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PE Kit Requirements Half Term 2

Dear Parent/Carer

Since our return in September, we have worked hard to minimise the impact of Covid on our community. It is clear that our way of working and the ease with which we previously carried out our work has become more challenging. Despite that, we know that these restrictions are integral to the safety of all and we welcome the part we are playing in including them. Whilst we have had a period of isolation for Year 11 students, our actions have meant that to date, we are the least affected secondary school within Oldham with regard to student isolation. Our attendance remains above that of our peers. This demonstrates that our actions are proving useful. We will now, as be promised, start to consider incremental steps towards improving our offer to students, mindful that the virus is still highly prevalent in our community anpe-kit-requirements-half-term-2d that we do not wish to aid its distribution. This starts with the delivery of PE and is limited at this point to those students in Year7, 8 & 9. Year 10 and 11 students will continue with the arrangements already in place as we wait for updated guidance from the Department for Education.

Therefore, from Monday 2nd November all Year 7, 8 & 9 pupils will be required to bring their full Newman PE kit on the days they have PE. At the start of their PE lesson they will be escorted from their classroom to the changing rooms where they will get changed into their Newman kit. Whilst in the changing rooms masks must always be worn and pupils must change in their allocated area. At the end of their PE lesson they will get changed back into their uniform and will be taken back to the classroom ready to move to their next lesson.

Whilst it is important that PE kit is kept in lockers for most of the day, it may be necessary for pupils to have their kit with them for the lesson before to ensure they arrive on time to their PE classroom. They can then return their kit to their locker at break or lunch time. Pupils who have PE period 5 are permitted to go home in their PE kit, they can of course get changed into their uniform if they wish.

The correct and therefore permitted Newman PE kit is below:

• Newman rugby top (boys) or new PE ¼ zip top

• Newman fleece (girls) or new PE ¼ zip top

• Newman shorts

• Newman blue t-shirt (boys & 7/8 girls)

• Newman Black t-shirt (girls 9/10/11)

• Newman black tracksuit bottoms (pupils are not permitted to wear their own)

• Plain black skins/under armour or plain black leggings can be worn underneath their Newman kit

• Newman purple football socks (boys)

• Suitable trainers

• Hair bobble

All of the above can be purchased from Top Form in Oldham, 27 Union St, Oldham OL1 1XS.

The majority of PE lessons will be outside except for when the weather is deemed unsuitable. Therefore pupils are strongly advised to bring the Newman rugby top, fleece or new ¼ zip top to keep warm. We are also hopeful that we can offer increased Extra Curricular opportunities in the near future and details will be shared shortly. Please can we ask for your support in ensuring your child has the correct Newman kit on the days they have PE.

Yours sincerely,

Mr G R Potts