It’s the end of term, and it’s been a term when we’ve had snow, Covid and a change of Headteacher. We’ve also celebrated Lesley Eden completing 40 years’ work here at PHS, which is incredible – we’re all so very grateful and in awe of her and what she has done. I’d like to dedicate this Easter message to her. It’s a long one but there’s some good stuff in it today!
It’s also been fantastic to meet a few of the leading lights in the PTA, and I am amazed at the extent of their support: thank you so much if you are at all involved with that group. If you want to be, do contact our fabulous Family Liaison colleague, Eileen.
Also – Exams! Well done to all pupils in KS4 and Post-16 who have been sitting exams this week. Congratulations on all your hard work and perseverance with in such a strange time! Well Done postcards are on the way home!
OK, I have to do Covid now…
We’ve had no positive cases in school this week 🤞, but everyone is still being sensible and doing all they can to stay healthy.
Reporting positive cases to school over Easter
In line with guidance from public health, we need to continue to do contact tracing for positive cases during the Easter break. Please contact school immediately if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive by emailing email@example.com. Thanks
LFD testing over Easter break for students taking part
For students who are taking the LFD testing, in line with the DfE advice, we’re asking students to continue to complete the twice weekly testing during the holidays. Here is a reminder of how to report test results
Please report each test result
Once your child has completed their test, the result must be logged with both the NHS Test and Trace and school via the following links:
What does it mean if my child has a positive result?
If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test & Trace and Percy Hedley School.
You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at school). You can book a test here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you’ve any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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World Book Day
Today we celebrated a belated World Book Day. We’ve been dressing up, celebrating, and generally doing nice things!
We’ve done it as part of our Art Week, and it’s been a huge success. Pupils have enjoyed working on their books and creating some fantastic displays of their hard work
Here are a few pictures of our staff joining in the World Book Day fun:
The Percy Hedley Virtual Race Night
The Percy Hedley Foundation has really missed being able to hold all their usual fundraising events over the past year and, as we can’t all meet in person (just yet) we would like to invite you, your friends and family to join our first ever virtual event – The Percy Hedley Virtual Race Night – which will be held on Friday 9th April from 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Hosted by BBC Radio’s very own Alfie Joey, we hope to present you with 90 minutes of excitement and fun. Entry costs only £10 which includes your horse selections – one horse in each of the 7 races.
We really hope you can join us and support our work.
You can register to attend by clicking this link:
Easter Egg Donation
Sandra Phelps was an SSA with us for many years and left over the summer to work at the NHS Northumbria Health Care PPE Manufacturing Hub, where they are currently producing PPE for Covid. Sandra had a fund-raising event with her new colleagues and with the money raised bought easter eggs for each of our pupils which they are all taking home today. Sandra’s colleagues and their families made gift tags for the eggs and their management team picked the best ones, with winners all getting an egg themselves. We all thank Sandra and her colleagues for their wonderful donation
Carole Harder, Percy Hedley Foundation Chief Executive, is leaving in April
Here is a link to a statement from the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jonathan Jowett with more information
I hope you all enjoy the Easter break and have a lovely time together; we look forward to seeing students back in school on 12 April. All the best.