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Head’s Blog 8th March

What an amazing first week back!

On their return to school on Monday, pupils will have noticed that they upper school canteen has been transformed to include a coffee shop.  This was work which was done by the BCBC catering team during the half term break and arose out of requests from the School Council.  Pupils and staff now have access to a range of hot and cold drinks as well as some far too tempting sweet and savoury snacks.  The coffee shop is open for our sixth form pupils to access it throughout the day, with the rest of the school having access at breaktime.  The input of our colleagues from BCBC is greatly appreciated as this has meant that our pupils are starting to see a real difference in the quality of the facilities they have at school.

Our lower school Eisteddfod took place yesterday in the Grand Pavilion Porthcawl.  It was decided to hold the event in this way in order to allow pupils to experience the feel of a house competition as a group of over 700. The quality of the performances was outstanding and what was really impressive was the way in which so many of our pupils took to the stage for the first time in order to help their team. Mention must also be made of the fantastic quality of the off-stage entries, which really did demonstrate the wide range of talents of our pupils.

Finally, thank you to the 200 parents and carers who completed the online questionnaire about our provision.  The findings from this are now being compiled and will be communicated via social media and used as a focal point of the next Open Meeting with the Head which is taking place on Wednesday 3rdApril at 5.30pm.

Please remember, as previously informed, we are not moving to wearing polo shirts after Easter.  Pupils will only need to wear their shirt and tie to school during the warm weather and, as was the case last year, in extreme conditions, pupils will be able to wear their PE kit.

 

Finally, the photo of the week shows one of the many stars of the Eisteddfod who obviously completely enjoyed the event.

Best wishes

2 thoughts to “Head’s Blog 8th March”

  1. Hi,
    My understanding was that only year 7s were not moving to polo shirts after Easter but years 8 and 9 were allowed to wear them as they were already bought last year? I bought 5 of these polo shirts last year which look brand new, whereas my daughters school shirts now need replacing. I can understand the desire to avoid any additional cost for year 7s but would hope that pupils are able to wear uniform already bought. Can you please clarify.
    Thanks,
    Lynsey

    1. Hi

      Thank you for your comment. I have attached the information regarding polo shirts as sent out in the newsletter in July 2018 – I hope this clarifies the situation!

      As your thoughts may be turning to purchasing uniform for next year, it is important to explain to you the new arrangements for the post-Easter period. Pupils in years 7, 10 and 12 will continue to wear their shirt and tie – there will be no requirement for them to wear a jumper/blazer. This means that parents and carers will not have to purchase polo shirts in these year groups for what is, a relatively short period of time. As these years progress through the school, so will the new arrangement. Pupils in years 8,9,11 and 13 (Easter 2019) can wear polo shirts if they have already purchased them but this is optional – they may well wish to continue with the shirt and tie arrangement as described above. In addition, a reminder that the transition arrangements for moving to our new school uniform have now ended and on our return in September, all pupils will be required to wear the school blazer.

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