Letters sent Home

Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Please note that because most letters are now sent by email, the text of the email and the date on which the communication was sent to Parents and Carers is shown below. Letters are listed with the most recent at the head of the list; once the date of the relevant event has passed letters will be removed from this page.  

Medical Information Request

The following message was sent to parents and carers of all students on Thursday 29 April 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

At The Sele School our student’s health and welfare are of paramount importance. As our health and medical needs can change over the years, I wish to ensure that the school has up to date medical information, particularly in relation to asthma and allergies. 

If your child has either of these conditions, please email me the student’s name along with which (or both) condition they have, so I can make sure we have this noted on their records. If your child has another condition that you do not believe you have informed us of, then please let me know this as well.

If your child has an allergy specific to a particular food, please detail this. If the allergy is related to something other than food, please specify the trigger, i.e. insect bite, medication etc.  Please let me know if your child has an EpiPen and if they carry this with them all the time.  

Once I have clarification as to which students have allergies, I will be able to send you information that may be relevant to your child’s condition, in relation to Anaphylaxis.

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

Year 9 Art Competition

The following message was sent to parents and carers of students in Year 9 on Wednesday 28 April 2021

Dear Parent or Carer of Year 9 student

Please see document below giving details of a Royal Mail Art competition that Year 9's may be taking part in during Art lessons.

Please contact Mrs Brady if you have any questions. abrady@sele.herts.sch.uk

Kind regards

Mrs Brady; Art Teacher 

GCSE and A Level - Awarding of Grades in Summer 2021

The following message was sent to parents and carers of students in Years 10 - 13 on Wednesday 21 April 2021

Dear Parent or Carer 

Please find attached information regarding the awarding of grades for Summer 2021. You can also find JCQ guidance for Students, parents and guardians at JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf and information on rules and regulations here Information for candidates documents - JCQ Joint Council for Qualifications.

Please ensure that you read all of the guidance with your son/daughter and the Candidate Confirmation form is signed and returned by Friday 30 April 2021. 

Kind Regards 

Mrs Walsh; Data, Assessment & Examinations Manager

If there are any queries, please contact Mrs Walsh cwalsh@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Updated Track and Trace Information

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Friday 16 April 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

As we begin this summer term we would like to remind you that the Government has expanded its lateral flow testing to all individuals not displaying symptoms, and that test kits are widely available. We will be sending more home with the students at the beginning of next week. This system aims to enable us to remain covid free at school and for all students to be able to access on-site education.

Whilst infection rates are decreasing, there is still a requirement for anyone who has any coronavirus symptoms - a high temperature, new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell - to book a lab-based PCR test. Individuals should self-isolate until the test result and we ask that parents notify the school of this so that any student can be included in a ‘teams’ lesson if they are self-isolating.

We also ask that school is notified in the normal way of any PCR test results (email result to covid@sele.herts.sch.uk). The enhanced track and trace service will also automatically inform us of any positive PCR results to enable us to trace any close contacts at school and reduce possible transmission.

All the systems to keep us covid secure at school remain, with separate bubbles and staggered timing for the beginning and end of the school day. We would appreciate your further support in requesting that parents/carers avoid driving onto the school site to drop or collect children from school, this will minimise the risks to our students whilst they move around the car parks.

Kind regards

Jan Morgan

Assistant Head 

Summer Term PE Kit

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 13 April 202. Any queries should go to Miss Tait please gtait@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Dear Parents and Carers

Summer Term PE Kit

As the Summer Term is upon us, I felt it would be useful to review expectations with you, so that we can work in partnership effectively to secure favourable outcomes for all our students. This is a simple reminder that students need to come to school in the correct PE kit on days that they have PE lessons.

This Consists of:

  • Sele PE shirt
  • Plain Black and only Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/Leggings
  • White socks or Sele Football socks (please note tights are not to be worn with PE kit)
  • Plain black tracksuit top or Sele Hoodie

(Plain = no large writing or symbols; small brand logos are acceptable).

In addition to this, a waterproof jacket will soon become available for order through Kids Connection, our normal PE Kit supplier.

