Welcome to our latest newsletter. The over riding theme has been one of getting students back into the routine of their timetables, completing lateral flow testing and working on the summer exam grade process.
Students have really missed the additional elements of their experience at HGSS, so it is great to see some of these opportunities back in the calendar and you can view a selection of them in this newsletter. Students have attended Homerton College in Cambridge, virtually; MFL has been supporting students make crepes; the lockdown choir has been in full swing and our first groups have attended the practice weekends for Duke of Edinburgh. In addition to this our expansion plan has been going at pace and you can see some of the footage. We look forward to further extra-curricular activities as events open up more after Easter. Please note the Parents Association are advertising their successful ‘Film on the Field’ event in July.
Worryingly, the problem of rape culture has been highlighted in the media recently as a result of testimonies on the ‘Everyonesinvited’ website. Part of our PSHCE program addresses some of the issues around this culture and aims to educate all our students about our responsibilities. Should any young person have experienced such an issue then the following numbers will be of help: NSPCC 0800 136 663 and SAFE 01865 582495. We have a Pastoral Team that is committed to supporting all our students through their time at HGSS and students are encouraged to use their services.
With the school having all year groups back in, can I remind all parents and carers to avoid driving down Parish Peace for the safety of all our students, and in particular not parking in the cul-de-sacs off Parish Peace, or the Old Oak Pub as this also exacerbates the problem. As the days get longer and the weather better, please encourage your child(ren) to walk, cycle or catch the bus.
Can I thank all parents for carrying on with the lateral flow testing. Although we have isolated a number of students as a result, it is nowhere near the numbers we experienced in 2020 and it is also comforting to know that even those who are asymptomatic are being isolated early. If your child does test positive from a lateral flow test, please inform us, but then also book a follow up PCR test. If the PCR test comes back negative your child can return to school.
We wish you all a good Easter break and look forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
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Students who have not yet been able to use their World Book Day £1 vouchers should rest assured that they will remain valid as long as stocks of the World Book Day Books are available. Whilst stocks have run out at the supermarkets, vouchers can be used in bookshops when they re-open dur...
We take the safety of all extremely seriously and would like to remind you that all parents, students, staff and residents have the right to be safe whilst travelling along Parish Piece and surrounding roads.
You are reminded that students should be dropped away from Parish Piece and allowed to walk down the road without cars around. Only taxis supporting students with needs should be driving down Parish Piece to avoid the possibility of any accidents.
Please be respectful of local residents and businesses. Parents do not have permission to use the Old Oak Pub for school drop off and should not be parking there or using this area to turn around in.
Your assistance in keeping the area around our school safe, is appreciated.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, our Year 11 Computing and Y13 BTEC Computing classes were joined by local employer Dave Oxley, Senior Software Security Architect from McAfee, to talk about careers in IT and software development.
We might have been under strict guidelines to stay at home, but there are aspects of our natural world which have had less restrictions set in place and have been sharing more of themselves with us over recent weeks.
Please follow the link below to a Tik Tok Family Safety Toolkit with some very useful and comprehensive advice for parents on how to use family pairing to monitor what your children are doing on the Tik Tok app.
I was thinking about which direction to follow after HGSS and for me an opportunity to study and work towards a degree was my preferred option. I have for the last two summers gained work experience and enjoyed working, this cemented my wish to follow this route.
I started looking before Christmas on the Government and the UCAS websites for degree apprenticeships. I soon realised that if you don’t apply quickly, they shut before the close date, so after getting my CV ready and covering letters, I was ready. I checked the websites once every week and applied for the ones which suited my skill set.
The processes for all of them were long, starting with sending in a CV, following up with psychometric tests, online testing and web interviews, predominantly without an interviewer, the next step was assessment centres which last approximately 4-5 hours online and consisted of group exercises, interviews and presentations. The last stage is interviews with Human Resources and Management of the Company.
For all of the stages after the initial stage, I had to do research on the company I applied for and also understand how my skills would match the role. I had to link this with examples of this in my day-to-day life, which led to them understanding how I would suit the role I had applied for.
Although when I am writing this down, it sounds like a lot of work, I did enjoy looking for new opportunities and researching the companies before interview, as well as developing my knowledge on interviews, and how to deal with timed situations.
There is a lot of competition, so be prepared, the rewards are huge if you are successful as you have a career path, a degree which is paid for by the Company and a real sense of achievement. The Company are investing a lot of time and money in you and your career so you need to show that you have commitment to work and study.
I gained my Apprenticeship and was successful out of 600 applicants, there were 6 of us selected for final stage and only 1 position available, in September I start my next challenge working towards my level 6 Supply Chain management degree on an apprenticeship basis with Glaxo Smith Kline.
One of the opportunities the Year 12 students were made aware of during lockdown was the Homerton College Spring Access Course. Homerton College is one of the 29 colleges at Cambridge University and runs this course annually in the spring.
Works are progressing well and are still on target for a project completion date of 21 January 2022 with the new buildings being complete for September 2021 and all re-furbished areas complete by 5 November 2021. Exciting times!
During COVID times one of the things missing from our life has been extracurricular activities.
In the recent lockdown, the School Choir took part in a 'Virtual Choir'. Students sang their parts and I edited the tracks together. This gave the choir something to work tow...