If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or you have tested positive for Covid-19, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Symptoms of Covid-19 can include:
a high temperature or shivering
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
shortness of breath
feeling tired or exhausted
an aching body
a sore throat
a blocked or runny nose
loss of appetite
feeling sick or being sick
Students under 18 years old who test positive or have symptoms should stay at home for 3 full days. The day you first have symptoms or have a positive test result is Day 0. You may return to school on Day 4 provided you do not have a temperature and feel well enough.
We will continue to support the personal choice of students and staff in wearing a face covering. We will also continue to ensure good levels of hygiene and ventilation for everyone here at school, and will maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
If you have questions regarding official guidance please call 119 for visit the NHS website.
If a student is unwell, regardless of whether Covid-19 is suspected, they should stay away from school and the absence should be reported via our online absence form.
Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s edition of the newsletter.
Since the last newsletter I have had the pleasure of awarding my first round of Head's Awards: Congratulations to Emma Bruff, Scarlet Bellisario, Lucy Adshead, Elizabeth Robson, Emily Douglass and Emilie Rapin. It was an eclectic presentation with excellent work in History, Geography and championing whole-school mental health awareness. Once again, well done to these fantastic students.
On the theme of presentations, I was also delighted to meet with the 28 students who were receiving their Silver and Bronze Arts Awards. As with the aforementioned Head's Awards winners, these students should be very proud of their achievements and are incredible role models for the rest of the HGS community.
This week has also seen Year 11 parents coming into school for an information evening, and once again it was wonderful to welcome families back into our school. Next week sees the start of the open mornings and so we will be opening our doors to lots of excited Year 6 students from the local area.
Finally, I would like to point out that our extracurricular timetable has been published - please do review this with your child and encourage them to attend at least one activity.
Have a great weekend,
Parking and safety around the school site
At the start of term we sent a message regarding parking and safety around the school site, and asked parents not to use the staff car parks to drop off or wait for students. Unfortunately, a number of people are still driving into the school grounds and car parks in the morning or using these to wait for and pick up students at the end of the school day.
Please do not use these spaces to drop off, pick up or turn round as it creates a potential hazard for staff and students. The car parks are for staff, and visitors of Hitchin Girls' School and the North Herts Music Centre only.
Full extracurricular timetable for Autumn term now available
As always, we have a huge range of extracurricular clubs and societies that students can choose to take part in during lunchtime and after school. As well as an array of sport and music activities, there are clubs representing most of our subject areas, such as Art and Architecture, Classics, Food, Poetry and Science, plus other areas of interest, from Chess to Reading and Street Dance.
Wishing Amelie and Hana lots of luck tomorrow - and look up!!
Year 9 Textiles
Excellent experimentation in Textiles this week by Y9s in our 'Sustainable Futures' project. We have been exploring polymer fusion and thinking about how we can reuse plastic waste to create new products.
Geography Summer Challenge
We ran a Geography competition over the summer break and the winner was Emilie Rapin (9C). Her entry will now be submitted to the national competition, where the top three will each receive a £30 Love to Shop voucher. Good luck in the national competition Emilie!
The competition, ran by Internet Geography, involved students selecting ten activities from a menu of challenges and collecting evidence of completing each through the summer holidays.
We would love to hear from professionals / employers who would be happy to have a stand at our forthcoming careers fair for our students. If you can help by representing your career and talking to our students about your business or sector, please provide details via the form sent out to all parents/carers. Thank you in advance for your help!
Fundraiser for HGS Scouts
Three of our students have been selected to attend the 2023 World Scout Jamboree in Korea, representing Hitchin and the UK, and are organising a fundraising event for this. Please support them if you can!
Monday 26 September, 9.30am Xin Yang, British Antarctic Survey
Field of Expertise: Polar atmospheric Chemistry, sea salt aerosol modelling
Polar Near-surface Ozone Depletion Event
In this talk I will briefly introduce an atmospheric chemistry phenomenon in polar regions – near-surface ozone (O3) concentration drops quickly from a background level to almost zero in polar spring. This phenomenon is very similar but different from the well-known Antarctic ozone hole, which occurs high in the stratosphere (20 -30 km above the ground). I will give explanations to the cause of the ozone loss in near-surface layer such as via halogen chemistry and then introduce proposed sources of bromine species in the sea ice zone.
Wednesday 28 September, 11am Ian Dunnett, CIO at what3words
Field of Expertise: Mathematics / Data
Don’t solve for ‘X’. Solve for A-Z.
When asked to help improve something, how can we use a systematic, critical- thinking and problem-solving approach to have the biggest, best, most efficient and sustainable impact? Often if we really want to build for the future we have to step back rather than rushing in.
