The Welsh Government Facebook page “Education Begins at Home” have recently published this excellent infographic giving links to sites which will help parents and carers with their child’s education.
Some weather forecasts contain the possibility of snow for South Wales this week (although not in the Met Office forecast below). If school is to be closed we will notify parents and pupils via the website, Facebook and Twitter. You should assume school is open unless we notify otherwise.
Please take note of the following information which was shared with parents in out September newsletter.
Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice. This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities. In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.
The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly. However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school. We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation. Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.
A vacancy has arisen for a parent governor. If you wish to stand as a parent governor of Y Pant please read the attached document.
Please note that the deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Monday 19th January 2015.
The latest e-safety newsletter is now available for parents. The focus this time is on social networking and online gaming – useful topics with the Christmas holidays approaching.
Parents and carers of students in years 12 and 13 are reminded that the parents’ evening takes place this Thursday, 4th December, from 3:30 to 7pm.
This is the main opportunity this academic year to speak to teachers about your child’s progress in lessons.
The UK Government has recently issued this advice for parents regarding cyberbullying.
RCT have launched a new scheme offering desktop computers from as little as £99 and laptops from £149.
The scheme is open to all RCT residents and employees with the lower prices being offered to those families and individuals in receipt of certain benefits.
The computers are professionally refurbished by Microsoft partners and the scheme is endorsed by Microsoft.
This is a fantastic opportunity, especially just before Christmas.
There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms. It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.
We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams. This mainly involves creating secure passwords. The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.
Students learn about all aspects of e-safety during their ICT, PSHE and Welsh Baccalaureate lessons at school. However it is important that parents and carers know how to protect their children online as well.
We subscribe to these newsletters which parents and carers may find useful. The back issues are available to download here and we will upload more as we get them.