Weekly Newsletter

19 March 2021

The Deanes

Zone Reminder

Monday

 

Year 7 - Zone 4

Year 8 - Zone 2

Year 9 - Zone 3

Year 10 - Zone 1

Year 11 - Zone 5

 

Tuesday

 

Year 7 - Zone 2

Year 8 - Zone 3

Year 9 - Zone 1

Year 10 - Zone 4

Year 11 - Zone 5

 

Wednesday

 

Year 7 - Zone 4

Year 8 - Zone 5

Year 9 - Zone 3

Year 10 - Zone 2

Year 11 - Zone 1

 

Thursday

 

Year 7 - Zone 4

Year 8 - Zone 5

Year 9 - Zone 3

Year 10 - Zone 2

Year 11 - Zone 1

 

Friday

 

Year 7 - Zone 4

Year 8 - Zone 2

Year 9 - Zone 3

Year 10 - Zone 1

Year 11 - Zone 5

 

 

Summer Term Dates 

Term:

 

Monday 12 April 2021 - Wednesday 21 July 2021 

 

Half Term:

 

Monday 31 May 2021 – Friday 04 June 2021

 

Non-Pupil Days:

Wednesday 21 July 2021

 

Contact Us

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Congratulations to our BTEC Music Students

At the start of January, only days into the lockdown, our Year 11 BTEC Music students sat an external examination for their course.  Despite the very difficult circumstances, the group prepared for and completed their examination, showing great maturity and commitment to their studies.

 

I am thrilled to report that the students received their grades this week and they are superb.  All students achieved at least a Pass grade, with 45% achieving a Merit and 45% achieving a Distinction.  

 

Many congratulations to Mrs Halliday and her students!

 

Lateral Flow Testing

On Site Test 2

I am very pleased to report that our on site testing of students has gone very smoothly again this week.   

 

All students tested on site had a negative result.  This is excellent news as we are able to continue with lessons uninterrupted.

 

I would like Mrs Bradley, our Science Technician, for her organisation and oversight of our test centre.

 

On Site Test 3

The third and final on site test will take place next week.  We will follow the same procedure as this week.  

 

One year group per day will be tested.  These tests will take place between 08:30 and 10:50. Lessons for that year group will start at 11:10 (Period 3).  Students in that year group who are not being tested, will be expected to arrive on site by 11:05 but not earlier than 10:50.  This late start will avoid disruption of lessons by students leaving and arriving at different times.

 

Those students who are being tested will arrive in school for 08:30 and go to the test centre.  They will be tested and will receive their results by 10:50   They will remain in a holding area in school, at a social distance, until the results are known.  At 10:50 they will be released for break and will attend lessons from 11:10.

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Monday 22 March 2021

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Testing 

08:30 - 10:50

Lessons begin at 11:10

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Testing 

08:30 - 10:50

Lessons begin at 11:10

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Testing 

08:30 - 10:50

Lessons begin at 11:10

Lessons as normal

Thursday 25 March 2021

Lessons as normal

Testing 

08:30 - 10:50

Lessons begin at 11:10

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Friday 26 March 2021

Lessons as normal

Lessons as normal

Testing 

08:30 - 10:50

Lessons begin at 11:10

Lessons as normal

 

Home Testing

After the third on site test, students are expected to conduct two tests at home each week and report the details to the school and the NHS. 

 

We will be giving the students a pack of home testing kits so they can start to carry out their testing twice per week over Easter. Tests should be done on a Wednesday and a Sunday each week. Full details of how to use the testing kits will be provided.

 

Parents / carers will receive an email from Wonde, a company who have devised a website called TestRegister.co.uk.  This email will invite you to activate your account in order to upload your son/daughter's test results.  It is a very straightforward process and the test results will automatically be sent to the school.  There is also a facility for the software to remind us when the next test is due.

Issues with Social Media

We have had several challenging, but entirely avoidable, issues this week that have been caused by students inappropriately using Social Media outside of school.  Given that we have missed face-to-face teaching time this year, we must ensure that our efforts are focused on students' progress and learning.  Dealing with incidents that occur out of school detracts from this focus.  Therefore, I want to address this directly so that the school's position is clear.

 

I must stress that your child’s use of the internet and mobile devices away from school is entirely your responsibility and therefore we would urge you to take an active interest in their online activities. Social networking abuse that occurs outside school hours is a private matter for the individuals concerned and not one that the school will be dealing with. 

 

Any such issues should be raised with the police and website developer directly. 

 

With the above points in mind, could we offer these suggestions for minimising online problems: 

  • Insist, don’t ask, on being a ‘Friend’ on your child’s Facebook or social media accounts.  Please be aware that there are minimum age restrictions for joining some Social Media accounts.
  • Do not tolerate inappropriate use on your child’s part. If it should persist, cancel their account. As a parent / carer and the bill-payer, you are responsible for supervising your child's usage. 
  • Please point out to your children that participation in online abuse is a criminal offence. This can could be as simple as ‘liking’ an inappropriate comment from another person. The police are treating this issue with the greatest seriousness and the number of prosecutions has been rising across the country.
  • Avoid private access to the internet at home. Keep computers in shared spaces such as living rooms wherever possible. A range of security settings and internet filters will be available either commercially or from your Internet Service Provider (ISP). 

