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.
I am conscious that there are some technical difficulties with our on-line calendar at present, resulting in some events not being reported. In order to help you remain as informed as possible, please find attached the dates on the calendar up to the half term. In response to some parental requests, I have split up the calendar into Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 to help with greater clarity.
The on-line calendar will be fully operational shortly.
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.
In order to help parents get their children ready for the new school year, we are putting together packs of basic equipment which can be purchased from the school. We are not aiming to make a profit on these packs and they are not compulsory. You may be able to purchase some of the items more cheaply in the local area – but we feel this may save time for some parents.
Basic school equipment pack (3 black pens, 3 blue pens, 3 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, budget maths set, clear pencil case, A4 zippa bag)
Scientific Calculator (required by set 1 year 9 and all year 10 and 11)
8GB personalised USB memory stick (please enter all names required overleaf)
Although pupils can download their work via reach.ypant.co.uk, many pupils find they prefer to use a USB memory stick to transfer work between home and school. We will be ordering 8GB USB memory sticks which will be personalised with the pupil’s name to avoid confusion. These come with a 10 year warranty. I appreciate that time is a little tight this term and that some pupils are out on trips during the last week of term. Any orders received in September will be processed then, with equipment being available to pick up towards the end of September. We are making some items of stationary available to pupils to purchase at school (cash only) in a shop run by 6th form students some break and lunchtimes. This is the first year we have run such a scheme and would welcome feedback and suggestions. If you have any questions please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or via the switchboard. Forms have already gone home with all pupils but can be downloaded here as well. Unfortunately we are unable to take online orders so the form will need to be printed off and returned to school with the payment. Download the School Equipment Order Form here in PDF format.
Equipment packs already paid for will be available to collect on the first day of term OR from the uniform shop over the summer holidays.
I am pleased to inform you that we have re-arranged a visit to Y Pant for Year 6 pupils on Friday 11th July, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
Unfortunately, it has to be a shortened visit due to other activities already planned for that day. However, pupils will have the opportunity to meet Form Tutors, tour the school and carry out some key administrative tasks.
Pupils should be brought to the school for an 8.30am start. We have arranged transport back to our partner primary schools. If your child comes from outside the partner primary schools, pupils would need to be collected at 11.30 from the main reception area.
Pupils currently attending Brynna Primary School are unable to come on Friday 11th July, as they have an existing school visit. We have arranged for them to come on Monday 14th July for a visit. Pupils should arrive at Y Pant at 8.30am and we will arrange for pupils to be returned to the Primary school at the end of the visit.
We look forward to seeing your children for this important transition visit.
As a consequence of this industrial action on 10th July, we regret that we will not be able to run our Year 6 taster day as planned.We are working with our primary colleagues to find alternative arrangements.
On Thursday 10th July members of the National Union of Teachers, UNISON, UNITE and GMB are proposing strike action.
A substantial number of support staff and significant minority of teaching staff will be on strike that day. As a consequence, it will be impossible to open the school to all pupils on this date.
Consequently, unless industrial action is withdrawn, the school will be closed to all pupils in Years 07-10 on the 10th July. Lessons for students in Year 12 will take place where relevant staff are not members of the NUT unions. Due to the closure of the canteen, please be advised that there will be no canteen facilities for those students in attendance.