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WEEK 16 - Friday 15 January 2021

Well we are nearly 2 weeks into the New Year and this is not how I envisaged starting as Head of Year 11.

If someone had told me I would be recording my lessons and assemblies to send out I would have laughed at them. Anyone who can remember being taught at primary school in the 70’s will realise what a challenge this has been when all I needed then was a book and pen. Sometimes I think, bring back chalk and blackboards. However I have learnt new ideas from sharing experiences with staff and also from some of our Year 11s who have said ‘Miss do you know you can do this?’ It's been an interesting week but goes to show you are never too old to learn something new.

Blended learning is the buzzword and attendance to online lessons is picking up slowly. We hope we have now addressed any concerns through the phone calls and text messages we have sent you regarding accessing lessons, devices or passwords. Please contact us if there are any issues.

Our Year 11 students have been provided with online lessons and assemblies that have reminded them about continuing with their CV and tutor activities with a current affairs quiz to test their knowledge via google classroom and email. Miss Lawes has sent a reminder via email to the students regarding their college applications and included some templates and resources to enable them to complete their CV.  Careers interviews will also re-start very soon.  

When I delivered my assembly on Monday I told the students how important routine is and that it can also benefit our mental health. They have been in the same routine of getting up for school since they were 4 years old and so should continue with this whilst learning from home not just lounge about , stay in bed or play computer games. Easier said than done I know, but much healthier for them.

Please call Miss Staveley or myself if there is anything we can help with. Miss Staveley is always available in school hours and is doing an amazing job of contacting everyone. Take care, stay safe and believe me when I say we want the best for our Year 11 students and we will do what we can to help them.

Mrs Taylor

Head of Year

Miss Staveley 

Assistant Head of Year

 

Mrs Taylor's Video Message to Parents

 

I am very pleased to inform you that I have been appointed to the position of Head of Year 11 to commence in January 2021.

I have worked at Hessle High School since 2008 in a variety of roles. Initially, I joined as a part-time teacher of childcare and first became involved in the pastoral team as Assistant Year Leader for Year 11. Following this experience, I moved to the Boothferry Road site to become Pastoral Leader for Year 7 and 8.

When the school moved into the new buildings in 2016, I became the Portia House Leader, a post which has been hugely rewarding as I have sought to build the Portia team and engage students in a whole community approach.

In that time, I have also acted as the school’s Deputy Safeguarding Lead ensuring that our students are safe and secure in our school environment.

As Head of Year 11, I hope to support the young people to achieve the best education they can but also to ensure they leave us on the path they want to follow for their future. I strongly believe we are all capable of achieving extraordinary things and that comes in different forms for each of the students and ourselves. 

If we work together as parents, students and school and uphold the school values, every one of our Year 11 students can be successful in their own way.

Assisting me in this role will be Miss Staveley who will be the Assistant Head of Year.  We share the same vision and Miss Staveley will be the constant support in the Year 11 office.

We have worked together over the last year and she continues to build great relationships with our students and parents.

Communication is crucial to this role and I ask all parents to call us if you have any questions or problems that you feel we can help with. 

Year 11 is always a tough year. I can just about remember being in Year 11 myself!  And it was tough then! But, it is probably even more difficult for Year 11 students now, in the current situation. We are here to guide and support the students and yourselves and I look forward to your support and to meeting you when the times allow.

 

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