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Friday 6th March 2020

Good afternoon,

This week has flown by in a swirling whirlwind of tornado proportions at times! And I don't just mean the weather. There is so much going on here at Harrow Way... from the Performing Arts department external exam performance for year 11 students; Year 8/9 visit to Cadbury's World, D&T visit to Crosfield Hall in Romsey, Peter Symonds interviews, A visiting artist, Year 11 History Revision workshop in Southampton, revision and catch up classes; to World book day. All in a week's work for students and staff here at Harrow Way.

The main topic for conversation this week has been the outbreak of the coronavirus, whether this is through the 24/7 news coverage or the updates I've received from Public Health England, which I've passed on to parents. It is a changing situation and one which we are monitoring very closely.

As you will have seen from the news, numbers of cases in the UK are continuing to rise and the Government has issued a plan to help contain, delay, research and mitigate. We do not have any confirmed staff, student or family cases of the virus. We have also been encouraging all students to follow sensible hygiene precautions, including thoroughly and regularly washing hands for 20 seconds.

Wash hands

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
This week the DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Updates on COVID-19:

Due to current demand, we have been unable to purchase our normal supplies of paracetamol for school use. We therefore have a very limited supply in school. If you know your child will need paracetamol on a regular basis, eg for known injuries, braces, etc, we would be grateful if you could provide them in the short term.

National Careers Week
This week is National Careers Week. The official NCW2020 film, 'HOPE' features young people of secondary and sixth form age discussing their thoughts about and hopes for the future. The film openly talks about feelings of hope, stress and worries for the future, and gives practical advice on how to deal with such things. The duration is 7.45 minutes. I highly recommend having a look.

National Careers Week

World Book Day - Dressed Door Competition
Tutor Groups dressed their Tutor Room doors to celebrate World Book Day this week. The winner will be revealed on Monday - here is a look at just some of the doors - which one would you choose?

Student Leadership Team

GideonsUK came to talk to year 7 in assembly this week about the history and importance of the bible offering a free copy to all students in that year group. Although our technical issues prevented him giving his assembly to year 9, with our other year groups Mr Fluellen explored the history of Britain's Patron Saints and their connection to our national identity.

Year 9 Curriculum Booklets
Option Booklets have been given to Year 9 students to read and discuss with their parents before attending the Curriculum Evening next Thursday 12th March and then meeting with senior staff at an individual appointment on 16th, 17th or 18th March.

Sporting Success
We were delighted to hear about the success of Cassius Mitchell, one of our Year 7 students, in the world of Kickboxing. He has recently competed for the WAKO British Title and in the Irish Open event. Cassius won the British Title in his division and came third in the Irish Open. We understand that these successes enable him to compete in the WAKO World Championships later this year. Well done, Cassius!

Our Year 7 and Year 8 Netball teams played again this week - Year 8 lost by a single goal, and our Year 7 team won 8-2.

LRC Update
Learning Resource Centre Update

Pupils in year 7 , 8 and 9 have received World Book Day vouchers to exchange for free books , or use in part payment for a book, from Waterstones and WHSmiths, Sainsburys and Tesco.

The LRC is supporting British Science Week next week with a range of great non-fiction books.

The famous Malorie Blackman novel Noughts and Crosses has been adapted for a BBC series and the LRC Library will be promoting her various novels next week.

The Library at the Harrow Way Learning Resource Centre is looking for up to 10 year 8 pupils to participate in the Hampshire Book Award 2020. This award has been run by the School Library Service at Hampshire County Council for more than ten years. It involves reading 6 shortlisted fiction titles in around 12 weeks, meeting weekly during school time to discuss the merits of each, voting for a winner with other year 8 pupils at a Hampshire event in June and then meeting the winning author in the Autumn term at a Hampshire award ceremony. More information from the Library at the LRC.

March 2020

Monday 9th March 2020
Year 11 Andover College Interviews

Tuesday 10th March 2020
Y11 students coursework completion (by invitation)

Wednesday 11th March 2020
Y9/10 Girls Football Match v JHS @HW

Thursday 12th March 2020
Year 11 Andover College Interviews
1800 Year 9 Curriculum Evening

Friday 13th March 2020
Y11 Art & Photography Terminal Exam - Day 1

Diary Note for Year 9 Parents

16/17/18th March - individual appointments. Your child has been given their Option Booklet and appointment letter this week.

Year 11 Update

Year 11 Special Assembly
After Easter, we have a Harrow Way tradition of holding a very special assembly for our Year 11 students. Parents and carers are invited to write their children an inspirational message to say how proud they are of them and to wish them well in their examinations. In the past, we have had cards, letters and postcards. The assembly is very touching and there are often tears!

If you are a parent of a Year 11 student please send your messages into school in an envelope with their name very clearly on the front with 'FAO Miss Lowing' in the corner. Any student who does not get a message from home will get one from a teacher at the school who knows them well. Thank you in advance for your support.

September 2020

The first day of term, Thursday 3rd September 2020 is an INSET Day. No students should attend.

On Friday 4th September, all new intake Year 7 students plus selected Year 11 Prefects should attend.

On Monday 7th September, all students should attend.

Planned School Trips for 2019/20

These visits for 2019/20 have currently been agreed by the Headteacher. Others will be added throughout the year. There is no guarantee that they will all go ahead as this depends on student uptake. Further details on each visit will be given out to the year group/classes involved by the member of staff organising the visit. These details are also available to view on our Letters Home page on the VLE. Links to available individual letters are below.

Careers Info
Post 16 Information

College Open Days and Evenings 2019/2020

The latest copy of Careermag is now available, and has been produced in conjunction with PiXL. Please follow this link to view the November edition of the magazine.

Attendance Fact of the Week
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