Our unexpected last dayKate
Following what must be the strangest week in living memory for students and staff at St John’s, Thursday 19 March was unexpectedly the last day in school for our Year 11 & Year 13 students, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Once the government announcement was made that all summer 2020 examinations we cancelled, followed by an announcement that schools would close to all except students from keyworker families, and those who are vulnerable, we made Thursday 19 March the last day in school for Year 11 & 13. Years 8, 9, 10 & 12 had already started to study at home, and Year 7 continued until Fri 20th March.
As a result of the sudden closure of the school, the staff turned their attention to providing reassurance to students, and to putting plans in place to say goodbye to our leavers in the best possible way.
Principal Ian Tucker asked staff to make it a priority to do everything they could to make the day special for the students, and we held hurriedly arranged leavers assemblies for both year groups, to give everyone the opportunity to say goodbye, and even managed to arrange the distribution of the Year 11 leavers hoodies, and held the traditional shirt-signing at the end of the day.
As well as continuing to provide education for those students still attending school, and setting work for all students working remotely, we are also issuing news bulletins and updates to parents and students, and will continue to do so when we have new information, or can provide guidance and support. All our new bulletins can be downloaded from the Communications area if our website.
We handed out Year 11 Leavers hoodies