IMPORTANT EXAM INFORMATION

  • Please learn your candidate number, this is the 4 digit number printed on the top of your exam timetable.
  • Check where your exam desk is before every exam. Your seat number will be indicated on your exam timetable. The seating plan will also be available in the BEST area prior to each exam.
  • Please ensure you are at LEAST 10 minutes early for all your exams and line up outside the hall in an orderly manner. Sometimes there are special instructions that need to be read out and once the exam has started we cannot disturb everyone else by repeating any messages over the speaker system.
  • Check when you sit down that it is your name on the desk. If you can’t find your name ask an invigilator.
  • If you think you have the wrong paper, raise your hand and wait for an invigilator. NEVER remove an exam paper from a desk.
  • Always ensure you have the right equipment for each exam i.e. pens, pencils, calculators, etc. Pencil cases need to be clear plastic only.
  • The only drink allowed inside the exam hall is water. This must be in a clear bottle with any labels removed.
  • If for any reason you are going to be late for an exam, please call the school as soon as possible.
  • Ideally do not bring a mobile phone or smartwatch with you, but if you do it cannot be about your person. It must be stored away from you desk in your bag or with an invigilator. Every year we have papers cancelled because we find mobile phones on students during exams. Even if it is switched off – even if the SIM card is out – YOUR PAPER WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
  • Please make sure you wear full school uniform to every exam.
  • All wristwatches must be removed and placed on the the exam desk.

FOOTBALL SUCCESS

Congratulations to Laura Morris and Megan Lewis. They have had a fantastic year playing girls football for Villa Dino’s Christchurch U16s girls.

They came runners up in the league, reached all three cup finals, winning two out of the three.

A special mention must go to Megan who has been selected for the Welsh Under 15 and 16 Girls Football Squad.

Well done girls!

Ramadan: Tuesday 15th May – Thursday 14th June

Dear Students,

We understand that during the period of Ramadan Muslims are expected to adhere to guidance and rulings from the Qur’an. As a result, the long fasting hours and expected practices could cause you some difficulties in school. Therefore the following is in place to ensure you are still able to access the curriculum during Ramadan:

PE – students are expected to bring their kit and change in order to take part in lighter sporting activities.

Food Technology – students are encouraged to take part in practical sessions although should you wish not to cook, relevant written work will be provided.

Musicstudents are expected to partake in lessons as you are working towards assessments.  You may be performing and listening to music of an appropriate nature for educational purposes.  

All subjects – our staff are all very supportive of Muslim students during Ramadan and are aware that fasting could affect your performance due to a drop in energy and concentration. This will be considered in the marking of any formal assessments.

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss this further, please either come and see us yourself or ask your parents, carers or family to contact us via telephone.

Miss S Hook & Mr N King

GDPR and BIOMETRICS INTRODUCTION

Dear Parent/Carer,

As a school we are improving our payment and communication systems.

From Monday 4th June, the school will be operating a new catering payment system that works through biometrics.  This will replace the current card system.

What is Biometric Authentication?

Biometric authentication is a security process which uses unique biological characteristics of an individual to verify who they are. Biometric authentication systems compare a biometric data capture against a stored piece of data held in a database. If both samples of the biometric data match, authentication is confirmed.

How will St Julian’s School use Biometric Authentication?

We will use an image of your child’s fingerprint to authenticate use of the canteen payment systems.

The system will turn the image of the fingerprint into a mathematical algorithm, the image is then deleted. The information that is stored cannot be used to recreate an image of your child’s fingerprint.

When a student leaves school, all the data will be deleted from the system.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

GDPR comes into effect on 25th May 2018 and replaces the Data Protection Directive with the aim of harmonising data privacy laws across Europe. Many of the key areas remain the same with some aspects of the regulations strengthened. As such we are adapting some of our practice to ensure we are in line with this new legislation. More information regarding GDPR can be found on the school website.

You can find more information regarding GDPR and the use of biometrics at St Julian’s School on our webpage or feel free to contact us if you have any further queries.

YEAR 9 GCSE SCIENCE INFORMATION

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 9 students are currently studying towards their GCSE in science. In the week starting July 9th, students will be tested on this work in order for us to decide the best group for each student next year. It is important that all students prepare thoroughly for this test; they need to ask their teachers for revision lists to help them with this preparation….

 

The Holocaust Memorial Trust

The Holocaust Memorial Trust

On the 7th of February, we had the honour to visit Auschwitz with the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Program, which aims to change the way we perceive the Holocaust and the events that happened. It aims to educate students and re-humanize the victims of the events that took place.

In order to share what we experienced, we have decided to write this piece to display our thoughts and feelings of what we experienced.

Auschwitz 1, by Megan Slocombe

When most people think of Auschwitz, they normally think of Auschwitz-Birkenau; the camp where 1.1 million people sadly lost their lives, this is included myself, however, many do not know about the other camp; Auschwitz 1. Auschwitz 1 served as a concentration camp for political prisoners and for people of different ethnicities until 1942 when the final solution came into force and the mass murders began.

I was quite apprehensive before going to Poland as I was not sure what to expect and how I would feel during the visit. We had been prepared in our session before the trip on what to expect and how there is no correct way to react but it is all very well on being told these things, but it is different once you are there.

After the early start and the plane journey, the coldness was quite welcomed as it made us more alert and more able to experience and take in our surroundings which allowed us to see what Krakow was really like. Krakow was really pretty, and looked the same as it did in pictures from prior to the war but it was a shock to find out that the community was mostly Jewish before the war and only one Jewish person remained at the end- whether the others escaped or were sent to concentration camps.

