SAVE THE DATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 07.07.2022
EVENSONG - WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 07.07.2022
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EVENSONG - WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 07.07.2022
Everyone in the Music Department is feeling overjoyed and extremely proud of the achievement of all students during the Spring Term. Due to the disruption of Covid we haven’t put on a concert since March 2020. I honestly don’t think any of us realised how much we have missed live music until we started back with our ensembles in September 2021.
The Spring Concert itself was our usual eclectic mix of music with the orchestral music of Elgar, the emotive Emelie Sande piece ‘Read All About It’ and Jazz Band ending the concert with the foot tapping ‘Birdland’. We had some beautifully musical and poignant solos from Year 11 students and wonderful ensembles from Year 9 Djembe, the Year 9 Adele piece, Year 10 Rock Band, Year 11 Samba Band, Brass Ensemble and String Ensemble. We are certainly looking forward to more live music making in the future.
Many Year 11’s are also an integral part of Music Department which they showcased so brilliantly at the Spring Concert through providing professional support for stage management and sound production. Alongside performing at an extremely high standard themselves, they are also excellent role models to younger students and wonderful ambassadors for the school.
We have been delighted to have so many Year 7 and 8 students involved in this concert despite them never having seen a Henry Beaufort concert before. They really impressed with their singing, concentration and from watching their faces during the rest of the concert they seemed to really enjoy watching their peers. I hope that they have been inspired to continue with and build on their musical contributions at school.
Getting back to rehearsals has been key to the life of the department and we are incredibly grateful that despite all the challenges of Covid it’s been another creative, productive, busy, and happy term in the Music Department. Year 11 students have been working hard on their final performances and compositions for their GCSE Music. They have produced an impressive collection of work - I hope that they are proud of their achievements. It's now the final push with the Non-Examined Assessments and then working hard through to the listening exam in June! Mrs Saunders and I are so grateful for all they that have given to the Music Department over the years and of course wish them every success with their exams and future – we hope they will keep in touch.
In the summer term we are very much looking forward to Japanese Taiko workshops for all GCSE students in Year 9-11. We then have the 50th Anniversary of The Henry Beaufort School celebration at Winchester Cathedral on 7th July. We are very privileged to be performing at such a prestigious venue.
The energies of the Expressive Arts staff and students will now be fully dominated with our production of Matilda. Please do spread the word and encourage your friends and family to come and watch at least one performance. We are putting this production on at the Theatre Royal in Winchester. Please watch this space for details about tickets.
Head of Music
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the first edition of Hello from Henry B! for 2022.
We have many exciting events and activities to share with you in this edition.
I am pleased to tell you that the new walk through canteen is on site and the intention is for a grand opening early March. More details to follow after half-term.
Please find uploaded below a poster advertising the Spring Concert in March.
I was pleased to be able to meet with our EARA ambassadors earlier this term. The students discussed with me what they had been working on, and we reflected on the importance of diversity being part of the fabric of the school. This included an honest and frank discussion about how we as adults can support people in our school community and improve our knowledge and understanding of the way in which language is used to undermine and humiliate people.
Our EARA group has carried out very important work for several years now, but we all felt that they needed a higher profile in school. I have asked them to take on a number of actions including reviewing the schools’ vision statement to consider if it is fit for purpose in terms of diversity and equality.
We explored how many of the adults in our community grew up in a different world and sometimes do not know or understand the derogatory terminology/words that are used to undermine and bully people. We are addressing this through training and I asked the group to consider what they felt we need to know, how we can empower colleagues to tackle inappropriate language and embed a culture of proactive responses and awareness.
I shared with them that the school is also looking at diversity in terms of recruitment, and our Governing Body of the school is considering how it reflects diversity within the Governing Body.
We also intend to go ahead with the following:
Visits from Primary Schools
We have really enjoyed hosting students from Weeke and Harestock Primary schools this term and thank you to Mrs Saunders, Mrs Harris and Mr Webber for making this possible.
The students joined us for a music workshop as well as for science using equipment in the science labs not available at primary school. It was a pleasure to work with such polite and enthusiastic students.
