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For the week ending: 26 November, 2021

A Parents Guide to Covid19 at Ormiston Denes Academy

Dear Parent/ Carer

It has been another busy week at the academy. Alongside our core business of learning, students have been preparing for the upcoming performance of Cinderella, entering our Christmas card competition (winners to be announced shortly) and embracing the many extra-curricular events on offer. It has been a pleasure to see students working hard in lessons and I have seen some beautifully presented work. I also had the opportunity to meet with Miss Grimmer to find out more about our student leadership team and how this important part of the academy is developing.

At the academy we are always striving to do better and have been able to make some modifications to our timetable to improve some learning experiences. On Monday 29th of November, we will move to an updated academy timetable. We have kept the changes to a minimum to reduce the impact on students. All students will be provided with a new copy of the timetable by their form tutor on Monday morning and you will be able to view it on Go4Schools as the system refreshes over the weekend.

To enable you to support us preparing your child for school, the following year groups/ forms will have PE Monday:

  • Period 1 Year 7 Mr McCormick, Mr Bennett,  Mrs Westgate
  • Period 2 Year 8 Mrs Pattinson, Mr Dack, Mr Bailey
  • Period 3 Year 7 Mr Hissey, Mrs Power, Miss Getvoldsen
  • Period 4 Year 9 Mr Bailey, Mr Woodrow, Miss Grimmer

As you will no doubt be aware, Suffolk continues to experience increased rates of Covid 19. Can I please remind you that students are to wear face masks in all communal areas (unless exempt).  Whilst we have some supply of these, it is not unlimited and we would appreciate your support in sending your child to school with a face mask (and maybe a spare one or two in their bags). It is important we work together as a community to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Following last week’s assembly focus on anti-bullying, further information and guidance relating to this topic can be found HERE.

This week’s focus in assemblies has been on the importance of good attendance and the impact this has on student progress and achievement. Further information relating to attendance and how we support this, can be found HERE.

To reward and celebrate these efforts, in addition to our standard prizes for students with 100% for this half term and/or autumn term to be awarded in a few weeks’ time, anyone attending every day from this week until the penultimate week of term, will be in the raffle to win one of five £25 Just Eat vouchers. We understand and appreciate that good attendance is a family effort, and we would like to highlight our thanks by contributing to a family meal to celebrate these achievements. Please also be advised that we are discounting any absence relating to Covid19 from our rewards offer as we appreciate the difficulties this unavoidable absence can cause and do not wish to disadvantage our students because of this.

PSHE topics for next week are:

  • Year 7: Developing soft skills for employment
  • Year 8: Researching the world of work
  • Year 9: Researching the world of work
  • Year 10: Eating disorders
  • Year 11: Relationship abuse

If you wish to discuss any of our sensitive topics or need additional help in supporting your child in any way, please email your child’s Pastoral Manager or Year Head.

Have a wonderful weekend

Yours faithfully

Kate Williams

Principal

Welcome to Ormiston Denes Academy, north Lowestoft’s secondary school and the first choice academy for the majority of families in the local area. We offer a rigorous, traditional curriculum; supplemented by a broad choice from creative and performing arts, technology, and sport; all personalised to the strengths of individual students. Read more…

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