From the Headmaster

13 January 2022 Categories Junior, Senior

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the support you have given the school this week. The production of self-test certificates made Monday and Tuesday’s checking process quick and efficient. It is wonderful seeing children back in school and enjoying their learning. A wealth of wonderful activities has already occurred; if I had to highlight one event, it would be the online talk to the Year 11s from Campion alumna Debbie Hatzivassiliou. It was extremely thought-provoking at a time when children need to start thinking about life after IGCSEs and I know that many pupils found it extremely useful.

The health of Campion’s community remains a priority and I remind you that the World Health Organisation’s definition of health includes mental and social well-being. Being in school and participating in all the activities on offer helps our children enormously and gives them a sense of hope and normality during the pandemic.

We will continue to provide as many opportunities as we can in as safe an environment as possible. Obviously, this is not without some element of risk, and we do rely on the community to abide by both the school rules and the government regulations. Thank you for playing your part so far. Should your child be unwell, please do not send them to school, even if a Covid test is negative. Should your child test positive for Covid, please inform the school immediately so that we can initiate the protocols that we are required to follow – a delay in sending information can increase the risk of transmission to other members of the Campion community.

Despite presenting negative tests on Monday, two pupils were found Covid positive on Tuesday, one pupil in Year 5 and one in Year 12. A Year 8 pupil tested Covid positive on Thursday, despite having negative self-tests on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The school is also aware of a number of other pupils from various year groups who are isolating at home due to Covid related reasons, but these pupils have not returned to campus so far this year. There are also five members of staff absent for Covid-related reasons. To all that are currently affected by Covid, I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

No doubt, given the high rate of transmission of the Omicron strain, a number of other pupils and staff will be affected and I encourage you to make sensible decisions for your children and their activities away from school. As always, we will provide relevant information to pupils in learning bubbles that have been affected by a positive test. However, due to the high number of emails that are being sent home at the moment, and in order for you not to miss an email containing important information, we have taken the decision not to send emails informing you about a positive case in a learning bubble that is not directly related to your child. Please be assured that the school is not trying to hide information and that this procedure follows the requirements of EODY and the Ministry of Education. It does mean that any email from the school nurse will be directly pertinent to the health and well-being of your child. A quick reminder that the entirety of the school’s correspondence with parents is available to everyone on the parents’ page of the school website

I remind you that all pupils, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take a self-test and present the certificate tomorrow, as well as on Tuesday and Friday of next week.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and productive term.

Best wishes,

Mike Henderson