These are the only accepted PE Kit items, should you have any issues obtaining the right PE Kit please contact the school to discuss how we can help support you and your son/daughter to manage this.

Please be aware that from Monday 19 April, any student in incorrect PE Kit will be sent home to change before returning to continue their school day.

Kind Regards

Miss G Tait; Head Of Physical Education 

Year 9 GCSE Options

The following message was sent to parents and carers of Year 9 students on Friday 26 March 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Students in Year 9 have reached the stage in their education when it is time to go through the GCSE options process.

As students begin to take the next significant step in their educational journey, it is imperative that a variety of aspects are considered, such as academic and creative strengths, interests, and an understanding of the subjects that will support them in their future education and career choices.

The GCSE options booklet for 2021/2022, provides you with information on the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) and details of the optional subjects available in our GCSE curriculum. I encourage you to read through the information provided and contact subject teachers with any questions you may have.

On Tuesday 20 April between 4pm and 5.30pm there will be a virtual options evening, which will provide you with the opportunity to drop into presentation sessions and discuss any questions you may have with subject teachers.  

On the students Teams account there is a Year 9 Options area which has the options booklet as well as a video and guidance on the process and the completion of the option choices form.  

Final option choices must be submitted remotely by Friday 23 April. If we do not have a selection by that date, we will liaise with your child and complete the process during Period 6 on Monday 26 April.

Please follow the link or QR code on the attached copy of this letter.

Year 9 Options 2020 - 2021

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns around the use of Technology.

Kind regards, 

Miss Samantha Burgess

Assistant Headteacher 

Letter from Arriva Buses

The following letter was sent to parents and carers on Friday 26 March 2021 at the request of Arriva Buses

Dear Head Teacher 

As government restrictions are lifted and non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, indoor leisure, and outdoor settings begin to reopen from 12th April we will be ramping services back up to meet demand. This will result in some minor changes to school journeys. I have attached some information on how our bus services will be running to ensure that all those wishing to travel with us can still do so safely and confidently. 

Please rest assured that all our buses are Covid-19 secure and undergo enhanced touchpoint cleaning each day. Good ventilation of fresh air is also ensured by keeping windows open wherever possible. 

To help reduce the amount of physical contact between pupils and drivers, we are asking pupils to only use contactless payment or pre- purchase tickets via the Arriva UK Bus app. Cash will only be accepted as a form of payment in exceptional circumstances and where the correct fare can be paid, our drivers will not be able to provide change at this time. 

A reminder on bus travel that are operating slightly differently, details of which are outlined below: 

1. We will have buses reserved for school, sixth form and college pupils only, the route number for these services will begin with an “S”. Pupils from any year group and from any school or college located on the route can travel on these buses. If pupils from your school do need to travel on the same bus as those from another school, we are asking them to sit with those from their own school, ideally from their own year group. Where possible we are asking pupils to maintain social distancing, although capacity on these buses will be increased allowing students to sit next to each other and standing if necessary. The seats behind the driver and any facing each other will be marked off and should not be used. Government guidance is that all pupils over the age of 11 must wear a face covering, exemptions apply. We encourage pupils to also carry hand sanitiser with them and use it before getting on and off the bus wherever possible. 

2. To help increase capacity, we will be adding in additional journeys on certain services and in some cases, we will be running two buses at the same time so that both those travelling to and from school or college and keyworkers travelling to and from work can do so safely. Some buses running will be supplied by the local authority and will not look like an Arriva bus. As per government guidelines, social distancing will be required on these services and is clearly marked out onboard. All those over 11 must wear a face covering, exemptions apply 

If the route your pupils usually travel on does not begin with an “S” it means that there is no dedicated school bus. They can still use this normal service to travel to school or college, and we have ensured there is plenty of capacity on these services. As per government guidelines, social distancing will be required on these services and is clearly marked out onboard. All those over 11 must wear a face covering, exemptions apply. 

I have attached a PDF document that outlines the details of what is happening in your area and would be grateful if you could share this information with your pupils and parents. We have created some visual assets that might be of use to help you share this information which you can also find attached to this email. 

