Principal's Message: Celebrating Diversity at RGS
As I discover more about Reading Girls’ School I continue to be impressed at how much we are able to manage in a week. Not only did we successfully run another STEM day for Year 8 with three notable guests:
- Kate Baker, Principle Consultant, LEAP Environmental
- Dr. Helen Baron, Hydrological Modeller, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
- Prof. Richard Allan, Professor of Climate Science, Department of Meteorology. University of Reading.
We also managed a successful Cultural Day this Friday. The whole school came alive with bright colours as students wore their national dress or the different colours of the flags of their country of origin. In addition, the whole community came together to listen to music form Berkshire Maestros, who offer instrumental lessons to some of our students.
As we come to the end of this half-term, I am sure you will wish to join me in thanking the staff for all their hard work and dedication to all your children so far this year. Their commitment ensures that we are able to provide high quality education and rich experiences.
Finally, during half-term it is important that your child continues with the LFD tests. The Local authority has advised the following:
- You should book a PCR test for you or your child if you are concerned that either you might have COVID-19 or have had contact with someone with COVID-19. If you don't meet any of the criteria for seeking a PCR test, please tick the box 'I've been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional.'
- Any child (primary or secondary) who has a household member test positive for COVID-19 to take a daily LFD test for seven days, in addition to taking a one-off PCR test.
- Any child (primary or secondary) who is identified as a close contact of a positive case via NHS Test and Trace are advised to take a daily LFD test for seven days, in addition to taking a one-off PCR test.
- Secondary school children should undertake a lateral flow test on the day before they return to school.
Please can you all ensure that your child does a LFD tests the day before we return to school, and then continue to do so every Wednesday and Sunday, and report each result using the link below.
If your child tests positive please notify NHS Track and Trace and self-isolate. Students will need to take a PCR test within 2 days and if they should test negative they may return to school; if not they are required to self-isolate for 10 days. While students are isolating they will participate in our online hybrid lessons, to enable them to continue with their learning.
I wish you all a very restful half term.
Marika Farrugia, Principal