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16/07/20

Please find our end of term newsletter on our website https://t.co/TArEHFFa3w

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16/07/20

Summer Kick Camps - bookings and payment can be made directly on the following online booking platform and will be processed on a first come, first served basis. https://t.co/p7mTLSGLVG https://t.co/Ei88IJKwWK

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14/07/20

Help shape the future Hampton and Hampton North! Have your say on community issues, feedback your experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, & share your ideas on how the local area can recover at ’s virtual on 11th August https://t.co/aHH0r2auJ7 https://t.co/lhXX8vSwk6

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10/07/20

Thank you to the FoHH for holding their first socially distant 2nd hand uniform sale this week! They raised over £350 for the school! Thank you to Emma Pryce, Foge Anderson, Claire Wadham and the volunteers who made this possible. https://t.co/4EDUlTZWgZ

10/07/20

Please find this week's Newsletter on our website https://t.co/TArEHFFa3w

10/07/20

Our Y7 and Y8 "shout-outs" for this week are now available to view on our website. https://t.co/foOCmErttb

10/07/20

The Kingston and Richmond Youth Council want to hear your voice! This survey was made by young people, for young people, and will take between 5 to 10 minutes of your time to complete, using the online survey link below. https://t.co/0hQOiaGRFk

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10/07/20

Please consider donating unwanted school uniforms that are still in good, wearable condition to the FoHH for our next 2nd hand uniform sale. We are always in need of blazers, skirts, PE kit, ties and football boots! https://t.co/wqCzMKrwZv

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06/07/20

The death of George Floyd in May has sparked mass activism across the world in support of anti-racism. Kindness and respect are at the heart of our school values. Resources to support discussions about race and racism can be found on our website. https://t.co/mYjr6R1fbK https://t.co/8f4m49EIqH

03/07/20

Well done to Beth Noble and Sumaiya Choudhary for taking part in the Regional Final for the Jack Petchey "Speak Out" Challenge! yesterday. Both students represented the school wonderfully, and we are very proud of them both. Well done to Beth who won!

03/07/20

Please find this week's Newsletter on our website https://t.co/TArEHFFa3w

03/07/20

Our Y7 and Y8 "shout-outs" for this week are now available to view on our website. https://t.co/foOCmErttb

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30/06/20

FoHH are holding a 2nd Hand Uniform Sale on Monday 6 July. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, there will be a slot booking system. To book a slot and find out more details, please visit our website: https://t.co/YRA8E7htCd https://t.co/H7D4A4DEva

26/06/20

Please find this week's Newsletter on our website https://t.co/TArEHFFa3w

19/06/20

Our Y7 and Y8 "shout-outs" for this week are now available to view on our website. https://t.co/foOCmEJ4kJ

19/06/20

Please find this week's Newsletter on our website https://t.co/TArEHFFa3w

19/06/20

Y6 parents have been emailed our Transition letter this week. A copy of it can be found on our website along with our Y7 Handbook, a virtual tour of the school and messages from our Y7 students. https://t.co/QPH77NDKBc

12/06/20

Please see our video about what we miss most about normal school life. Thank you to Ms Povey and Archie George, our Head Boy who invested so much of their time making it. https://t.co/fZrZxwxoa9

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12/06/20

Well done to the following students who's work will be submitted to the 'Young Geographer of the Year' award: Emily Pitman, Isaac Fernandes, Sophie Ravichandran, George Mema, Matthew Kersey, Zara Azizi, Erin Beadell, Jenny Ashton, Philomena Murray and Lia Leonard https://t.co/upEkT1UDjY

12/06/20

Our Y7 and Y8 "shout-outs" for this week are now available to view on our website. https://t.co/QygMqCbXJa

Posted on: 16/07/2020

Reflections from a TLA’s experience in lockdown

Marianna Travlos, Teaching and Learning Support Assistant

I had never lived through anything like it. No one from this or the previous generation in the Western World had. Within a matter of days, life as we knew it was ending abruptly.. 

