This week the school had 60 pupils daily with the second phase of on-site adapted curriculum. The pupils are feeling very confident with the changes in the school building. The teams are carefully planning teaching and learning in line with the government safety guidelines. We were really pleased to have pupils return across the following pathways.
- Post-16 Pathway which includes pupils that are finishing at Swiss Cottage School to move on to college and vocational training.
- Semi-Formal Pathway
- Informal Pathway
- Formal Pathway
From next week we will be increasing this to 70 pupils. This will bring us to our maximum capacity within the current guidelines from the Department for Education and Public Health England. This is alongside the Local Authority guidelines for pupils on their shielded list remaining safe at home and within our Virtual School.
The Virtual School added ‘Zoom’ as an option for the live interactive sessions on the weekly timetable. This is in addition to Microsoft Teams so that can use the preferred option. It was great to hear about the sessions that have taken place this week on ‘Zoom’ and the positive feedback on this addition.
We want to support you as much as possible before the end of the academic year with what you need for the summer holidays. The last day of the academic year is Tuesday, 21st July 2020. We are going to prepare additional content over the final three weeks in order to create a protected school YouTube site for our Summer Holiday content which all families will be able to access. This will be in the areas of Music, PE, Movement, and Yoga. Please let your class teacher know if there are any resources we can create and send home to you over the next two weeks.
The school is also working with the Department for Education’s ‘Oak National Academy’ to prepare content for their specialist curriculum. Their content is in the areas of Communication and Language, Numeracy, Creative Arts, Independent Living, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy. The content on Oak’s National Academy is available and located here: https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist
The Local Authority has also shared their plans for the Camden Summer University this week. This is led by Camden for pupils aged 13-19 and their plans are available here: https://www.cmdn.co.uk/
Short Breaks provision is an important support for families over the holiday periods and especially during the summer. Camden LA Short Breaks provision is led by Jeffrey Kotei and his contact is here: 02079744181 and details are here: http://cindex.camden.gov.uk/kb5/camden/cd/service.page?id=NXWG7B0pmeo&localofferchannel=4.
You may start to access the community with your child now or over the summer holidays as the government reduces lockdown measures. Transport for London requires face masks as a safety measure. This may not be safe or appropriate for many of your children. The organisation ‘PhotoSymbols’ has created free Safety Posters which are available on their website here: https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/posters. This includes a card that explains why you or your child are not wearing a face mask. Please let your class teacher know if you would like any of the cards below by Friday, 3rd July. We will print and laminate them to send home to you. If you are in the Virtual School we will post them to your home.
All families received a letter this week confirming your child’s class teacher and class name. The news is featuring updates from the Prime Minister on plans to bring back all pupils to school in September 2020 for the new academic year. Schools are waiting for the release of Department for Education and Public Health England guidelines to prepare for this in line with government requirements. We hope this is released soon so that we can give you updates before the end of the academic year.
Farewell Messages for Head of School Monika Gaweda
It is sad that we will not be able to wish Head of School Monika Gaweda a farewell together as a community at the school. We usually create a memory book with pupils, families, and staff.
- If your child is at school: their class will complete artwork for the book. Please send any messages you have as a family in your child’s home-school book.
- If your child is in the Virtual School: please send any messages or artwork through your class teacher.
- Please send this in by Monday, 6th July so that we can get the book published before the end of the academic year to present to Monika.
Thank you and have a good weekend!