Autism Ambassadors at HB
Our Autism Ambassadors are spreading the understanding of autism around The Henry Beaufort School to friends and peers. The group of enthusiastic young people meet once a month to support each other and discuss how they will bring awareness to the school community.
So far, our young people have delivered talks to their tutor groups, which have been fantastic in helping others to have an insight into how information may be processed, or situations that can cause a change in behaviour. One year group has been lucky enough to have received an assembly prepared and delivered by members of the group – with the aim for all year groups to be given this superb knowledge.
Every person with autism has their own strengths and challenges, and with support from their peers, their time at The Henry Beaufort School will be an inclusive and positive experience.
Hares of Hampshire Project
The Henry Beaufort Schools is proud to be involved in the Hares of Hampshire Project. As a school we are extremely grateful to receive and be donated a Hare sculpture – the Leveret - from Stagecoach.
The whole school student council will be working in partnership with Miss Colebourn and the Art team to get creative in creating a leveret design and then transferring this into a 3D masterpiece which will be apart of an art trail in Winchester in Summer 2022. For more information please have a look at the website https://haresofhampshire.co.uk/learning-programme/
It will be great to have as many students in involved in this programme and it will be launched in tutor time to all students.
Thank you to Stagecoach who have donated their hare to the school and funded the sponsorship.
The challenge has been taken up by our Whole School Student Council and we are looking forward to seeing what emerges!
A message from the Expressive Arts Team
Our whole school production has been launched again! We began with a wonderful audition in which 85 students demonstrated their creative abilities! The support they showed for each other’s effort was fantastic to see. With so much talent, casting was a challenge, but we now have our cast of 50+ students. Huge congratulations to all who took part.
Matilda Jr. HB will take to the stage in October 2022!
Year 11 Geography fieldwork to Southampton
25th & 26th January 2022
Over two blustery days in January we took our Year 11 Geographers to Southampton to carry out the urban fieldwork element of their GCSE course. The group on the first day had the added benefit of “Applin-Taggart Tours” – Mr Applin and Mrs Taggart sharing their insight on the coach journey, through Bevois Valley on the way in and Shirley High Street on the way out of Southampton. The group on the second day got Mrs Legg and Mrs Taggart’s commentary instead.
Our primary data collection focused on the environmental quality and traffic in two regenerated areas of the city – Centenary Quay (used to be Vospers Dockyard) and Ocean Village (used to be the Outer Dock). We are currently presenting and analysing this data in class. Our Year 11 Geographers engaged well, worked hard, and had a great – if chilly – day.
St Swithuns lecture programme
Our partnership working with St Swithun’s has seen our students joining in with a range of on line lectures.
On the 3rd of February our students attended an on line lecture from Dr James Hodkinson from the University of Warwick who presented on the value of languages at GCSE, A’level and beyond and how this helps in the current job market.
Last week we were able to access the University ‘take over’ week with the University of Winchester and their History and Archaeology Departments. The theme was ‘Recovery and Transformation’ and there were 4 talks and seminars for us to access.
Thank you to St Swithun’s for these opportunities.
The Brilliant Club
This year’s first round of Brilliant Club scholars are about to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme with flying colours. After five university-style tutorials they have produced excellent final assignments about literary theory and using it to analyse texts. You can read some samples below. The Programme will culminate in a celebration at Reading University on the 11th February where students will attend a graduation to celebrate their efforts. They have all done very well and we are proud of their achievements. Well done to Alfie H, Benny B, Douglas N, Emily A-F, Nikisha R, Jenna B, Evie-Rose M, Joseph S, Julia C, Ky W, Matthew, W, and Thomas E, all in Year 8. Great work!
Meanwhile, the next round is well underway with students having attended a live launch event streamed from St Anne’s College, Oxford on Monday 17th January. Students will begin their tutorials on the subject of “What is Money” on Wednesday 26th January. Congratulations to those who have been selected for this competitive programme.
Here is a selection from the essays which shows the standard of work that our Year 8 students have produced.
