Backtrack: Create it, Share it, Save Lives

There are many statistics associated with lockdown. One that has worried many is this – in the first month of lockdown, trespassing on Britain’s railways increased by 25%. With the prospect of a long summer ahead, that number has to be brought down.
Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) span the whole of the UK, working with communities along their routes and with the rail industry they are fully supported by the Department for Transport and well placed to get the railway safety message across.
Officers from CRPs meet several times a year to share good practice. With COVID-19 this moved to Zoom meetings with the advantage of officers from more CRPs being able to attend.
Karen Bennett, Education Officer, Community Rail Lancashire and Chair of the Education Network, said ‘At our first Zoom meeting we were rather shocked by the increase in trespassing and the ‘room’ immediately said ‘We can do something about that’. In a matter of weeks a national competition has been devised, prizes sponsored and backing received from across the rail industry.
The competition is open to all 11-18 year olds across the UK and has six categories, with entrants being asked to make a video, write a song/rap, produce a storyboard or write a script which shares the anti-trespassing message. For each category, a GroPro Hero8 bundle is up for grabs. There are two key elements that entrants must remember – the video must be made from the young person’s home or garden, and must not show any violence!
‘We want young people to show off their creativity to get the message across to their peers that being on the tracks in potentially deadly. And in order to spread the message to as many young people as possible, we are suggesting that young people (over 13 years old) share their video or song on social media and we have a category for the entry with the greatest social media impact!’ said Karen.
The competition closes on 30th September 2020 and more information can be found on the competition website www.downtheline.org.uk/projects/backtrack

Uniform arrangements with Monkhouse

How we are staying Covid-19 secure

We know this time of uncertainty is having a huge impact on all our lives, and we want to let you know what we are doing to help you shop safely for your school uniform. We have followed government guidance to ensure we are COVID-19 secure allowing you to shop safely.
How to purchase your uniform
Due to social distancing our store capacity has been significantly reduced. Therefore, we will not be able to supply all parents through our stores and we want to prevent large queues.

For more information visit the website: https://www.monkhouse.com

Transport Advice for Students

I appreciate that there is still uncertainty around the full re-opening of schools but I hope this information is relevant and helpful to you and your school community. Please do keep an eye on the Merseytravel website in the coming weeks and months for further information.
As more people start to travel, the ongoing requirement for social distancing means that space on public transport is greatly reduced.
To help people travel safely and to take pressure of the public transport system, Merseytravel has launched a public information campaign – ReThink Travel – that asks people to think carefully about whether they need to travel and, if so, when they travel and by what means.
We are asking everyone to walk and cycle as much as possible and to continue to work from home if they can.
However, we appreciate that some people including staff and pupils, will need to use public transport. We also appreciate that the local circumstances for each individual school will be different

The ReThink Travel campaign provides important information about public transport services and some key advice about how to plan journeys, taking into account journey times and social distancing to help keep everyone safe.
Social distancing on buses, trains and ferries means there is less space. As a result, anyone using the service might not make the one they had planned to get and may need to wait for the next one so it’s a good idea to leave more time for journeys. It’s also a good idea to have the correct money for tickets as change won’t be given or to consider buying pre-paid tickets.
Currently, we are advising everyone who uses public transport to wear a face covering if they can. This will become mandatory from 15 June following the Government announcement on 4 June. There will be exceptions including young children and those with disabilities and we are waiting for further clarification on this. Any additional information will be posted on our website.
There is information about public transport services and the ReThink Travel campaign on the Merseytravel website – www.merseytravel.gov.uk/Coronavirus

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk

VE Day 75th Anniversary

This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, marking the end of WW2 in Europe. Due to the current situation, many celebrations and commemorative events have had to be cancelled, but true to the British spirit many people are coming up with their own ideas to mark the event. My own street has organised a “drive party” in place of a street party so we can celebrate safely as a community from our driveways, and people will be making their own bunting, flags and treats. The famous Bletchley Park (home of the code-breakers of WW2) will also be providing a virtual celebration, as well as a resource pack filled with ideas on how to celebrate like a person in 1945.

Mrs Dunning and the History Department

You can find details and activities here:  

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/blog/celebrate-ve-day-at-home-with-bletchley-park

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/ve-day/

Careers Education

University, apprenticeship and other careers advice, information and guidance (for all ages) can be found via this website:

https://growthplatform.org/talent/careers-hub/careers-resources/

This includes links to competitions:

The below includes prestigious competitions that can help give students a leg up in their futures and also link up with Gatsby Benchmarks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8.
BBC Young Reporter– Journalism competition 
Formerly School Report, BBC Young Reporter gives 11 – 18 year olds a chance to tell a story that is important to them with the help of BBC journalists. Split into 2 age groups, this is a fantastic competition for students looking to get their first taste of journalism.
The F Factor– National competition for budding entrepreneurs
The F Factor is a national start-up competition from Founders of the Future, for young people across the country. It is about providing young aspiring entrepreneurs with tools, skills-training and context to bring their ideas to life and present them to experts as well as opportunities to collaborate with like-minded peers, interact with mentors and gain access to work experiences.”