The support and positive contributions from staff, parents and students, in these extraordinary times has been admirable.
It has been lovely to hear accounts of how our students, your children, are making the best of the current very difficult situation.
Thank you for your continued support and all that you are doing at home to ensure a balance between safety, family life and an education for your children. This is not an easy task by any means and, as so many of our teaching and support staff have children at home, it is one with which we can fully empathise. The school continues to function, to produce PPE face shields, to provide supervision for children of key workers and to provide online work and additional challenges for pupils.
As parents, you have been in receipt of supportive messages on home learning and examples of weekly planners. Expectations have been as clear as possible to maximise the learning, whilst ensuring the well-being of all of us, does not suffer.
For all families, we urge you to look after yourselves, to develop and maintain routines and to support wellbeing. It is important to establish and continue routines around family life such as timings for getting up, dressing, eating, relaxing, working and socialising together. This can be hard with teenagers but it will make the transition back to school life much easier when the time comes. It will also make them happier.
Finally, we miss our students greatly, and although many have shown remarkable resilience, we are mindful that there will be repercussions from this period emotionally, socially and academically for them. As a school, we will continue to address these with you and the students, at home and in school.
As we approach May half term, please relax and take some rest whilst reading our latest newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
Our four houses are working hard to top the leader board for our house points. Competition is high and the points are very close but as we end the term, the score boards is as follows:
1st Bradgate (140,930)
2nd Watermead (140,517)
3rd Knighton (140,340)
4th Clarendon (138,621)
We love to celebrate achievement and success at Manor High. Below are the top students in each year group, based on their overall conduct. Well done to all and keep up the good work!
It seems strange writing this when I haven’t seen you all for so long now, I wanted to check in with you all to make sure that you are all ok. These unprecedented times are very unnerving for all of us and I want you to know that we are all here to help and support you if you feel you need it, you can email me or the other House Managers if you have any concerns (email@example.com).
Well done to everybody who has been joining in with the competitions that have been sent out through Show My Homework. I would love to hear from you if you have taken up any new hobbies or have been getting creative at all, I know I have! I have been painting and trying to teach myself calligraphy!
Your personal wellbeing is paramount at the minute and I hope that you have been taking care of yourselves, the weather has been beautiful so it’s important to take full advantage of this and spend time outside in the fresh air, whether that be going for a nice walk or sitting in the garden. Please also make sure that you are spending time and talking to family members in the household, put down your phones and communicate the old fashioned way!! This really is important as it gives you the opportunity to talk about the situation and express your feelings to your family.
Please take care and stay safe and remember if there is anything at all we can do to help, do not hesitate to drop us an email.
Hello and welcome from me to you and all of your families. Thank you for the numerous e-mails and messages expressing thanks, appreciation and support during the school closure.
Well done to you all for working hard and to your families for stepping up to the role of educators. While you have been at home, I have no doubt that many of you have learnt a variety of new skills or equally as important have taken time stop and reflect on the events that society currently finds itself. If you have questions that remain unanswered, I am contactable should you need to discuss anything (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many of you will being looking forward to returning to school with a determination to succeed. While you are still at home please look at some of the challenges that your teachers have set, often there are opportunities to earn house points and recognition. Well done Michael Mann, Mahamimah Abbas, Abi Dolan and Munir Barkhadleh and Sara Ghumra for taking part in competitions ran by Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages during the lockdown. In addition, I would like to say thank you to those who have been raising money for various charities.
I look forward to seeing you all when it is time to return to school in the meantime look after yourselves and stay safe.
It’s the strangest of times but we certainly can think about and act upon, the things that inspire us to stay positive and be grateful that we can all be safe at home.
With this in mind, it’s been an absolute pleasure to see that so many of you have continued to maintain a routine, are working hard and expressing your learning styles in some of the most creative ways currently possible. It brightens my day to hear about the fantastic work that you’ve doing.
Firstly a huge well done to Katy Moseley, in Year 8, who has whipped up a whooping 400 house points for Knighton House, in her outstanding entry for the MFL bake off competition. Further examples of exemplary work are by Riya Choudhury, displayed in her YouTube creation of an interactive sensory board for autistic children and the great team work with her brother Yash on the PE and Science tasks. Riya and Carter Ricketts recently claimed the top two positions in the history board game competition. I am so impressed by the effort that went into this work! Safia-Noor Patel Year 9 is flourishing in her drawing and painting projects and there have been some great pieces of Humanities work so far, from Aleena Joossab Year 9, Melinda Amankona Year 7 and Megan Jones Year 8, well done to all of you!
On a fundraising note, Sania in Year 10 is showing great care and initiative as she is organising a walking marathon, in aid of the NHS and DFN, please do support her - further information is in this newsletter and on our social media pages.
For many of you it is nearly the end of the month of Ramadan and fasting, though of course it has been one that has been far from usual. To all those who shall be celebrating Eid, I wish you and your families a safe and joyful Eid Mubarak. I look forward to seeing you all as soon as it’s safe to do so. Meanwhile and most importantly keep doing the things that help you to stay calm and positive, look out for one another and please remember to reach out for support when needed.
Take lots of care.
I hope that you are all in good health and staying safe. It’s so difficult to comprehend how life has changed in recent months and will it may never be the same again. Life and wellbeing are so fragile at the best of times yet we are faced with the monumental challenge of overcoming what lays ahead as we try to return to some kind of normal over the coming months.
With this in mind and the recent VE celebrations, where we all took time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, I would like to take this moment to pay tribute to all of the front line workers, the NHS, our emergency workers; all whom have carried on regardless of the invisible dangers and the loss of life.
I have myself been reflecting on our community at Manor High School and the wider Oak trust and what makes our school so special; it’s not the physical buildings or where we are situated (although I like both). The conclusion I have come to is it is the “people”; the students, teaching staff and support staff. From the ground up we are a caring community with an overwhelming sense of belonging.
I know that a lot of our students have been very active in adapting to the changes staying positive and motivated day to day. I would like to mention Jack Gardner who recently participated in the “Camp at Home” event as part of the 68th Scouts. Well done Jack! Please keep me informed of any other activities you have all been doing.
We all have a big role and a part to play now, and as we think about the future. Remember stay safe and be sensible.
As the weeks have passed, pupils and the Maths department have adjusted to a new way of teaching and learning and we have been incredibly impressed with the engagement and commitment that pupils have shown.
Well done to everyone who has sent in work, you really are brightening our days. We have started to send out some postcards to students who have gone above and beyond and completed all their home learning.
A big well done to all the Key Stage 3 students that are continuing to read through these uncertain times, and for all the students that are regularly taking quizzes on Accelerated Reader, after completing their books.
One of the reasons that reading is important is that it helps you grow mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Every book gives you an opportunity to learn new things and explore new ideas.
With this in mind, I have had great pleasure in awarding so many achievement points to the students that have been achieving 80% and more on their reading quizzes.
As so many of you have been doing extremely well on the quizzes, it would be nice to share with you the top student in each year of Key Stage 3. These students have gone above and beyond reading and quizzing during this uncertain time. A big congratulations to Imaani in Year 7, Jesse Year 8 and Sana Year 9.
Key Stage 4
Well done to all the Year 10’s that have been regularly using GCSE Pod to help with their studies. It is extremely important that you continue to do this whilst you are at home.
GCSE Pod is a great revision tool to have, it can help with homework as well as revision. Well done to Avi, Devan, Adam, Shailee and Margaux. These five Year 10 students in particular have been streaming pods continuously throughout the school closure.
Congratulations to all of the above students and please continue to read, grow and learn.
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