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Please see here our publication for a safe return in September.

 

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School Trips and Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Bronze Training Day - Sunday 25 April 2021 – Ashley Green

Dear Parents/Carers

A compulsory Bronze training session (not the Practice Expedition) will take place at Ashley Green Memorial Hall on Sunday 25 April from 9.30am until the students finish the expedition (about 4.30pm – they will call you if they arrive much earlier).  Students who do not attend will not be allowed to undertake their expeditions as they need to fulfil all 20 of the DofE Conditions to pass the Expedition section. Condition 11 states that "Participants must be adequately trained to safely undertake a remotely supervised expedition..". 

The directions are as follow:

The post code for the Memorial Hall is HP5 3PN.  Coming from the M25, heading towards Aylesbury, leave the A41 at the junction for the A416 to Chesham.  As you come off the A41, get into the right hand lane and turn right at the roundabout towards Chesham on the A416.  You drive for about half-a-mile, along a tree lined road.  As the trees clear, you enter Ashley Green.  You will go past the Golden Eagle pub on the right, then a wooden bus shelter on the left (start indicating left).  Take the next left into Two Dells Lane, which is just before the church (on the left).  The Memorial Hall is 100 yards on the left. It is a big, green building with a gravel car park. 

Students will be required to bring their lunch and drink, a copy of the OS Explorer Map 181 (2 per group), a compass if they have one, pencil and paper, a map holder if they have one and a rucksack containing their lunch and drink to the training session. Walking boots, waterproof jackets and trousers should also be brought and probably warm clothing. This is an ideal opportunity to try out new walking boots, provided they have previously been worn in!  Students also need to bring the equipment that they are planning to use on their expeditions (tents and stoves) – if they are borrowing from school, it will be given out either prior to or on the day.

Covid precautions are as follows:

Only 50 % of students will be inside at any given time and they are required to remain at their own group table.
Windows will be opened throughout.
Whilst inside, students MUST wear a mask.
Tables will be sanitised prior to students being admitted.
Students MUST wear gloves when handling communal equipment.
Students are to socially distance whenever possible.
Students should have had a negative covid test on the morning of the event PRIOR to attending.

Kind regards

Mr Holloway
Duke of Edinburg Award Co-ordinator

 

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award - Training and Expedition Dates

Dear Parent/Carer

Please find below the dates for the various activities in connection with the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award:

25 April - Training day
12 - 13 June - Practice Expedition
1-2 July - Final Expedition

In terms of students' sections, we would normally expect all of the sections to have been completed by the April Training day.  Due to Covid restrictions, this may well not have be possible this year.  Accordingly, in order to be permitted to attend the Practice Expedition, students are expected to have signed off at least two sections and be undertaking their third section by 31 May.  If there will be a problem with this, students should contact their leader as soon as possible to discuss whether an extension will be allowed in their specific circumstances.

If students have finished a section they should submit an assessor report as soon as possible; there is no need to wait until all three sections are complete.

If students have any questions about how to proceed with their sections, they should contact their individual leader.

It is likely that there will be some after school training in some aspects and once dates have been confirmed, students will be notified.  In the event that they cannot attend their own Group training, they will be permitted to join the training of another group.

Kind regards

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

 

Parmiter's School Ski Trip - February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that due to the ongoing restrictions on educational visits, particularly those that are overseas, we have unfortunately had to make the decision to cancel the school ski trip that was due to take place during February half term 2021.

As we don’t want any of the students who have a place on the current ski trip to miss out, I would like to offer them the option to keep their current place for the next ski trip, which we hope will take place over February half term 2022 – this includes those students currently in Year 10 who would not normally be offered the chance to go in Year 11.

The exact details of the next ski trip are still to be confirmed (so the destination resort and exact cost are yet to be determined), but I will provide further information about the trip in March 2021 once it has been finalised.  No further payments will need to be made until then and you will also have the opportunity to withdraw from the trip and get a full refund at that point if you wish.

Alternatively, if your circumstances have changed or your son/daughter no longer wants to go on the ski trip, then you can request a full refund of any payments you have made so far for the February 2021 trip.

