It is important that we always look for ways to positively influence the wellbeing of our pupils and staff in a school system that has so many external pressures. As you are aware, we planned to hold formal internal examinations in the coming weeks for pupils in years 7-9. These would be in addition to the national reading and numeracy tests which are also due to be sat in May.
The additional pressure of sitting internal examinations in a formal setting (mainly in the Sports Hall) is unnecessary and something which we can control. The decision has therefore been taken to move the examinations to a class-based situation where pupils will still sit the planned papers but within familiar surroundings. The class-based tests will take place during the allocated exam period but not necessarily following the planned timetable which was distributed earlier (pupils will be informed by their teacher when these are to take place).
This simple change will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our pupils whilst, at the same time, still allowing them to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding in a more informal situation.
School is about so much more than classroom-based learning and at Brynteg, there are so many extra-curricular opportunities which are offered to pupils. This week a visit to Poland was organised by our Religion, Ethics and Philosophy department where, amongst other things our pupils:
- Visited the Galicia Museum where they met a concetration camp surviror
- A tour of the permanent exhibitions and buildings at the Auschwitz I-Main Camp and the original camp buildings in Auschwitz II-Birkenau
- Experienced a guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine and of Krakow City
Visits such as these provide pupils with experiences that they will never forget. I am most grateful to the staff at Brynteg who willingly give up so much of their time in order to provide such opportunities to our pupils.
Our photo of the week shows our pupils and staff with a survivor of the holocaust who they had the privilege of meeting.