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Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school situated in South Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Opened in September 2018, our new build is a £38 million pound Twenty First Century Schools development which aims to provide all pupils and students with a comprehensive and stimulating educational experience.

Please stay safe..... Stay at home

The Welsh Governments latest guidance on Staying at home and away from other can be found here

Some Lovely Words

I heard a little rumour
Don't know if it's true
That the world is going to be at peace
For at least a month or two

I heard that folk must stay at home
And spend some time with their kin
Slow down, relax and take a breath,
And find some peace within

And though we may be worried
About money, jobs and bills
We will notice beauty everywhere
Blue skies, fresh lakes, green hills

And when a month or two is over
And we can all go back to our lives
People will show gratitude
That their loved ones all survived
( CREDIT : BTR)

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Monday 30th March 2020

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Learning at Home

Dear Parents, Pupils & Students,

Firstly, thank you for all the hard work that has gone into maintaining learning during this difficult time. It has been really heart-warming to see the level of engagement from students, teachers and parents.

I just wanted to reassure our pupils and students (and parents) that the expectation is that our learners progress at a pace which is suitable to them. There isn’t an expectation that pupils and students work solidly for 5 hours each day. We want our learners to be enjoying the activities, maintaining their enthusiasm for learning whilst the physical school is closed.

What we can do as parents is to encourage pupils and students to work on tasks, allow them to stop when enthusiasm and concentration levels are dipping and most importantly, reassure them that it is not essential to complete all the given tasks in an hour. Pupils and students  should work at their own pace and be confident and proud in what they achieve.

For all technical issues, continue to email workingfromhome@yht.wales. For any other queries contact me on tcrichton@yht.wales.  

Thank you all once again for making this imperfect system work as best we can.

Mr T Crichton

Deputy Headteacher

Friday 27th March 2020 UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSING

Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor will be  completely closed from Wednesday April 1st at 3pm.  Our staff are available via email and via Google Classrooms going forwards. We will do our absolute best to support you all as best as we can. 

Please try and avoid coming to school at all on Monday 30th March and Tuesday 31st March. Our telephone lines will not be available after Tuesday 31st March. 

Don't forget to keep visiting our website which is regularly updated and has useful information and help for pupils and parents. 

Stay safe and well and stay in touch. We are thinking about all of you at this time. 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE : Friday March 27th 2020

Parents of pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals and who have prebooked collection of Free School Meals at Ysgol Harri Tudur, can continue to do so for Friday March 27th , Monday 30th March and Tuesday 31st March between 12.00 and 12.30. 

From Wednesday April 1st, pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals will be provided with Tesco vouchers either in the post or electronically by Pembrokeshire County Council. 

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT Thursday 26 March 2020

Pembrokeshire County Council Childcare arrangements

Pembrokeshire County Council is introducing a Childcare hub-based model for critical workers and the families of vulnerable learners.

The move follows the UK Government’s restrictions placed on movement this week and the need for greater social distancing measures.

From 30 March 2020, Childcare will only be available to eligible critical workers and at specific locations within the county.

Please book at Covid19childcarebookings@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Places must be booked online – and children from vulnerable families will be contacted by a key worker and offered places.

Each setting will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm until 20 April, after which time all settings will be open from 7:00am – 6:00pm. The online Childcare booking applications will be processed centrally on a weekly basis.

There will be no option to turn up without a confirmed booking as most critical workers will know their shifts in advance.

The advice remains to stay at home wherever possible in order to maintain social distancing. 

Each setting will have a maximum number of places.

Children 3 -11 can attend the primary settings below:

Pembroke Dock:

Templeton:

Monkton:

Tenby VC:

Prendergast:

Milford Haven Community Primary meads site:

Gelliswick:

Glannau Gwaun:

Y Frenni:

Special Settings for pupils who currently attend those settings:

Portfield for Special Pupils

PLC 

The demand for secondary places has been low and learners aged 11-14 can attend the settings below:

Secondaries:

HHVCS:

Greenhill:

For children 0-3 childcare is payable and operates from the following settings:

Happy Days Milford 

Playdays Fishguard

Tiny Treasures at Tenby VC.

