As we approach the end of a very successful academic year, I would like to update you with some important information. Hopefully, you will have received a copy of ‘Brynteg Summer News’ where you will be able to see a large number of activities which have taken place this year.
We are coming to the end of our second week of wearing PE kit as a result of the hot weather and the response from pupils has been excellent. They have all arrived at school wearing the correct Brynteg PE kit creating that important image of the school whilst at the same time being far more comfortable in this unusual period of high temperatures. This is something which I will also support and see it as a sensible response to the wellbeing needs of our pupils.
As your thoughts may be turning to purchasing uniform for next year, it is important to explain to you the new arrangements for the post-Easter period. Pupils in years 7, 10 and 12 will continue to wear their shirt and tie – there will be no requirement for them to wear a jumper/blazer. This means that parents and carers will not have to purchase polo shirts in these year groups for what is, a relatively short period of time. As these years progress through the school, so will the new arrangement. Pupils in years 8,9,11 and 13 (Easter 2019) can wear polo shirts if they have already purchased them but this is optional – they may well wish to continue with the shirt and tie arrangement as described above. In addition, a reminder that the transition arrangements for moving to our new school uniform have now ended and on our return in September, all pupils will be required to wear the school blazer.
The school has a clear approach when it comes to mobile phone usage. Quite simply, pupils are not permitted to use their phones anywhere on the school premises. Pupils who do not follow this simple rule risk having their device confiscated for the remainder of the day and in some cases, it will only be returned to parents and carers. In some lessons, under the direction of the class teacher, mobile phones may be allowed if it is felt that use will aid learning at that point. If brought into school, mobile phones should be stored out-of-sight and are the responsibility of the pupils.
At the request of a large number of pupils, parents and carers, we will be providing a limited number of lockers for use by our pupils from September. If you are interested in renting one of the lockers (it is not compulsory) then all you need to do is visit the company’s website (www.locker.rentals) where you can select the specific location in the school and once payment is made, you will be sent the unique 4-digit code for use in the combination lock (there are no keys required). Please do not send money to school for the lockers, this is an arrangement which is completely controlled by the company we have entered into the agreement with.
On our return to school in September, we will be embarking on our new enrichment programme. This will involve all pupils (year 7-13) and will take place on the Week B Wednesday afternoon. Pupils will need to sign up for activities in the coming weeks where they will be able to choose from a wide range of exciting options.
Sadly, at this time of year we often have to say farewell to staff who are leaving us and this year is no exception. The staff who are leaving us are:
Mrs A Grabham (Deputy Head), Mr R Hopkins (Deputy Head), Miss C Nightingale (Assistant Head), Dr M Kyriakides (Biology), Mrs H Jones (English), Ms K Vallance (Welsh), Ms L Waters (RE), Mr P Benson (ICT), Mr M Gibbs (Network Manager), Mr M Donovan (Business Manager), Mrs L Hancock (Examinations Officer) Mrs S Jones (Finance Officer) and Mrs S Stacey (Attendance Officer).
The colleagues who are leaving us have all made a huge impact on Brynteg School and, as they leave, so will a great deal of experience (over 183 years to be precise). We are lucky to have had a productive period of recruitment and I will update you with a complete list of all of our new staff at a later date.
On behalf of the Brynteg School community, I would like to thank those colleagues that are leaving for all that they have done for the pupils of our school.
It is the end of my first year at Brynteg and I have enjoyed every single moment. The staff at Brynteg are so dedicated and talented and display such a strong commitment to developing the school still further. More than anything, the wonderful pupils who are such a credit to the school and to yourselves really have demonstrated that there is so much to look forward to.
I hope you and your family have a safe and restful summer holiday and I look forward to seeing all pupils again on Tuesday 4th September.
Mr R Davies – Headteacher