24th September 2021 newsletter
Catch up with the latest news at Harrow High School
Catch up with the latest news at Harrow High School
The week beginning on the 20th of September we will celebrate the European Day of Languages (26th of the month). This is a great opportunity to acknowledge the cultural and linguistic diversity at Harrow High.
The day will be marked by a delicious meal cooked by our talented canteen staff and to help create a more festive atmosphere, music from every European country will be played in the corridors.
Learning is fundamental to everything we do, and to that effect Year 7 and Year 8 learners will have special MFL lessons which cover the common roots of all European Languages. This will give them the opportunity to reflect and consider the unity of our continent and the diversity of language and culture it has to offer. Last, but not least, assemblies that focus on the benefits of learning languages will be presented to all students in school.
Happy European Day of Languages to you all!
Tuesday 21st September 2021 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
School Term is well underway and we have really enjoyed walking around our corridors and classrooms welcoming back all of our learners who were here last year and saying hello to our new Year 7’s. We would like to take this early opportunity to say a big welcome back to all of our parents and carers and to thank them in advance for another year of well received support for the school.
As you will be aware, one of our school beliefs is excellent communication. Specifically, we strive for ‘good understanding of each other’ and ‘clarity of purpose’ in all our messaging. We had great feedback from so many of you last year in this area, especially around our online learning and support for learners and families. To that end, we will be carrying on with our half-termly catch-up calls from your child's tutor with the aim of ensuring you are happy with your child's experience. Please do tell us what is going well and if you do have any issues, please do raise them and we will address them.
We strive to be open and approachable at all times. To this end, if you wish to inform us of something or to speak to a teacher/Head of Year/School Leader, please use the contact form on the website and someone will respond to you via email or phone as soon as we can. If the matter is urgent or concerns the safety of any child, please phone the school, speak to our receptionist and let us know that it is a safeguarding matter.
Other important sources of information are, of course, our website; www.harrowhigh.com and Twitter feed @HarrowHighSch. Please keep your eyes on these for important messages and news about what we are up to.
We will also make contact with you via email, either for matters specific to your child, their year group or even the whole school so please ensure we have the correct details for this. You can update your contact details, including email address via the SIMS in touch app. This also contains other information about your child’s schooling including details of achievement and attendance. If you don’t currently use this, a guide for how to get involved is available here.
For further information or if you would like help downloading the App please contact Mr Yazdizad, IT Manager at email@example.com
Finally, the school will be producing a bi-weekly newsletter with details of whole school matters and upcoming events in each year group. This will come to you via email and will be available to download via the school website so please do read this carefully.
As you may be aware the Government has asked all schools to conduct 2 Covid-19 lateral flow tests with all learners in school when they return. The tests that have been provided use a double nasal swab rather than the throat and nasal process that had been used previously. Testing is not compulsory but we would strongly encourage everyone to take part. Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and learners to remain in school safely. Testing for Year 11 will be on Friday 3rd September with testing for Years 7 - 10 and Sixth Form starting on Monday 6th September.
All learners will then be given Covid-19 test kits to take home so that they can test twice a week and we would ask for your support in making sure that this happens.
If you have previously given consent for your child to be tested, this will still be valid. If you have not previously given consent and would like to now, please email Miss L Sidoli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Year 7 learners will need to complete a new consent form here by clicking on the link
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a PCR test.
We would also like to confirm that we will still be recommending the wearing of facemasks as learners move around the school site. We have an old school building and corridors can be very busy. As such, learners will be asked to put facemasks on when entering and exiting the building and may remove them in lessons. If your son or daughter is exempt from wearing a facemask, please advise us