A feminist mindset will be used to criticize and evaluate the extract from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In the extract: “in sleep my mother looks younger” there is a nod to sexism, as it is saying that women should be beautiful and there is something wrong with Katniss’s mother as she does not look “beautiful” when she is not asleep. The adjective ‘beautiful’ means something or someone that is extremely pretty or good looking. The word beautiful tends to relate to women, so this means that women are expected to be attractive and when they are not, they are imperfect or there is something wrong with them. The text also states “my mother used to be very beautiful once, too. Or so they say.” The phrase ‘or so they say’ could mean that beautiful is young and if you are not young you are not beautiful. The writer could have put this word in the text because she wanted to use a bit of dramatic irony, because there could be something related to this thought later in the story and it builds up on the reader’s knowledge of Katniss’s world as it is very different to ours.
The feminism theory is clear in this extract because Meena tells us her father hardly recognises how hard her mom works and her efforts are not even appreciated by him. There is no equality in this man-woman relationship. Her mother is underrated while her father holds power. Meena is deciding that the life her mother has led is not the life she wants to lead and she is trying to find her own way. She is standing up for woman. She is resentful and rebels against the expectations placed on her to behave in a stereotypical way.
Finally, I will analyse the character of Little Red Riding Hood. In the beginning, Little Red Riding Hood comes across as small and scared which we find in the stereotypical gender roles. We could assume that from lines like “In came the little girl in red”[i]. The word “little” shows us that Little Red Riding Hood is seen to be small and is not as powerful as the wolf. However, she turns the tables and becomes the one in charge, and has then become the confident and brave one, as we see in the lines “The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.”[ii] She called the wolfs’ bluff and shot him. This meant that she ended up at the top of the food chain. Little Red Riding Hood turned out to be extremely confident and brave after this. “She said “Hello, and please do note my lovely furry wolfskin coat”[iii]. Little Red Riding Hood ends up being the second archetypal character, ranking above the wolf. She appears the bravest and is on top of the food chain.
On Friday 11th February, twelve year 8 students went to Reading University to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme. The trip included a campus tour and graduation ceremony. It was a well-deserved celebration of their amazing achievements on the programme which is now running again for twelve more of our students. Thank you to Mrs Eckett for her support of the trip.
Over the past few weeks 12 people were picked to be a part of a club where we studied different literary theories. We used them on different texts and looked at them from a different point of view than what we'd usually do.
Each week we had a tutorial with our PhD tutor and expanded our knowledge on the literary theories which helped us work towards our final assignment. The final assignment was to write a 1500-word essay explaining the different theories and how different people would think of them in a piece of writing. We then got our feedback and graduated on the 11th of February at Reading University, we got a tour of the university and had a Q&A with some of the students that were in their 3rd year there. It was a great opportunity!
Nikisha, Year 8
It has been a long half-term for our students, but they have worked hard and embraced the return to activities beyond the classroom and the school day. Congratulations to all students who have received postcards home and Headteacher Awards. They have been well deserved.
Hopefully we will have a calm and uninterrupted second half of the term!
With my best wishes to you and your families,
[i] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
[ii] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
[iii] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
The Year 8 Option Process 2021-2022 online parents talk is now live.
Please click the following link which will take you to the correct website page where you wil be able to view it, thank you.
15th December 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
Despite the turbulence of the last two weeks we have been able to share with you a wide range of activities, sporting events and extra-curricular opportunities that have taken place this term both through the newsletter and on our website page.
I have included in this newsletter some of the more recent events that our young people have taken part in.
Thank you to all of you who were able to donate for our food bank collection last Friday as part of our festive themed non-uniform day. It was lovely to see so many festive outfits in school. I am sorry that we didn’t quite make it to our Christmas performance. Thank you to all of our students who were planning and rehearsing for this event.
Thank you too to Hillier’s in Winchester for donating the lovely Christmas tree in reception. It has kept us all going the last few weeks!
Thank you too to all of our students who were required to have a PCR test at school. The Mobile Unit team were very complimentary about your exemplary behaviour. We were described as one of the best schools they have been to in terms of our students and the organisation of the two-day visit.
On occasions such as this the information we send outcomes directly from the UK Health Security Agency and I am aware that some of it has been contradictory; frustrating for you as well as for us.
