Coronavirus Update 16th October

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16 October 2020
 
Dear Parents/Carers
 
Firstly, can I take this opportunity to thank parents, carers, students, staff and the community for a great start to the academic year. I am sure like me, many of you were anxious about the beginning of the new term given the COVID measures. However, thanks to everybody working together, I am delighted to say that it has been a very positive half term. Please click on the attachment for some of the highlights of the term https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfoO1qEhJ4
What has been absolutely clear over the past months is the utter importance of school in the lives of our young people. Students have shown great resilience and have embraced learning, to see our wonderful young people enjoying their lessons, getting involved in every aspect of Academy life and back spending times with their peers and friends has been joyous and a real source of hope for the future.
 
Positives:
We have awarded our fantastic students over 20,000 R4U points, sent 3,000 positive messages to home to parents and carers and awarded 54 Golden Tickets to students just this half term.
 
Student Attendance
I am delighted to report that attendance for the academic year so far is 93%, which is above the national average and is a real testament to students, parents and carers and Gateway Academy staff all working together.
 
The Car Park
After half term, on Monday 2 November 2020, we will be reverting back to the one-way system in the car park. Can I ask that parents and carers support us in the following:
• If driving, enter the site from the St Chads entrance and exit via Marshfoot Road [please be aware that we will be closing one of the entry gates to prevent an exit on to St Chads].
• Parking in the marked bays.
• Using the one-way system.
• Driving less than 5miles per hour.
• Being courteous to other parents, carers, students, visitors and staff.
Please note that we have staggered the starting times for each school to reduce the number entering the site and through our developing travel plan would encourage as many children as possible to walk or cycle to school.
We do not want to ban any parents or carers from using the Academy site, however, it is not reasonable for a small number of parents not to follow the ethos of our Academy. It is an ineffective use of staff time when dealing with such instances and we trust that you will understand this and support us in ensuring our site is safe for everybody.
 
COVID Measures
As you are aware the COVID situation across the UK is becoming increasingly more challenging every day. Can I ask that parents and carers speak to their child constantly about remaining as safe as possible, including taking the following measures when out and about:
• Wearing face masks.
• Maintaining social distance.
• Washing their hands as often as possible.
 
Dance Challenge
To encourage some more positivity across every area of our community and to release some of the pressures we have all experienced with the COVID crisis, we here at The Gateway Academy are challenging students, families and staff to participate in our dance challenge this term. There will be prizes for some of the best dance routines for students, staff and families. Please click on this link to learn the steps. Good luck, have fun and get your families involved too!
 
Again, thank you for everything you do to support our Academy. Despite all of the challenges over the previous months, it is the kindness, support and togetherness of the Gateway family that ensures it is a special place to work. It is our young people who are just tremendous and all of us should be incredibly proud of them.
 
Finally, I want to wish you all a safe and restful half term break and I look forward to working with the staff, students, parents, carers, governors and community to ensure we continue being ‘All Different. All Equal. Together, All Improving Upon our Best.’
Can I ask parents/carers to encourage their child to do some revision over the break and spend a significant amount of time reading.
 
Thank you for your on-going support and for entrusting our Academy’s with your child’s education
 
Kind regards,
Yours sincerely
 
Mrs G McLaughlin
HEAD OF SCHOOL

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