To indicate your preferred choice, please click the following link and complete the Google Form as instructed (your son/daughter will need to sign in with their school account to complete the form):

https://forms.gle/j92V1chpcEKxv8aL6

Please complete the form by Friday 9th October, to indicate how you would like to proceed.

If you request a refund, this will be made via WisePay.

If you have any questions about the ski trip, please do not hesitate to contact me (b.cummings@parmiters.herts.sch.uk).

Kind regards

Mr B Cummings
Head of KS3

   

A Level History and Politics Trip to Washington DC

Dear Parent/Carer

In light of the current situation in the United States, we have taken the decision to reschedule the October 2020 A Level History and Politics trip to Washington DC.

If the DfE guidance on educational visits allows school trips to resume overnight and overseas, the trip will take place from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2021 (during February half term).  The itinerary and cost for the trip will remain the same.

We do hope that all students will still be able to join us on this fantastic trip.  Please re-confirm your child’s place on the trip by e-mailing a.carter@parmiters.herts.sch.uk before Friday 17th July.

Please also feel free to contact me directly, should you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Alex Carter
Head of History and Politics

 

Year 10 Art Trip to Cornwall

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the current government advice based on residential school trips, we have decided that the Year 10 trip to Cornwall scheduled to take place in September will not go ahead.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the need to safeguard staff and student welfare is of paramount importance.  We have spent considerable time liaising with our accommodation provider and other venues.  Many are currently shut and none of them can actually guarantee that they will be open for September.

All payments will be refunded in full.  In light of this, the Information Evening scheduled for this coming Tuesday 7th July will no longer go ahead.

I would like to emphasise that the cancellation of the trip will have no impact on the students ability to enjoy and achieve in GCSE Art.  We are currently planning different ways we can provide students with the initial inspiration for their first project.  We hope that once this crisis has passed, we will be able to consider re-organising a trip at some point during the next academic year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mrs Miah
Head of Art

 

Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Award

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Following the postponement of the Bronze Expeditions, we have re-scheduled accordingly.  Subject to Government Regulations, the Bronze Final Expedition will take place on 25 - 26 September.  This will minimise time out of school and will currently NOT involve camping overnight.  Parents/carers will need to drop off and pick up students each day.  In all other respects, the expedition will be run as usual with students carrying their full equipment and cooking their meals together before leaving for the night.

In order to be allowed to attend the Expedition and in line with previous requirements in place from the start of the Award, all students MUST have completed all of their sections and had them signed off by their Assessor - please NOW check that this is the situation.  Students should go on to eDofE and check that it records them as having completed each section and that there are no messages from their Leader.  In case of doubt, they should contact their Leader.

For those students intending to undertake their Silver Award, this expedition can also count as their Silver Practice Expedition, a compulsory requirement for Silver. This would require students to complete one extra day of journeying and so the expedition would finish on 27 September rather than 26 September. The Silver Final Expedition will take place in June/July after the GCSE examinations.  A letter will be sent out shortly inviting students to enrol for their Silver Award. If students are intending to progress to Silver, I would urge a speedy application so that they can undertake their sections immediately - there is a facility for backdating 3 months from the date of enrolment. The subsequent letter will have more details.

Obviously this is a fluid situation and further details for the Expedition will follow, but please keep the dates free.

At this stage it would be helpful to know how many students intend to undertake all 3 days of the expedition, so please could students email me to let me know if they will be doing so.

We will need some adult assistance on the Friday and if you are in a position to help out, please email me (m.holloway@parmiters.herts.sch.uk).

Yours sincerely

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

 

Duke of Edinburgh - Silver Award

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Following the postponement of the Silver Practice Expedition, we have re-scheduled both the Practice and Final Expeditions.  Subject to Government Regulations, the Practice will take place on 25 - 27 September and the Final will be from 23 - 25 October.  Both expeditions will be local to Hertfordshire and currently will NOT involve camping overnight.  Parents/carers will need to drop off and pick up students each day.  In all other respects, the expeditions will be run as usual with students carrying their full equipment and cooking their meals together before leaving for the night.

