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3 July 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that your family is safe and well.  We have now received the Government plans and guidelines for students to return to College in September.  All students are expected to return, however there are stipulations as to the way we organise the College day and the curriculum.  We will provide further details before the end of term.

Summer Concert

Students and staff are to be congratulated for their performance at the Summer Concert.  Parents and students can access this via Firefly.  It is quite an achievement to have put this together.  All credit to the students and staff for their commitment for the excellent performances and for providing such enjoyable entertainment in such challenging and restricted times.

Year 10 Provision

We continue to be pleased with the attendance and positivity of the Year 10 students.  We thank you for supporting the Year 10 programme and we hope that the attendance continues to stay at a high level.

The programme will finish at the end of next week on Friday 10 July 2020.  Teachers will continue to set work for all subjects and a summary sheet will be provided on what work is expected over the summer for the option subjects in order for students to be prepared and ready for a September start.

Parents’ Evening and Progress Reviews

Plans are in place to ensure that each Year Group will receive some feedback on their learning before the end of this term.  The Year 9 Student and Parents’ Support Evening took place on Wednesday 1 July 4.30-7.30pm and we thank those parents who took part.  Year 9 students will receive before the end of term, information regarding core and option subjects to assist them with their studies in preparation for the return to College.  There are on-going national discussions about public examinations for next year.

Key Worker Provision

This provision will finish on Thursday 16 July 2020.  The Government has announced that there will be no Key Worker provision over the Summer Holiday.  For the week beginning Monday 13 July 2020 if parents are able to accommodate their child we would be very grateful for this.

We would ask that if your circumstances change and you qualify for Key Worker provision you inform us using the e-mail address general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.  We are grateful to those parents who keep us regularly informed, as this assists with our planning.

Students in Years 7-10 (Whilst Learning At Home)

Teachers will continue to set work for each of the classes that they teach and Teachers are using Microsoft Teams to hold virtual lessons where possible.  Where students have a team lesson, they are expected to attend at the allocated time.  Teachers will set work until the end of term 17 July 2020 for all students in Years 7 to 10.  In the week beginning 13 July there will be less Team lessons.  If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or Year Leader.

Uniform (In Preparation for the New Academic Year)

The Havant branch of Skoolkit are open 9.00am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday.  Items of uniform can also be ordered online and Skoolkit have provided free delivery codes for the following periods:

2-26 July 2020 – SUMMER2020
29–31 July 2020 – JULYDEL20
5–7 August 2020 – AUGDEL20

On the HTC website you can select the ‘ABOUT US’ menu option to access the ‘UNIFORM’ section.  We have provided a list of the uniform items that are compulsory to purchase directly from Skoolkit and those items that are optional which can be purchased elsewhere.  This can be found in the document ‘UNIFORM ITEMS COMPULSORY AND OPTIONAL’.  Please follow the ‘HTC UNIFORM GUIDELINES’ document for items not purchased through Skoolkit as some of these items sold in ‘schoolwear’ sections of other shops do not necessarily meet the uniform guidelines. 

We thank parents for following the Uniform Guidelines and supporting the standards and expectations for the student dress code. 

Before the end of this term, we will provide further information regarding arrangements for the beginning of the Autumn Term.

We thank parents for their support during these complex and unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely
J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

25 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that your family are safe and well.  The Government is currently permitting schools to provide on-site provision for Key Worker students and some face-to-face contact for Year 10 students this half-term.  There have been recent indications that education would resume for more students in September, the details are due to be published next week.  Once we know the plans for September, we will inform parents.

Year 10 Provision

 We continue to be pleased with the attendance and positivity of the Year 10 students.  Students will continue to have an input from Maths, English and Science and we will be collating information to pass to students on the Option Subjects.  We thank you for supporting the Year 10 programme and we hope that the attendance continues to stay at a high level.  The Restaurant can provide refreshments for students.

Year 11

We have not received any information from the Government at this time about being able to organise social gatherings.  We are still hoping that some form of social event may be able to happen on Results Day.  Unfortunately, as you know we had to cancel the Prom and will not therefore answer any e-mails at this time regarding this but we are very pleased that the money was refunded in full to parents.

Parents Evening and Progress Reviews

Plans are in place to ensure that each Year Group will receive some feedback on their learning before the end of this term.  The Year 9 Student and Parents’ Support Evening will take place on Wednesday 1 July 4.30-7.30pm.  Year 9 students will receive information before the end of term, regarding core and option subjects to assist them with their studies in preparation for the return to College.  There are on-going national discussions about public examinations for next year.

Key Worker Provision

The number of students requiring Key Worker provision continues to increase.  Due to the increase in students’ attendance, we are continually amending the programme to accommodate the needs of students and fulfilling the Government guidelines.

With the increase in numbers as far as possible, the Groups will be composed of the same students depending on their attendance.  Students will experience for the majority of the time on-line learning with Teacher and Learning Support Assistance help.  Students will also attend a PE lesson led by a PE specialist.  We have put in place all the Government guidelines for social distancing and for limiting the spread of the virus.

Students can attend College in their PE kit or casual clothing so reducing the need for students to change for PE.  Footwear should be appropriate for PE activities.  Each day the students are given instructions for our standards and expectations and the safe procedures for their health and well-being including hand washing, hand sanitising, sitting in the allocated seat and maintaining the 2 metre distance at all times.  Students who do not behave appropriately will be sent home.  We are constantly reviewing the procedures to ensure that we adhere to the Government guidelines.

We would ask that if your circumstances change and you qualify for Key Worker provision you inform us using the email address general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.  We are grateful to those parents who keep us regularly informed, as this assists with our planning.

Governance

The Governors approved the plan for the return of Year 10 students and this week Governors continue to visit the College to see the systems in action for the Key Worker and Year 10 Provision.  They are content that we are following the Government guidelines for social distancing and limiting the spread of the virus.  We do review the systems every day and make adjustments where required.

The Frequently Asked Questions Information Sheet, which can be found on the College Website provides greater detail about our systems.  We hope that you will find this useful.

Students in Years 7-10 (Whilst Learning At Home)

Teachers will continue to set work for each of the classes that they teach and Teachers are using Microsoft Teams to hold virtual lessons.  Teachers will set work until the end of term 17 July 2020 for all students in Years 7 to 10.  Students and parents should now be very familiar with using Class Charts and Firefly for the learning.  If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or Year Leader.  As time passes, it is even more important that students stay focused on their learning and we recognise that this is difficult for some students, we would be pleased to support where necessary.

