Head Teacher’s Update May 12th 2020
Many thanks to all of you who completed our online questionnaire and for all your positive comments and brilliant suggestions! We have had 164 responses so far and it’s not too late to respond if you haven’t already! We will continue to try to meet the needs of every single child and I would like to assure you that every teacher is working hard to try to do the right thing in these very unusual circumstances.
Some of you have asked for live video calls from staff and we understand why this is good for your children, particularly if they are feeling ‘cut off’ and missing school. However, we have now been told that this is not allowed. Sorry about this but I have asked if exceptions could be made for certain children with Additional Learning Needs.
You will no doubt be wondering when and how your children will be returning to school. The only advice I can give just now is that the Education Minister Kirsty Williams has stated that there will at least three weeks notice of any planned return for schools in Wales. As soon as we receive this notice we will inform you of our plans for welcoming your children back gradually and safely. We will spend the three weeks notice time working out procedures to ensure the children are safe and to decide what learning is most important at this time. If at all possible, there will be transition time in the Comprehensive School for our Year 6 children.
I would like to remind the front line worker parents who need emergency childcare to book their children in each week by Friday morning the week before at the latest.
Please remember that we are always here for you from Monday to Friday. Please stay in touch and contact us by email, DoJo or by phone if you have any questions or worries.
We are missing your children and can’t wait to get back to normal. How ever long it takes, we will be celebrating once they are all back safely with us!!
Message for Parents of Statemented Children
You have been sent a questionnaire link to your mobile number. This is to make you will have someone you can contact in the Local Authority during school closure. If it doesn’t work on your phone, try clicking this one!!
May 4th 2020
Dear Children and Parents,
I hope you are all well and managing to make the best of things during school closure. Our staff are thinking about you lots and the teachers are trying hard to keep the home learning going! Well done to the many children who are completing home learning tasks regularly! It’s been lovely to see photos and work you have sent in and great to see that more and more of you are doing this! If we don’t hear from you we will contact your parents to find out if everything is alright and we’ll never give up on you!!
Because we want to know how you’re all doing at this time, we are sending out a quick questionnaire to all parents. Just a few clicks and we’ll have a good idea of how you’re managing and if we can help at all. Please complete it for each of your children individually as we know they’re all so different!
We still have no idea when you will be back at school and I’m not even going to try to guess as it won’t be my decision! In the meantime we do understand that children may already be thinking about their next class (and for Year 6, their next school!).
As always, we will let you know about your new classes well before the end of term and this year we will be asking children and parents to let us know any important information about you for your new class teacher. We have just sent Penyrheol Comprehensive school lots of information about our year 6, ready to put you into classes and they will be sending out information as soon as possible about what you need for your new school.
Please don’t worry about things like school uniform at this stage. Hopefully the shops will be open in plenty of time for you to buy uniform, but if not, everyone will understand that the rules are different just now!! Keeping safe and well is the most important thing.
Please keep checking the website for updates from me, Home Learning Tasks from your teachers and funny Makaton performances from the staff!
Best wishes to you all
March 20th 2020
School is closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. I hope our families are safe and well and I would like to assure you all that there will be someone in school every week day to answer any questions you may have or to give you reassurance if you are worried. Please give us a call if you need to speak to someone.
This is a very difficult time for you all but it won’t last for ever and the staff are all working hard to make sure school is an even better place to be once this is all over.
You know the rules on keeping yourselves and others safe and you should follow these rules;
- Only leave the house if absolutely necessary and if you do, don’t meet with other people
- Keep 2 metres away from anyone who does not live in your house
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water as often as you can
Keep checking the News page for updates and information. We will update this whenever there is something new to tell you.
It may be a long time before school re-opens but one day it will and we will be ready and waiting to welcome you. What a joyful day that will be!
Keep safe and stay positive!