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Parent's Bulletin Jan 8th 2024

(Posted on 11/01/24)

January 8th 2024

Dear Parent/Carer,    

We are looking forward to welcome all students back into school on Tuesday and hope that you have been able enjoy a restful Christmas and New Year break.

Please find information below about all our upcoming events, assessments and activities and get in touch via the contact details at the bottom if you have any further questions.

School Times
School reopens on Tuesday January 9th, all students are expected to be on the school site in readiness for registration at 8.50am.  

At Ysgol Y Grango attendance is key in ensuring our young people are able to achieve the very best in all that they do.  Regular school attendance, helps students develop their relationships with their teachers, having a positive impact on their education.  By being in the classroom pupils are learning, able to ask questions and receive any help needed.  Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. 

School community and friendships are very important to us too. Being in school is essential for our young people to develop their social skills and friendships.  Several studies have shown that students who are socially active often have better academic outcomes/grades.  Friendships can be affected by persistent absence because it can be difficult for pupils who miss school to form and develop relationships with their peers. 

All absences from school should be reported on the morning of each day of absence before 9.15am and provide a valid reason.   

  1. Email –            RobertsT581@hwbcymru.net ( School Attendance Officer)
  2. Telephone –    01978 833010
  3. Free Text –     07908670242

Failure to report your child’s absence from school creates a safeguarding issue.           

Assemblies this week will be welcoming students back to school.

We appreciate your support in maintaining our uniform standards. School uniform embodies our values and promotes our strong sense of cynefin. Please note the following items are not acceptable: leggings, converse footwear, denim or leather jackets, miniskirts, jeans and hoodies. Blazers are compulsory. Plain blue jumpers are optional but should always be worn with a school blazer. Please see the Uniform Policy on the school website for further clarification.

 Year 11 Dates

Wednesday January 10th – GCSE English Literature Unit 1.

Tuesday January 16th and Thursday January 18thth – Year 11 GCSE Science practical exams.

Monday January 22nd, Wednesday January 23rd and Monday January 29th – Year 11 Food and Nutrition practical exams.  

Pupils must arrive to school at 8:50am and head to the exam room immediately. The examination will start at 9am. Pupils must remember to fetch all equipment needed for the examination. These are not mock exams, attendance is mandatory to pass the GCSE. Students are aware of this and revision has been provided in class.

Thursday January 18th – Year 11 Parent’s Evening. Schoolcloud will be open to book appointments for this from Monday December 18th.

Year 9 assessments will begin on the week beginning January 15th. Revision materials will be provided. Timetable of assessments to follow.         
Year 7 and 8 assessments begin on the week beginning January 22nd. Revision materials will be provided. Timetable of assessments to follow

Help Your Teen to Learn
We now have available a comprehensive resource tool from Mike Gershon, author of more than 40 books on education. This resource is free to parents who want to support their children to learn. See the letter attached for more information.

Brilliant Books         
Each week we recommend a ‘Brilliant Book’ for students. These books will always be aimed at young people and are available in the school Library. Our recommendation this week is ‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi; A wise, often funny, sometimes heart-breaking graphic novel. ‘Persepolis’ tells the story of Marjane Satrapi 's life in Tehran, growing up during the Iranian Revolution.

Film Club                  
Our first film screening of 2024 will be ‘Wreck It Ralph’ this Tuesday 3.10pm-4.50pm. All students are welcome but please make sure parents know if you intend to stay behind after school.

Current Initiatives  
We welcome donations of second-hand clean uniform items including shoes in good condition. If you have any items which your child has outgrown and are in good condition, please bring them to the main reception area.


Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday January 9th                           School opens at 8.50am        

Wednesday January 10th                    English Literature GCSE unit 1

Monday January 15th                          Year 9 assessments begin

January 16th and 18th                          Year 11 GCSE Science practical

Thursday January 18th                        Year 11 Parent’s Evening

Monday January 22nd                         Year 7 and 8 assessments begin

January 22nd, 23rd & 29th                     Year 11 GCSE Food and Nutrition practical


This week’s timetable will be on Week 2.     
The week beginning Monday January 15th will be on Week 1.        

Contacting School   
Telephone: 01978 833010    Email: info@grango.co.uk           

Diolch yn fawr

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