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Head’s Blog 21st December 2018

We are at the end of a long and busy term, one which has been incredibly successful with some of the highlights being:

The introduction of our enrichment programme.  We do know that there is still quite a lot of developmental work to be undertaken but this major initiative has proved to be a huge success in so many different ways.  We are currently planning the programme for next year with a number of new external providers already offering to run activities for us. If you think you can help in any way, please contact Adam Rosser at the school.

Our performances of High School Musical attracted a great deal of positive feedback from so many people.  The pupils and staff who were involved in this really did demonstrate why performing arts plays such an important part in the life of Brynteg School.

The launch of the SIMS Parent and Student apps was perhaps a little more challenging than we have anticipated but, as we work through each year group, we are now experiencing considerably fewer problems.   Whilst it was disappointing to us all that these were not fully functioning from the start of the year, we do know that when they are, they will have a hugely beneficial impact on communication between school and home.   Thank you for your patience with this.

We have recently started the process of moving to a cashless system for all aspects of school life (trips, visits and so on) with the first ‘cashless’ activity being the Christmas Concert.   This has proved to be very successful with tickets selling out way before the actual performance.  Moving to a cashless system will mean that pupils will not be asked to bring in large amounts of money to the school and, as a school, we will not be in the position of having to manage significantly large sums of money.  We do realise that there may be some parents and carers who would prefer to use cash and arrangements will be made with those directly.

A new system for requesting absence during term time has been adopted this term.  For parents and carers who unavoidably have to request that the time is taken off in school, a form should be collected from either the upper or lower school reception offices.  Forms should be completed in as much detail as possible and returned to the offices at least 2/3 weeks before the planned absence.  It should be noted that a headteacher can authorise up to 10 days absence during an academic year however this is not an entitlement.  Requests for absence during an examination year will not be authorised unless the request is due to a family emergency and so on. Thank you for your support in this matter.

All schools are expected to reflect on their practice and undertake a self-evaluation of all aspects of provision.  At Brynteg we have developed a ‘research and development’ model which, as well as identifying areas for improvement, really does encourage staff to be forward-thinking and innovative. This is only the second year that this model has been used and already there are so many positives arising from this model as staff strive to deliver ever more challenging learning opportunities. You may be approached by some subject areas to try to gather your views about learning and teaching in that area and, if this is the case, I would urge you to take up the offer as your opinions really do matter.

On Thursday 31stJanuary we are holding a Careers Fayre and Sixth Form Options Evening.  Parents and carers are invited to the school from 3.30pm where there will be the opportunity to meet with employers who will have spent time with us during the day. At 5.30pm, year 11 pupils, parents and carers will be able to find out about the courses we have on offer in our sixth form.  Pupils who would like to return to our sixth form will need to complete an online application form and return it to us by Thursday 14thFebruary.

 

Lastly, our Santa Appeal may possibly be the highlight of the term.  The very fact that our pupils are concerned for those who are less fortunate than themselves at this time of year demonstrates just how compassionate they are.  They have worked so hard, often in terrible weather conditions to raise over £4,600.  The gifts they have bought with this money have all been delivered to BCBC who will now distribute them on our behalf.  What an amazing school community we have here at Brynteg.

Thank you for your support this term.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

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