Golden Manor Pembroke

Jolly Jumpers Haverfordwest

ABC Haverfordwest

Withybush Hospital Day Nursery Haverfordwest.

Help and advice to Support Pupils 

Attached is a booklet that includes some help and advice to support you as you work from home. It includes information about work and importantly, about daily routines and looking after your own wellbeing.

Thursday 26th March 2020 : Young Minds Helpline

Advice Helpline for Parents

YoungMinds Parents Helpline

YoungMinds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25.

You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already been admitted to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment or want to know what to say to your GP when you visit them.

YoungMinds trained advisers are available to give parents help and advice, whatever the question.

Call the Parents Helpline its free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm – available in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Phone: 0808 802 5544

Calls may be recorded for monitoring or training purposes.

Outside of the Parents Helpline hours

Out of operating hours, you can contact the Parents Helpline via YoungMinds online contact form: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

DRAMA ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME : Wednesday March 25th 

Drama

Message for parents : Wednesday March 25th

PROFESSIONALLY REFURBISHED LAPTOPS / PC's and TABLETS

This company do currently remain open, processing orders as quickly as they can. Parents can visit www.getonlineathome.org It has Windows 10 PCs from £99, tablets from £139 and laptops from £169. All suitable for home schooling at a minimum, and they deliver within 10 working days.

They also have a home broadband and further discounted (£40 discount) computer offer going live tomorrow (details on their website tomorrow too).

Accessing School Counselling & National Counselling Support During This Difficult Period

Things to do - Recommended reads and activities

We are all understandably feeling a bit unsettled by events at the moment; one way to distract ourselves, and a proven boost to our wellbeing and mental health, as well as a great way of keeping our minds active, is to lose ourselves in a good book!

Ysgol Harri Tudur pupils and staff don't need to worry if they have books on loan from the school library – all the dates have been automatically extended until we’re back in school. Just take the time to relax and enjoy your reading!

Our Librarian, Mrs Smith, has put together some recommendations for reading-related activities, videos, author and illustrator websites, suggested good reads, etc.

Although our Library may be physically closed, Mrs Smith is happy to help with any questions regarding reading for pleasure, book recommendations, research and study skills, and print and online information sources. Just get in touch.

Information from the Additional Needs Department 

We appreciate that during this difficult time pupils with additional needs and their parents may feel isolated and worried. The ALN team will continue to offer advice and support. If you wish to contact us please use the emails listed below.

Ann Andrews, ALNCO/Assistant Headteacher:

aandrews@yht.wales

Sue Beasley Assistant, ALNCO: 

sbeasley@yht.wales

Neil Truman, Head of the LRC: 

ntruman@yht.wales

Please see attached helpful booklet which was put together by colleagues in Community Family Psychology, Neurodevelopmental Team and Children’s Occupational Therapy (20th March 2020)

Tuesday March 24th : TIPS FOR FAMILIES

Please see a useful document offering tips and advice to families during this pandemic. 

5 things you need to know before sending your children to school or childcare (coronavirus)

What you need to know about access to schools and childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. The latest scientific advice

2. How does social distancing affect schools and childcare settings?

3. What is the latest advice on key workers?

4. I’m a key worker but my partner isn’t. What should we do? 

5. I’ve seen different advice from different councils. How are local authorities working?

1. The latest scientific advice

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. 

Everyone must, as far as possible, minimise social contact and make sure that anyone who is particularly vulnerable to the virus is able to adopt strict social distancing.

2. How does social distancing affect schools and childcare settings?

We have advised schools and childcare should only be open to a limited number of children.

We must keep the number of children in educational, childcare and play settings to the smallest number possible.

We also need to make sure children are not left with anyone who should be following strict social distancing guidance, such as anyone over 70 or anyone with the specified underlying health conditions.

Keeping children safely in their home should limit the chance of the virus spreading and protect those vulnerable to more serious illness as a result of the virus.

