Headteacher's Weekly Update - 14th January 2022
I hope this email finds you and your families well, a Friday update for you as always. I’m pleased we managed to get through the week relatively unscathed and without having to send home any year groups due to Covid. We did have our largest number of Covid cases this week though with twenty, at the time of writing. Thankfully, it appeared that they were relatively isolated cases, no outbreak as such. We’ll continue to take things day-by-day and week-by-week, of course. Many thanks to those of you who are testing at least twice weekly, it is much appreciated.
Our Eco-committee have raised concerns about the number of disposable masks that we are using
at Kelmscott, they make a very valid point. They have suggested that families provide a plain blue or black, washable mask for your child to wear in school each day, which I think is a good suggestion. We would be most grateful if families could organise this.
The flu vaccination team were in school before the holidays, administering the jabs to consenting
students. They return later this term to mop up a small number of students, who were unable to have
their jabs on the day, for different reasons. If there are any further families who would now like their
child to have the flu vaccination, please look out for a message from our School Health Manager, Ms Stoffell, in the coming days.
This term will also see Year 9 offered the childhood booster jab. Again, please look out for a
message from Ms Stoffell in the coming days that will have more information as well as the online
As I informed you last week, we marked the one year anniversary of Mr Mandaza’s passing, by
observing a two minute silence this morning. This was a poignant moment for the community, the
silence was observed impeccably by all. Mrs Mandaza hopes to visit us in school next week, she will meet with some of Mr Mandaza’s tutor group as well as staff. In the summer we plan to plant a tree in the school grounds in his memory.
A polite reminder for families using the Leisure Centre car park to drop off students; please ensure
you do not block hatch lines used for emergency vehicles, or block staff car parking spaces too. Your cooperation is much appreciated.
Our school kitchen was inspected this week and received a 5-star review for hygiene and such like. Many thanks and well done to the team.
Finally, congratulations to Isra Ditta in Year 7 who amassed the most rewards last week with 15
points - keep up the good work, a very good start to the New Year.
Mr Sam Jones