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Supporting Our School Community

I hope that you and your families are coping despite the difficulties that everyone is facing at the moment.  I am aware that a number of families have been having a particularly tough time recently for different reasons and would encourage those of you who are struggling to get in touch with us to see if there is any way in which we can support you.

We have a number of resources on the well-being pages of this website to help you to support your children at home.  Click here to read more.

Our Chaplain Fr Saju is always happy to offer prayers for the intentions of students and their families and you can contact him by email at sjohn@sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk  .  We meet every morning as a staff (online and in person) and pray together for our whole school community, particularly those families who need our support and consolation.

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Year 10 parents' evening - New date Thursday 11 February

The Year 10 parents' evening. postponed when the SchoolCloud website, which hosts the online meetings crashed, has been rescheduled for Thursday 11 February from 4.30-7.00pm.  A new link for appointments will be sent nearer the time.  If you need to speak to one of your child's teachers urgently, please contact the school, or message via your child's Teams, to make an appointment for a phone conversation.

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Closure of schools - Spring Term 2021

The government announced the closure of schools to the majority of students from 5 January until February half-term at the earliest.

This means that, with the exception of children identified as vulnerable (with EHCPs or social care involvement) or children of key workers, all St John Bosco College students will be expected to follow their normal curriculum online, at home.  

Students should be logged on and ready to learn at the beginning of each scheduled lesson.  Teachers will deliver 'live lessons' according to the current timetable.  Typically these will take the form of 20 minutes of direct online contact and 30 minutes of written tasks.  If your child does not have access to a suitable device or the internet then please complete this online form and our IT team will contact you as soon as possible to find a solution.

Children identified as vulnerable, or whose parents are key workers, will still be able to come in to school if this has been agreed in advance with staff.   They should arrive, in full school uniform for 8.40am and they will be dismissed at 1.40pm. They will be doing online learning, under staff supervision, in the computer rooms. A limited lunch offer will be available for those on site.

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Covid testing programme

We are doing weekly Covid testing of students currently attending (whose parents have consented) and staff working on site to provide reassurance for all concerned.  If your child is attending and you would like them to be tested weekly, but have not yet consented, please contact the school office.

Thank you for your patience, and, let us all hope and pray that the situation in the community starts to improve and that we can move back towards more normal ways of working in the near future.

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Under government guidance staff and students will be expected to wear face coverings when they are using indoor, communal spaces.  Please ensure that your son/daughter brings a suitable face covering to school.  There is not an expectation to wear them in the classroom if normal Covid safety procedures are taking place but should your child wish to wear one in class then of course they will be free to do so. If you’d like to read the guidance for yourself there is a link to it here.  We expect that all students follow the new guidance. If your son/daughter has a medical reason why they cannot wear a face covering please contact the school to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.

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On another Covid related note I'm delighted to report that we were visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before half-term for a 'spot' inspection of our Covid safety measures. I'm delighted to report that they gave us a clean bill of health and made no recommendations for improvement. The safety of students, staff and visitors remains paramount and we were pleased to receive this endorsement.

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Please can I remind all parents that if a member of your household is symptomatic of Covid-19 and awaiting a test result, then you MUST NOT send your child to school until you receive confirmation of a negative result.  If you are in any doubt about whether to send your child in to school please call the school on 0207 924 8310 to discuss with school staff.

Safety of students and staff is our priority. We have prepared this short video outlining some of the measures that we've put in place to keep children and staff safe.  These include year groups taught in 'bubbles' to reduce contact between groups of students; changes to classroom organisation to reduce movement, remove group work and keep students 'front-facing'; reduction in the school day and the removal of break time to minimise contact between students and increased cleaning and hygiene facilities.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  We want all of our students to be able to return to school and continue their education while feeling safe and happy.  A copy of our risk assessment is available for you to read below.

In the light of new government restrictions imposed on social gatherings of six or more people it is essential that all students make their way home directly once school has finished and do not wait around in the neighbourhood for friends.  Students should travel home either alone or in pairs or small groups only. Please support us by reinforcing this message at Home.

It is also important that all students are fully able to access remote learning from home both to support their normal curriculum and to be ready to switch to online learning should we need to lock down again or should any student need to isolate.  If your child has any problems accessing the remote learning on Teams then please contact the IT support team on 0207 924 8310 or by email IT_helpdesk@sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk 

Sadly we've had to postpone our annual prize-giving ceremony given the restrictions in place on non-essential gatherings.  We are continuing to offer after-hours, socially-distanced, individual family tours to prospective parents who are seeking a school place for September 2021.  Full details can be found on our admissions page.  Please do encourage friends who have children in year 6 to come along and visit the school.

SJBC Covid Risk Assessment 18.10.2020

 

 

 

 

If you would like to look at some of the materials that were shared with students and parents last year please see the list below.

Past Assemblies

Past School Mass

Start of Summer Term End of Spring Term
Resilience Start of Summer Term
Diversity Friday Mass 24-04-20
Choices Friday Mass 01-05-20
Self Belief Friday Mass 15-05-20
Black Lives Matter Friday Mass 22-05-20
Underdog Friday Mass 05-06-20
Black Lives Matter 2 Friday Mass 12-06-20
The Strength of Weakness Friday Mass 19-06-20
Those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it Friday Mass 26-06-20
The Moon Landing Remembered Friday Mass 03-07-20
Black Lives Matter 3 End of Year Mass 17-07-20
Jay Murphy Interview  
Sports Day Video  
Sports Day Assembly  
Bethany  
Welcome Back  
Friends and Family  
Saint Mother Teresa  
Cultural Capital  
Fake News  
Black History Month - Black Hero  
Black History Month - Sporting Heroes  
Black History Month - Art  
Confidence Assembly