DIGITAL professionals went back to school for a national day aimed at getting young people interested in working in their industry.
Digital Day, which is run by UK digital trade body the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA), involved people who work in the digital profession going into 140 schools around the UK to share their experiences of working in the digital world.
One of those schools was St Julian’s School in Newport where Ben Hayward and Emily Harris from web design agency and online marketing agency Spindogs came to talk to pupils about their work.
The school signed up to take part in the day and as part of the experience pupils were tasked with completing a number of challenges under the guidance of digital professionals which were set by The Diana Award, with the final one based around wearable technology and the fashion of the future.
Craig Patalano, digital competence champion at St Julian’s School said: “We are incredibly excited and proud that St Julian’s took part in BIMA’S Digital Day as we know the positive and transformative impact digital skills can make on our students’ choices for the future.
“The digital sector is growing rapidly and we want our students to develop the skills necessary to thrive and build future careers.
“One key aspect of the day was to challenge students to use a variety of problem solving techniques to develop a digital solution.
“Digital Day will give students, from a variety of backgrounds, the opportunities to work on two strands of the Digital Competency Framework which are producing and collaboration.
“Spindogs helped students build relationships and develop a range of skills. These skills will then be used across the school and throughout the curriculum having a real day to day impact on all our student’s learning.”
So proud of former Llys Llywelyn and St Julian’s student George Ratcliffe.
George is representing Wales U19s in the UEFA qualifiers.
We wish both George and the squad all the best in their upcoming matches.
Well done George, St Julian’s is very proud of you!
The Post 16 Head Team successfully hosted their first internal event last month, on the 28th and 29th of September, by raising over £200 through a Coffee Morning for Macmillan. The two-day event took place in the recently established Post 16 Cafe. Over the two days, students and staff baked cakes to sell alongside tea and coffee served by the Year 13 students.
We are extremely proud to have raised £231.39 for Macmillan and had the opportunity to bring together and engage with both staff and students throughout the two days. In addition to staff and students, we welcomed some Year 6 parents who were on a school tour. This allowed us to show them them truly collaborative and enthusiastic environment here at St Julian’s. We look forward to hosting many more successful events in the future.
We appreciate all the donations we received, and thank you all for supporting an excellent cause.
Post 16 Head Team
3 of our students participated in a national campaign by the Welsh Water Board to address issues with water pollution and how to combat it.
They were selected from students across Wales and worked with the company to create a national media campaign to highlight issues. Well done to all the students involved.
Update November 2017
Following recent queries regarding the new Student Reception and open plan toilets, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on how the project is progressing. Building work started during October Half Term and is currently on schedule to be completed on time. The official opening of the newly developed areas will take place when we return in January, following the school holidays. This area will be open plan, boys will be on the left hand side and girls on the right. Separating them will be several sinks and hand dryers down the centre. All toilet cubicles will have floor to ceiling doors. Open plan toilets offer several benefits including a reduction in antisocial behaviour and bullying. The design of the cubicles provides complete privacy for students while an open hand wash area offers open supervision.
Below is an updated 3D design of this project.
As mentioned previously, this investment is designed to improve the existing facilities we have for our students. The well-being of our students is always our uppermost concern. The area will be supervised by our Student Receptionist throughout the day who provides bespoke support as part of our Student Services team. It will also be supervised by two additional members of staff during break and lunch times.
Additional toilet facilities are also available in the Jubilee building.
Over the past year we have been working with Newport Norse who are the school’s corporate landlord in developing future building enhancement plans for the school and have recently received news of additional capital funding.
Over the next academic year we should see the development of the main building toilets/Student Reception entrance area, double glazing windows and expansion of the current café facilities with the introduction of a new outdoor space for students to enjoy.
These projects will happen in three stages, the first being our new toilets. A final project meeting is taking place this week and we hope to see the work commence shortly afterwards. The new toilets and Student Reception entrance should be ready for the third week back when we return after October half term.
I hope that you all had a restful summer holiday and are now ready for another busy and exciting academic year. A particularly warm welcome to the 250 Year 7 students and their families who are now part of the St Julian’s community and welcome back to our of Year 12 students who have decided to pursue their Post 16 education at St Julian’s.
It is a pleasure to report to you that the school’s summer exam results at both A Level and GCSE were good and a reflection of the effort and commitment shown by the students over the past few years, ably supported by both staff and parents/carers. The majority of our A Level students have been accepted to the Universities of their choice. I wish them well as they embark on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. A full report on our external exam performance will be available as part of the Governing Body Annual Report to Parents which is published before October half-term…..
We are very saddened to inform you of the death of one of our year 10 pupils, Kieran Deakin over the summer holidays.
Kieran was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in March and after putting up a long and courageous fight he sadly lost his battle last week.
We will always remember Kieran as a kind, polite, happy boy who loved school and especially his beloved Newport County.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and classmates at this very sad time. There are support networks available in school for any pupil who may be affected by this news.
Parents will be aware that following a recent monitoring visit of the school in June, which reviewed progress since the inspection in 2014, Estyn have placed the school in special measures. The report can be found on the school website.
The school continues to work hard to address the recommendations of the 2014 report, however, as I have indicated previously, it is clear that performance in specific areas needs to improve more quickly. Work on developing teaching, learning and leadership will continue but more rigorous monitoring is required. Our progress will also be supported and monitored by the Local Education Authority and Education Advisory Service (EAS).
Following Estyn feedback on June 22nd 2017 and the judgement of Special Measures, the local authority has reviewed its use of statutory powers and has appointed a further three additional governors to the governing body, and recommended that the Chair of Governors is replaced with the LA’s chosen chair (Tracy McKim). This decision was agreed at the governing body meeting in July.
Both the local authority and governing body were keen to acknowledge the work of Andrew Goddard, at the aforementioned meeting. Mr Goddard has held the role of Chair of Governors for the past three years and has worked tirelessly to increase the effectiveness of governance at the school.
St Julian’s School is keen to continue to work in partnership with the local authority and the appointment of a new chair, along with a challenge advisor will support this. The use of statutory powers is a clear sign that standards within the school must improve quickly and this will be jointly monitored through the governing body and Intervention Plan Monitoring meetings.
The governing body is fully committed to the school and will be working with staff and parents to ensure that we do the very best for the young people and the community.