Uniform (In Preparation for the New Academic Year)

The Havant branch of Skoolkit are open 9.00am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday.  Items of uniform can also be ordered online and Skoolkit have provided free delivery codes for the following periods:

26–28 June 2020 – JUNEDEL20
27 June to 26 July 2020 – SUMMER2020
29–31 July 2020 – JULYDEL20
5 – 7 August 2020 – AUGDEL20

On the HTC website you can select the ‘ABOUT US’ menu option to access the ‘UNIFORM’ section.  We have provided a list of the uniform items that are compulsory to purchase directly from Skoolkit and those items that are optional which can be purchased elsewhere.  This can  be found in the document ‘UNIFORM ITEMS COMPULSORY AND OPTIONAL’.  Please follow the ‘HTC UNIFORM GUIDELINES’ document for items not purchased through Skoolkit as some of these items sold in ‘schoolwear’ sections of other shops do not necessarily meet the uniform guidelines. 

We thank parents for following the Uniform Guidelines and supporting the standards and expectations for the student dress code.

In the next letter, we would hope to provide further information for next September.  We thank parents for their support during these complex and unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely
J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

19 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that your family are safe and well.  The Government is currently permitting schools to provide on-site provision for Key Worker students and some face-to-face contact for Year 10 students.  There have been no further updates or plans for what schooling will look like in September and there are on-going discussions about public examinations for next year.  This morning the Government announced that there would be additional funding for those students who need extra tuition, we are awaiting further details as to what this would involve.

Year 10 Provision

We were very pleased to welcome back Year 10 students this week for face-to-face tuition which involved a PSHE input and two inputs of either Maths, Science or English.  Next week the timetable will follow the same format and students will receive an input for Maths, English and Science.  The attendance for each day has been very encouraging with an average of over 80% of students arriving each day, the majority were pleased to meet their Teachers and have the opportunity to discuss their learning.  Interestingly some students were tired, as they had mentioned that the day started too early!  It is good for students’ social and mental well-being to get back into a routine.  We thank you for supporting the Year 10 programme and we hope that the attendance continues to stay at a high level.  Students need to maintain their social distance outside in the community and beyond the College gates as well.

Key Worker Provision

The number of students requiring Key Worker provision continues to increase.  Due, to the increase in students’ attendance we have continued to amend the programme to accommodate the needs of students and fulfil the Government guidelines.  With the increase in numbers as far as possible, the Groups will be composed of the same students depending on their attendance.  Students will experience for the majority of the time on-line learning with Teacher and Learning Support Assistance help.  Students will also attend a PE lesson led by a PE specialist.  We have put in place all the Government guidelines for social distancing and for limiting the spread of the virus.

Students can attend College in their PE kit or casual clothing so reducing the need for students to change for PE.  Please ensure casual clothing and footwear is appropriate for being active and the hot weather that we are due next week.  Each day the students are given instructions for our standards and expectations and the safe procedures for their health and well-being including hand washing, hand sanitising, sitting in the allocated seat and maintaining the 2 metre distance at all times.  Students who do not behave appropriately will be sent home.  We are constantly reviewing the procedures to ensure that we adhere to the Government guidelines.

We would ask that if your circumstances change and you qualify for Key Worker provision you inform us using the email address general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.  We are grateful to those parents who keep us regularly informed, as this assists with our planning.

Governance

The Governors approved the plan for the return of Year 10 students and this week Governors have visited the College to see the systems in action for the Key Worker and Year 10 Provision.  They were content that we are following the Government guidelines for social distancing and limiting the spread of the virus.  We do review the systems every day and make adjustments where required.  The Frequently Asked Questions Information Sheet, which can be found on the College Website provides greater detail about our systems.  We hope that you will find this useful.  The College COVID 19 Risk Assessment is also available on the Website under the section for parents.

Parents’ Evening and Progress Reviews 

We held a successful on-line Parent Evening for Year 8 students recently.  The feedback from parents and Teachers indicated that this is worthwhile.  We are conscious that whilst Year 10 students have face-to- face tuition at present which will assist their learning, the students in Years 7 and 9 would benefit from a Progress Review with a subsequent on-line Parent Evening.  Plans are in place to ensure that each Year Group will get some feedback on their learning before the end of this term.  The Year 9 Student and Parents’ Support Evening will take place on Wednesday 1 July 4.30-7.30pm and further information will be sent to you.

Students in Years 7-10 (Whilst Learning At Home)

Teachers will continue to set work for each of the classes that they teach and Teachers are using Microsoft Teams to hold virtual lessons.  Teachers will set work until the end of term 17 July 2020 for all students in Years 7 to 10.  Students and parents should now be very familiar with using Class Charts and Firefly for the learning.  If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or Year Leader.  As time passes, it is even more important that students stay focused on their learning and we recognise that this is difficult for some students, therefore we would be pleased to support where necessary.

Student Well-being

We have signposted a number of useful resources in the past and these remain on Class Charts and Firefly for students and parents to access.  Below are two further links that may be of use:

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Young-person-flyer.pdf

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parents-flyer-BW.pdf

Specific Information from Safe for Me (Police Network) 

Safe for Me have informed us of incidents of young people who are being groomed through Snapchat and the online platform Omegle.  Police are also aware of incidents of hacking on the game Roblox where players are invited to open a ‘gift’ which results in a camera that takes a photograph.

Parents/Carers are advised, where possible, that if their child is using these apps/sites/games they should be vigilant – more information about these platforms (and all others) is available from the NSPCC/O2 NetAware A-Z guide.  The Police comment that it is important to help keep children safe at a time when they are online more than usual – perpetrators are fully aware that children are online more and the increased opportunity this presents to exploit them.  Please check your child’s usage of such sites.   Parents can sign up to receive updates from NetAware: www.net-aware.org.uk/newsletter

Parents Protect is a dedicated organisation providing support and advice to help parents/carers protect their children from sexual abuse and exploitation: www.parentsprotect.co.uk/

At this time, there are no further announcements that there are plans for other Year Groups to return to College before the end of the academic year.  We are also not in receipt of any plans for September 2020.  We are conscious that this uncertainty is difficult and we are working continuously to support where we are able to do so.  We appreciate the positive comments that we receive from parents and where there are requests, we do our utmost to support.  We will keep parents informed of any further announcements and how this will affect your child’s future education.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

11 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that your family is able to keep safe and well at this present time.  This letter affords a further update to all parents on the educational provision for the latter part of the academic year.  At this point in time, the Government permits schools to provide on-site provision for Key Worker students and some face-to-face contact for Year 10 students.  There have been no further updates or plans for other Years to return and there are on-going discussions about what public examinations will be like next year.  This letter and previous letters provide you with the information as soon as we have it.

