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29/07/20

For our beautiful Gibberdians. Happy holidays 💙💛 https://t.co/u4oSJWqdaV

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24/07/20

School councillors have not let lockdown get in the way of their mission. The school council at Sir Frederick Gibberd College met online for their final meeting of the school year. https://t.co/cG8hQtiYOL https://t.co/Yjwff6FhQ1

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23/07/20

Creative challenges have helped young people to cope with lockdown. The school – which opened in September with the one cohort – has ensured students had a variety of activities to tackle which took them away from the computer screen. https://t.co/lkH1vkMFmi https://t.co/puEfAJKO2k

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22/07/20

Sir Frederick Gibberd College has been given the Safeguarding Initiative Award, recognising schools which have demonstrated exceptional safeguarding during the crisis. Full story: https://t.co/tF9flBNWIz https://t.co/KHWLi7sLKi

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22/07/20

Thank you to all our pupils, staff and families for an unforgettable first year. See you all in September. 💙💛 https://t.co/oo9FpW4c7G

21/07/20

Teamwork makes the dream work.

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21/07/20

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KatyT

Working within a team who support and appreciate each other is the best! I am cared for, inspired, taught and thanked everyday. thank you for trusting me to be part of your amazing team! Have a lovely break and I will see you in September! 💙💛 https://t.co/vwAUHvgvxS

17/07/20

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Dee Conlon

Mrs Leverington, Ms Tidd and Ms Tyler have been incredible and I am so lucky to have such an amazing safeguarding team who care so much about our children's wellbeing. https://t.co/Fg13uMighf

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17/07/20

This is where we should be right now... Soon my lovelies, soon 👍 Ms Tidd https://t.co/O7M80qoyIK

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15/07/20

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Your Harlow

SFG College: School councillors have not let lockdown get in the way of their mission. https://t.co/ZDzkGixuqw https://t.co/VLxMngqMPV

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15/07/20

I am proud to present this award to our amazing Headteacher, on behalf of Teach Well Alliance. She is truly an inspirational leader who genuinely cares for her staff and pupils. We are so proud of you. Mrs Leverington https://t.co/EDWjF1smep

13/07/20

You do say share a good story, share the love of books Mrs C! Well done L, we shall be displaying that in the library after Mrs C returns it 👍

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13/07/20

Loving our end of term bingo 👍 https://t.co/aelMaWWMad

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07/07/20

💙💛💙💛💙💛💙 https://t.co/gALQpPEIdz

07/07/20

Bring out the sun The hour has come My eyes shine brighter And my heart beats faster I hear the roll of the drum The hour has come Oh what a ploy To see my tears of joy I stand proud and numb The hour has come https://t.co/5Li0yHbf1P

06/07/20

1 day... 😬 https://t.co/5Li0yHsPTn

06/07/20

Our Quiz Master is retiring this week. A huge thank you to for keeping us all entertained during this difficult time. Enjoy 👍 https://t.co/aPSNph3FE2

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Children's mental health comes first, says head

Children's mental health comes first, says head

Posted: 30th March 2020

The mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people is our new school’s priority in the early days of the Coronavirus shutdown.

Sir Frederick Gibberd College opened in September with its first cohort of 120 Year 7 students.

Since the school closures due to the Coronavirus, between 12 and 17 students whose parents are key workers have been attending the school site each day.

They are working with headteacher Dee Conlon and one other member of staff on a rota system.

The rest of the year group are being set work and tasks at home.

But, Mrs Conlon’s priority for now is to ensure her children understand what is happening and are getting the emotional support they need.

Children are being encouraged to write an online diary each day which teachers can access to keep in touch with any concerns they may have.

She said: “The diaries enable our students to let us know what they are doing each day, but also to let us know how they are feeling. We are phoning our children daily or weekly or in response to what they have written in their diaries if they sound down, anxious or worried. Our safeguarding team are calling our most vulnerable students to check all is well and their families are managing.

“All students have been issued with learning packs before the closure as well as online learning tasks. We have also supplied resources on our school website to support parents at home. I am emailing our families a couple of times a week with fun activities they can do at home, online puzzles, reading lists, writing competitions and online lessons for English, maths, science and coding.

“Although our school building is shut, the school mobile – usually used for trips – is on and so parents and students have access to me 24/7. Some of our families or students simply need to hear from us. The most important thing is making sure they are feeling ok about everything and that they understand what is happening. Our students are only 11 and they are exposed to a lot of things online. We are making sure they are not worried or anxious and are appropriately well informed.”

Students attending school are starting each day by taking part in the online fitness class by Joe Wicks, before enjoying a hands-on craft activity, completing online learning for all subjects and taking part in afternoon PE lessons.

They have so far made rainbows with positive messages, read Goodnight Mr Tom and watched the film, made mathematical shapes and entered a bookmark competition.

Those at home are being given the same online learning tools and learning packs to ensure they are studying each day, as well as being encouraged to get physically active.

Mrs Conlon said: “At the moment, we are making sure our students do not forget what they have already learnt in school and trying to add to that.

“We are not expecting parents to be teachers; with the best will in the world, not every parent could provide that, especially if they have more than one child at home and definitely not long-term. If this situation lasts for several months, we have put the IT resources in place to ensure the online learning continues.

“The advantage we have is that our students are still quite young and we have only one year group. When we return to school, we will ensure students catch-up and cover what they should have in the national curriculum.

“These are difficult times, but the support from our families is incredible. I also cannot thank my staff enough for going above and beyond. Sir Frederick Gibberd is truly an extraordinary school.”

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