Full timetable details can be found in the Arriva UK Bus app which is free to download from the app store or via www.arrivabus.co.uk/help/coronavirus/coronavirus-timetable-information 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your colleagues the best of luck with settling your pupils back into school. After such a long time apart, I am sure everyone is extremely excited to be back together again. 

Yours sincerely

Years 7, 8 & 9 - Art, Design and Technology Practical Lessons

The following message was sent to parents and carers of students in Key Stage 3 on Monday 22 March 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

I am delighted to inform you that all KS3 Art, Design and Technology practical lessons will commence as of Tuesday 13th April.

A range of practical based activities in food, computer aided design, 3D sculpting and paint have been designed, so that your son/daughter can access new content of the curriculum to enhance their experience of The Creative Arts. A carousel system has been implemented so that groups rotate every 4 to 5 lessons. Notice will be given so that each group is fully aware of the expectations for the next practical activity.

Health and Safety restrictions under COVID has had several implications on the way the practical sessions are delivered. Students will remain in their year group, but class sizes for Design and Technology have been condensed. Students will move to a designated practical area which has been safely prepared, following risk assessments in place under COVID.

I hope your son/daughter takes the opportunity to fully embrace the practical activities on offer during the Summer term so that they can embrace the practical skills involved within The Creative Arts. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.

Kindest regards, 

Miss Samantha Burgess

Reminder - Accessing remote learning: PE, Music and Drama 

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 16 March and is a reminder for students in the specified year groups who may be accessing remote learning from home. 

Dear Parent or Carer

Please see attached information regarding accessing PE, Drama and Music lessons IF a student is accessing remote learning from home; this was previously sent last year.  Students in school will have normal lessons on site.

The PE message is relevant to ALL students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

The Drama and Music message is relevant to all in Years 7, 8 and 9 and only relevant to GCSE Drama and Music students in Years 10 and 11.

Kind regards

Mrs L Vivian; Head of Performance

Letter from the Director of Public Health Hertfordshire

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Friday 12 March 2021

Dear Parent or Carer

Please see attached letter from Jim McManus, Director of Public Health.  This letter contains important information about students return to school including Lateral Flow Tests.

From next week, we will be issuing all students with home testing kits for their use.  The weekly issue of these kits will be dependant on the supply from Government and the letter has details of where you may get kits if the school does not have stock. The kits should contain instructions for home use and how to upload results to the Government website.  Any student or household member that has a positive result must inform the school and follow the isolation period as per Government guidance.

Kind regards

Chris Quach

Headteacher  

Equipment for remote learning at home

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 20 January 2021 from Mrs Brady 

Dear Parent or Carer

We hope that home study is going well and that our students are able to be proactive in their learning. Everyone's knowledge with online protocol and learning is improving day by day and we are seeing some fantastic understanding and learning taking place.

May we also remind you that not all subjects are able to complete their work on the computer. With this in mind, may we ask that you check that your children are well stocked with equipment they may need.

On a basic level this will consist of a full pencil case consisting of blue and black pens, pencils, ruler, rubber and sharpener, plus plain paper and class workbooks (where used). It would also be beneficial if you could provide, colour pencils and pens. For those taking GCSE and A level Art and Design subjects, we would also recommend paints (watercolour and acrylic) and brushes.

If you will have difficulty in providing the materials for Art and Technology, please email Mrs Brady (abrady@sele.herts.sch.uk)

Kind regards

A Brady; Art and Design Department

Ofqual consultation on summer examinations 2021

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 18 January 2021

Good afternoon

Please see attached letter (below) regarding the consultation on the awarding of GCSE, AS and A Levels (Summer 2021).

The full set of proposals can be found here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-how-gcse-as-and-a-level-grades-should-be-awarded-in-summer-2021?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=6ab0193c-fc85-4d6a-a641-678aa7688149&utm_content=immediately

And the link to respond is here:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/8BYI4T/

Please refer to the attached letter in the first instance.