Year 10 Provision

We look forward to welcoming back our Year 10 students and we have comprehensive plans in place to support our young people; we want students to have a good experience when they return.  The Year 10 provision begins next week on Monday 15 June and all parents and students have been informed of the date that they are asked to attend.  The Government have emphasised that parents will not be penalised if they do not send their child to school.  The decision to send your child back to school is yours and we fully respect the choice that you as a parent make.  We have conducted a survey with Year 10 parents and we are grateful to those parents who replied and we have taken into account points that were made.

The Government require us to report on the number of Year 10 students attending and the reasons why they are not attending.  This data we believe informs their future planning, as a consequence Student Support Services will telephone all parents of Year 10 students to obtain a response.  We are grateful for your help with this.

The parent responses posed some questions, some of which we have answered in previous letters and some of which have arisen because of changes in Government guidance in the last few days.  To assist parents, we have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions Information Sheet, which is attached to this letter and can be found on the website.  We hope that you will find this useful.

Key Worker Provision

The number of students requiring Key Worker provision has increased.  Due, to the increase in students’ attendance we have amended the programme to accommodate the needs of students.

The programme operates in Year Groups and students will experience for the majority of the time on-line learning with Teacher and Learning Support Assistance help.  Students will also attend a PE lesson led by a PE specialist.  We have put in place all the Government guidelines for social distancing and for limiting the spread of the virus.

Students can attend College in their PE kit or casual clothing so reducing the need for students to change for PE.  Each day the students are given instructions for our standards and expectations and the safe procedures for their health and well-being including hand washing, hand sanitising, sitting in the allocated seat and maintaining the 2 metre distance at all times.  Students who do not behave appropriately will be sent home.  We are constantly reviewing the procedures to ensure that we adhere to the Government guidelines.

We would ask that if your circumstances change and you qualify for Key Worker provision you inform us using the email address general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.  We are grateful to those parents who keep us regularly informed, as this assists with our planning.

Student Behaviour When at HTC This Term

Generally speaking, students who have attended to date have been excellent, co-operative and sensible. Students who do not behave appropriately and follow the guidelines will be sent home.  We have amended our Relationship Policy which clearly outlines our expectations regarding behaviour.  We know and are grateful that the vast majority of students behave sensibly and respectfully.  The updated policy, which is attached and can be found on the College website, is intended to ensure that all can be educated in a safe, calm and respectful environment.  We ask that parents support us with the high standards that we will set.

Students in Years 7-10 (Whilst Learning At Home)

Teachers will continue to set work for each of the classes that they teach and Teachers are using Microsoft Teams to hold virtual lessons.  Teachers will set work until the end of term 17 July 2020 for all students in Years 7 to 10.  Students and parents should now be very familiar with using Class Charts and Firefly for the learning.  If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or Year Leader.  As time passes, it is even more important that students stay focused on their learning and we recognise that this is difficult for some students, we would be pleased to support where necessary.

Student Well-being

 We have signposted a number of useful resources in the past and these remain on Class Charts and Firefly for students and parents to access.  Below are two further links that may be of use.

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Young-person-flyer.pdf

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parents-flyer-BW.pdf

Tutors and Year Leaders will keep in contact with students in the respective Years via Class Charts and Firefly via assemblies, newsletters and individual contact.  The House Assemblies have been posted and there is a PSHE lesson that discusses ‘Black Lives Matter’.  If you have any concerns about your child’s learning and welfare then please contact the Subject Teacher, Form Tutor or Year Leader who are pleased to support where necessary.

At this time, there are no further announcements that there are plans for other Year Groups to return to College before the end of the academic year.  We are also not in receipt of any plans for September 2020.  We are conscious that this uncertainty is difficult and we are working continuously to support where we are able to do so.  We appreciate the positive comments that we receive from parents and where there are requests, we do our utmost to support.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

3 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that your family was able to enjoy the good weather over the Bank Holiday Weekend.  This letter affords an update to all parents on the educational provision for the latter part of the academic year.

Key Worker Provision

Parents were informed in my previous letters that provision for Key Workers and those students who need specific care would continue this term.  We were aware that the number of students attending this provision would increase and we are grateful to those parents who have written to us about the attendance of their child.  Due to the increase in students’ attendance we have amended the programme to accommodate the needs of students.

The programme will operate in Year Groups and students will experience for the majority of the time on-line learning with Teacher and Learning Support Assistance help.  Students will also attend a PE lesson led by a PE specialist.  We have put in place all the Government guidelines for social distancing and for limiting the spread of the virus.

Students can attend College in their PE kit or casual clothing so reducing the need for students to change for PE.  Each day the students are given instructions for our standards and expectations and the safe procedures for their health and well-being including hand washing, hand sanitising, sitting in the allocated seat and maintaining the 2 metre distance at all times.  Students who do not behave appropriately will be sent home.  We are constantly reviewing the procedures to ensure that we adhere to the Government guidelines.

We would ask that if your circumstances change and you qualify for Key Worker provision you inform us using the email address general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.  We are grateful to those parents who keep us regularly informed, as this assists with our planning.

Year 10 Provision

The Government currently expect that Secondary schools will be able to offer some face to face contact with Year 10 students, this will not be a return to full timetables but some support to supplement students’ remote education.

In planning for the above provision, we intend to ask students in Year 10 to attend one day a week to receive tuition/support in the first instance for English, Maths and Science.  Each lesson would be an hour and there would be a 15 minute break.  On the first day of attendance, students will spend the first hour with their Tutor in order to discuss issues that they may have about the virus and its effects on their education.  Students will be reminded of our standards and expectations.  We want the time in College to be highly productive, focusing on what students have learnt, where they might need help and where they should focus their learning for future on-line learning.

In order to adhere to the Health and Safety Guidelines students will arrive at different times of the day in groups of ten, remain in the same classroom and maintain social distancing within the group.  Students will receive a personal invitation to the allocated day.  The commencement date of this programme will be Monday 15 June 2020.  We are working to ensure that we have a plan that fully complies with Government advice and guidelines whilst ensuring the health, safety and welfare of your child and all staff when they are present in College.  The Health and Safety Risk Assessment will be available to all parents.  To assist with the planning parents will be sent a questionnaire to ask whether their child will attend, this will be sent in due course.  The Government have emphasised that parents will not be penalised if they do not send their child to school.  The decision to send your child back to school is yours and we fully respect the choice that you as a parent make.

