Released On 2nd Nov 2021
Headteacher Letter 2 November
2 November 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back to Stanchester Academy, I hope you have all had a wonderful two week half term. Whilst students have been off site, we have completed the final touches to our heating and roofing works and have finished multiple projects ready for their return.
I would like to extend a massive thank you to all the incredible young people who supported on Open Evening. We would also like to thank our Senior students for running tours throughout the day, organising the car parking, and supporting with front of house. We received excellent feedback about these individuals and, as always, they did us proud. I would like to make a particular mention to Will Smith and Lola Draper (our Head Boy and Head Girl) who wrote and presented truly heart-warming speeches aimed at putting our potential new Year 7’s at ease.
Teacher bikes for Malawi
We are delighted to share that, from working with the Christian Fellowship in Martock, we were able to send out some student-built bikes to Malawi to help the teachers travel to school. During this project, which took place before the first lockdown, several students were involved at different points helping to service and repair the bikes before they were sent.
It fills me with pride to know that we have donated the bikes and our students have helped prepare them. Mr Reynolds, the Head of Behaviour, said “I love that these bikes, which were part of educating our students, are now continuing in education providing teachers in Malawi transport to get to their students. What a story they could tell. This is recycling at its best!”.
We hope to upload some pictures of the bikes in action on our social media pages over the next couple of days.
Black History Month
October was a short month in school this year, but we made sure we educated our young people on the importance of black history. We did this through assemblies, lessons, targeted reading sessions and our PHSE programme.
In an ideal world the month would not be necessary because educational establishments and the National Curriculum would fully recognise and appreciate the contribution of black people throughout history. Regretfully, that is not the case.
The Black community uses Black History Month as an opportunity to: share with the world its vast contributions, demonstrate pride in its creativity, showcase respect for its intellectual prowess and as a celebration of its cultural identity.
We hope to educate our students about these important issues which are far too often misrepresented in the mainstream. We also used this platform to communicate with students that racism and discrimination of any form doesn't have a place in our school or our community.
The Covid Situation as we Return
We have been informed by Public Health that, due to the high volume of covid cases in Somerset, the school will return under ‘Amber’ guidance. We anticipate that this will be for two weeks as a precautionary measure; this means we require students to wear face masks in public spaces, students will be remaining in our year group bubbles and all members of the Academy community will to return to twice weekly lateral flow tests. We will make these tests available as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, this will also mean we need to reduce the number of visitors on site for the next two weeks and will be increasing our covid measures for outgoing trips/ visits.
Please ensure your child comes to school with a mask. This remains particularly important for those students who travel by bus to Stanchester Academy. We will send you more information over the course of the coming week as we carefully monitor the situation.
I am very aware that the endless news and social media cycle around Covid can sometimes feel overwhelming; it’s important that you think about your own mental health and make sure you’re looking after yourself.
Helping our Young People look after their Mental Health
This can all feel very overwhelming and it’s important that you look after your own mental health and wellbeing.
This means that, if you’re finding this overwhelming or too much to deal with, you should take a break from social media and the news. Talk to someone close to you about how you’re feeling.
Sometimes helplessness can feel overwhelming but know you’re not in this alone. Together we can all try to make a difference. Don’t struggle alone. Build a support network around you of people you can trust and talk to about things that make you upset, confused, overwhelmed.
Try to get regular exercise, fresh air outside whilst the autumn leaves surround us, taking regular breaks will help to ease the anxiety many of us are feeling about Covid.
Wishing you a great start to the new term, keep safe and look after one another,
Miss E Forward