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Please see the link below to a timetable for virtual sessions next week (week commencing Monday 18th May). Subjects highlighted in red are those delivering a virtual session. These will appear as events on your child’s SMHW page. They might be a link to a video session or an attachment to open. This will be clearly shown on the event. Some links will be from the platform ‘Loom’, for which we recommend a modern browser, such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge; the Loom platform will not work with Internet Explorer. You do NOT need to create an account to access ‘Loom’ videos.
Here's our seventh House Newsletter, which this week includes short stories, book recommendations and some terrible gardening puns.
Dear parents and guardians,
Please see the PDFs below containing relevant information and contact details for those of you who have students applying to various colleges next year.
We are also aware that some students are being asked to do telephone interviews so we have collated some guidance on the best way to approach those
As always please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any additional questions or queries.
Virtual Open Days
Henley College Virtual Open Event
The Virtual Open Event will be taking place on Thursday 21st May between 6:00-8:00pm.
At this special event, students and families will be able to:
- Listen to teachers giving presentations about their subject areas.
- Ask questions in real-time via the Q&A function at each session.
- Explore the campus and its facilities through our 360 degree tour.
- Hear from our students as to why they enjoy studying at Henley
- Access talks given by special guest speakers.
- View the brand new aerial drone footage of the college grounds across both of our campuses.
Despite the college being closed, we believe we can offer a genuine and accurate representation of what student life is like with us at The Henley College and hope to have the opportunity to speak with as many prospective students as possible to ease anxieties, help with their difficult decision process and offer answers and solutions to any queries or concerns that they may have.
Places are limited, so please register for FREE by following the link below:
Activate Learning (Oxford and Reading College) Virtual Open Events
Our June Open Events will now be virtual Open Events. If you have already registered to attend an event, you should have received an email explaining this. A further email will be sent nearer the time with details of how to access our virtual events. For anyone not yet registered or who would like more details, please visit https://www.activatelearning.ac.uk/events and follow the links on the page
Here's our sixth House Newsletter. This week is a special VE Day 75th Anniversary edition.
Scheduled downtime for system maintenance May 7, 22:30 - May 8, 10:30 BST
SMHW will be carrying out a critical intervention for maintenance on their systems this evening from 22:30 - 10:30 BST during which time the Satchel One platform will be unavailable.
Dear Parents & Carers
We hope this finds you well. We are starting to explore more options for online learning and as of 11th May we will be publishing a calendar of more ‘virtual’ sessions from staff. These will be sessions that staff have been recording for students to offer them a more personal experience. They may include explaining the tasks set on Show My Homework (SMHW), going through key concepts, showing a demonstration of an experiment, providing some feedback on common misconceptions or simply a message of support and to say ‘hello’. Some subjects have been offering these already and we are looking to introduce more over the coming weeks.
Although these are not interactive sessions, we hope that they will provide a little extra support to students and also help students to understand activities and key areas that they may be finding a little more challenging. We also feel a really important part of this is hearing a familiar voice and we hope this is reassuring for many.
We will continue to review our provision. This is an evolving situation and we hope you will bear with us while we work things through. Each subject will be releasing at least one virtual session for each year group, each week. This will be led by a subject specialist, but might not always be your child’s teacher.
A few more details:
- The date and time of the session will follow our suggested timetable.
- At the start of the week we will send out the timetable as a prompt, and the virtual sessions being offered will be highlighted in red.
- The students will receive notifications about the sessions on SMHW, and it will appear as an ‘event’ in their area.
- When they click on the event, there will be a link to the session or an attachment with audio. Any links will remain live, so they can actually be viewed at an alternate time (in case you have clashes with other children, or they wish to view them again).
- The sessions will vary in length according to the nature of the subject, and the nature of the content being delivered. They may not last the whole 50 minutes.
- Work will continue to be released for KS3 on a Monday, KS4 on a Tuesday and KS5 on a Wednesday. The students are then advised to check this work as usual and then engage with the virtual sessions throughout the week to support their learning.
