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

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

Edmund Campion Outdoor (ECO) Adventure 2019-2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

During the course of this academic year, Cardinal Hume School will be offering a range of optional outdoor adventure activities. The activities comprise of residential visits, day trips and evening events. All activities are available on a first-come-first-served basis and places are limited. If you would like your son or daughter to be involved in any part of the programme, they should see Mrs Harwood at Pupil Reception for a consent form.

Date Activity Years Cost
Sun 10th Nov 2019 Remembrance Sunday – Appreciating the freedom of the outdoors…

Combination day of climbing & scrambling, with the aim of reaching a Lake District summit.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 £21
Mon 16th

Dec 2019

Festive Mining Adventure             

An evening trip, departing straight from school. A night of exploring abandoned mines near Alston – with a Christmas twist. Some abseiling may be incorporated.

7, 8, 9 £16
Sat 25th Jan 2020 Cave Exploration

A full day of caving. Students will be treated to the awesome, untouched underground world beneath the Yorkshire Dales. A wet day with tight spaces and some abseiling.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 £21
Fri 27th-Sat 28th March 2020 Easter Overnight Stay and Outdoor Adventure Day – North Pennines

Depending on the weather, students will camp or sleep indoors. Saturday will be a day of underground, above ground and in-the-water adventure!

7-13 £45
Mon 27th  Apr 2020

 

Outdoor Rock Climbing and Abseiling Adventure

An evening of Easter-themed climbing and abseiling for all abilities. This will take place at a local crag.

7, 8, 9, 10 £16
Weds 13th May 2020 Bushcraft Evening

An evening of orienteering, fire-building and skills for living in the outdoors. The event takes place near Brampton, Cumbria

7, 8 £16
Fri 19th-Sat 20th Jun 2020 Outdoor Adventure Overnight Stay in The Lake District

Remote camping and bush-craft in the North Lakes, mixed with outdoor adventures (e.g. gorge/ghyll scrambling, canyoning, climbing, abseiling)

7, 8, 9, 10, 12 £45
Weds 1st Jul 2020 Murphy’s Mountain Miles

Charity fundraising event. Following on from last year’s successful event, the aim will be to climb one of England’s highest peaks.

10, 11, 12, 13 N/A
Thurs 9th Jul 2020 Evening Gorge Walk or Ghyll Scramble

A very wet and very exhilarating evening of swimming, jumping and sliding.

7, 8, 9, 10, 12 £16
Mon 13th-Tues 14th Jul 2020 Activities Week Adventure

Residential visit with two very busy days of activities, such as gorge walking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing…

7, 8, 9 £60

Events may have to be cancelled, postponed or changed (to other suitable activities) if adverse weather or other barriers to the safety of participants become apparent, either in advance or on the day of planned activities.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours faithfully

Mr. A. Johnson

Murphy Mile 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

This July the staff and students of Cardinal Hume will be undertaking a number of fun activities to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a charity close to the heart of our school community as, three years ago, one of our colleagues, Mrs Murphy, tragically lost her battle with cancer.

 

The main events that week will be:

 Monday 1st July: Break time cake sale – all cakes made by staff!

 Wednesday 3rd July: Our very own Race for life “Murphy Mile”. This is a participation event for ALL students but will again include our competitive race that students may sign up for.

There will be no charge for participation in the “Murphy Mile” but donation buckets will be available. As an official, registered Race for Life, all participants will receive a medal upon completion of the race and will be given a chance to dedicate their participation in the race to someone they know if they wish. On Wednesday 3rd July, all students must come into school wearing their school PE kit and trainers. This does NOT include tracksuit bottoms – ONLY kit allowed in PE lessons.

We ask for your support in making the “Murphy Mile” Race for Life, and other activities, successful in raising awareness and money for the work of those seeking a cure for cancer. You can do this in a number of ways: by encouraging your child to buy cakes in our cake sale at break on Monday 1st July and by sending in a donation on the day of the Race for Life on Wednesday 3rd July. There will also be a number of smaller fundraising across the week and collection buckets at all of the events.

