Oaks Bulletin 19.3.21

The time of year is almost with us as Year 9 students undertake their Options choices to specify their KS4 studies.

I am pleased to announce that students will undertake a Year 9 Options ‘Taster Day’ on the 4th of May 2021.  This will then be followed by a ‘virtual’ Year 9 parents evening on the 5th of May 2021.  This an exciting time for Year 9 students and to support students with their decisions we have setup an email account ‘year9options@theoaksacademy.co.uk’ to answer any queries.  To support in school, students can discuss options choices with Mrs Harding and/or Mrs Lockett.

An exciting webpage will also be up and running in advance of the Options ‘Taster Day’.

Mr S Frost

Deputy Headteacher

Academy Updates

Lateral Flow Testing Update

Library Re-opening

ESports Club

Celebration

Academy Updates and Reminders

HPV Vaccinations

Reminder to Year 8: Consent forms for HPV Vaccinations are due in on Monday 22nd March.

The vaccinations will take place on the 11th May.  Year 9 pupils who are due their second dose will also be vaccinated on this day.

Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays are quickly approaching.  The last day in the academy is Thursday 1st April and we return on Monday 19th April.  To see our holiday dates please visit the Virtual Office.  

Website

We have had a little spring clean of the menu’s on the website.  Everything is still available but in a slightly different arrangement.  

Mellors Catering

Please see the poster from Mellors about catering in the school canteen.  All students can access the canteen at their respective break and lunchtimes. 

We operate a cashless system within The Oaks Academy, which normally uses finger print ID to purchase items.  While we continue to navigate our way through Covid-19 students are to use their 4 digit passcode.  If you have forgotten this, please speak with your pastoral manger who can help you to get a replacement.

Library Re-opening

Monday 22nd March

The library has moved to room 18, which is on the ground floor oposite Food Technology.  To celebrate the grand opening Mrs Brindley has asked students to design a new sign for our library. 

A golden ticket will be awarded for each entry. Your sign should clearly state the word ‘library’ and include some imagery.  Give or send your entry to your English and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Students across KS3 have the opportunity during form time to visit the library, please see the rota below.

Lateral Flow Testing Update

The second week of testing has seen the majority of students complete the in school testing phase and move to home testing.  Thank you for your on going support for Lateral Flow Testing.  We are extremely happy to report that no students tested positive, a trend which we hope continues.

This week students who consented to testing and have completed their third test have received a supply of 6 tests and an information booklet to continue testing at home.  These tests should be completed twice per week, either before bed or in the morning before school.  We would recommend that Sunday and Wednesday evenings would be a good time.  These days allow adequate spacing between the tests and the opportunity to take action if needed.

All positive results from rapid tests undertaken at home do need to be confirmed with a standard PCR test. This is because these tests are not conducted in a controlled environment and will not have trained staff on hand. Following positive LFD test at home, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the pupil or student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test (at home only) and a child can return to school.

All results from home LFD tests must be communicated to NHS Test and trace, details on how to do this can be found in the NHS posters within this article and in the instruction booklet sent home.

It is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.  Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

 

Contrary to last weeks advice we will now be collecting results of the students home testing.  Please click the link below to report your child’s test to The Oaks Academy.

Report Lateral Flow Test Results

Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.

Your child should continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. We will be sending home extra kits for Easter holiday before term ends.

If your child has not been tested at school yet, then please get in touch with us so that we can arrange a time for them to be tested on site, before beginning home testing.  Please visit our Lateral Flow Testing Page to give your consent or contact the school office on 01270 661223.  It is not too late to get involved!

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.  

Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week

A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.

Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online gov.uk/order-school-household-tests  
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.

The nearest local testing site to the academy is on the Chester Street Carpark, CW1 2ER which is open between 1.30pm and 7pm (Monday to Sunday).

To find out more on school household testing visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.

Humanities ESports Club

This week the Humanities department have launched the first fund raising event for ESports Club.  The aim is to raise money to buy some gaming consoles that the students can use at school as an extra-curricular activity and even in school time as a lesson aid.
 
Raffle tickets cost 50p and are available to buy in the dining hall during lunchtimes.  Further events including; sponsored run, non-uniform day and bake sales are planned when we return after Easter.  Please speak with Mr Smith or Mr Street to find out how to get involved.
Raffle tickets cost 
50p 

Minecraft Competition

After the success of the recent Year 8 Minecraft building competition, the History department have opened a new competition to Years 7 and 9. 

Earlier this week Mr Jessup sent an email to the respective year groups outlining the challenge.  Year 7 are building medieval castles and Year 9 are creating first world war trenches.  Both of these themes are linked to their current history projects.

Students, please check your emails and speak to Mr Jessup if you would like to get involved.

If you don’t have access to Minecraft you can still join in by making your build in real life using cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes, paper and glue. 

Good luck to all, keep your eye out for the results in a future bulletin. #getcreative

Celebration

Star of the Week

Well done to the students below who have been awarded Star of the Week this week, by their Teacher.

World Down Syndrome Day

On Sunday 21st March it is World Down Syndrome day, a day which will be celebrated by many extremely lucky families around the world. 

Please click here to read more and view the video to learn a little more about Downs Syndrome.  On Sunday please wear odd socks to celebrate and support the cause.

Cheshire Young Carers

Cheshire Young Carers have shared with us this lovely newsletter which documents their journey and how they have adapted through covid-19 so they can continue to support Young Carers across Cheshire.   Please click the image to view the review.

Cheshire Young Carers