Dear Parent / Guardian,

I hope that you all had a restful summer holiday and are now ready for another busy and exciting academic year.  A particularly warm welcome to the 176 Year 7 pupils and their families who are now part of the Plasmawr community and welcome back to a large number of Year 12 students who have decided to pursue their post 16 education at Plasmawr. 

It is a pleasure to report to you that the school’s summer exam results at both A Level and GCSE were very good and a reflection of the huge effort and commitment shown by the pupils over the past few years ably supported by both staff and parents – well done.  The majority of our A Level students have been accepted to the Universities of their choice, the majority of which are Russell Group Universities.  I wish them well as they embark on a new and exciting chapter in their lives.  

The following students are commended for attaining 4 of the highest grades at A level in their qualifications; Megan-Alicia Edwards, Miriam Davies, Jac Edwards, Jac Williams, Mared Browning, Ffion Clarke, Rhys Lynch, Dylan Jones, Cameron Symonds, Rhys Powell, Gwilym Preest and Llew Evans.

Provisional A Level comparative data for all Cardiff high schools shows that Plasmawr attained the highest percentage of A* - A grades at A level of all the schools in Cardiff (35%), and we were a close second with % A* - C grades (87%).  It is incredible to think that Plasmawr ranks amongst the highest performing schools in Cardiff at A level for the 4th year in succession which is quite an achievement!

Congratulations also to our Year 11 pupils who have attained such an excellent set of GCSE results.  The school’s L2+ performance ranks the school 5th in Cardiff and 10th within the Central South Consortium which includes all schools in the following Local Authorities:  Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and Merthyr.  Every individual has a story to tell, but I would like to draw attention to those pupils who achieved 10 or more qualifications at A* grade.  The pupils also represent 5 different primary schools; Amy Lloyd Evans, Megan Mead, Heledd Roberts, Mair Thomas, Nia Walsh and George Watts.

I would like to remind you of the importance of Moodle as a means of accessing important information about your child’s education and academic progress.  Moodle allows staff, pupils and parents greater access to important information about pupil progress through the use of the internet and wireless devices.  Most of you would have received your log in details and passwords for Moodle last year.  If you have not received this information or are having difficulties in accessing the site or have forgotten your log-in details, then please contact the school for support.  Year 7 parents will be introduced to Moodle during the information sharing evening arranged for Thursday, September 29th. 

I would also like to inform you of a few forthcoming events and initiatives which involve parental participation.  One of the key features of the past fifteen years or more of the school’s life is the huge amount of support we receive from parents in a myriad of different ways which assist us immensely in our daily work.  The unique support we experience from parents assist us in creating a truly community focussed school which has a firm foundation built on a positive parent – school relationship.  I am eager for this positive relationship to continue and am looking for a new wave of willing parental volunteers to replace those parents whose children have now left the school.  I am firmly of the opinion that a successful school is built on an open and healthy relationship between staff, pupils and parents, and I would be delighted if we could count on your continued support.

As a school there a few areas where we could benefit from continued parental involvement, if you would like to become involved in any one of the areas below, please could you could contact the school office with your details and areas of interest?

Adult supported reading scheme.

We have established an extremely successful reading scheme for pupils from year 7 to 9, which assists scores of children with improving their reading skills.  The reading scheme depends on a group of adult volunteers who come into school for one or two short sessions per week to sit with and listen to pupils read.  The success rate of the scheme is incredible and the adults also benefit greatly from working closely with the pupils.  If you, or anyone you know, are interested in assisting us with the reading schemes, please could you contact Mrs Ruth Davies (SENCO) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information?

CRASP.

We are delighted with the continued success of our Parent Teacher Association (Cymdeithas Rieni, Athrawon a Staff Plasmawr – CRASP).  CRASP activities have contributed over £150,000 to the school over the past fifteen years and we are keen to develop our CRASP activities further.  CRASP stalwarts need replacing and we are looking to recruit a new band of volunteers to assist our officers.  If you would like to offer your support to CRASP, please contact Ms Sian Elin Griffith (Assistant Head), (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

An introduction to your child’s curriculum and academic year.

If you would like further information about the forthcoming academic year, our teaching and learning strategies and general information about school life then you are welcome to attend a brief evening session to listen to a few short presentations by members of the Progress and Welfare team pertinent to your child’s year group.

Year 7:  September 29th at 1800.
Year 10:  September 22nd at 1800.
Year 12:  September 15th at 1730.
Year 13:  September 15th at 1830 (UCAS).

Health and Safety matters.

I would kindly ask parents who are visiting the school during the school day to park in the visitor’s car park and to register at the office near the school’s main entrance.  If you are offering your child a lift to school in the morning by car or collecting by car at the end of the school day, please could you make arrangements for drop-offs and pick-ups to occur off-site?  The school site is at its busiest at the end of the school day and I would ask parents not to come onto the school site between 1520 and 1540.

If your child cycles to school, could you ensure that they wear a suitable safety helmet and that they have a lock for their bike in order to safely store the bike in the bike shed?

Thank you again for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

J.D. Hayes

Headteacher

 

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