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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Latest News

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  • Free School Meals - 2 April 2020

    Published 26/03/20

    We are now able to access the government's website in order to organise the vouchers  for children in receipt of free school meals.  Mrs Fitzpatrick will now be contacting  families in order to find out some additional information to help us with the set up and running of the system.  As the scheme is not available over the Easter holidays, first vouchers will be issued week beginning 20th April 2020

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  • English Seneca Codes

    Published 25/03/20

    To join Mr Bellusci's Year 7 class

    Go to the website: app.senecalearning.com/join-class

    Sign up as a student

    Type in the class code: a5i9pd0dg7

    Or scan the QR code on your phone:

     

    To join Mr Bellusci's Year 8 class:

    Go to the website: app.senecalearning.com/join-class

    Sign up as a student

    Type in the class code: ntbx6t8ysk

    Or scan the QR code on your phone:

     

    To join Mr Bellusci's Year 9 class

    Go to the website: app.senecalearning.com/join-class

    Sign up as a student

    Type in the class code: 8suwpwqxf7

    Or scan the QR code on your phone:

     

    To join Mr Bellusci's Year 10 class

    Go to the website: app.senecalearning.com/join-class

    Sign up as a student

    Type in the class code: g78qfxv2ms

    Or scan the QR code on your phone:

     

    To join Mr Bellusci's Year 11 class

    Go to the website: app.senecalearning.com/join-class

    Sign up as a student

    Type in the class code: 46iukkph0r

    Or scan the QR code on your phone:

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  • An Act of Spiritual Communion

    Published 24/03/20

    If you are unable to receive Holy Communion at this time, you can pray the prayer for Spiritual Communion:

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  • Information for Parents - 23 March 2020

    Published 23/03/20

    While we are closed, we would like to offer parents the following suggested structure for the day to help children keep up with the school work they have been set while they are at home:

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  • Letter re Coronavirus 19 March 2020

    Published 17/03/20

     

    19 March 2020

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

    Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to most children after this Friday until further notice.

    As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, teachers, school support staff, others in frontline services – please see the government website for the full list) and children with certain needs (those in receipt of free school meals, EHCO, EHCP (mid process) CFW, edge of care, CSC or an open CAF).  If you feel that your family is vulnerable but may not meet the specific criteria, please contact us to discuss what arrangements can be made to accommodate your child.

    Attendance by children in the ‘vulnerable’ category is not optional.

    Attendance by children of a key worker is optional.  However, we recommend that your child attends school to enable you to continue to do your job to the benefit of us all.

    Any attendance is a full time commitment and is not provided on an ad-hoc basis.

    We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. We request all families to complete this electronic questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9NVQ7H5  and return it to us by 9am tomorrow morning, 20 March 2020 to allow us to make preparations for next week.

    All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

    Please note that this is a national closure, as you may have heard in the news, so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone.  We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by Groupcall text and notification on our website and Facebook page.

    With effect from Monday 23 March 2020 and for the next 2 weeks up to and including Friday 3 April 2020, the arrangements for provision only for children of key workers and any children who fall into the ’vulnerable’ category are as follows:

    • School will open at 9am and close at 3.30pm.  Arrangements during the day will differ as normal timetables are suspended. Details will follow.
    • All children attending school should wear full school uniform as usual and all rules and expectations regarding behaviour remain unchanged.
    • Lunch will be provided as usual for all children present.
    • All children in receipt of free school meals (whether in school or not) will also be provided with a meal. 
    • If your child is expected to be in school but can’t attend due to illness or having to self-isolate, please contact Mrs Dean, Attendance Manager, to report their absence as normal.

    These are the arrangements for the next 2 weeks only.  The situation is evolving at a rapid pace.  If our plans need to change, we will contact you via the usual channels.  Arrangements for during the Easter holidays and beyond if necessary, will be provided nearer the time.

    While your child is at home, they will be expected to complete the work which has been set by their teachers on the various electronic platforms used in school.  Teachers may be contacted during school hours with any queries via their school email address which can be found on the school website.

    This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation.  We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

    If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the usual number: 01282 865299.

    And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

    Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

    Yours faithfully

    Ms C Hayes

    Headteacher

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  • The Rededication

    Published 13/03/20

    As part of the Christian drive to rededicate England to Mary, Our Lady there will be a Deanery Mass at Sacred Heart on Thursday 26 March at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome.

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  • Lenten Fund Raising

    Published 11/03/20

    Not everyone has the things they need to make a happy home, but Caritas, through the St Joseph’s Penny Appeal, reaches out to those vulnerable children and families in our communities.   They offer support in lots of different ways – from food parcels to counselling sessions, from providing clothes and household goods, to giving young mums and their babies somewhere safe to live; Caritas means something different to everyone they help.

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  • Mission Week 2020

    Published 11/03/20

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.

    As part of our mission week and to help mark this event a number of pupils spent time studying images of paintings created by the artist Peter Clare which reflect the Gospel of Matthew.

    The pupils used the reflections of Father Dries van den Akker SJ to help them understand the stories behind the paintings.  This enabled them write their thoughts or questions they had on paper which could then be shared with the other pupils

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  • YEAR 9 OPTIONS

    Published 13/02/20

    Your son/daughter is approaching an important stage in their secondary education.  With the beginning of Key Stage 4 only two terms away, it is now necessary for us all to support our Year 9 students as they consider which optional subjects to study.  The amount of choice available is both exciting and daunting; consequently, having access to high quality information, advice and guidance is crucial.  This letter aims to introduce you to the Options process at Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School and the support that we will be offering.

     The KS4 Options process started this week with an extended assembly and the issue of a KS4 Options booklet which is also available by clicking on the link below.  Details of all the subjects offered all also linked below.

    The key dates for your diary are:

    • Thursday 13 February 2020: Students finish for Spring half term – please discuss appropriate Options with your child during the holiday.  Students must complete the Draft Options Forms during half term and bring them into school upon their return.  The forms should be signed by the parent/carer.
    • Monday 24 February 2020: School re-opens - all Year 9 students will be allocated Individual Advice and Guidance sessions with a school leader within the first two weeks back at school.  During the session the Option Selections will be recorded on the school’s Options system.

     

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  • Science at St John Southworth

    Published 10/02/20

    On Friday 7 February 2020, eight talented Year 8 scientists went to St John Southworth school to judge the science projects of Years 1-3 and 4-6.  The standard of all the entries was extremely high which made it difficult to chose just one winner and two 'highly commended' in each year group.

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