Cancer has affected the lives of many of us associated with Cardinal Hume Catholic School in many different ways and we know from last year that some families and children will want to undertake sponsorship to raise as much money for Cancer Research UK as possible. We have therefore have official sponsorship form for use by those students who wish to try and raise additional funds from their friends and families. These are available for students to collect from student reception.  If your child does wish to undertake sponsorship, we ask that all monies and forms are returned by Monday 15th July.

We have also set up a Just Giving page as this may be a more convenient way of making a donation or submitting money raised. The Just Giving page is:

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/cardinal-hume-catholic-school

Thanks to you all in advance for your support with this fantastic cause.

Yours faithfully

B Stevenson

Assistant Headteacher

Rome Trip 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Humanities Faculty is delighted to offer students from Year 7 – 12  the opportunity to undertake a study and cultural visit to Rome and the Bay of Naples 10th – 17th July 2020. The trip, as well as being hugely culturally enriching, has links to the GCSE History specification where students study the significance of the renaissance, the Y12 History specification on the Reformation and to the Geography curriculum’s study of volcanoes.

The trip will cost £955 and is being organised by Select School Travel, a nationally recognised provider of school visits abroad. This price includes flights from a north eastern airport to Rome, transfers to the hotel in Rome and coach transfers to Sorrento, with students staying on a half board basis.  The provisional itinerary will include in the price:

  • All flights, taxes, transfers etc.
  • Half board stay at hotels in Rome and Sorrento
  • A guided visit to the Vatican City, including St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine chapel
  • A guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine Hill
  • A visit to Herculaneum
  • A crater walk at Mount Vesuvius
  • A visit to Pompeii
  • A guided day visit to Phlegraean Fields and shopping time in Sorrento
  • A Ferry trip to Capri and laser boat ride

Payment Schedule:

In order to secure a place on this trip, a non-refundable deposit of £100 needs to be paid by 1st May. This is essential as we need to be ready to book the flights as soon as they are released and pay deposits on accommodation. This deposit can be made at student reception by either cash, cheque or ParentPay. You are then welcome to make smaller, regular payments but the deadlines below need to be met in order to meet the payments to the travel agent.  Please be aware that places on this trip are limited and will be secured on receipt of deposit on a first come first served basis.

Deposit 2:  £155 by 1st July 2019

Deposit 3: £700 by 1st May 2020

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below:

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

Please note, your child’s place on the trip is dependent upon their continued good behaviour and adherence to the school behaviour policy.  If your child fails to live up to the behavioural expectations of the school, the Head of Faculty and Head of House may make the decision to withdraw your child from the trip.  No refund will be made in this context, unless a replacement can be found to take up that place.

Once we have received your second deposit, you will receive medical forms, and a school visit code of conduct which will need to be returned. Please note, all students coming on the trip will need to have a valid passport with six month’s validity from the date of departure. Please let me know as soon as possible of any allergies so that I can check these can be safely dealt with when we are away.

A parent’s evening will be organised nearer to the trip departure to go over final arrangements, answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please email me on amn@cardinalhume.com.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Miss Andrea McGuigan

Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Cinema trip Thursday 20th December 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is organising our annual Christmas visit to Cineworld Cinema in Boldon. The movie will be a latest new release and will be a U, PG or 12A certificate.  Students will be accompanied by staff, both inside and outside, the cinema at all times.  The cinema visit is organised as a reward for students who have achieved targets set for 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.

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 on good behaviour and attendance.  Once payment is made we are unable to return any money if for any reason a student changes their mind.

If the school is unable to allow a pupil to attend the visit due to concerns about their behaviour or a decline in school attendance who has previously paid, the parents will be reimbursed for that payment.

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit www.parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage.  N.B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support is using this service to pay for your child’s visit.

If you are unable to access ParentPay and would like your child to attend please complete the reply slip below and, along with £12 payment, return it to the school by Friday 23rd November to secure their place.  Please hand this form and payment to nominated staff at break time in Atrium.

Yours faithfully

Mr R. Pinnock

Head of Aidan House

History Trip 2019 (CANCELLED)

Unfortunately, this trip has been cancelled.

