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Head’s Blog 16th February 2018

What a quick half term!  It truthfully did feel as though it was only yesterday that we were all thinking about returning after the Christmas holiday.  Once again, it really has been a very productive period for us and there is much to celebrate as our pupils continue to amaze us with their talents.

One of the highlights of this half term  was the visit to see the dress rehearsal of Tosca being performed by the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff.  The day itself was  funded by the WNO (including the transport) and this meant that we were  able to take the whole of our year 9 cohort.  The fact that all of these pupils have now had the opportunity to experience opera being performed by a professional company is fantastic, combined with the fact that this trip was free-of-charge to all pupils really is something to be proud of.  I hope that we will be able to undertake similar events in the future.

In the last week, we have started to focus on uniform.  Most of our pupils have to be congratulated by the way in which they respond to the rules around uniform, make-up and jewellery.  However, there have been some instances where the uniform has not been to the high standards which are expected at Brynteg.  Please note the following:

  • Canvas shoes of any type are not permitted.  Shoes should be plain black and leather/leather effect.
  • Skirts should be a reasonable length (ideally just above the knee)
  • Jewellery is not permitted however, pupils are able to wear a wristwatch
  • Shirts should be worn with the top button done up and ties should be fitted accordingly

Thank you for your support with school uniform; it really has helped to create such a positive impression of our pupils within the school and as they represent us outside.  In my next blog post (March 2nd 2018), I will update you on the plans summer uniform.

As you may be aware, our next school production is High School Musical and this is taking place in October.  The school is already reverberating to the sounds of the songs from the show and  I have to say, that even at this early stage, it sounds amazing.  As you can imagine, staging an event such as this is expensive and to help with this pupils and staff have been busy raising funds.  On  Friday 23rd March a “Race Night’ is being held in Bridgend Rugby Club with all money raised being put towards the staging of the show.

Please support this event if possible – tickets are available from Mrs Fender in room 19.

I hope you have noticed the increase in activity on our Facebook and Twitter feeds which is helping us to celebrate the many positive things which happen at Brynteg. As part of this, we do try to include as many photographs as possible and have also been selecting our ‘photo of the week’ (which is one which captures the true spirit of Brynteg).  This week’s winner shows some of our year 7 pupils practising their dawnsio gwerin (folk dancing) ready to represent their house  in the Eisteddfod –

In the coming weeks, I will inform you of the next ‘Open Meeting with the Head’ session.  As you may be aware, I started these last term as I felt it would give an opportunity to parents and carers to ask me questions about aspects of our provision in an open forum.  In addition, if there is anything which you feel you wish to discuss with me but feel unable to do so in an open meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I have now been at Brynteg for 6 months and am constantly impressed by the talents of the pupils and staff and also by the support which the school receives from you as parents and carers.  This is such an exciting time for us as a school community – there is so much for us to look forward to!

Thank you for your support.

Ryan Davies