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Letter to Parents and Carers

SIMs Parent App information for new Year 7 Students

You will shortly receive an email regarding SIMS Parent App. This Parent App will be a quick and easy way to stay up to date with your child’s school life and once setup, the College will use this as a means of direct communication for important information. At this stage not all features in the Parent App will be used initially, due to the current College closure, but the plan is to have most of these in place in the near future.


Getting started with the Parent App should be straightforward. You will receive an invitation email from noreply@sims.co.uk shortly. Simply click on the link from your smartphone, tablet or PC to activate your account. During the set up you will need to log in using an existing account i.e. Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. Please note, whichever account is used at this stage must be used for all further logins to the Parent App. You will also be required to enter specific information about your child for security purposes.

If you do not receive an invitation email, please check your junk mail folder or email enquires@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk with your name, preferred email address and childs name. We will then update our system and an email will be sent out in due course.

Please take a look at the attached which provides an overview of the SIMS Parent App.

SIMS Parent App Overview

Information booklet
for parents and students

Raising Awareness of a Concerning Online Social Media Challenge

Geoff Turner-Moore of the Devon and Cornwall Police Team has asked TCC to make the community aware of an online social media challenge currently circulating called the Blue Whale Challenge. Messages are being sent to youths/vulnerable people in the Camelford area requesting their personal information and then different challenges are set over the course on 50 days. These challenges include watching scary movies, waking at certain times of night, engraving a whale into your skin, putting your head under water until you pass out. At the end of the 50 days you are told to commit suicide. If challenges are not complied with they threaten to release your personal information and threaten to kill you and your family. This challenge is being circulated on TikTok and Instagram.

Please be vigilant and ensure your young people are protected from such dangerous and highly inappropriate online challenges.

For more information about how to keep children safe online, please visits the TCC e-safety page, which has link to a range of useful websites: http://www.torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk/e-safety/

If you have any concerns regarding online safety, please let myself or designated safeguarding lead, Becky Lear, know.

Mr C Pease

LOST PROPERTY

For the attention of parents and carers.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (week commencing 20th July) all students’ lost property will be placed outside the main entrance to the College for parents to take a look and retrieve any lost items. This will be weather permitting and during 9am – 3pm.

A small number of items do have names printed on them and these will be held in Reception. Please call the College to check if you believe this could be your property.

Any items remaining after Wednesday will be donated to local charity shops.

The College is changing the way it communicates important information to you. The SIMS Parent App is a more direct route of communication ensuring messages are delivered straight to the relevant recipients. If you have not already activated your account, or if you have not received your email invitation, then please contact us via enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk. This will ensure you receive important messages. In the event you don’t activate your invitation you may miss out on vital information.

HPV Immunisation Details

Dear Parents and Carers of students moving into Year 8 from September

Please see the Kernow Health letter below regarding important immunisation details for your child.

HPV Immunisation Letter

HPV Immunisation Reminder

Dear Parents and Carers of students moving into Year 9 from September

Please see the Kernow Health letter below regarding important immunisation details for your child.

HPV Vaccine Reminder

Information for Year 9 Parents/Carers

Your son/ daughter will be starting their GCSEs in September and as part of their English Literature course it will benefit them to own copies of Blood Brothers and A Christmas Carol.  In the current context, having their own book rather than using a copy provided by the school helps support the enhanced hygiene measures that are in place.  In addition, owning a copy of the text will mean they have really useful revision resources.  We therefore recommend that where possible you purchase the following books for your child:

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell – Methuen Modern Classics edition

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Scholastics classics edition

COVID SUMMER FOOD FUND

Due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has recognised families will face increased pressure on household budgets over the coming months. That is why they have launched the Covid Summer Food Fund which will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period.

Each eligible student will receive £90 (2 x £45 e-Codes) to cover the summer holiday period. These codes will be issued to the parent/carer on 17/07/20 and 17/08/20. If you do not receive your first £45 code on 17/07/20 then please let the College know by emailing enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk 

Please note vouchers do not have to be redeemed in a single shopping trip – they can be used repeatedly until the voucher’s balance reaches £0. To check how much money is left on the eGift card, families can ask the supermarket’s customer services team when in store.

Please see the updated Parents Guide for any questions.

Parents Guide

Preparing for Sixth Form

We are delighted that so many students have decided to join Torpoint Sixth Form in September.  We have produced some information to help you prepare for starting your new courses with us.

Please watch the video and read through the Powerpoint to give you 12 things you can do now to get ready for year 12.  Have a lovely summer and we look forward to seeing you in September.

The video link is https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYi6XX5JHi

PowerPoint Presentation

PM’s Leavers Speech

Prime Minister Boris Johnson to address all school leavers

On Friday 10 July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.

Please encourage your final year students to tune in!

A recording of the address will be available to view on both platforms.

A-Level Results Day

Good morning everyone

I can now give you details of how you can collect your A Level results this year.  We have unfortunately had to make some changes to how we usually do the examination results day so that we can keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing.

Your examination results can be collected from the Sixth Form on Thursday 13th August.  We are staggering the results to keep the numbers of people on site to a safe minimum.

