On St Patricks Day 2020 I wrote to say that we were ‘preparing our pupils and staff for possible closure’. One year on and I write to say that we now prepare ourselves for the phased re opening of College for all pupils. A welcome message to be delivering after what has been an extraordinarily difficult year.
Whilst we look forward with optimism to the summer term, we must be cognisant that the pandemic continues and so we must continue to play our part and follow the guidelines. The College will follow the latest guidance from the Department of Education, a copy of which can be accessed here. There are some changes to this guidance, most notably around face coverings. Please keep an eye on this page for the latest guidance and news.
In the meantime, all that remains to say is that we look forward to welcoming back to Campus our Year 12-14 pupils alongside all our Kindergarten and Junior School boys next week (Monday 22nd March) and we eagerly await the 12th April when we envisage all our Campbell community will be back together once again.
Robert Robinson M.B.E
Some changes to note.
Face Coverings: Government guidance on the wearing of face coverings in school has been revised. Upon their return to school, all pupils unless exempt will be expected to wear a face covering routinely during the school day, whether in class or elsewhere inside the school buildings. It is also mandatory to do so on school or public transport.
(p.37)"Face coverings must be worn by adults and are compulsory for pupils/young people in post-primary schools (including independent and grant aided schools) in classrooms and when moving about the school in corridors and confined communal areas (including toilets) where physical distancing is particularly difficult to maintain."
Testing: The NI Health Minister has announced that all post primary pupils and staff will have twice-weekly lateral flow tests starting from 22nd March. Whilst we welcome this added safety measure we await information from the Department as to how this is to be implemented. We understand that it will be a voluntary test and we will communicate more once we have more information presented to us.
Uniform: Full school uniform (including blazer) will be reinstated from 12th April for all pupils with PE kit allowed only on days when a pupil has PE/Games.
However, we recognise that some boys will have outgrown blazers during lockdown and to purchase a new blazer at this point in the year is not practical. In such cases we will allow for the black Campbell hoody to be worn for the summer term.
Arrival to school
22nd March – 26th March:
- Year 12 should arrive at 8:45 and report to their Tutor bases.
- Year 13 and Year 14 should be in school for their first lesson or by 11:00am, whichever is earlier. If they have a class Period 1, they should also attend their tutor base for 8.45am. Sixth Form will continue to be permitted to sign out from the Study Hall at 2.35pm if they have no further lessons that day.
12th April: Further correspondence will be issued to confirm arrival times post Easter holidays, but it is envisaged these will be as they were pre-Christmas.
As a member of the Boarding Schools’ Association we are adhering to the BSA Covid-Safe Charter. This is a voluntary code to which schools can adhere and which, aims to give confidence to everyone that we are following all the appropriate measures to ensure that our school is a safe environment. Families and agents can be assured that our priority is the safety of our pupils and staff read more.