings will not be worn during lessons. Students may wear them on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school.

To further protect against the transmission of the virus:

  • students must clean their hands before and after touching their mask – including to remove or put it on. We advise the young people to come to school with a personal supply of hand sanitiser;
  • they must store the mask in an individual, sealable plastic bag between use. Parents/carers will be responsible for ensuring their child’s mask is clean or new each day.

Form tutors will remind students about the guidelines on appropriate use, removal and storage of face coverings.

As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory. Any students found to be removing their mask while on scholars’ buses will have their pass removed and be prohibited from using the service.

School has a limited stock of plain reusable masks. We encourage students to provide their own; however, we can supply them for a price of £1.50. Please contact the school office if you need us to provide a mask for your son or daughter.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings.  This applies to those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, or impairment or disability
  • speak to, or provide assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.

If your child is, or you think may be, exempt please email info@cardinalhume.com and write EXEMPTION FROM FACE COVERING as the subject.

Some of the young people may wish to wear a visor rather than a mask, or indeed both. Please contact the school office, by phone or at the e-mail address above, for further information if this applies to your son or daughter.

We hope that this will be a short-term measure until local cases are controlled.

 

We thank you for your continued support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 

 

Letter for parents

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Dear Parents and Carers,

In the light of currently changing guidance on the use of face coverings in schools, I would like to update you on the school’s current position.

This week, we will be working with Public Health England and other school leaders and provide you with detailed information about how the changes in guidance may affect our school planning. We will provide updates to you no later than Wednesday 2nd September.

In the meantime, I would advise parents and carers to ensure that your sons and daughters have a plain black or white face mask and a small plastic bag to store it in as part of their school equipment.

At present, Department for Education advise against face coverings in school. While it may still be the case that face coverings will not be used in school, it is important that all students are prepared for changes in guidance in future.

For all other information relating to the return to school, please see my letter sent on 17th July: https://www.cardinalhume.com/school-reopening-information-for-september-2020/

Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this time. We are looking forward to seeing the students again at the start of September.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 

Regards,

Mr. B Robson

Acting Headteacher

Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Trinity Catholic MAT & NE Teaching Alliance

Old Durham Road,

Gateshead, NE9 6RZ

United Kingdom.

Phone: +44 (0) 191 4877 638
Fax: +44 (0) 191 482 4421

Website: www.cardinalhume.com
Email:
BRN@cardinalhume.com

Summer Provision

The Outdoor Club has arranged for activities to take place for KS3 pupils during the school holidays. These activities are free of charge, will take place in the school grounds and require booking with school. Activities include archery, bush craft and team building.

For more information click here and select the “things to do” folder. Or call school to get all the information you need. Book your pupil onto these activities by ringing school reception.  There are limited places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Important Year 10 Parent Information

 

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Dear Year 10 Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for your ongoing support and for your responses to the online survey last week. This provided valuable information to help us plan for the reopening of the school.

The Prime Minister gave further clarification on the phased opening of schools for Years 10 and 12 in his announcement on Sunday 24th May. Pupils will begin a gradual return to their studies from Monday 15th June, with a maximum 25% of pupils allowed in school on the same day. Please read this letter in conjunction with the detailed information outlined in my previous communications, as well as the school’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment, which is available on the school website.

I would now like to give you an outline plan of how we intend to implement the phased reopening for Year 10. This is provisional and highly dependent on regularly changing guidance from government, and close monitoring of our local context, in relation to Covid-19 trends:

 

Dates Focus Information
w/c 8th June Staff Reintegration and Preparation Larger numbers of teachers will be in school to prepare for reopening, plan for the curriculum delivery and ensure that they are aware of the new measures being put in place to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.
w/c 15th June Pastoral Care and Reintegration All pupils will be offered an appointment with their form tutor, or another member of staff if their tutor is not available.

 

Appointments will be socially distanced, take place on a 1-2-1 basis. Pupils are welcome to arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment time and will leave school after their meeting.

 

The purpose of these meetings is to focus on pupils’ wellbeing, discuss how their studies are going and to provide them with key information about the new regime and measures which will exist in the school, in order to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.

 

All parents will receive a personal call to arrange this appointment from Monday 8th June. If you stated that your child would not be returning to school in the on-line survey, you will still receive this call. Please inform the caller if you do not wish for your child to come into school.

 

As the appointments will be staggered throughout the week, pupils will need to make suitable travel arrangements. We advise that they walk to school or are transported to school by members of their own household, if possible.

 

No canteen facilities will be available for pupils coming in for appointments with tutors.

22nd June-17th July Curriculum Delivery We intend to give each pupil one extended session in each of the subjects they study before the end of term. These sessions are intended to supplement their online learning.

 

To ensure we only ever have up to 25% of Year 10 in at any one time, this will mean that each pupil will attend school on one day per week. Your child will be taught on the same day each week, with different subject content delivered on each occasion they are in school.

 

Pupils will receive their timetables during w/c 15th June.

 

The structure of the school day during this time will be as follows:

 

From 8.45: Staggered entry

9.30-11.15: Session 1

11.15-11.30: Break/staggered lesson changeover

11.30-1.15: Session 2

From 1.15: Staggered dismissal

 

No canteen facilities will be available, and children will return home for lunch.

 

The change to the school day has been put in place to avoid travel at the busiest times in the day and to minimise potential contacts within the school day.

 

All pupils must wear their full school uniform and, if the weather allows, refrain from wearing outdoor coats. They should not bring school bags. A folder will be provided for them to carry their exercise book and school planner. School will not be issuing physical resources and IT facilities will not be in use.

 

Pupils must come equipped with at least a pen, pencil and ruler and not share equipment with others. Pupils should bring their own bottled water to school as dispensers will not be in use.

