Monday 5th December 2016
As we draw to the end of a very busy term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in working in partnership with the school this term. It has been my pleasure to see so many students actively involved in such a varied programme of activities.
The school will close on Friday 16th December at 3.00pm. If you are collecting your son/daughter from the school, could I please ask your support in parking in the designated parking areas only and not obstructing the highways. School will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January, but will be closed to students. School will re-open for students on Wednesday 4th January and a normal school day will operate.
Please support the school by ensuring that your son/daughter is prepared for the start of term with their equipment and full school uniform.
The uniform and dress code is an important element of improvement at Ysgol Rhosnesni and as a school we are preparing students for their future roles in the world of work. I have written to parents on a number of occasions this year to request your support in not sending your son/daughter to school in items of clothing which are not school uniform. In particular, it is not appropriate for students to wear sports trainers to school and these are not an acceptable replacement for school shoes. Sanctions will be issued where students are not wearing the appropriate school uniform. It has been a pleasure to be informed by members of our school community about how smart our students are.
For your information, an updated version of the school uniform and dress code is available on the school website in the Parent’s section. I should be grateful, if you would spend a few moments to read through the information with your son/daughter to ensure that they start the new school term in full and correct uniform. Blazers are compulsory for all year groups.
Uniform is supplied through RAM Leisure, Whitegate Industrial Complex, Wrexham, LL13 8UG, (01978) 360360. The store is open throughout the Christmas holiday and orders can also be placed online if you so wish via www.ourschoolwear.co.uk. It is envisaged that this arrangement will make it easier for parents to purchase uniform both during term time and for the start of the new school year.
RAM have asked us to advise that their suppliers will be increasing their prices by at least 10% for all clothing as from 1st January 2017. This will have a knock on affect to their uniform prices. They have asked us to inform all parents that they still have stock available from last year and would urge parents to consider purchasing goods if required before the increase date.
During this half term, Year 11 students have been working hard to prepare for their GCSE Examinations by completing their mock examinations and in early November they sat their GCSE Maths and Numeracy examinations. In January they will receive the outcomes of these results as well as groups of Year 11 students sitting their GCSE English Literature and Science papers. It is very important that during this next stage of Year 11 we work together to ensure the students have every opportunity to achieve success. Before the end of term, Year 11 will have the opportunity to participate in a Careers Fayre that has been organised.
Attendance to school, lessons, revision sessions and sessions put on for students are important steps on the path of success. Nothing can be achieved without commitment and engagement. In January we will be issuing progress reports and our parents consultation evening cycle commences. Please take the opportunity to discuss the importance of the grades and targets and support the progress commentary that we provide.
On Friday 2nd December, Year 10 students took part in our Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge. The students worked hard to pitch their business ideas to a team of specialists from the business community as part of the Dragons Challenge. Our congratulations to the winning entrepreneurs!
On Wednesday 7th December Year 7 will be participating in a science workshop with Glyndwr University Techniquest.
On Friday 9th December we will be holding Student Council Elections. This will be an important opportunity for students to elect representatives to the student body who will play an important role making improvements to our school community.
On Tuesday 13th December at 7pm, we will be holding our Christmas Variety Show to kick start the festive season. There is no charge to attend the show, but to assist us with the seating arrangements, please inform the school office if you wish to attend and arrive at the school in plenty of time. Year 10 students will be selling products from the Dragon Lair Challenge on the evening, so you may wish to bring some money to purchase them. I’m sure it will be a lovely evening.
The Annual Christmas Lunch for students will be served on Wednesday 14th December at a cost of £2.30. The Christmas Lunch will be a turkey dinner and a Christmas biscuit.
Friday 16th December will be a non-uniform day for students in exchange for £1.00. The school will be supporting a number of charities this Christmas. Students may wear Christmas Jumpers if they wish. However, in the interests of health and safety please could you ensure that students dress appropriately.
Advance Warning of Adverse Weather Conditions
With the onset of winter should there be the likelihood of snowfall in the locality every effort will be made to ensure that the school continues to remain open as normal.
