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February 2021

  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 7 2021

    Published 24/02/21

    24th February 2021


    Dear Parents and Students,


    We have date for a whole school return and I am so happy that we can now work towards getting our young people back on to the school site.


     Following on from the announcement yesterday about return to on site learning, we are now looking at how this will take place for our school. Lateral flow testing for students for whom we have consent is now required to take place 3 times across the remainder of this term.  As you can appreciate a school of our size would require 5 working days to successfully complete all the first round of testing.


    We do not want our students to be out of school any longer than necessary. We have taken the decision that all students will return to the school site on Monday the 8th of March. We have successfully kept our students in year group bubbles during the Autumn term and we know that they are really good at following the guidance.


    Testing will then take place over the course of the week in year group bubbles for those students in each year group for whom we have consent to take the test. This will then be repeated for the following two weeks of the term.


    After this we have been directed to issue home test kits so that testing can continue at home. This is a new instruction and we are currently working our way through the guidance that has accompanied this. The school will send out information about the home testing nearer the time. This is also a voluntary process.

    At present we want to make sure that we concentrate on establishing an efficient and reassuring process for the on-site testing. Our keyworker students currently in school had their first test on Monday.


    The feedback from the test team was very complimentary:

    ‘All of the children were amazing. There was no fuss or bother even if they were a bit uneasy about taking the test. They were so polite, showed great sense of humour and just got on with it. Very impressive.

    The team is very confident about continuing the testing when the rest of the students start to return.’


    Please do not send your child into school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been identified as a close contact. This will require the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation. Students will be able to remote in to their lessons in the same way as they do now for on line learning.


    If your child is in this position please contact the school as soon as possible to let us know using the  email address. Please let us know the outcome of any test.

    When students return to the school site on the 8th of March they will spend Period 1 in tutor time. This will be used to go through our stringent hygiene measures which will be the same as they were in the Autumn term. The one way system will remain in place. The Bistro will be open for lunchtime only with the same staggered access in year group bubbles as there was in the Autumn term.


    The significant difference will be the introduction of face masks in lessons as recommended by the government:

    ‘In addition to the system of controls, where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and pupils where social distancing cannot easily be maintained when moving around the premises outside of classrooms or teaching spaces, such as in corridors and communal areas. In the same settings for a limited period, we recommend the use of face coverings in classrooms and other teaching spaces, unless wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons, or for those who are exempt from wearing a face covering as set out in Government guidance.’


    We will publish full details of the return to the school site at the start of next week. Students will continue with online learning until they return to the school site. I have attached information from the Hampshire LA on returning to school which might be helpful to you as a family. Thank you to Mrs Lewis for passing this on.


    We will restart Year 11 clinics from the 8th of March. Late buses will be available for Year 11 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.


    We will review the summer programme of after school activities later this term and in line with government advice and data.


    Well, I think that’s enough information for one newsletter, let’s turn our attention to other things.


    So, how did those projects/new hobbies go during half term? I am pleased to say that the patchwork quilt has got bigger and I am now waiting on a delivery of more material squares.


    Please do let us know what you have been doing and pictures of any completed projects would be particularly well received. I look forward to sending out many more postcards!


    This week’s recipe is for cottage pie, thank you Mrs Denman! You will find the full recipe in the work at home area of the Website under ‘recipes’.


    A message from Miss McNamara


    Turn your trash into treasure by creating Ecobricks! Save, clean and dry your single-use plastic and stuff a squash bottle (1 litre/1.5 litre) with your plastics. When you're finished packing, you will have a brick-like building tool, which we will be able to use at HB to build either a garden bed, footpath, or seating area. 

    Top Tips:

    1. Cut your plastic into small pieces to make it easier to stuff the bottles
    2. Bottles (1litre or 1.5 litre) need to be packed down very tight- when they're filled, they need to be very dense
    3. Make sure your plastics are clean and dry
    4. NO biodegradables 

    Things that can go inside your bottle:

    • plastic bags
    • plastic wrap (food coverings)
    • crisp packets
    • sweet wrappers
    • cling film

    Please email Miss McNamara should you have any further questions.’


    Congratulations to students in Year 9 who have helped to plant 500 trees, donated by the Woodland Trust in the school grounds. A magnificent effort!


    I do hope you are as excited about the return to school as we are. We know that you will be looking forward to catching up with your friends so to support you with this there will be a 30 minute first break on the first day back so that you can spend a little bit of extra time with your friends. Thank you to the students who suggested this to us.


