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Letter Sent Home - End of Term and Start of Spring Term Arrangements

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Dear Parents and Carers, 

As the end of the term fast approaches, we would like to remind you about key events which are happening in the school calendar before the end of the term, arrangements for the last day of term (Friday 17th December) and the start of the Spring Term in January. 


The rest of this term:

Thursday 9th December – whole school nasal flu immunisations administered by Kernow Health 

Monday 13th December – Anyone who is eligible, has consent and has not yet had the COVID-19 vaccine and anyone who missed the nasal flu vaccine administered by Kernow Health

Friday 17th December – Last day of term – Wear what you like day in exchange for bringing an item to donate to the food bank or alternatively £1.  School finishes at 12 noon. 

The school finishes at 12 noon on Friday 17th December.  Please arrange for your child to be picked up at the earlier time.  School buses and taxis have been arranged to collect students at this earlier time.  The 47 and 36 buses (Public transport) unfortunately are unable to pick up at this time.  If your child would normally take the 47 or 36 bus and you are unable to make alternative arrangements the school will remain open with some supervision for a limited number of students until 3pm, please e-mail the enquiries@richardlander.cornwall.sch.uk to let us know that you need to take advantage of this as we will need to ensure sufficient staffing is provided. 


The start of Spring Term 2022:

The Government has again asked that schools test all pupils for COVID-19 with a lateral flow device test once on their return to school in January 2022.  In order to be able to facilitate this, they have authorised a staggered start to the term.  KS4 (Years 10 and 11) plus ARB Green group will return to school on Tuesday 4th of January.  KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) plus ARB Blue Group will return on Wednesday 5th of January 2022.  Students will only be in on the day that they are being tested; the whole school will return on Thursday 6th January.  On the day which they are not in school (Tuesday – KS3 & ARB Blue Group and Wednesday – KS4 & ARB Green Group) teachers will be asked to provide work for students on Moodle and be available on BBB at the time of the lessons to provide additional support for the work set. 

Only students for whom we have received parental consent will be tested.  We will be using the consent which was provided for students for the round of testing in September 2021.  If you want to change your consent please e-mail enquiries@richardlander.cornwall.sch.uk including the name of your child, their tutor group, your name and your relationship to the child and whether you consent to them being tested or not.   Parents of students who have joined the school since September will receive a separate e-mail including a link to our consent form. 

Please continue to support your child with testing using LFD Tests provided by the school throughout the Christmas holidays on Wednesdays and Sundays and report the results to the school and to the Government website.  You should have been provided with sufficient test kits to allow this to occur.  If not, please ask your child to collect additional tests from student reception. 


School uniform

Whilst the majority of our students look extremely smart wearing their school and PE uniforms correctly, it is worth reminding all students of our uniform expectations.

We recommend every student wearing a warm weather proof coat to school over the coming months. On dry days we will expect everyone if not eating in the canteen to be outside, therefore a coat would be an essential item of clothing.  Coats are not to be worn indoors.

We expect students to be wearing at least a school polo shirt and either a school jumper, cardigan or the main RLS black hoodie (including sports leader hoodie). No other hoodies or tops are permitted, including trips tops which have RLS branding. 

Please note that only Year 11 students who have outgrown their hoodie, jumper or cardigan will be permitted to wear a coat during lessons. Year 7 - 10 students will need to replace that item of clothing if they have outgrown it.

All other uniform expectations can be found in the school planner.


PE Uniform

All students are expected to wear an RLS PE T-shirt and either PE shorts or skort. For outdoor PE, every student should also bring their rugby shirt as the extra layer. Plain black under armour base layers are also permitted to ensure students are comfortably warm during PE. RLS school hoodies are not permitted to be worn in PE. Only supportive trainers will be permitted within PE, we do not want skate shoes being worn as these are not fit for purpose given the activities we do in PE.

Please do replace your child's rugby top if they have outgrown it. We do sell second hand PE uniform at reduced prices in our Uganda fundraising shop in the student support area.   

Key Stage 3 students will be expected to wear their RLS maroon PE socks for lessons. No other socks will be permitted. In the event of these socks getting wet during the lesson, please either supply your child with another pair of maroon PE socks or a plain black pair of school socks for the remainder of the day.

Key Stage 4 students will be permitted to wear white sports socks if they have outgrown their PE socks.


Changes in COVID restrictions

As you are aware the Government recently changed the guidance on COVID measures as a response to the Omicron variant.  Students are now required to wear face coverings on school and public transport and in communal areas of the school.  Please ensure that your child has a face mask with them and encourage them to wear them as appropriate.  


The staff at Richard Lander School would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming support this term and hope that you and your families have a restful time over the Christmas break.  


Best regards

Miriam Richardson

School Business Manager

Richard Lander School