CCHS Weekly News

Autumn Term 2020
Friday 11 September 2020

Welcome Back – We missed you!

A warm welcome to our new Year 7 students and their families and a huge welcome back to our existing students. After such a long period away from school, it has been great to see the children back in classes and learning; it has been too long! Meeting our new students and then seeing the return of familiar faces has been an absolute pleasure.
For students in Years 8-11, things are quite different to when they were last here, with the set-up of separate year group zones, which has restricted movements around the school, and break and lunchtime arrangements being at staggered times. Overall students have settled very well to the new arrangements and timings.
We are working hard to make sure that despite the differences, school remains a safe and welcoming place, where students are happy and can continue to develop a love of learning and fulfil their aspirations. Full attendance is important and so far, this has been excellent; let’s keep this momentum going.
In the current climate, it is more important than ever that we follow the guidance and recommendations to keep us all safe and well. With this in mind, a couple of reminders:
• Unless exempt due to medical reasons/parental consent, the school policy is that face coverings should be worn in all enclosed social areas where 2m distancing is not possible. Parents should ensure that a face covering is included as part of a student’s everyday equipment/uniform. They may also need it when out and about in the community to and from school, so it is good to be prepared.
• Students cannot share equipment; therefore, they must come to school fully equipped with everything they need for that particular school day. This includes a named water bottle and packed lunch for the days when they are unable to access Clouds.
• When dropping off or collecting your child from school, please avoid parking directly outside of the school gates and using the leisure centre. Park well away from the entrances with respect for our neighbours’ property.
• Please do not visit school without prior arrangement. If entering the school buildings a face mask/covering must be worn at all times.
• Finally, we are sincerely sorry, but if your child forgets anything, reception staff are unable to accept or deliver personal items. Please check that each morning, your child has everything they need.

School Canteen Payment Cards

School Canteen Payment CardsOur sincere apologies to all parents and students who have encountered difficulties with using the new canteen payment system. This was to replace the fingerprint biometric system and to mitigate any risk associated with the spread of the Corona virus. Unfortunately, this week we have experienced some unexpected technical problems, which are being resolved.
There are a couple of other things for parents/carers to be aware of:
• On the reverse of the cards it offers a ‘Beat the Queue’ Fusion mobile app, the school does not have appropriate facilities for to operate this and therefore it is not available.
• When loading money onto Parentpay, money for the school meals must be specifically assigned to ‘Dinner Money’ for it to be used in our school canteen. If you need any help or advice with this, please do not hesitate to contact us via email -  
• During the past week, students have still been able to obtain food and parents will be advised, via Parentpay, of the amounts required to be reimbursed via their accounts.

We Are All In This Together

It continues to be unprecedented times for everyone. As throughout the pandemic, things change, often at quite short notice and society responds and adapts swiftly to any requirements and guidance.
Hands - Face - SpaceSchool is no different, each day we are making adaptations to ensure the day runs smoothly and staff and students remain safe and secure as much as we can. Our children’s education must continue and with home and school working together in partnership we can get through this; at present, it is just a different way of working.
If you do have any concerns regarding your child’s education or well-being, please do not hesitate to contact the school via the admin email in the first instance - and a member of the pastoral team will get back to you as soon as possible.