Students in Years 7-10 (whilst learning at home)

Teachers will continue to set work for each of the classes that they teach and increasingly Teachers are using Microsoft Teams to hold virtual lessons.  Teachers will set work from 1 June until the end of the term 17 July 2020 for all students in Years 7 to 10.  Students and parents should now be very familiar with using Class Charts and Firefly for the learning.  If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or Year Leader.

Student Well-being

We have signposted a number of useful resources in the past and these remain on Class Charts and Firefly for students and parents to access.  Below are two further links that may be of use.

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Young-person-flyer.pdf

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parents-flyer-BW.pdf

Tutors and Year Leaders will keep in contact with students in the respective Years via Class Charts and Firefly via assemblies, newsletters and individual contact.  If you have any concerns about your child’s learning and welfare then please contact the Subject Teacher, Form Tutor or Year Leader who are pleased to support where necessary.

At this time, there are no further announcements that there are plans for other Year Groups to return to College before the end of the academic year.  We are also not in receipt of any plans for September 2020.  We are conscious that this uncertainty is difficult and we are working continuously to support where we are able to do so.  We appreciate the positive comments that we receive from parents and where there are requests, we do our utmost to support.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

22 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that your families are safe and well and are able to enjoy the good weather we have been having this last week, with more forecast to come.  In the letter I will outline our planning for the weeks ahead, which is subject to change, should there be further Government guidance.

Week beginning Monday 25 May – the College is closed on the Monday but is open for Key Worker students and those students who need specific care from Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May 2020 (half-term).  We are grateful to parents for informing us as to whether they will use the provision at this time.  This provision will also continue into the next half-term for this group of students.  We have had further requests for this provision since the Government announcement and we would ask that if your circumstances change and you qualify for Key Worker provision you inform us using the email address general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.  We are grateful to those parents who keep us regularly informed as this assists with our planning.

Student Learning

Teachers will continue to set work for each of the classes that they teach and increasingly Teachers are using Microsoft Teams to hold virtual lessons.  Teachers will set work from 1 June until the end of the term 17 July 2020 for all students in Year 7 to 10.  Students and parents should now be very familiar with using Class Charts and Firefly for the learning.  If you have any queries please contact the Class Teacher or Year Leader.

Year 10 Provision

The Government currently expect that Secondary schools will be able to offer some face to face contact with Year 10 students, this will not be a return to full timetables but some support to supplement students’ remote education.

In planning for the above provision, we intend to ask students in Year 10 to attend one day a week to receive tuition in the first instance for English, Maths and Science.   Each lesson will be an hour and there will be a 15 minute break.   In order to adhere to the Health and Safety Guidelines students will arrive at different times of the day in groups of ten, remain in the same classroom and will maintain social distancing within the group.  Students will receive a personal invitation to the allocated day.  The commencement date and organisation of the day will be sent to Year 10 parents following the scheduled Government Briefing on 28 May 2020 to ensure that we are following the latest directive and guidelines.  We are working to ensure that we have a plan that fully complies with Government advice and guidelines whilst ensuring the health, safety and welfare of your child and all staff when they are present in College.  The Health and Safety Risk Assessment will be available to all parents.  The starting date for this programme is yet to be decided but will not be Monday 1 June 2020.

Student Well-being

We have signposted a number of useful resources in the past and these remain on Class Charts and Firefly for students and parents to access.  Below are two further links that may be of use.

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Young-person-flyer.pdf

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Parents-flyer-BW.pdf

Thank a Teacher Day

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Teachers and Support Staff who have worked tirelessly to keep the site functioning and safe, for setting student learning and responding where necessary and for keeping in contact with students to show support and care.  This week the Government recognised the work of all staff who are employed in schools and the comment from a student below highlights clearly, what our students think of the provision at HTC.

Good afternoon, all of my Teachers!

I am e-mailing you all to thank you for what you are doing for us during this crisis. Thank you for persevering with us, even if we don’t get our work handed in on time. Thank you for never failing to keep setting us work and keeping us educated. Thank you for believing in us and encouraging us to keep going. Thank you for giving us constructive criticism so we know we are doing great but can do better. Most of all, thank you so much for being the best Teachers you possibly can be even during these challenging times.

We wish all our students and their families an enjoyable half-term break and we encourage them to Stay Alert and maintain the social distancing recommendations for everyone’s health and well-being.  If you have any questions about the content of the letter please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk.

We thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

15 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

This week the Government announced the first phase of wider opening for educational settings from 1 June 2020.  The Government currently expect that Secondary schools will be able to offer some face-to-face contact with Year 10 students; this will not be a return to full timetables but some support to supplement students’ remote education.

In line with this directive, we are currently planning the provision and will communicate the plans in due course.

For Years 7 to 9, we will continue to set work remotely as we have in previous weeks and further updates will occur via weekly letters and Class Charts.

Provision for Key Worker students and those students who need specific care is available from 26 May to 29 May 2020 (half term).  We are grateful to parents for informing us as to whether they will use the provision at this time.  This provision will also continue into the next half term for this group of students.

Horndean Technology College will be closed on Monday 25 May 2020 for the May  Bank Holiday. 

 We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We urge you to ‘stay alert’ to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

7 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that you and your family are keeping safe and well.  We await any Government announcement on 10 May with regards to any changes to the educational provision for the future.  Horndean Technology College will be closed on Friday 8 May 2020 for the Early May Day Bank Holiday and we re-open for students of Key Workers and those students who need specific care on Monday 11 May 2020.  The day will operate as it has done so in the previous weeks.

We continue to acknowledge the exceptional work and dedication of the frontline Key Workers at a time of great uncertainty for us all.  In particular, we thank all of our ex-students and parents who are currently working as front line workers to keep people safe and well, we have heard many accounts of their good work. 

We as a nation on Friday 8 May VE DAY 75 commemorate the Allied Victory in Europe at the end of World War II.  At HTC we had planned numerous activities to commemorate these events and although we are not together at this time we still feel it is vitally important to remember the sacrifices made by so many.  The History Department has sent out various activities that can be completed at home to commemorate and celebrate the historical victory and we are pleased that so many students have completed them.

At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, it is important to remember that as a nation, we have always stood together and overcome adversity and Friday 8 May 2020 is a time to reflect and remember all those who have sacrificed for their Country in the past. 

We will remember them.

