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Parent's Bulletin January 19th

(Posted on 22/01/24)

Dear Parents/Carers

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 opens at 8.50am and closes at 3.10pm. All students are expected to be on the school site at 8.50am in readiness for registration.   

Over the next two weeks we will be running an attendance challenge for tutor groups. The cookie challenge will reward the tutor group with the highest attendance as a whole with a tray of cookies. One group in each year will be rewarded. The challenge will run from Monday 22nd January to Friday 26th January with winning tutor groups receiving their tray of cookies Monday 29th January.

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.           

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 Food and Nutrition practical exams will take place Monday January 22nd, Wednesday January 23rd and Friday January 26th Pupils must be on time for school and make sure they know where they need to be. 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.

Year 7 and 8 assessments begin this week. Revision materials will be provided. See the assessments timetable attached for more info.

Options Evening      
On Thursday January 25th we will be holding our year 9 Options Evenings. There will be two sessions available at 5.30pm and 6.15pm. Information has been sent home and bookings can be made on Schoolcloud. If you have not received any information, please contact the school office on 01978 833010.  

Year 9 Parent’s Evening      
Our Year 9 Parent’s Evening will be held on Thursday February 8th. Bookings will be available through Schoolcloud. More information and instructions for booking will be sent out nearer the time.       

Help with Revision  
If you are thinking about how you can best support your child while they are preparing for and going through their exams, check out the guide attached to your email for some proven strategies.      

Gair Cymraeg yr Wythnos / Welsh Word of the Week    
To help promote the Welsh language in school we will be posting a ‘Gair Cymraeg yr Wythnos’ (Welsh Word of the Week) each week on the school X (Twitter) page. Each week a pair of our Tim Iaith (Langauge Leaders) will film themselves saying a word in Welsh.     

Our first word is: Cymuned (Community).  
To see two of our Tim Iaith; Laura and Ruth, demonstrating how to say the word, click the link here:     https://twitter.com/YsgolyGrango/status/1748003698649817172    

Help with Revision  
If you are thinking about how you can best support your child while they are preparing for and going through their exams, check out the guide attached for some proven strategies.

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 ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen.  
Ade loves living at top of a tower block and he loves his life, but one day a building falls randomly near his home, then another one. The buildings keep falling and no one knows why. A heart wrenching science fiction story of survival, with themes of isolation, growing up and mental health.

Film Club                  
This Tuesday in Film Club we will be screening ‘Mean Girls’ (2004) 3.10pm-4.45pm. 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
January 22nd, 23rd & 26th                     Year 11 GCSE Food and Nutrition practical
Thursday January 25th                        Year 9 Options Evening
Monday January 29th                          Year 8.1 Hay Scribblers Trip
Friday February 2nd                             Year 10 reports due out this week
Monday February 5th                          Year 10.1 Hay Scribblers Trip
Thursday February 8th                        Year 9 Parents Evening
Friday February 9th                             Year 9 report due out this week
Friday February 9th                             Close for half term at 3.10pm

This week’s timetable will be on Week 2.     
The week beginning Monday January 29th will be on Week 1.        

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

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