Year 8 Bulletin – December 2015

The ‘Thought for the Week’ themes for this month are as follows:

  • Week beginning 30th November – World Aids Day (1st)
  • Week beginning 7th December – Human Right’s Day (10th)/Fundamental Rights
  • Week beginning 14th December – Gifts and Blessings

Upcoming important dates for Year 8 include:

  • End of term – Friday 18th December 2015
  • Start of new term – Monday 4th January 2016

Behaviour

Year 8 behaviour is generally outstanding and the majority of our students are supportive of one another and display camaraderie and the want to build each other up. Any incidents of behaviour and/or mistreatment between peers is dealt with very seriously and as immediately as possible. We also, however, place effort on enhancing the resilience of all individuals and equipping them with the skills to understand and tolerate one another’s differences.

On Wednesday 18th November we held our ‘Collapsed Timetable Day’ which was very purposeful and effective. Year 7 and 8 were educated on the Equality Act (2012), the protected characteristics and the bullying circle. The efforts of every individual were quite simply astonishing and they had the opportunity to perform their own creative yet touching role play situations of the bullying circle; they were inspired by an initial performance from a number of staff. We truly felt that the message had got across and all students reflected on how their actions may affect others.

Learning

November proved to be a busy yet fruitful month with the issuing of the Year 8 interim reports leading on to Year 8 Parents’ Consultation Evening.

The reports will have provided you with a clear overview on how your child is performing across their subjects in the attributes of: classwork, homework, behaviour and organisation. Your son/daughter has now been set an ‘end of year target’ and ‘end of Key Stage target’ for each subject so should have some positive targets to aim for. The Consultation Evening hopefully provided you with an opportunity to discuss the report attributes with each subject teacher and you now feel best positioned to support your son/daughter from home.

It was a delight to see so many of you on the evening and my thanks goes to you for your continued support. If you were unable to attend that evening but would like to discuss your son’s/daughter’s report then please do not hesitate to contact me. Please may I request that, in future years, if you are unable to attend this highly important academic event that you communicate this with me or your son’s/daughter’s Form Tutor. Subject teachers often require this opportunity to have in-depth conversations so it is imperative that we have a significant focus on this.

Show My Homework is continuing to be used by students and parents/guardians and there has been a noticeable progression in organisation and achievement as a result. All students and parents/guardians should now have their PINS to log in with. If you are having issues with logging in please contact me or Show My Homework directly – their contact details on the webpage.

Over the course of Year 7 and 8 we have been communicating to you via Parent Mail. We have recently switched over to a more reliable service called ‘SCHOOP’ – an acronym for ‘Schools in the Loop’. A letter was sent out to all parents/guardians last week providing the details of this. The instructions on how to register for SCHOOP to ensure you receive any school communications and alerts has been copied and pasted below for your information again: https://www.crickhowell-hs.powys.sch.uk/it/schoop/

Attendance

Our attendance has dipped recently and this appears to be mainly as a result of illness. However, a number of students are attending medical appointments within school hours. May I politely request that every effort is made for these to be outside of school time or, if possible, after lunch. This will reduce the impact of the absence on your child’s academic attainment. For every lesson they miss they are required to copy up on the work and it obviously affects their attendance report and record.

We pride ourselves on punctuality and believe it is necessary to place emphasis on this from the beginning of High School. Any students who are late for assemblies and/or registration in the mornings will now be sanctioned with a lunchtime detention, unless there is a valid and communicated reason from parents/guardians.

The 100% Attendance Award is still being presented within assembly each week. Many congratulations to the students below who were selected at random for the month of November for achieving 100% attendance over one specific week:

  • Billie-Jean Coultas (8D)
  • Levi-James Vale (8P)
  • Rhiannon Davies (8C)
  • Steffan Powell (8H)
  • David King (8D)
  • Rebecca Rees (8P)
  • Max Jory (8C)
  • Ruby Carleton (8H)

These students were all provided with a ‘skip the dinner queue ticket’ for themselves and one friend. All students have the potential to be drawn every week of the school year.

Extra-curricular activities & more

The following performance based clubs/rehearsals are still taking place:

  • Monday lunchtime 1:30 – 2 p.m – Musical Theatre Club
  • Monday 3:30-5 p.m – Rock Challenge rehearsals
  • Tuesday 3:30 – 5 p.m. – School Play rehearsals
  • Thursday lunchtime 1:30 – 2 p.m. – Whole school choir
  • Friday lunchtime 1:30 – 2 p.m. – Whole school choir

The Art, Design & Technology Club continues to run 1:30-2:00 p.m. every Monday lunch time and our sports clubs all continue to run. We are currently trailing students for the Indoor Athletics competition which takes place on Thursday 10th December and team sport and Gymnastics fixtures/competitions have been very successful of late. More information on the clubs and fixtures in Physical Education may be found on the school website.

As a reminder, students still have the opportunity to learn Latin. The lessons run every Wednesday morning at 8:35 a.m. Your son/daughter can sign-up for this my seeing a member of staff from the Languages Department.

Our other extra-curricular clubs include: Eco Club, School Council, Homework Club, ICT Club and Film Club.

Christmas Activities

Students and families have an enjoyable range of forthcoming festive events to look forward to:

  • Christmas at Crickhowell concert in St. Edmunds Church – Thursday 10th December
  • Key Stage 3 Christmas Quiz – Lessons 1 to 3 – Friday 11th December
  • Christmas lunch – £2.25 cost – Wednesday 14th December
  • ‘Text Santa’ Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 16th December (Information will be sent out separately)

For the Key Stage 3 Christmas Quiz students will be required to attend school in their normal uniform but house points will be awarded for the wearing of a Christmas accessory e.g. hats and scarves.

 

May I take this opportunity to send my festive greetings. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

 

Yours sincerely,
Miss C Jones – Year 8 Progress Leader