I wanted to write to you, to mark the end of the last half term and to update you on the further progress that the school has made to date.
All staff at Cwmbran High have been working tirelessly to put the necessary preparations in place to ensure that all pupils are able continue on their learning journey.
The summer term will commence again today, Monday 7th June 2021.
GCSE QUALIFICATIONS 2021 UPDATE
Pupils in year 10 and 11 have worked tirelessly to complete all their assessments that will feed into their Centre Determined Grades. These will be released to pupils on 17th June 2021.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
We have been delighted to welcome pupils back for face-to-face learning after the recent lockdown. Since our return to face-to-face teaching, we have been focusing on ‘expectations’ and pupils being ‘ready to learn’. These ‘expectations’ have been communicated to all pupils and are reinforced on a daily basis during form time. We will continue to ensure that pupils are ‘ready to learn’ on a daily basis through the introduction of a ‘fortnightly focus’ whereby we remind pupils of the behaviours required of an active learner.
We have been developing and refining our behaviour protocols over the half term to ensure all pupils understand the expectations we have of them. We continue to use Classcharts to record pupil’ behaviours, both positive and negative. It is imperative that you log in to Classcharts to enable you to monitor your child’s behaviour in school. If you do not have the login details for Classcharts, please contact the school and these will be provided to you.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
A reminder that whilst on the school site, all pupils, with the exception of those medically exempt, will be required to wear a mask at all times, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Pupils must keep 2 metres apart where possible as they move around the school and follow the one-way system at all times. When they enter and exit a building and classroom, they must hand sanitise, using sanitiser which will be made available.
When pupils are in the classroom, they will not be required to sit 2 metres apart, however, they will be expected to sit forward facing and wear a mask at all times.
Masks have already been provided to all pupils; therefore, it is essential that they bring these to school with them. Failure to do this, will result in your child being sent home.
It is also essential that all pupils adhere to the current health and safety guidance at all times. This includes:
- Cleaning hands thoroughly more often than usual with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser if soap and water are unavailable.
- Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
We have worked closely with the Local Authority to ensure that we follow the Welsh Governments operational guidance for schools.
It is compulsory that pupils attend in full school uniform. The uniform requirements can be found via the school website, however, blazers are now optional.
If you need to purchase school uniform items, these are available through online shops or supermarkets, as well as our bespoke uniform provider, Pretty Miss, Cwmbran. In addition, the school has a small supply of uniform items which can be made available if required. If pupils do not attend school in the correct uniform, parents will be contacted and pupils will be sent home to change.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank those parents who have previously attended the Headteacher’s Surgeries. It was so helpful to be able to speak directly to parents/carers to get your views on the school, what has worked well and to understand where you feel changes are needed.
The Headteacher’s Surgeries are held on a monthly basis with Mr Cook and/or myself. If you would like to meet with us then you will be able to request a meeting via email, following a text that will be sent out prior to scheduled Surgeries.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work together to ensure that all pupils are able to fulfil their potential. I wish you all an enjoyable half term break, but most importantly, that you, your families and loved ones continue to stay safe and well.
Mrs D Gill