From Krakow town, we then went on to Auschwitz 1, which now serves as a memorial museum, where we met our tour guide for the day. The main focus of our trip was to re-humanize the victims, so you can comprehend what actually happened; rather than just hearing the statistics, hearing the story. The one main sight that really stood out for me was seeing all the pairs of glasses that had been confiscated off of prisoners as well as their suitcases which had their initials on them- this very much felt human and personal to those who lost their lives. I believe that there isn’t anything that can really show the scale of what happened, until you see their belongings. The hardest part of the day was seeing the stories of the children, seeing their clothes and toys. Personally, when thinking about Auschwitz, I think about the people who worked there, I do tend to forget about those who never made it past the gates- but since my experience, I doubt I will ever forget that again.

The whole day, even now, still feels incomprehensible and unreal and I still can’t put my feelings of the experience into words but I know that it is one that has change my perspective on as I no longer see the number but the individuals and what they went through. I would truly recommend anyone to go and visit Auschwitz 1 & 2, if they ever get the opportunity to do so.

Birkenau (Auschwitz II), By Gemma Roche

When I first got accepted for the privilege of visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau, I was apprehensive of how I was going to react to what I was going to see; to hearing names, to actually see the scale of the camps, and to seeing where people lived before, for some, reaching their untimely end. After walking through Auschwitz I, although I was hearing names and seeing photos and belongings, I don’t think I could really comprehend the scale of the camp – comprehend the loss of the camp. Birkenau really changed that for me.

When we first got to Birkenau, or Auschwitz II, with the guard watchtower looming over us, was awe inspiring, and you could see this immense and powerful building from a considerable distance, and you could sense how much history it held. Beyond this gate, we followed the worn path further into the camp to where the prisoners lived. Although many of the prisoner barracks were made out of wood and have since decayed or weakened since the end of the war, the concrete chimneys built in an attempt to heat the barracks still remain from the original construction, resulting in concrete pillars as far as the eye can see, really representing how many people lived there, remaining tall in their memory. As we walked from one part of the immense camp to the other, the snow, as Megan previously mentioned, created a look of barren and lifeless land stretching onwards, and as we learned more about the prisoners lives, showed how they had been the only life that had ever been within the perimeter.

We first visited the sanitary facilities within the camp, which were extremely poor, with no privacy, clean water, or change of clothes; despite this fact many prisoners were determined to keep themselves as clean as possible, to fight against the regime by having the respects for themselves so many people tried to take away. We managed to see within a reconstructed barrack, which had originally been horse stables the Nazi’s repurposed for housing the prisoners. Although it was originally meant to house 70 people, there was often up to 1000 in each one, using only their shoes as bedding on otherwise wooden frames. We also got to see where they kept political prisoners during the war, including under 14 year olds, who were usually not permitted to stay at the camp and were unusually young. These prisoners were kept separate from the main populations, and as there was adults living with these young children they had never met, there was evidence of them trying to keep the barrack as comforting as possible. There were drawings on the wall, and the adults tried to continue as much of the schooling they could. This really shows how people relied and trusted one another during their time in Auschwitz, and how they tried their hardest to act as if nothing was happening for the sake of the children.

Overall, I believe Birkenau shows the absolute conviction of people trying to remain being seen as people. It was completely eye-opening, and just really challenged everything I thought I knew about the Holocaust. Just like Megan, I would definitely recommend you going if you have the chance.

MURDER MYSTERY AT TREDEGAR HOUSE

Wonderful to see our Post 16 students having the opportunity to perform at Tredegar House.

They had the opportunity to wear period clothing and perform their Victorian Murder Mystery in the building and the ground.

Thank you so much for the continued support of the National Trust and the staff at the house for this amazing opportunity.

Diolch

END OF TERM LETTER – EASTER

Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the end of another busy term I wanted to take the opportunity to update you all of news at St Julian’s.

With our summer term looming, Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students are now on the countdown to their exams.  Display around school show that Y11 will have just 14 days of school left when they return after Easter until their first exam (GCSE Numeracy, 8th May).  For all students it is vital that they plan their Easter break wisely – to ensure that they spend time each day revising but also that they get a chance to rest and refresh themselves too: it will be a pressured summer term and the more preparation they can do at home, the better their school days will be…..

BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH

”We would like to thank all of the students and their families for their efforts in helping us exceed our goal with the donation for Brain Tumour Research. We would also like to thank all of the companies that donated prizes for their generosity. Without them this would not have been possible.

In total we raised a massive £936.10! which is incredible with this we are one step closer to finding a cure.’

Companies/People that donated prizes were:
Frankie & Bennys, Pizza Hut, Boots, Thorntons, Costa Coffee, Tiffins, Morrisons, Blaina Wharf, Pizza Express, Toby Carvery, Next, Sainsburys, Mutiny Shave Co, Wrens, Mr Hayward, McDonalds, Gemellis, Beauty Lounge, Smiggles, Waterstones, Cineworld, Beefeater, Nando’s, Energi, Celtic Manor, Nicholas Marshall-Hirenet and Nicola Marshall-Teaching for Wales.

A huge thank you from Yr 10, Miss Redmond, Miss Seivwright and Miss Preece

GIRLS INTO SCIENCE

As part of an initiative to increase the numbers of ‘girls in science’, we took 30 Yr 7 students to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in Newport.

St Julian’s School is partnered with the IPO as part of our BITC Careers Wales Business Class agreement.  Both organisations frequently work together, mutually benefitting from projects and initiatives throughout the year.

The aim of the day was to ‘Inspire, Enthuse & Engage’ the students in scientific activities and the feedback was superb.  The girls took part in activities related to space and personality types, received a presentation on famous female inventors and various team challenges.

They also took part in a number of thought provoking discussions and an interactive presentation from the IPO’s ‘Rock Doctor’ based on how physics is applied in music.

The initiative will be supported within the science curriculum back at school and we look forward to seeing what these young scientists do in the future.