05 Mar

This week I have been working hard with the senior leadership team at college to ensure that the college environment is ready to welcome all our students back onto site. We have made some changes to ensure that staff have the space to teach from. Some of our students who have been classed as CEV will continue to engage remotely from home and access all the teaching taking place at college. I will share again the important information that has been sent home to parents:

Lateral Flow Test
Thank you to all those who have responded. The tests will need to be conducted once per week during the weeks commencing: 8th, 15th and 22nd March, preferably on the Sunday evening prior to coming into college on the Monday. After this date, the tests will need to be conducted twice weekly. Please could you ensure that you follow the guidance sent with the tests for reporting results. We also ask that you email Shanaye (our site administrator) smainoo@newbridgegroup.org with your results so that college can keep a log and record, or complete the log form on our Parent App.

Return to On Site Learning
On Monday we will welcome all students back to college. We are looking forward to seeing everyone return, however we also need to ensure that we continue to safeguard ourselves. We ask that students keep to their designated bubbles and ensure that we continue to follow the staggered arrival and departure times at the start and end of the day. These times are:

  • Bubble 3 – arrive at 9am and leave by 3pm

Please can you ask your child to ensure that they continue to follow COVID safety measures if travelling by public transport.

Face masks (for those students who are able) should now be worn into the building and not taken off until the students reach their classrooms. If students want to continue to wear these in class they are able to do so. Please inform your child’s form tutor.

Again, please can I reiterate the need to follow national and government guidance on Hands, Face, Space.

COVID-19 Symptoms
Please could I reiterate that if your child or someone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, you must follow national guidance and ensure that you self-isolate and send for a PCR test to confirm if you have COVID-19.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of these symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

Please can you also ensure that college are notified of any positive test results so that we can continue to follow track and trace and notify PHE.

If you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the college SLT.

Now for an update from Anne-Marie..

It has been a couple of weeks since I have written a blog but that isn’t because we haven’t had anything to say, it is because we have been so busy with working virtually and getting on with what needs to be done!

We have continued to meet every morning, working on our well-being and mental health and setting us up for the day ahead!

All work for Employability is continually accessed on Showbie – this week there has been a focus on Customer Service. What is good customer service? How do we need to act around customers? How does Customer Service affect a business?

Well-being has continued to be worked on, from discussing feelings to exploring ideas to keep healthy and educational programmes that you can watch.

I am continuing to put job opportunities on Showbie in our Jobs folder for all students to see and apply for.

This week has been National Careers Week.

There were opportunities for us to carry out home learning activities and I have added the link here for you to have another look at these:

As well as it being National Careers Week, Thursday was World Book Day! We spent Thursday morning discussing our favourite books and what types of genres we like and there was a vast difference, from comics and annuals to adventure books and how when we have read a book that has been turned into a film.

I asked the group to complete a Book Review of their favourite book. Matthew came back with his, using the 5 W’s that he had been using in English.

Last but by no means least, we have spent time discussing our return to College on Monday! Everyone has said how they are really looking forward to getting back to college, the routine, the building and their friends.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all in person on Monday ~ Anne-Marie & Team

As Anne-Marie says, we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday. Have a lovely weekend,

Jaina and the Team

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