Coming home earlier than had hoped, but feeling very proud of the performance today and making it through to the semi finals of the English Speaking Union competition . What a fabulous achievement and experience !#succeedingtogether #publicspeaking #amazingstudents @theESU

Good luck to our Welsh Champion Public Speakers who will be participating in the final in Cambridge this weekend 🗣 #YouGotThis #publicspeaking #proudteachers

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Parent Bulletin No.17

Dear Parent/Carer

We have just completed our first week with students of 2022, and I am pleased to say it has been a positive one. The high levels of absence that we had feared, and other schools are experiencing, have not transpired so far. There has been some staff absence which we have managed to cover and pupil attendance has been no worse than before Christmas. It is still however, below pre-pandemic levels, we will not be complacent with this and remain ready to respond to any outbreaks; we still strongly encourage all students and families to follow the safety measures in place.

Year 10 sat their first external GCSE exam this week. This was a two-hour English Literature paper. I thought the students coped remarkably well with this displaying a calm and positive manner. They should be very proud of themselves and I hope this gives them confidence moving forwards.

Lateral Flow Device Tests (LFDs)

Pupils have received a fresh supply of test kits this week. Please support this by ensuring your child uses them as planned. Testing should take place three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the morning before leaving the house. If more convenient then it is also acceptable to test Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings. Please report positive cases to school as soon as possible. Guidelines have recently changed to the following – if you record a positive LFD result but have no symptoms then isolate immediately and there is no need to book a PCR test. If your child has symptoms, then book a PCR test. There have also been updates to the length of isolation periods depending on vaccination status. Please refer to advice given by TTP.

Face Coverings

Many students continue to attend school without a face covering. Please check they have one before leaving the house. We do have a limited supply at school but it is dwindling quickly due to the number of students not bringing their own. If your child is exempt and you have not let us know already, please message their Form Tutor by Monday.

Hey Girls Sanitary Products

A new initiative has been launched whereby students attending a Flintshire school, can order sanitary products to be delivered direct to their home address for free. All students need to do is complete the online form which can be found using the following link:   Flintshire Home Packs – Hey Girls

FCC will then verify that they are on roll at school and post the products out – initially as a three month supply. I have attached a flyer and further communication from the council with this letter and have emailed the information direct to students today.

Parent Governor Vacancy

An opening has arisen on our Governing Body. Details on how to apply will follow on Monday and I hope you will consider supporting us on our journey of improvement.

Arrangements for free school meals

Students who qualify will be able to collect their meal as usual. Any student who has to isolate due to Covid should receive direct payment from the Local Authority. Provision will also continue during school holidays this year.

Breakfast and Homework Club

These are available as normal from 8:15 and until 16:15 after school. Can parents please email contact@argoedhs.co.uk if you wish to request a place. Please put “Breakfast / Homework Club” as the subject of the email.

Parents Evenings and Contacting School

Until further notice, all scheduled Parents Evenings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Year 11 are due to have theirs on 18th January. Appointments are still available via the school website if you have not already booked.

If you need to contact school, please do so via phone or email. We will not be accepting visits without an appointment.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend.

Yours faithfully

Mr P Smith