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Changes to Return to School in January 2021

Dear Parents, Carers and students of Notre Dame and St BonifaceChanges to the start of term, following Government adviceI am writing briefly to update you all on how our school opening plans have changed for next week following yesterday’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Education.Our schools will move to online education only for next week, beginning Monday 4th January, for all Year groups.  We will deliver lessons at the time of the usual school timetable, but all will be through remote access via Google classroom.  Year 11 and 13 students are now also required to stay at home next week and we will provide online lessons for them as a priority.  Year 11 mock exams at Notre Dame have been postponed by one week and Mrs Clancy has written separately to that Year group with details and a new exam timetable.All students in Years 11 and 13 will return to face to face education in school on Monday 11th January.  All other Year groups will receive online education during that week and should not come to school until Monday 18th January.Public exams for some Year 10 and 12 students at Notre Dame will still continue as planned on Thursday 7th January (Year 10 Child Development), Friday 8th January (Year 12 Health and Social Care) and Monday 11th January (Year 10 BTEC Sport). Exam candidates should arrive at Notre Dame one hour before their exam and gather in the Sunflower Cafe for a pre-exam revision session.Vulnerable children and the children of critical workers may attend school if they wish to next week and during the week beginning 11th January and they will be supervised in the SEND base and the IT suites, where […]

Online lessons only for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 in the week 4-8 January 2021

Dear Parents, Carers and Students of Notre Dame and St Boniface’s College,

Message from Virgin Healthcare – Vaccinations 3rd March

Dear Parents,

Your year 9 child is now due their important routine childhood vaccinations Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY). We are also alongside this, catching up with all Year 10 pupils who did not receive their vaccinations last academic year due to Coronavirus, any consents received last year are still valid. These will take place in school by our team of qualified nurses.

To consent (or decline) for your child to have this vaccination, please follow the link below. If you are not sure if you consented last year for year 10 pupils, please consent using the same link:

https://schoolimms.virgincare.co.uk/dtp/2019/devon

Please read the consent form carefully to ensure you have completed this as accurately as possible. This links also contains a frequently asked questions section, please take time to read this and discuss the vaccinations with your child to ensure fully informed consent. If you have any problems or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0300 247 0082 or email at vcl.immunisations@nhs.net

Please note that the vaccinations will take place Wednesday 3 March 2021

Over £600 raised for CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal

This summer, Notre Dame’s Young Spiritual Leaders challenged students and staff to raise awareness and funds for CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal, supporting those in the developing world who are facing particular difficulties during a challenging time.

Message from PCC re: Covid-19 and Testing

Posted 16.09.2020

Please read the letter below by clicking the following link:

http://www.ndonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/37.-Letter-to-Parents_Covid-19_Message-from-PCC_16-09-2020_Letter-26.pdf

Plymouth City Council have written to parents/carers regarding Covid-19 Testing.  It is important that you read the letter in full.

Thank you.

Cancellation of Challenge Week 2021

Posted 08.09.2020

Please click on the link below to read the letter in full:

http://www.ndonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2.-Letter-to-Parents_Cancellation-of-Challenge-Week-2021_08-09-2020_pdf.pdf

It is with regret that we write to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel next year’s Challenge Week which was due to take place in July 2021.

This decision has not been made lightly.  We have considered all of the factors, but due to the present COVID-19 pandemic, we do not feel that we can guarantee the safety of our students taking part in the planned activities across various locations.

We are very disappointed and know that you and our students will undoubtedly feel the same way.  We hope you understand that our decision has been made with your child’s safety and health in mind, as our first priority.

Year 7 Flu Vaccinations

Posted 07.09.2020

Flu Vaccinations for Year 7 Students

Please find below a letter sent on behalf of Virgin Care Immunisation Team who will be administering Childhood Flu Vaccinations to Year 7 students on Monday 21st September 2020 at Notre Dame Plymouth.

In order for your daughter to be given the vaccine, you must complete the online consent form (link is in letter below).

Please note that vaccinations are organised by Virgin Care and any queries regarding the vaccinations should be directed to them. Contact details are included within the letter below.

http://www.ndonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1.-Letter-to-Y7-Parents_Flu-Vaccinations-Virgin-Care_07-09-2020_pdf.pdf

Back to School/Face Covering Guidance

Update: 03.09.2020
Yesterday we wrote to all parents and carers to advise them that following government guidance on 28th August, face coverings (masks or visors) will be compulsory for all students and staff in corridors and communal areas.  This is an extra measure to ensure that we are protecting others in our community.
We realise some students and staff will be exempt on medical grounds from wearing face coverings.  The government have outlined who this exemption applies to, those who:

cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate

SEND and pastoral staff will liaise with families to establish which students fall under these categories for exemption.  A hidden disabilities lanyard, also called the “sunflower lanyard” because of its appearance – a strip of green with a pattern of yellow sunflowers, will be issued to these students to act as a discreet sign for others in our community that they are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Please ensure that your child is equipped with a face covering to wear:

To/from school if they are travelling on public transport
At school in communal areas and corridors and in classrooms where they cannot be forward facing

Students should wash their hands before and after touching their mask – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use.  Disposal of temporary face coverings should be into a ‘black bag’ waste bin (not recycling bin).  Reusable face coverings should be placed into a plastic bag when not in use.
The government guidance in full can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
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Messages for Year 13

  Dear students,

September Opening Plans

Posted 17.07.2020

Please find below a link to Mrs White’s letter to parents/carers outlining the September Opening Plans.

http://www.ndonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/34.-Letter-to-Parents_Covid-19_September-Opening-Plans_Letter-23.pdf