What to do if you are absent because of Coronavirus?
a) If you are absent because the school is closed to your year group for a day or longer, please log into ShowMyHomework. Teachers will be posting details of the learning they want you to complete whilst your lessons are not taking place at school.
b) If you are absent because you are self-isolating as you or someone in your household is/has been unwell or because you or someone in your household is vulnerable to the virus, AND lessons are still continuing at school for your year group, AND you feel well enough, please use the online resources available to you to complete some relevant study. Choose a topic that you have been covering most recently in each of your subjects and work through some relevant activities.
Bitesize is an excellent resource for KS3 and KS4 students to use to help consolidate learning from lessons: Bitesize
Alternative resources available to you, dependent on your year group and subject, include:
The Eco Team meet regularly to discuss how we can make The Cottesloe School greener and more environmentally friendly and are working towards the school achieving 'Eco School' status. The team have worked with our catering company to remove polystyrene packaging in the canteen, and reduce the amount of packaging used. This has included replacing all the plastic cutlery in the canteen with recyclable wooden knives and forks. The group have also persuaded the school to add more water points around the site so that drinking water is easily available and bottles can be reused. The school is trying to reduce the amount of paper used and is using eco-friendly paper, in addition to recycling used pens, and collecting crisp packets to be recycled.
Anti Bullying Ambassadors
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador team has 10 student representatives. Together we work to raise awareness and to stop the issue of bullying around The Cottesloe School. Our aim is to make sure that all pupils feel safe and happy all the time.
We made a pledge board with upstander pledges written by students explaining what they would do if they saw someone being bullied. We also had a school assembly on the topic of bullying conducted by Mrs Catling and Mrs Moore who is the head of the Anti-Bullying Ambassador (ABA) team. This was followed by a PSHE lesson explaining and discussing what bullying is and how to deal with it. We felt that students needed to know that bullying is an unkind behavior that is repeated. There is now an anti-bullying box in the library for students to put notes in if they are being bullied or they know someone who is. This box will help the students feel more confident about explaining what’s happening. They can also use the Share It button on the school website.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador team have worked hard to raise awareness about the problem of bullying and to explain to students what bullying really is.
Ella, Year 7 ABA
Student Wellbeing Ambassadors
In October 2019 we began a new support programme, in conjunction with Mind UK, that involves 19 students from Years 12 and 13. Mind UK came to The Cottesloe School and delivered a full day of training to our student volunteers in order to initiate Mind UK’s ‘Peer to Peer’ Mentor scheme within school.
The Mind UK initiative, along with our newly refurbished student support centre, TEAM Hub, adds an extra layer of support to our students. Students now have the opportunity to speak to our Sixth Form ‘Wellbeing Ambassadors’ in addition to staff at school.
Mind UK introduced this programme as it has been proven that some students feel more comfortable discussing concerns and problems with someone nearer their own age.
The Wellbeing Ambasadors will be accessible to students in TEAM Hub on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, where a drop in service is available.
For some students, 1:1 sessions may be more suitable. This will be managed by Mrs Brimmell, in consultation with the Head of Years.
The SLT meet regularly with groups of students from across the school to ask them about key topics. The groups vary to ensure we hear from a wide range of students throughout the year. The topics for the next student voice group are generated by the previous group who we ask for topics they want us to address.
Following a recent meeting between school leaders and the students, we have compiled the following Q&A: