Covid-19 Update – Testing on Return to College in September Years 8-11
Since March students whose parents/carers have given consent to take lateral flow device tests have been doing so twice a week at home to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 with parents/carers reporting the results and logging them on the NHS Website and College’s Logging Site. We have had a very high uptake and I would like to thank you for your response.

As part of the next stage of the response to the pandemic, schools have been asked to offer COVID-19 tests to students at the start of the new academic year.  There are three options for you to consider:

Option 1: testing at home before the new term starts
If your child has had no issues taking the home tests and you have had no issues logging the results, we ask you to ensure your child takes a test on the evening of Thursday, 02.09.21 prior to returning to College on Friday, 03.09.21. To do this you will either need to save a test from a pack your child has already been issued, collect additional tests over the summer from a pharmacy or alternatively order them online. On your child’s first day back in College on
Friday, 03.09.21 we will then issue them a further home test kit and ask that you follow Government guidance by continuing home testing for the month of September. We continue to recommend students take their tests, either on a Sunday evening or a Monday morning and either on a Wednesday evening or a Thursday morning.

Option 2: support with testing in school as the new term starts
If your child has been taking part in home testing but you have experienced issues, either with them taking the tests or with logging the test results, we would like to offer the option for them to test twice on-site in college on their return in September.  If you would like your child to have their first two tests in September done on-site in college, let us know by
completing this Google Form by 3pm on Tuesday, 20.07.21 Students will be asked to self-swab and process the test in a designated area. A trained staff member will then monitor the test result as it develops, allowing the student to return to class. The staff member will read and report the result on the students’ behalf. After these two tests are done your child will be issued with a home test kit so they can be involved in home testing throughout September as
described above.

Option 3: new to testing
If your child has not previously taken part in-home testing but you would now like your child to participate, the option for them to take two tests on-site in college on their return in September is also open to them.  After the first two tests, they will be issued a test kit for involvement in-home testing throughout September. If you would like for your child to have their first two tests in September done on-site in college, please read the attached COVID-19 testing privacy statement detailing the data we will need to collect from you and how it will be
treated. If after reading this document you wish to give your consent for your child to take part in the testing programme then please complete the

Consent form for Student COVID-19 testing at Denton Community College

by 3pm on Tuesday, 20.07.21.

The initial testing in school is an important strategy to stop the virus from spreading again in September.  Whilst many of the COVID rules will be relaxed over the summer, it is still a highly contagious disease and it is important that positive cases can be identified to break the chain of transmission.

We have had a very high uptake and I would like to thank you for your response. As part of the next stage of the response to the pandemic, schools have been asked to offer COVID-19 tests to students at the start of the new academic year.  There are three options for you to consider:

Letter to Parents & Carers Y8 Y9 Y10 Y11 16th June 2021

Denton Community College COVID-19 Testing Privacy Statement

Covid-19 Update – Testing for Year 7 Students Starting in September

As part of the next stage of the response to the pandemic, schools have been asked to offer COVID-19 tests to students at the start of the new academic year.
We are looking forward to your child joining us in September as a Year 7 student and we would like to offer them the option to take two tests on-site in college on their return in September. These will take place on Thursday, 02.09.21and Monday, 06.09.21.

Students will be asked to self-swab and process the test in a designated area. A trained staff member will then monitor the test result as it develops, allowing the student to return to class. The staff member will read and report the result on the students’ behalf. Once these two tests are done, your child will be issued with a home test kit so they can be involved in home testing throughout September. We recommend students take these home tests twice per week, either on a Sunday evening or a Monday morning and either on a Wednesday evening or a Thursday morning.

Next steps

If you would like your child to be part of this testing programme, please read the attached letter outlining our approach to testing in more detail and the attached COVID-19 testing privacy statement detailing the data we will need to collect from you and how it will be treated.
The final step is then to give your consent for your child to take part in the testing programme.  If you wish to give consent, please complete the

Consent form for Year 7 Student COVID-19 testing at Denton Community College

by 3pm on Monday, 19.07.21.

The initial testing in school is an important strategy to stop the virus from spreading again in September.  Whilst many of the COVID rules will be relaxed over the summer, it is still a highly contagious disease and it is important that positive cases can be identified to break the chain of transmission.

