Thursday 30 September

Dear Parent/Carer,

I start this week’s letter with a huge thanks to our Friends of SNS for organising such a lovely event for our new Year 7 Parents/Carers Barbecue on Saturday. Thank you to all parents who attended, it was wonderful to meet so many of you and special thanks to our brilliant student performers who wowed us with their performances. I hope this was a worthwhile opportunity to make connections with fellow parents as you and your child start the secondary school journey.

Covid-19 Protocols

Students should continue home testing twice a week, Wednesday and Sunday mornings. If you require a test kit, these can be collected from Reception. In addition to this, if your child is presenting Covid-19 symptoms, please do not send them into school and book a PCR test as soon as possible via this link: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Work is set for self-isolating students on Microsoft Teams. If you have any issues accessing work, please contact Mr Mark Bynoe, Deputy Headteacher on mar.byn@sns.hackney.sch.uk

Key Dates

Year 11 Parent/Carer Forum – Tuesday 12th October 6.00 – 7.00pm

We will be holding a Year 11 Parent/carer Forum on Tuesday 12th October via Microsoft Teams, which will be focused on the latest information and guidance on GCSE exams and how to support your child’s mental health. Please see the joining link below.

Parent/Carers of BAME Students Forum – Wednesday 13th October 6.00 – 7.00pm

Parents are invited to our on-site forum to mark Black History Month on the theme of ‘Proud to Be’. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend this event, please email Sophie Preedy on sop.pre@sns.hackney.sch.uk

Sadler’s Wells Hip-Hop Dance Club – Wednesdays 3.10 – 4.30pm

It gives us great pleasure to welcome the team from Sadler’s Wells to SNS, who are running hip-hip dance sessions every Wednesday, 3.10 – 4.30pm and open to all ages. If your son/daughter is interested, please complete this form.

Year 10 Work Experience – Monday 14th March 2022 – Friday 18th March 2022

We are looking for placements in a wide range of industries and careers. Placements must be suitable for young 15-16 year olds and employers must have Employer Liability Insurance. If you, or someone you know can offer a placement, which will help our young people find out more about potential careers and the world of work, please contact our Careers Lead Juliet Alexander Jul.ale@sns.hackney.sch.uk

Parent/Carer Forums – Autumn Term

Please see below this term’s Year Group forums

Year Group

Date and Link

Date and Link

Year 7

Thursday 25th November – 2.15pm

Click here to join the meeting

Year 8

Tuesday 12th October – 9.00am

Click here to join the meeting

Tuesday 30th November – 9.00am

Click here to join the meeting

Year 9

Tuesday 5th October - 9.00am

Click here to join the meeting

Tuesday 23rd November – 9.00am

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Year 10

Monday 4th October – 12.45pm

Click here to join the meeting

Monday 29th November – 12.45pm

Click here to join the meeting

Year 11

Tuesday 12th October – 6.00pm

Click here to join the meeting

Wednesday 24th November – 11.00am

Click here to join the meeting

With tomorrow being the first day of Black History Month, I end this week’s letter with a quote from Vernā Myers, an American Cultural Change Activist:

‘Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance’

Wishing you a restful weekend.

With best wishes

Zehra Jaffer