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Dear Parents/Carers

I just wanted to up-date you on a few things as we reach the half-way point of the first term. Before I do, I’d just like to publicly thank the staff for their unbelievable efforts and professionalism over the last eight weeks to ensure we continue to meet all the Government safety guidelines that help minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection. To date, we have had no positive cases in school.

Working in bubbles, with staggered breaks, additional cleaning and restrictions on how we can teach has been challenging, but staff and students have adapted well. Given the circumstances, I am pleased with how productive the term has gone so far. Thank you for your continued support and for the positive feedback I’ve received from many of you. We will continue to assess the situation and look to do an even better job as the year progresses.

A few important up-dates and reminders…

Staffing

We say a very sad farewell to Rachel Harris this week. Rachel has worked at the school as part of our pastoral team for over 23 years and has given her heart and soul to the job. Rachel has supported thousands of students over the years and she is going to be sorely missed by students, staff and families within our community. We thank Rachel for everything she has given over her amazing career with us and wish her a well-deserved retirement.

Also leaving us after four years with the Creative Arts faculty, is Beth Fitzearle, our wonderful arts technician. Beth is leaving us to concentrate on her new jewellery business and we wish her every success.

You may also be aware that Derek Potts also left the school earlier this term after 18 years’ service as our Attendance Manager and Educational Welfare Officer. Derek has supported many students and families through various difficulties and, like Rachel and Beth, will be sorely missed.

Hand Sanitiser and Masks

Please ensure your child comes to school with sanitiser and a mask. Students having their own supply of sanitiser helps the school to run more smoothly. After half term, we will need to start charging if students regularly need to be given one of our masks.

CV-19 Tests

If your child has to have a CV19 test, we need to see evidence of a negative result before they return to school. Please forward the email/text confirmation to attendance@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk.

School Closure Arrangements

Should there be a positive case in school, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in the same class bubble will be sent home to isolate. In Years 10 to 13, close contacts only will need to isolate unless Public Health England advise that it needs to be the whole year group.

Uniform

Please ensure your child comes to school in the proper uniform. We still have a small number of students wearing inappropriate jumpers, trousers or skirts. Jumpers must be black and V-neck. Jeans are not allowed. Any jewellery, other than a small pair of stud earrings, will be confiscated.

Merits and Behaviour

Please remember to sign up to ClassCharts if you haven’t already so you can keep up to date with any merits or behavior points your child receives. You will also be notified of any detentions through the ClassCharts’ app. If you’re unsure how to access ClassCharts, please contact Mr Knipe at chknipe@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk.

We’ve seen an amazing number of students achieve their gold merit awards already and 10 students have even achieved their platinum certificates. This is an incredible achievement so early on in the term. As a result, we will be introducing two additional awards for the students to aim for (double gold and double platinum).

Virtual Parents’ Evenings

As we can’t offer face to face parents’ evenings, we are trialing a new video call service. The Year 12 and 13 Parents’ Evening will use this new service on Wednesday 4th November. Letters have been sent out to parents of Year 12 and Y13s providing instructions on how to make appointments and how to access the video call on the day. If successful, we will roll this out to the other year groups for their calendared parents’ evenings.

Free Internet Access

We have a small number of routers provided by the Government to share with parents who have difficultly accessing the internet. If you feel your child would benefit from having one of these routers in your home to help them with homework or to access Office 365, please contact Chris Pickles, our Operations Manager, to discuss further at chpickles@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk.

Clubs

We are hoping to start up some extra-curricular clubs after half-term. We just need to sign off the risk assessments before confirming the programme. We will up-date you about this as soon as possible.

School Photos

Students in Years 7, 9 and 11 will be having their individual photos taken in school on Monday 2nd November by Fizz Photographers. Students doing PE on this day, should come into school wearing their PE kit as usual. These photos will be used for our information management system, but will also be available to parents to buy. There will also be the traditional year group photo for Year 11.

The Reflection

It has been a while since we sent out our last edition of the school magazine, The Reflection. I am hoping to release the next edition in November with some news stories and articles about student achievements. Watch this space!

Once again, thank you for all your support and I wish you all a lovely half-term.

Yours sincerely

Alex Lingard
Head Teacher

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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