I hope you are all keeping well. I have some good news at last! We can finally outline our arrangements for returning to school before Easter. You have probably heard the recent announcements from Welsh Government, and we now have enough information to be able to update you.
This is the government announcement, which gives individual schools the freedom to decide how exactly they will arrange the return to school:
As a result of the announcement, here are the Bro Edern plans between now and Easter …
All online lessons on Google Meet will continue daily for everyone who does not have lessons on the school site.
Thursday evening 11 March – Year 11 Parents’ Evening from 2:30 until 6:30pm on School Cloud. No lesson 6 for the whole school.
Friday 12 March – Screen free day for everyone – no live lessons nor any new work set, as requested by some parents in the last live learning questionnaire. Opportunity to catch up with missing work, relax or continue with the St David’s Pilgrimage.
KS4 and KS5 return from 15 March …
Monday 15 March – Year 11 only
Tuesday 16 March – Years 11 + 13
Wednesday 17 March – Years 11 + 13
Thursday 18 March – Years 11, 12 + 13
Friday 19 March – Years 10, 11, 12 + 13
KS3 have an opportunity to meet their teachers from 22 March onwards
Monday 22 March – Years 7, 10, 11, 12 + 13
Tuesday 23 March – Years 8, 10, 11, 12 + 13
Wednesday 24 March – Years 9, 10, 11, 12 + 13
Thursday 25 March – Years 10, 11, 12 + 13
Friday 26 March – Cluster Inset Day – Curriculum for Wales – No school for pupils and the Easter holidays start for a fortnight.
We expect the buses to run as usual, for the fortnight before Easter.
The county has confirmed that the canteen will not be open, therefore everyone will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinks to last the whole day. As the voucher system will continue, pupils entitled to free school meals will also need to bring a packed lunch. Because the canteen is closed, everyone will be able to have lunch at the same time: 1, 2, break, 3, 4, lunch, 5, 6. Pupils will eat their lunch in a designated classroom, as before Christmas. Eating while wandering around is not allowed, neither is eating outside.
We will return to the same routine as before Christmas. Pupils will need to wear their full school uniform, including school jumpers and black school shoes. If there is a PE lesson that day, then pupils will need to come to school already wearing their official Bro Edern PE kit as there will be no opportunity to change. Pupils will need to remember to bring a roll-on deodorant with them for the end of PE lessons. Please remember that aerosol deodorants may no longer be used on school premises, so that we can protect the health of everyone on site.
Sixth Form Partnership Courses
If pupils are unsure of the arrangements for their partnership course, they need to discuss with Miss Land, by contacting her via e-mail. Pupils will not be travelling to Plasmawr and Glantaf for a while, therefore everything will remain online. Ideally, pupils should follow the online partnership courses from home, but this may not be possible for pupils with a series of lessons on the same day. Please discuss with Miss Land!
Sixth Form Lounge
We are not keen for pupils to spend much time in the Sixth Form lounge, as this will increase the risk of pupils needing to self-isolate. We think our Sixth Formers have already been stuck at home long enough! For the two weeks before Easter, only year 13 pupils will have access to the lounge and workroom, and only if they are unable to go home, or if they only have one free lesson, sandwiched between two taught lessons. Between now and Easter, year 12 will go to the hall during free lessons, break and lunch and work quietly there. Generally, we would like to encourage our Sixth Formers to leave the school premises when they are free, bearing in mind that they need to time their movements carefully to ensure that they are punctual for all lessons. Leaving the premises may not be an option for all pupils, and we understand this, but we would like to keep the numbers of pupils mingling during free lessons and breaks to a minimum.
Our procedures will be exactly as before: pupils can arrive any time after 7:30am, the one-way system around school is still in place, as is the disinfection of tables and chairs at the end of lessons, hand washing and the use of sanitiser. During break and lunch times, pupils will continue to stay in year groups in different sections of the yard, as before. At the end of the day, we will release pupils gradually and they will need to leave the school site immediately and avoid congregating on the pavement outside.