The school year was ending in March, accompanied with the bittersweet emotions in which a school year always ends, and yet more bitter this time than sweet. The sweet being, of course, the end of having to wake up early each morning to attend school and following the rules for students and for GCSE students, a relief that exams are over and the excitement of summer holidays beginning. 

The bitter being the end of an era and saying goodbye to friends and colleagues till the autumn or maybe for good. Thus, in March students and staff alike felt the bittersweet emotions of the end of another school year but were acutely aware of the premature nature of it all. The Year 11s were crying as they frantically said farewell and hugged each other goodbye, knowing that they would be missing the last few precious months of school with their friends. They would be missing their prom and even their GCSEs. Teachers who had planned until the end of July, were left to say goodbye to their students knowing that they would not cover
four months’ worth of material. Tutors realised that they would not see their students till the following September and would have to support them remotely. What would that do to their growth? The TLAs, who watched our EHCP students begin in September still touched with the innocence and sensitivity of primary school students blossom into secondary students, were sad that we would not continue to witness their transition or be there to guide them in their growth. The Year 7s were leaving as Year 7s but would be expected to return more mature as Year 8s. Had they grown up enough?

Moreover, we were all- staff and students alike- bombarded by even more challenges and emotions that normally accompany the end of each school year. Besides the concerns we had as teachers/teaching and learning support assistants for our students’ growth academically, physically and mentally, we were dealing with life in a global pandemic and what the media came to refer to as “the new normal.” We would have to balance working from home all the while taking care of children and elderly parents. This was unprecedented.

On the last day of school before lockdown, each year group had about forty-five minutes to collect their books for each class, empty their lockers and prepare to finish the school year virtually. The teachers organized the books and supervised the delegating of all the books to each student, while the TLAs escorted our students around school, assisting them and making certain they remained calm and reassured throughout the process. There would be those who would panic that there was not enough time, those who couldn’t find all their books, those who would be simply scared and have their hand sanitizer out using it as often as possible. The school had anticipated it all and were prepared for it, meeting the students’ needs. Rebecca Poole was concerned not just for the students’ academic wellbeing, but for their overall welfare, making certain that our students who normally received free school lunches would be given food vouchers. The SEN team also put together packets of used toys, games, books, and activities for families in need and we disinfected each and every object that went out to our school families.

I knew enough about history to know that this was a historical moment; one that those who survived would someday tell their children and grandchildren about. Thus, I took out my phone and took a few pictures. I
took a photo of Mrs Cousins and Ms Southgate handing out timetables to each student coming in that morning and directing them where to go. I also took photos of Mr Fleetham directing myself and two of my colleagues, Ms Khan and Ms Hammond, disinfecting and packing the entertainment packs for the families. I was compelled to take more pictures and I almost did but everyone was so busy that I felt bad asking them to pose. In hindsight, I should have just taken the photos of the staff in action. I regret this now because there should have been more photos taken, as there were so many people, from Rebecca Poole, our Headteacher, to Graham Owens, our maintenance supervisor, all running around making certain the day ran like clockwork.

Of course, this was only an end to the “normal” school year, as each working day, we have all been working in this new capacity. Our school did not actually close. It remained open for our EHCP students and for those whose parents are keyworkers. There were members of the SLT, teachers and TLAs on site every day. Anyone who could physically be on site, volunteered to do so. Those of us who couldn’t physically be there, have been working virtually from home - attending the virtual meetings on Teams, setting work and/or differentiating work for our students and checking their status on Show my Homework to make certain that no student has fallen through the cracks. Much to our surprise, most of our students have risen to the occasion and have been diligent about logging on and doing work.

I was proud to be a member of the Hampton High community before, but I am even more proud now, seeing how the school has supported its families and faculty and staff during this uncertain, scary, unprecedented and historical time. Now, as our school year is actually coming to a close, I hope that our community will be well, stay safe and return in September with even more encouragement and stamina to continue to provide quality learning and support to our students and to each other.

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