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This page was updated on 07.04.2020



Sent: 07.04.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your patience in dealing with free schools meals during this unprecedented situation.

I can confirm that we have now managed to register and activate the governments free school meals voucher system. This uses a company called Edenred. The school has uploaded all of your email addresses with the exception of those of you who replied indicating you needed to receive paper vouchers.

The system will email you an ecode, you will then need to follow the information on the attached document.  In brief you visit the website www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and enter the code you have received, then choose the supermarket you wish to use, enter the amount and it will then email you the gift card within 3 hours.  Please make sure you do this before you go shopping.  Each ecode is valid for a month only and the validity of the cards are indicated on the attached document.

If you indicated that you required postal paper vouchers - the codes will be sent to the school who will redeem them and post you the actual voucher once printed. This system will be active as of the 13th April (Monday). You should then receive £15 a week to redeem.
 
For those of you that have requested vouchers over the last 2 days. I have posted out everything that I have available. Please note we have had to purchase vouchers from Sainsbury's and Tesco. THese are in the amounts of £10, £15 or £20 pounds. I have done my very best to distribute these evenly to ensure that everyone receives a voucher.  However there are some siblings that will only receive monies for one child instead of two.  I have these recorded and will send out another voucher When I am able to purchase some more.  We have bought every voucher available in Sainsbury's.
If you have any queries please email office@saa.woodard.co.uk and we will do our best to respond.

Please note we have very limited people on site to handle all queries.

Hope you are all safe and well.
 
Miss Dean





Sent: 06.04.2020

Dear Parents
 
As I am sure you will be aware the Government released information about their Free school meals scheme last Wednesday.

This scheme uses a company to issue electronic vouchers through a secure sign in for the school.

Sadly despite our best efforts we still do not have access to this system.
 
However we have decided to do our best to continue to support you by purchasing vouchers and posting them out to you as we have been doing since this began.

I would like to thank you for your patience in this matter; it is an extraordinary time for us all. We have another supply of vouchers to help us take into account the government U-turn indicating that supply should continue through the holiday.
If you do require us to send another voucher to you please email office@saa.woodard.co.uk including the name of your child and I will pop a voucher in the post.

Regards
 
Miss S Dean
Vice Principal

 





Sent: 03.04.2020

Dear Parents and carers,

Please find attached a letter from Ofqual setting out the plans for GCSE grading this summer.

It lays out the types of evidence that are to be considered when inputting a teacher assessed grade along with the need for schools to rank students into an order for each grade.  It quite clearly indicates that NO further work can be carried out or considered following the announcement of exam cancellations on the 20th MArch.  
It is clear that this data is not to be released to parents until the results day which is anticipated to be in July.

Please read carefully through the letter and if you have any further questions you can view the Ofqual document online at:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877842/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents.pdf  
Please be reassured that we have an excellent knowledge of our students and are expecting them to achieve well despite this unprecedented upheaval this year.
 
Regards
 
Miss S Dean

 





Sent: 02.04.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached information regarding a Kent County Council initiative available during the Covid-19 crisis.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy

 





Sent: 01.04.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Congratulations on completing your first two weeks of home schooling.

Please remember that today 1st April is the last day of the school term. As such we do not expect students to be continually working.  They should aim to complete work pack 2 as shown on the website.  Work pack 3 has been uploaded in preparation for the commencement of school on the 20th April.

We have had some emails from parents raising concerns about the completion of work or requesting different/ alternative work.  Please remember that the health and well-being of our students and families is the first priority at all times and especially during this crisis.  We expect students to be completing tasks to try to keep up with their learning, but fully understand that as a comprehensive school some students may find this hard.  Please do not hesitate to contact staff on their school email for support.  It is important to support your child with learning but to not let this be the source of confrontation.

As of today we have received no further information on the opening of schools after Easter.  As such we are presuming that this closure period will continue.  If we receive alternative advice we will email the details as soon as possible.
The Academy phone system will not be fully manned so please email any queries to office@saa.woodard.co.uk
 
I wish you all a lovely Easter - Stay safe

MIss Dean

 





Sent: 31.03.2020

Dear Parents and Carers.
 
