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Letter from the Head of School (23rd Feb)

Letter from the Head of School (Mrs Kayleigh Oliver)

Prynhawn Da!

Firstly, welcome back to our second half of the spring term. I hope everyone had a fantastic half term break and enjoyed some well-deserved rest. As always it has been a busy return to school, with mock exams, lessons and extracurricular activities.

Yesterday a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the 'Wise Kids' digital citizenship project with Miss Bayliss and CSC.  The pupils explored online safety and what they can do to support, educate and promote online safety to their peers. The pupils gave an excellent account of themselves and came up with some excellent ideas for the school. These pupils will now be our 'Digital Citizenship Champions'. Well done all involved.

This week we have seen Dylan Ham in Year 9 achieve 33 positive points, Alfie Hopkins in Year 7 has achieved 32 positive points, Ashton James in Year 11 has achieved 26 positive points, Alexa Frelford in Year 8 has achieved 23 positive points and Jacob Smith in Year 10 has achieved 15 positive points. Well done all.

Mr Williams-Burnett (Maths) has asked me to mention Lewys Owen of 10 MK. Lewys has put in a huge amount of hard work and dedication over the half term break, making excellent use of revision resources. Lewys has gone above and beyond to ensure his learning stays on track throughout the holidays in preparation for his mock exams.

I would also like to use this platform to thank Tiles & Baths who have sponsored the school and donated hundreds of free tiles, which will be used in GCSE Construction lessons in our Design & Technology Department. This is very much appreciated. I would also like to thank Smurfit Kappa (Abercarn) who have donated cardboard for our GCSE Product Design students to use when prototyping. 

Next week Year 11 & 13 will be having their school photos on Thursday 29th February. Pupils will be offered the opportunity to have individual photos along with friendship groups and a whole year group picture. We will also be celebrating St David’s day on Friday with a range of different activities taking place throughout the day, led by our fantastic Welsh department.

Following the success of our Christmas attendance challenge, we will be running our 'Everyday Matters' challenge throughout March. All pupils who have 100 % attendance during March (16 school days) will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win one of five £50 amazon vouchers plus other prizes. This is a fantastic opportunity; please ensure you are in school every day to put yourself in with a chance of winning.

You will also be aware that I wrote to all parents/carers yesterday to ensure that all pupils are in the correct uniform when attending school. Please can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that hooded tops are not part of our school uniform and should not be worn on the school site. All details of our school uniform can be found in our uniform policy on the school website. If there is anyone who requires additional uniform items or further support with the school uniform, please contact school and you will be directed through to a wellbeing and attendance officer.

Many thanks as always for your continued support,

Mrs Kayleigh Oliver

Head of School