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Skeleton School Closed Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Further to the contact we have made with parents today, the Skeleton School at Carbeile Junior School will be closed this Bank Holiday weekend from Friday to Monday (10th to 13th April). The provision will continue as normal from Tuesday 14th April. Many thanks for your support.

College Update

As we approach the end of the second week of school closures, and the first week of the Easter holidays, we continue to live in a period of great uncertainty. When I watch the government’s daily briefings and updates on the coronavirus, and measures being taken to support frontline workers, businesses and employees, it is difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the situation and the way it has impacted on each and every one of our lives.


I am very grateful to all my staff for their continued support, whether it be staffing the skeleton school, providing online support to our students or maintaining the essential back office functions. I have also been very impressed in the way our students have adapted to remote learning and engaged in the provisions that have been put in place by their teachers.
We fully understand the anxiety and concerns our Year 11 and 13 students will be experiencing at this time in respect of their exam grades. The long awaited announcement from Ofqual with regard to the cancellation of the summer’s examinations should be published today. We hope to be able to share this information, and circulate further guidance to our students, in the near future. 


Today is the last day the ‘skeleton school’, set up for our students of key workers and those identified as vulnerable, will be based in the Sixth Form. As of Monday 6th April this provision will be relocated to Carbeile Junior School where our students will continue to be supported by College staff.
Please note that information has been sent out this week on a remote pastoral programme that has been developed by Mrs Howard and Mrs Lockett to further support our students. This is a programme to reduce the volume of remote academic work set for children and to balance this with pastoral activities themed around health and wellbeing. The first activity has a focus on moments of happiness.   


Finally, thank you for your continued support as parents. We appreciate the additional pressures that have been placed on you in having your children at home and their need to adapt to new routines and ways of learning. Please stay safe and keep well.

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Moments of happiness challenge

We hope that all students and their families are safe and well and enjoying an extended period together. On Monday we will launch our moments of happiness challenge and hope that all students will take part if they can. Full instructions will be issued on Show My Homework. In brief, Mrs Howard has made some fabulous challenge cards and will be asking students to complete as many of the activities as possible during the week. In addition, we will be asking students to produce happiness collages to share what they are doing during lockdown and send them to their tutors. We hope to share these on this Facebook page. Please check SMHW on Monday for further instructions. 

Here is a link to a wonderful resource with some lovely activities to support you in completing the moments of happiness challenges:

Moments of Happiness

*IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY RECEIVING FREE SCHOOL MEALS*

Dear Parent/carers

As you may be aware, the Department for Education (DfE) has developed a centrally-funded national voucher scheme to enable schools to continue to provide free school meals for your child/children even if they are not attending school at this time. You will shortly be receiving a telephone call from the College (please note the call may show as number withheld) asking you if you have access to a valid email address. If so, you will be sent an e-mail, before 14th April, containing a 16 digit eCode with a value attached (equivalent to £3 a day). This will enable you to go online to redeem the code against a choice of eGift cards (delivered electronically) which currently include the following food retailers:

  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s 
  • Asda
  • Waitrose
  • M & S Food

The eGift card email will contain a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store either on a smartphone screen or printed on a piece of paper, just like a gift card.

Should you not have access to a valid email address the College will be able to redeem the code on your behalf and print the supermarket voucher of your choice. The voucher will then be posted out to you.

Please see the list of FAQ. Should you require any further assistance please contact the College using the following email address: enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk 

FAQs

Young Minds

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE


If your child is struggling during this difficult time, they can call our friends at The Mix for free support, every day of the week. Their helpline number is 0808 808 4994 and they are open between 4 and 11pm.
For urgent support, our Crisis Messenger text service is available all hours of the day. Your child just needs to text YM to 85258 to get through to a trained volunteer. We’ve also linked our find-help page below.
No one should struggle with their mental health alone. Please share if you feel these services may be helpful to someone you know.

https://youngminds.org.uk/

TCC Skeleton School Provision

With effect from Monday 6th April, the College’s Skeleton School to support vulnerable children and children of key workers will be moving to a centralised hub at Carbeile Junior School where they will continue to be supported by members of staff from the College. The timings of this provision remain unchanged: 0845-1520hrs. At this moment in time the centralised hub will not be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Please also note your child will no longer be required to wear school uniform. Finally, a reminder that your child must bring a packed lunch with them. The contact number at Carbeile Junior School is 01752 812474.

