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Remote learning For Parents Information

Please see the link below for an interactive guide for parents to remote learning.

Remote Learning for Parents

Beam House Residential Trip July 2020 – Cancelled

Due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions, and the risks associated with a residential trip in the foreseeable future, unfortunately we have had to cancel the trip to Beam House for Year 7 to 9 students planned for July 2020. Work is under way with the College’s insurers and details on refunds will be published once this process is completed. Please rest assured refunds will be processed as soon as possible.

If you have any urgent queries regarding this matter please contact the Finance Team at finance@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

Message for Year 11 and Year 13

The latest guidance from OFQUAL on how GCSE and A Level grades will be calculated and results awarded has been published and can be read here:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/883150/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents_UPDATED_05MAY2020_FINAL.pdf

Sixth Form Weekly Message

Please see the below for this weeks Weekly Message for Sixth Form

Weekly Message 19.05.2020

UCAS Registration Information

Remote learning For Parents

Please see the below information for up to date advice published by the Education Endowment Foundation to support parents and carers with the challenges of home learning:

Remote Learning For Parents

College Partial Reopening Questionnaire for Parents of Year 10 and 12 Students

In order to support our planning for a partial reopening of the College for Year 10 and 12 students, the date of which has still to be confirmed, we would be grateful if parents of Year 10 and 12 students could complete the questionnaire that can be found here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc0rLDjZ-HhKvlrliWxF0QOXcYHHbcoTL2tnac35izFZxLmw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link> by Wednesday 20th May. We understand the anxiety and concerns many parents and students will be feeling at this time in respect of returning to school, but please rest assured we will not partially reopen until we are satisfied all the appropriate measures are in place to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our College community. Many thanks for your support.

From TCC with love 

in the video Mrs Howard shares all the positive contributions our students are making whilst in lockdown and shares messages from staff….

For the attention of Year 11, 12 & 13 students

Please see the link below for information regarding the virtual open days for Plymouth University

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/outreach/live-online-talks

6th Form Weekly Message

Please see the link below for the 6th Form Weekly Message

6th Form Weekly Message 12.05.2020

Cornwall Xenzone Team Message

Government Schools Update

As you are aware the Department for Education has announced that “from 1 June we expect to be able to ask primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6. We will also ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support before the summer holidays to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year”. As a College we have been predicting that schools will be asked to partially reopen in a phased and staggered manner. This is going to be a challenge for students, parents and staff and we await further guidance from the government over the next few days. I appreciate there will be mixed views amongst our community, as there are nationally, about children returning to school during this period of uncertainty. However, what I do want to share with you is that the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of the College community is of paramount importance and will be pivotal to any plans put in place for the College’s reopening.

The prospect of having our students return to College is one that we certainly welcome as we are most keen to get back to learning together, but we won’t take any steps without feeling confident that staff and students will be safe.  We already have plans in place to adapt the way we work to facilitate social distancing and we scrutinise the guidance from the government on a daily basis.  When we return, we feel confident that our students will be responsible and respectful and demonstrate the same excellent attitude they did before the closure period which will allow us all to learn together and stay safe.

With my kind regards

Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

Beam House Trip – Final Payments

The College is currently in communication with PGL regarding the Beam House trip planned for July. It is highly likely the trip will have to be cancelled due to the exceptional circumstances we are currently facing. Therefore we do not require any further payments from parents in respect of this trip at this time. It is hoped there will be a further update shortly. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Barcelona Trip Refunds – Update.

Further to our earlier message, we are pleased to inform you that all refunds in respect of the Barcelona trip have now been processed in full.  To access the refund you will need to follow the instructions below:

  • Access your ParentPay account – you will then need to click on Parent Account at the top left hand side of the page
  • On the next screen you will then need to click on Withdraw at the bottom left hand side of the page – the money will then go back into the account you used originally to make the deposit.

If you have any queries regarding this refund, please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Office.

Barcelona Trip Refunds

Please note the Finance Office is working hard to process refunds in respect of the Barcelona trip. Working under the constraints of ParentPay we are unable to make refunds in one lump sum; therefore, separate refunds will be received based on the individual amounts paid for the trip through ParentPay. This is a laborious task but please rest assured every effort will be made for the full amount to be refunded over the coming week.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Video Conferencing Apps – Concern about Zoom


It has been lovely to see all the excellent uses of the internet over this lockdown period as a way to keep in touch with loved ones and friends. We are very lucky to have this excellent resource at our disposal!
However, we have had several concerning reports this week of hacking/hijacking taking place on the video conferencing app ‘Zoom’, where unknown strangers gain access to the meetings and post/say something inappropriate. We felt it was important to make the community aware of this and to signpost you towards some excellent guidance. I’ve included a guide for parents/carers of primary school age children too as I know many of you have younger siblings.
Below are some very useful links to help you check security settings to ensure greater security where using ‘Zoom’, or other video conferencing apps that are popular and widely used at present. The excellent website, Net Aware, has specific guides to a wide variety of apps if you use the search bar at the top of the Net Aware website.


If you have any concerns regarding online safety, please let myself or the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Lear, know.


https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/zoom/

https://parentinfo.org/article/video-chatting-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers-of-secondary-school-age-children

https://parentinfo.org/article/video-chatting-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers-of-primary-school-age-children

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

I sincerely hope you are all safe and well, and please do get in touch if there is anything we can do to help.


Chris Pease

6th Form Weekly Meeting

Please see below for this weeks 6th form weekly meeting:

6th Form Weekly Meeting

From TCC With Love

In the video Mrs Blandin-Neaves shares some updates, launches our 749 fundraiser, celebrates students’ successes during lockdown and explores how to find happiness even when times are tough:

749 challenge

The students and parents of TCC have always impressed us with their generosity of spirit and desire to help others. Today we are launching the 749 challenge, designed to bring us altogether remotely and create some joy by raising a few pounds for deserving charities nationally and locally.

749 is very special number as it is the total number of students and staff belonging to the TCC Family.

The idea is for staff and students to challenge themselves to complete a task around the number 749. We will set up a Just Giving page so that people who want to can donate to charity. The money raised after a week will go to the NHS and CHAT (Community Health Around Torpoint).

Below is a poster with more details about the event:

SIMs Parent App

Further to the notification last week regarding SIMS Parent App, we have received reports from some parents that the e-mail may have been directed towards the Junk Mailbox.

If parents could please check and inform the College  via ictsupport@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk if they haven’t received details to active their SIMS Parent App and this will be actioned as necessary.