INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

Dear Parent/Carer,

I write to inform you of changes that have been made regarding the provision of instrumental lessons for the next academic year.

We are pleased to be able to continue to run lessons in collaboration with the Gwent Music Support Service who provide high quality teachers for all instruments. We are continuing to provide free lessons for students in Year 10 and 11 who are studying Music as a GCSE option, as they are examined in performance as part of the course. However, we are not able to continue to offer free tuition for other students.

Parents/Carers of students who are taking GCSE Music do not need to sign up using the GMSS Parent Pay site for their first instrument but if you would like your son/daughter to learn a second instrument then you will need to sign up and pay for lessons via the Parent Portal.

Parents/Carers of students who are not taking GCSE music, or those taking a second instrument, will need to sign up and pay for lessons via the Parent Portal.

ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY

KS3 and KS4 REWARD EVENT

Students form KS3 and KS4 were invited to a superb reward event this week. We were promoting High Attendance, Positive attitudes to learning, Excellent Behaviour and Punctuality.

Well done to everyone involved – really well deserved!

DIGITAL COMPETENCE AT USW TREFOREST

A group of Year 6 and 7 students, representing each house at St Julian’s Primary, Glan Usk and St Julian’s School were rewarded with a trip to USW Treforest on Thursday 13th July following the success of their collaborative projects on E-Safety.

The day consisted of a tour of the campus and working further on the Citizenship strand of the New Digital Competence Framework. Pupils picked up a number of tips for creating their presentations. The work that they produced was judged to be excellent and  at the end of the day the pupils were able to graduate.

The Presentation will soon be found on the  school website and inform students and parents about the Digital Competence Framework, including guidance about on to stay safe online.

HEADTEACHER END OF TERM LETTER

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we draw towards the end of another academic year I wanted to take the opportunity to keep you updated with news from St Julian’s School. Our recent Estyn monitoring visit and subsequent response has been very much central in our day to day activities. Thank you to all parents/carers who were able to attend the meeting on the 5th July. Thank you also to the many parents/carers who have been in contact with the school either via phone, email or through meetings. I hope we have been able to answer your questions. As we are all aware, the continued success of all the young people who attend St Julian’s School rely on a collaborative and supportive approach from staff alongside parents/carers. Our Post Inspection Action Plan will be available for all to read once it is officially agreed by Estyn early in the Autumn Term.

 

WELSH ATHLETIC SUCCESS

Congratulations to Finley Richards on receiving his first Welsh Vest. Finley who recently ran a

personal best of 1.59.14 in the 800m has been selected to represent Welsh Schools Athletics in an

International Meet in Dublin on Saturday 15 th July 2017. Finley will be running against athletes from

England, Ireland and Scotland in the 800m. Best of luck Finley.

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY POLICY 2017

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and this policy sets out how together we will achieve this.

St Julian’s is committed to ensure regular attendance at school is a priority which will in turn provide students with the best possible chances in life to succeed and to achieve their goals. Regular school attendance is essential for all children and young people. Failure to regularly attend can increase the risk of leaving school without any qualifications, and can also increase the likelihood of students being drawn into criminal and antisocial behaviour.

Our school will endeavour to work with parents/carers, students, the local authority and the Education Achievement Service (EAS) to ensure that all students receive an appropriate education and to attend school regularly. This attendance policy reflects the local authority’s Attendance Strategy.

Aims
This policy aims to ensure that attendance and punctuality remains a key focus for all, including governors, teachers, parents/carers, students and partner agencies. We will strive to:
● offer a safe and friendly environment which welcomes children regardless of race, gender or ability
● raise standards and ensure all students reach their full potential, through a high level of school attendance and punctuality
● ensure all stakeholders receive communication about information on the importance of regular school attendance
● identify those students with irregular attendance at an early stage and work with partner agencies to try and address any barriers that stop pupils from attending school regularly
● keep accurate and up to date attendance data
● ensure all students are safe, and for the school to follow the local authority’s ‘Children Missing Education’ guidance
● reward those students who have made significant progress in raising attendance levels

LLANCAIACH FAWR MANOR HISTORY TRIP

On Thursday 7th July, 69 Year 8 students took part in a ‘Civil War Day’ at Llancaiach Fawr Manor. Here they travelled back in time to 1645. They met servants from the time and found out about all aspects of life in Wales during the English Civil War.

They made plague pomanders to ward off the plague, took part in a trial by jury, and handled and learnt about various weapons of war. They also showed their military skills when they took part in a Civil War pike drill. The behaviour and attitude the students involved was excellent.