I hope you and your families have had a restful Easter break.
Tomorrow, Monday 20th April, marks the start of the new school term and so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in helping your children access their education at home.
As I explained in my letter on Thursday 2nd April, students in years 7-10 now have a revised timetable with advice about how to organise their time, both from a learning and a well-being point of view. They will continue to receive their learning activities from their individual subject teachers; however, each subject teacher will now send all the learning for that week in one email. This will help to cut down the number of emails students receive each day. Details about when work will be set, the allocated times for each subject and other activities suggested for each week are explained on the timetable. These were emailed to students as part of the letter from their Head of School at the end of term.
I was delighted to launch #proudthursday through the official Horizon Twitter account on 2nd April. This provides us the opportunity to both share and celebrate examples of the outstanding work being completed by students while they are studying at home. We will continue to applaud your children’s achievements in this way every week, so please do join us for our next celebration through @horizon_cc on Thursday 23rd April. If you, as a parent/carer, have examples of your children’s work that you would also like to showcase, remember you are welcome to email these to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also very important that, as a College, we continue to support the local community at this time. On our behalf, I was therefore very happy to be able to donate our stock of unused protective goggles and gloves to Barnsley Hospital. However, I think it is important that I also take this opportunity to thank the staff at Horizon who are have been working tirelessly in their own time to make hundreds of additional protective face masks. This direct action is helping to protect our own friends and families working on the frontline and is greatly appreciated.
As parents/carers, you continue to play a vital role in helping us to support your children with their learning. Thank you. We remain committed to providing the highest quality of learning activities that we can and of maintaining that personal link with all students. Tomorrow morning, your children will therefore receive a welcome back email from their Head of School, as well as the relevant emails from their individual teachers. This will remind them about the revised timetable, the importance of continuing to work hard and invest in their learning, and about the importance of keeping themselves safe and well. Please ask your children to share this message with you.
Finally, a copy of this letter and all recent communication can be found on the homepage of the Horizon website. If any of your contact details have changed, please do let us know. Also, should you have any further questions, please continue to check the Frequently Asked Questions section on the website or contact the school via email@example.com.