Dear Parent/Guardian

Following on from the hugely successful trip to Rome in July, the Humanities Faculty is delighted to offer students from Year 8 – 13 the opportunity to undertake a study visit to Bruges, Ypres and the Belgian battlefields of WW1, the Somme and a stop off in Delft. The trip will take place 11th– 18th July 2019. The trip, as well as being hugely culturally enriching, has links to the GCSE History specification where students study British Sector of the Western Front.

The trip will cost £725 and is being organised by Select School Travel, a nationally recognised provider of school visits abroad. This price includes ferry crossing with DFDS to Amsterdam with students travelling by coach and staying on a full board basis for most of the trip. Students will need to budget a total of €30 for lunches in Bruges, the Bellewaerde Theme Park and Delft.  The provisional itinerary will include in the price:

  • Double cabins on DFDS, buffet dinner on board and packed lunch for the onward journey to Bruges.
  • A day stop in Bruges and a visit to the Chocolate Museum
  • Full board accommodation in Ypres
  • Full day at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele taking part in the Platoon Experience where students live as a WW1 soldier for the day.
  • A guided tour to the Ypres battlefields sites, including Essex Farm and Langemark German Cemetery.
  • Wreath laying at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony
  • A visit to the Flanders Fields Museum
  • A day tour of the Somme commemorating the local fallen at Lochnagar Crater, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park , Pozieres British Cemetery, Ulster Tower and Thiepval Memorial
  • A day at Bellewaerde Theme Park
  • An afternoon shopping in Delft

Payment Schedule:

In order to secure a place on this trip, a non-refundable deposit of £100 needs to be paid by Friday 20th October. Places are secured once deposits are received on a first come first served basis.  This deposit can be made at student reception by either cash, cheque or ParentPay.  You are then welcome to make smaller, regular payments but the deadlines below need to be met in order to meet the payments to the travel agent

Deposit 2:  £100 by 1st December

Deposit 3:  £525 by 1st March

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below:

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

 Please note, your child’s place on the trip is dependent upon their continued good behaviour and adherence to the school behaviour policy.  If your child fails to live up to the behavioural expectations of the school, the Head of Faculty and Head of House may make the decision to withdraw your child from the trip.  No refund will be made in this context, unless a replacement can be found to take up that place. With this in mind, I will be closely monitoring the behaviour in school of those students involved in the visit. If any student is considered to have the potential to jeopardise the success of the visit, then I am afraid that they will be unable to participate and their places will be offered to other students and deposits will not be refunded.

 Once we have received your second deposit, you will receive medical forms, and a school visit code of conduct which will need to be returned. Please note, all students coming on the trip will need to have a valid passport with six month’s validity from 11th July 2019.  Please let me know as soon as possible of any allergies so that I can check these can be safely dealt with when we are away.

A parent’s evening will be organised nearer to the trip departure to go over final arrangements, answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please email me on amn@cardinalhume.com.

Yours faithfully

Miss Andrea McGuigan

Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

Full Letter

 

Bulletin for Parents September 2018

The new academic year is an exciting and busy time in school. We are delighted to welcome our new Y7 students, and to celebrate the fantastic exam success of our outgoing students at KS4 and 5.  It is also a busy time for families, settling back into old routines or establishing new ones.  We hope that this brief summary of information and events is useful.

Examination Success

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our students this year. Over 60% of Year 11 achieved a grade 5 or above in both Mathematics and English, and more than 80% secured a grade 4 in both subjects. Our English Baccalaureate performance was particularly pleasing, with 57% of the entire year group achieving a Standard Pass and 44% a Strong Pass. In Mathematics, a third of candidates received grades 9-7 and in English, 76% of the year group scored a Grade 5 or above. Special praise must go to those pupils who averaged grades A/A* or 9-7 across all of their subjects – a feat achieved by one in five students.

Diamond Standards

We demand the very highest standards of work, presentation and behaviour at Cardinal Hume.  Please look in your child’s exercise books and folders to find  copies of the Diamond Standards, ‘personalised’ by each department, outlining exactly what your  child needs to do to achieve the very highest standards in presentation and behaviour.

Year 7 Lunchtime Reading

As part of our programme to develop students love of reading and general literacy skills, all Y7 are timetabled for a 35-minute silent reading class one lunchtime each week.  The children are required to have two reading booked with them as part of their standard equipment for lessons.  Reading is in teaching groups, not tutor groups.

