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Could you help us get all of our students online?
The latest national lockdown is hitting our vulnerable students particularly hard as so many of them do not have computers at home. During the March - July 2020 period where schools were operating remotely, we managed this through our teachers creating two daily sets of work - one for students with online access and a paper based version for students who did not. We posted the paper based work out to students each week (together with, in some cases, pencils and pens which they simply do not have). Whilst not ideal, this ensured that all students were provided with lessons throughout the home schooling period.
New guidance from the Department for Education makes it a legal requirement for us to set online 'live' learning for students and to monitor their engagement on a daily basis. We therefore urgently need to ensure all our students have access to a computer. We currently have 179 students who have no device and a further 202 who have access but have to share with one or more people.
The Department for Education is of course doing what it can to support and has provided us with 101 computers to date which we have already distributed to students in need. We have also already distributed our school laptops to vulnerable students. We are calculating the savings on costs of no longer posting work home so we can spend an equivalent amount on new devices for students. But this will only go so far and we know now that we simply will not be able to afford to fund a device for each student who needs one.
We are therefore launching an urgent appeal to source a laptop for each student with no access.
We are asking for donations of either cash towards the £83,000 estimated cost, or the donation of any good quality laptops which we can reconfigure and issue. Anything at all you can donate towards this huge ask will make a real difference. For example, just £217 would provide a Chromebook for one student including the cost of making it compatible with our school systems.
Your help will transform the opportunities for our young people during this period, enabling them to play a full part in 'live' lessons each day and enabling our staff to be properly engaged with them all in these challenging times, irrespective of their background and parents' financial circumstances.
If you are able to help, please contact us, either by telephone on 020 8864 8544 or by emailing the Headteacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student fundraising campaign
Jerry's Jack Petchey Foundation Challenge
Northolt High School student Jerry Ndi became Regional Champion of the 2019-20 Jack Petchey SpeakOut Challenge in February 2020 with this amazing speech. On 1st December 2020, he was one of fourteen young people who will compete in the Grand Final. Although he didn't win this competition, Jerry feels that he has gained so much from taking part. "The SpeakOut Challenge has made me see life in a different way," he says. "It's not the speeches so much that have changed me, it's the people I've met. I have learned so much about how to approach life."
Since the beginning of this academic year, he has campaigned at school so that he can use his SpeakOut experience to enrich the lives of others. Jerry has set a fundraising target of £500, which he would like to raise to enable other students at Northolt High School to take part in another Jack Petchey funded school initiative, the VlogStar Challenge. Northolt High School has not taken part in this challenge before, which trains students in how to create, film and edit their own Vlogs about an issue that matters to them.
How will Jerry be raising funds? Firstly, he will be the 'face' behind our annual non-school uniform end of term fundraiser in December. Secondly, in the first week of February, Jerry will run 15.4 miles which is the distance from our school to the Jack Petchey Foundation Headquarters in East London. Please sponsor Jerry so that he hits his target of £500 by the last day of his run on Friday 5th February 2021.
Supporting Jerry will mean the world to him as he passes on the baton to younger students, encouraging them to find their voice through the VlogStar Challenge. This challenge, funded through Jerry's campaign, will ensure that other young people will benefit from Jerry's experience and develop the self-confidence to speak and present in public.
Could you help Jerry hit his target of £500? If so, please visit his fundraising page here and donate!