However in extreme circumstances, in which the health and safety of members of the school community would be compromised, it may be necessary for a whole or partial closure to take place. Information will be available on the school website
www.rhosnesni-high.wrexham.sch.uk, Wrexham County Borough Council website www.wrexham.gov.uk, Heart FM, BBC Radio Wales and their websites. Please note that the radio stations will ONLY broadcast details if the school is CLOSED.
During this period, every attempt will be made to clear and grit safe pathways around the school and students are requested to ensure that they use them appropriately. Students in Year 10 and 11 who attend courses at Coleg Cambria and other partner providers will be required to attend as normal unless they are notified otherwise. I seek to assure you that every effort will be made to ensure that the school continues to operate as normal and that disruption will be kept to a minimum.
In the event of having to close early during the school day, Students will be provided with telephone access if required to contact parents to gain permission to leave the premises. If there is no one at home or access to home is impractical, students will be instructed to go to the home of a chosen friend or relative and to make sure that their parents are aware of their location. I have attached a change of details form for you to download here (Changes to Student Details Form) and to be returned to the school office so that we can ensure we have the correct information to contact you if required.
Students will not be allowed to go home until staff are assured that they have parental permission to leave and that they have a safe place to go to, e.g. straight home or to an agreed destination. Students will be instructed to take appropriate materials with them to ensure that they are able to continue with their studies at home. Students who cannot safely be transported home will be gathered in the School Hall where staff can assess the situation and allocate staff supervision.
Attendance to school remains an important priority for the school. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the expectations of good attendance and punctuality to school.
Attendance and punctuality to school continue to be a core priority of ours and it is important that all students are in school by the first warning bell at 8.40am in order to be at their registration room for 8.45am. To support us in ensuring that your son/daughter achieves their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our students and endeavour to provide an environment where all students feel valued and welcome. Parents and students play a part in making our school so successful. We expect that all students will attend school regularly, attend school punctually and attend school appropriately prepared for the day. Please contact the school if there are any problems that prevent your son/daughter from attending school. Please do not take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent adults from going to work.
If you are considering not sending your child to school as they have been ill in the night and have had broken sleep, please consider sending them into school in the afternoon. Your child may feel better and they will have the chance to catch up on their learning.
Please try to make appointments out of school hours but if this is not possible, your child should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment. Taking a whole day off school for a dental/medical appointment is unacceptable.
At certain times of the year, it is a real temptation to take children out of school to go on holiday. I am receiving an increasing number of requests from parents to take children out of school during term time. The Welsh Government have introduced fixed penalty notices for unauthorised absences. Please can I enlist your support in ensuring that the school is kept informed of any absences involving your son/daughter being absent from school. On return to school, a note covering the absence is required.
Punctuality to school is so important and lateness to school disrupts learning. It is our expectation that students arrive at school and are ready to learn for 8.40am. Lateness to school will be challenged. If there are genuine reasons for lateness to school, please contact our Attendance and Punctuality Officer, Mr M Cleverley to discuss the issues.
I would like to remind all parents to check their eligibility for free school meals. This can save a family up to £800 per year and there may be other advantages available to you. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please check the Wrexham Council Website: http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/education/school_meals/free_school_meals.htm
or give them a call on 01978 297413, alternatively if you need any assistance with the forms please contact the school office for further information.
I hope you will find the information provided to be helpful in outlining the procedures that will need to be followed. Throughout the process, the importance of the health and safety of all members of the school community will be paramount.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
N D Harrison
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Welcome to Ysgol Rhosnesni. It has been a very busy term with lots of activities and projects taking place across the school. We have welcomed students from our cluster primary schools to English Master Classes, launched the Arts Council Lead Creative Schools programme, held Mock Interview Day for Year 11 students and students are preparing for our school trip to Berlin on February 16th and our trip to Iceland in April.
Our Year 11 Parent Consultation Evening is on Wednesday 15th February between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. We look forward to seeing parents and guardians at this important evening to discuss the progress and achievement of Year 11 students.
After a very busy half term we will be closing for the half term holiday on Friday 17th February at 3.00pm and re-open on Monday 27th February.
There will be a Maths Half Term School on Tuesday 21st February between 9.00am – 1.00pm. Every Year 11 student is encouraged to attend the Maths workshops. Details have been sent home.