Ms Harris would like to say well done to these pupils for their drama work at home, on google classroom and during sessions in school:
Melat Amaryah Chayse Roderick George Zack Caua Ethan Thomas Georgi Lenny Juliana Kyle Richard Stevie Sulaiman Arseniy Devonte Hibo India Katie Ketsia Muna Sade Sherleese Tiffany
Dear Parents and Carers,
The government has now issued guidance to all schools to prepare for the full opening in September for all year groups. We are currently building the ‘new normal’ for AMSI’s provision of a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. As we are able to, we will update you on the changes that will have to be put in place to ensure that AMSI is a safe environment for all. It is unfortunate that COVID-19 will still play a part in our everyday lives and as such we have to make significant changes to the way we operate. I hope you will be supportive of the school and will continue to check the website on a weekly basis for updates.
Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021
I will also like to draw to your attention the consultation from Ofqual on the changes to assessments in Summer 2021. We would encourage you to give feedback through this link to Ofqual by 16th July; this is particularly pertinent for the parents and carers of Year 10 students.
Dear Year 10
Please watch this video introducing you to the Islington Mental Health Services Team who will be based at AMSI from September 2020.
If you feel that you have any concerns which you would like to talk about, please fill in the attached application form and send back to me, your Head of Year or Mrs Morgan.
Wishing you all the best.
Head of Year 10
Daily Protocol for Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions
15/6/20 – 14/7/20
- You will be informed if you are required to attend a session the day before via an email, and a text to your parents.
- You must wear school uniform when you come into school. If there is an issue, please bring a note and give it to the member of SLT on duty.
- Timings: 10:15am – 12:30pm. Please do not arrive before 10.00am.
- If you are using public transport to get to school, you must wear face coverings.
- You must always observe social distancing protocols.
- When you arrive, you will need to line up outside 2 metres apart. There will be markings on the floor (like you might see outside of a shop).
- You will be invited into school individually by the SLT on Duty, who will tell you which room you are based in. You will wash your hands and make your way to your designated room.
- There will be markings on the floor which will guide your route to your room. It is important that you do not deviate from the route.
- The classrooms will be set up in accordance with social distancing protocols – you will sit where you are asked to and do not move from your seat without permission.
- If the fire alarm sounds, it is not a drill. Stand behind your desks and your teacher will dismiss you quickly and quietly. Leave the building by the stairs as directed by staff and make your way to the back playground, keeping a distance from others.
- At the end of the session, you will be dismissed from the room individually, and will be directed to wash your hands.
- On your exit from school, food will be available for you to collect. This will not be consumed on or around the school site.
- You must go straight home and observe social distancing practices on your way home.
We look forward to welcoming you back to school to support your remote learning and well being.
I hope you and your families are well. Over the next few days you will notice that teachers will be posting their work in a slightly different format on Google Classroom; this will be for the duration of the school closure.
The reason for the change is to try to support you and your parents with organising your work. We want you to be able to use the calendar to see the work that you should be completing each day. Your calendar currently shows due dates for assignments that have already been set, but we want it to show the work set each day. There will be some overlap with the current system, but the calendar will eventually only have the work set for each day.
What is different?
- The title of the work will have the day and date so that you can see to which day it relates.
- The submission due date for the task will be included in the instructions. You should record this in your Remote Planner to support your organisation.
- The published due date will be for the day the work is set so that it appears on your calendar. This means that any work you send after the day it is set will appear as late work; we know it is not late and we do not want you to worry about this. We expect you to submit your work in the normal way.
I appreciate that some of you may be well organised with the current system due dates, but we are trying to streamline the experience at the point of learning for everyone. Please remember to contact your teachers if you have any problems with the work set, we are more than happy to help you.
We will review how this is going after two weeks and we welcome your feedback. If you have any questions do let me know.
Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards
I hope you are well and settling into new routines. These are difficult times for many of us and we look forward to beginning a ‘new normal’ when you return to school. I read something today and thought I would share:
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” -Maya Angelou
Some of you will have had problems accessing work due to factors beyond your control and I want to reassure you that we will do our best to bridge any gaps in your learning when you return to school. Whatever you do now, will make your experience a little more positive when you do return. It is not too late to establish some good routines.
If you are well and able to access work, I hope you have been able to make use of the planner that I sent after Easter. I am keen to see some examples of completed ones so please email me pictures of how you are using them. Your teachers are posting work onto google classroom according to the new timetable so if you have access please check this every day. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you to get in touch with teachers if you are stuck or unsure about any of the work.
Remember, this is a new way for us to work too so your feedback is vital to help us to give our best to you. I have enclosed a copy of planner the in case you have mislaid it. Have you managed to use ‘jabberwocky’ or ‘credulous’ this week? The word of the week next week is ‘confidence’, this is one of our cornerstones and something that AMSI Scholars often demonstrate. Try to work towards being a confident student over the coming weeks as a result of the time you have invested in yourself.
In the meantime, I wish you and your families well.
I hope you and your families are well and that you have received the work packs and new timetables for this half term.
Eton College is a prestigious college that was founded in 1440 by Henry VI. Eton has had some well know students in the past such as Prince William, Boris Johnson, Bear Grylls and Eddie Redmayne. As part of their outreach to public schools they have offered all students a free self-study course to support their next steps for education or employment.
Mr. Castillo will be your first point of contact with queries and he will be letting you know further details.
Here is a link to the College – https://www.etoncollege.com/
I have had a look at the course and it is packed full of useful videos and information; this should take you between 7 – 10 hours of self-study. As mentioned all secondary schools have been offered this opportunity, so please do take advantage of it and put yourself ahead.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards
We hope you are safe and well. Welcome back to a new term with a very different feel. You should have received your weekly planner and additional materials in the post over the last couple of days, if you have not received these or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
KS4 Summer 1 Timetable
You should complete 3 hours of English, Maths and Science each week. This can be 4 x 45 minutes or 3 x 1 hour sessions.
You can do additional work if you choose. The work set should not exceed 3-4 hours per day.
There are plenty of additional activities that you can do such as visiting the BBC for their schedule of educational programmes or listening to audiobooks or even learning Latin.
Here are some useful links:
- http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks – Free Audio Books available here
- https://stories.audible.com/start-listen – Free Audio Books available here
- Amazon has some free kindle books
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – Daily lesson and other useful links
- https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom Oak National Academy
- https://www.clc.cambridgescp.com/covid-19-response Free Latin course
Best wishes and stay safe,
We recommend the following websites as particularly useful for online, remote learning:
Extra Online Home Learning Links
Further resources for each subject can be found on:
Online support for young people
As a result of our current closure, you will be missing the opportunity for some vital physical exercise. Therefore, for your PE lessons we would like you to complete a 20 minute HIIT session twice a week.
Please see the links below and enjoy the workouts. There are many other workouts by the Bodycoach which you can do over Easter too; why not try his 7 days of sweat challenge?
P.E. with Joe Streaming live every weekday morning while the schools are closed: