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Head’s Blog – 26th October 2018

What a final week of half term.  The third enrichment afternoon proved that this important initiative is just getting better and better by the week.  Of course, the highlight must be the amazing performances of High School Musical at the Grand Pavilion Porthcawl.

Thank you for your support as we have tried to implement the new SIMs Student and Parent apps. The problems we faced were as a result of the system not being able to cope with the way in which we have entered the email addresses from parents and carers into our database.  Resolving this has meant that all of the records have had to be manually re-entered by our administrative team and this (as you can imagine) has taken a significant amount of time.  All pupils should now have access to the student app (either through a smart phone or through the website) and we are moving to a situation where the majority of parents and carers have access as well.

Monday October 22ndsaw the introduction of a new pro-forma which needs to be completed by parents and carers (years 7-13) who are requesting term-time absence from school for their son/daughter.  These forms should be collected from the school and returned to the upper school office at least 4 weeks before the intended absence. Please note that it is highly unlikely that pupils who are in years 11,12 or 13 will be granted permission to miss time during the year (unless there are exceptional circumstances – such as a family emergency); neither will absence be authorised if the pupil’s attendance is a cause for concern.

There have been many positive comments regarding our uniform and I really do appreciate your support in order to helping this high standard.  As we now are entering the period of less favourable weather conditions, please could you ensure that your son/daughter has an appropriate coat – although the uniform policy states that this needs to be dark in colour, I really don’t mind what colour it is as long it helps to keep pupils warm and dry!

Finally, here are some key dates for the coming half term:

Monday 5thNovember – Staff Training Day (School closed to pupils – apart from y11 pupils sitting GCSE Numeracy)

Thursday 15thNovember     5.30pm Y7 Parent partnership meeting

Thursday 22ndNovember Y13 Parents’/Carers’ Evening

Monday 3rdDecember  Y11 Mock Examinations

Tuesday 18thDecember 7pm   Carol Service

Friday 21stDecember 3.20pm End of term

Please refer to our Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information.

The photo of the week comes from our school show and highlights the joy pupils take from experiencing an activity such as this.

Have a good half term break!

Ryan Davies

Headteacher

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