Dear Parents and Carers
As ever in these times, things are still fast moving and changing on a daily basis. Indeed, it is hard to keep up.
Covid 19 updates
Updated scientific evidence from the Welsh Government’s full Technical Advisory Group review, states the following: “New evidence suggests there is higher levels of infection and transmission in school-based age groups than previously thought and schools being open is associated with higher rates of infection in the population (mechanism for this remains unclear - potentially including many factors).”
In other words, there is a lack of clarity as to whether the higher incidence of Covid-19 transmission is as a result of being in school or college or as a consequence of older learners having more contact with their communities.
Please be assured that the mitigation that we have put in place in school, aims to minimise the possibility of transition.
The Education Minister has revealed that there is consideration of making the wearing of face coverings in secondary schools mandatory for communal areas.
As yet, we have no further detail on these matters but I shall of course let you know if we have any further information.
You will be aware that last week a year 13 pupil tested positive for Covid 19. All Sixth Form pupils were sent home as a precautionary measure. As a result of the seating plans etc that are in place for all classes, we were able to identify key contacts for the TTP procedure and the majority of pupils were able to return to school after 48 hours.
In order to minimise the risk of infection in school, please can I ask parents/carers to remind their children to wear a face covering and to ensure that:
Reusable face coverings should be washed frequently (ideally daily), using regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
Pupils must supply their own equipment including pens, calculators etc and should not share resources. Where the sharing of equipment is unavoidable, e.g. in science, PE, ICT lessons etc, equipment is either sanitised, quarantined or sterilised as appropriate.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you, someone you live with or someone in your support bubble has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or has tested positive for the virus you will need to stay at home and self-isolate – for details please see: https://brodinefwr.org.uk/en/covid-19-play-your-part-stop-the-spread/
Out of hours and during half term it is the responsibility of parents/carers to immediately report Covid-19 symptoms to Delta Wellbeing by calling 0300 333 2222 or emailing TTP@deltawellbeing.org.uk
In order to ensure the safety of our pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors, please ensure that you take the utmost care when dropping pupils off/collecting pupils. There is increased traffic due to more parents/carers transporting pupils to school by car and we would ask that you are patient. Please ensure that:
Access through the internal gates is only for taxis and parents/carers of pupils with disabilities.
The safety of pupils is our priority at all times and I urge everybody to take the utmost care, particularly on these dark winter evenings. Please can I ask that you do not block the crossing or access for residents on Heol Myrddin.
Bullying and Internet Safety
With pupils spending more time at home on phones and other devices, we have seen an increase in incidences of bullying and internet related concerns such as "sexting" and sharing of inappropriate materials (both violent and explicit).
Last Friday, as part of Anti-Bullying week, PC Evans presented an on-line assembly to all KS3 pupils about bullying and the dangers of the internet. Work is also being carried out with KS4 pupils.
Please can I ask that you as parents/carers support us to keep your child safe by setting up parental controls, being alert to sexting and ensuring that your children are made aware of the risks of online games and video apps.
Our new school jumpers are now available to purchase from Eirllin, Relm Signs, Igam Ogam and Evans and Wilkins.
The uniform policy should be adhered to and will be enforced from January 2021.
Clearly is does not make sense for year 11 and year 13 pupils to purchase new school jumpers but they are expected the wear the other items of uniform (i.e. black trousers/skirt, white shirt and school tie). They may wear an appropriate dark coloured (navy, black or grey) jumper or hooded top with no/minimal branding.
The Pupil Development Grant - Access
You can get £125 to buy school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school for your child.
Learners eligible for free school meals can apply for this grant for the 2020 to 2021 academic year if they are:
For Year 7 learners the grant is £200, recognising the increased costs associated with starting secondary school.
Funding for looked-after children is available in every school year.
For further details of how to apply, please see:
Contacts and support
Please make sure that you continue to check our website regularly as we will posting all new information here: https://brodinefwr.org.uk
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office on 01558 824800 or contact me via email: Ionwen.Spowage@brodinefwr.org.uk