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Here, you can find a monthly review of what has been happening at the school from the Headteacher, Mr P Lewis.

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  • April 2024

    Published 02/05/24, by Peter Lewis

    We returned to school following the Easter holidays to an impressive display of umbrellas in one of our main corridors!  This is to support and raise awareness of neurodiversity, and the display has caused much thoughtful discussion amongst staff and pupils.  In addition to the display, there has been awareness raising sessions for pupils with their Learning Coaches and in assemblies, and later this month, we will be having a non-uniform day and other activities to raise money for neurodiversity charities.  This whole project has been driven by one of our 6th Form students Mollie, with the support of one of our Assistant Headteacher and ALNCo Mrs Berry.  Congratulations to Mollie on bringing this idea to me, and for all of her hard work in organising the whole event.

    April has also been a busy month, particularly for our examination years.  Lots of examinations have taken place in many of our practical subjects such as Art and Photography, as well as oral examinations in Welsh, to name but a few.  It has been impressive to see the mature and committed approach that our students have taken to these examinations, and this will no doubt stand them in good stead for the final written examinations which start in May.

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  • March 2024

    Published 02/05/24, by Peter Lewis

    Can I start this month’s blog by wishing everyone a very happy Easter.  In what has been another very busy term, I hope that all of our pupils and staff have a relaxing break and that we are able to enjoy some spring weather!

    A very large group of Year 7 pupils enjoyed a long weekend at the Llangrannog Urdd Centre in west Wales this month, and this was made up of lots of outdoor activities such as skiing, walking, quad bikes and archery, to name but a few.  All of this is combined with an immersive experience of the Welsh language.  I am grateful to the Welsh Department staff, and other staff across the school who supported this trip by giving up their weekend, and I know from the photographs and comments posted on ‘X’ that this was a fun and valuable experience for all involved.

    At the other end of the age range in school, pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 have been busy completing work and revising in preparation for their external exams which start in May.  The lead up to the Easter holidays is always a time for completion of the ‘Non-Examined Assessments’ and there has been great support for this from students and staff alike.  There are also many after-school revision sessions going on in many subjects, and these have been very well attended by students.  We will continue to support students in their preparations for external examination in the next few months through a careful blend of academic support as well as wellbeing support.

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  • February 2024

    Published 18/03/24, by Peter Lewis

    The end of this month is our highly anticipated school production of High School Musical and the excitement is building.  All 3 nights have been completely sold out and the cast have been working very hard on the final stages of this production.

    As well as brilliant performances on the night which delight our audiences, school productions fulfil other very important functions.  Firstly, it is brilliant to see pupils from Year 7 right through to Year 13 working together, alongside our teachers, towards a common goal.  It is very rewarding to see pupils acting in leadership roles, working on performance, choreography and music, and to see pupils taking more and more responsibility as they get older and take on more challenging roles.  As importantly, school shows also create memories, and I have absolutely no doubt that what happens on the stage for the 3 nights at the end of this month will create lasting memories that our pupil will talk about for the rest of their lives!

    If you are lucky enough to see one of the 3 performances, I have no doubt that you will enjoy them. If you have not been lucky enough to get tickets this time, be sure to be quicker off the mark for February 2025!

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  • January 2024

    Published 26/01/24, by Peter Lewis

    It may be the end of January, but I hope it is not too late to wish you all a happy new year!

    I am pleased to report that the Years’ 11, 12 and 13 mock examination series that has been held in the last few weeks has been a great success.  There are lots of reasons for running mock examinations, but not least in order to give our students a genuine and authentic experience of what the real examinations series will look like.  From the timing of questions, style of papers, experience of the exam hall, as well as a real measure of performance for students and their teachers, these are all valuable experiences for our young people.  The way the students themselves approached these mocks was exemplary and we have had very positive feedback from the external invigilators regarding not only the students’ positive attitude towards the exams themselves, but also in the polite and courteous way in which they conducted themselves throughout.  Well done to all our students involved in the mocks and I hope this has given you a valuable insight into the process, as well as some targets to aim for between now and the real exams in the summer.

    On a somewhat related matter, our Options Evening for pupils in Year 11 who are considering St Cyres 6th Form runs next week on Thursday 1st February at 6pm.  We are very proud of our post-16 offer and especially pleased that our results at A Level are excellent and are going from strength to strength.  We hope to see as many of our Year 11 pupils as possible at this important event, and we also welcome prospective Year 11 students from other local schools who are considering St Cyres 6th Form an option to pursue their A Level studies.  All are most welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

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  • December 2023

    Published 22/12/23, by Peter Lewis

    As we bring 2023 to a close with regard to school, it is a great opportunity to reflect not only on this month and this term, but also the whole of 2023.  We have had some lovely messages and visits from previous students who have left the school having completed their GCSEs and A Levels and it is always nice to hear from them, and to hear about the exciting things that they are getting up to since leaving the school. 

    It is also appropriate to reflect on our progress with Curriculum for Wales with Year 7 and Year 8.  This month, we have had Wellbeing and Review Days (WARD) for both Year 7 and Year 8 where Learning Coaches have met with parents to give feedback on wellbeing and on progress.  This has been very well attended, and we have had some lovely comments from parents.  We have also had parents’ evening for Year 10 which, again, was very well attended with a strong focus on support and progress.

    Next term will undoubtedly be another very busy term, and in the first couple of days, we will be starting the mock examinations window for pupils in Years’ 11, 12 and 13.  This will be an important opportunity for them and for us to gauge their progress, and to refine and develop the support they need in preparation for the summer examinations series.

    Finally, for this term, and for this year, I would like to wish our staff, pupils and their families a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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  • November 2023

    Published 29/11/23, by Peter Lewis

    For a some of our older pupils in the school, examinations have dominated November.  A number of Year 11 pupils have been sitting GCSE Maths and GCSE Numeracy examinations, the results of which will be available in January from the WJEC.  There have also been a number of internal examinations with all of our Year 10 pupils having sat their English Literature mock exam in readiness for the external exam in January.  Year 10 pupils have also been undertaking Science practical exams this month. 

    Building on the work that we are doing with our parent community, as mentioned in last month’s blog, I am very grateful to the team of Year 7 and Year 8 parents who engaged in our first focus group this month.  The particular focus of this session was assessment and feedback as part of the new curriculum and there was a very useful discussion along with some great suggestions which will be implemented by the school.  Again, thanks to all the parents who were involved in this.  Please look out for information on our next focus group which will meet in February where our Deputy Headteacher Mr Bruton will be shining a light on the new curriculum. 

    We have also been busy recruiting staff throughout November.  St Cyres School continues to attract high quality candidates for advertised posts and I am pleased to report that we have now appointed a fulltime Welsh teacher until August 2024, a part-time permanent teacher of Religion, Value and Ethics who will start at the school in January 2024, and a part-time Receptionist and Admin Assistant who starts with us this week.  Congratulations to the 3 successful candidates and we very much look forward to working with you.

    Finally, for November, we have been ‘on the road’ with our Performing Arts Roadshow, visiting a number of Primary Schools in the area.  This has been a great success and our pupils have had very positive feedback from working with primary pupils.  It was great to see our 6th Formers leading these sessions with such energy and enthusiasm.

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