Letter to Parents & Carers Y7 15th June 2021

Denton Community College COVID-19 Testing Privacy Statement

Summer School 2021

Summer School 2021

We are delighted to announce that Denton Community College will be operating an exciting Summer School that will be open to all our prospective Year 7 students. It will give your child the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting, stimulating and challenging activities over the summer period. The summer school will run on weekdays from Monday 2nd August to Friday 13th August between 9.00am-3.00pm. You can drop your child off at the school’s  community entrance at 8.45am.

We are planning a diverse programme of activities to engage the students throughout the duration of the provision. Activities will be delivered by our team of outstanding specialist teachers from across all subject areas and partner organisations.

Each day will focus on enjoyment, developing a variety of transferable skills such as; team building, confidence, determination and communication, as well as providing opportunities for meeting and making new friends and their new environment.

If you would like your child to have an opportunity to take part in our Summer School at Denton Community College, please complete the form sent via Admissions Plus by Friday 11th June:

Updated information can be found on the school’s website.

We will confirm your child’s place and send further details by Friday 18th June. If you have any further questions please email summerschool@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk

Our Kids Eyes

Some of the students & staff involved in organising the DCC Virtual Christmas Fair presenting a cheque for some of the proceeds to local charity OKE

Denton Community College Alumni

We are inviting previous students to keep in touch as part of our new Alumni Programme.It is hoped that it will benefit students that are currently at the College, as well as create a network of support for those that have exited education.
The College has now been open for ten years with between four and five thousand students now having left on completion of their studies.  Forming an alumni is something that was very much at the forefront of our thoughts. It is hoped that the programme will create work experience and shadowing opportunities for current students and will help them to build experience for their CV’s ahead of moving onto further education and the world of work.

DCC flying the flag for diversity

Denton Community College has been honoured with an inclusion award by the Proud Trust.

The charity works with schools and colleges in the North West of England to ensure that young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are well supported.

Marking the achievement from left to right are Head of Religious Studies and PSHE Liam Spencer, Headteacher Greg Rule and Mayor of Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ supervisor, Carl Austin-Behan OBE.

“This award recognises the transformative work we’ve done regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion at Denton Community College,” said Liam.

This is something the students have been asking for and isn’t just for those that identify an LGBTQ+, but also those that want to be allies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tameside – Action Together – New Bulletin

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Good News!
Tameside hits 100,000 vaccinations.
Tameside and Glossop’s Covid-19  vaccination drive has reached a major milestone with 100,000 residents now having received their life-saving jab.

Well done Tameside!

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Over 50?
Still time to get your vaccination.
If you haven’t had your vaccination already, please book an appointment for your Covid-19 vaccine at: http://www.tamesideandglossop.nhsvaccinations.co.uk

Or you can call your local GP practice if you can’t access the booking site.

Tameside Vaccine Information
Census- Have you completed it?
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society, particularly relevant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Census remains open until the 3rd May 2021 and any household which hasn’t completed the Census for whatever reason will receive a reminder. Households may also request a new unique 16 digit code or paper questionnaire by calling the Free Census Help Line on 0800 141 2021 or visit www.census.gov.uk

Anyone having difficulties completing the Census due to language difficulties can contact the Free Language helpline on 0800 587 2021 for assistance and translation support.

Census 2021 find out more
Tameside Healthcare Services Easter 2021.
Anyone feeling unwell over the Easter bank holidays can still access a variety of healthcare services when their GP practice is closed.
Find out more
Ideas for Easter!
IF you’re wondering if there will be anything for your children to do during the Easter holidays then “beast” your eyes on what’s on offer.

Tameside Cultural Services have come up with some great family-friendly activities and all with a mega-beast theme to please anyone who loves dragons and dinosaurs. Their programme includes everything from crafting and creating to a dinosaur egg hunt in parks and outdoor spaces.

Find out more
Easter Holiday Camp! Curzon Ashton FC
Tuesday 6 April – Friday 16 April (weekdays). Free places for children in receipt of free school meals.

