Letter from the Headteacher - Remembrance
Dear Parents and Carers
It’s been a really positive week at The Ilfracombe Academy. Once again many of our Year 11 students have taken up the opportunity of attending the Period 6 Mock Revision sessions. It is great to see that the Covid figures have continued to reduce. However, as we mentioned last week, we all need to continue to be vigilant. To that end, please can parents continue to encourage their children to wear face coverings in school and to complete LFD testing on Sundays and Wednesdays each week. We are pleased with the way that the rate has come reduced and are now considering reintroducing face to face year group assemblies in the near future.
I would again like to thank the vast majority of students that follow our values and rules everyday. Unfortunately, we still have a small number of students who are not managing to achieve that. We are meeting with their parents/cares to put support packages in place but ultimately their behaviour is below our expectations and it needs to improve.
Below are a few points that I would like to make parents/carers aware of in readiness for our return on Monday 15th November.
You may be aware of reports in the press nationally of students creating TikTok videos that use images and video clips of their teachers. Unfortunately, our school is one such school. This is totally unacceptable. Thorough investigations are taking place and strict sanctions will be put in place for any student found to be creating or sharing such videos. During the lockdowns, we had to create videos for both educating our students and for informing parents of key events as face to face was not an option. It is incredibly disappointing to know that some students are using these videos to try to create a negative image of our school community. We have also been informed that some students are encouraging others to view content that is far from age appropriate. We ask that parents take some time to discuss the issues surrounding this social media platform and to inform school if they know of any students engaged in creating content that does not show respect for the school.
Remembrance is such an important time of the year for all of us and for me it is even more poignant after losing my own Father during Lockdown 3. He proudly served in the Royal Navy during the 1950s and he was equally proud when I joined and served in the Royal Marines 40 year later. I will be thinking of my father this Sunday and the friends that I served with who are no longer with us after giving the ultimate sacrifice for their friends and country. We have marked Remembrance Day in school through remote assemblies and a two minutes’ silence on Thursday. As always, the staff and students surpassed themselves in their ability to reflect and consider how others gave their lives for us.
‘Showstoppers’ Starts with a Bang
The first rehearsals for the ‘Showstoppers’ performance took place this week. We are overwhelmed by the number of participants in this year’s spectacular. Mr Vale reports that over 100 students from years 7-13 were involved this week! It is especially heartening to see so many of our Sixth Form students working alongside the younger year groups and gives a real sense of community to the event. We can’t wait until the show is performed. Congratulations to everyone involved for such a positive start to rehearsals.
We are delighted to report that we have an increasing number of lunchtime clubs for students to take part in. The English department offer a debating club and a creative writing session. PCRE are celebrating Multifaith Week each lunchtime next week with a variety of arts and crafts available.
Children in Need
Once again Mrs Hill and her student team have done an amazing job to raise money for Children in Need. This week they had a cake sale and also organised a non-uniform day. We will report back how much money was raised next week. Well done to all those students involved in the Showcase and other events taking place over the week. These students are the embodiment of so many of our school values and we are proud that our young people are so keen to raise money for a worthy cause.
Reminder of Girls’ PE clubs
They take place on:
Tuesdays – Girls Games
Wednesday - Netball
Thursday – Volleyball - Girls’ football - Rugby
Year 10 – Mr Law was incredibly proud of the Year 10 Boys football team by saying “A truly professional performance from the lads on a tricky pitch in horrendous foggy conditions. You have all done the school extremely proud and taken Ilfracombe into their first football final in many years.”
The semi-final matches for Year 7 and 9 are taking place over the next week and we wish them the best of luck.
Reminder Year 11 Period 6 Mock Exam Support
Revision Sessions between 3.25 and 4.25pm next week are:
Monday 15th – French
Tuesday 16th – Geography
Wednesday 17th – Spanish & Health & Social Care
Thursday 18th – Maths Calculator
The period 6 bus routes will be as follows: 1 Bus Berrynarbor (4.40pm), Combe Martin (4.50pm) and Lynton (5.00 to 5.15pm)
2 Bus Mortehoe (4.50pm), Woolacombe (5.00pm)
3 Bus/Taxi For students that live in smaller communities we look to get them home either in school transport, another bus or in a taxi (5.00pm)
If you have any questions about the Period 6 sessions, please direct them towards Mrs Tilley (Head of Year 11) via her email address below.
Measures that help to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19; please
speak with your child to support these measures at school.
Ensure LFD tests are taken twice weekly; we advise Sunday and Wednesday evenings, please report results to school
Please also make sure that a phone call is made to the school reception (01271 863427) for any positive cases.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Clean surfaces often, paying particular attention to surfaces touched often (e.g. light switches or electronic devices)
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag immediately and wash your hands
Wear a face covering in indoor, out of classroom, communal spaces at school and on public transport
Keep indoor spaces as well ventilated as possible – let the fresh air in, even if for a short period a day
Link to Covid 19 guidance is available here - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Public Health England has updated its parental guidance. Please see this link: COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The guidance offers with answers to some frequently asked questions and includes NHS leaflets which explain the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. Accessible versions and translations are also available.
I hope our students and their parents/carers have a lovely weekend.