Class Day Staff   Class Day Staff
7N MON Mr Crowe   7S THURS Mr Jones
7K TUES Miss Murphy   7A THURS Mrs Riley
7O TUES Mr Jones   7C THURS Mr Errington
7R WED Mr Addison        
7E WED Mrs Flint   7F FRI Mr Robson

Reporting to Parents: Y10 update

In January, pupils will sit internal exams and you will be invited to attend a Parents’ Evening.    Modular reports will be issued in January and July following internal exams. There will be no written comments from the class teacher or tutor.

Modular reports include short-term for the next module, and the end of Y11 target and other aspects of your child’s attitude to learning. Below is an example of modular report.

 

Subject Target End of Yr 11 Target Attainment Presentation of Work Completion of Work Homework Response to Feedback General Behaviour Teacher
Art 4- 5- 4+ 1 1 2 2 2 Mrs J Smith

 

 

https://www.cardinalhume.com/parent-information/assessment-and-reporting/

Attendance and punctuality

To ensure that all students achieve their full potential, it is vital that they attend school every day, punctually.  100% attendance =190 days in school.   95% sounds good but…

  • 95% equates to missing more than 1 lesson a week
  • Over a year that adds up to 2 weeks – or 50 lessons
  • Over 5 years that equals ¼ an academic year
  • It is likely to mean a drop of at least one GCSE grade

https://www.cardinalhume.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Attendance-Policy-Summary.pdf

Home / School Partnership

An effective partnership with positive communication between home and school is vital to ensuring that our children flourish.  There are many ways you can support your child’s education and be involved in school.

Parent Pay 

An online facility which enables payments for school meals, trips and other school activities.  Using the secure website you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card. You can also view your child’s purchases in the canteen each day and make payments trip payments for educational  visits throughout the academic year.

https://www.cardinalhume.com/parent-information/parent-informationparent-pay/

My Child At School

Check your child’s attendance, progress reports and much more. Login details to be issued very soon. Go to

https://www.cardinalhume.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MyChildAtSchool-Parent-Guide-V5.pdf

Family Learning

We have an extensive programme of activities for students and carers – an excellent opportunity for families to learn new skills, have lots of fun, and for parents to experience the school from their child’s perspective. Family Cooking is underway with a full class of Y7 families. For the full programme of  events go to:          https://www.cardinalhume.com/parent-information/family-learning/

Parent Partners

Join our Parent Partners forum where staff and parents / carers meet to discuss a range of curriculum issues and any other matters arising. You don’t need to make a long term commitment, there is no fund-raising or social activities, just an opportunity for parents to discuss ideas and issues with other parents and with school staff.       Next meeting:  Tuesday 16th October 6-7p.m.

Contact details

It is vital for safeguarding purposes that school has up-to-date contact details for parents and carers in case of emergency.  Please contact school immediately if you address or phone number changes, or if you want to change the named person to call.

Extended School

Our staff give a lot of time to offer students a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom. Have a look on the website and encourage your child to get involved!

Extra Curricular Timetable:

https://www.cardinalhume.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Extra-curricular-18-19.pdf

Eco Club events:

https://www.cardinalhume.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ECO-2018-19.pdf

FREE MCROSOFT OFFICE 365   for students to use on up to 5 devices.  Includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. Use school email and password to log in (www.office365.com) (portal.offic.com)

Y7 Parents’ ‘Meet The Tutor’   Wednesday 10th October  4-6pm

4 pm for parents of children with surname A-M

5pm for parents of children with surname N-Z

An opportunity for parents to meet their child’s tutor and chat about their child’s first few weeks. There will be opportunities to attend presentations in the Main Hall regarding, assessment, curriculum, and how to support your child at school.

