No Sports Clubs this Week
Sports clubs have been cancelled this week, except for the normal Fitness Suite sessions available Monday to Wednesday.
Free Holiday Activities
Last Day of School Information
Friday 23rd July is the final day of the academic year. School will finish at 1pm and there will be a non-school uniform day with £1 donation.
Regular asymptomatic testing for all will continue, and we need you and your
children who are in secondary school or college to carry on testing at home, twice a week.
As you know, testing has been playing a vital role in our response to the virus. It is helping to break chains of transmission by identifying asymptomatic positive cases quickly. This means those who test positive can self-isolate, keeping other pupils and students in face-to-face education. Reporting all test results, positive or negative, helps the health experts have a clearer picture of any potential outbreaks in different parts of the country.
Next Steps South West Parents Workshop
This 1.5 hour evening session aims to engage parents and carers in their child’s progression into higher education (HE).
NSSW will begin the evening by highlighting the benefits of HE and the options available to students. Parents and carers will then have the opportunity to take part in a workshop, delivered by MADE. This workshop will cover topics like: strategies to support a child’s learning, positive study habits, how to set up an effective study zone, how to manage time efficiently, revision techniques, motivation and reflection on study strategies.
The evening will finish with a short Student Finance session followed by a Q&A – so you can get all of your important questions answered.
Maths 4 Girls
Mr Blizzard would like to encourage students and parents to book a place for an upcoming online event about how maths can save the world in the fight against climate change.
Meet the people who use their passion and expertise in maths to make a difference to the world that we live in.
During this panel event you will gain an insight into their careers, and find out how you too can follow this path. Ask our experts your questions during this live event!
This event is suitable for all secondary age students. Parents and educators are also very welcome to join in and get some inspiration on how maths can save the planet! The event will also include up to date information on the different maths options that are available to young people after GCSE. Find out which one is right for you and where studying it can lead to.
Operating Theatre LIVE
There is an ‘Operating Theatre Live‘ event taking place in Truro this September.
This event which has been described as ‘the best medical preparation event on offer’ by the NHS, and ‘incredible and compelling’ by the BBC, is open to students in Years 9, 10 and 11.
The day offers a hands on intensively academic insight into medical careers. Working with nationally acclaimed human anatomist Samuel Piri and his clinical team, students will discover the intricate workings of the human body through technical hands on dissection. For anyone considering a career in medicine, dentistry or the allied health professions, this is an outstanding local opportunity for them to get the most incredible pre-clinical training.
Gaming and Gambling Support
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust has a new Parents Hub. This fantastic resource provides advice and support for parents, guardians and those involved with the family about gaming and gambling.
There are parental guides to all the latest games, a glossary to help parents understand gaming lingo as well as help, support and signposting services.
In addition we are now running FREE parents workshops to enable parents to learn more about the topic which are available to book via the parents hub.
To access all of this visit www.parents.ygam.org
Parent Carer Wellbeing Workshops
Headstart is offering a series of 20 multimedia workshops for parents and carers living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Designed to help you get a better understanding of the ever-changing world your child is growing up in, to guide you to available services and support.
Whilst I appreciate that you may have had to postpone holidays that had been booked in the last year and we are looking forward to rebooking these holidays, our stance on holidays in term time still remains the same, that an absence from school will only be authorised in ‘exceptional circumstances’. This will be at the Head teacher’s discretion.
The law states:
If your child is absent from school without authorisation, you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. We may submit a request to Cornwall Council for a Penalty Notice to be issued, in accordance with Sections 444A and 444B of the said Act. Penalty Notices are issued per liable parent, per child and each carry a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice may result in legal action. Absence not authorised by the school may result in prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444(1) or Section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996, leading to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a custodial sentence. Cornwall Council may also apply for the costs incurred in taking the matter to court.
‘Parent’ as set out in Section 576 of the Education Act 1996, defines parent to include: natural parents, whether they are married or not; any person or body who has parental responsibility for a child (as defined by the Children Act 1989) and; any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child. Having care of a child means a person with whom a child lives and who looks after a child, irrespective of what their relationship is with said child.
The Government does not support parents taking children out of school if such ‘exceptional circumstances’ are not met, and this includes leave of absence for holidays. If you decide to take your child out of school, without permission, you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. For further details see our Attendance Policy on the school website.
All requests for absence should be made formally to the Headteacher at least two weeks in advance using the Request for Absence Form. It is important that you provide the school with full details of the reason for requesting the absence (holiday) within term time, and how the request has been affected by COVID-19. We may request evidence if you advise that leave has been cancelled or blocked within school holidays due to being employed as a front line worker, which has resulted in the request for absence in term time when you would ordinarily have booked a holiday outside of term time. If you are unable to provide this evidence, the request may be refused. Holidays that are rebooked within term time that was the subject of an original term time booking will not be considered as an exceptional circumstance
Brannel School is committed to maximising the education of all its students and aims to work with parents to ensure we remain a school where everyone succeeds. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the schools Educational Welfare Officer, Mrs Caroline Hunt.