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Rudheath News: Friday 2nd July 2021


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Head Teacher Update

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of observing a music lesson taught by Miss Wise, one of the fantastic Trainee Teachers we have hosted at Rudheath over recent months. The Year 7 performances were excellent and I had the pleasure of meeting some of our young performers at lunch on Thursday.

Developing creative skills is a key priority for us in developing the confidence and skillset of our learners. The LORIC token board is filling up quickly with clear recognition for those who have demonstrated acts of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication throughout the school day. I am personally very excited to see the development of those creative and cultural skills throughout the end of this year and into next.

I have also been humbled to see our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students out in the local community with Mr Lambert and Miss Heaton. They have been litter picking in the nearby Griffiths Park, with more detail included in the newsletter.

As we start to prepare for the next academic year, I can already see a number of exciting activities in the calendar. There are a number of trips/visits scheduled in, including the cultural overseas trip to Barcelona and skiing trip to Italy. If you have any questions, please speak to the lead teacher for the trips. A reminder that the second deposit of £125 for the Barcelona trip is due on 12th July.

We are now just a few weeks away from the end of term, in what has been an unusual year for all concerned. I continue to express my gratitude to all students, parents/carers and staff for the support and flexibility in these unprecedented times.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

As part of their volunteering section for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, a number of Year 9 pupils are undertaking a regular litter pick of Griffiths Park and will be involved in other activities to improve the park for the local community.

In the next few weeks, the Duke of Edinburgh group will be involved in an outdoor expedition across a number of days.

Well Done Year 9 – a fantastic start! The community are delighted with this positive approach.

Diversity Week

Year 8 have been celebrating diversity week recently by creating their own two-part assembly, one about awareness and supporting those within the LGBTQ+ society and the other about how as a year group they would like to raise money for two charities, Ark for homeless LGBTQ youth and The pride trust.

They have also created some creative Rudheath logos that reflect diversity.

Local COVID-19 Guidance

You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.

While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:

  • You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
  • You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate

Does my child have to wear a face covering?

In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.

The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.

STEM Talks

In the week commencing 14th June, the students at Rudheath Senior Academy had the opportunity to host STEM professionals to discuss careers. On Tuesday 15th June, students from all year groups attended a presentation from Flight Lieutenant Dave Kane, a former Fast Jet Pilot who served over 30 years in the Royal Air Force. Flt Lt Kane spoke about the exciting STEM careers in the Armed Forces such as Engineering and Air Traffic Control. He also discussed his experience in the RAF and how he gained his degree whilst serving. The students asked some interesting questions such as ‘What was the fastest speed you have travelled? and have you ever seen a UFO?’.

Flt Dave Kane wished to pass on the following message to the staff and students of RSA:

  I’d like to thank Rudheath Senior Academy for giving me the chance to visit the school and meet Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. What a great school you have! Hopefully the students found my presentations useful and enjoyable; I certainly enjoyed my day with all the students and staff. Thank you to all the year groups for the interesting, varied and at times challenging questions. I hope that perhaps you gained an insight into what opportunities are out there, not just in the Royal Air Force, but across other sectors too. I truly believe that you are going to be found to be an incredibly resilient generation, living through COVID-19 and the all the challenges that you have faced is not to be under-estimated. Thank you all for welcoming me for the day, I hope to see you all again. Good luck to you all.

On Friday 18th June, Year 9 and 10 students studying Health and Social Care had an interactive careers session with an NHS midwife from Bolton Hospital who shared her experience as a midwife and the different education pathways into a career within the NHS. The students were very engaged with the midwife, asking a range of questions and took part in a midwifery practical taster session.

A number of students were asked whether the talk gave them an insight into career in the NHS and they replied ‘Yes, it’s a real eye opener and it’s something that made interested in a career in the NHS’. Another student wanted to pass on their thanks – ‘Thank you for changing my mind on my career. It helped me a lot to see what I want to do’.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the talks and look forward to other career events in the future.