If your child receives free school meals, this will continue. But the way your child gets this food depends on your school. Please check with them.

3. What is the latest advice on key workers?

list of categories of critical workers has been published on the Welsh Government website.

Places in schools and childcare will be highly limited and only particularly vulnerable children and the children of critical workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should be attending during this time.

If you are classed as a critical worker but are able to perform the critical parts of your job effectively when working from home, then you should do so.

Even for critical workers, provision will only be made in schools or other settings where there is no safe alternative for your family.

4. I’m a key worker but my partner isn’t. What should we do?

If one parent is a critical worker but the other parent is not then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements at home when possible.

5. I’ve seen different advice from different councils. How are local authorities working?

Local authorities are doing everything they can to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. They made and communicated plans based as part of an initial contingency to deal with the spread of coronavirus. Those plans will now adapt and change as they respond to the latest guidance available to the Welsh Government. For the very latest advice, please check your local authority’s website and gov.wales/coronavirus

Tuesday March 24th

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF PUPILS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

If you are entitled to free school meals and would like to pick up a free school meal for your child/children during the school closure period , please contact the Catering Service on the details below.

You will be provided with a breakfast, lunch and snack for you child/children on a daily basis (Mon – Fri)

We will need to know the name of your child/ children, school they attend, dietary information (i.e vegetarian/allergies), contact details.

You will also need to let us know which school you would like to collect the meal from as we appreciate you may have children attending two different schools or you may live closer to a school that you child doesn’t currently attend.

If you also become eligible for free school meals over the next coming weeks, please contact the details below.

This option will also be available over the Easter Holidays.

The Catering Service will then contact you with a pick up time.

Catering Service Contact Details

Contact details – cashless.catering@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Or

Telephone any of the following numbers:

01437 775943

01437 775922

01437 775912

01437 775949

01437 775250

PCC Inclusion Service ALN resources and Links for Parents and Schools

Tuesday March 24th CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

Statement by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education, Welsh Government

I’d like to thank parents for listening to the advice and keeping most children at home. I’d be grateful if tomorrow morning( Tuesday ) you only use schools or childcare as a last resort.

The advice has not changed as a result of tonight’s decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Children should be at home wherever possible, critical workers will still need to have safe care arrangements for their children. Our schools and childcare settings are providing a vital service to support critical workers and our most vulnerable children.

Those involved in the current arrangements looking after children should continue. Many thanks to our amazing teaching and childcare professionals for their commitment in this time of national need.

This situation will continue for the immediate term but we will be reviewing with healthcare professionals, local authorities and our teaching unions.

Datganiad gan Kirsty Williams, Gweinidog dros Addysg

Hoffwn ddiolch i rhieni am wrando ar y cyngor a chadw'r rhan fwyaf o blant gartref. Byddwn yn ddiolchgar bore fory os fyddech ond yn defnyddio ysgolion neu ofal plant fel dewis olaf.

Nid yw'r cyngor wedi newid o ganlyniad i'r penderfyniad heno i gyfyngu ymhellach ar symud, penderfyniad a gymrwyd gan ein Prif Weinidog, ynghyd ag arweinwyr eraill y DU, gyda’r nod o arafu lledaeniad coronafeirws.

Dylai plant fod gartref lle bynnag y bo'n bosibl. Bydd angen o hyd i weithwyr critigol gael trefniadau gofal diogel ar gyfer eu plant. Mae ein hysgolion a'n lleoliadau gofal plant yn darparu gwasanaeth hanfodol i gefnogi gweithwyr critigol a'r plant sydd fwyaf agored i niwed.

Dylai'r rhai sy'n ymwneud â'r trefniadau presennol barhau i ofalu am blant. Diolch yn fawr i'n gweithwyr addysgu a gofal plant anhygoel am eu hymrwymiad yn y cyfnod hwn o angen cenedlaethol.

