Welcome to another bumper issue of our newsletter. Whilst current restrictions have curtailed some events, our students continue to get involved in an impressive array of activities both in and outside of lessons.
I am certain that you will enjoy reading all about the varied and exciting things our students have been throwing themselves into.
Our departments are ever evolving the services we can provide the students. This term saw the return of some of our after school sports clubs and The Hummingbird Team are back and training for their F24 races which will hopefully take place in the Summer Term.
Do remember to visit our website to see our latest news and also to see what our wonderful student leaders are up to on behalf of the school.
I wish everyone in our community a happy and restful Easter Break.
Following Amelie’s recent Operation Lavender police undercover operation, we are delighted to announce that she has been awarded the Chief Constable’s Award for Innovation as part of the Devon & Cornwall Police Citizens in Policing Award 2021.
Today, 28th May 2021 is National Schools Arts Festival. This is an opportunity for schools to celebrate the talents and resilience of young people during what has been an extremely challenging year. We would like to mark the day by sharing some imagery of our students taking part in some of the...
We are delighted to announce that DofE Bronze expeditions have been a roaring success with the final group successfully completing their expedition last weekend against the rather challenging elements.
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.From now until June 16th a reading group from year 8 wil...
Student of the week: Millie, 11CAR. ''For working hard in her green assessment and persevering with her French''. Nominated by Miss Yarwood. Awarded 10 House points.Class of the week: Miss Marcer's 9K Music Class. ''For outstanding work on their Musical Theatre projec...
Student of the week: Esther, 8GIL. ''For her fantastic work and entry to the Step into the NHS competition that she worked on over lockdown.'' Nominated by Dr Doddrell. Awarded 10 House Points.Class of the week: Year 7 PE Class (7x/PE1). ''For their fantastic level of eng...
Students may contact staff if they have queries, firstly by visiting them in their department area, and only contacting them using school email system if they really can’t see them in person.
Parents may wish to contact staff. The following outlines what the Headteacher regards as important considerations regarding home/school communication, particularly by email:
¨ All communication must respect the dignity of the recipient.
¨ Within 48 hours: receipt of an email will be acknowledged by school either by the person contacted, or the most appropriate person able to deal with the issue (term time only, not after 5pm nor over a weekend).
¨ Within 5 working days: school will provide a response to the email by telephone or in writing, or e-mail. This may include informing the sender that more time is required to provide a full response. If this is the case, staff should indicate a time frame for a response.
¨ Staff will not be expected to monitor or respond to emails outside their normal working hours (nor at weekends and published school holidays).
Whilst this is extremely rare, if a member of staff receives an e-mail or call which is of an aggressive tone, sets unreasonable demands or could otherwise be interpreted as harassing, they will refer this to a senior line manager in the school, who will decide if consideration needs to be given to dealing with further communication under our Complaints Policy.
Out of respect for our neighbours and for health and safety reasons there is NO PARKING on the school site or for collecting/dropping off students on the double yellow lines outside our school gates.
SCHOOL NURSE DROP IN
Don’t forget for our students, the School Nurse visits school to provide a “drop in” clinic on Friday Week A at lunchtime. Just pop along to the Counselling Room.
STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
For safety reasons if your daughter has to leave school during the school day, and you are unable to collect her, she must have a note in her planner with clear instructions that you give permission for her to leave unaccompanied. Without your express instructions to this effect we will not allow any students to leave school unless they are collected by an adult from reception.
Please be aware that we have students who are severely allergic to nuts and we would, therefore, appreciate where possible that you try to avoid putting nuts into packed lunches.
Although we are not going completely nut free, we have stopped selling packets of nuts as snacks in the canteen to try to reduce the risk to them and appreciate your support.
SOCIAL MEDIA & ONLINE SAFETY
Our Children are spending more and more time on their mobile phones. Making them aware of the dangers of social media, and protecting them from these dangers can be very challenging. These are some of the better known sites that pose risks to children—are they on your child’s phone home screen?
To help safeguard your child please regularly take the time to talk to them about the way they use their social media apps:
Do they always know who they are engaging with?
Do they share their passwords?
Do they feel comfortable with what they are seeing and doing?
Do they feel pressure from “friends” to do/say things they don’t want to?
For more information please regarding online safety, please visit our website: www.phsg.org/