We have heard news today of the governments arrangements for free school meals.
They will be moving to an electronic system where the vouchers are emailed to your phone.  You will then be able to use this voucher in the supermarket by showing your phone.

I have been advised that the Academy should have access to this system by the 2nd April.  Once we are in receipt of this we will begin using this system to support your child with free school meals.

PLease could you email the office address below if you are unable to use this electronic/ phone payment system so that we can provide an alternative paper solution.

Regards
 
Miss Dean
 





Sent: 27.03.2020

Dear Parents and Carers.
As we approach the end to our first week of home schooling, I would like to thank you for all your efforts with you children throughout the week.

I would like to emphasize to you all that the most important thing during this time is the health and wellbeing of you and your children.  Please do your best to tackle the work being set and continue to email teachers and office with your queries.  

A few points to remember:  

  1. Encourage your child to read - this is one of the single most important things for improving all learning.  Encourage them to read different kinds of text including non-fiction and discuss this with them, help with new words and concepts.
  2. Prioritise maths as this is absolutely key for all students.
  3. Try not to let work create arguments - you can come back to it at a later date.


I wish you well and hope you and your families remain safe over the weekend.
 
Miss Dean

 





Sent: 27.03.2020

Dear Parents and carers,

We have had some reports from students that some of their fellow students have sent some silly SPAM type emails.

Please can you ensure that this does not occur.  The internet and email resources are under a massive strain at the moment and it is totally thoughtless for this to be occurring.  We are all managing in difficult circumstances and do not have the time to waste on such disappointing sillyness.  Should I receive evidence that your student has carried this out I will be blocking access to their email.  This is of course a last resort to protect other students

Regards

Miss S Dean

 





Sent: 27.03.2020

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Students,

Please see the attached link from Kent Children's University:
http://www.kentchildrensuniversity.co.uk/cukent/home/kcu-challenges/home-learning-resources-(covid-19)/secondary-specific-resources

The link contains some very useful resources to support your home learning.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy

 





Sent: 26.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find the attached parent information regarding the Bedrock Learning literacy programme. Bedrock Learning Letter

Please note Year 9 & 10 currently have a 30 day trial period on the programme.
Please contact your child's English teacher directly with any queries.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy

 




Sent: 26.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Accelerated Reader – Carry on Reading and Quizzing!

Students should continue with their reading focus whilst they are not in school. Students take an online quiz when they have finished a book. Students will be able to use the Accelerated Reader System from home that they are used to accessing in the library. They will now be able to access the quizzes from home and there should be no time restrictions for the Accelerated Reader quizzes - students can now take a quiz any time, including the weekends. We encourage students to read a range of books and use this time to continue to target their reading level as many have been working so hard in the library.

The link for Accelerated Reader Bookfinder – to see if a book has a quiz – is below:
https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/UserType.aspx?RedirectURL=%2fdefault.aspx
The link to access AR is https://ukhosted55.renlearn.co.uk/2240899/default.aspx
Students need to remember their log in to Accelerated Reader (first letter of first name, first four letters of surname). There are a few anomalies on that, but those students should remember. The password for all is abc.

If you do find that there are issues with accessing these please contact our librarians – Mrs T. Probets and Mrs S. Hayes.

You may also find the link below useful:
https://readon.myon.co.uk/

See guidance here:
Family Letter AR UK
AR Parents Guide

Many Thanks and Happy Reading!

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy


Sent: 25.03.2020

Dear Parent/Carers,

During these uncertain times we are unable to guarantee that we are able to take phone calls via the main office, to ensure your query is answered please email the office@saa.woodard.co.uk.
Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.

Your faithfully,
St Augustine Academy


 




 

Sent: 23.03.2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Hegarty maths are experienced incredibly high volumes on their website.  They are currently trying to increase the numbers of servers to keep up with demand.

Please consider trying to access Hegarty at different of the day.

We will also be uploading some alternative work to the website as soon as we can.