Student Learning

We have continued to provide lessons and associated resources for all students in addition to which Tutors and Year Leaders have kept in regular contact with students and on-line assemblies continue to deliver key messages to students.  All students have been contacted by their Tutors in the last week.

Class Charts continues to be an important avenue for delivering messages about the detail of the learning and we encourage students and parents to look regularly at the announcement section to keep up to date with what Teachers are setting.  The work set by the Teachers for learning is set under the homework heading.  Teachers set work for all lessons in the coming week as one notification.  We regular monitor the quality and setting of the work.

Accolades are awarded to students for completing work to a good standard.  Parents and students are encouraged to communicate with their Teachers about any particular learning detail or help required via Class Charts.  Teachers may make contact if they consider it appropriate/helpful.

Class Charts and Firefly also contain useful information on supporting your child and your family through these unprecedented times.  On Firefly on the Year Group page there are assemblies, newsletters, challenges and quizzes.

Students can also keep in touch with what is happening through Instagram @horndeantc where there are shout-outs about excellent work, well-being messages for students, examples of hobbies, messages from Tutors and Year Leaders and subject specific challenges.

We encourage all students to be following the timetabled lessons for their learning.

Examinations

Teachers are currently in the process of providing grades for the Year 11 students and with the notification this week Teachers will also be providing grades for Year 10 students for their Early Entry subjects.   It is imperative though that any outstanding work for students in Year 10 and Year 11 that is requested by the Teachers via Class Charts is completed and returned as ultimately this will affect the grade that the students receive.  We are not permitted to let students know the grades awarded as these could change.  

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able. 

Provision from 11 May 2020

We are conscious that as work patterns for Key Workers change other families may wish to use the provision, which operates between 8.45am and 2.00pm.  We would be grateful if you could inform us as to whether you will be using the provision in the future.  For those students who have been regularly attending we have appreciated your communication with us to ensure that we can support where required.  Students should be in the full College uniform and should bring their PE kit.  Please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk as soon as you are able to if you want to use the provision.

We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We urge you to ‘stay at home’ whenever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

1 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that you and your family are keeping safe and well.  We are aware that the return to school is regularly discussed in the media, however, at the present time there is no directive from Government about the lockdown being lifted, although it is due to be reviewed by next Thursday 7 May 2020.  We continue to acknowledge the exceptional work and dedication of the frontline key workers at a time of great uncertainty for us all.  In particular, we thank all of our ex-students who are currently working as front line workers to keep people safe and well, we have heard many accounts of their good work.

Horndean Technology College will be closed on Friday 8 May 2020 for the Early May Day Bank Holiday. 

 We as a nation on Friday 8 May VE DAY 75 commemorate the Allied victory in Europe at the end of World War II.  At HTC we had planned numerous activities to commemorate these events and although we are not together at this time we still feel it is vitally important to remember the sacrifices made by so many.  The History Department will be sending out various activities that can be completed at home to commemorate and celebrate the historical victory and we would like to see as many students as possible complete them.

At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, it is important to remember that as a nation, we have always stood together and overcome adversity and Friday 8 May 2020 is a time to reflect and remember all those who have sacrificed for their country in the past.

We will remember them.

Student Learning

We have continued to provide lessons and associated resources for all students in addition to which Tutors and Year Leaders have kept in regular contact with students and on-line assemblies continue to deliver key messages to students.

Class Charts continues to be an important avenue for delivering messages about the detail of the learning and we encourage students and parents to look regularly at the announcement section to keep up to date with what Teachers are setting.  The work set by the Teachers for learning is set under the homework heading.

Accolades are awarded to students for completing work to a good standard.  Parents and students are encouraged to communicate with their Teachers about any particular learning detail or help required via Class Charts.  Teachers may make contact if they consider it appropriate/helpful.

Class Charts and Firefly also contain useful information on supporting your child and your family through these unprecedented times.

Students can also keep in touch with what is happening through Instagram @horndeantc where there are shout-outs about excellent work, well-being messages for students, examples of hobbies, messages from Tutors and Year Leaders and subject specific challenges.

We encourage all students to be following the timetabled lessons for their learning.

Student Welfare

 The BBC’s Own It App helps young people new to social media to manage their well-being, whilst empowering students to make smart choices, and help them lead a positive life online.

The Own It App and keyboard lets children get advice whenever they type, track their feelings, win badges as they reflect, find help when they need and participate in quizzes to learn more about themselves.  The App also includes a special keyboard to use which offers helpful tips and friendly advice to students when they need it.  The App can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play.  Further information is available at: https://www.bbc.com/ownit/take-control/own-it-app

Horndean Technology College is open for students of Key Workers and those students who need specific care.  The day will operate as it has done so in the previous weeks.

We are conscious that as work patterns for Key Workers change other families may wish to use the provision, which operates between 8.45am and 2.00pm.  We would be grateful if you could inform us as to whether you will be using the provision in the future.  For those students who have been regularly attending we have appreciated your communication with us to ensure that we can support where required.  Students should be in the full College uniform and should bring their PE kit.  Please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk as soon as you are able if you want to use the provision.

Examinations

Teachers are currently in the process of providing grades for the Year 11 students.  It is imperative though that any outstanding work that is requested by the Teachers via Class Charts is completed and returned as ultimately this will affect the grade that the students receive.  We are not permitted to let students know their grades.   There is currently a Government consultation on grading of qualifications for students in Year 10 and other Years who were to sit examinations this year.  When we have any up to date available information, we will write to you.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We urge you to ‘stay at home’ whenever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

24 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

It is now 5 weeks since Horndean Technology College was fully operational and providing a day-to-day provision for all students.  We hope that you and your family are keeping well and safe.

Student Learning and Welfare

We have continued to provide lessons and associated resources for all students in addition to which Tutors and Year Leaders have kept in regular contact with students and on-line assemblies continue to deliver key messages to students.

Class Charts continues to be an important avenue for delivering messages about the detail of the learning and we encourage students and parents to look regularly at the announcement section to keep up to date with what Teachers are setting.  Accolades are being awarded to students for completing work to a good standard.  Parents and students are encouraged to communicate with their Teachers about any particular learning detail or help required via Class Charts.

Class Charts and Firefly also contain useful information on supporting your child and your family through these unprecedented times.

Hampshire County Council are offering further support to schools and parents via the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology Telephone Support Line.  Information about this service and advice about talking with children and young people about Coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found in the attachment to this letter.

In addition, students can also keep in touch with what is happening through Instagram @horndeantc where there are shout-outs about excellent work, well-being messages for students, examples of hobbies, messages from Tutors and Year Leaders and subject specific challenges.

