Letters to Parents
Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue were pleased to take delivery this morning of hampers for pupils receiving free school meals or universal free school meals. These will be available for collection over the next couple of day. Please look out for a text message with details of the times you are able to collect the hampers. The contents of the hampers are to provide 1 meal per day for 1 child for 10 school days. See photo below for contents of hamper.
Covid-19 Letter to Parents 12th January 2021
This is not the Happy New Year letter I was hoping to send you this time last week. How quickly things change! Last Monday the staff were carrying out a training day looking forward to welcoming your child back to school and within twelve hours they had closed the school, contacted parents, arranged for specific children to return and place all learning on line. I appreciate this was a difficult time for you and you must have been anxious trying to arrange child care and wondering what was happening so thank you for your patience and understanding.
Firstly I would like to introduce myself, I am Mrs Tracey Norriss, the new Principal at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue. I would have liked to introduce myself on the playground but unfortunately lockdown put pay to that. I have been a head teacher for thirteen years now at two other schools but have worked alongside the staff at Henderson Avenue within the role as Principal at Oasis Academy Parkwood so I feel I already know something about the school and its community. I was extremely honoured to accept the position of Principal and feel like I have a connection to Henderson Avenue as my dad came to this school when he was young. I am trying to meet as many pupils as I can through either seeing them in school or by attending their class Teams meetings. Fingers crossed we will all be back in the academy soon and we can say hello properly.
This time during lockdown there is a more focused directive from the Department for Education based around pupils accessing learning. We have to report weekly figures to the Local Authority, Oasis and the Department of Education on how many pupils are accessing learning. I appreciate that this expectation may cause you some concern as some of our pupils do not have their own device or you are trying to work from home too. We will support, as always, in areas that we can.
· Firstly, do not panic!! We are trying to plan learning that can be done at any time that suits you. We have had chats with parents asking can they do the work at weekends when they are not working, yes that is fine as long as you remember to upload it.
· If you cannot do all of it please just try to do some of it and do not feel guilty about the pieces missed.
· The work set should be set at a level that the children are able to access it on their own with minimal support from you.
· We would love the older children to access their TEAM meetings and lessons as this will help as the teacher can support with their learning rather than you having to help.
Oasis are providing all children with their own iPads. We were not due to get ours until May but we have asked for them earlier and they are seeing what they can do. We will endeavour to get as many devices as we can out to families to support online learning. (Ordering of new iPads for every child is a huge logistic operation as all schools are trying to get additional devices)
Our live lessons will take place on Teams and a huge thank you to all children who have joined our TEAMS meetings so far last week. It was great to see the huge uptake and them using it confidently to support their learning. This week there will be some live lessons taking place, hopefully if your child is in the older year groups they will be able to access them but if not they will be recorded for them to access at a later time.
Keeping In touch Calls.
Last time we made Keeping in touch calls to our children to have a chat and see if they were okay. We are going to continue to do this, the DFE have also requested this time we keep a log of children we are in contact with. To try to accommodate this with the online learning and not to keep bothering you we will be phoning less if your child is accessing the online learning. This is because we know that they are okay and managing their work. These calls may pop up as London numbers due to staff using skype for business.
Children in school.
I didn’t expect the announcement on Monday evening, it came as a shock to all of us that schools would be closed. School is officially closed and is now running on a much smaller staff within the building. (Staff are still working from home to provide the remote learning) Those in school are teaching face to face and remotely to the rest of their class. We would love to have every child back with us and can’t wait until they are, it’s easier and normal to have everyone back. Unfortunately we have been told that the school is closed and we can only open for a limited number of children.
The North Lincs Director for Education has asked me to relay this message to all parents,
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, schools are closed to most pupils and are providing remote learning instead.
The only children that must be in school are those with a social worker or an ‘education, health and care plan’. All other children should remain at home.
It may be possible for your child to have some time in school if you work in health, social care, emergency services or other jobs deemed critical in the response to Covid-19. Even if you are in one of these roles, please think carefully about whether you really need a school place at this time.
Stay home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives
I appreciate for some of you this will cause you some issues but we cannot have every child back. If you are working from home we have been asked to request that you keep your child at home to keep everyone safe and allow the places to be taken by those who are unable to work from home. I have also been asked to remind you that you are able to set up child care bubbles with others if this helps. None of the above is ideal, the ideal would be to have every child back.
A huge thankyou to all of our parents who have worked with us over the last week, we will continue to work with you and support in every way we can. Together we can make this time less stressful for our pupils and families and I sincerely hope it is not long before I see you all on the playground soon.
Take care, keep safe and contact us if you need anything.
Mrs T. Norriss (Principal)