Important dates for your diary:

25.9.18            Y11 Achievement meeting for parents   6-7pm

10.10.18          Y7 Parents ‘Meet the Tutors’ and assessment information evening 4-6pm

16.10.18          Parent Partners meeting – 6-7.00pm  All welcome.

17.10 19          Sixth Form Parents Information Evening

23.11.18          Modular reports to parents of Y7, 8, 9, 12 and 13

26.11.18          Y8 Parents Evening 2.45 – 6.00pm

19.12.18          Advent Service 6.30 – 7.30 pm

 

Healthy Child Programme Service

14 June 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

From 1 July 2018, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) will be providing the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme Service in Sunderland and Gateshead, transferring over from South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT) and will form part of a new approach to working with children, young people and families.

The 0-19 Service will work with children, young people and families in your area and will be made up of Health Visitors, Public Health Nurses, Family Nurse Partnership and support staff delivering on the Healthy Child Programme.

Staff from STFT will be transferring across to HDFT on 1 July 2018. HDFT will work with children, young people and their parents/carers in a variety of settings; schools, health centres, GP surgeries, youth venues and in the family home. The Healthy Child Programme Team will offer routine health checks on children starting school and on transfer to secondary schools.

In addition, the team will work closely with nurseries, schools and colleges to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. They will continue to be responsible for measuring and weighing children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Every school and GP practice will continue to have a Named Public Health Nurse to ensure communication and referrals into the service are easy and accessible.

To ensure the continuity of care, your child’s health records used to deliver these services will be transferred to or shared with HDFT in order to allow them to continue to provide a high quality service.

We are working closely to focus on making sure services transfer smoothly across to them and there is no gap in care being provided.

For those affected we have included a frequently asked question sheet which may answer queries that you may have relating to transfer of data. However if you have any concerns regarding this change of service or require further information please contact our Community Administration Team on 2831936.

Yours Sincerely

South Tyneside                                                             Harrogate and District

NHS Foundation Trust                                                   NHS Foundation Trust

 

Frequently Asked Questions for those affected

Where will our information be held?

 Your current health record will transfer from South Tyneside Foundation Trust (STFT) to Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) and will be held securely on our child health information system which is called SystmOne. This is to ensure that we are able to continue to provide the best care for you and your family. STFT will hold any historical health records in an archive which you will be able to access by contacting them directly.

Can I see my school nursing, health visitor or family nurse record?

 Yes, Data Protection Legislation allows you to find out what information is held about you, on paper and computer records. If you wish to see a copy of your records you should contact HDFT and we will advise you further. You are entitled to receive a copy of your records for a statutory fee. In certain circumstances access to your records may be limited, for example if your records contain information relating to another.

Who else will you share my information with?

 We may share your information with organisations who may contribute to your support. These could include:

  • Your GP and any other NHS organisation
  • Audit organisations
  • NHS Digital

What is my information used for?

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Murphy Mile

Dear Parent/Guardian

This July the staff and students of Cardinal Hume will be undertaking a number of fun activities to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a charity close to the heart of our school community as, two years ago, one of our colleagues, Mrs Murphy, tragically lost her battle with a brain tumour.

 

The main events that week will be:

 Tuesday 3rd July: Break time cake sale – all cakes made by staff!

 Wednesday 4th July: Our very own Race for life “Murphy Mile”. This is a participation event for ALL students but will this year include our first ever competitive race that students may sign up for.

There will be no charge for participation in the “Murphy Mile” but donation buckets will be available. As an official, registered Race for Life, all participants will receive a medal upon completion of the race and will be given a chance to dedicate their participation in the race to someone they know if they wish. On Wednesday 4th July, all students must come into school wearing their school PE kit and trainers.

We ask for your support in making the “Murphy Mile” Race for Life, and other activities, successful in raising awareness and money for the work of those seeking a cure for cancer. You can do this in a number of ways: by encouraging your child to buy cakes in our cake sale at break on Tuesday 3rd July and by sending in a donation on the day of the Race for Life on Wednesday 4th July. There will also be a number of smaller fundraising activities across the week and collection buckets at all of the events.

Cancer has affected the lives of many of us associated with Cardinal Hume Catholic School in many different ways and we know from last year that some families and children will want to undertake sponsorship to raise as much money for Cancer Research UK as possible. We have therefore included an official sponsorship form for use by those students who wish to try and raise additional funds from their friends and families.  If your child does wish to undertake sponsorship, we ask that all monies and forms are returned by Monday 16th July.

