So, after a slightly longer than planned half-term break following the school’s early closure, and despite the best efforts of our loyal but unwelcome associate ‘Covid 19’ who seems determined to stick around, it’s business as usual.
A return to full time education is the best thing for the young people in our community and we want our students in school. Whilst the battle with Covid 19 is likely to continue in the short term, we will continue to adhere to government guidelines and make every effort to keep the school fully open.
Maintaining a focus on learning is always difficult as we approach any holiday but trying to do that while accessing lessons remotely from home is a massive challenge. We need to say a massive ‘congratulations’ to all of the students who did this and a massive ‘thank you’ to the parents and carers who supported the delivery of remote learning. For those students who didn’t join the IT revolution and log in to the huge number of live lessons that were taught, and to those students who didn’t complete the work that was online, I need to remind you that, whether you are physically in the building or at home, during term time, it is school as usual. Thanks must go again to the generous donation of laptops from the Westminster Foundation that helped to support the learning of those students who struggled to find access to a computer at home.
Remembrance Day Assembly
Despite the restrictions placed on us by Covid 19, as always, we found a way to honour the brave men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives to defend our country so that we can continue to live ours in an independent, free democracy.
Please find the link to our Remembrance Day Assembly:http://www.blaconhighschool.net/remembrance-day-2020/
Well, what a difference a couple of weeks makes. When we left for the half term break, our contractors were still very much at the stage of completing the ground works. Look what can be achieved in just fourteen days! We can clearly see the scale of the building now that it has shape. It also has two clear floors and the staircases are in place. Unlike the main building, our new addition differs slightly in that it has a pitched roof. The expansion of Blacon High School will allow us accommodate the 750 students who will be our cohort from September 2021. The continued growth of Blacon High School is testament to the hard work of students, staff, governors and all of our stakeholders, and also reflects our ongoing commitment to continue to deliver the best educational opportunities to the young people of the wider local community.
Each week, students are nominated to receive Headteacher’s Commendations. These awards are in recognition of those who have been noted by staff for a number of reasons such as their excellent work, their contribution in class, attitude to learning or something they have been involved with outside of school. None are more deserving of recognition than these students who were nominated for their outstanding work supporting the community of Blacon and for their help delivering and serving over 500 free hot meals to school children during half term. Massive well done guys!
Odd Socks Day - 16th November 2020
It's a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique during Anti-Bullying Week! It will be held on Monday 16th November 2020, the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. It’s important that we are all aware of the people around us and know what to do if you see, or you suspect that someone is being bullied, or of you think that you are being bullied yourself; it’s everyone’s responsibility.
All you need to do is wear odd socks and donate 50p to a very good cause. Expect some photos in next week’s blog of the ‘craziest’ socks to appear.
Despite the restrictions, Mrs Gruber’s class managed to do a socially distanced neutralisation experiment with Year 9. The students really impressed with their outstanding attitude to learning and how they conducted themselves throughout. Additionally, they got some fantastic results! Due to the current situation, almost all practical lessons in Science have had to be suspended. However, this one was made possible with some careful planning and creative thinking. Well done all!
Black History Month
Please find attached the winning response for the half term black history month competition - the winner has not yet received their prize but will be getting the non-fiction book black and British next lesson. Brilliant Cobey!
If you have any problems, worries or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to resolve them as soon as is practicably possible. Stay safe!