We hope to be able to return to school as normal on the 4th of January 2022.
A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start and one in which we will be focusing on smart, appropriate uniform and a focus on punctuality! This will be shared with students in Whole School Assembly on Friday and with you through a school communication.
Consistent standards and expectations will be the focus for the new term. If there are reasons why you would not be able to purchase uniform please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.
I have been delighted to see 52 students over the course of this term to award a Headteacher Special recognition award, including 3 gold awards. Well done to everyone who received this award and I look forward to handing out many more next term.
We have some exciting news in team English, Miss Brown’s first novel (which she wrote whilst she was undertaking her teacher training and studying for her Master’s degree!) has won an award:
‘H Brown has won the 2021 Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award for her historical suspense novel My Name Is Emma.
Each year editors at Sphere choose the best novel by a graduating student.
My Name Is Emma follows the arrival of the eponymous servant into the home of widowed mother Mrs Jackson, building up to a terrible crime based on a true story.
Chair of judges, Sphere publishing director Ed Wood, said: “My Name is Emma is a wholly coherent first step into the world of historical mystery writing, a tale that slowly reveals its secrets as it moves towards a genuinely shocking conclusion. H Brown has a confident, effortless voice that gripped us from the first page’.
How proud are we to have a published author in our team!
I am a part of an Eco choir that were invited to perform in the green zone at COP26 and some of us were even invited to the blue zone (area for significant people) which was such an honour and an unbelievable opportunity.
I loved every second of it! There was so much to do and so much to explore. I wasn’t worried about performing because everybody at the conference cared about the same thing: Climate change.
COP26 is trying to tell people that its not to late yet, if we start right now and work together we can do it. The outcome of the conference or parties wasn’t what we hoped for but I’m still optimistic!
Personally I would say, listen to the science, it’s not lying and if you want to turn this around, I would pay attention to the scientists.
Cullayn Year 8
The second batch of over 400 trees has arrived from The Woodland Trust and are heeled in ready for planting.
I was delighted to be invited to The Environment Club last week to watch a presentation on the ideas and projects that the members of the club would like to undertake at HB.
I was very impressed with the professionalism of the presentation and the thoughtful and thought-provoking ideas that were presented.
I will be taking forward these ideas to colleagues in school and the Governing Body. Many of these ideas were both practical and possible with a little logistical planning and some consultation work with the whole school community.
The Brilliant Club
The Scholars’ Programme is in full swing now with weekly seminars taking place for twelve ambitious Year 8 students. In the seminars, which are led by English Literature PhD tutor, Dr Lian, we have been discussing how literary texts can be viewed through different lenses, ranging from ecocriticism, to feminism, to post-colonialism. We have discussed texts ranging from Noughts and Crosses to Robinson Crusoe. It has been amazing to see these students explore ideas beyond the curriculum and come up with fascinating new perspectives. They have really risen to the challenge and done our school proud. Next up: a final, 1,500 word, university-level assignment. We hope to visit a University campus in the Spring term to see what University life is like, and graduate from the programme in a well-deserved celebration event.
Well done and good luck for this year’s programme to: Jenna, Alfie, Nikisha, Joseph, Kyrese, Matthew, Emily, Bernard, Julia, Thomas, Evie-Rose and Douglas.
Mrs Naylor- Teece
Partnership working with Southampton Football Club
We were fortunate enough to have two under 18 players from Southampton football club attend a Teams meeting with a number of our students who play for our school football teams. We had arranged for them to come into school for a Q and A session, but sadly due to COVID this could not happen. The students were able to discuss issues surrounding race, discrimination, mental health and respect with the players, who in turn explained the importance of learning and studying hard to enable them to have more choices if their careers took a different path. The players also talked about the importance of learning to be respectful in life and how to deal with life’s pitfalls and how you overcome them.
It’s Panto Season!
Year 9 GCSE Drama students returned to school in September to begin their new 3 year GCSE Drama journey together. Their first project – Pantomime! Year 9 Drama students were challenged with creating a brand new pantomime style story aimed for a target audience of primary school aged children. Characters, storylines, audience interaction, riddles and rhymes were created and scripted from scratch by the students. This Year 9 class devised a pantomime called ‘Friendship Reigns’. The story explores the stock pantomime characters, but the moral focuses very much on how we increasingly must value each for what we bring to the world rather than the place we are born into. The best and most trusted friend is eventually crowned as the one who should lead the community.