9.00-9.30 – results given out for students with surnames A-G

9.30-10.00 – results given out for students with surnames H-T

Please enter the Sixth Form through the Main Entrance and one at a time.  Once you have collected your results please leave by the back door.  Please maintain a safe social distance outside.  Unfortunately we have asked teaching staff not to attend this year.  I will be there and Mrs Morris will help to organise giving out results.

I will be available every day after you have received your results if you want advice on what to do next.  You will be able to contact me by email and phone.

Another person can collect your results for you but they must have written permission from you when they come into College.

We can also post results home to you if you prefer.  We will aim to have postal results delivered to you on Thursday 13th August but unfortunately we cannot guarantee it.  If you think there is a possibility that you may be applying for a university place through Clearing then you will need to make sure you collect your results in person on Thursday 13th August.  Clearing places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so you may not want to wait until Friday.

If you want to have your results posted to you then you must email me before the 21st July and tell me and confirm which address you would like them sent to.

Any results not collected in person by 11.00 on Thursday 13th August will be posted home. 

Unfortunately we are not allowed to give out exam results by email or by phone.

If you have any questions about exam results please let me know.  I am in College most days over the next week so I can phone you or meet you in College if you let me know when you intend to come in.

I am really looking forward to seeing you all again on Results Day.

Best wishes

J Golding

College Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will have heard, no doubt, of the Government’s ambition to get all students back into school, full-time from September. This is something I fully support, however, the guidance from the Department for Education only came out last Thursday and there is much for us to consider to ensure we can do this safely.

Detailed planning for the College’s full reopening is essential and I can assure you that we are working very hard on this. We are having to make judgements about how to balance and minimise any risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) with reinstating a full educational experience for all our year groups. There is a requirement to minimise the number of contacts that students have during the school day when they return in the Autumn to reduce the risk of transmission. This is likely to be achieved by creating year group “bubbles”. This concept presents significant difficulties as it restricts the normal operation of the College and creates both educational and logistical challenges.

As shared with you previously the health, safety and wellbeing of our College community is of paramount importance. This, balanced with delivering a full range of curriculum subjects and maximising students time in the classroom, provide the basis upon which our plans for September and beyond are being developed. Please also note the government’s recent announcement that attendance from September will be mandatory. I understand the concerns many parents and students may have about the return to school and we will work with you as best we can to try and make the transition as smooth as possible.

The majority of Year 10s and Year 12s have been attending school part-time over the last few weeks. We are only allowed to have a quarter of the year group in at any one time and it has been a real pleasure to see so many of the students during this face to face provision. The skeleton school continues to provide provision for a very small number of students in our sixth form block.

The week of the 13th July has been devoted to staff training to ensure we are prepared as best we can for the full opening of the College in September. During this week there will be no face to face provision for Year 10 or 12 students and there will be a reduced level of remote learning for all year groups involving an array of end of year remote challenges. The skeleton school will continue until Tuesday 21st July.

The next academic year doesn’t officially start until Thursday 3rd September and on this day only College staff will be present on site. On Friday 4th September only Year 7 and 12 will be in College. The week beginning 7th September different years groups will be invited into College for a phased reopening and an introduction to the “new normal”. It is essential that we ensure that this is conducted in such a precise and phased manner to ensure the safety of students, staff and their parents. We hope that the full College timetable will then commence for all Year groups on Monday 14th September.

Finally, there will be a ‘new normal’ in September in the way the College will have to operate. We are absolutely clear that we must remain flexible and adaptable to an uncertain and dynamic environment and be prepared for the potential self-isolation of multiple students or staff or local outbreaks. We are very clear about the measures that need to be put in place to help manage the risk of coronavirus (COVIDS-19) transmission and to create as safe an environment as possible for our College community. Thank you for your continued support and I will be writing to you again shortly to share our plans for a full reopening of the College in September, and to give you as much information as I can so your child is prepared for their return to the classroom which we are very much looking forward to.

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Parents/carers

The College will shortly be changing the way it communicates important information to you. The SIMS Parent App is a more direct route of communication ensuring messages are delivered straight to the relevant recipients. If you have not already activated your account, or if you have not received your email invitation, then please contact us via enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk. This will ensure you receive important messages during the summer. In the event you don’t activate your invitation you may miss out on vital information.

Sincerest thanks

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

Beam House Activity


Refunds for this activity have now been processed.


Please access your ParentPay account – under “My Account” there is a “Withdraw” button. This will transfer the money back into the original account it was paid from.

PGL Beam House Activity Refunds


Refunds for the PGL Beam House activity will processed over the next few working days, therefore refunds should be received early next week.

Next Steps South West

Dear Parents and carers, Next Steps South West are working with Articulacy to offer an online summer school for any Year 9 that would like to increase their confidence when communicating online. The event will run from 13th to 16th July (9:30 – 12:30 daily). Please see the attached posters for further details. Please note the deadline to sign up for this event is 3rd July.

Articulacy Summer School Invite

Articulacy Summer School week plan