COVID-19 Testing

The Welsh Government are making Covid-19 testing available to people with a wider range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle ache or pain, a sore throat, a headache, a runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. This is because some variants and young children do not display the classic three Covid-19 symptoms initially.

The request therefore is for people (including children) to get a test if they are feeling unwell in any way. Further detail on how to apply for a test is provided at https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or simply call the free number 119 between the hours of 7am to 11pm.

Individuals and their households who take a test because of these other wider symptoms are not required to isolate while they await their test result. This includes learners, who can continue to attend their school or setting while they await a test result.

If individuals then receive a positive Covid-19 result, they and their household must then isolate. Households must also isolate if anyone develops any of the three classic Covid-19 symptoms while waiting for a test result taken on wider symptoms to come back.

Clearly, children and adults with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not attend their school/setting until they are symptom-free for 48 hours, even if their Covid-19 test result is negative.

The FAQs on the Council’s website have been updated to reflect this latest advice – www.rctcbc.gov.uk/schoolfaqs

In Memoriam, Mr Cary Owens

I regret to announce the passing of Mr Cary Owens, following his long battle with illness. During his 33 years of teaching History at Hawthorn, Cary worked tirelessly to support pupils, staff and families in our community.

As a past pupil myself, I recollect many memories of great wars  lifting off the page, as he marched us through the battle; of his cupboard telephone conversations that used to amuse us during lessons, and his kindness in preparing us for examinations.  He was a true legend!

He held many roles within the school, one of which was the gatekeeper of examinations, where he enabled every pupil to achieve, ensuring that we were ready to succeed.  He laid the foundations of success that many of us have built upon.

I know that he will be sorely missed by all of our Hawthorn community having touched so many lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

C Crockett

Headteacher

The world is a much poorer place with the loss of Cary Owens.

I often talk about Cary at parents’ evenings with former pupils he taught and who are now parents. When they speak of him the same words are said time and time again – kind, dedicated, amazing, a true gentleman, their favourite teacher. The word ‘legend’ is often mentioned too and in this case it very much deserves to be used, he was a true Hawthorn legend.

I arrived at Hawthorn in 1995 straight out of teacher training into Cary’s History Department. I am the teacher and Head of Humanities I am today because of him. From the very beginning he guided me with patience, support and understanding. He pushed me out of my comfort zone and showed me what was truly important about our role as teachers. His principles were those of good humour, fairness and absolute dedication to our pupils so that they could be successful. He had a passion for History that he transferred to many of our pupils, encouraging a lifelong interest and enjoyment of the subject. His contribution was not limited to the department either. He coached football teams and joined many residential trips, working hard to educate the whole child and not just the academic side.

Cary made a huge impression on any young teacher who arrived in school. He would lend an ear at any time to someone in need of help and guidance, often giving you just the right piece of advice to build genuine and long-lasting relationships with classes. For over 30 years at Hawthorn he was a trusted colleague who built a solid foundation of mutual trust and respect with both his colleagues and his pupils.

He was a mentor, a cheerleader, and a friend and he will be greatly missed.

Nic Chapman

School Website and Pupil Engagement

I am very pleased to share that our school website is fully functioning and live; an additional avenue for our communications.  All of our home/school correspondence will be available on this platform, as well as our Twitter page and email.

Thank you for the parental responses to our Digital Survey.  Families who require a device for distance learning will be contacted by our pastoral team throughout this week.

Pupil engagement with school and learning remains our priority.  Please could I ask that your child is encouraged to submit work on their google classroom platform.  Lessons are following the normal timetable of three sessions per day, and during this time our teachers are available in the session to provide feedback, answer questions and model responses.  We have adopted a synchronous approach to ensure pupils are supported throughout each session.  If your child is accessing work outside of the session time and requires help, please email the class teacher and/or their progress lead and they will ensure appropriate support is put in place.

A reminder that if you wish to contact the school our telephone number is 01443 841228, our switchboard is available between 8am and 4pm daily (Mon-Fri).

I want to reiterate that we are here to support our families throughout the lockdown period, please get in touch if you need us.

We will continue to work in partnership during these challenging times and remain committed to ensuring the very best for our pupils.

C Crockett

Headteacher