Until only a week or so ago performances were set to go ahead in the Drama studio for our primary visitors. Pandemic restrictions meant that these performances could no longer happen live and so to ensure we could continue, we took the decision to move the performances via Microsoft Teams. Our primary schools have helped us make this adjustments with such positivity and encouragement. The students have been superb, not only in their ability to adjust performance aspects to work online, but also in the face of the pandemic challenges and restrictions, and have made every effort to be their very best, including standing in last minute for students who faced unavoidable absence.
The Year 9 Drama students are brave, creative and in the face of adversity have been quite frankly - invincible! Well done Year 9!
Year 7 Letter Exchange with France
This year, we have partnered up again with France to exchange cards, letters and selfie sheets! Year Seven have been writing to two sixième (6eme) classes at Collège Pierre Mendes, near Angoulême, France. Their website is http://etab.ac-poitiers.fr/coll-mendes-france-soyaux/
Christmas cards are not a huge tradition in France, but cards (Les cartes de voeux) are more commonly exchanged in January. Therefore, our friends in France have created their own beautiful letters and cards to exchange with our students. We are so excited to be writing to our penpals again at Easter.
Dates for the Student Handbook!
Our whole school production is booked for October 2022.
The Henry Beaufort School Musical Production Audition dates are:
Wednesday 19th January 14:45-15:45 Year 7 and 8
Thursday 20th January 14:45-15:45 Year 9 and 10
Thank you for all of your support over the term. Our students and my colleagues have worked so hard to make sure that this term has been successful for everyone in our school community.
Thank you too to Mrs Golding for providing a holiday treat for us to bake! Please see the recipe uploaded below.
We return to school on Tuesday the 4th of January 2022.
I do hope that the Festive season is a kind and happy time for us all.
With my best wishes to you and your families,
A ‘HUGE’ thank you to students and parents for their generosity in supporting Winchester Basics Bank by bringing in their donations in exchange for wearing Christmas Jumpers today!
If you would like further information on Winchester Basics Bank or are need of their assistance please click on the link below:
24th May 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
A whole half term back in school - how wonderful it has been to have all of our young people on the school site for this first half of the summer term.
We are maintaining a cautious approach to the lifting of restrictions to ensure that the school continues to move forward but I am so pleased that we have been able to reintroduce year group PE activities after school.
After half term, in the week beginning the 14th June, Year 10 Clinics and Home Learning Club for Years 7, 8 and 9 will start. A Schoolcomms will be sent out to all parents to explain the details. Year group bubbles will be maintained.
Despite the restrictions on activities and events over the last few months we have followed Covid guidelines to provide the following.
Year 8 Students are Brilliant!
Twelve lucky Year 8 students embarked on the Scholars Programme, delivered by The Brilliant Club, a charity which aims to widen access for outstanding students in non-selective state schools to the United Kingdom’s most selective universities.
The students underwent a rigorous process in the spring term, attending multiple university-style tutorials led by PhD tutors. The tutorials and learning were based around the French Revolution and were all at a very high level. All twelve students produced a final assessment which was a 1500 word essay and we are thrilled that they all passed with the following grades:
2 x firsts, 2 x 2:1, 4 x 2:2 and 2 x thirds, which has been a wonderful achievement for all of our students.
Mrs Naylor-Teece, Science Teacher and in school coordinator of this programme said:
“It has been a real pleasure to watch these young people rise to the challenge of the Scholars’ Programme. I have been overwhelmed by their dedication and resilience in tackling such a difficult topic – even throughout lockdown. They have done us and themselves proud!”
All of our students enjoyed the unique experience, summed up by one of our students who wrote:
‘I think the best part of the Scholars programme was taking part in the tutorials in general and learning about something I knew nothing of previously. At first, I found the course hard to understand since there was so much to know and I wasn’t used to university style work, but after a while of taking part in tutorials I overcame the challenge and the information seemed easier to understand instead. I truly had an incredible time and thank you for letting me take part.’