Barcelona Trip Update

We fully understand, and share, the anxiety and concerns parents and students will have regarding the Barcelona trip planned to take place in July. The College is continuing to closely monitor the situation with advice being sought from both Cornwall Council and at a national level. The advice at this stage is to remain patient and NOT to make any further payments until we know more with what’s  happening. Every effort is being made to seek resolution to the matter, including regular dialogue with the travel operator, and further updates will follow. Please do not hesitate to contact the activity lead should you have any further questions.

Year 11 Sixth Form Offer Letter

With all of the uncertainty about exams and calculated grades we would like to offer all of our students reassurance that they will always have a place at Torpoint Community College.  In this letter Mr Golding provides all Year 11 students with information about Torpoint Sixth Form

Year 11 Sixth Form Offer Letter

Skeleton School – Easter Break

Please note the College’s skeleton school, set up to support vulnerable children and children of key workers, will continue to be open throughout the Easter break and is based in our Sixth Form. Students may wear mufti throughout this period. Many thanks for all your support to date.

College News and Update

As we come to the end of the first week of school closures and remote learning I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to our students, their families and the staff at Torpoint Community College for the way in which everyone has risen to the challenge in these uncertain times. The magnitude of change in our daily lives has been difficult to comprehend and it feels very surreal what is happening both here in the UK and around the world. 

I have been delighted to hear from my staff that students are working hard with their home learning and there has been regular communication to help support them with this new routine. Mrs Cheryl Lockett is our lead for remote learning and she has been tasked to keep the learning going. Please encourage your children to contact a member of staff should they have any queries or problems with the learning that has been set. We have already conducted a survey and are acting upon the information from students and their families with ways in which we can further improve this provision. 

Although the College is closed, we have set up a ‘skeleton school’ that is based in the Sixth Form to support our vulnerable children and children of key workers in line with the government’s requirements. We have supported a small number of students on a daily basis throughout this week and they have worked hard and been a pleasure to host. This provision will continue to be offered throughout the forthcoming Easter break. For all others I wish you a restful two weeks, albeit it will have a very different feel this year.

At the end of last week we said farewell to Mr Ben Loughran who leaves the College after 12 years of service as a PE teacher as he takes up a new position in Plymouth. We also said goodbye to our receptionist, Mrs Nina Holder, who is relocating and leaves the College after 6 years. In addition we also said goodbye to Mr Stewart Riley who had been providing temporary teaching cover. I would like to thank each of these colleagues for their support during their time at the College.

At the start of the Summer Term we welcome Ms Alison Hamilton, our new teacher and curriculum lead for Music. This will clearly be a very different experience for her starting a position in a school and teaching remotely!

Finally, I am very grateful to you for following the regular updates and guidance from the government and Department for Education to ensure your safety and that of others. We are in uncharted territory but there will be light at the end of the tunnel. Please continue to check the College’s Facebook page and website for regular updates, advice and guidance.

Take care and with my very best wishes

Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

KS4 Students

The RSC will be streaming a fantastic version of Macbeth on the BBC Iplayer soon. They haven’t published the schedule yet, but I will let you know when they do. Make sure you watch it… Miss Lockett 


https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/bbc-culture-in-quarantine

FSM Students

FSM Students – If you were in receipt of a Sainsburys card at the beginning of the week to cover your child’s meals, can we please ask that you retain your cards even when all the credit on there has been used.We are not sure what the Government plans are at this time regarding FSM and so it might be that we will have to top up the card you already hold.

