Principal’s Blog 09/11/2020

09/11/2020

The Ongoing Covid Pandemic

With the Covid pandemic continuing to affect many aspects of our lives, and with the country currently back in lockdown, we recognise the importance of doing all we can to keep staff and students safe. With this in mind we would like to get some updates and reminders out to parents and students:

Face coverings

  • Students and staff are required to wear face coverings in all indoor communal areas
  • Students who aren’t wearing face coverings in these areas will be challenged on this
  • Teachers are able to ask students to wear face coverings in lessons
  • We continue to review the idea of making face coverings compulsory in all lessons and may implement this if we, and our local public health officials, feel it is necessary
  • Anyone who has an exemption from wearing face coverings can go to Room 15 and request a sunflower lanyard.

Face to Face Teaching & Learning

Our key aim is to continue this for all students, all the while we assess it as safe to do so.
Therefore, students are expected to be in College for their lessons, unless they are instructed by a member of staff they don’t have to be. For example where a member of staff is isolating and so delivering their lessons at the usual time and with various activities for students to complete. If for any reason they are unable to deliver remotely, work will still be set and students will be informed of this by their teacher.
Clearly some students are also having to isolate. Where possible we are including the student in the live lesson via google meet so they can see the lesson and interact. Where this is not possible teachers will set appropriate work for completion at home.
It is important that students engage with remote learning and stay up-to-date and in contact with their teachers.

Wider Lockdown Rules

It is clearly very important that students obey the wider lockdown rules outside of college.
These are designed to minimise social contact and so the spread of infection. Students who break these in any way are increasing the risk of the wider transmission of the virus inside College, so threatening the education and health of other students and our staff.
We also require students to use the separate Year 1 and Year 2 marquees, and the outdoor areas around them, during break and lunch. These are well ventilated and spacious and so help to reduce the instances of transmission of the virus. We are about to install heating into them ready for the colder months of December to February.

Consultation Evenings

There are two parents consultation evenings coming up on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 25th November. Parents will have received a text notification with a link to the online booking system. A letter will follow shortly. Appointments will all be online and remote and parents will have the opportunity to speak to all of their son/daughters teachers about their progress at college this term.

Applications for September 2021

If you have other children or relatives who want to apply for College for September 2021 there are two ways to do this, on paper or online.
Paper copies of the application form can be found inside the prospectus or you can download a copy from www.tpc.ac.uk/apply
There is also the opportunity to apply online by creating a MyTPC account at this same link. By applying online, you can save your progress if you’re unable to complete the whole application at once, plus you’ll be able to speed up your enrolment with us when we approach September 2021.
Interviews are happening by phone calls for the remainder of this term but we will hopefully be returning to face to face interviews and offering tours in the new calendar year.

Virtual Open Evening for Adult Education & Apprenticeships

The Adult Education & Apprenticeships Virtual Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 1st December.
The event will run using the same format as the mainstream open evening, with an online platform providing information on all the courses and a live Facebook Q&A being hosted by the ‘Terry Wogan’ of virtual events Mr Dan Franklin.
Further information on how to access the platform and the running order for the live Q&A will be released through our various communication and social media platforms in the weeks leading up to the event.

Are you interested in supporting Portsmouth College by joining the governing body as a Parent Governor? 

We need your insight and views as a parent to help us ensure that the College is supporting students in all aspects of their learning, and helping them to achieve their full potential.

By joining the College’s governing body as a parent governor you will make a difference by being part of discussions and decisions shaping learning opportunities and wider student experiences. You will also play a part in reviewing different aspects of the College’s performance and help guide its future direction.

You don’t need any specific qualifications or previous experience as a parent governor, although you must have legal parental responsibility for a student enrolled at the College.

You should be able to attend (on average) two meetings each term – held during early evening – and be willing to commit time to reviewing the Agenda papers before each meeting.  In return, you will become part of a well-regarded, friendly team of governors, with training and support available to help you get the most out of the role.

The role is for a period of up to 2 years, commencing immediately and ending September 2022, so ideally suited to parents of students who started at the College this year.

To find out more about the role and/or to express your interest, please email the Clerk to the Corporation: clerk@portsmouth-college.ac.uk  in the first instance.

Good News Stories

We have had some fantastic live gigs from our music students – do visit our Facebook page to view if you missed these.  We also hosted a live Careers Q&A session for students and parents, with our Careers team and E6 Personal Development Programme representative on hand to give advice and guidance!

Well done to Sport student, Adam Smalley, who has made an outstanding impression in the Hampshire Premier League!! Explore our Elite Football course to kick start your football career.

Love Our Colleges Week: A huge thank you to Stephen Morgan MP and Councillor Suzy Horton as well as our fabulous outgoing Student Union for joining us to celebrate #LoveOurColleges Week! The continuous support we receive from local MPs and councillors helps us to maintain our reputation as the leading provider of further education in the City.

Two of our A Level Law students have been successful in their applications to take part in a two-day work experience scheme with Radcliffe Chambers, a leading barristers’ chamber in London! Read more about this story.

Congratulations to all the new, recently elected members of our new Student Union and our Independent Student Governor. We are looking forward to working with you over the next 12 months.

PresidentSkye Fryer
Vice President – Lilly Cownie
Treasurer – Ellie Dunn
Communication Secretary – Lola Rees-Whelan
Social Secretary – Rohan Parkinson
Health & Wellbeing Officer – Josh Jones
Student Experience Officer – Ellainer Risby
Global Student Officer – Ainoah Sanjurjo Lenti
Education Officer – Emely Luhan
Environment Officer – Jasmine Chapman
Fundraising Officer – Jaz Lyne
Student Engagement Officer – Charlotte Whittle
SEND Officer – Ruby Jewell
Independent Student Governor – Harry Webb

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