Having read all of the essays I am in awe of the work that our young people in Year 8 have produced. It is a delight to see them explore the complexities of the factors impacting on the French revolution, demonstrating their in-depth thinking and ability to articulate a response to university standards. I am very proud of them all.
Whole School Student Council
A big thank you to all the students in Years7, 8 and 9 who have applied for the Whole School Student Council. We have had over 50 applications from students all of whom are enthusiastic about making a positive impact to the wider Henry Beaufort School community.
Students had the opportunity to express an interest in a particular satellite group that they were passionate about. The ‘Satellite Groups’ are:
The first meeting of each group will take place the first week back after half term during tutor time so that the students can begin making plans about the impact they can have. We will keep you regularly updated on their progress.
News from the Science team
Two Year 8 classes have taken part in the EACH-B randomised research trial for Lifelab (based at Southampton General Hospital) and Southampton University. Students have filled out online questionnaires and worn an activity tracker for a week. It involves 50 schools, over 2000 students and repeat data will be collected in a year’s time to feed into the study. A detailed article will be submitted to the local paper as well as being put on line through our own social media sites.
News for the Maths team
Our Years 7 and 8 year groups have been participating in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. This has given students an opportunity to take part in a national competition designed to really test students’ mathematical understanding by posing tricky questions to think in a different way than normal.
This is wonderful opportunity for them to develop their mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques by solving these interesting problems.
We are hoping for some of our students to qualify for the follow up rounds! Finger Crossed!
Some of our students were able to watch and participate in a maths inspiration show all about structural engineering. This was especially encouraging for our female mathematicians hearing from a very successful female engineer.
Fun maths fact: “Eleven plus two” is an anagram of “twelve plus one” which is pretty fitting as the answer to both equations is 13.
We said farewell to on site working for our Year 11 students last Friday with our traditional celebration of the last 5 years of school. An assembly (which started with a walk around the school so that all other year groups could show their appreciation to the Year 11 students) was followed by shirt signing, goodie bags for all and ice cream!
Year 11 made a significant contribution to the assembly with a range of musical interludes as follows:
Musical Interlude 1
A beautiful piece of music written and performed by Rosie Wilson entitled ‘What do I do’ was played over the photo slideshow of the students when they were in Year 7 - to an equal mixture of delight and horror!
At the assembly we acknowledged the hard work and resilience that Year 11 had shown throughout these difficult two years interrupted by lockdowns and restrictions.
Referring to their ‘stickability’ which has been demonstrated time and time again throughout the pandemic we recognised that whilst our students last two years may have been shaped by the pandemic it has not, or ever will, define them.
As we approach the final half term of the year a reminder that we have a school closure for an INSET day on the 25th of June when we will be starting our preparations for the academic year 2021/22 - our 50th Anniversary year!
Our last day of term on Friday the 23rd of July is a half day; students departing at midday.
Thank you to Mrs Denman for providing a delicious cake recipe below for a spot of baking over the half term break.
With my best wishes for the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend,
Chocolate loaf cake:
125g plain flour
125 caster sugar
100soft light brown sugar
50g cocoa powered
1stb bicarbonate of soda
60 butter, plus extra for greasing
29th March 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
As the last week of term comes into sight I am reflecting on what has been another unusual term for the school. It has been so good to get back to teaching on the school site for all of our young people. They have as always been magnificent and appreciated that being back also comes with the challenges of Covid rules and regulations. The challenges were certainly put to the test last week when we did have to respond to a positive Lateral Flow test but again I want to commend our young people for the way in which they approached this situation.
The team of staff at our testing station have asked me to pass onto you that it was a pleasure to be working with our students over the last 3 weeks. ‘Polite, cooperative, calm and good humoured‘ were just some of the compliments that were passed back to me.
Thank you to our team of staff to for making this experience so straightforward for the students and the school. The schedule (thank you Mr Applin!) meant that there was minimal disruption to learning. A particular thanks must go to the two team leaders Mrs Williams and Mrs Goodwill. It has taken a great deal of work to organise, train and undertake the tests and I am very grateful to them and the team as a whole.
