For the past week, we have had a toilet in Main Reception raising the awareness of the importance of clean, safe water in our lives.

The students and staff have been ‘spending-a-penny’ all week and collecting and donating money towards Water Aid.  Our final total today is £162.

This is an amazing effort by all and we thank Miss Lennon for co-ordinating the fundraising.


HT Letter March '15Dear Parent/Carer,

As we move towards the end of the Spring Term I wanted to write to update you with the news of school events.  Although short in length, as a school it certainly has been an extremely busy term.

Our official inspection report was published on 6th February – many thanks to all the parents that attended the meeting in school to discuss this and the recommendations provided by Estyn.  Our response in terms of the Post Inspection Action Plan was submitted on 13th March.  Once again I will publish details of this on our school website.  We look forward to working with you in collaboration over the coming months to successfully meet the recommendations and secure success for St Julian’s School…..


Screen-Shot-2013-09-16-at-10.07.18Friday 27th March is a normal school day and we will break up at 3pm for the Easter holidays.

School will start again at 8.35am on Monday 13th April. Week 1

Wishing all students a lovely Easter break.


Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.08.50The curriculum in Wales is changing and, if your child is starting Year 10 in September 2015, the GCSEs that they will be sitting for English and mathematics will be different to those that are currently offered. If your child is already in Year 10 or Year 11 they are unaffected by the changes.

In mathematics, the key change is that pupils will be provided with the opportunity to gain two GCSEs in mathematics. These are GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy.

These changes have been made following a review of qualifications in Wales which recommended that pupils need to become more proficient in applying the mathematical techniques they learn to solving real-life problems. This has resulted in the introduction of the numeracy qualification.

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IMG_1815Congratulations to all of the students this term for their effort and enthusiasm to set and achieve their personal targets.

Well done to all students who received an award today.

Have a safe and restful Easter holiday and get ready to set yourself new targets in the next term.



Tredegar HouseThe Year 13 drama students had one of their final practical examinations today at Tredegar House. Students gave a superb performance at a very special location.

There were three performances showcasing various characters from the history of the house; starting with the first performance based in the 17th century, then the Victorian era finishing with a piece set in the 1930’s.

All students did the drama department proud! Well done cast!



World Water Day is marked on 22nd March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.  Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day. LINK

To coincide with World Water Day, we are making water bottles available to all students in your house colours.

The water bottles cost £1 each and will be available from Student Reception from Monday 13th April onwards.

All the proceeds will go to the Student Council so they can re-invest the money to improve the school.

Thank you for your support

Water bottles



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On Friday March 6th, Miss Evans and Mrs Hughes from the Welsh department, and Mr McKinty and Mr O’Connell from our LDC, set off on a long, pleasant journey up to Bala in North Wales with a group of year 9 students.

During the weekend at the Urdd residential centre, Glan Llyn, students participated in many outdoor and indoor activities, including canoeing, raft building, high ropes, orienteering, archery and a climbing wall.

Without a doubt, the preferred activity of the majority was building a raft, as a team, and taking it out on the lake to see if it floated. They worked superbly as a team and both teams’ rafts were excellent. They thoroughly enjoyed paddling around on the lake on them.

All students were a credit to the school all weekend. Staff at the centre commented on how our students were a pleasure to work with. This made the staff accompanying them very proud.

For some of our students, it was a great weekend for overcoming their fears. Every student successfully jumped from this tower and made it around the high ropes course! With the support of their friends, and the rest of the group, this task was made achievable. Well done to all of you!

The weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all. All students were keen to know when the next trip is.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 15.21.15On Friday 13th March, Miss Evans, Mrs Hughes and Miss Jones from the Welsh department at St Julian’s, took a group of students to compete in the regional round of the Urdd Eisteddfod, at Ysgol Uwchradd Cwm Rhymney, near Blackwood.

Three competitions were entered in total; two group recitals and one individual recitation.

Our 10 KS3 students, practised tirelessly over the last few weeks to learn and recite the poem ‘Y Deg Gorchymyn’, before delivering a perfect performance on Friday evening. Despite tough competition, they achieved 3rd place. This is an excellent achievement and we are extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Also, our 11 year 10 students, spent many hours learning, practising and delivering their poem, ‘Melinau’ before giving a truly passionate performance on Friday evening. Their timing, pronunciation and delivery was amazing. This was recognised by the judges who awarded them 1st place! This group will now go through to the National competition at the Urdd Eisteddfod, at Llancaiach Fawr, on May 27th.

Similar success was gained by a year 12 Welsh A Level student who also delivered a word perfect performance on the evening of the poem ‘Y Sbectol Hud’, and again, was awarded with a 1st place. They will join the KS4 group to perform in the National finals at Llancaiach Fawr in May.

As a school, we are extremely proud of each and every one of these students. Not only did they show the dedication to learn, practise and deliver a poem in Welsh, but their behaviour on the evening was impeccable, they were a credit to St Julian’s.

We wish all of those going through to the finals every success and hope that we can again come away with 1st places.

Da iawn i chi chi gyda a llongyfarchiadau!   Pob lwc yn Llancaiach Fawr!


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