Dear Parents and Carers,
At the end of the first week of school closure I thought I’d share with you some details relating to Corona Virus and other important information.
Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for your support, patience and consideration during this difficult time. We have tried not to bombard you with lots of information and I am grateful for you not bombarding the school and teachers with lots of emails. I am aware of the teething problems with the online learning platforms but hope these are working much more effectively as we move into the second week of school closure.
I do hope you and your families are keeping safe and that, if anyone is ill, they are being provided with the support to help them get through this difficult time.
We will update you on a regular basis with further information and particularly at the end of next week when we may have further details about plans for the Easter holidays and beyond. In the meantime, please see below key points which I believe will be important to you as we go forward.
Please find below links to the latest updates from Ofqual regarding public exams and the awarding of grades. We have been promised more details from Ofqual about the way in which schools will award grades by Easter.
GCSE and A level
Funeral for John Moody
I have been notified that the funeral for John Moody will take place on Wednesday, 1st April at 12.40 pm. Sadly only immediate family will be able to attend. I know that a fundraising page has been set up in memory of John and the family hope to have a memorial service later in the year. Please continue to keep John and his family and friends in your prayers.
Pope Speaks to the World
Spiritual Readings for Lent
Please find below some articles that may be helpful, which were sent to me from the Catholic Herald today entitled ‘Making the most of isolation’:
- How to find spiritual purpose – and structure – Fr Matthew Pittam
- How to find a hobby you love – Charlotte Runcie
- Works of Mercy in an age of social distancing – Eve Tushnet
- Family life is hard – so lower your expectations – Sofía Abasolo
- How to help small businesses – Sophie Caldecott
- How to strike a balance in homeschooling – Roy Peachey
Sacred Space website
During these difficult times the Jesuits have extended their Sacred Space website for daily prayer. Please see this link:
Help during this difficult time
I have listed below some contact details of the Local Authorities which serve our school community, with their important telephone numbers and email addresses that you or other family members may find useful.
Havering Council has launched a new free-to-call helpline for residents with urgent needs because of coronavirus. The helpline - 0800 368 5201 - is now live and calls will be answered from staff redeployed from other council services. You can call between 8.30am and 6pm.
We are asking residents with concerns around care, urgent issues around health and wellbeing, lack of access to supplies including food and medicine to call the helpline.
Residents with less urgent needs or needing advice on other council services should go to the Council's website for a range of contact options. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, please see below a small card which we have been using in school to support colleagues and their families during this very difficult time. I thought it might be nice for you to have this and perhaps email it on to family and friends who perhaps need a little bit of support and love.
Mr K Williams
And when you have a moment to reflect and relax, perhaps take a look at this short YouTube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTPcGoHE5mE.