 





Sent 20.03.2020

Dear Parents and Carers

The Government have released some further information on Examinations for Year 11 students. The following Key points are of interest:

  • The priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.
  • Grade must be a fair reflection of the work they have put in.
  • This will be a calculated grade based on the teacher’s judgement about the grade they would have achieved if the exams would have gone ahead.
  • The range of evidence to be considered is likely to be mock exams, non-exam assessments, past assessments.
  • The exam boards will combine our information with relevant data including prior attainment.
  • Grades are aimed at being announced to students in July.  These grades will be indistinguishable from previous years.
  • An option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to.
  • Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

Full information can be read using the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced?fbclid=IwAR2jqf9h5A4SfvRodxTBaqTrvzkb2TiYFnEngPgHtBXuRgVlfmsJ3y7bSu4

I will update this when further information is released.

If your child feels that they may wish to sit an exam at a future date, please make sure they have all the revision materials that they will need to keep their studies going.  I will be informing staff that they may need to support online studies for some year 11 students.

Miss S Dean


 





Sent 20.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following our message earlier this morning regarding vulnerable students/key workers the government have now formally released full details, we would urge you to read the full document which can be viewed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

I would like to draw your attention to the following:

  • As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.
  • And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.


That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Key principles:

* If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

* Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

* If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

A full list of key workers has now been provided which can be viewed in this document, if you feel your profession is listed  and you would like to arrange supervision of your child, please email: office@saa.woodard.co.uk, by 7.30am on 23/03/20.

If we do not hear from you by this time, we will assume that you have adequate support at home.

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy


 





Sent 20.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following our message earlier this morning regarding vulnerable students/key workers the government have now formally released full details, we would urge you to read the full document which can be viewed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

I would like to draw your attention to the following:

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Key principles:

* If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

* Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

* If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

A full list of key workers has now been provided which can be viewed in this document, if you feel your profession is listed  and you would like to arrange supervision of your child, please email:

office@saa.woodard.co.uk, by 7.30am on 23/03/20.

If we do not hear from you by this time, we will assume that you have adequate support at home.

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Yours faithfully,

St Augustine Academy



Sent: 20.03.2020
Subject: School provision for key workers and vulnaerable students.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find the attached documents (Vulnerable Students Key Worker Letter - 20.03.2020 and Key Worker Information Collection - 20.03.2020) which should be reviewed as a matter of urgency regarding the governments announcement on Thursday regarding school provision for children of key workers & vulnerable students.

If you or your child falls into either of these categories it is imperative that the information requested is returned to: office@saa.woodard.co.uk by 12pm at the latest today.

If we do not hear from you by this time, we will assume that you have adequate support at home.

You do not need to respond if you or your child does not fall into one of these categories.

Thank you all for your continued support at this difficult time.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy





Sent: 19.03.2020
Subject: Year 10 WJEC Retail Business Qualification

Dear Parents/Carers

Year 10 WJEC Retail Business Qualification

We are writing to inform you that we have taken the decision to remove examination entries for our year 10 students in the 2020 examination season due to the Corona-virus pandemic.

We feel, as a centre, that it is not appropriate for students to be entered early with all of the current unknowns about how the exam season will progress.  These students will sit these assessments in the correct time frames next academic year.

As of today we are still waiting for the official response from the examination boards and Ofqual but we are trying to make the most appropriate decision to give all our students the very best outcome in these uncertain times.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely
Miss S Dean

 





Sent: 19.03.2020
Subject: Year 10 WJEC Hospitality & Catering Qualification

Dear Parents/Carers

Year 10 WJEC Hospitality & Catering Qualification

We are writing to inform you that we have taken the decision to remove examination entries for our year 10 students in the 2020 examination season due to the Corona-virus pandemic.

We feel, as a centre, that it is not appropriate for students to be entered early with all of the current unknowns about how the exam season will progress.  We also appreciate that there is a shortage of time and ingredients available to us and our students for this food assessment.

As of today we are still waiting for the official response from the examination boards and Ofqual but we are trying to make the most appropriate decision to give all our students the very best outcome in these uncertain times.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely
Miss S Dean



 





Sent: 19.03.2020
Subject: Year 11 students, parent and carers.