Thursday 29 September, 11am Richard Sage
Field of Expertise: Careers guidance and employability skills
Careers Guidance and Employability Skills
Practical coaching and mentoring for CV writing, career choices, job applications and interview preparation. Helping students focus on careers and employability options and choices, and helping them to uncover their uniqueness and "tell their stories and write the next chapter".
Friday 30 September, 9.30am Paul Remblance, Milestone Infrastructure Ltd
Field of Expertise: Civil Engineering Construction
In Demand - Undergraduate Opportunities in Civil Engineering
A presentation looking at the opportunities in the Civil Engineering profession that will address the range of schemes that are delivered and routes to qualification. In particular we will look at the Institution of Civil Engineers' David Butler Award / CityZen online game aimed at raising awareness of undergraduate opportunities.
PWC's School and College Leaver Programmes are designed to help students develop their business skills through real client work, while also completing formal training and studying towards qualifications. Explore these opportunities here.
Webinar - virtual insight event with Danuta Gray
Dunata is Chief Chairwoman of one of the most successful businesses in the country, FTSE insurance company Direct Line Group.
Skills Gap is a career accelerator that runs insightful workshops for young people aged 15-19 – because it’s never too soon to think about building your skills for a competitive edge in your future studies and career.
We're offering a range of intensive workshops this autumn, all designed specifically for 15-19 year olds and delivered to small groups by experienced industry experts:
Top-flight businesses and governments the world over are recruiting for a new elite force: a band of ethical hackers charged with protecting our most sensitive information and the infrastructure that powers our everyday living. Our online workshop is taught by Daniel Wilkinson, a Security Consultant at NCC Group. He gives a beginner’s guide to ethical hacking and the skills you’ll need to succeed, with practical experience of hacking your way into a vulnerable online storefront.
With new telescopes powerful enough to see galaxies formed in the wake of the big bang, our online workshop introduces the AI helping scientists to interpret this data to identify stars and plot the shape of the universe. Taught by Joe Sims, an AI PhD student at Leeds University, you’ll step into the inspiring world of AI in astrophysics and get first-hand experience of using a neural network to classify stars.
Medicine is on the verge of an Artificial Intelligence revolution – from pioneering surgeries to algorithms that predict future health issues. Our workshop is delivered online by med-tech experts, and will introduce you to key AI trends in medicine, its influence on global healthcare, and the tech skills you need to get ahead. You’ll also take part in an exciting hands-on diagnostic exercise using AI modelling tools.
Blockchain is revolutionary. It powers the cryptocurrencies that are changing the face of finance and offers safer ways to store sensitive data. But what’s next? Our online workshop, delivered by a blockchain expert, provides a fascinating insight into the world of cryptocurrencies, how they are analysed and traded, and blockchain’s ongoing potential. During the workshop you will get first-hand experience of coding in Python to build a systematic trading strategy for cryptocurrencies.
With one third of the world’s population already estimated to be gamers, the gaming industry offers one of the hottest career tickets today. Our online workshop gives you a unique insight into the latest trends from multiplayer games to game streaming. Led by Josh Hills, a programmer on some of the world’s largest multi-player games, including Runescape and Horizon, you’ll get first-hand experience of developing and enhancing a physics-based game prototype and discover the skills you’ll need to succeed.
Finding new and optimal ways of doing things is at the very core of engineering. Which makes it the perfect partner for AI and machine learning, from smart production lines to image processing technology that allows machines to see. Our online workshop is led by civil engineer and data scientist, Johan Hagstrom, who will introduce you to key AI algorithms and trends. You’ll also get hands-on experience with Python, being guided through a computer vision algorithm that can detect cars on the road – a peek into the world of self-driving vehicles.
The world of finance has been an early adopter of machine learning, from fraud detection to finance chat bots, yet it’s still just touching the surface of AI’s potential. Our workshop is led by Chelsea Murray, a data scientist at ING with a Masters in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence from University of Cambridge. Chelsea will introduce you to the vast range of financial AI applications and give you practical experience training a machine learning algorithm to predict credit card fraud.
NHS Allied Healthcare Work Experience
For students interested in
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Speech and Language Therapy
Applications are now open and will remain open throughout this academic year, with the first programme taking place on 2 October.
During the work experience day, students will follow two patients from their initial presentation to recovery. Students will observe the healthcare professionals as they interact with the patients and with each other. They will have an opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge through teaching.
This will help students to make an informed decision about their career and give them the opportunity to learn how healthcare professionals work together as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Each work experience day is completely different and students will be able to build up their knowledge of NHS careers as they see different patient cases and healthcare professionals work in a variety of settings, such as in a hospital and in the community.
Students will also receive certificates as evidence of participation. Those who complete the entire five-month programme will be awarded a Highly Commended Reference from the Presidents of Medic Mentor.
Places are £10 a day to cover administrative costs and run the tech on the day.