Pupils and staff will need to wear a mask on the school site at all times. Please put a mask on the daily packing list alongside the school bag, fully charged iPad / Chromebook and packed lunch. According to the latest guidelines we have received, this time round a mask is required at all times where social distancing cannot be maintained in the building, so for the first time, pupils will need to wear a mask in lessons. Pupils may still wear a washable face covering, as long as it consists of three layers. Staff now have to wear an official disposable mask, replacing it twice a day. For pupils in exam classes, there will be a few rare exceptions where we will need to arrange social distancing in order to remove masks, e.g. in oral presentations or oral assessments. Please note that the face coverings issued by the school, namely the green ones from the county, and the black ones sold by the Cyfeillion, all have three layers. The Cyfeillion ones are still for sale on ParentPay – there are a few left.
Thanks to everyone who attended the information evening for year 11, 12 and 13 pupils and parents, as well as the Sixth Form parents’ evening. It was great to see so many people online. We hope that you found these meetings useful. As I explained at the information evening, we will now write a whole school assessment plan, as well as departmental plans. Details of these will be presented to you in due course. Staff are also looking forward to seeing year 11 parents online on School Cloud for our year 11 parents’ evening on Thursday evening.
Miss Dafydd returns
It was great to welcome Miss Fflur Dafydd of the Music Department back from her maternity leave on Wednesday. There is no timetable change as a result of Miss Dafydd’s return, so the timetable on ClassCharts remains as it is. If anyone has been logged out of their ClassCharts account, either parents or pupils, then please contact Mr Gary Ellis straight away: GEllis@ysgolbroedern.cardiff.sch.uk
St David’s Pilgrimage
It’s wonderful to hear that a number of pupils have already completed the 111 miles or 178km, representing the distance to St Davids – these pupils have beaten the staff (with the exception of Mr Steffan Jones, of course, who is now on his way back from St Davids!) Please remember that you have until the end of March to complete the whole distance. The occasional nice day and the lighter evenings are a real bonus.
Tarian Competition – Online Safety
Congratulations to Carys, Manon and Rhianne from year 9 on winning the Safer Internet Day 2021 competition. The competition was organised by Tarian, which represents all the police forces across south Wales.
Tarian set the challenge of creating a short film aimed at 11-17 year olds. The film needed to raise awareness of the law around computer misuse and cyber-dependent crime. An amazing achievement – very well done!
Cyfeillion – PTA
Thanks to the Cyfeillion, who continue to organise all sorts of fun activities on behalf of the school. As you can see from the pictures below, there was a great response to their competitions during our screen-free St David’s Day afternoon, with the Bake Off cakes looking particularly delicious. In addition, the amount raised through EasyFundraising is now over £330. Please remember to use the EasyFundraising website or app when shopping online, especially if you’re paying large sums e.g. considering booking a holiday. Next up are the Cyfeillion’s Easter activities and all parents are welcome to join the Cyfeillion at their next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday evening this week, 9th March at 6:30pm on Zoom. The meetings are always held in English so that everyone can be included.
Meeting ID: 730 7957 4156 Passcode: gpq2p5
Please remember that now is the time to compete in all Eisteddfod T competitions. Everything has been launched by the Urdd, and the closing date is 12pm, lunchtime on Friday 26 March, our Inset Day. There is something for everyone in the list of competitions, including:
- Singing, Recitation, Dance
- Art, Graphics, Photography
- Short film
- Cogurdd (cooking)
- TikTok video
- Performing with your pet
- Creating an image with your Strava route (Bro Edern staff are too old to compete!)
- Family sketch – we can think of a few families who would #joio this competition!
Here is a list of all competitions, including details of how to compete:
#ProsiectLles with the Urdd
I would also like to draw your attention to this Urdd Wellbeing Project which is available to pupils aged 14+. The project includes digital Health and Wellbeing sessions with sporting heroes and familiar faces in Wales. With this project, the Urdd aims to provide young people with information and education through the medium of Welsh about how sport and fitness can help with health, wellbeing and performance.
Thanks once again for your continued support of the school. This next phase promises to be yet another chapter in the life and times of Bro Edern during COVID-19 and we are very much looking forward to seeing our pupils back in school, benefiting fully from face to face lessons.