Year 7, 8 and 9 Students
Please make sure that you have completed all outstanding homework, projects and any other work you may have been set.
If you would like to do some extra Maths work you can access MyMaths from home and even the mathematical games will help your understanding.
Your English teachers have suggested that you should continue reading your set books and any other book that interests you.
For Latin you can log onto www.cambridgescp.com and go to the stage you are on and read the stories. At the end of the stories you can play on the ‘explore the language’ section.
For other languages go to websites www.languagesonline.org.uk and www.zut.org.uk (French and German) .oye.languageskills.co.uk (Spanish) and look at the VLE for more detail.
Work for other subjects can be found on the VLE.
Year 9 Students only
Don’t forget that you have exams at the beginning February – you have plenty of revision to do. There are some resources on the VLE and there is always BBC Bitesize.
7 January 2010
I am very sorry that the term has begun with such disruption because of the weather. As you know, St Bernard’s draws its students from a very wide area, with many having long journeys to school. While conditions can vary from place to place, it is clear that the snow and icy conditions prevent significant numbers of staff and students travelling safely to school. I have looked at the forecast for tomorrow and, in the light of the prevailing conditions and advice regarding travelling, as well as the icy condition of the school site, I see no alternative but for the school to remain closed on Friday 8th January. I very much hope that the school can reopen on Monday 11 January.
The school closure cannot continue indefinitely, even though the present bad weather may last for some time, and I will ask parents, from Monday onwards, to be resourceful in getting their son/daughter to school if the normal method of travel is not operational. It is particularly important that students taking public examinations should be in school.
The Year 7 theatre trip, planned for Friday 8 January, has been postponed until Thursday 14 January.
With regard to examinations scheduled for early next week, I have asked Dr. Wilson, the examinations officer, to update information regarding the arrangements. Examinations will take place and we will do all that we can to ensure that students are not unduly disadvantaged. Parents should access the examinations section on the school website.
I very much trust that all examination candidates are using this time out of school to good effect: to continue to study their examination subjects; to draw up or implement revision programmes; to complete any missing work, particularly coursework.
Further updates will be communicated on the school website and via the text messaging system.
Term dates 2012-2013
Wednesday 10th April 2013 - INSET Day
Thursday 11th April 2013 – Friday 19th July 2013
Monday 6th May 2013 - Spring Bank Holiday - School Closed
Summer half term:
Monday 27th May 2013 – Friday 31st May 2013
Friday 28th June 2013 - INSET Day
Term dates 2013-2014
Monday 2nd September 2013 – INSET Day
Autumn half term:
Monday 28th October 2013 – Friday 1st November 2013
Monday 6th January 2014 – Friday 4th April 2014
Spring half term:
Monday 17th February 2014 – Friday 21st February 2014
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Summer half term:
Monday 26th May 2014 – Friday 30th May 2014
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 – New Intake, Year 7 & 12
Wednesday 4th September 2013 – Term begins for the whole school.
Friday 20th December 2013 – End of Term
Parents will be informed of Inservice (Inset) Days and any changes to the calendar.
I write to advise you that we have been informed that one of our students has been confirmed as having Swine Flu. This student has been given appropriate medication and has now returned to school. The symptoms are reported to have been mild.
Clearly, however, although there is no need for alarm, it is important that I bring this matter to your attention so that you can be vigilant in terms of your child’s health and that of your family. The Local Authority has been informed and the most up to date guidance is as follows:
“Cases of Swine Flu should be held in the same regard as seasonal flu. You should deal with any cases of Swine Flu occurring within your school in the same way as you would if there were cases of seasonal flu.”
1. There is absolutely no need to close the school at present, and this advice has been confirmed by the Local Authority and the Health Protection Agency.
2. Schools should operate as normal; other schools in the locality which have encountered similar situations are now continuing with “business as usual”.
3. If anyone starts to manifest flu-like symptoms, he/she should go to the doctor immediately.
4. All members of the school community should be vigilant about their health and also very particular about hygiene relating to cold or flu symptoms. They must seek advice if concerned, use tissues when sneezing and coughing, and wash hands regularly.
