Christmas 2021:

Dear Parents / Carers,

As we approach the end of term and the Christmas celebration period I want to highlight the plans for the next couple of weeks. All of these are subject to change depending on COVID-19 rates.
Christmas will be a little different this year, although more like normal compared to 2020.
I want students (and staff) to feel it is Christmas and recognise that for everyone it will continue to be different and unusual. However, we want it to be as safe as possible for the whole community.

FE College Days:
Northbrook Met and Brinsbury College will be open in the last week of term, so Year 11 students will therefore be at college on Monday 13th December. However, OGC has an INSET day on Friday 17 December, so Year 10 students will NOT attend their Friday provision on this day.

Christmas Lunches will take place on the following days:
Tuesday 14th December – Koa and Animus
Wednesday 15th December – KS4 and Sixth Form
Thursday 16th December – KS3
A letter has been sent out separately about this to ensure all students who want one of the lovely dinners can book them, and replies have been requested by Monday 6th December.

Christmas Cards:
We will have the post box for Christmas cards to go in; the last date these will be accepted is Tuesday 14th December and then they will be sorted and issued on Thursday 16th December. Please include the class or surname of the student on all envelopes.

We will be holding a college competition for the best tree and best decorated class and will encourage the use of recycled materials for this.
Photos of the classrooms will be shared on our social media platforms.

Sign to Sing:
Students will have the opportunity to learn a signed version of a Christmas song. This is an inclusive and an important part of the total communication strategy we adopt as a college.
This will be released as a film on our social media platforms on Friday 17th December.

Koa Enterprise Christmas Market:
Students and staff in Koa have been preparing for their enterprise Christmas Market on 6th December and families will be able to book a slot to visit. Visitors will need to wear a mask. This will be based in the Rosie and a separate letter will go to Koa families explaining how to book slots.

Christmas Jumper Day:
We will have a non uniform day where people may wear a jumper (or any non uniform; please do not go out and buy a jumper just for this) on Friday 10th December. Please students can bring a donation in for Save the Children.
Thursday 16th December will also be a non uniform day.

Winter Fair enterprise:
This will happen on 9th December and families will need to book a time slot to visit and take part in this. This will run from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. This is also the day the raffle from the FOGC will be drawn. This is being organised primarily by the sixth form and again a slot to visit will need to be booked in advance. Please bring cash for all your purchases! A letter will be sent out separately with more information.

‘A Celebration of Christmas’:
Tuesday 14th December evening:
All tickets have been allocated for this: families who have been allocated tickets will need to ensure they arrive at their allocated time slot, wear masks when moving around, take a LFT test at home prior to the concert and only attend if it is negative. Also if you have any COVID symptoms please do not attend; no-one wants to take that home for Christmas!

Traditional events that we cannot hold:
Based on our risk assessments we still do not intend to have whole college events with all students and staff in the same space. Therefore we cannot hold a Christmas disco, whole college assembly or whole college carol concert at our local church on the last couple of days of term.

Please remember that the college aims to be a nut free environment and that chocolate selection packs are the easiest way of getting nuts into college accidentally: please be careful if you send any presents into college.
The return to college in January 2022 may need to be staggered as the DfE has instructed secondary schools to set up return to school testing on site for as many students as possible. I am currently waiting for the final guidance on this.
Thank you for your continuing hard work and support and we look forward to a lovely lead up to the end of term.
Remember Friday 17th December is an INSET day.
Yours sincerely,


Phillip Potter

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