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Coronavirus Updates

Following the Government’s most recent Covid-19 update on Sunday 10th May it is important to note that there are no immediate changes in the education or child care provision made by schools.

Therefore, schools will continue to provide distance learning support for students and child care for Key Workers who have provided 24 hours notice of their intention to use the child care facility. 

 

As you will be aware, the government has announced the expectation that Secondary schools will begin a phased transition to school based learning during Term 6 for selected Year Groups.

 

We are working closely with the Local Authorities and the Department For Education to ensure the most effective and safe return to school for students and staff. We will be in contact you shortly to update you on our plans. Please continue to check your mailboxes and this website for updates. Thank you for your continued support.

 

For any key worker whose child is not currently using our childcare facility, and who subsequently becomes unable to provide childcare at home –  you must give the school 24 hours’ notice that you need to use this provision so that we can provide appropriate staffing. This means emailing r.martin@tsatrust.org.uk or calling 03333 602130 by 9am the day before. For Monday provision, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am on the preceding Friday.  Students arriving without giving 24 hours’ notice may be turned away if we do not have adequate staffing. To access this provision, you must also have downloaded and completed the form that can be found here and you must bring it with you to the school when you arrive.

Years 10 and 12: Please see important Covid-19 update from 21.05.20 here.

Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13: Please see important Covid-19 update from 22.05.20 from here.

Please see letter to all parents from Ms Gould here.

For useful learning resources from Medway Libraries, please see here. 

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For all letters sent home about Coronavirus, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, please see here.

For resources for Year 11 into Year 12 students and those Year 13 students going into Higher Education, please see here.

Admissions 2020/21

We are currently awaiting further advice from the Department for Education about how appeal deadlines may be affected by the current COVID-19 restrictions on schools. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who still wishes to appeal to do so. Further advice will be provided to all appellants as soon as it is available. All admission appeal forms should be emailed to admissions@holcombegrammar.org.uk. Please do not bring them into school.

Free School Meals

Following on from the recent government announcement that the free school meal (FSM) e-vouchers, we have registered all students entitled to FSM with the DfE provider who will be distributing the e-vouchers using the email address you have provided to the school. We have not been advised when the first voucher will be sent, but any delay will not affect your entitlement. If you requested a printed voucher, these will follow on once we have received them but are subject to postal delays at present. Any queries, please use the following link: https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

Japan Trip

Japan Trip

Students from Holcombe Grammar School and Rochester Grammar School arrived safely in Japan on Saturday 19th October.

The group spent Sunday at the Samukawa Shinto Shrine. On Monday they headed to Yokosuka, where they visited the Will Adams memorial, where a presentation was conducted at the shrine followed by a trip to the harbour to see the Mikasa Memorial Ship.  The day ended with a trip to Kamakura for some shopping and a visit to the shinto shrine in the centre of the city, the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū.

Tuesday was all about being caught in the rain of a tropical storm whilst exploring Enoshima and the Sea Candle Lighthouse.  The group experienced a tram journey to the Kamakura Buddhist Shrine and the Kamakura Hasedera temple, then back to Hiratsuka for dinner.

Wednesday saw our students visit the popular tourist attraction the Tokyo Tower, a tower inspired by the Eiffel Tower and the second tallest structure in Japan, standing at 333 metres. Our students enjoyed warm weather all day – 24 degrees – and bright sunshine. They headed back to Kobe via the bullet train. The highlight of the day for Mrs Obee was visiting a shiba inu cafe.

The group were busy on Thursday. It was an early start as they headed to Himeji Castle in the morning, before some light shopping, then back to Kobe to ride the cable car to the top for some wet and cloudy views. Finally, Friday was spent experiencing school life in Japan at the Hyōgo Prefectural Kobe High School, and were treated to views over the city and towards Osaka. The group sighted Mount Fuji on their travel to Odawara, which had previously been hidden by clouds and rain.

Students arrived safely back in London. We hope they enjoyed this unforgettable trip.