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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

Mardi Gras Mask Competition Winners

Mardi Gras Mask Competition Winners

Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and even Pancake Day in the UK, is an annual festival which was celebrated on 25th February in 2020.

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageFalling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of “self-denial”.

Congratulations to our 2020 Mardi Gras Mask Competition Winners, Edward Little (First place), Cameron Abbott (Second place) and Luca Simeone (Third place). Students studying French in Y7, Y8 and Y9 took part in the competition and made a variety of original and creative masks. Bon effort! All participants were treated to a small celebration and staff members were invited to join in and eat the typical food, ‘Les crêpes’ (Pancakes) during the Carnival.Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page

In lessons we learnt about Lent and the Mardi Gras doing quizzes and our first ‘Jeu d’évasion’ (Escape Room) competition, where students had to complete a range of activities in French and crack the code before being able to move to the next activity, was a real success. Their instructions were ‘You want to go to the famous carnival celebration called MARDI GRAS in Nice, France but you don’t know how. Solve all the riddles. Find out the codes to get the tickets and escape to MARDI GRAS!’

Well done Y7, Y8 and Y9. Félicitations!

Mrs Caffarena

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