Friday, 28 December 2018

Below I have copied a modified version of the letter sent home to all families at the end of term.  I have had a couple of messages to say that everyone didn't receive this so I am re-posting it here.
I am writing to you at the end of a very busy, and very productive first term of the academic year. As you will be aware we have had a great set of results in the summer, which started the year well and then a visit from Estyn, which again reflected very positively on the school. I am looking forward to sharing with you the Categorisation of the school by GwE once it has gone through local and regional moderation.
Whilst all of the above is really important I am most pleased that the vast majority of learners continue to work hard and make a positive contribution to the school. This is a pleasure to be part of each day.

I am always grateful for the tremendous support that parents give to their children and to the school. Could I take this opportunity to remind you that attendance right up to the last day of term is vital? We do obviously acknowledge the festive season with a range of events but I would like to emphasise that the focus remains on learning up to, and including, the end of the term. We also have our Twelve Days of Christmas attendance initiative, where learners can win prizes for being in school over these final weeks of term.
The new term will start for all learners on Tuesday 8th January 2018.
Our School App
We continue to promote the use of the school App. This can be downloaded onto all smartphones, and you will then receive push notifications and reminders for all school events and activities. It can be used to link to our Facebook and Twitter pages, website and lots of other valuable information.

Full details of how this can be downloaded can be found on the school website. By using the app you will be supporting the school in saving costs on other, more expensive means of communicating.

Wise Pay  I am sure many of you are aware of our system of electronic payments for trips, activities and school meals etc. This means payments can be made online from your phones or other electronic devices which eliminate the need for sending in cheque or cash payments with your child. Further details of this system is available on the school website.


Our first term of the engage@emrys programme has seen excellent dedication from our learners to extend their knowledge outside of curriculum time. Opportunities provided so far have included Skiing lessons, Ice Skating, Sailing, Art, Music and Science. Learners have also taken up the opportunity to go and watch a Champions League football fixture as well as a live music production from the BBC.
Next term we have more opportunities with our Outward Bound residential week based at Ogwen Cottage, our annual Ski trip to France and the launch of next year’s trip to the USA.

Our Breast Cancer awareness week in October saw learners from all Key Stages raise over £800 for ‘wear it pink’ which is run annually during PE lessons. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support.

In the New Year the engage@emrys timetable will again be modified to incorporate further activities to provide challenging yet rewarding opportunities for our learners. If you wish to keep up with the activities on offer through social media please follow us on Instagram and Twitter using the handle engage@emrys.

Inclusion Quality Mark
Image result for Inclusion Quality MArk Centre of Excellence Logo
In the current term we were re-inspected against the criteria for the Inclusion Quality mark. As a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion we have agreed to be monitored on an annual basis. I am delighted that we have maintained our Centre of Excellence Status as a school.

You will have recently received a letter from the Chair of Governors informing you that we are deferring the decision on introducing the blazer until September 2020. In the meantime, I would appreciate your support in ensuring that learners follow the uniform rules and continue to look smart.

Next Term
We are already looking forward to the start of the new term. Please follow us on Twitter and visit the website regularly to see what is going on in the school.
Finally, I would again like to thank you for your support over the last term and your continuing support as we continue to make Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan a place we are all proud of.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year/Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda.

Dare to Achieve@Emrys