HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE TO PUPILS 17/4/20

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Monday would have been the start of the Summer Term, but we will be in lock-down for the next 3 weeks. So I thought I would take the time to write an update to you.

First of all, can I say that I have been delighted by the response that you have made to the distance learning on ‘Teams’ and I hope that that has helped you in some way while you have been at home. From Monday you will find at least one new piece of work set for you each day. This is to give you some variety and to give you something new to look at.

This is the schedule we are using to upload new work is –

It is important to note that I am not looking for you to maintain your curriculum while you are home. This is purely to help support you with your wellbeing and your mental health. Keeping your brain active and giving you some structure to the day and normality while you are off school. Also, there will be too much work available for you to complete everything, just look at what is there, choose something you like and have a go at it. I realise that there will be times where you, or members of your family, may be unwell and unable to do any work. Don’t worry about, but when you are able to, just pick up the work again and start with something you like. Do not try to catch anything up or do extra just re-join at your own pace. If you are having difficulty getting on teams you can look at the suggested outline of the day on the website which has lots of links to websites for each subject with exercises you can try and enjoy. You can find this here https://cefnsaeson.school/remoteronlinelearning/ on the remote online learning page of the school website.

I have been informed that some Y10 pupils are worried that they will miss a term of their GCSEs but will still be examined on everything. This is not the case. Courses will either be reduced or the assessment criteria will be adjusted to take account of this disruption. I will ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged.

Communicating with others is important during this time. For this reason you will be contacted by a member of the school with a ‘keeping in touch’ phone call. Just say hi and let us know how you have been getting on. Another way of communicating is by working with others on the same project. Try this if you haven’t already, it may bring a smile to your face. If you have been working on a new skill, take a photo or video and share it with your friends or us.

Finally, I would just like to say in these uncertain times, I am confident that Cefn Saeson pupils will respond admirably to the challenges ahead. Encourage each other, support each other and stay strong together. Look after yourself and your family.

Stay safe, stay at home and I’ll see you soon.

Mr Cole