Kind regards

C Quach; Headteacher  

School Choir

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 9 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Sele School Choir have contributed to the Hertford Town Council's 'Carols With The Mayor' Christmas Concert. The recording will begin airing from Friday 11 December at 4.30pm, on the Hertford Town Council You Tube page. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtqWmXOjF2ZRzYUMm8rzjpw

 

Please tune in to see The Sele Choir in action.
 
Kind regards, 
C Quach; Headteacher

Access to remote learning for students

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Thursday 3 December 2020 and is intended for anyone who is isolating and working from home.

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
I have been made aware there might  be some confusion  around how to access remote learning. Please be aware that students must access their lessons via Teams.
 
Below is the link to a video tutorial
 
https://www.sele.herts.sch.uk/Learning-during-the-CV-19-Emergency/
 
I hope this helps and thank you for your cooperation,
 
Kind regards,
Mr C Quach; Headteacher

Community Message from our Local Police Force

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Thursday 3 December 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers 

Community Message from our Local Police Force 

The Police have asked me to forward on the following link about community voice to promote with students and parents.

They are looking to get young people’s views on how people feel about crime and disorder in their local area. There are two questions to complete and it is anonymous. It can be accessed via this link.   

If you have any specific questions about this, please contact Stuart Orton at Stuart.Orton@Herts.pnn.police.uk  

Kind regards,
Mr C Quach; Headteacher 

FOSS - raising funds for The Sele School

The following message from the Friends of Sele School (FOSS) was sent to parents and carers on Monday 16 November 2020

Dear Parent or Carer 

Many of us are shopping online, and more so than ever this year! With Black Friday fast approaching and Christmas in just 6 weeks’ time, it would be very much appreciated if you would please download the free Easyfundraising app and the Friends of Sele School would financially benefit, at no extra cost to you. 

In excess of 4000 retailers, including John Lewis, eBay, Amazon, Just Eat etc. will donate to our school for FREE, every time you use the Easyfundraising app to shop with them. Please sign up today; it’s simple to use - all you have to do is simply sign up and do your usual online shopping and remember to shop via the app.  

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/foseleschool/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=s-f2 

Many thanks and happy shopping.

Lynn Seewraj

FOSS - Friends of Sele School  

Accessing remote learning via Teams

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Friday 23 October 2020

Dear Parent or Carer
 
Should students be required to work from home, they will access lessons via Teams.  Please see information below and copy and paste the youtube link to follow instructions.
 
"Instructions to explain how your child can access remote learning via Teams" please keep this link saved on your internet favourites toolbar
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pA0bv5y6RY
 
Kind regards
 
Judith Adams; Office Manager

 

Please note that for convenience the video can also be accessed directly from our Learning during the Covid 19 Emergency page.

Years 10 and 11 - GCSE Pod

The following message was sent to the parents and carers of students in Years 10 and 11 on Thursday 8 October 2020

Good afternoon

In order to ensure our students have the best access to revision materials and the best possible chance of success in their exams, we have invested in GCSE Pod.

This platform undoubtedly works best when the learning carried out at school is consolidated at home.

Students will be receiving an assembly on the use of GCSE Pod over the coming weeks but prior to this we would be very grateful if you could look at the attached powerpoint and start using the platform with your child.

All Year 10 and 11 students should be aware of their login and password but please do not hesitate to contact me if they have lost this or need reminding of it. Please direct any query to sluxton@sele.herts.sch.uk 

Kind regards,

Simon Luxton 

Show my Homework

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Thursday 8 October 2020

Good morning,

In order to facilitate learning at home and to help students organise their work, we use the Show my Homework platform. All students and parents or carers have logins for this but we do understand that these may go missing sometimes.

If you need to obtain a reminder of your or your child's login details, or indeed if you have any queries at all regarding Show my Homework, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Simon Luxton  

SIMS Parent Lite APP

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 7 October 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

Thank you to all those parents that have already downloaded the SIMS Parent Lite App.  For those new to the school and others that do not yet have the App, you will shortly receive an email inviting you to download the App; we would like all parents to accept this invitation and follow the step by step instructions to set up the SIMS Parent Lite App. Available on iOS, Android and computer browser, the SIMS Parent Lite App provides a convenient and accessible solution for parents to electronically review and request changes to the data held on themselves and their children.

