With the country grasped by a series of measures to restrict movement whilst encouraging people to stay at home, such situations can be difficult for all of us to comprehend.
It is important that you look after your physical and emotional wellbeing as best as possible.
Whilst awaiting guidance from the government for a National Voucher Scheme (Free School Meals), the Headteacher of our sister school, Chapel St Leonards Primary School, called on the Lincolnshire Co-op, to see if they could help.
Paula Coggan, Senior Cash Office Clerk, worked with Headteacher, Graham Almond, to bring together a voucher system that would work for the pupils at Chapel, as well as Woodlands Academy.
Coronavirus Update: Letter to all parents and carers
Please find a Coronavirus Updated letter frrom Mrs Eyre to all parents and carers, dated Friday 20th March 2020. Click this link to view.
***URGENT UPDATE FOR ALL PARENTS AND CARERS!***
***IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ALL PARENTS/CARERS***
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Wednesday 18th March 2020 that all schools will only be open to children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March 2020, our senior leadership team at school are currently meeting to assess our provision from next week. To assist with our arrangements, it would be helpful if you could let us know if you are a key worker so we can plan accordingly. Please click on the below link and fill in the form by 8:30am on Friday 20th March if you consider yourself to be a key worker.
Year 7, 8 and 10 pupils at Woodlands Academy have played their part in the preparations for Spilsby Light Night 2020, set to illuminate the town on Saturday 7th March.
The Different Light Collective who are running the event state, ‘As well as projections and lighting on the front of Sessions House, the Methodist Church and other buildings in town, there will also be an ‘Illumaphonium’ for members of the public to have a go on near the statue of Sir John Franklin. This is a big outdoor screen near the George Hotel where you can play Space Invaders, a beautiful interactive sound and light piece called the Celestial Sound Cloud inside St James’ Church, a Silent Disco, a chance to draw some digital graffiti on Tinn Criddle’s building, and even a special VR experience in the New Life Church!’
We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
Today, they have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
Woodlands Academy pupils explore catering with a variety of classics
Key Stage 3 pupils at Woodlands Academy have started a new course created by Food Technology Teacher, Mr Taylor, allowing them to explore an overview of the ‘Aspects of Catering.’
The focus this term has been on desserts and a lot of classics made an appearance including scones, carrot cake, strawberry shortcake and jam roly-poly – ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ star, Harry Redknapp, is more than welcome to taste our take on his infamous favourite dessert!
Key Stage 4 have taken such classics and stretched their knowledge and ability, researching different ways to make the desserts. They even made custard to go with their creations.
The pupils from Year 10 and 11 have also shown an interest in creating meat dishes, making scotch eggs and replicating ‘KFC’ – a hit for both staff and pupils as the smell of fried chicken made its way down the corridors of the school.
Woodlands Academy pupils enhance Snipe Dales Nature Reserve
Pupils from Woodlands Academy have been visiting Snipe Dales Nature Reserve as part of the school’s commitment to community projects in the local area. The year-long programme will see pupils make regular visits to contribute to the management and enhancement of the reserve.
Two visits have been undertaken to date and the progress learners have made is fantastic.
Three pupils undertook the initial visit and were tasked with clearing a large fallen Oak tree. To simplify the task, the Reserve Manager had chain sawed the tree into manageable sections. Although daunting at first, the pupils soon started to create a dead hedge/habitat pile, which will benefit the array of Fauna and Flora species found throughout the site. They worked hard in the wet conditions, from heavy rain to the saturated ground, demonstrating their skills with tools, instruction following, perseverance, and the drive to see the project through to completion.
Chair of Governors receives British Empire Medal (BEM) from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Monday 25th November was a special day for Pam Powell, Chair of Governors for five C.I.T Schools, not only because it was her birthday but also as she was presented with her British Empire Medal from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Toby Dennis.
Pam receives her medal for services to education after a career spanning four decades, despite ‘retiring’ as a Headteacher ten years ago.
The ceremony was held at Woodlands Academy in Spilsby, the first of Pam’s schools as Governor, before she took on roles at Chapel St Leonards Primary School near Skegness, Greenfields Academy, Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School in Grantham.
The Ofsted report published in September 2019, praised the dedication of staff towards teaching and learning in the school, stating: ‘You have worked with purpose and vigour to maintain the high standard of education in the school…sharing your passion and determination to secure the best possible outcomes.’