Dear Year 8 students,
When I wrote to you in March, it did not seem possible that, almost three months later, we would still not be back at school. I certainly didn’t imagine that I would not see you again until September. I hope that you and your families have been keeping safe and well and that you are managing this strange situation.
As you know, from this week, all of your subjects have started to use Google Classroom and I am in the fortunate position of being able to see all of the lessons and resources that your teachers have uploaded. I am impressed at how well many of you have engaged in your home learning, especially now that you are using Google Classroom.
However, I also wanted to send an important message to those of you who haven’t done very much school work up to now: I know that having a routine has been difficult for some of you and I know that it can be very tempting to get distracted by your PlayStation or Xbox. Your teachers don’t want you to avoid logging on to Google Classroom because you are behind. Whatever you haven’t done so far, we can deal with in the future - what matters now is that, for the final seven weeks of this academic year, you get involved. We want to see all of you logged on and having a go.
Your parents have just received a letter explaining the different types of support that are available, so if you need some specific support with a subject or just some general support to help you to get motivated and organised, the help is here for you. Just ask your parents to get in touch and let us know.
Do not worry about work that you have missed – let your teachers worry about that! Get involved in your year group Google Classroom; do your best with the activities in your subject Google Classrooms and ask for help, if you need it. Why not get involved in the SJH Lockdown Reading Challenge and Art Challenge too?
This has been a strange year but remember that, when you return, you will be Key Stage 4 students and you will be starting your GCSE courses. Everything you do now provides a building block for your future qualifications so do not waste the months ahead.
We look forward to welcoming you back in September, as Year 9 students but, until then, take care of yourselves and stay safe.