Parent and Carer View
We welcome your views and would like your feedback on the aspects of school life we are excelling in and the areas which you feel there could be some improvement. The questionnaire is anonymous and the results with contribute to our planning for the school after Covid restrictions have lifted. The questionnaire will close 4pm May 7th.
Travel update: 210 and 209 Bus Service
Thank you to all those who have completed the transport questionnaire we sent out yesterday. We have been in discussion with both Arrowebrook Coaches and the local authority transport service department and can share with you latest developments regarding the discontinuance of the Arrowebrook 210 service.
The S5 which services Saughall is going to extend its route to cover Mollington with a pickup time of 07:34 in the morning. The revised timetable is as follows:
|Monday – Friday||AM||PM|
|Mollington, St Oswalds||07:34||16:15|
|Bache, Main Entrance||08:01||15:48|
|Chester Bus Interchange (Stand C)||08:10||14:40|
|Bishops’ Blue Coat High School||08:25||15:25|
Arrowebrook have revised the 209 route which includes two additional stops. A copy of the new route is attached. We have spoken to Arrowebrook and the local authority about the potential overcapacity for the service. Arrowebrook say they will monitor the situation in the first week as they do not feel from the numbers who are currently using both services, and with the removal of the Mollington students who can use the S5, that they will exceed the legal capacity of the bus which does include standing capacity. However, at best they would put on an additional smaller bus for the same route rather than register another route.
The local authority have suggested alternative services for some of the stops:
Stagecoach #1 may be useful for those living in the Sutton Way and Stanney Lane area then change to either Stagecoach #5 or Stagecoach #S61 from Chester Bus Interchange. These services operate approximately half hourly throughout the day.
Stagecoach #2 for children living in the Whitby, Hope Farm and Strawberry Fields areas then change to either Stagecoach #5 or Stagecoach #S61 from Chester Bus Interchange. These services operate approximately half hourly throughout the day.
Timetables for both these routes can be found either on the Stagecoach App or at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/ . The price of a weekly Stagecoach Megarider ticket is £7.50 and can be used Monday – Sunday on all Stagecoach services in the local area. More information about tickets can be found on the Stagecoach website.
When do I need my PE kit?
We are excited to have students coming back to school and back to PE. It has become even more apparent just how important keeping children physically active is, not only for their physical health and development but also their mental and social health.
Students will return to PE with the same format as earlier in the year, with some practical lessons, in their full PE kit and others classroom based, with an option to take part in a physical activity in their uniform, should weather permit. The limitations on practical PE are based on only one class per period using the changing rooms (boys and girls), to observe COVID regulations and assist with cleaning requirements and capabilities.
Please note a change on return, where all students will now be required to wear their face coverings inside the changing rooms, in line with the Government guidance and school’s protocol. Those students identified as exempt from wearing face coverings will not be required to do so.
Please make sure that students are aware of when to bring their full PE kit and as always, should there be any issues relating to kit then please communicate this through a note, brought to lesson by the student or via school email to either myself or direct to the class teacher.
All sports equipment used in lessons is separated and sanitised for future use, with the sharing of equipment appropriately limited and there is also an emphasis on all students to manage their own personal health by sanitising on entry and exit from changing rooms , as well as avoiding touching their face during lessons. Additional sanitising is available during lessons, should students feel the need to do so.
If you require any further information or the department can support in any other way, then please contact me via school email.
Head of PE
Lent is a significant season in the life of the church. It is a time of preparation, of getting ready for Easter. Christians use the 40 weekdays before Easter (Sundays don’t count) to reflect upon their lives and the significance of Jesus death and resurrection. 40 days mirrors the time Jesus spent in the wilderness before his public ministry began. Ash Wednesday is the springboard into Lent.
Traditionally Ash Wednesday is about preparing the heart and mind, a time for penitence, a time for reflection on where we have gone wrong and where we can do better. A time to remember the call to repentance and recall assurance of forgiveness, kickstarting lent. Lent being time to both give things up – fasting and take things up, prayer, reading and meditating on God’s word.
Sometimes people receive the sign of the cross in ash on their forehead as sign of entering a time of penitence, hence Ash Wednesday. This period of self- examination is summed up beautifully in the words of this prayer from The Church of England used during the Ash Wednesday service.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Department of Education Announcement
Following the announcement from the Department of Education (DFE) regarding the return to school and education settings in January, we are currently waiting for further information from the Local Authority, Public Health England and the DFE. When we have this information parents and carers will be contacted. To read the DFE’s latest announcement click here.
The Big Walk for Shelter
Dr Kay and 7 Grosvenor raised over £400 for the charity Shelter by taking part in its `Big Walk` fundraising event on December 7th. This involved completing laps of the school fields to the distance of 5 kilometres.
At Christmas we celebrate the light, hope and joy that Jesus brought into the world. The money raised by 7G will help homeless and vulnerable people in Britain this year enjoy the kind of hopeful and dignified Christmas that most of us are able to take for granted.
A big thank you and a Merry Christmas to all the families and friends who supported this event!
Local Authority Safeguarding updateLA Safeguarding Update
Practical PE Timetables
Please click the links below to find out when PE kit is needed for practical lessons
Tassomai Instructions for Science and English
Watch the below video for full instruction on how to use Tassomai for both Science and English
If you have any further questions you can speak to your subject teacher, or send them a message on SMHW.
Celebrating World Maths Day with Time Tables Rockstars
Well done to all students who participated in the Times Tables Rockstars competition to celebrate World Maths Day and a huge congratulations to Year 7 for winning the tournament!
The top 3 students in Year 7 were Arthur, Thomas and Kian.
A special congratulations to the top 3 students in Year 8 who, although they didn’t win, were the highest achieving students in the school: Leo, Erin and Declan.
Well done to all who got involved – keep your eyes out for another tournament coming soon!
Bishops' Reading Challenges
The Bishops’ English Department have updated this years reading challenges. Don’t forget to speak to your English teacher for the related questions and you will receive certificates and prizes for taking part, including badges, bookmarks and book vouchers!
Languages Week at Bishops’
European Day of Languages on the 26th of September, has been celebrated every year since 2001. Amongst the 47 member states, there are over 200 European languages spoken. All member states are encouraged to discover more about languages and this stems from the belief that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater tolerance, respect and intercultural understanding.
Here at Bishops’, the MFL department has launched ‘Languages Week’ to celebrate the diversity of languages spoken in our area, our country and across the world. Despite Covid guidance restricting us from organising activities such as food tasting and speed dating language learning, we were still able to enjoy many other events. Form time featured tutor group quizzes with foreign idioms and animal noises to decipher as well as tongue twisters. It was great to see the cogs of the students’ brains whirring early in the morning! Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in Spelling Bee competitions where students were challenged to learn the meaning and spelling of 24 French or German words. This was also preceded by high quality group work and discussions on effective ways to memorise words and facts which would have a positive effect on all aspects of the curriculum. Students were most impressive in embracing the challenge and many were rewarded with BESt points, stationery prizes and languages stickers. The below photo is of our top Year 9 performers in the Spelling Bee. Congratulations to everyone who took part!
Remember, language learning brings benefits to young and old and it’s never too late to learn a new language and enjoy the many opportunities this brings!
Restez Calme et Parlez Français! Bleib Ruhig und Sprich Deutsch!
Mrs S Williams