St Michael's
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Parental Voice Survey

As we approach the summer holidays, we would like to take the opportunity to gather your feedback on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The link below is for a parental voice survey; it will take 10 minutes to complete and we would really appreciate your feedback.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We welcome the certainty that the Secretary of State’s decision not to hold exams this summer provides in these challenging circumstances. We will now work urgently with the Department for Education to work through the detail of this decision and to provide more information as soon as possible.

The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here: 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Where to find the latest information

Updates on Covid-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education resources:


LATEST UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

We have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID‑19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID‑19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

New guidance for employers

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus


Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below)
  • Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below)
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below)

If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:

  • China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below)
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below)
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy

Advice for those who have travelled recently in a group, such as a school trip

There is no need to manage returning groups any differently. Pupils, students and staff returning from trips to the countries specified above should follow the same advice.

Where to find the latest information

Public Health England blog:

Guidance for educational settings:


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Fundraising to Support Australia

The school has decided to raise funds to support the firefighters in Australia and to support services that are trying to protect wildlife. We have decided to launch a Just Giving page (see link below), in order to raise money. In order to raise funds at school, we will launch Australia Week from the 27th - 31st of January, which will Include a range of activities and events including ‘I`m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here’ bush tucker trial on Tuesday, 28th January. Students will vote for the teachers that they want to participate.

To ensure that you know your money is going straight into the hands of the people that need it, one of our teachers, Ms Burchell, will be travelling to Australia during February half term to deliver the funds raised and support people impacted. As a school, we will split the money between two charities – one supporting firefighters, and the other wildlife.

The incredible rescue and support teams who are working tirelessly in Australia will gratefully receive your kind donations. Please head to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/st-michaels-supports-australia?utm_term=RqyQJ22DE to make a donation. Every little helps. 

 


School Closure

St Michael’s Church of England High School and The Westminster School have experienced high levels of staff and pupil sickness. Following advice from Public Health England and Sandwell Local Authority, we have made a campus-wide decision to close both schools on Friday, 6th and Monday, 9th December. This includes community use.

The closure will allow two working days for the schools to be deep cleaned. As the incubation period for norovirus is 12 to 48 hours and the exclusion period is 48 to 72 hours, this means that further outbreaks should be prevented.

Please note that St Michael’s will be open for staff, student, and community use from Tuesday morning 10th December. We apologise profusely for any inconvenience caused. 



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Operation Christmas Child

Staff and pupils at St Michael's participated in Operation Christmas Child, a campaign run by the Samaritans to share love at Christmas by sending shoeboxes filled with donated gifts to children around the world. Their motto for the campaign is "A simple shoebox gift packed with love and fuelled by prayer can have a huge impact".

This year, staff and pupils managed to fill 140 shoeboxes! For more information about the campaign, please visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk. Shoeboxes can still be filled online. 

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A safety message for parents and carers from West Midlands Police

It’s that time of year again where communities will be enjoying celebrations including Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire night. These celebrations provide opportunities for us all to enjoy time with our families and friends, and as children break‑up from school this week, Sandwell Police Partnerships would like to share a message about keeping safe over this busy holiday period. To access the letter, please click here


Scholastic Book Fair

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Open Evening and Open Day

Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September 2019

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Headteacher Mrs Gray, the governing board, staff and students extend a warm welcome to prospective pupils and their parents at an open evening on Wednesday, September 18, 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Alternatively, school is also open to visitors on Thursday, September 19, from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm. We believe that the best way to appreciate the outstanding environment and wide range of opportunities available is to visit the school.

The school was delighted to celebrate the 2019 Year 11 cohort’s brilliant GCSE results last month, when the school achieved a positive Progress 8 figure as a result of students surpassing their target grades and performing better than national expectations.

Mrs Gray said: “I feel privileged to lead a team of staff who consistently demonstrate an unfailing commitment to the young people in our care and I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of both students and staff has been reflected in this year’s results.

“St Michael’s students are committed to the school’s core Christian values: to show love, care and kindness to all in the community, to value what we have and to share with others and to enable everyone to achieve their full potential.

“Within this environment, they are able to enjoy the first-class facilities in a state-of-the-art building. The combination is obviously a successful one.

“Our Student Voice has received acclaim from across the borough and beyond; their work on raising awareness of issues affecting young people, such as social isolation, youth violence, knife crime, and our ongoing campaign to promote positive mental health, has been recognised this year with, amongst many other awards, an Outstanding Young Community Project Award from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

“Students across all year groups have benefited from a variety of trips and visits throughout the year, culminating in the annual performing arts trip. This year the location was Salzburg in Austria where 48 students took part in public performances throughout the week at various venues – plans for next year’s trip to Spain are already under way!”