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  • Year 6 Transition

    Published 22/06/20

    Welcome Letter to Year 6 

    Mr Crabtree Director of Progress Year 7

     

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  • Year 6 Transition Plan

    Published 19/06/20

    To all Year 6 Pupils and Parents

    This year at Fisher More we aim to make the transition process as exciting and informative as always for our Year 6 pupils. Below is a 4 week plan for transition for June/July 2020.  Each week has a different focus for all those involved in the transition process.

    Week beginning 22 June 2020 – Transition Week Plan for Pupils and Primary Staff

    During this week we will be uploading information that Year 6 can use both at home and within class.  We hope that you find these resources useful and they help to give you an insight into what to expect when you arrive at Fisher More in September. The uploads are detailed below:

    • Monday 22 June 2020 – 'Welcome Letter to Year 6' from Mr Crabtree, Director of Progress for Years 6 and 7
    • Tuesday 23 June 2020 – 'Welcome Letter to Year 6' from current Year 7 pupils 
    • Wednesday 24 June 2020 – Mr Crabtree’s 'Preparing for Fisher More' Power Point presentation 
    • Thursday 25 June 2020 – Zoom sessions, day 1
    • Friday 26 June 2020 – Zoom sessions day 2

    Times for the Zoom sessions are being arranged with the individual primary schools.  They are an opportunity for pupils to ask the pastoral team at Fisher More any questions about what to expect when they arrive at Fisher More in September.

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  • Pupil Wellbeing

    Published 17/06/20

    Pupil Wellbeing: Emotional Health and Wellbeing Following Covid-19

    Guidance to Help Promote Positive Emotional Health and Wellbeing during Coronavirus Pandemic

    During this difficult time for everybody when we are having to cope with living our lives very differently, there will be children, young people and adults experiencing significant loss, separation, bereavement and trauma.  Additionally, there will be many experiencing emotional health concerns such as anxiety and depression, amongst others.  This will be unique to each child and family and their individual circumstances.  

    As a school we understand the potential impact on the children, young people and families within our community. Therefore, we have put together a collection of resources for parents/carers and children and young people to access:

    Happyful is an online magazine supporting good mental health: https://read.happiful.com/

    Stem4 offers tips for managing anxiety.  Some specific to coronavirus: https://stem4.org.uk/ and also:  https://stem4.org.uk/resources/

    Lancashire Mind works to support children and young people with their mental health.  Their work is now very much in demand: https://www.lancashiremind.org.uk/pages/24-children-and-young-people

    Another source of guidance and support related to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is available through the Healthy Young Minds website.  Healthy Young Minds was formed from the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation Programme, which was established to deliver a five-year programme of transformation work across Lancashire and South Cumbria.  The overarching aims for the Transformation Programme is to improve the resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, making it easier for them, their families and the professionals who work with them to access advice, help and support when they need it and to improve the standard of mental health services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

    Within each of the links below there are specific topics, as well as current up to date guidance and support for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    https://www.healthyyoungmindslsc.co.uk/home

    We Are With You - Addaction/ We Are With You (WAWY) (formerly Young Addaction) are still offering support to young people under 25 with regards to substance misuse and wellbeing remotely: https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/

    Positive Action in the Community - offers projects supporting young homeless people and those living with domestic violence: https://www.p-a-c.org.uk/projects/

    Clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre have developed seven ways they consider to be best practice in responding to children and young people’s fears.

    7 ways to support children and young people who are worried: ttps://www.annafreud.org/media/11459/7waysanxiety.pdf

    Young Minds – for children and young people

    https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/ptsd/https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/helping-children-cope-with-traumatic-stress.htm

    NSPCC-counselling online and support for both young people and families: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

    Signposting to Websites for Bereavement

    There are a number of useful websites to access extra information and practical suggestions not necessarily for the current situation but are still relevant which may help as a menu.  Here are some suggestions:

    https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/for-parents

    Bereavement support during coronavirus

    'Being cut off from family, friends and communities because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is difficult for everyone, but especially for children, young people and families who are grieving for a loved one.'

