Letter to parents

Letter to parents

Wednesday 25th March

Thank you for your feedback on our distance-learning programme. Given none of us have set this sort of extensive work before, it is so useful to get feedback, helping us to shape and adapt things as time moves on. Additionally, our TAs are also developing ways to support our SEND students. For those still having difficulty logging-on or finding your way around the system, we will be providing a video guide to get you started.

Could I ask you to continue to use the closure@bottishamvc.org to give feedback on home learning or any other queries you may have so we can respond to them as quickly as possible. Also a reminder to ask your children to check their school email accounts on a regular basis; we will be sending out a student questionnaire later this week.

Government Guidelines: Stay Inside
We’d like to extend our thanks and congratulations to the community for the support they are showing to others, following Government guidelines and coming up with lots of new initiatives to keep in touch with their friends, family and neighbours. Unfortunately, however, we are also receiving reports of some older students meeting up in small groups and wandering around the village and yesterday also trying to gain access to the school site. We have made them aware that the police will be informed if this were to happen again.

Community Communication
As a village college, we want to support our wider community and are developing ways to use our social networking to connect our feeder villages and send out links for free activities and information that will keep us informed and busy!  Please feel free to send any community messages to our e-mail address closure@bottishamvc.org and we will do our best to advertise on your behalf.

Please follow us on facebook and twitter where we continue to regularly post information.

Activities Week, Trips and Visits Update
It is with great regret that I can announce that our trips and events have all been cancelled or postponed until the end of the Summer term, including Activities week: this includes our long standing Camp for year 7 and Work experience for Year 10. Currently, with a smaller staff team we are working on refunding parents and will do this in order of event and as quickly as possible. Again, any queries please email: closure@bottishamvc.org 

Pastoral Care
We are aware that children may be struggling at home and may miss talking through some of their anxieties or issues with the Pastoral team. If you feel that during this time they would benefit from some support please e-mail us on support@bottishamvc.org  or call the hotline and leave a message:  01223 340400. 

E-Safety
With students now spending more time on screens for distance-learning, e-safety has never been so important for our students.  Whilst using any devices, including phones and interactive video games in open family space, it is extremely important to help monitor and safeguard your children. I have some slides that I would like parents to go through with students to remind them of advice we give them to stay safe. The slide show is read only and should be available to anyone who can follow the link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qXNaUlUfANZqR6l3TlEQD3Pa375nk3hCGf8v8WnXmyY/edit#slide=id.g71eb95e982_0_0 

If you have any concerns regarding the identity of anyone your child might be interacting with on line you can report this to the police by dialling 101 or reporting it through the Cambridgeshire Police Website or directly to CEOP.  Links below:
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/;

https://www.cambs.police.uk/

Mental Health
We also can’t ignore the challenges around isolation for long periods of time; looking after our own mental health, and those that we love, has never been more important.  In the coming days, weeks and months we will continue to support the wellbeing of our whole school community.

Please take the time to look after yourselves, as parents and carers. You will need to be resilient and strong in order to support your children through this time. Our website has two dedicated pages for wellbeing and mental health - one for you as parents and carers, and one for students: https://www.bottishamvc.org/mental-health-wellbeing/

We will continue to add to this in the coming days, and will also regularly tweet and post helpful tips and strategies to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

If you or your child has a concern regarding wellbeing or safeguarding please email us on support@bottishamvc.org or using our hotline and leave a message: 01223 340400.

I hope you are starting to get into some positive routines which include some exercise and are finding a little bit of time for yourselves.

Take care and keep well

The College Leadership Team
 

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