7 May 2021

Parental Update - 7/5/21


This week: Year 11 serious business; primary visits; attendance matters; Higher Education Week; Keeping Safe Online; Mental Health Awareness Week; Capt Sir Tom Moore; Dance workshops; Senior Students; HPVs


3 weeks remaining now for Year 11, and their assessments in school start next week.  These assessments will be used as one of the ways that teachers will arrive at a final grade for GCSEs.  Most Year 11s - and their teachers - are very focused on their work in school, and doing everything that they can to maximise their grades.  Parents will be aware that they have received their “Leavers Hoodies” this week: they always wear these with pride around the building, and this year is no exception!


At the other end of the spectrum, we have started our primary visits this week - Mrs Tonge,  Mrs Taylor and Miss Darlington lead this programme and I will also be visiting each of our feeder primary schools.  This week it was Greave Primary School and it was lovely to meet our incoming Year 7s ...next week we will be visiting Bredbury Green.  Mrs Tonge has started to put together key information for parents of our new Year 7s, and we will be starting to send that out over the coming weeks.  Our new Year 7s will visit us for a day in July, and we are also offering a summer school week for them in August.


ATTENDANCE: A huge "WELL DONE" to forms 7R, 8T, 9R,10S & 11W who have the highest form attendance percentage in their year group  ( they are all at almost 100%). A big ‘thank you’ from the Attendance Team for ensuring that your child arrives punctually to school every day, so they are able to access the knowledge rich curriculum that they are entitled to.


Please remember ...

  • School starts at 8:40am all students need to be in form by 8:45am.
  • If your child is unable to attend school, please contact us by 8.40am calling the absence line on 0161 494 1222 or email absence@wernethschool.com.
  • When requesting time off for medical or dental appointments could you please send your request to absence@wernethschool.com along with a copy of your letter or appointment card  

What is Parent/Carer Higher Education week?
A programme of free online talks and sessions delivered via Zoom by staff from the GM Higher network, covering student finance, higher education options and routes into university.
See the end of this update for some links to online sessions that you can sign up to as parents/carers  ….


KEEPING YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE ONLINE …. In a time where young people use their mobile devices more than ever it's vital we are aware of the different ways to keep young people safe online.  This past month Instagram announced some features in their continued effort to build a safer experience for the youngest members of the Instagram community.  Some of the latest features are: a new feature to filter abusive messages; improving the use of artificial intelligence to understand people’s real age; restricting DMs (direct messages) between teens and adults they don’t follow; encouraging teens to make their accounts private.  For further information on the changes above and how to activate them on an Instagram account please follow the link below:



The Internet Matters website ran in partnership with Barclays offers some excellent parental guides and tips to help their child stay safe online. From age-specific online safety checklists to guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, you’ll find a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world. These can be accessed here: https://www.internetmatters.org/ .   Additionally, there are lots of help guides to many different social media platforms on our school website which can be accessed using the link here: https://www.wernethschool.com/curriculum/life-learning


Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on 10-16 May 2021 this year's theme is natureMental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week.

Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year we want as many people as possible – to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health.  However, the Week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme.   https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mental-health-awareness-week/tips


Some other key messages:


  • Sir Captain Toms 101st birthday: Last week our students helped to celebrate Sir Captain Toms 101st birthday by completing challenges in both form time and lesson time.  The challenges were coordinated by our senior student team. Some of the challenges were … to draw a picture of a memory from lockdown;  create a list of 100 acts of kindness;  learn some new skills or interesting things our students did during the first lockdown.  In all dance lessons on Friday, we spent time challenging students to complete 100 seconds of different dance related activities from star jumps to the plank. Well done to all of our students who took part, and to our student leadership team for helping coordinate the activities.
  • Virtual dance workshops:   Students from years 7 - 10 have taken part in two virtual workshops with professional dance artist Mel Simpson. Students were challenged over the workshops to learn two famous pieces of choreography. All That Jazz/Hot Honey Rag from the hit musical Chicago and Akhram Khan's Big God created for Florence and the Machine. All students who took part worked really hard during the workshops and Mel was very complimentary about our students. Well done to all involved!
  • Senior students 2021/2022:   As our year 11 senior student team prepares to leave Werneth, we are beginning to look forward to our next round of Senior Student applications. The first round of information will go out to all year 10 forms this Friday. If students are interested in applying to be a Senior Student for next academic year then they need to express their interest to student.leadership@wernethschool.com with their name and form. We look forward to seeing who our future budding leaders are going to be. 
  • Year 8 HPV Vaccinations (2nd dose): The Stockport immunisation team will be visiting school next week to administer the 2nd HPV vaccination to Year 8 students.    These will take place on Monday – Boys and Tuesday – Girls.
  • Dropping off at the start and end of school:  A polite request please.  Schools are busy at the start and end of the day …. please consider our neighbours when dropping off and picking up children at the beginning and end of the school day.


Have a good weekend!



Links for parents - HE week


A Parent’s Guide to Higher Education - This session will provide an overview of higher education pathways and the importance of GCSEs and future decision-making. Hear from a current graduate about their route into HE!           


For parents/carers with children in secondary school     


Monday 10th May, either 1-1.45pm or 6-6.45pm        


1pm: https://mmu-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsfuGupjwsGdW239sgFwElpEMhymLqYKt-

6pm https://mmu-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qdu6qqTwjH9MCCIsLJmg7xzksgKy9Rcd_


Let’s talk money! - This talk will provide a simple breakdown of the current student finance system and additional support available


Wednesday 12th May, either 1-1.45pm or 6-6.45pm      


For Parents/carers with children in secondary school and sixth form/college    


1pm https://mmu-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqf-2upzkoGtWwFUIFEw32MhmkwhGlx8H6

6pm https://mmu-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrd-6srjoqHt2QM7n8BQNHCuQfQq79X0Hz


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