We encourage all students to be following the timetabled lessons for their learning.

Horndean Technology College is open for students of Key Workers and those students who need specific care.  The day will operate as it has done so in the previous weeks.

We are conscious that as work patterns for key workers change other families may wish to use the provision, which operates between 8.45am and 2.00pm.  We would be grateful if you could inform us as to whether you will be using the provision in the future.  For those students who have been regularly attending we have appreciated your communication with us to ensure that we can support when required.

Please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk as soon as you are able if you want to use the provision.

Horndean Technology College will be closed on Friday 8 May 2020 for the Early May Day Bank Holiday.

Examinations

Teachers are currently in the process of providing grades for the Year 11 students.  It is imperative though that any outstanding work that is requested by the Teachers via Class Charts is completed and returned as ultimately this will affect the grade that the students receive.  There is a current Government consultation on grading of qualifications for students in Year 10 and other Years who were to sit examinations this year.  When we have any up to date available information, we will write to you.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We urge you to ‘stay at home’ wherever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology Telephone Support Line

17 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that you and your family were able to have a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend.  We acknowledge at this time the exceptional work and dedication of the frontline key workers at a time of great uncertainty for us all.  In particular, we thank all of our ex-students who are currently working as front line workers to keep people safe and well, we have heard many accounts of their good work.

The Government directive still exists to remain inside unless we are exercising, travelling for provisions and medical care, or to go to work if we cannot do so at home.  It is imperative that we all play our part and we encourage you to ensure that our young people are following the guidelines in order to stay safe and protect lives.  Whilst we would hope that the lockdown restrictions would come to an end in the near future at this point in time the Government have not yet published any plans for this happen.

Horndean Technology College will be open from Monday 20 April 2020 for students of Key Workers and those students who need specific care.  The day will operate as it has done so in the previous four weeks.

We are conscious that as work patterns for key workers change other families may wish to use the provision after the Easter weekend which operates between 8.45am and 2.00pm.  We would be grateful if you could inform us as to whether you will be using the provision in the future.  For those students who have been regularly attending we have appreciated your communication with us to ensure that we can support where required.  Please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk as soon as you are able if you want to use the provision.

In addition, Dimension Childcare are offering childcare provision for Keyworker children.  Please make contact should you wish to use the provision on 07502 101 409, this is for current registered children.

Examinations 

In the near future Teachers will be required to provide grades for Year 11 students.  It is imperative though that any outstanding work that is requested by the Teachers via Class Charts is completed and returned as ultimately this will affect the grade that the students receive.  There is still no information about the grading of qualifications for students in Year 10.  Once information is available we will write to you.

Student Learning Week Beginning 20 April 2020 

Students should be following their timetable lessons after the Easter break.  Whilst we appreciate that it is difficult in the present circumstances as much as possible students should be keeping to their timetabled lessons and completing the work set at this time.  Teachers will be setting work that will involve activities that are organised to fill the time of more than one lesson.  The activities will be set for that week or possibly over a long period of lesson time.  It is imperative that students are completing the work set as on return to College Teachers will be planning lessons that move on from that point of learning.  If students have missed any of the learning they can go back to the lessons that the Teachers have already set.  Teachers are available as of 20 April 2020 on email for any questions that may arise as a result of the work that is set.

We would be grateful if parents and students could regularly look on Class Charts and particularly look at the Announcements section where new posts and information is provided. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We urge you to ‘stay at home’ wherever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

7 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

As we approach the Easter weekend we hope you and your family are safe and well.  We would like to wish you an enjoyable weekend.  We acknowledge at this time the exceptional work and dedication of the frontline key workers at a time of great uncertainty for us all.  With the Government directive to remain inside unless we are exercising, travelling for provisions and medical care, or to go to work if we cannot do so at home we would hope that the lockdown restrictions would come to an end in the near future.  It is imperative that we all play our part and we encourage you to ensure that our young people are following the guidelines in order to stay safe and protect lives.

Easter Opening Times at HTC

Horndean Technology College will close on 10 and 13 April, Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively and re-open on Tuesday 14 April 2020 for students of Key Workers and those students who need specific care.

In the previous letter we had indicated we would be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, however, those students who have been regularly attending do not require provision at this time.  We are conscious that as work patterns for key workers change other families may wish to use the provision after the Easter weekend which operates between 8.45am and 2.00pm.  We would be grateful if you could inform us as to whether you will be using the provision in the future in order for us to schedule staff to support your child.  For those students who have been regularly attending we have appreciated your communication with us and look forward to welcoming you back next week.

Please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk as soon as you are able if you want to use the provision.

In addition, Dimension Childcare will be offering childcare provision for Early Years children of Keyworkers from 8 April 2020 onwards. The facility will be open 8.30am until 2.15pm daily Monday-Thursday and we will keep parents informed of any changes.  Please make contact should you wish to use the provision on 07502 101 409, this is for current registered children.

Examinations

Last week Year 11 students and their parents received a letter from Ofqual regarding the grading of the GCSE qualifications.  At this point in time, that is all the information we have and there has been no information about the grading of vocational qualifications or what will happen to the grading of qualifications for students in Year 10.  As soon as the information is available we will communicate this with you accordingly.  Any information is unlikely to be received over the Easter break.  It is imperative though that any outstanding work that is requested by the Teachers via Class Charts is completed and returned as ultimately this will affect the grade that the students receives.

Communication with parents and students

We would be grateful if parents and students could regularly look on Class Charts and particularly look at the Announcements section where new posts and information is provided. 

We are using various avenues to communicate with parents and students.  This letter which is also placed on the HTC website, along with the setting of student learning on Class Charts, is the main avenue of communication.  Firefly also provides the resources for student learning as well as communication with individual Teachers via e-mail.  Students should be following their timetable lessons after the Easter break.  Teachers may have set some holiday DIY too.  Whilst we appreciate that it is difficult in the present circumstances as much as possible students should be keeping to their timetabled lessons and completing the work set at this time.  Miss Wood has written to Year 11 students and sent them a motivational message from Mr Beezy.  The Principal of Havant and South Downs College has also written to all Year 11 students to give them reassurance about their studies for next year.

Each of the Year Leaders and Leadership Line Managers for the different Year Groups are also writing to and communicating with students via Firefly and Class Charts.  Mrs Marks, Assistant Headteacher, will be trialling an Instagram account to communicate with students to ensure that they are fully supported as we continue the Lockdown.

