Sports Day – week 2 Challenges

Challenge #3 – Speed Bounce Task: How’s your bounce! How many jumps can you complete in 30 seconds? The house with the greatest overall number wins, but the individuals with the most push-ups will gain bonus points.
Challenge #3 instruction video

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Challenge #4 – Wall Throw Task: Try this co-ordination challenge! How many times can you throw the ball against a wall and catch it in 30 seconds? The house with the greatest overall number wins, but the individual with the best effort will gain bonus points.
Challenge #4 instruction video

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Tassomai for Science work

All students at SMCC with internet access should now be using Tassomai for Science work. If you as a parent would like a weekly progress report emailed to you, then please email Mrs Twyble (htwyble@smcc.devon.sch.uk) with your child’s name and your email address. If you do that, you will have access to the Tassomai Tree, a new way of checking progress.
A video explanation is below. Tassomai can be done on any device.

Principal’s Prize winners

Some things must continue during lockdown and one of those is our Termly Principal’s Prize. Normally the winning students get to choose from a selection of family days out Crealy, Exeter Chiefs, Highbullen pamper package or similar, but this time they get a £50 Amazon voucher to spend.
Well done everyone, your certificates will be presented when we are back in school.

Lower School
Winner – Helena (pictured above on a family bike ride during lockdown)
Helena has made a fantastic start to her time here at SMCC. She is the most polite and caring student that we have and has worked extremely hard in all subjects.
She has a caring nature and regularly offers help to staff and students. She is an excellent role model to others and we are very proud of her.

Middle School
Winner- Bethany (pictured running the family farm to keep those milk supplies coming)

Bethany’s consistent positivity and ready smile have a profound impact on everyone around her. Clearly, a student who is prepared to go above and beyond basic expectations, Beth approaches all tasks with the same excellent commitment. She is a fine role model and thoroughly deserves this recognition.

Also Nominated (Lower School)

Ryan has had an excellent year and has approached all aspects of life at school with enthusiasm and determination. He has gained a huge number of commitment points from all of his subjects showing his ability as a real all-rounder. Well done.

Finley has not looked back from having achieved the Principal’s Prize last term. He continues to work hard and to show a great attitude in his lessons. He has taken this great attitude into aspects of the college outside of the classroom too. Keep up the great work!

Ruby-Mae has worked consistently hard all year, embracing challenges and striving for the highest standards. Ruby-Mae not only works hard in the classroom but she embraces all aspects of life at SMCC with the same degree of enthusiasm and high standards. Keep up the great work.

Sasha is again nominated for the Principal’s Prize! This reflects her outstanding approach to school, consistently striving to achieve work of the highest standards. Well done Sasha.

Krystal quietly and efficiently gets on with her work. She is always willing to go beyond the minimum and produces class and homework that she can be truly proud of. Well done Krystal.

Also nominated (Middle School)

Emily has consistently impressed throughout her time at SMCC. Her positive approach to school life is great to see and we are very proud of her. Well done!

George is consistently a positive and enthusiastic student. He has really strived to make a positive impact on both his teachers and fellow students. Well done, George.

Aiden has quietly and consistently produced excellent work this year. This reflects his growing maturity and enthusiastic approach to learning and to school life in general.

Cameron is a kind, generous and hardworking student. He is always keen to embrace all aspects of life at SMCC, giving up his own time to raise money for the Poppy appeal this year as one example. His consistent positivity both in and outside of the classroom, is something he should be extremely proud of. A great model. Well done!

Annie is conscientious, thoughtful, and keen to do well. She quietly tries to get on with the work and likes to do things independently. She has been an excellent reliable help in the tutor group, always willing to take on responsibility and errands. She is one of life’s caring and dependable souls whose resilience shouldn’t be underestimated

Latest Ofqual consultation update vocational/BTEC

Further to the original consultation from Ofqual for GCSE. The following link will take you to their latest consultation regarding vocational/BTEC qualifications.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020?fbclid=IwAR07s_UuADpWPVGyvWPZcedbMVxJ6iC7CRoP34BW67O4HwuqjJM9EMfVWGE

Please follow the above link and then click on the blue writing ‘a consultation on our …..’ which will take you directly to the consultation should you wish to give your input.

Update regarding this Summer’s GCSE grading system and results.

I am writing to provide you with further information that has been released by the Department for Education and Ofqual regarding this Summer’s GCSE grading system and results.
As you may already be aware Ofqual are seeking views on the GCSE grading proposal for 2020.  They have now launched a consultation into grading specified general qualifications (including GCSE’s) in 2020.  The consultation information is as follows:-   Consultation description The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closure of schools and colleges to all except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, and to the cancellation of exams.  In line with government policy we are working to enable students nevertheless to receive qualification grades.   Ofqual’s aims are:

  • to ensure students can receive grades in these qualifications this summer so they can progress to the next stages of their lives without further disruption
  • that the grades will be as valued as those of any other year
  • that the approach will be fair.

The consultation will close at 11.45pm Wednesday 29 April.

The link below will take you to the consultation should you wish to respond:-https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exceptional-arrangements-for-exam-grading-and-assessment-in-2020

Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020 – GOV.UKThe Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closure of schools and colleges to all except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, and to the cancellation of exams.www.gov.uk

The education secretary has also now announced that results day will not change from the date that was previously set.  The Department for Education have advised that exam results for GCSE’s will be on Thursday 20th August 2020 as agreed at the start of this academic year.

I hope you are all well and this information assists you.  We will also be sharing this information on the SMCC facebook page and twitter account.

