Parent Bulletin No.22
I hope you and your families are well. In the last week there have been several announcements from Welsh Government that effects school and our pupils so I will give you a summary here. First, it has been announced that Y11 pupils will return for face-to-face teaching from March 15. It is unclear yet whether this will mean the entire year group in full time. In her announcement on Monday, the Minister for Education mentioned rotas and reduced class sizes which would imply that only part of the year group would be in at a given time. As soon as we receive clarity on this, I will let you know, but the good news is that we will be seeing some of our pupils in the building. To support the safety of everyone, testing will be introduced and there is a letter giving further details attached to this.
GCSE Results Day 2021
It was announced yesterday that results day has moved to August 12. This is a week earlier than planned. Further details will follow closer to the time.
Year 9 Options
It was great to see so many parents join us online for our Options presentation this week. If you missed it then all information will be placed on the school website. We will follow that up this week with subject presentations. Please sign up for those subjects your child is considering choosing via the links on the website. They can be found under the pupils tab on the homepage.
E-school for Y11
Welsh Government have developed an online virtual school for Y11 pupils. This is designed to complement the work we are doing in school and provide an opportunity for pupils to catch up on work they have missed or go over any topics they have found challenging. I have shared this link with Y11 direct via their email and the link is below if you would like to view it also.
Provision for Key Worker and Vulnerable Children
Can I ask that you fill in the Keyworker booking form on the Parents section on the Argoed website no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday to request a place for the following week. This will allow us time to plan rotas and ensure we maintain a safe environment for everyone in the building.
As I write this the sun is shining and I can see daffodils starting to grow. This is just in time for St David’s Day on Monday. Pupils are invited to an assembly to celebrate this and throughout the week staff will be offering themed activities where possible. I keep my fingers crossed that the Welsh Rugby Team will further add to the occasion by beating England tomorrow.
Take care and best wishes,
Mr P Smith Headteacher