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Frank 100k in May Challenge

As an altruistic school, Roundwood Park raises lots of money for charity and this year is no different. We would like to continue this ethos, despite current circumstances and ask for you and all families to get involved in our 100K in May Challenge and raise money for charities who are supporting individuals struggling in the current national crisis [please read the accompanying presentation]. 

Whilst it is most important to stay safe and continue to practice our social distancing, it is also important that we look after our physical and mental health. The government suggests we exercise daily and this is what I am encouraging you all to do. We would like to invite you to participate in this massive, but very achievable, challenge. The more the merrier, students parents, carers, staff and even pets. For some of you this could be a great achievement developing self-discipline and perseverance. For others it could be an opportunity to continue with or revisit good exercise habits.

A few years ago I attempted to run 100k in the month of May as a personal challenge; then it occurred to me this could be something we could do as a community.

We would like you to walk or run 100km during the month of May, it is a long way but broken down into smaller more manageable chunks it is achievable for all (3.24km a day). If you have been inspired by Captain Tom and want to set yourself a real challenge, this is your chance to do something amazing to help people in need.

As a school we have decided that the money raised for this event will not go to our school charities, but to the charities being supported by ‘The Big Night In’ so that we can support the current crisis.

This is because the Money raised through the Big Night In will be split between Comic relief and Children in Need and will go on to support a variety of charities and projects, already established in the UK. This means that people who need this emergency funding most now because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will receive it quickly. Also the government has pledged to match pound for pound donations to the Big Night In. This match funding comprises a minimum donation of £20m to National Emergencies Trust.

So if you want to get involved, get out, get moving and share this link to our Justgiving page. If you are not going to take part in the challenge please make a donation to get behind and support those who are! 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rps100kinmay

Stay safe; Stay healthy; Help others – Its a win win for everybody!

All the best 

Mr Rowlands

Head of Frank House & Achievement Mentor

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Update – Monday 20 April 2020

I hope that you had a good Easter holiday and managed to have a rest and enjoy the weather, if only in your own gardens.

As we start the new term, we are switching to a new timetable for Key Stage 3.  I sent this to you before the holidays but a copy is attached.  At KS3 we will be using a combination of resources set by teachers as well as new resources which are appearing specifically for online learning nationally.  We will make this clear to the students via Show my Homework/Google Classroom.

For Year 10 and 12 we are planning to keep up the work as before.  We understand that it is difficult for students to complete learning at home to the same level as in a classroom with a teacher and therefore we have issued new guidance to our teaching staff which should help with this going forward.

For Year 11, there were some work erroneously set on Show my Homework this morning.  I would like to extend my apologies for any confusion caused but want to make it clear that students do not need to complete this work.  Art students have been asked to submit photographs of the work that was done before the school closed. They should look at the Show my Homework message from Miss Durdey and follow the instructions.  Year 11 will be set pre-A Level work from 4 May onwards which is the time that their exams were due to start.  We will tell you more about this soon.

Year 11 and 13 parents will have many questions about the grading system being used by schools.  I attach a Frequently Asked Questions document prepared by Mrs Barter, our Deputy Headteacher, which should help.

Thank you to parents of all year groups for all you are doing during this difficult time.

Kind regards

Alan Henshall

Headteacher

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Update on School Trips

We have been in constant contact with our suppliers and insurers regarding the school trips that we had planned for this academic year. It is looking extremely unlikely that any of the trips will run and we are in the process of cancelling the arrangements and submitting insurance claims.

Once we have received assurance from our insurers and suppliers that they will be issuing refunds, we will begin to drip feed the refunds back to parents. I appreciate that these are financially testing times for some of you and we are doing our utmost to get your money back as soon as possible.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult times.  We will be in touch when we have further information relating to refunds.

If you have any questions relating to this email please contact Cara Manton, Trips Co-ordinator on c.manton@roundwoodpark.co.uk or Paul Seymour, Director of Operations on p.seymour@roundwoodpark.co.uk.

Kind regards

Alan Henshall

Headteacher