    The experienced team at Winston’s Wish offer advice and guidance on supporting children through coronavirus, including information on many topics: https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/

    MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults:

    https://www.minded.org.uk/Catalogue/Index?HierarchyId=0_36571_36871_36923&programmeId=36571

    Pupils with SEND

    A useful link for a social story to support the return to school for pupils with SEND can be found at:

    https://www.socialstories4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Returning-To-School-During-COVID-19.pdf

    The five ways to wellbeing – Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) on behalf of Foresight, sets out five actions to improve personal wellbeing, these can apply to all ages:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/five-ways-to-mental-wellbeing

    Childline: provides a chat room, message boards and advice: https://www.childline.org.uk/

     

    Signposting to other Useful Websites:

    Barnardo's published their report 'Overcoming Poverty of Hope' by Lianne Smith in July 2019.  How would young people respond now?

    The sources of information and support identified in this guidance are largely based on general life experiences, unless specific reference is made to COVID-19.

    For more detailed information, follow the link: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/coping-with-emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm

    Helpguide.org

    https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/traumatic-stress.htm

    Kooth-site focussed on support for young people. Blogs and journals, web chat with counsellors, community resources:

    https://www.kooth.com/

    The Children's Society

    https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-children-and-young-people/the-advice-resource-vault/advice-for-children-age-13-17

    https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support

    The Mix

    https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/looking-after-yourself/the-mix-are-still-here-to-support-you-35665.html

    The Samaritans

    Online chat and tips for dealing with coronavirus:

    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/schools/deal/deal-resources/coping-strategies/deal-building-resilience/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqouBwY-f6QIVCuztCh2-Yg2sEAAYASAAEgJt7_D_BwE

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  • Key Stage 3 Enrichment Weeks

    Published 16/06/20

    Weeks commencing 22nd and 29th June 2020

    Over this two week period, pupils will be exploring the theme 'Healthy Lifestyles'.  Subject areas will all set tasks and activities which focus on particular aspects of healthy lifestyles that pupils will need to complete and send back to their teachers over this two week period.  On submitting their work to their teachers, pupils will receive merits.  The more tasks/activities completed, the more merits pupils will be awarded and so the higher chance of winning a prize in the draw for each year group.

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  • Year 10 from Monday 22 June 2020

    Published 16/06/20

    As we announced last week, governors have agreed to us starting to open the school to wider numbers of Year 10 pupils from Monday 22 June 2020.  The arrangements remain as per the  letter from Ms Hayes, dated 4 June 2020, but will just start a week later then specified: 

    The year group will be split into 4 groups of approximately 36 pupils.  A Groupcall message will be sent shortly to inform you which group your child has been placed in:

                    Group 1 will be in school on Mondays

                    Group 2 will be in school on Tuesdays

                    Group 3 will be in school on Wednesdays

                    Group 4 will be in school on Thursdays

    Each group will be divided into 3 groups of 12 to allow for all aspects of social distancing in the classrooms to be in place.

    Pupils should wear full school uniform to attend.

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  • June is the Month of Special Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    Published 15/06/20
     The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.  The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost.
    In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotions are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
    Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church. 

    Devotion to the Sacred Heart was an essential component of Pope John Paul II's hopes for the "new evangelization" called for by the Church.

    Pope John Paul II said:

     "For evangelization today, the Heart of Christ must be recognised as the heart of the Church: It is He who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation. It is He who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes. It is He who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body. It is He who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life. It is He who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale." 

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  • Transition Information for Year 11 Pupils

    Published 15/06/20

    To support Year 11 pupils and their parents/carers, the document below sets out information about individual school sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers based in Lancashire.  The document sets out information by provider to help young people make informed decisions about their next steps, such as on how to apply for a place, where to find information on courses and how to prepare for Year 12.  Whilst most schools have been continuing to provide careers education, information, advice and guidance remotely, this document can be used to further support this work.  Whilst a number of young people have already applied for a place at a school sixth form, college or apprenticeship provider, a number may still be undecided or have not yet applied. 

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  • Latest Update for Year 10

    Published 10/06/20

    At their meeting of the Resources Committee this morning and  based on the information received from Public Health Lancashire and the DfE,  Governors have agreed to delay the wider reopening of the school to Year 10 pupils until 22nd June 2020.