I do appreciate that the self-isolation rule is frustrating for parents and puts additional pressure on parents when students are required to self-isolate. I have included below new information from the DfE that may be of support to you if you are in this situation.
Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:
That their child or young person:
Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate. Please contact the school using the admin email address if you require this letter.
Once an application for a payment has been received, the local authority will be in touch with your setting to verify the details of the child provided on the application. This will include a check of the child’s name, age, address and days of self-isolation. This check is to minimise the event of fraudulent claims. It may be conducted before or after a payment is made, depending on the arrangements the individual local authority has chosen to put in place. The letter you give to parents and carers should explain to them that their local authority will conduct a check with their child’s setting if they apply for a payment.
Pi Cake Baking Competition
Many congratulations to the winner of our Students ‘Pi Cake Baking Competition’ who is
David in Year 7 and we have included a picture of his winning entry.
Congratulations also goes to Mrs Denman, winner of the staff Pi Cake baking competition.
I was also delighted to hear about the amazing feat of Danica in Year 9 who, with her sister took part in a virtual Toughmudder Equinox. This comprised of doing a 5 mile circuit, and when arriving back at home they then had further challenges to complete. Danica completed 25 miles and 5 challenges and together with her sister they have raised over £900.
They did this to raise money for Mind.org (Halton) in Liverpool which is the local charity supported by Loop Radio where dad is a DJ.
This is an extraordinary accomplishment and a well-deserved Headteacher Gold Award badge has been presented to Danica.
A message from Miss Brown- English Department
Congratulations go to students at The Henry Beaufort School, who entered their 100 word short stories into a nationwide competition and have been published in an anthology, called “Trapped: Thrilling Tales”. The competition encouraged them to think outside the box around the theme of ‘trapped’ and we had a great variety of creative ideas exploring this
idea. We would like to say a huge congratulations to these talented young writers! A copy of the anthology will be available in the library.
The Summer Term
I sincerely hope that we will be able to move back to vertical tutor groups before the end of the summer term but, as we have been for the past year, we are dependent on what the guidance will be once we reach the magical date when lockdown restrictions are lifted. Having spoken to both colleagues and our young people, this is a move that they are really looking forward to achieving. We are aware that this will feel very different for students in Year 7 so we will ensure that we prepare them for this move with a few taster opportunities before September if we are allowed to do so. I know that many of our students in other years really look forward to being able to support and work with Year 7 in tutor time. We will retain a year group tutor time on the Friday of each week.
As the country is data dependent on the lifting of restrictions we are still uncertain as to what we can do or offer for our traditional enrichment week activities in July. We are looking at a number of possibilities but as yet there are no guarantees. We anticipate more guidance from the government after the Easter break. There will be no overseas residential trips this year.
Sports club will start up after Easter operating in Year group bubbles and late buses will run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening so that students can attend these sporting opportunities. Miss Colebourn will send more information in a Schoolcomm this week.
The Whole School Student council will be launched after Easter to Years 7, 8 and 9. The Whole School Student Council (WSSC) plays an important role in making sure that students views and ideas are expressed, and plays a crucial role in contributing to important decisions that impact on the whole school. The WSSC represents the student body and as a school we take pride in listening and taking on board the ideas and views of the students so that a positive impact is made. Miss Colebourn is looking forward to launching this with students during tutor time when we return after Easter.
Once again can I thank you for your support of the school and my colleagues during this term. It has been a complex and difficult time for all us who are a part of The Henry Beaufort Community.
As Year 11 approach their final term with us I want to take the opportunity to commend them as a year group. Their year has involved so many twists and turns as a result of ever-changing government guidance; from September when we were informed it was to be full GCSE’s, then a move to a later date for exams in June and July, then to cancelling them completely and finally to a late exam board decision to put in place assessments to inform Teacher Assessed Grades. Add to this three changes to the GCSE results date this coming summer.
They have shown remarkable resilience and we all wish that they had not been put in this position. I am so proud of the way they have dealt with every turn in their final year story.
We have the 12th of April in our sights and for me a longed for haircut!
