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Rod Sims - "What's happening at YHS"

Welcome to our website, here you will find updates from Rod Sims about the last week, and the week ahead.

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  • Weekly Update - 26th March 2021

    Published 26/03/21

    Weekly Update - 26th March 2021

    In strange times this half term has been one of the strangest.  We started with 3 weeks of remote learning, then conducted over 1300 lateral flow tests and brought the students back into school for the final 3 weeks.  It has been a big change for everyone and as always everyone has coped with the change differently.  We now have the chance to re-group over Easter and to come back stronger and ready for a really good summer term.

    It feels like a time of hope as we emerge from lockdown and hopefully start to enjoy meeting friends and family and getting a decent haircut!

    The students will return at the following times on April 12th:

    Year 7 - 9.40am

    Year 8 - 9.45am

    Year 9 - 9.50am

    Year 10 - 9.55am

    Year 11 - 10.00am

    Students should go to the normal entrance and then straight to lesson 2.

    We are still contact tracing for the first two days of Easter so I hope we are not contacting you.  Please keep using the LFT over the holidays.

    We raised £451.76 for Comic Relief last week, thank you to all of you who donated.

    We will be changing our phone provider from 7th April and the new reception number will be 806600.  Reception will not be staffed during the holidays so the best way to contact school is still:

    Have a great 2 weeks and see you on the 12th.

    Rod Sims

    Head of School

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  • Weekly Update - 19th March 2021

    Published 19/03/21

     Week 24 Update - 19th March 2021

     Tomorrow will be a year since the first period of school closure.  We were reassuring the students about the pandemic whilst organising a last day experience for Year 11.  We hopefully have more certainty for Year 11 as the smaller assessments are starting next week and we will make sure that our students receive grades that are a fair reflection of their ability.  On a lighter note we are organising a Year 11 Prom this year and tickets will go on sale next week.  Year 11 Hoodies are available to order and students have received this information.  

     We will give more details next week but just wanted to give everyone the heads up on a couple of things.  In order to make sure that we are consistent in all our actions the students will return after the Easter holidays at 10 am to allow for staff training on that morning.  There will be staggered start times so look out for those next week.  We are also changing our phone provider and this will mean the changing of our phone numbers so look out for the new numbers when we have them.

     Free School Meals vouchers will be issued during the easter holidays, this has been funded by City of York Council not the national government.

     The following is a message from Ms Adams who is leading on our reading programme:

     We had a fantastic response to our Masked Reader competition for World Book Day. The winners will be announced in their English lessons next week. Watch out for another exciting reading competition being announced next week too.

     Next week is a busy week for reading because all KS3 pupils will have some allocated time to go to the library and make sure they have a book to read. We’re very excited to be restarting our 20 minute reading session every day for the Accelerated Reader program when we return after Easter.

     It is still great to be back and we have been very lucky in that we have had no positive cases that have led to a large number of students having to isolate,  please keep up the testing.

     I have a fun packed weekend with Rugby to watch on Saturday and my vaccination on Sunday.  Most of you will still be too young to have received your jabs!

     Have a great weekend,

     Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Update - 12th March 2021

    Published 12/03/21

    Weekly update - 12th March 2021

    First week back after so long away from school and what a fantastic week.  Without a doubt the highlight of the week has been to see the students back in school and back in classrooms learning.  At the end of the week we have some tired students and some very weary teachers.  It is worth reflecting on just how much different this week has been compared to last week, having gone from spending the vast majority of time in front of screens with families to a building of nearly 800 people.  Our recovery curriculum centres around the re-establishing of routines and all staff have been helping students to settle back into school.

    All students whose parents have given consent received 2 packs of covid tests on Thursday or Friday.  If you have not received the test kits please contact school at:   Thank you for your support. We have managed the testing process and caused the minimum disruption to students coming back to school.   No sooner had we dismantled the testing centre in the hall than we had to use it for Year 8  HPV jabs. One day soon we will use it for assemblies and parent evenings again!

    Attendance has been really good this week so please keep up the high levels of attendance as attendance has never been so important after missing so much school.

    Teaching is a relationship based profession and it is the small things that make it worthwhile - thank you to all the students and staff who have made me smile this week.

    All the best,

    Rod Sims

    Head of School

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  • Weekly Update - 12th February 2021

    Published 12/02/21
    Weekly update - 12th February 2021 Well done to Mrs Cooper and the virtual choir who have recorded This Is Me from the Greatest Showman.  Well done to Skye H, Maddie H, Charlotte G, Liv S, Connie P and Olivia R.  Apologies if I have
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  • Weekly Update - 5th February 2021

    Published 05/02/21

    Week 19 Update - 5th February 2021

    Next Wednesday we will be exactly halfway through the school year.  It’s really strange how time passes at the moment, it feels so long ago when we were all last in school together but it is “only” 7 weeks.  My favourite phrase this week has been ‘you only know when it’s the weekend because there is more sport to watch!’

    We received 70 Chromebooks that we ordered this week and 13 which have been very kindly funded by York Rotary Club.  All 83 will be distributed by the start of next week and we now should now have loaned tech to everyone who has requested support.

    We have received 65% of Y9 options choices. Please can you return these if you have not already done so.

    Free School Meals vouchers will be distributed next week for the half term. This is not a national decision, City of York Council are funding this provision.

    We started the term with the belief that all any of us can do is to do our best. It has been a real team effort throughout the term and I am delighted to say that 91% of students attended at least one lesson this week and the average attendance for each lesson was 66%.  Now we have resolved nearly all technology issues. I do worry about the students who are not attending, especially in year 10 where inevitably those students who are not attending will fall behind.

    On a lighter note, Mr Byrne and myself were experimenting with using voice notes to feedback to the students.  The voice recognition software struggled to cope with my Yorkshire accent and Mr Byrne’s Northern Irish.  Hello Katie became hello Kitty, Hi Reece became I respect you and I hope you are well became I live in hope that you are well!

    Keep it up for one more week everybody. It must be the weekend tomorrow because the Six Nations is starting.

    Stay safe and keep smiling,

    Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Update - 29th January 2021

    Published 29/01/21

    Weekly Update - Week 18

    For once we have some almost definite news to share.  The government announced that it hopes that it will be safe to reopen schools from March 8th.  We have all been promised that we will have at least two weeks notice of the actual date.  We are expecting a further announcement as to the plans in the week beginning the 22nd Feb.  As always we will let you know what we know when we know it.

    Year 9 Parents Evening

    Year 9 parents evening went really well on Tuesday, here are some of the messages we received:

    Can I just thank all the teachers tonight who did an amazing job with parents evening for year 9’s, it was a great experience and made my children feel like we had a normal parents evening even though we was at home👍

    Hi can I just say how nice and easy the parents evening was well done thank you

    Numbers That Make You Proud to be York High

    Last week the Pastoral team made the following contacts with our students:

    260 Phone Call conversations

    124 Text messages

    59 Answer phone messages

    165 emails

    67 students spoken to in person either parents or students in school

    That’s a total of 675 contacts

    We are a school built on strong relationships; what a fantastic team effort.

    Children's Mental Health Week 

    It is Children's Mental Health week which comes at a really important time as lockdown continues.  The following is a link to a website where young people aged 11-18 can get free online support and counselling:

    The video link below explains what the site does:

    Lastly from me I just want to thank you all for your support and help with online learning.  We have said that all any of us can do is do our best.  Next week is the penultimate week of the half term, let’s keep our motivation high and push on through till we can open the school again.

    Enjoy your weekend,

    Rod Sims

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