    I just hope it doesn’t rain! Come prepared!!


    With my best wishes to you and your family, we are nearly there now.


    Miss S Hearle


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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 6 2021 ​​​​​​​

    Published 10/02/21

    10th February 2021


    Dear Parent and Students,

    With just a few days before we reach half term, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the last 6 weeks, whether you are a student completing all your work or a parent making sure that the work is being completed! You have all been amazing! Thank you too to your wonderful teachers and our support colleagues who have made all of this possible. A particular thank you to Mr Silsby and Mr Cheshire, our IT Network team, who have worked tirelessly to make sure you can access your lessons.


    Enjoy a break from the screen next week but do keep sending in those photos of your new hobbies!


    Year 11 have started the challenge of mocks online, pioneering this new Covid-19 approach. We will makes allowances for any technical disruptions that may occur during the mock period along with an understanding that typing a response will be more complex. We know you will try as hard as you can and that is all we ask of you.


    So let’s look at some of the positive activities coming up in the next few weeks.


    A Message from the Maths team


    Sunday March the 14th (3.14) it is International Pi Day. Each year the Moscow department celebrate by having fun, in-class activities involving Pi as well as holding a cake baking competition.


    This year we have had to slightly modify what we are doing. Instead of a student cake baking competition where they bring their cakes into school, we will be holding a ‘Virtual Pi Cake Baking Competition’ where students will submit photos via email. Please find attached all the details.


    All year groups will also have the opportunity to show their amazing memorising skills when we hold our annual ‘recite the digits of Pi’ competition. The Henry Beaufort record currently stands at: 146 digits (Illana, 2020), let’s see if it can be beaten this year!


    Finally, here are some interesting, fun facts about Pi:

    1. Pi is all encompassing.
    2. Pi is ancient
    3. Computers have been able to calculate Pi to 22 trillion digits!
    4. Humans have memorised vast stretches of Pi, the world record currently stands at 17,000 digits.  Pi has a bit part in many books and movies.
    5. Engineers at NASA round Pi to 15 decimal places.
    6. We celebrate International Pi Day every year (using the American calendar of March 14th, 3.14).
    7. In basic mathematics, Pi is used to find the area and circumference of a circle. Pi is used to find area by multiplying the radius squared times Pi….



    The Brilliant Club

    The Scholars’ Programme is in full swing now with twelve Year 8 students attending weekly university-style tutorials with their PhD tutor, Dr Isobel Pinder.


    Students have been discussing the causes of the French Revolution, focusing this week on the Marxist explanation. Below is a sample of work produced by Lucy R:


    “What factors do you think were the most significant in causing the French revolution?”

    The most important cause of the French Revolution of 1789 was hunger and the unfairness of the regime.  Years of drought, poor harvest and disease in cattle meant food was scarce and expensive to purchase. The peasants could not afford the high prices of food, including the most basic groceries. On the other hand, the wealthiest aristocrats lived a life of luxury as they could afford the high prices. What is more, they used the peasants to harvest the food they could not buy. The nobles knew of this situation but did not act upon it, they left them to starve, not caring for their lives.

    Another reason why the poor were ready to revolt was because of the fact that the kingdoms finances were in a terrible state due to the king’s mismanagement of it, meaning more money had to be taken from the peasants who were unable to pay the increased taxes and eat. Seeing as prices of food had increased due to lack of it in recent years, they were put at even more of a disadvantage. They became outraged that they could not afford the food that was harvested by themselves and thought that change was needed. They decided violence was the only way to be heard, murder was the only way that they could get their food. Also, how the nobles looked down on the peasants and thought they were all mindless tools that they used to get resources. The peasants rage had built up from all the neglect and spite thrown upon them. With all of these things piled up, it became too much and they could not put up with it anymore, so revolution became inevitable in the circumstances.

    The last reason is that the age of enlightenment. They started thinking that everyone was equal and deserved more freedom. The peasants are just the same as nobles but are just at a disadvantage moneywise. This was spread worldwide and it started making the peasants of France more dissatisfied with their lot and they started to think they should be equal. The nobles disagreed with this so the only option was revolution.


    Remote delivery of the programme comes with its own unique challenges but our students definitely rise to them! Our students continue to do us proud in these difficult circumstances!