For more information please contact Mark Bradshaw on 0161 330 6033 or email: mark@curzon-ashton.co.uk

Latest Voluntary Sector News.
Visit Action Together’s What’s New section on our website for all the latest voluntary, community and social enterprise news across Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside and Greater Manchester. You’ll find out about the following:

  • What helps VCSE Organisations Keep Greater Manchester Moving?
  • Ageing Better: All about money? The links between loneliness & poverty
  • Support from Good Finance for Black and Ethnic Minority led social enterprises
  • #RightNow Campaign

And much more!

Click here to read our latest news
We offer support, information and guidance to Tameside residents and organisations on a wide range of volunteering opportunities. You can find local volunteering opportunities from hundreds of organisations on this page.
Meet the Charities!
Action Together is hosting a series of Meet the Charity – Volunteer Information Meetings over the next few weeks. With hopefully more local charities scheduling a session soon!

These online, informative yet informal meetings are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Tameside’s charities, the work they do, the people they support and how you can get involved as a volunteer!

Coming soon:

Finding Rainbows offers support to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, child or through early pregnancy loss.

When: Monday 12 April 10am -11.30am

Find out more

Tameside Volunteer Coffee and Catch up!
These informal meetings will help us keep in touch with one another. They are a space to discuss organisational updates you may have, how you are involving volunteers and staying connected to them during this time. There will be an opportunity to meet people from other local organisations, to share ideas and to ask for advice.

When: Thursday 22 April, 12.30pm – 2pm.

Book your place
Give Time to Tameside.
Do you live in Tameside and want to support your local community? Come and find out what’s available in your neighbourhood, and the different ways you can give your time, whether you want to support a local group or you have your own ideas, we are here to help!

When: Wednesday 7 April, 6pm – 7.30pm.

Book your place
If you need training, support, advice or help with funding, contact the Action Together development team on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email: development@actiontogether.org.uk.
Advice and Guidance for Community Groups During COVID-19
Action Together is working closely with partners to identify best practice guidance for voluntary, community and faith sector groups to safely operate. As local and national restrictions continue to change we will provide the most up to date information we have available and how these may impact your building, services or activities.

Please join us for a Q&A session.

When: Tuesday 13 April, 10am-11am

Book your place
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Tameside Poverty Action Network
The Poverty Action Group is a place for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and partners to work collaboratively on issues we feel will help to alleviate poverty in Tameside.

Contact Dawn Acton to find out more about the network.

Email: dawn.acton@actiontogether.org.uk.

Click here to book on a Tameside Poverty Action Network Session
If you would like to find out more about Action Together’s collaborative work contact us on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email: info@actiontogether.org.uk.
The Greater Manchester Mayor and the VCSE Sector – a hustings.
This hustings is your chance to put questions and requests to the candidates ahead of the Mayoral election on 6 May. The three main party candidates have been invited to attend this meeting.
Whether you are able to attend the meeting or not, GMCVO is asking all GM based VCSE organisations to spare a few minutes to answer a couple of questions, the responses of which will inform a ‘Manifesto for the VCSE sector’ which will be sent to all candidates.

When:  Via Zoom on Wednesday 14 April 12noon -1.30pm

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Neurodivergent Creatives wanted!
These workshops run by Starling, are aimed at young people who identify as neurodivergent * providing a creative and social experience for all.

*Autism, ADHD, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Trauma (Young Carer, Care Experienced).

Where: Moravian College in Fairfield/Droylsden

When: From Thursday 8 April 4pm – 5.15pm

For more information please fionna@starlingcio.org.uk

Find out more about Starling
Henshaw’s Tameside.
Henshaws work with people of all ages, both children and adults, living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities living in Greater Manchester. We aim to empower people with sight loss to take steps to change their lives for the better, with independence and friendship being at the heart of everything we do.

Our Tameside Enablement Officer, Kathryn, will support you in working out what your needs and priorities are, to live a more independent and fulfilled life. We can introduce you to other people living with sight loss in your area, help you work out what technology may make life that little easier for you, provide you with professional emotional support through our counselling service or simply assist you in ensuring you are claiming the correct benefits you may be eligible for.

If you would like to find out more about how Henshaws services can help you, please give Kathryn a call on 0300 222 5555 or visit our website www.henshaws.org.uk.

The next Tameside over the phone Living Well With Sight Loss – starts Thursday 15 April  at 2pm.

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