Lampton News- WeeK 8Posted on Oct 18th 2021
Monday 18th October
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Welcome to our weekly update for the eighth week of the Autumn Term 2021.
Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds & twice weekly testing:
We have received confirmed dates from the NHS that they will be administering the Covid vaccination in school on 3rd, 4th and 5th November. Please see the links below to important information about this, including some FAQs. This week in assemblies we are sharing information with students to reassure them about this important process.
Consent forms are being issued this week and these must be returned to your child’s form tutor as a matter of urgency before we finish for half-term. Thank you for your support with this - the school needs to provide this information to NHS colleagues who are running the vaccination sessions.
Including the ‘What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination’ leaflet for children aged 12+.
Easy-read guides providing information on Covid-19 vaccination.
Including frequently asked questions about issues such as consent and side effects.
Hounslow Covid rates remain very high, so it is imperative that testing continues at home twice a week, including during the half-term break.
If your child comes to school on public transport, please remind them that they should be wearing a mask for the duration of their journey.
As a result of the vaccinations taking place in school, we have rescheduled the Y11 PPEs to commence on Monday 8th November.
Sixth Form Open Evening:
We look forward to welcoming prospective Sixth Form students to the Sixth Form Open evening on Wednesday 10th November. The presentation will start in the hall at 18.00 and the subject exhibitions in the atrium will follow that until 19.30. Students who wish to know more about the subjects that we offer can look at the Sixth Form pages here Subject Information
Thank you to all those students who helped to make last week’s Open Evening such a success. The evening was very busy and we received excellent feedback from visitors.
As part of our consistency focus, this week we are ensuring that all students attend their lessons punctually. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to lessons across the course of a week, they will pay the time back after school. While our school site is very large, there is no excuse for missing valuable learning time by being late!
Please use the half-term break to ensure that your child is fully equipped for school, including having a Lampton School bag, a plain black coat for the winter and plain black shoes - black trainers or boots are not permitted.
Use of the school site at the end of the day:
All students must be off-site by 5pm each day.
Thank you for your on-going support of the school and I wish you and your families a restful and relaxing half-term break. School resumes at the normal time on Monday 1st November and we shall be following the Week A timetable.
With best wishes,
Letter from the Secretaries of State for Education and Health
The Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have written a joint letter to parents about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 and the importance of continuing with twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting.
The letter provides information on COVID-19 testing and advises that, in response to potential outbreaks, local health teams may advise additional testing and isolation protocols at your school or college. For example, if a student or pupil is identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace, they may be asked to take daily lateral flow device (LFD) tests, while they wait for their PCR test result. In this scenario, they should continue to attend school or college as long as their LFD test results remain negative. Alongside the letter are some frequently answered questions for parents, from Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation.
A copy of the letter is available to download. Please share this letter and the frequently asked questions with your parent networks.
As we return to the ‘new normal’, we remain as committed as ever to ensuring that students are offered a range of extra-curricular activities. To help both students and parents find out what’s on other, we have updated our overview of extra-curricular activities, please see the relevant page on the website for more information including an overview of all activities: https://www.lampton.org.uk/383/extra-curricular-trips-activities
We have two new resources to share this week.
The first is a new mental health wesbite, Just Ask A Question, which features some highly insightful talks on mental health from a range of celebrities. Please see: https://jaaq.co.uk/
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide have recently collaborated with a BAFTA-award winning animation studio to create Sinking Feeling. The video tackles the heart-breaking reality that many children and young people are suffering in silence without the vital help and support they need.
You can find the video here:https://www.papyrus-uk.org/sinking-feeling-animation-launch/
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
If you have a concern about your child’s mental health, or another child’s, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.