I must begin today by saying how pleased I am at the level of student engagement in the college’s live online lessons. The attendance data shows that numbers are extremely high and staff are reporting that students are actively involved in lessons and that behaviour is, as I would expect, generally outstanding.

As a college we are conscious of the impact that the lockdown can have on a young person’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. We are also aware that prior to the pandemic we were actively encouraging young people to spend less time looking at screens on various devices.

With this in mind I have written to parents to inform you that Wednesday 27th January will be a designated ‘Off Screen, Wellbeing Day’ for all students. The focus for the day will be on students taking time away from their traditional curriculum onscreen to pursue activities that will enhance their physical and mental wellbeing.

Following a brief registration meeting, students will be free to pursue activities of their choice. However, we would advise against students looking at screens for the remainder of the college day. I hope that all students will embrace the day and I look forward to hearing what activities have taken place and the benefits that our students have enjoyed.

In keeping with the theme of screens, the college has now distributed in excess of two hundred and fifty laptops to students. I would like to thank all of the staff who were involved in securing the laptops and distributing them. Hopefully we will be able to provide even more over the coming weeks.

At this time it is difficult to find much to celebrate within our community with little happening due to the restrictions. However, this week I am pleased to recognise the achievements of Kelcie in Year 10 who next Wednesday will be making an appearance in the ITV Drama The Bay. I am sure that you will all agree this is a fantastic achievement and it further illustrates the wide array of talent that exists within Team Wright Robinson.

Mr Haworth


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