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Principal's Blog - 12th March 2021


We have been so pleased to have students back on site this week. Fun, laughter and learning has taken place and it’s so nice to have everyone back. The students have been remarkable with how well they have adapted, again, to challenging circumstances. Being tested is something that a year ago we would have never imagined but our students have taken it in their stride. The staff have been amazing supporting our students through this, so a special thank you to the volunteers and members of staff that have been supporting. Testing will continue next week to ensure we can complete all three tests, once the third test has been completed students will be provided with their own testing kit. Students and staff will then be expected to test themselves at home twice a week including the Easter holidays. If you haven’t given consent but now your child is willing to do this onsite please complete the online consent form and contact [email protected]


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the teaching staff and support staff, who continue to do their very best for the students. This week has been difficult for them also to return, with the logistics of testing, teaching face to face and live lessons. The support staff have been doing extra duties to ensure the staggered breaks and lunches can continue and without them this would not be possible. It is very much a team effort at Ormiston Rivers and I’m so proud that Essex Teaching Awards have recognised the school in several categories:

“Team of the year”, “ NQT teacher” Miss K Dallard which is thoroughly deserved, “The transition curriculum team”, “The new technologies team” and “Headteacher” nomination. I am only as good as my staff so this truly goes to the staff/students and you as parents for your support and for us all working together.


I would also like to say well done and thank you to all of the students that participated in the World Book Day celebrations last week. The students have won us a massive bundle of books for the School Library by being the school with the highest amount of participants in the southern region.


A special congratulations also goes to Katie Melton who won the ‘Sell it in 60’ book review competition for her review of Charlie Mackesy’s “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, The Horse” Katie has won her own bundle of books which will be presented to her next week.


Year 7 parents evening will take place on Thursday 25th March. Like previous year groups, this will be held remotely. A letter with further details will be sent out shortly. In order to accommodate this, all students will leave the school site at 12.45 p.m. (after lesson 2b) on 25th March, so that Year 7 students can attend the parents’ evening appointments with their parent/carer. Students from all other year groups will continue Lesson 3 remotely from home.


Please see below some photos of the return, as usual these are posted on our social media pages so please do follow us. I am having to self isolate at the moment as I am having an operation next week. I am in touch with my team regularly and I am working from home. I can’t wait to be back on site to see the students who I have missed so much.


I am keeping this update brief, as I know you have had so much information to adsorb recently.


Hoping you are continue to keep safe and enjoy the weekend.









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