I want to start this week's update by expressing how incredibly proud I am of the vast majority of our students and the way they have continued to cope with the COVID-19 restrictions we have in place. It has not been easy to work in bubbles for such a long time but this has been a necessary safety precaution to mitigate against Covid-19. Our students have shown just how resilient they are from wearing face coverings and constantly using hand sanitizer to maintaining social distancing between year groups. Thank you to all of them.
Since reopening fully in March, we have avoided any partial or whole-school closures, but we have seen a number of positive Covid-19 cases impact other local schools. Many students have been sent home to self-isolate as a result.
Please can I reinforce just how important it is to continue to self-test (Sunday Wednesday evenings) and report your results in the usual way.
Remember: Do not send your child to school if they are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.
Year 7 Transition : September Intake 2021
We are very much looking forward to our new Year 7 intake beginning their KBA journey in September 2021 and lots of work is already going on behind the scenes in order to make your transition as smooth as possible.
If you have a child who will be joining us please visit the relevant page of our website which can be found here for information, advice and guidance relating to the move from Year 6 into Year 7.
Our pastoral leaders are sending out 3 Congratulations postcards each week to students who they feel have embodied our core values of respect, determination and ambition.
Please look out for these in the post and check our main Twitter account @kbuccleucha every Friday as we tweet names out via this each week.
Could I politely ask students and parents not to use the path that runs up to the allotments from Scott Road to Brambleside.
Jeakins Weir, who are responsible for the new housing development near this location, have raised significant concerns about the numbers of students using the road which runs through the development.
This is of particular concern at the end of the school day when students are leaving in large numbers at the same time. Whilst Jeakins Weir are managing traffic movements on the site and avoiding deliveries at school times, there is still a significant amount of activity on site and we feel it would be safer for pupils and parents to avoid using the path for the length of the development site. We recommend you use an alternative route for your safety.
Online Safety : Omegle
We are aware that growing number of students, particularly, in younger year groups, are using a social media site called Omegle.
There are safeguarding concerns surrounding this site and it is important that parents are aware of the potential risks so that they can discuss these with their children.
The image below provides some information and you can become better informed by reading the more detailed guidance surrounding Omegle which is provided by Think U Know and can be found here.
Reporting Student Absence
If your child is unable to attend school due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, can I please remind parents and carers to use one of the following methods to notify us:
1. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- If notifying us by email please provide the student's name, your relationship to the student, the student's year group and tutor group and a detailed reason for absence.
2. Telephone : 01536 515644
- If notifying us by telephone please select option 2 to report student absence.
- For students in Years R – 11 please then select option 1. For Sixth Form students, please ensure you then select option 2.
- If notifying us by telephone please provide the student's name, your relationship to the student, the student's year group and tutor group and a detailed reason for absence.
3. Send a message through the Parent Arbor App.
Please remember to inform school as early as possible and before 8.30am at the very latest if your child is not going to be in that day.
If your child's absence continues beyond one day it is important that you contact us to provide absence information on every subsequent day.
On the whole, our students, with great parental support, have shown a fantastic attitude towards punctuality.
Can I please ask that, if you know your child will be late due to unforeseen circumstances such as traffic congestion a call is made to the academy's main reception in order to inform them of this fact.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Kettering Buccleuch Academy is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week which begins on Monday 10 May 2021.
This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs up to Sunday 16th May.
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.
Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK. This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health.
Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
- Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, workplace and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week click here or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Personally, I will be trying to find time this weekend to enjoy some fresh air and make connections with the natural world around me.