I wanted to start with an official welcome to the start of the Summer term at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock. This is certainly a very different start to the term to the one we had planned and hoped for. We are really missing seeing all our students together in the academy.
Learning for many of our students may be from home at the moment but I want you to know that our academy teachers, support staff and our counsellor are still here for you – and we will remain here for you and your families through these difficult times. We are committed to doing all we can to support you and our aim, as always, is to keep everyone in our academy community as safe and as well as possible.
I want to thank you for everything you are doing at home. The partnership between our academy staff and parents/carers has never been more important. Please know that you can ask any member of our academy staff for advice or support whenever you need it – you can always call the academy office or email us and we can call you back.
This week the government supported the launch of a new free service called StarLine for any parents/carers who would like confidential advice about helping their children with home learning. They are offering tips, advice and resources on learning, wellbeing, behaviour and mental health. T: 0330 313 9162 W: www.starline.org.uk
Here at the academy we are busy every day calling each of our students at home and giving them feedback on their work. The team has also been developing more new, exciting learning programmes and projects for all our students, ready for when we are able to welcome everyone back into the academy building.
Those students who have been able to attend the academy this week have worked with staff to bake cakes and treats for NHS staff at Basildon hospital – our donation was hugely appreciated by the hardworking nursing and care teams there. Staff and students have also been making the most of the sunshine and working outside on gardening projects around our academy building.
Yesterday the government updated their guidance on “What parents/ carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak”. I thought it would be helpful to share the link to this information: www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
The NSPCC has lots of good advice about how to keep young people safe online at the moment. If you would like any advice or want to understand more about the risks, do have a look at their website: www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety
I wish everyone a happy weekend with plenty of rest. Stay well, look after each other and please do get in touch with us if you need anything.
Collette Hunnisett, Headteacher
Friday 24 April 2020