Remote Learning Update

We are hugely impressed by how well our students have adapted to remote learning and we know that lots of them are working hard at home.  We value all work completed and want to offer advice and feedback.
Guidance  for students  re: how we will monitor the work you complete at home and offer feedback:

  • During week 1 of remote learning, we will not be asking students to send us their work.  This is because we want to keep our time free to answer students’ questions and give advice to anyone who is struggling with remote learning.  If students have typed up some work and do want to send it to their teacher for advice, they can do this via the College email.
  • From April 14th, teachers will endeavour to monitor students’ work and offer feedback electronically.  We cannot accept any paper based work – but do keep it all safe for when we return to school. 

Teachers might:

  1. Ask students to type up a specific piece of work and email it to them
  2. Ask students to take photographs of what they have done and save the photos in a centralised area such as Google docs
  3. Provide a quiz for students to complete on Show My Homework – although the teacher won’t see the actual work that has been completed, they will be able to make inferences about student understanding.  Responses to quiz questions will allow us to quickly see what has been understood and what has presented difficulties.  This will then inform what we set in the future. 

Foodbanks

Following this week’s closure, the College donated its perishable goods to the Liskeard and Looe Food Banks which also support our local community in Torpoint. These are challenging times for everyone and we hope this small gesture goes some way to help those in need.

Update

Good Morning to all our students and their families.

I know you will be listening to the media and will be listening to the daily announcement from our prime minister who last night stated that

the country faced a “moment of national emergency” and staying at home was necessary to protect the NHS, save lives and tackle “the biggest threat this country has faced for decades”.

The College is currently providing a skeleton provision for a very small number of students of key workers and vulnerable children. May I thank you all for acting upon the advice to keep children at home.

Our teaching staff are providing an array of resources, tasks and provisions to keep the learning going and this material is being communicated via Show My Homework.

Mr Golding will be publishing guidance and information with regard to the GCSE and A Level grading for our Year 11 and 13 students.

Thank you for your support and please take care. 

Message for Years 7-10

Dear students

I hope that you have found the first day of remote learning to be manageable and helpful. We are hugely impressed by how many of you have logged onto Show My Homework and accessed your work.  We know it isn’t easy so well done for all of your efforts today. 

I know that some of you have emailed teachers for advice and help and we are keen to support you as much as possible.

As you know, we want you to try and establish a routine by following your normal school timetable and completing an hour of work per subject.  But even more importantly we want you to stay safe and follow all government advice.  The scientists have been very clear that getting together with friends is not safe at the moment, so we hope that you are not getting together in groups and keeping a distance of 2 metres from others if you go out for any reason.

Below is a quick reminder of how remote learning works:

  • Your lessons will be set on SMHW each day: your teachers might direct you to other websites from there or provide resources for you to download.
  • You will usually be set 5 lessons per day – although you may not get set work for practical subjects such as PE or drama.  This is a good chance to take a break.
  • If you are poorly, don’t worry about the work.  Your health comes first.
  • Remember, your tutor is your first point of contact so email them if you need some advice or help.  All teacher emails follow the same format: surname.firstinitial@torpoint.cronwall.sch.uk Please email your teacher or tutor using your school email account.
  • Don’t worry about sending work to your teacher every day.  A lot of you will be working in your exercise books or on paper so you can bring this in with you when you return to College. 
  • Your teacher will inform you if they need you to send them something.

Don’t panic if you don’t get everything done in a day – we understand that you may have to share a laptop with a sibling or have other reasons that make it challenging to get the work done.  Do your best each day and email your class teacher if you have any concerns or problems.

Tip of the day:

Have you ever considered learning sign language?  Well, now is a good time as the BSL have made the decision to make their 20hr online BSL course completely free for anyone under the age of 18: https://british-sign.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044794654

Well done everyone 😊

Miss Lockett