Bydd y sefyllfa hon yn parhau am y tymor byr ond byddwn yn adolygu gyda gweithwyr gofal iechyd proffesiynol, awdurdodau lleol a'n hundebau athrawon.

Monday March 23rd : Update

Over the next three days, Tuesday March 24th, Wednesday March 25th and Thursday March 26th, we will be delivering sanitary period products to all of our girls. We will not disturb you and will leave labelled parcels wherever we can. We hope that this will be helpful in the months to come. 

Am I a 'critical worker' in the COVD-19 response?

Key Workers Flow Chart

Useful Learning Websites

The attached is a list of reading-related websites, which have activities, videos, reviews etc.

Friday March 20th

VIRTUAL SCHOOL IS OPEN !

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Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision

Friday 20th March

Virtual School will begin today from 9am

Free School Meals are available today in reception from 10-12am

We are still awaiting guidance from Pembrokeshire County Council as to the arrangements from Monday March 23rd

Government Guidance has been received overnight as follows :-

Published 19 March 2020

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

THURSDAY MARCH 20TH | IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FOR PARENTS OF PUPILS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

If you are entitled to free school meals and would like to pick up a free school meal for your child/children during the school closure period , please contact the Catering Service on the details below.

You will be provided with a breakfast, lunch and snack for you child/children on a daily basis (Mon – Fri)

We will need to know the name of your child/ children, school they attend, dietary information (i.e vegetarian/allergies), contact details.

You will also need to let us know which school you would like to collect the meal from as we appreciate you may have children attending two different schools or you may live closer to a school that you child doesn’t currently attend.

If you also become eligible for free school meals over the next coming weeks, please contact the details below.

This option will also be available over the Easter Holidays.

The Catering Service will then contact you with a pick up time by 4pm Friday 20th of March.

Catering Service Contact Details

Contact details – cashless.catering@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Or

Telephone any of the following numbers:

01437 775943

01437 775922

01437 775912

01437 775949

01437 775250

Pembrokeshire Music Service | New Digital Learning Zone

In light of the current Covid19 situation, Pembrokeshire Music Service have created a secure digital learning platform for all learners to access continued music provision (via Hwb).

The ‘PMS Learning Zone’ includes links to a variety of tutorials and resources which will hopefully encourage pupils to continue to practice their instruments at home. It also provides a ‘fun zone’ with links to entertaining music videos and performances.

Importantly, the platform is for all students to access, whether or not they currently gain tuition from the Music Service. The learning zone will provide resources across all instrument families and grades (from pre grade 1 to grade 8).

The platform is now ‘live’! However please note that this fantastic resource has only been created within the last 7 days and will evolve and grow in the days and weeks to come as Music Service staff populate the learning zone with new material.

https://sites.google.com/hwbcymru.net/pms-learner-zone/home

Any queries about ‘PMS Learning Zone’, please feel free to get in touch with the music service via music.service@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Kirsty Williams, Minister of Education 

Written Statement on Summer Examinations 2020

We are in an unprecedented period, one that is changing hour-by-hour, and governments around the world are having to make quick decisions. We recognise the worry and anxiety that the uncertainty around the summer exam series was causing. Today I met with Qualifications Wales and WJEC to consider options that are in the best interests of our learners. We recognise that there are no easy choices but we have agreed that the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series. Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work, drawing on the range of information that is available. We will be working with the sector to announce further details shortly but wanted to give this early certainty. We also won’t be using the results to publish performance measure outcomes in 2020.

SAFEGUARDING | Safeguarding Information from March 19 2020

As a parent, if you should become worried or concerned about the welfare of a child and wish to report this, please contact the NSPCC or inform safeguarding@yht.wales at your earliest convenience.

We know that the uncertainty around the Coronavirus will be causing you all worry. I hope that this decision will help to provide you reassurance that we are doing all that we can to keep children safe whilst also protecting their educational interests.

THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020 | An Update for all Pupils and Parents

Pupils and Parents

What Happens Now?