In line with Government guidance and advice from Public Health England, personal protective equipment (PPE) use in school will only be occasionally necessary, for example if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained from any child, young person or other learner displaying coronavirus symptoms.

This plan may change slightly, radically or entirely, so I would like to thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and ongoing support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Important Year 12 Parent Information

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Dear Year 12 Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for your ongoing support and for your responses to the online survey last week. This provided valuable information to help us plan for the reopening of the school.

The Prime Minister gave further clarification on the phased opening of schools for Years 10 and 12 in his announcement on Sunday 24th May. Pupils will begin a gradual return to their studies from Monday 15th June, with a maximum 25% of pupils allowed in school on the same day. Please read this letter in conjunction with the detailed information outlined in my previous communications, as well as the school’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment, which is available on the school website.

I would now like to give you an outline plan of how we intend to implement the phased reopening for Year 12. This is provisional and highly dependent on regularly changing guidance from the government, and close monitoring of our local context, in relation to Covid-19 trends:

Dates Focus Information
w/c 8th June Staff Reintegration and Preparation Larger numbers of teachers will be in school to prepare for reopening, plan for the curriculum delivery and ensure that they are aware of the new measures being put in place to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.
w/c 15th June Pastoral Care and Reintegration All pupils will be offered an appointment with their form tutor, or another member of staff if their tutor is not available.

 

Appointments will be socially distanced, take place on a 1-2-1 basis. Pupils are welcome to arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment time and will leave school after their meeting.

 

The purpose of these meetings is to focus on pupils’ wellbeing, discuss how their studies are going and to provide them with key information about the new regime and measures which will exist in the school, in order to mitigate against the transmission of Covid-19.

 

All parents will receive a personal call to arrange this appointment from Monday 8th June. If you stated that your child would not be returning to school in the on-line survey, you will still receive this call. Please inform the caller if you do not wish for your child to come into school.

 

As the appointments will be staggered throughout the week, pupils will need to make suitable travel arrangements. We advise that they walk to school or are transported to school by members of their own household, if possible.

 

No canteen facilities will be available for pupils coming in for appointments with tutors.

22nd June-17th July Curriculum Delivery and Futures Work. To ensure we only ever have up to 25% of Year 12 in at any one time we will give each pupil one extended session in each of the subjects they study before the end of term. These sessions are intended to supplement their online learning, address any misconceptions and help guide future online learning.

We will also arrange some Futures sessions, where Year 12 students will begin to plan for university application or employment.

 

Pupils will receive their timetables during w/c 15th June.

 

No canteen facilities will be available, and children will return home for lunch.

 

The change to the school day has been put in place to avoid travel at the busiest times in the day and to minimise potential contacts within the school day.

All pupils must wear their full school uniform and, if the weather allows, refrain from wearing outdoor coats. They should not bring school bags. A folder will be provided for them to carry their course materials  and school planner. School will not be issuing physical resources and IT facilities will not be in use.

Pupils must come equipped with at least a pen, pencil and ruler and not share equipment with others. Pupils should bring their own bottled water to school as dispensers will not be in use.

In line with Government guidance and advice from Public Health England, personal protective equipment (PPE) use in school will only be occasionally necessary, for example if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained from any child, young person or other learner displaying coronavirus symptoms.

This plan may change slightly, radically or entirely, so I would like to thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and ongoing support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Important Year 11 Prom Information

As you now know, we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the Year 11 prom. Due to the fact that we have no way of knowing when, where or what we would be able to offer the students as a way of replacement our only option at this stage is to cancel and issue refunds for the ticket price paid. We are aware that families may have spent substantial amounts of money on everything that goes into making prom so special for the students and we are very sorry that we are unable to offer anything more certain at this stage. We still intend to celebrate all of the students hard work and achievements with them in some way when we return to normality and government guidance allows.

Cancellation of Work Experience

 

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Dear Parent/Guardian

Due to the current corona-virus situation, the decision has regrettably had to be taken to cancel all work experience placements for year 10 and 12 students due to take place in July 2020. We understand that this is an unfortunate situation especially if your son or daughter has already secured a placement but the health, safety and welfare of all students and indeed employers must be considered first and foremost. Due to reduced staffing levels it is not possible to carry out the relevant checks and visits to ensure this.

Employers have also indicated they will be reluctant to take students on placements as they will be trying to return to normality within their businesses at this unprecedented time.

As students were responsible for organising their own placements could I ask you all to please contact employers to let them know that placements will no longer be going ahead as planned.

I am currently exploring other avenues to try and provide an alternative virtual form of work experience for students. Further details will follow.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Stobbs

Leadership of Careers and Character Education

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

Christmas Cinema visit Thursday 19th December 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is organising our annual Christmas Cinema visit and, this year, we will be going to the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. The movie will be a new release and will be a U, PG or 12A certificate.  Students will be accompanied by staff at all times.  The cinema visit is organised as a reward for Year 7, 8 & 9 students who have achieved targets set for both behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit is £12.  This includes entry to the film, insurance and coach travel.  No other costs are incurred.  Please note that food concessions will not be available to students.

We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning to school at approximately 12.30pm.  Pupils must be in school at the normal time of 8.45am and must be in full school uniform.  Pupils will have lunch as normal on return to school.

Attendance on this trip will be strictly on a first come first served basis and is dependent both good behaviour and attendance. A place will not be reserved until full payment has been received. All payments are non-refundable.

If you wish for your child to attend ParentPay is available to pay for your child’s place (£12). If you do use ParentPay you do not need to complete the reply slip below.

Alternatively, please complete the reply slip and return along with £12 payment – this should be returned to school no later than Friday 22nd November.

Yours faithfully

Mr R. Pinnock

Head of Aidan House

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