Well the Spring term has been one to remember! From lockdown, remote learning, return to college based learning and students fully back in the swing of working and learning; this has been a term that again has been like a roller coaster journey.
Luckily it looks like the roller coaster is slowing down and we will be shortly able to get off it!
I am not a fan of rollercoasters so lets hope we don’t end up on it again.
This Easter holiday should be a time when we can start to reconnect with our wider friends and family and start to see people again in safe ways.
Testing, test results and keeping in touch:
It is vital that we continue to follow the rules: two households or six people meeting outside and maintaining social distance. It is also important that all students who are part of the testing programme continue to test on Sunday and Wednesdays. Results only need to be reported to college if a student tests positive and therefore needs to self isolate.
Positive tests should be reported by email to me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is especially important for any positive tests from 2nd April to 6th April as they will require the college to undertake track and trace. The testing and immediate reporting of test results are essential for us to continue to shrink the impact of the pandemic. The college continues to be responsible for track and trace in relation to staff and students.
Anyone who tests positive using a LFT test will also be asked to undertake a PCR test to confirm the result.
Please remember the LFT tests are for regular testing. It a student or anyone in your family shows any of the following symptoms of Covid 19 the family must self isolate immediately and book a PCR test:
- New, continuous cough
- High temperature
- Change in taste/ smell.
The work of students, families, staff and our multi disciplinary colleagues has been excellent over this term and I am very grateful to everyone for working so seamlessly.
INSET Days for the remainder of 2020 2021
We will take the remainder of our INSET days on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July when we expect to be able to have face to face training for staff. College will be closed to all students on these days.
Many thanks to all those who contributed and raised £120 for Comic Relief.
Friends of Oak Grove College have, with the London Hearts Charity provided a second defibrillator for the college which is based in the refurbished swimming pool.
Friends of Oak Grove College are also trying to raise money. All students have been issued with a tube of smarties and our idea is that once the smarties are eaten we collect 1p, 5p, 20p or £1 coins in them. These will then be returned to college and the money will be used to purchase new lockers for students. If this is not something you can join in then please enjoy the smarties.
The college counsellor, Lianne is leaving us at the end of this term. We are very grateful for the excellent work she has led on and the great support she has provided. We look forward to working with Vicky, who will start on the 20th April.
I am delighted that we had parents put themselves forward for the role of governors and we will need to hold an election. A separate letter will follow in relation to this.
Last day for leavers:
Year 11 students based in Marvel and sixth form students who are leaving in year 14/13 will leave on Friday XX June (national leavers day). This is currently at the end of the week where all restrictions are planned to be released ad we are planning a range of potential events to ensure we can celebrate their success and time at college appropriately.
Parent Councelling line:
Please remember that we have invested in a counselling service for families and this can be accessed on Tuesdays between XX and XX? SAM!
Thank you to everyone for your kind donations of seeds and pots and offers to grow and/or sell plants for us. Our band of support is steadily ‘growing’! Lots of allotments are now starting to grow for us.
Our latest generous donation is from Clive Gravett of The Budding Foundation. Check out the other great work Clive does at his charity’s website www.thebuddingfoundation.co.uk
We would also like to thank Morrisons for their generous donations.
If you still want to be involved then please email email@example.com
Forever homes for Oak Grove College’s newest arrivals
Thank you for those who have volunteered to take on one of Our Giant Land Snails.
Over the last few weeks it has been wonderful to see the whole community back together, working together and I am so grateful to everyone for their hard work and determination not just this term but for the last year. The team work has been amazing.
I hope all of you get the chance to rest and enjoy the opportunity to see loved ones over the Easter break.
All of the staff team look forward to seeing students back on 19th April and we will continue to strive to ensure “Everyone matters, every day counts”.