This week's message from Principal, Mrs Williams.
So I am writing this from my home as I sit in splendid isolation in my bedroom. I feel somewhat like a fraud as I have very few symptoms but still Mr Williams has to bring me everything and leave it outside the door. I am also appreciating the irony of how sensible and careful we have all been in school and so I manage to contract Covid during half term!
I am not sure at all how or where, but suffice to say that being careful and following the guidelines is still the way forward. Mr Williams and myself still wear our masks in public so I think I have been in close contact with someone who is asymptomatic. Nevertheless even that is speculation.
So I will just write to reassure you that I am fairly well and thank you for the contact some of you have made to send me your best wishes.
Please be reassured that the school is in very safe hands with Mr Burchett and the rest of the staff. I will return to school next Friday.
Parents/carers – Year 10 and 11
If your son/daughter needs to access to a chrome book to complete their independent learning, they can attend Ms Nobrega's Afternoon Independent Catch Up by request or invitation.
Thank you, Ms. A. da Nobrega - Teacher of English/KS4 Progress Leader
Music Department - Winter Showcase - 8 December, 6pm
The Performing Arts department are looking for performances for the upcoming Winter Showcase which will take place at school on the 8th December in the early evening.
The theme for the event is 'A Night at the Movies'. This will be a variety performance evening, where you can showcase an act in either Music, Dance or Drama. Items could be Christmas themed, or just something you really enjoy performing. You can perform as a solo, duet or in a group.
A google form to register your interest is available on your Music, Dance and Drama google classrooms. (Only fill in one form for each item).
Any further questions, please see Mrs Bailey or Ms Urquhart.
Free School Meal vouchers for October half term school holidays 2021
Free School Meal vouchers for the October half term holiday were sent out last week. Please note the vouchers do have an expiry date of 30th November 2021, so we would like to remind parents/carers to use them before this date, please.
Public consultation events: Ouse Valley Solar Farm - OVESCO 9th-12th November
(9th November at Kings Academy Ringmer)
OVESCO are proposing an ‘Ouse Valley Solar Farm’, which is located on land at Norlington Farm, north of Norlington Lane, Ringmer. Please find attached below our consultation brochure for this solar farm, to give you some more information about their proposals.
They would be delighted if you could attend our public consultation events, where you can learn more about their proposals.
We would also welcome students, parents and staff.
The events are scheduled for:
Tuesday 9th November at Kings Academy Ringmer, BN8 5RB between 17.30-20.30pm
Wednesday 10th November at Ringmer Village Hall, BN8 5QH between 12.30-19.00pm
Friday 12th November at the Depot Cinema, Lewes, BN7 2JS between 14.00-16.00pm
If you have any questions or would like some more information please do not hesitate to contact Chris Rowland on firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit the project website at https://ovesco.co.uk/ouse-valley-solar-farm/.
University of Sussex - National Saturday Club (Sustainability)
This year, the University of Sussex we will launching a new Saturday Club. This opportunity is open to students aged 13-16 (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11) for the 2021/22 academic year, with their first club session launching on 20 November.
Their Club at Sussex will focus on sustainability, and so they are looking for young people who are passionate about environmental issues and would like to learn more about tackling climate change and climate injustice. Through the lens of sustainability, they hope to give young people an insight into studying a range of humanities and social science subjects at university level, including law, psychology, creative writing and politics.
To get involved, please use this link to apply: https://saturday-club.org/club/university-of-sussex/
Each Club has a limited number of places and so they will be prioritising young people from backgrounds underrepresented in Higher Education. The programme is free of charge for participants, with lunch and the cost of travel to/from campus on public transport also covered by the university for local students.
Badminton Sessions - Every Monday term time only 7pm - 8pm
We are a social group of ages 60+ who only play for fun! We meet up every Monday at King's Academy Ringmer. If you would like to join us or would like further information please contact Chris Linstrem on 01273 813618 or by email email@example.com
Christmas Craft Fayre & Performance Art Showcase
Wednesday 8th December 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm
We need stallholders to sell their wares, £20 per stall, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your stall and pay a deposit.
The Craft Fayre is free to attend, but we are asking for donations with all proceeds going to charity.
To attend the Performance Art Showcase which starts at 6 pm, please reserve your free seats via this google form here https://forms.gle/yzP9No8BFyUVWVJ68
Follow the TALK checklist to help keep your child safe online (Internet Watch Foundation)
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) tells us that 'since the start of the pandemic, the amount of ‘self-generated’ child abuse imagery has increased dramatically. In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of such imagery, a rise of 77% on the year before. It accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery we took action on last year. In 80% of these cases, the victims were 11- to 13-year-old girls.'
The IWF has created a resource to help parents and carers understand the risks of 'self-generated child sexual abuse imagery' using the acronym 'TALK'.
To find out more, go to: https://talk.iwf.org.uk/