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

Letter from Hertfordshire County Council Director of Public Health

The following letter was sent to all parents and carers on Thursday 24 September 2020 

Dear Parent or Carer

We have been asked to distribute the attached letter and information from Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Herts County Council, to all parents and carers. 

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager

Letter from Public Health England re: CV-19

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 23 September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

We have been asked by the Department for Education, to distribute this letter from Public Health England to all parents and carers. 

The intention of the letter is to answer some of the questions parents may have around testing and students attending school.

Kind regards

Mr C Quach; Headteacher  

Duplicate bus service

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 22 September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer

Please see letter attached (Duplicate Bus Services - September 2020) sent on behalf of Jayne Abery,  Strategy and Policy Manager,  Admissions and Transport at Herts County Council

Kind regards

Judith Adams; Office Manager 

Year 10 Hospitality and Catering Practicals during CV-19 

The following message was sent to parents and carers of Year 10 Students on 17 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

YEAR 10 HOSPITALITY AND CATERING PRACTICALS DURING COVID-19 TIMETABLE

As part of our commitment to delivering the best possible experience of the G.C.S.E course that your child is studying, we have worked hard to look at how we can deliver the practical component of this course whilst adhering strictly to safety guidance. 

We have considered each student’s safety, and to ensure that the practical session can take place, several checks have been made.

To reassure you, the following actions will take place to ensure the safe running of each practical session:

·         Each student will have their own individual workspace.

·         Each student will have their own unit containing their own utensils.

·         Sharp knives will be stored separately but sanitised before use.

·         No other year group will be using the room at this point in time.

·         Guidance from CLEAPS states that major appliances can be shared and students will share a cooker and a sink area between two.

·         The initial lessons will be reviewing skills so should be completed independently.

·         Ingredients will be provided to minimise items being brought into school.

·         Following the observation of a demonstration, students will plan their task and organise their time appropriately.

I hope that by outlining the process that we will follow for Hospitality and Catering practical lessons, you feel reassured that your child’s health and safety remains our priority.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Ms de Biasi; Hospitality and Catering Teacher        

Instrumental lessons at The Sele School

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 8 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS AT SELE SCHOOL 

From Monday 14th September, students will be able to access instrumental tuition at The Sele School which will be provided by Herts Music Service. The students will be given all the necessary health and safety information before starting lessons which will ensure that they are able to participate safely. 

If you wish to register for your child to have instrumental lessons, you will have to visit the Herts Music Service website http://www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/music-lessons/ and fill in a lesson enquiry form. All payment and administration for the lessons is dealt with by Herts Music Service. 

If there are any questions with regards to music lessons, you can email me at jmaundrell@sele.herts.sch.uk and I will be happy to help.

Kind regards 

Mr Maundrell; Music Teacher 

Safe travel to school

The following message was sent to parents and carers on Monday 24 August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

The Sele School and Hertfordshire County Council have been working with public and private transport providers to ensure travel to school is as safe as possible for children and young people. All government and public health guidance is being followed. To reduce travel disruption and congestion around the school please read the official guidance at 

www.intalink.org.uk/safeschooltransport

The link will provide the following key messages: 

•             Use public transport safety guidance – on dedicated school services and public transport

•             Duplicate bus services – HCC are running duplicate vehicles on busy routes to assist with social distancing

•             HCC will have officers in place at the start of term monitoring pupil movement and congestion and we will act quickly to try and overcome specific problems

•             E routes will run as normal but are likely to be split by school to minimise pupil interaction

•             Reducing congestion – guidance on forming ‘Walking Bubbles’ to reduce congestion around the school

Kind regards,

Mr Chris Quach

Headteacher

The Sele School Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement

The message below was sent home on Monday 22 June 2020, please click on the link below: 

The Sele School Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement 

Open letter from Minister Ford to parents and carers of SEND students

Please click on the link to access an open letter sent to the parents and carers of SEND students by Minister Ford 

Open letter to parents and carers of SEND students