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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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:
Holcombe is determined to carry on with our school enrichment clubs, which is why we have launched our first ever Digital Debate Society, a weekly Microsoft Teams meeting with students, Fridays from 1:20-1:55pm. All staff and students are welcome.
Digital Debate Society hosted their first meeting today, Friday 3rd April, to a great success! The topic of wealth inequailty was discussed and debated – the motion was ‘The house believes that wealth inequality is the key to a stable society.’ Given the current climate of events, this topic was all the more relevant. Students made thougthful arguments on the topics of gentrification, salary caps, taxing the super rich, supporting local communities, funding the NHS, political party economic agendas, unfairness of income with premier league footballers, and so much more. It should be noted that these advanced topics were discussed with confidence exclusively from students in Years 7, 8 and 9. It was a very engaging debate.
By the end of the meeting, all members were unanimous in disagreeing with our motion, that wealth inequality is a key to a stable society. Our regular contributor Ryan Gurnett said it best: inequality in general can never be percieved as inherently ‘good’. A very big thank you to all members who supported today: Sidney, Toluwanimi, William, Emmanuel, Harry, Jake, Flynn, Ryan, Leon, Ms Avalon, Mr Still and Mrs Bridges.
If any students would like to get involved, please let Mr Claessens know. This is a great opportunity for students to see the school come together in a context beyond their online lessons and homework.