Yesterday the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, released her continuity of learning policy statement – ‘Stay Safe. Stay Learning.’
In this document the Minister states that:
‘This week marks the beginning of the summer term, but schools in Wales will not be re-opening their doors to all learners. In these circumstances our task is to find ways to help our children keep learning. This means enabling distance learning and planning for how we can best help children through this time.’
As a result of this guidance we will be continuing to set pupils work using Microsoft Teams. Can I take this opportunity to thank those of you who responded to our request for feedback on your experience of online working. I hope you will find that our staff have responded to this feedback in a positive way.
The Welsh Government and the school will also be using HWB to support learning during this time. Please take some time with your child to familiarise yourself with this website as it will become more and more important over the coming days and weeks. Pupils will need their HWB password to access some areas of this site and we as a school are working on a way of getting these usernames & passwords to you.
If you are having any questions or difficulty with the work that has been set you can either contact the member of teaching staff directly via Teams or contact your child’s head of year:
Year 7 Mr R Rudge: email@example.com
Year 8 Mr R James and Mrs M Hood: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Year 9 Mr R Bengall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 Mr T Treasure: email@example.com
Year 11 Mrs H Lloyd: firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Form Mr C Lewis: email@example.com
Finally can I remind you that, as a parent of teenage children myself, I know all too well that educating your child at home is not easy! In the minister’s policy she recognises this and states:
‘We will support parents/carers to support their children’s learning, recognising that, while they are a child’s primary educator, they are not teachers and being clear that we do not expect them to recreate school at home.’
With this in mind, our main concern is your child’s wellbeing and mental health and not their academic progress at this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the school if you have any worries or concerns about your child, their learning or any questions about future plans around the re-opening of schools.
Please stay safe and well.
Dewi Owen - Pennaeth/Headteacher