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Head’s Blog March 23rd 2018

This week it has been a pleasure to meet so many parents and carers in a range events.

On Monday evening, an initial meeting was held with those parents and carers of those pupils from year 6 who will be joining us in September.  This provided families with some basic information and the opportunity to ask questions in order to be able to prepare for the coming months.

My termly ‘open’ meeting with parents and carers was held on Tuesday evening and, whilst the attendance figures were nothing like the previous night, those present did ask some interesting questions about a wide range of features of our provision.  The main areas discussed were:

  • Communication about trips and visits
  • Length of notice for trips and visits
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Cost of blazers (more expensive for larger sizes)
  • The expansion of the performing arts department
  • Sixth form pupils being able to use the gym in their free time
  • The enrichment programme
  • Summer uniform
  • The school’s financial position
  • Fundraising

The number of opportunities for parents and carers to come in to school to events such as these has increased significantly over the past few months and, as we move forward, I hope that many more will seek to use these opportunities.  Please remember that should there be an issue which you would like to discuss but do not feel able to do so in an ‘open’ forum, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

The local authority is concerned (as we are) that pupils may be accessing school transport without a valid travel pass.  A new scheme (‘no pass, no travel’)  is due to start after Easter where all pupils who access free transport will be expected to have a valid pass.  Pupils who have lost their pass can ask for a temporary replacement from the school office,  a new pass will be sent from the LEA to the home address of the pupil concerned.  After this first replacement, future cards will be issued at a cost of £5. Please help us and the local authority to ensure that pupils travel to and from school in a safe and pleasant environment.

The photo of the week shows ex-pupils Carys Sheard, Emma Hobby, Owain Evans and Emily Williams who received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award at St James’ Palace this week.  An amazing achievement for these obviously talented individuals and also a powerful statement about the level of commitment of staff from Brynteg who supported them along the way.

 

Thank you for your support

 

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