Obviously this is a fluid situation and further details will follow, but please keep the dates free.

The Practice Expedition will run concurrently with the Bronze Expedition, for which we will need some adult assistance on the Friday.  If you are in a position to help out, please email me m.holloway@parmiters.herts.sch.uk.

Yours sincerely

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

 

Duke of Edinburgh - Gold Award

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Following the postponement of the Gold Practice Expedition in June, I am pleased to advise you that Peak Pursuits are in a position to convert the previously booked Final Expedition into the Practice to be run on 22 September - 25 September in the Peak District.  The re-arranged Final Expedition will take place on 24 - 28 October in the Yorkshire Dales. This will off course be subject to any Government Regulations in place at the time.

Further details will follow as the situation becomes clearer, but please ensure that you keep the dates free.

Yours sincerely

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

Ofqual announcement and returning to school

Dear Parents and Carers

I am pleased to be writing with our initial plans for welcoming our students back to Parmiter’s during the week commencing Monday 8 March.

The government has advised a phased return to face-to-face teaching over the course of the week to allow us to offer Lateral Flow Tests to all our students before they return to the classroom.  Full details of how we plan to implement this will follow in due course.  In the meantime, if you have not already done so, please provide your consent for your child to be tested via the relevant link below.

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

The key features of our plan (which for now remain ‘subject to confirmation’) are as follows:

Monday 8 March

Years 11 and 13 students (and their siblings from lower years) visit school in an allocated time slot to undertake a Lateral Flow Test

Tuesday 9 March

Years 11 and 13 students return to school for face-to-face lessons following their normal school timetable

Years 10 and 12 (and their siblings from lower years) visit school in an allocated time slot to undertake a Lateral Flow Test

Wednesday 10 March

Years 10 and 12 students return to school for face-to-face lessons following their normal school timetable

Remaining students in Years 7, 8 & 9 visit school to undertake a Lateral Flow Test

Thursday 11 March

Years  7, 8 & 9 students return to school for face-to-face lessons

This is the first day all students will be on site

Second and third tests will be offered to students in the same rotation from Thursday 11 March until Friday 19 March.  These will take place during the school day. 

Those students who have been attending school during the lockdown period may continue to attend during week commencing 8 March.

Please note that new guidance requires face coverings to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.  Students will be expected to have a face covering available at all times unless they are exempt. 

Remote learning provision during week of 8 March

The table above details the staggered return to lessons.  For year groups that are not back to face-to-face lessons, the remote learning provision will continue.  Work for each lesson will be set on Google Classroom.  However, there will be no live streamed lessons during this week, although the material provided on Google Classroom may include recorded lessons.  Each day, there will be students in all year groups (because of siblings) travelling to and from school for their Lateral Flow Test.  Where possible, we expect students to follow their normal school timetable, but as all students will miss some time the practical solution is to provide resources for students to work independently on these days.  We appreciate your understanding on this.

Year 11 and 13: Grading of A Level and GCSE qualifications

Today, Ofqual published the outcome of the consultation on how GCSE and A Level grades should be awarded this summer.  The documents published today are available here.  Over the coming weeks my leadership team will work closely with our curriculum leaders to determine the process by which grades will be determined, within the criteria specified by Ofqual and the examination boards (the press release today states that ‘To support teachers in making their judgements, exam boards will provide detailed guidance before the end of the Spring term’).  It is in all our interests to ensure we have a robust and transparent process so that the grade awarded in each qualification represents the ‘student’s demonstrated knowledge, understanding and skills’ in that subject.

I will provide more detailed information on the process as soon as I am able.  In the meantime, I do want to reassure all Year 11 and 13 students that they will not sit any assessments that may affect their grading during the weeks of the 8th and 15th of March.  During these weeks, students may be asked to do some short assessments in class, but these are to inform teacher planning and identify gaps in learning, not for the purposes of grading.  Students should, however, be aware that they may be working on NEA (coursework) that will form part of the final grading.

I will, of course, write again with further details of our return as soon as possible.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our students back to school and remain appreciative of your continuing support.

Kind regards

M Jones
Headmaster