Dear students, parents & carers,
I hope this finds you and your families well. I am delighted that you have applied to Wallingford 6th Form and look forward to welcoming you all in September. We have been working hard to create option boxes and timetables that will facilitate your choices, and to prepare work to help you to make the transition from Year 11 to Year 12. In the next few days, you will receive a formal offer letter and from Monday 4th May you will be able to access the transition work for the subjects you intend to study, via our school website.
The aim of transition work
We set transition work for a few reasons:
1. It allows you to get a taste for the subjects you have chosen, to begin to gauge the level of work and to develop the skills that you will need.
2. It keeps you working over a period of time when you do not have any studying to do, in order to maintain the knowledge and skills that you have developed over the past few years.
3. If you are a little unsure about your choices, you are able to look at the work for your reserve subjects to help you understand the subject a little more.
4. It gives the teacher an early indication of how you work independently so that they can support you better when the academic year starts in September.
5. It enables an immediate start to the course, with some of the key terms learned or some of the first unit covered, etc.
It is important that you complete the work for all three subjects you have chosen. Take time to do this well and ensure that you meet the deadlines - it will help you to start the course well, which will be important in the post results clinic in August and in the first few weeks when we ensure that all students are on the right courses.
Adaptations for 2020
This year, this transition work is even more important because of the school closures before Easter. It will allow you to get back into good habits and enjoy learning again, to remember some of the techniques you developed to study independently and it will challenge you. For this reason, we have extended what is normally summer work - we are giving it to you earlier and many subjects are setting staggered deadlines to help you to structure your work and complete the tasks at a steady pace. We recommend that you complete an hour or two of work every week day.
1. The work can be found from Monday 4th May by visiting our website www.wallingfordschool.com and clicking on the first tab on the bottom left - VLE.
2. Students currently at Wallingford School will have logins, students joining us from other schools have been sent a log in.
Work should be submitted according to the instructions in the work. There is probably an email for you to send work to, either digitally or photographs of your written work. Some subjects will ask you to bring in work for the first lesson. You should therefore have this work with you when term starts on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
Do try to keep to the deadlines - they are set to help you to structure your work and to help teachers with their workload. However, if you are unable to meet a deadline, please contact the teacher and let them know.
We cannot stress enough the importance of super-curricular engagement (work that is in addition to specifications, work that is pursued for personal interest and fulfilment). This can be in the form of listening to podcasts (eg. BBC Sounds), watching documentaries (eg. TedTalks, YouTube, BBC iPlayer), MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses - eg. Future Learn, reading books (non-fiction and - importantly - fiction), reading articles in online publications or magazine subscriptions. Students in our Sixth Form have a real desire for learning and that is what enables them to develop their interests and secure exceptional outcomes on their courses.
Ms A Mummery
Assistant Headteacher - Head of Sixth Form
We've had a few questions from our school community, so just in case the answers are useful to anyone else, we'll share them here:
(New Q&As are now added to the top.)
Q: How do I get the password for VLE/Email/SMHW reset?
A: See the instructions below.
(See also the question below regarding password changing on the SMHW app.)
Q: We don't have a printer at home.
A: There is no need to print anything.
Q: Can I switch off notifications on Show My Homework?
A: You can find information about this here: https://help.teamsatchel.com/en/articles/2912140-managing-email-and-push-notifications
Q: Are there arrangements for students to get feedback on their work?
A: We are working on this, and more information will be shared after Easter break, please bear with us.
Q: My year 6 student is joining Wallingford School in September, when will we receive some more information?
A: We've not forgotten you and we’re looking forward to meeting you all. More information will be coming out, but please bear with us for now. We’ll update you when we have a better idea of how the timeline will be.
Q: My son/daughter needs to email their teacher; how can they find the right email address?
A: Students can pick up staff email addresses from their school email account, they just need to type in their teacher’s name, and it will come up.
A: You can use the email address registered with SMHW as your username. Download the document below to learn where you can see what that is, as well as how to reset your password using the app.
Q: What is happening about planned trips & refunds for those not going ahead?
A: At the moment we have cancelled trips up until May half term. We will be making a decision on the trips scheduled in June and July after the Easter break, when we hope to have more information from the government.
For all our year 6 students and families we are sending emails out today to update you on the transition process, so please keep an eye out for the message.
We are excited to get to know you all. More information will be shared soon.