With my best wishes to you and your families,
5th March 2021
We have received communication, as part of the daily information from the DfE to schools, which I hope will clarify the situation around testing kits for households.
These will not be distributed by schools. Schools are only being provided with enough to test students and staff.
We have been asked to pass on the following information to you.
Please share the information below with your parent networks to help answer any questions they may have.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
· through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
· by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
· by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
3rd March 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
You should by now have received the communication from school regarding return to on site learning. We are really looking forward to the return of all of our students to on site learning, despite the continuing restrictions that we will need to follow. The students who have been on site throughout the lockdown are to be congratulated for the way in which they have approached being in school, in full uniform for these 8 weeks. I am sure they will also be pleased to see all of their friends although perhaps not so much the return to a longer queue for the Bistro!
They are of course well used to the routine of preparing for the school day and setting the alarm clock. It may be a bit more difficult for those of you who have not been in for the last 8 weeks. It is unlike the last time we were in this position, when you came back at the start of a term, which meant you had time to prepare for the fresh start of a new year. I would strongly recommend that you do some preparation now. Check the alarm clock works and maybe test it out on Thursday and Friday morning. Check your uniform and school bag and have everything ready by the weekend so that Monday is not a scramble to get yourself ready and out of the door! Remember those water bottles too!
In the next few days we will be sending out welcome letters to the families who will be joining us in September 2021 as part of our new Year 7 intake. The Henry Beaufort School was a very popular choice again this year and we have a waiting list for places.
I have seen some wonderful photos of hobbies that you have taken up over the last 9 weeks and Mr Jane’s is busy putting together a montage of these photos to share on the screen in reception. It is not too late to send in a photo!
A message from Mrs Chalke
Here is a reminder that on Sunday March 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 they submit their photos via email. The deadline for entry is by Friday 12th March. You can send photos of your entry to: Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find attached all details.
A message from Miss Bean
I am really pleased to announce that we have sponsored a commemorative plaque in remembrance of Private John Bennett of the Hampshire Regiment. Like many soldiers John Bennett suffered from shell shock, but as it wasn’t a recognised illness he was one of 306 British soldiers shot at dawn for cowardice. Whilst on the WW1 Battlefields trip students learn about John Bennett and are read extracts from his trial as we visit the cells in Poperinge where he spent his last night.
He was officially pardoned by the Queen in 2006 and we have chosen to commemorate him by sponsoring a plaque at the Lochnagar Crater, which students visit on the WW1 Battlefields trip.
1st Bn Hampshire Regiment
1897 – 1916
The Henry Beaufort School
Message from Mrs Ireland
World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021
As you know we are sadly unable to celebrate World Book Day in school this year but we aren’t going to let that stop us. From Thursday there will be a variety of competitions and activities that all students will be able to access and complete, including ‘Guess the Quote’ and ‘Redesign a Book Cover’. All competitions will be open until Friday 12th March and there will be prizes up for grabs for the winners. I will also post links to some brilliant workshops, videos and activities that are on offer online so that everyone can enjoy World Book Day at home. I will be sending an email to all students with all the details on how to access all of our World Book Day resources so keep an eye on your inbox! This year the World Book Day £1 token will also be digital, each student will be sent this by email along with information on how to redeem the tokens. Happy reading everyone – I look forward to welcoming you back to our library very soon!
Our final lockdown recipe sees us preparing for Easter with Easter crispy cakes. Thank you Mrs Golding.
I hope that you have found these newsletters useful. We will send out one more before the end of term and then we are going to trial a short newsletter every two to three weeks in the summer term so that we can send out information that is up to date and relevant. We feel that this would be a good way to stay in touch with you all. We will be asking you for feedback on this initiative later in the summer term.
As my last newsletter during lockdown learning (and I really hope it is the last in a lockdown) I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the kind thoughts and messages of support you have sent into us over the last couple of months.
You have all been amazing.
Thank you to our young people for the commitment you have made to your studies and to parents for supporting us with their learning at home.
Enjoy the peace and quiet at home on Monday. We strangely, are looking forward to breaking the silence!!
With my best wishes to you and your families,