Yours faithfully

B Stevenson

Assistant Headteacher

 

Rome Trip

Dear Parent/Guardian

Following on from the hugely successful trip to Berlin and Krakow in July, the Humanities Faculty is delighted to offer students from Year 8 – 13 the opportunity to undertake a study and cultural visit to Rome and the Bay of Naples 13th-20th July 2018. The trip, as well as being hugely culturally enriching, has links to the GCSE History specification where students study the significance of the renaissance, the Y12 History specification on the Reformation and to the Geography curriculum’s study of volcanoes.

The trip will cost £925 and is being organised by WST, a nationally recognised provider of school visits abroad. This price includes flights from Newcastle to Rome, transfers to the hotel in Rome and coach transfers to Piano di Sorrento, with students staying on a half board basis.  The provisional itinerary will include in the price:

  • All flights, taxes, transfers etc.
  • Half board stay at the Hotel Mariano, Rome and the Hotel Eden Blue, Piano di Sorrento
  • A guided visit to the Vatican City, including St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine chapel
  • A guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine Hill
  • A visit to Herculaneum
  • A crater walk at Mount Vesuvius
  • A visit to Pompeii
  • A guided day visit to Phlegraean Fields and Solfatara
  • A Ferry trip to Capri and laser boat ride

Payment Schedule:

In order to secure a place on this trip, a non-refundable deposit of £100 needs to be paid by Wednesday 11th October. This is essential as the flights can change price and failure to meet this deadline could lead to an increase in cost. This deposit can be made at student reception by either cash, cheque or ParentPay. You are then welcome to make smaller, regular payments but the deadlines below need to be met in order to meet the payments to the travel agent

Deposit 2: £100  by 1st December Deposit 3: £365 by 1st March

Deposit 4: £360 by 1st May

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below:

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

 Please note, your child’s place on the trip is dependent upon their continued good behaviour and adherence to the school behaviour policy.  If your child fails to live up to the behavioural expectations of the school, the Head of Faculty and Head of House may make the decision to withdraw your child from the trip.  No refund will be made in this context, unless a replacement can be found to take up that place.

 May I also take this opportunity to remind all parents that it is crucial that those students participating in the trip can be trusted to behave in a responsible and mature way. As the leader of the visit, I have to be confident that those taking part do not jeopardise the safety and enjoyment of the trip for others.  Students are also reminded that they will be representing the school during the visit, and it is therefore essential that they behave appropriately.  With this in mind, I will be closely monitoring the behaviour in school of those students involved in the visit.  If any student is considered to have the potential to jeopardise the success of the visit, then I am afraid that they will be unable to participate and their places will be offered to other students and deposits will not be refunded.

Please find enclosed a medical form and a school visit code of conduct which will need to be returned. Please note, all students coming on the trip will need to have a valid passport with six month’s validity from 20th July 2018. Please let me know as soon as possible of any allergies so that I can check these can be safely dealt with when we are away.

A parent’s evening will be organised nearer to the trip departure to go over final arrangements, answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please email me on amn@cardinalhume.com.

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Lightwater Valley on Thursday 19th July 2018

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The school is organising a day out to Lightwater Valley on Thursday 19th July 2018.  It is for those pupils who have achieved the targets set for behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit will be £29.  This includes entry into the Theme Park, insurance and the coach travel.  No other costs are incurred, but pupils may wish to take some additional spending money.

We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning to school at approximately 6pm.  Pupils must of course be in school by the normal start of the day at 8.45am.  Pupils must make their own arrangements for getting home from school when the coach returns.

Your child will need to wear suitable clothing but not club football tops.  A packed lunch is recommended, although there are outlets for buying food and drink in the Theme Park.  Pupils who are on free school meals will have a packed lunch provided by the School.

I must stress that places will be on a first come first served basis on payment of monies.  I must point out however, that once a pupil has paid, we are unable to return any money if they change their minds for any reason.

If you wish your child to go please fill in the reply slip and return it to school by Friday 8th June 2018.  Payment for the trip must also be made by this date.

Yours faithfully

Mr S. Warren

Head of House

 

As a reminder please follow instructions below

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support is using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.


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