We will continue to update you as and when updates are released from Oqual and the DfE.
Regards

J Hamman
Exams Officer

A message from our Senior students

Hello everyone.

We just wanted to pass on our good wishes and we hope that everyone is staying safe and well at home during these unusual circumstances. We’ve come up with a few bits of advice to help you navigate the coming weeks.

It’s okay to be anxious. This is a strange time for everyone and we are all having to cope with new ways of working. If you feel stressed or upset, there are many useful websites like Kooth and these can be found in the email that Mrs Skinner sent you.

Try and have some structure to your day. This will make you much more productive, although it is also important that you have some down-time to relax and unwind from the stresses of school life – have a games night with your family. Make sure you get some exercise, either in your garden or using resources such as YouTube.

Don’t be tempted to go and meet with friends. By staying inside, we are all working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and also please follow the advice from the government. By working together, we will soon be back to normal, everyday life. In years to come, we can all look back on this and it will be an interesting story to tell our future children and grandchildren. By staying inside, we are ultimately saving lives and supporting the NHS.

On the other hand, we don’t need to worry about our appearance or doing our hair. Although it is probably not a good idea to stay in pyjamas all day. If you get bored, there are many hobbies that you can do, such as cooking, baking or art.

If you have any questions about coronavirus, please see this link: https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INSwith-cover.pdf

Stay inside and stay safe,

The Senior Students

Lucy, Jacob, Reef, Emily, Caitlin and Chloe

COVID-19

As a school we are determined to support NHS and all key workers in any way that we can, however, avoiding gatherings and social distancing is key in the battle against the spread of COVID-19. So please follow the Government advice and only send children to school if there is no other option.
 
This advice is key in the battle against COVID-19.
 
A Message from Gavin Williamson ~ Education Secretary
You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response.
If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.
 
A message from Amanda Spielman ~ Chief Inspector for Ofsted
Parents need to hear the message: keep children at home if at all possible. Support the decisions your child’s school are making. They are working to keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.
 

Regards

Mr DJ Lewis, Principal

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School Closure

 

As you will know, from Friday 20th March 2020, all schools, colleges and early years settings in England will close to the majority of young people. However, the government has indicated that after this week, it is asking schools to open to provide care for children of key workers and vulnerable children. This is not a statutory requirement; schools are being asked to help as part of a national response.

This is a very different type of provision than schools usually provide. For these pupils, it will be about care, not necessarily education. This is about keeping children safe and allowing key workers (such as NHS staff) to go to work and care for the sick, or to keep food supply chains and transport links moving. All expectations regarding educational provision have been lifted. Schools that provide this care will be free to determine what the provision looks like and what they deem to be best for the pupils they are supporting. It is our intention that children accessing this provision will follow the work set on our online platforms, as well as some life skills and enrichment activities. Once plans have been formalised, we may require children to bring sports kit and/or outdoor clothing.
It is important to reiterate that schools will still need to make individual decisions about whether it is safe to open from now onwards. It remains the case that if the schools do not have enough staff to care for young people safely (even based on the new ‘reduced provision’ approach) then, subject to a risk assessment and consultation with the chair of governors, a full or partial closure may be necessary. We will have to keep this decision under daily review.
Overnight, the government published a list of critical workers. The expectation from Monday is that schools remain open for children of these critical workers and vulnerable children only. The list covers eight categories as outlined below. If you believe you fall into one of these categories, please refer to more detailed government guidance through the following link https://www.gov.uk/…/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-loca…

• Health and social care
• Education and childcare
• Key public services
• Local and national government
• Food and other necessary goods
• Public safety and national security
• Transport
• Utilities, communication and financial services

We must bear in mind that the schools have been closed to reduce social contact between people as a preventative measure to fight coronavirus. To have too many children in the building in these circumstances defeats the purpose of closure and therefore it is important that parents and carers follow the guidance set out below by the government.

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Department for Education, March 2020

Where both/lone parents are critical workers, children should only be brought into school when both/lone parents are working and we need advance notice of this so we are able to plan appropriate staffing levels. We are relying on the honesty of parents in terms of their key worker status and trust that no one will abuse this.
We have asked all parents to notify us as a matter of urgency if they fall into these critical worker categories AND intend to continue to send their child to school, whether every day on a full-time basis, or on a partial basis. If you have not already done this, please do so by 4pm today. This will enable us to create a definitive list of which students to expect on Monday morning and thereafter. Should these students then not arrive to school, we will contact parents and carers to check their whereabouts from a safeguarding stance. Communication between you and us is imperative for your child’s safety and wellbeing.
We will communicate further with families who have identified themselves as critical workers to arrange which sessions are required.
This has been the strangest week in school and we really appreciate the kind words of support we have had from parents. It seems incredibly surreal to think we may not see some of our children for a long time and we can only hope that the ‘foreseeable future’ is not as long as we fear and that we all make it safely to the other side of it.
As we have communicated previously, there is work available for students through Class Charts and RMUnify which everyone can access. If students find problems accessing this, they should contact school as we will still be here to offer support. We plan to stay in contact with families via Class Charts and email throughout the weeks, and potentially months ahead, whilst the school remains closed to the majority. Our students remain our priority and we will do everything we can to continue to support their learning and keep them prepared for their return to school, whenever that may be. In some cases, our safeguarding team will be in contact with some families on a more regular basis.
Whilst the advice is to physically isolate, do not be afraid to seek help or support should you need it. Please keep us updated of any ‘good news’ stories that we can share across our social media platforms. The SMCC community is a strong one and there is no better time than now to maintain our school values of ‘Ready, Resilient, Respectful’. Please look after yourselves and each other, and be safe.