As you can see, the advice is very clear, and basically relates to adopting a measured and common-sense approach. All information available strongly indicates that there is no cause for alarm whatsoever. If the circumstances change in any way, you will be advised immediately.
Further information from the Health Protection Agency is included on the reverse of this letter, and the document, including frequently asked questions, is available on the school website.
29th June 2009
The Health Protection Agency has been working with NHS Berkshire East and its partners to investigate the epidemiology of the H1N1 outbreak in the last few weeks. Risk assessments have led to a range of management approaches depending on whether an outbreak was declared or single contained cases were identified. In some cases mass prevention measures were required and schools were advised to shut for seven days. Mobile assessment, Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) or treatment units were established at each of the eleven schools targeted in the last three weeks.
As a result of the levels of positive cases across East Berkshire the Department of Health, the Health Protection Agency and South Central Strategic Health Authority has designated the area as a “hotspot” which gives the PCT freedom to pragmatically manage the outbreak locally.
For Berkshire East residents only, those who have been clinically assessed as having severe flu symptoms will be treated with antivirals. All others suffering milder symptoms (the majority) will be given normal advice to stay at home until symptom free and to use age appropriate over the counter medication. NB Ibuprofen is not approved in children under 12.
To support this work Berkshire East Primary Care Trust has established a local “Flu Line” for members of the public to use to;
• Establish if they have flu
• To discuss with a clinician the next steps, which may include;
a. An assessment of need
b. Recommendation to start a course of antivirals
c. Be given a unique “Flu Number”
d. Advised to get a local Flu Friend (i.e. someone who is well) to attend an Antiviral Collection Point (ACP) at a designated time
e. Location of the ACP
• Some callers may be advised to contact their GP directly
Berkshire East Local Flu Line Number 03000 243251
The generic health protection advice for schools is available at http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1241418706890
• Why do schools not close when there are confirmed cases in the school?
Slough Borough Council will only support a school closure when the Primary Care Trust and the Health Protection Agency advise that it is necessary.
• My child has asthma and getting the flu could be fatal or make them very ill. Am I justified in keeping them off school?
If children are symptom free, they should continue to attend school. If you are worried call your GP or NHSDirect for advice.
• Will I be fined if I keep my child with no symptoms off school until the outbreak subsides?
If children are symptom free, they should continue to attend school. If they are absent this could be seen as unauthorised absence.
• How many confirmed cases are there in my child’s school?
It is not viable for the Primary Care Trust, Slough Borough Council and the Health Protection Agency to give specific information on individual schools any more, as case numbers are changing from day to day, and become out-of-date very quickly.
• How many confirmed cases should there be in a school before it is closed?
This is a matter for the Health Protection Agency and the Primary Care Trust to decide.
• What are the symptoms of swine flu?
Please click here for the NHSDirect swine flu check list -http://www.nhs.uk/AlertsEmergencies/Pages/Pandemicflualert.aspx
• My child has asthma, how can I tell the difference between asthma and flu?
Please look at the NHSDirect swine flu checklist – http://www.nhs.uk/AlertsEmergencies/Pages/Pandemicflualert.aspx – and if you require further help please contact your GP.
St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School
11+ information for September 2010 entry
Thursday 17th September 2009 at 8pm
Invitation for parents only
All paperwork relating to the 11+ procedure will be available at the open evening. Closing date for receipt of 11+ registration form at your 1st choice grammar school in the slough consortium is 5th ocotber 2009.
Tours of the school
Tuesday 22nd September 2009
Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Thursday 24th September 2009
All tours start at 9.15am prompt
Invitation for parents and children
Thursday 5th november 2009 (in slough schools)
Saturday 7th november 2009 for all other children
St Bernard’s a rewarding place to work with a warm and friendly school community. Please browse our list of vacancies below:-
Teacher of English – Maternity Cover
Teacher of French
Head of Modern Foreign Languages
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