    A message from Mrs Naylor Teece

    Mr Brown would like to thank Year 7 for their amazing response to the technology activities for Cultural Capital day last week.


    He has told me that you really embraced the day and the challenges. He had photos and videos of marble runs in action, videos of parachute drops, photos of crazy golf courses all made at home and all made by the students. ‘There were also pictures of amazing things being baked, it was just lovely to see.’

    Well done Year 7!


    A message from Mrs Ireland

    There are a number of new resources available to all students in the Library Resources section of the Beaufort Working From Home folder on the website. I have added a Library Challenge called ‘Genre Bingo’ which you are free to complete just for fun. This is a great way to get yourself reading a variety of genres and I will welcome emails from anyone who completes the grid to let me know what titles you have read for each genre.


    There is also a link for the fantastic Online School Library which has been created by the National Literacy Trust and Oak National Academy. Every week a new children’s author is featured, providing you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This week’s author is the brilliant and funny Konnie Huq.


    In addition to these great resources we also have Recommended Reads and Audiobooks – all of which are available on the Henry Beaufort Wheelers ePlatform for free. Please see the Library section of the school website for details on how to log in.


    Lastly, I’ve added a folder of Poetry Slam workshops which have kindly been provided by Hampshire School Library Service who are running a Poetry Slam Competition. Details of which can be found at the bottom of each workshop. Year 9 have been working on the workshop by local poet Dave Hubble this fortnight in English but all students are welcome to view the workshops by any and all of the excellent poets featured, and enter the Poetry Slam competition if they would like to.


    Keep an eye on the newsletter after half term too, as we will share all the details of the exciting activities and competitions our Student Librarian team has organised to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March.


    A message from Mrs Scott

    This week we are thinking about our online safety. Tuesday 9th February was Safer Internet Day, Mrs Lewis sent out a Schoolcomms reminding all of our parents of the resources available to help you support your children in keeping safe on line. Please see link to our Website Click here

    Online Safety is the focus of this week’s assembly from Mrs Scott. Please encourage your child to watch this assembly, it’s also an opportunity for you to talk to your child about how they keep themselves safe online.


    Henry Beaufort 8 Peak Community Challenge

    As a school we have launched a community challenge to see if you can virtually climb some of the tallest mountains across the UK, with the aim to see how far as a school community we can cover in distance and flights of stairs climbed before we break up for Easter. This challenge is open to Students, Staff, Support Staff and Families and we would love to see as many of you attempting to conquer some of the mountains and submitting your results via the QR Code. We would love to see students during their Core PE lessons using this time to attempt a challenge and these challenges can be broken into smaller challenges/distances and put together.


    For more information about this challenge please see the Henry Beaufort 8 Peak Community Challenge Information PowerPoint on the School Website in the Beaufort Work From Home folder.


    Please remember to submit any of your completed challenges via the Google Forms QR Code on the PowerPoint or via this link -


    We would love to hear about any of your efforts and see any photos so please send them to


    Tuesday the 16th of February is Shrove Tuesday so there is no better recipe to share with you this week than one for pancakes! Thank you Mrs Golding.


    And finally a message from me to you.


    There has been much in the media of late about the negative impact of the lockdown on your education and your progress. Of course there will be some impact although I do believe that being able to provide online lessons to every one of you in our school will make sure that you continue to learn.


    Thank you to those students who have joined me for a discussion on learning in lockdown. We have also talked about what would help when students do return to onsite working and I have been given some very useful advice on what would help both academically and in terms of well-being.


    The learning journey for you may have taken a bit of a detour but we will together make sure that you get back up to speed as soon as possible.  So when you hear or read about the gloomy predictions about your education I want you to think instead of all the things that you have learnt during this lockdown. Your IT skills , your ability to interact with teachers in a different learning environment, the emails you have sent us telling us about what you are doing, your ability to send in work on assignments and one note; your incredible enthusiasm for sharing new hobbies or meeting the challenges we set you on Cultural Capital day.


    We have all learnt to do things in a different way and some of this is for the better and we need to make sure we do not lose sight of the positives.


    You are amazing and a pandemic is not going to stop you being amazing now or in the future. You will fulfil your dreams and ambitions, and education now and in the future, will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to do precisely that.


    ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’  [Eleanor Roosevelt]


    So continue to dream, to have ambitions; they are only on hold for a little while longer.


    With my best wishes to you and your family.