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  • Trinity Sunday

    Published 09/06/20

    On Trinity Sunday we contemplate the nature of the Blessed Trinity as a source of energy and power.  

    We do not just pray to the Triune God: we pray in him.  

    We pray because his Spirit cries out within us. We worship because the Spirit draws us into the body of Christ. 

    Christians believe that we are drawn into the mystery of God who is Father, Son and Spirit by the Son coming among us as one of us, as a human being – Jesus. 

    Jesus opened for us the way to the Father and he sent the Spirit to dwell in our hearts. 

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  • Letter to Year 10 Parents and Carers

    Published 04/06/20

    4 June 2020

    Dear Parents/Carers

    I am writing to outline the arrangements we have put into place to provide some face to face support for Year 10 pupils from Monday 15 June 2020. 

    The year group will be split into 4 groups of approximately 36 pupils.  Each group will be divided into 3 groups of 12 to allow for all aspects of social distancing in the classrooms to be in place.

    During week commencing 8 June 2020 we will send out a Groupcall message to inform you which group your children has been placed in.

                    Group 1 will be in school on Mondays

                    Group 2 will be in school on Tuesdays

                    Group 3 will be in school on Wednesdays

                    Group 4 will be in school on Thursdays

    We have decided to focus our sessions on the core subject areas of English, maths, science and RE:

                      Week beginning 15 June 2020 – English

                      Week beginning 22 June 2020 – Maths

                      Week beginning 29 June 2020 – Science

                      Week beginning 6 July 2020 – RE

    Further details for the last week of term will be sent out later this half term.

    The daily sessions will be 9.30am to 10.50am, break until 11.10am and then a further session 11.20am until 12.30pm.  Your child will be in the same room with the same member of staff for both sessions.

    Pastoral support for pupils will be provided on Fridays.  The pupils involved will be contacted in advance by Mr Flynn or Mr Walmsley.

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  • Pope Francis's Message on Pentecost Sunday

    Published 01/06/20

    In his Pentecost Sunday homily in 2018, Pope Francis reminded us that the Holy Spirit is ‘the divine force that changes the world’ and that ‘the Spirit enters into situations and transforms them.  He changes hearts and he changes situations.’

    The words used by Pope Francis are more relevant today than ever. 

    The Holy Spirit transforms hearts and when we see what is going on in our world today and especially in the USA his words mean so much:

    ‘Today, then, let us learn what to do when we are in need of real change.  And who among us does not need a change?' 

    Click on the link below to listen to the Holy Father's words again.

    https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-thy-kingdom-come-pentecost-archbishop-canterbury-welby.html

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  • Amended School Day

    Published 28/05/20


    27 May 2020

    Dear Parents/Carers 

    First of all, I hope that you are all managing to stay safe and well during these unusual and testing times. 

    After the recent pronouncements concerning the road map out of strict lockdown, the future of education in secondary schools remains extremely uncertain.  However, and particularly since our visit by Ofsted, we have been planning for the future with particular emphasis around the implementation of our revised, broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. 

    As part of this process we have rationalised the organisation of learning time during the school day.  As a consequence, we have changed the timing of the school day to maximise the use of that learning time.  As of the beginning of the new school year in September 2020, the school day will begin with pupils in school at 8.40am and in their form groups by 8.45am.  Pupils will have their normal 6 x 50 minute lessons during the day with a 20 minute morning break and a 40 minute lunch break.  Pupils will leave school at the earlier time of 3pm.  There are many advantages to this earlier finish time, including going home in daylight for the vast majority of the year and the ability to run after school activities and sports fixtures more successfully. 

    In summary: 

    School starts: 8.40am 

    Registration/assembly: 8.45am 

    Morning break: 10.40am – 11am 

    Lunch break: 2 sittings, each for 40 minutes 

    School ends: 3pm 

    Of course, we hope, as I am sure you do, that school will be back to normal, or as near normal as it can be, as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, if you do have any queries regarding these proposed changes, please do not hesitate to contact me: trickett.p@fishermore.lancs.sch.uk 

    Thank you, as always, for your continued support. 

    Yours faithfully

    Mr P Trickett

    Associate Deputy Headteacher

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