Dear Parents and Carers,
I thought it would be helpful to give you an update as to where we are in relation to the outbreak of Covid 19.
We are hugely proud of our staff, who have constructed 'Google classrooms' to support each class they teach. Many teachers are getting very good responses from pupils, although some report that not all pupils have signed in. Please ensure your child does not fall behind in their studies. Teachers at Islwyn are more than happy to help. See below some Key Stage 3 suggested texts for reading - kindly provided by our Head of English, Mrs Edwards.
As a community, our staff are also available to support the Childcare Hubs that have been set up in Caerphilly schools. This is vital in order to support those working in our emergency Health and Social Care Services, and is work that will continue over the Easter break.
As you will be aware, this two week Easter break starts on Monday. I understand that many of you will have set up some form of routine for your child / children, but I also must say that an opportunity to have a break from formal learning must also be provided. We are continuing to forward any informal learning activities we think will help you, and your child. Our primary concern will also be to support their health and wellbeing so please use them.
As a school we have, with other schools across Wales, donated all our Science goggles to the NHS. I am grateful to Mrs Pardoe, our Head of Science, who led on this for us, supported by Mr Russell, our Caretaker.
Our catering staff did a tremendous job last week providing 'grab bags' for all out pupils entitled to free school meals. This week, frozen meals will be delivered to the home of all those entitled to free school meals and who have registered on email@example.com . If you are entitled, please take advantage of this offer.
Please click here for the information sent to us from Careers Wales that many of you may find helpful. Further information is due by the end of this week on the potential arrangements for the allocation of grades for those in year 10 and 11. We will, of course, provide you with further information, when we have it.
Please also click here for some information from the Welsh Government for parents and carers supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing during this unprecedented time.
I hope that you, and your families remain safe and well.
With warm wishes,
Dr Heather Duncan
COVID 19 - Free School Meals
Due to the volume of calls and emails we are receiving please see additional telephone numbers below for free school meals applications and enquiries.
Please note: If you made your request for meals to Bridges into Work after the 31st March you will not receive any meals until either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Full details on our website https://bit.ly/2WUkn6U
From Monday 30th March 2020 the Authority will provide all eligible free school meal pupils whose parents signed up to this facility via the email below with 5 frozen meals each week. These meals will be delivered to your home address on a weekly basis. Further information with regards to dates and time will be posted by the end of the week.
If your child is eligible and you wish to receive this service and haven’t yet contacted us, please can you contact the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org or please telephone one of the following numbers:
Be aware of scam emails
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
KEY STAGE 4 - PREDICTED GRADES
Welsh Government and the WJEC have still not finalised exactly what information they need from us in order to predict Year 11 (and possibly Year 10) examination grades.
We are currently finalising latest tracking information from all Key Stage 4 Subject Leaders. This data will then undergo a robust moderation / quality assurance process with our Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body before agreeing final predictions. At this point, prior to being shared with the WJEC, these predictions will be shared with both learners and parents / carers.
On that note, we expect the data we send to the WJEC will also be subject to a rigorous moderation process.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Thank you for your continued patience.
DISTANCE LEARNING INFORMATION
Dear Parent / Carer
We hope you are all well at this difficult time.
We want to offer some guidance for distance learning.
Please ask your child to check Google Classroom regularly for resources. All teachers have created their own classrooms within Google, and have been uploading content for learners to access.
All learners and parents / carers have been emailed access codes for all relevant classrooms - most learners should have been automatically included in the appropriate classrooms.
In terms of a school timetable, it is vital for all learners to continue their studies where appropriate. We would encourage all learners to access the content provided and complete any relevant assessments.
All teachers can be contacted via the ‘stream’ within the relevant classroom, in order to answer any questions that you or your child may have.
For any support issues please contact: email@example.com
Mr R Meade Mr R Wareham
Network Manager Head of ICT and Computer Science