    Miss S Hearle












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  • FAQ Covid Testing

    Published 02/02/21

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 5 2021

    Published 03/02/21

    3rd February 2021


    Dear Parent and Students,

    We now have a potential date to work towards a return to on site learning, although there are no guarantees at present. We do need to be cautious about this date (as much as we want everyone back as soon as we can) because we know that in the past there has been a difference in return times for primary and secondary schools as a result of rates of age related transmission.

    Nonetheless we will begin our planning and as soon as we have a confirmed date of return we will send out further information including how we will return students to school so that they start by having a lateral flow test within their year group bubbles.

    If you are planning to give consent to your child undertaking this test please make sure you have returned the consent form by the deadline date. This is a voluntary consent form. No child will be asked to take a test without your consent.

    We have also written a Lateral Flow Test FAQ which you will find at:

    As a school we have learnt a great deal about the positive use of technology in order to support learning. None more so than the use of online lessons. However, we all appreciate that typing work into an assignment or a quiz is not necessarily straightforward. Whilst I would hope that we will never find ourselves in this situation again, we are exploring ways that we could support our young people in the future and to this end we have included in the work at home section of the website information on how to access a free touch typing course through a website called

    The Typing Club is for anyone who wants to improve their touch typing, no matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced typist. Thank you very much to the Learning Support team for signposting us to this opportunity.

    Thank you to the Year 10 students who joined me on Monday for the Student Voice Forum. They gave me some very helpful information on the pros and cons of online earning as well as discussing with me what would be a useful focus on their return to onsite learning. I will be passing this onto my colleagues. I look forward to ‘meeting’ with Year 8 this coming Friday.

    A message from Mr Janes to Year 7

    I am running a challenge for Year 7 students to send me photos of them learning something new away from their screens. I have already had a few entrants but would like many more!  So far I have had examples of students baking for the first time, creating models for the first time and trying a new sport for the first time.

    A message from the Maths team

    Moscow are excited to announce that we will be holding our UKMT Maths Challenge competition this week for selected students in Years 9, 10 and 11. 

    There is also an opportunity for some of our groups to participate in a ‘What's the Point Quadratic Equations’ live show during their maths lessons.  This is being run by StandupMaths and allows students an insight into why Quadratics are important.

    Information for Year 11 and Year 10

    Open events at Eastleigh College - the hyperlinks are included.

    ‘We will be holding an online open event next week – Thursday, 11 February with a focus on apprenticeships for National Apprenticeship Week – 8-14 February 2021.

    Pupils can:

    • View upcoming dates here. (Thursday, 11 February, Thursday, 18 March and Thursday, 22 April)
    • Book a place at an open event here.
    • Apply for a course via our website here.’

    How are you doing with your new hobbies? I have been so impressed with the details and photos of the hobbies you have sent in so far. Do keep sending them in! I have managed to prepare enough patchwork pieces to start the next phase of the quilt this coming weekend. Looking at the weather forecast I think it will be a useful way of spending a wet Sunday afternoon!

    Thank you to Mrs Denman for providing this week’s recipe which is for caramel sauce (in the recipe section of the work at home area of the website). I have been looking back at all the other recipes we have in this area which go all the way back to Lockdown One. I am going to try out the Brownies recipe at the weekend and I think the caramel sauce might just be the finishing touch. 

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Winter Reading Challenge which is being run by the Hampshire Library service. This week I have details of a competition being run for all you budding (and already published) writers out there.

    The Daily Telegraph have announced The Telegraph Teen Writing Challenge for students aged 13-18. The theme is ‘Lockdown’. You will need to submit 500 words or fewer that ‘creatively capture the spirit of the time, whether you draw on your own experiences of three lockdowns or plunder your imagination’.

    The written form can be a letter, a poem, a piece of fiction or ‘any word form that leads you where you want to go’.

    The deadline for submission of work is Monday the 22nd of February , so you have half term to complete this.

    Full details of the competition are available at and entries need to be submitted to the following email address:

    Good luck!

    As I was sitting writing this newsletter yesterday I heard the very sad news about Captain Sir Tom Moore. There have been and will continue to be many tributes paid to this wonderful man but for me amongst many of the qualities that made him such a positive role model, it was his discretion that stood out. In a world where social media encourages the over sharing of information and images, here was a man who knew the value of keeping your own counsel.

    With my best wishes to you and your family,

    Miss Hearle




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