Happy New Year! This is my first daily message on a Sunday but it is important that you know what is happening. I did email last week also. It is worth noting that if the Government adjust their plans, we will have to change ours. I speak for all the staff when I say that we would prefer that everyone was back this week and we were all in school together at St Joseph’s. #family
Monday 4th is staff training. We are meeting online. No staff are in school.
Tuesday 5th testing begins for staff and Year 11 in the hall. The programme is on our website. Reception is open from Tuesday, if you need to call us.
Wednesday 6th testing continues. Provision for key workers and other students begins: 9.30-2pm. If you wish to book your child, please email Julie.Gaffney@sjchs.uk. Heads of Year will phone some families to offer school provision. Online work and teaching starts. More information on Monday’s message.
Thursday 7th testing continues. Provision for key workers etc. 9.30-2pm.
Friday 8th provision for Key workers etc. 9.30-2pm.
Year 11 return Monday 11th January, all school Monday 18th January. Mock exams are going ahead..
Remember, you do not have to have a test.
Best wishes to everyone. Please email tutors or Heads of Year if you need anything. email@example.com will answer password issues.
Congratulations to Jessica Irving in Year 10 who has won the ‘Autumn in Workington’ photography competition! Her photograph of Harrington Beach was a well deserved first place. Also congratulations to Melissa McKenzie and Marwa Abdulkareem who have won the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition. Well done to all three students!
We have had a third positive case in Year 11. Year 11 have not been in school since last Thursday. The year group are due back in school next Thursday 19th November.
Thank you to you all for providing packed lunches. Again, we wish all students recovering at home a speedy recovery.
Thank you to Mrs Fowler who made all the staff a mince pie today. They were delicious.
We would like to thank Superfish in Workington for going above and beyond for our community when we had to close the school yesterday. They kindly, and generously, offered to provide hot meals for our pupils on Free School Meals to ensure everyone ate yesterday.
Thank you Superfish!
We have another positive case in Year 9. This student has not been in school since last week, so this case does not affect any other students in school. We wish him and the others a speedy recovery.
Our students adapted fabulously today to the packed lunch arrangements. Thank you for changing your routines to allow this to happen.
If you are passing on Harrington Road, you will see our first canopy covering the yard.
We have two further positive cases of Covid diagnosed this morning after tests yesterday.
This brings the total number of students in school to three plus one of our cleaning staff.
One of the positive students is in Year 9 and the two new positive cases are in Year 10.
The two new cases in Year 10 are siblings and they are in different sets and option groups.
I have sent an email to parents in Year 10. Please check your emails.
I know this will be concerning for you all. Please be assured that we are doing all we can to ensure parents have all the information they need.
We will always support you in the decisions you take. Our phones are going to be busy today, I expect. We must talk to the parents in Year 10 as a priority and we will get back to you as soon as we can.