  • School staff will now begin to make resources available for use at home so that learning may continue. These will be available via the Google Classroom platform. All pupils are aware of their usernames and passwords for this system. Google Classroom will be fully operational from Friday 20th March at 9.15am.
  • Pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals can collect a packed lunch from our school reception between the times of 10-12 on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March.
  • In light of the Welsh Government’s drive to tackle period poverty, girls in years 7-13 who require period sanitary products may call in to reception to collect some supplies from the main school reception on Monday March 23rd March.
  • A list of learning and resource based websites for online learning will be available on our website from Friday March 20th 2020.
  • Pupils in all Years who do not have internet access or access to a computer, may collect work packs from 12 noon on Friday March 20th 2020.
  • Greeenlinks has closed for two weeks until Friday 3rd April.
  • There will be no Friday enrichment activities for KS3 pupils on Friday March 20th.

Learning from home:-

  • All pupils will have a Google Classroom for each of their subjects.
  • The aim is for pupils to follow their normal timetabled lessons as closely as possible. This will entail the student logging into their subject Google Classroom at the time they would normally have the lesson.
  • Teachers will post work activities and resources onto the classroom site, this will broadly follow the pupil’s timetable.
  • Students will be able to complete their work online and post it back to the teacher. They will get feedback where appropriate.
  • Difficulties may arise in households where there are a number of pupils with access to one computer. In this case, pupils will have to share access, but it is worth noting that the Google Classroom work can be accessed at any time.
  • This is a unique challenge and there will inevitably be some difficulties along the way. We will try to make the learning experience as effective as possible. However, if you need specific advice about work tasks there is a help enquiry link on the school website. If you have any issues accessing Google Classroom, you can contact the school via the following email address: workingfromhome@yht.wales
  • Instructions for pupils/parents to access Google Classroom will be available on our website from Friday March 20th at 9am

FREE SCHOOL MEAL PROVISION | Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020

Please note that packed lunches for pupils and students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) will be provided for collection from school Reception from between 1000 hrs and 1200 hrs on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020. Arrangements for the following week and beyond remain to be confirmed.

Only pupils and students currently registered for FSM are eligible for these meals.

Word of the Week

Lucid

Welsh Phrase of the Week

Gwanwyn - Spring

Theme of the Week

Perseverance

From the Headteacher

Welcome to our school and to the new school website of Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School.

Ysgol Harri Tudur is a 1250 on roll, nine form entry 11-18 school situated between Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. It has new and enviable facilities, in a school building which opened in September 2018. We are determined to follow through our vision of excellence, achievement and success. We will be relentless in ensuring that there are no gaps in our attainment and that no student is left behind.

The Estyn inspection of November 2018 judged the school to be in need of significant improvement. We believe that on their return visit the significant changes that have been underway since the inspection after ten weeks in our new school, to ensure that our students achieve the best possible outcomes, will be evident. The systems and structures in the school have been reviewed and the way in which we do things has been changed and are always under review and monitoring. There is significant support for the school from both Pembrokeshire Local Authority and ERW (Education through Regional Working).

Our website is where we will keep you abreast of everything we think you need to know. We also use text and email to contact parents. We are moving away from any paid or pupil posted letters, and from September 2019 will post all letters, forms, etc on our website.

— Mrs Kite, Headteacher

Some highlights of our school

Teaching and Learning Facilities

Brand new top-of-the-range teaching and learning facilities

Exciting and stimulating up-to-date science labs and equipment

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Our vibrant Library is a central learning space for all, promoting reading for pleasure, enquiry-based learning and information literacy.

Dedicated sports facilities and a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities

Ben Watson

Talented pupils and students with a broad variety of interests (see our Roll of Honour)

Partner Organisations

Pembrokeshire Youth ServicesWelsh Local Government AssociationValeroMilitary Preparation SchoolRotary Club of PembrokeScarlets Community Logo

Pembroke Cluster of Schools

Ysgol Gelli Aur / Golden Grove SchoolLamphey SchoolYsgol Gymunedol Doc Penfro / Pembroke Dock Community SchoolPenhyn Church in Wales VC School