Dear year 11 students, parents and carers.

I write this letter to you with a heavy heart today.  As a team of young people you have worked very hard for a number of years towards your GCSE exams, as a parent or carer you have supported your children throughout.  You have taken part in so many events this year to help you with achieving your best and we had built a good momentum towards the June examination season.

As we face these uncertain times I would like to say it has been a privilege to teach you and to be part of all your achievements so far.  I am sad that your school year has had an abrupt end and would like to advise you that when the dust has settled on the current COVID-19 situation we intend to hold a celebration event to replace our Leaver’s Prom.  I am unable to provide any details but this is my intention as I believe they need the opportunity to say goodbye.

Whilst I am unable to provide certain guidance about what will happen over the next few weeks, I would like to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to find out how the situation of the cancellation of exams in May or June is to be handled moving forward.   We will continue to follow government guidance and all staff will be working from home and available over email to help with queries moving forward.

Juliet Parsons (Career Guidance Support Officer for the Academy) will still be available to offer support to any Year 11 student or parent regarding post 16 plans.  Juliet can be contacted via her email:  jparsons@saa.woodard.co.uk or telephone 01622 752490 Ext 905 (work days Tuesday – Friday).

It will be very important for students to regularly check their Kent Choices accounts for messages from Providers (6th Forms and Colleges) and personal emails particularly as Mid Kent College arrange interviews through email and not by letter. .Mid Kent College Admissions Department: Tel:   01634 383140 Email:  applications@midkent.ac.uk

Interviews still to be held will likely take place over the telephone from now on so make sure that Providers have up to date contact information.

As I know we have many diligent students a little suggestion from me would be to start looking into the A-level or course that you are going to be studying.  You could use some revision materials online to help you get ahead of the game for when education resumes.

If you have any questions or need any support during this challenging time, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I wish you all the best for the future, stay safe and well.

Your sincerely
Miss S Dean

 




Sent: 19.03.2020
Subject: Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions

Dear parents/carers,

Following the Government advice for all schools to close until further notice, we are postponing the Bronze and Silver Award Expeditions. These will be rearranged once we know when schools will reopen and subject to availability of campsites and staff. There is the possibility that these Expeditions will not happen until next spring/summer. We will endeavour to inform you as early as possible of new dates once these have been confirmed. At this point we do not anticipate charging further fees for the new Expeditions but this may be a possibility.

Participants must complete route planning for the practice and qualifying Expeditions using the e-mapping tool on eDofE, as we intend to use the same areas for future Expeditions.

Participants should focus on completing the Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections of their Awards. If sections are completed, adult Assessors can complete their reports using www.dofe.org/assessor (they will need your eDofE number to do this). Some activities may need to change if the sessions have been cancelled. Have a look as www.dofe.org for ideas on how to complete the Award from a home setting. For example, you could learn a new language online e.g. Sign Language, or do personal fitness in your garden. Make sure these sections are changed on eDofE and approved by leaders first.

Feel free to message with any further queries about the Award.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Fishman, DofE Manager
afishman@saa.woodard.co.uk

 



Sent: 19.03.2020
Subject: Respiratory Conditions

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Government’s latest update regarding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we would like to confirm the following:
1.) If your child suffers with any form of respiratory condition including Asthma they should not come into school with immediate effect.

If your child falls into this category please confirm to: attendance@saa.woodard.co.uk

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding at this very challenging time.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy

 




Sent: 19.03.2020 - 6:00am
Subject: Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Government’s latest update regarding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we would like to confirm the following:

1.) No Year 11 student should come into school with immediate effect.
2.) The Summer 2020 GCSE exams have been cancelled. Further information about how grades will be determined will follow once this information is released by the government.
3.) The Year 11 Prom has been cancelled, reimbursement will follow in due course.
We understand this is very upsetting and unsettling news at this very challenging time for your child and your families.

A further Year 11 specific update will follow.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully,
St Augustine Academy



 

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