Monday 15th March 2021

Dear Parent/Carers

HT’s Communication – Monday 15th March

Today we welcomed Years 7 and 9 students for their first lateral flow test, whilst continuing face to face teaching for Years 10 to 13 students. Thank you to students and parents of Years 7 and 9 who showed much maturity in the testing process.

Lateral Flow Testing – Student Home Test Kits

Today, Year 11 students for whom we received consent, including those who tested positive in the last 90 days, have received two home test kits to start using twice weekly from this week until then Easter holidays. We are expecting further kits to be delivered shortly to allow testing to continue over the Easter break.

The self test kits are for your child’s use only. If your child tested positive in the last 90 days, they should not start testing until the 90 days has passed.

We advise for all year groups that students complete their self-tests on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and results will need to be reported online through the Government/NHS website (details are in the leaflet with the test kit). The school does not need to be made aware of negative test results of the Lateral Flow Test. In the event your child’s result is positive, please email admin@sns.hackney.sch.uk as soon as possible. Your child will then need to take a confirmatory PCR test and they must remain at home (along with the rest of the household) until the result of the PCR is received. Please do keep the school updated on the outcome of the PCR test.

Please find attached additional guidance and a helpful instruction video can be found here.

As the week goes on, we will be distributing the home test kits as per the schedule below.

Year 13

Tuesday 16th March

Year 10

Tuesday 16th March

Year 12

Tuesday 16th March

Year 9

Monday 22nd March

Year 7

Monday 22nd March

Year 8

Tuesday 23rd March

The self-test kits are for your child’s use only. If you have not consented to on site lateral flow testing or did not respond to the consent form, your child will not be given a home test kit. If you do wish to have one, please email admin@sns.hackney.sch.uk

Lateral Flow Testing – Household Home Test Kits

Please see below advice from NHS Test and Trace on how households with school and college-age children without symptoms may access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. You should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Secondary school and college students will continue to access testing through their school or college.
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.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
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.

Behaviour Expectations

As we welcome students back, it is important that students make a smooth transition from home learning to face to face on site teaching by following the SNS Way and our Covid-19 protocols. All students must always have their lanyards visible.

Parent Governor

A reminder that the ballot deadline for the Parent Governor elections is midday Monday 29th March 2021.

Joint Year 11 and 13 Parent Forum

On Tuesday 16th March at 2.00pm we will be holding a joint forum for parent/carers of students in Years 11 and 13 to give an update on the Centre Assessed Grades process.

Parent Forums

Please note below the times and links for the upcoming Parent Forums.

Year 7

Wednesday 24th March 11.30am – 12pm

Click here to join the meeting

Year 8

Tuesday 23rd March 10 – 10am

Click here to join the meeting

Year 9

Monday 29th March 1.30 – 2pm

Click here to join the meeting

Year 10

Monday 29th March 10.15 – 10.45am

Click here to join the meeting

Year 11

Tuesday 30th March 2 -2.30pm

Click here to join the meeting

Year 12

Monday 29th March 9 – 9.30am

Click here to join the meeting

Year 13

Wednesday 24th March 12.30 – 1pm

Click here to join the meeting

Year 11 & 13 Joint Forum Centre Assessed Grades Update

Tuesday 16th March 2 – 3pm

Click here to join the meeting

Key Dates

Key dates can now be found on our school calendar that will be updated regularly. You can find a link here.

One Year On – Thursday 25 March

We learnt this weekend that there will be a national one-minute silence on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at midday. The school will be marking this moment and I also cordially invite you to our One Year On event, please see the invitation below. Thank you to our students and members of our community who are presenting on the evening, student rehearsals are well underway. More information, including how to join, will be announced in Thursday’s letter.

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As we reconnect with our young people and navigate our way through this new era, I end today’s letter with a quote from Socrates,

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Wishing you a productive and positive week ahead.

Warm wishes.

Zehra Jaffer