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12/08/20

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GROW@FHS

A quick morning visit to try and do some weed management. Problems: - strimmer wire kept breaking - hot - hot - hot Did get some carpet down over the thistles on right after hoeing. Also dug up some potatoes for . Forgot pictures. Too . 😓😓😓🥵🥵🥵 https://t.co/kZ4Vqe2Bfd

30/07/20

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Burnt Mill Performing Arts

Join Summer Holiday Bandcamp and register https://t.co/5yjVK9663g

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24/07/20

Every Year 7 student joining a in September is being gifted a reading book. A dedicated transition lead has been appointed for the first time to help new starters to settle into Forest Hall School during the Coronavirus crisis. https://t.co/9kUiUlaztq https://t.co/cg3KFmdIZZ

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23/07/20

Young citizens are learning how to take care of the world around them. Forest Hall School has devoted a week to raising awareness around waste management, climate change and recycling. https://t.co/Of9rd8sX8K https://t.co/ySApDX6YGH

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22/07/20

Determined young people have continued to study, despite completing their examination courses months ago. Year 10 and 11 students at Forest Hall School saw their GCSE exams cancelled this summer. https://t.co/8NrRHZKONC https://t.co/Gq30PRO3tl

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17/07/20

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GROW@FHS

Here's a little thank you to those who supported us in this mad 2020. - tree surgeons for woodchip in January parents for gardening in the rain in February - for the plants in March The students! for your ideas! https://t.co/CeoOkhjGmL

16/07/20

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Alison Squibb

Brilliant dog themed cake. It looks great! Well done Ollie and Leo and everyone else!

16/07/20

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Freddie's Kitchen

🎉🎉 We are SO happy 🎉🎉 https://t.co/2Xh08xS3wX

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15/07/20

A massive well done to our students for their entries this week. Ollie and Leo’s entry has stolen the show! Simply exceptional, well done to both of you! https://t.co/Xp0XTXaID9

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15/07/20

It is not only young people a school has watched grow during lockdown. students designed a garden for the community as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening project The Green Plan It Challenge. https://t.co/MltTeoAPxi https://t.co/7L9xWDqE0d

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15/07/20

Forest Hall School has received the Teach Well School Gold Award: Corona Virus Pandemic for taking care of the physical and mental health of staff during the virus outbreak. https://t.co/zubzbgvhkS https://t.co/inx9roBdPg

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12/07/20

As we come to the end our eco week, it is important to keep looking after our world. Well done to everyone who took part and please continue the exceptional work. The winner of the eco food challenge is..... https://t.co/K6bbt48kfn

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10/07/20

It’s the last day of our eco week & we are going to finish on a high! Tonight between 8pm-9pm it’s our FHS Earth Hour. Please get involved, go for a walk, write a story or spend some time meditating. A big thank you to Ms Power & her Eco Team for organising this. https://t.co/2r2yjBLN5i

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09/07/20

Well done to Maddison, our Year 6 exceptional learner for this week. Miss McCormack, our food technology teacher, can’t wait to meet you! Well done! https://t.co/9331gwVmfB

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08/07/20

Well done Luke. You have really embraced learning at home and tried a range of different activities. Keep up the great work! https://t.co/fuGGI4SFXl

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08/07/20

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Russell Findlay

Thank you to every teacher who has made work so well online this term ... https://t.co/GKWthm0itP

08/07/20

Thank you to those parents/carers who have responded to our travel survey. There is still time to respond and your response will help us plan the reopening of FHS to all students in September. https://t.co/gMPmCyaIeU

07/07/20

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Speakers Trust

We look forward to hearing speeches tonight from for Digital Final 7! Still time to register https://t.co/e4tcgmjGCd Good luck to all!

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07/07/20

Well done Rose. Exceptional art work on show here! Mrs Whitehead was thrilled to see your new skills in action. https://t.co/5Uq5SzRk1n

07/07/20

*We are recruiting for September 2020* https://t.co/e3vPXCKbPA

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Year 7s welcomed with free book

Year 7s welcomed with free book

Posted: 22nd July 2020

Every Year 7 student joining in September is being gifted a reading book.

A dedicated transition lead has been appointed for the first time to help new starters to settle into Forest Hall School during the Coronavirus crisis.

With schools closed to the majority of students until after the summer break, the transition of Year 6 children into their first year at secondary has had to be adapted.

A raft of initiatives has been put into place to smooth the transition, including the choice of reading book being given to each child.

Those due to join Year 7 in September are already in regular contact with Forest Hall, thanks to a newly appointed transition lead.

Erin O’Dell, acting associate head of school, said: “This is the first time we have had a dedicated transition lead, which has meant we have been able to do more in terms of transition, despite the crisis.

“We would normally have had more opportunities to meet our new students and their parents face to face. But, as that is now allowed to happen right now, we are opening up communication in different ways.

“We have given students a reading book each as we believe reading is important and this is our way of showing our expectations from the very start.”

To ease transition, the school has also –

  • sent postcards to welcome students to the school
  • produced welcome packs for new starters, including a pencil set
  • sent a letter to students from head of school Hannah Jones
  • launched a weekly transition newsletter to keep families up to date with developments, give advice to parents on how best to prepare their children for the move, give guidance on uniform, outline term dates and the structure of the school day and share inspirational quotes
  • set up a dedicated email address giving parents of children with special educational needs direct access to extra support
  • sent letters from heads of houses to introduce them to students
  • set subject challenges in English, maths and science, as well as emotional wellbeing tasks

Miss O’Dell said: “We have a very inclusive environment and our ethos is about aspiring to be exceptional. We want our new cohort to feel welcome at Forest Hall School, from now and not just from the moment they walk through our doors. We want them to know that while they are leaving their primary schools, they are joining our family. We want them to feel that from the moment they receive their welcome letter.

“It is very daunting to go back to their own school under these circumstances, let alone going into a new school. That is why we are making sure it is a smooth and supportive process.

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