Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you and your family are safe and well and that you are receiving all of the support you require.
At present Pentrehafod is only open for Emergency Child Care; all parents and carers are advised that this provision should ONLY be used when there is no other alternative available and that you need to use this service because you are a Key Worker. We do ask that you contact the school to let us know when you need this provision so we can staff it accordingly. We will be timetabling this provision in over the Easter Holidays – Monday 6th– Friday 17th April and running the same hours, weekdays 8 – 5pm. This may change and we are in daily contact with the Local Authority regarding Emergency Child Care provision.
Please remember that whilst the school is only open for Emergency Child Care, staff are available to deal with your queries. Please email or ring reception.
Examinations (Year 10 and Year 11 students)
Year 11 students will receive grades based on examination modules sat so far, Controlled Assessments and teachers’ predicted grades.
Please see this link to Qualifications Wales for an update on the options if you are a year 10 student. There will be lots of opportunities to discuss these options with students when we return to school.
Online work: for all students
As you are aware, we have used our website as a base to direct students to a variety of work and this is proving to be a useful tool. Thank you to those parents/cares who have rang in with queries regarding HWB Teams; please see the useful online guides on our website as they are designed to support you. Please could you continue to encourage your son/daughter to continue with their study habits; they can email their class teacher directly with subject queries if they do not understand the work. We are also an Empathy School and there is a section on our website called Emapthy Lab. Please encourage your son/daughter to read as widely as possible. If they prefer to listen to books there are now a wide range of books available to download for free (many sites have chosen to do this now that schools are closed).
As mentioned above, we have produced a range of work to be completed at home but you know you children best: please remember to make your own judgements about how much work needs to be completed, when and so on. Some children respond well to having a very structured approach (there is a great deal being posted on social media at the moment where people are talking about the 5-hour school day that they have created at home), others less so and they will only want to undertake some school work as and when they feel like it and, to be honest, this is also fine. This situation is concerning for us all but I feel that we need to ensure that our young people have the support they require to deal with some of the important questions and concerns that they have. Remember that people react differently to significant events. Some people – adults and children – may feel worried, whilst others may show no anxiety at all. Be reassured that different reactions are normal and ok.
If your child seems worried, it may be good to distract them with something that takes their mind off their worries. You might also want to set aside 10-15 minutes each day for them to talk about any worries, and to reassure them.
Remember to keep things positive and give children hope. For example, tell children that now many people are working to make this better and that even though it is serious, everyone is doing their best to help people.
Do positive things together, and keep active. Make a plan and suggest some regular family times where you can play games, do some exercise together, or do other things that you know most of you like. Try to find a good balance between time together, and screen time.
Keep in good contact with family and friends (via Facetime, Skype WhatsApp etc.; following NHS guidance on ‘social contact’). This will help children connect with others and know that others are thinking about them. It will also reassure them that others are well. Encourage acts of kindness; it is a difficult time, but there are ways where we can support others.
As a parent/Carer you may be concerned yourself. Take e care of yourself and make sure you have breaks, time to relax, and ask for help from others if you need.
There are a range of resources on the Health and Wellbeing section of the website. Please try these as a family.
We will continue to update the website; some sections are updated daily so do keep checking.
On behalf of all staff and Governors, please do everything possible to keep safe,