 

We accept that social networking can be a useful communication tool. However, like any form of communication it can be abused and I would like you to help us by considering the points made above and taking any appropriate action.

 

To reiterate, if your child is the victim of inappropriate use then we strongly recommend that you as a parent / carer report the matter to both the website developer and to the police. Unless an issue manifests itself during the normal school day, our staff are not able to address this.

 

However, to support you and your child The Deanes will:

  • Continue, through PCE and assemblies, to educate students of the dangers of inappropriate use of the internet
  • Continue to monitor the use of any form of ICT in normal school hours and the use of The Deanes email system at all times, and will deal with anything deemed inappropriate
  • Refer anything that we believe could be defined as, or could potentially lead to, a Child Protection issue to the appropriate external agencies
  • Continue to support parents with advice on how to tackle inappropriate use either by their own child or others.

 

Thank you for your support with this so that we can continue work together to keep all our students safe and well.

 

Mobile Phone Use in School

At Deanes we have a ‘no mobile phone’ policy.  This means that students are not allowed to have their mobile phones out and in use in any part of the school building and grounds at any time.  This includes walking into and out of school and at any times prior to the school day starting or ending when students may still be on the school site.  

 

The rationale for this policy is firstly, we want to remove the temptation for students to check their mobile phones. Students often feel compelled to check their phones for messages or posts, especially when they receive an alert.  If they know that their phone, and that of their peers, is switched off, it will reduce this distraction, allowing students to focus more fully on learning. 

 

In addition, we are concerned about the excessive use of mobile phones and social media on students’ wellbeing and mental health. By ensuring that during the school day students have switched off their mobile phones, they can avoid all social media for a few hours. We hope this will reduce some of the pressure social media places upon our students and they can focus better on their learning.

 

We entirely understand that many parents want their child to carry a mobile phone for the purposes of remaining in contact outside of school hours.  Therefore, students can bring a phone to school, but it must be switched off and kept safely inside their blazers during school hours. 

 

As a reminder, if a student is seen using their phone, the member of staff will confiscate it and the student can collect it from Reception at the end of the school day.  If a school refuses to hand over their phone, a senior member of staff will be informed.  The phone will be confiscated and a parent will then need to collect the phone from reception when convenient.  If a student refuses to hand their phone to a senior member of staff, their parents will be contacted and the student will receive a Fixed Term Exclusion.

 

During the school day students should not be contacting parents / carers on their own phones or mobile devices in any circumstance. In an emergency, students should contact a member staff in order that the school can make contact through the numbers that you have provided us. There is no need for any student to use their phone at all during the school day.  As usual, should any parent or carer need to contact their child with an urgent message, they should contact our Reception Team on 01245 773545.

 

Communicating with Staff

Can I please ask that before you contact the school to raise an issue or make a complaint, that you consider your tone and message, as well as the potential impact on staff.  

 

Our staff are tirelessly working to ensure the students are safe and well cared for when in school, whilst striving to provide the very best teaching so that students can make progress and achieve their goals.  We are committed to resolving difficulties in a constructive manner, through an open and positive dialogue.  We will always act to ensure the school remains a safe place for students, staff and all other members of our community and therefore abusive, threatening or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. 

 

Types of behaviour that are considered serious and unacceptable and which will not be tolerated in relation to members of staff are:

  • shouting, either in person or over the telephone
  • swearing, either in person or over the telephone
  • emails which are sarcastic, combative or aggressive in tone and language
  • constant emails and / or phone calls which amount to harassment and intimidation, despite the school’s best efforts to address a situation.

 

And finally, can I please remind you that you should not expect an instant response to a phone call or email. The majority of staff will be teaching for most of the day and may not have the opportunity to check their emails until the conclusion of meetings and training which take place after the children have gone home.

 

Parents' Evenings

Year 8

I would like to invite you to attend our Parents’ Evening on Thursday 25 March 2021 from 15:30 to 18:30. This event will give us the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in Year 8 based on the time that they have been in school for face to face learning, and for the remote learning that has taken place most recently. 

 

We will be using an online system called Schoolcloud, which will allow you to book your video appointments.

 

Instructions were sent out on Monday, however, if you have any issues, please contact Miss Fanning - kfanning@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk

 

Year 11

I have decided that rather than the usual Year 11 Parents' Evening, we will instead hold a Parents' Information Evening regarding the Awarding of Grades for this year.  I will present to parents and students and explain how the recent Government Guidance on Teacher Assessed Grades will be implemented at The Deanes.  I will be able to address any concerns and answer questions.  The meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 24 March 2021 from 17:00 - 18:00. The login details are:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/91796743741?pwd=R1RpemEwTzE0SU12ekZVMk0rWDRsUT09

 

Meeting ID: 917 9674 3741

Passcode: kw0wK1

 

Free School Meals

As part of the COVID Winter Support Grant we are extending the Free School Meals funding over the Easter holidays. 

 

Therefore, parents / carers of students identified as eligible to receive Free School Meals will receive a text message next week from Wonde.  The text will contain the details you need to redeem the £30 voucher.

 

The vouchers can be used at a number of supermarkets and local shops, details of which you’ll see when the voucher is accessed. They can only be used to purchase non age-restricted items and will carry an alert to warn of this.

 

 

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

 

 

Desi

 

Desi McKeown

Headteacher

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