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An incredibly huge thank you to Laura Heywood @scentedgarden for this humongous donation of books to the school library. Lots of very popular authors and titles that will soon be reserved I’m sure. We are extremely grateful for your very generous continued support❤️📚⭐️@ArgoedHS

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Important update from FCC regarding face coverings on school transport

https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Council-Apps/NewsPortlet.aspx?id=3911

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Parent Bulletin No. 3

Dear Parent/Carer

All our pupils have returned to school this week and we are fully open for the first time since March. I have been impressed with the way all our students have adapted to the safety measures in place and it has been lovely to welcome back our pupils. We are still having some issues with pupils arriving too early on site. Please note the information below.

Start and end of the school day

Pupils should not come onto the site more than 10 minutes before their start time. If you need to drop your child off earlier than this then please book them into breakfast club by phoning school before noon the previous day. Parents cannot come past the gate but there are staff on the yard to meet and accompany pupils if needed. If you come by car can I ask you remain in your car when waiting to drop or collect your child. If you are walking to meet your child then please remember to maintain 2m social distance from other people.

What to do if your child or a member of your household develops symptoms

Please do not send them into school if you suspect they are ill. If a child develops symptoms whilst at school they will be isolated, checked by a first aider and parents called to collect. They are not allowed to return to school until they receive a negative test or until after they have been in isolation for 10 days. Can you please forward negative tests to school via email. If you suspect any member of your household has Covid then do not send your child to school until they have had a test.

Should your child need to self-isolate due to confirmed or suspected Covid19cases, we will be providing online work via Microsoft teams. Students have access to this either as an app on their phone or via desktop. Online work will be set via the governments Oak Academy website which will deliver a recorded online lesson on the topics that they are missing at school. The links to the lesson will be sent as an assignment on the teams App for each day of absence. Students simply log on to teams and look for their year group home-learning app. These will be called

Home-learning year 7/ home-learning year 8/ home-learning year 9/ home-learning year 10/ home-learning year 11. They will then see the assignment and link to the online lesson.

Students will also receive the link to the work via their email. This system will also be available for other periods of illness and exclusions. If students require extension work beyond what had been set on teams they can access the following websites and search for the topic they are missing:

GCSE POD

GCSE pod consists of mini 5 minute podcasts that students can stream, make notes on and , in the case of English, Maths and Science quiz on. Students will need the following username and login to access the site, either on the GCSE pod app or from a PC online.

Username- Student’s email address
Password- Student’s elah password (used to log in to the school network)

Twigworld (Science revision)

Username- Student’s Ela username
Password- Student’s elah password

My Maths

Username- first name followed by surname@argoedhs e.g marksmith@argoedhs
Password- mathsargoed

Please let us know if you have any difficulty accessing work on any of these sites.

Communication

Visitors to school are not permitted without a prior appointment. Staff will communicate with families via email or a phone call. If we do not have your email address then please provide one urgently. Reports and other communications will be shared using SIMS Parent App. If you have not downloaded it yet then please do so. If you need support with this then please contact us.

Open Evening and Prospective Parents

Under the current guidelines we will not be able to hold an Open Evening or arrange days for parents to visit. Instead we will be updating our website to include a virtual tour and provide all the information you need to help make your choice of secondary school. This should be ready in the next couple of weeks.

Food and dining arrangements

The school dining room is serving food but families are welcome to provide packed lunches if they prefer. There is a new snack bar serving cold food, snacks and drinks

on the yard also. Students are not permitted to leave the site at lunchtime. If this is an issue please contact your child’s Progress Leader to discuss. Food is served in a “grab and go” format and will be consumed either on the yard or in bad weather in their form base. Please pay for this via ParentPay. If you have not been able to set up an account for Year 7 yet then money will be accepted next week but your child must notify their form tutor during morning reg. If you need support in setting up a ParentPay account please contact our admin team.

Year 7
Arrive from 8:40 for an 8:50 start
Finish at 14:50

Year 8
Arrive from 8:40 for an 8:50 start
Finish at 14:50

Year 9
Arrive from 8:45 for an 8:55 start
Finish at 14:55

Year 10
Arrive from 9:00 for an 9:10 start
Finish at 15:00

Year 11
Arrive from 9:00 for an 9:10 start
Finish at 15:05

Face Coverings

They are still optional at school. Pupils are welcome to wear them should they wish. As part of their induction pupils have been shown how to wear and dispose of them safely.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend

Best Wishes

Mr P Smith
Headteacher