A reminder of useful information previously mentioned is in the section below:

On-line Safety

The page below has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools.  Each fortnight, CEOP will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that can be completed to support your child with online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64886849

Mental and Physical Well-being

 With schools closed and many adults working from home, families are going to be spending more time in a confined space.  It is very easy to get ‘cabin fever’ when students are used to having a variety of activity and freedom to socialise.  CEOP and Parent Zone have worked together to produce the following advice on how to look after your family’s mental and physical health when you are indoors.  There are some ideas on how to incorporate physical exercise which is equally important.

https://parentinfo.org/article/how-to-look-after-your-family-s-mental-health-when-you-re-stuck-indoors?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64886849

ChatHealth Messaging Service

Text the school nurse

Young people aged 11-19 years old can send a text to  07507332160

This service is available for all young people in these unsettling times who might be worried about their health and well-being.  The school nurse is available for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

During these unsettling times, as a young person, they may be worried about their health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help they need.  School nurses are available to help – students can text for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

The ChatHealth messaging service is run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and is available 0830–1630 hours on Monday to Friday.  They aim to reply within one working day and there is an immediate bounce-back to confirm the text has been received.  Texts are not seen outside of normal working hours.

Other useful numbers

Hants Children’s Services 0300 555 1384
Child line 0800 11 11
Police 101 (or 999 if in immediate danger)
NSPCC 0808 800 5000

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We urge you to ‘stay at home’ wherever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

3 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that you and your family are keeping well and safe.  Thank you for continuing to work with us to support your child at this unprecedented time.  We hope that the work that Teachers are setting is supporting your child’s learning.

This letter contains a reminder of the resources available for home learning along with other useful information to support you and your child.

Future Provision

Horndean Technology College will be open to students of key workers during the Easter period including Good Friday and Easter Monday.  We have made contact with parents of those students who regularly attend.  We are conscious that as work patterns for key workers change other families may wish to use the provision which operates between 8.45am and 2pm.  We would be grateful if you could inform us as to whether you will be using the provision during this time.  Please note provision remains only for key workers or most vulnerable.  Please email general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk as soon as you are able.

In addition, Dimension Childcare will be offering childcare provision Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 2.15pm as of Wednesday 8 April.  Please make contact should you wish to use the provision on 07502 101 409, this is for current registered children.   Please note provision remains only for key workers or most vulnerable.

Currently, unless circumstances change, we will continue this provision from 27 April 2020 onwards and will keep parents informed of any changes.

Examinations

Guidance regarding outcomes for Year 11 and Year 10 Early Entry exams has been issued today and a separate email has been sent to parents and students.   It has though come to our attention that some students have not yet sent coursework or essential evidence work to their Teachers that will inform decisions on grades in vocational qualifications.  This work will have been set via Class Charts and can be viewed in the parent and student app.  Please give this your urgent attention.

Home Learning

We hope that your child’s home learning is going well.  We have had many parents thank us for the work that is being set and I know many students are communicating with their Teachers regularly and work is being set predominantly through Class Charts.  Please may I remind all that the overarching guidance for remote learning is on our College website under ‘latest news’ https://horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/corona-virus-remote-learning-at-htc/

One or two parents have said they do not have the Microsoft Office suite of programs to complete some of the work set.  The good news is this can be downloaded for free via Microsoft.  Full guidance of where and how to do this can be found on Firefly (our virtual learning environment): https://firefly.horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/ict-support-knowledgebase/microsoft-office/office-365-installation    To log into Firefly your child uses the same username and log in as they do to log into the College network.  We continue to review and add new features to many of the Firefly pages so do please look at the subject pages frequently.

This week we have had a request for the link that gives information on the various platforms that are recommended and how passwords can be changed.  This link will take you to the document.

https://horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Online-Platforms-help-sheet-v4-1.pdf

It is to be recommended that all students in Years 7-11 follow their normal timetabled lessons to give them structure to the day.  It is also important for students to continue learning.  It is unclear how long schools will be closed and students’ academic development is imperative for their future performance particularly in public examinations.

For the following two weeks which is effectively the Easter Holidays, staff will be setting normal holiday DIY.

Students in Years 10 and Year 11 will receive a letter from Miss Spencer and Miss Wood respectively to give them further information and advice as to how they should continue their studies.

On-Line Safety

The recent Government guidance relating to health and student learning can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers.  There is some additional information with regards to on-line safety which highlights useful links as listed below.

Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe on-line).
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe on-line).
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe on-line).
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe on-line).
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC).

Careers and Employability

Our local Educational Business Partnership (EBP) have provided materials to support students in researching various careers paths.  On-line resources are available via the website https://www.ebpsouth.co.uk/career-support-through-coronavirus and the Advisers will respond to students’ questions via a centralised email system at careersguidance@ebpsouth.co.ukThe EBP are looking at options to provide video clips and other interactive ways to support students.

Year 11 Students

If your son/daughter does not yet have a confirmed place at a Further Education/Sixth Form College or the offer of an Apprenticeship, please email Mrs Cowey in our Careers Department: angela.cowey@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk who will then arrange for one of our Careers Advisers from Hampshire Futures to make contact with you and/or your child to talk about what Post-16 Options are available to them based on their predicted grades.

In the previous letter there was information on Mental and Physical Well-being and the ChatHealth Messaging Service.  This letter can be found on the College website dated 27 March 2020.

Good News and Thank You

One of our students, whose mother is a key worker, on the first day of the lockdown had his bike stolen.  Grateful thanks to all those who supported the student and the fundraising.  Sufficient funds were raised to purchase a new bike for the student, just showing that there are many more good people in this world than bad.

We will write to you when we have further updates about the current situation or when we access information that will be useful for us all to know.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents and students and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times.  We wish you a happy Easter break too and acknowledge that many of the community will continue to work as the key workers that support us all and we thank them for their dedication and commitment.  We urge you to ‘stay at home’ whenever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
J A Summerfield
Headteacher

Walking for wellbeing

 

 

27 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Thank you for continuing to work with us to support your child at this unprecedented time. We especially thank the key workers at this time and we are grateful to those staff at HTC who have been offering a service to the students who have been coming into College. The government emphasise that we are all in this together and that all of us have the ability to save a life by staying at home to ‘flatten the curve’. This letter contains a reminder of the resources available for home learning along with other useful information to support you and your child.

Home Learning
We hope that your child’s home learning is going well. We have had many parents thank us for the work that is being sent and I know many students are communicating with their Teachers regularly and work is being sent predominantly through Class Charts. Please may I remind all that the overarching guidance for remote learning is on our College website under ‘latest news’ https://horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/corona-virus-remote-learning-at-htc/

One or two parents have said they do not have the Microsoft office suite of programs to complete some of the work set. The good news is this can be downloaded for free via Microsoft. Full guidance of where and how to do this can be found on Firefly (our virtual learning environment): https://firefly.horndeantc.hants.sch.uk/ict-support-knowledgebase/microsoft-office/office-365-installation To log in to Firefly your child uses the same username and log in as they do to log in to the College network. We continue to review and add new features to many of the Firefly pages so do please look at the subject pages frequently.

It is to be recommended that students follow their normal timetabled lessons to give them structure for the day. It is also important for students to continue learning, it is unclear how long schools will be closed and students’ academic development is imperative for their future performance particularly in public examinations.

 On-line Safety
The page below has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, CEOP will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that can be completed to support your child with online safety at a time when they will be spending more time online at home.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64886849

Mental and Physical Well-being
With schools closed and many adults working from home, families are going to be spending more time in a confined space. It is very easy to get ‘cabin fever’ when students are used to having a variety of activities and freedom to socialise. CEOP and Parent Zone have worked together to produce the following advice on how to look after your family’s mental and physical health when you are indoors. There are some ideas on how to incorporate physical exercise which is equally important.

https://parentinfo.org/article/how-to-look-after-your-family-s-mental-health-when-you-re-stuck-indoors?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64886849

ChatHealth Messaging Service
Text the school nurse
Young people aged 11-19 years old can send a text to:
07507332160

This service is available for all young people in these unsettling times who might be worried about their health and well-being. The school nurse is available for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

During these unsettling times, as a young person, they may be worried about their health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help they need.

School nurses are available to help – students can text for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

The ChatHealth messaging service is run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and is available 0830–1630 on Monday to Friday. They aim to reply within one working day and there is an immediate bounce-back to confirm the text has been received. Texts are not seen outside of normal working hours.

 Other useful numbers

Hants children’s services 0300 555 1384
Child line 0800 11 11
Police 101 (or 999 if in immediate danger)
NSPCC 0808 800 5000

We will write to you when we have further updates about the current situation or when we access information that will be useful for us all to know. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the College at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We wish all our parents/carers and students, and their friends and families good health and well-being in these difficult times. We urge you to ‘stay at home’ wherever possible to reduce the risk and momentum of this virus and once again thank you for supporting the College and your neighbours in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

20 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

The Prime Minister announced on Wednesday 18 March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. I am writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following advice from the Local Authority.

School will close at the end of Friday 20 March and there is no expectation that students will then attend College until the advice from Government changes.

Emergency Service

While our College will be closed for general admissions, all schools across the Country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work.

There is no expectation that children of these key workers have to attend school.  If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then you are welcome to do so.  We have been advised that the first principle of the Government guidance is that parents should only send their child to school if there is no safe alternative. 

The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for children who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), children who have a Social Worker assigned to the family, those from families receiving Early Help and children receiving support from the Primary Behaviour Service.

Again, there is no requirement that children from these groups have to come to school.

Online materials and learning

You have received information regarding the online learning and the links to the resources.  These are to be found on the HTC website.

In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that I will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the students at our College.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

 

 

19 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The present guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department for Education and Public Health England stipulates that schools will close as of Monday 23 March 2020.

Year 9 students are to remain at home on Friday 20 March 2020.  All other Year Groups should attend College as normal.

It was announced that schools would remain partially open for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable students, including those with social care support and students with EHCPs.   We are currently working on these arrangements and hope to share them with the relevant parents as soon as possible.   The Government is yet to share a complete definition of ‘key workers’ but they did mention NHS staff, Police, Social Care Workers and Delivery Drivers.  We anticipate that this group will also include members of the Armed Forces and all Emergency Services.

We are asking parents to contact us at general@horndeantc.hants.sch.uk  by 12 noon Friday 20 March 2020 if in your household you are a ‘key worker’ and would therefore need to access this provision.  This will help us to then plan sufficient staffing over the coming weeks.

The information letter (sent 17 March 2020) indicates to you and your child the different ways and resources that can be used for self-study at home.  This is available on the College website. Students who are at home should for every College day, work on the resources and activities to keep their learning going.  Whilst this might be challenging it is highly advisable for your child’s education.

We will send parents updates via e-mail, HTC College Website and HTC College Facebook regarding the plans for the future educational provision at HTC.  

We will continue to send parents the guidance that we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.  Information on examinations is due from the Department for Education tomorrow.  Please make sure that the College has your most up to date details.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

 

 

18 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The present guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department for Education and Public Health England stipulates that schools are to remain open.  This we will do to the best of our ability.

However, the situation has arisen where we have insufficient staff to support student learning and welfare for all.  We have therefore had to make the decision to ask Year 9 students to remain at home on Thursday 19 March 2020.  All other Year Groups should attend College as normal.  We will endeavour to prioritise Year Groups that are due to take public examinations.

The information letter (sent 17 March 2020) indicates to you and your child the different ways and resources that can be used for self-study at home.  Students who are at home should for every College day, work on the resources and activities to keep their learning going.  Whilst this might be challenging it is highly advisable for your child’s education. Please refrain from contacting individual Teachers whilst the College is still operating unless you have a safeguarding concern.

All extra-curricular clubs are cancelled until further notice.  Revision classes will continue.

We will send parents a daily update via e-mail, College Website and College Facebook regarding the plans for the future educational provision at HTC.   

We will continue to send parents the guidance that we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.  Please make sure that the College has your most up to date details.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Ref:   JAS/VAR

17 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The present guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department for Education and Public Health England stipulates that schools are to remain open.  This we will do to the best of our ability.

However, the situation has arisen where we have insufficient staff to support student learning and welfare for all.  We have therefore had to make the decision to ask Year 9 students to remain at home on Wednesday 18 March 2020.  All other Year Groups should attend College as normal.  We will endeavour to prioritise Year Groups that are due to take public examinations.

We currently have no advice from the Department of Education on what will happen during the exam period.

Please find attached an information letter that will indicate to you and your child the different ways and resources that can be used for self-study at home.  Students who are at home should for every College day, work on the resources and activities to keep their learning going.  Whilst this might be challenging it is highly advisable for your child’s education.

All extra-curricular clubs will be cancelled from today until further notice.  Revision classes will continue.

We will send parents a daily update via e-mail, College Website and College Facebook regarding the plans for the future educational provision at HTC.  

We will continue to send parents the guidance that we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher

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