Important Notices

Essential safety notices, requests from school administration and other related information

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.

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.

Thursday 19th March : Provision for Key Worker Children

We are presently awaiting further clarification and guidance from Welsh Government on the provision for the children of Key Workers.

Thursday March 19th 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.

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2020 | Important Announcement

Welsh Government has just announced that all schools in Wales will close by Friday March 20th

Above all else, I want you to know that I am keeping the health and wellbeing of your child and of my school staff at the very heart of all my decision making and that we take our responsibilities very seriously.

I will also take the opportunity to inform you once again that there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus at Ysgol Harri Tudur/Henry Tudor School.

There are a number of our pupils, families and school staff who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. These include those with underlying health conditions, those who are pregnant, those who are elderly and those who have caring responsibilities. Likewise, there are many young people learning here, who are anxious about the impact of this disease on their examinations, their outcomes and their future life chances. I not only want but need to balance the needs of everyone in the best way that I can.

Therefore, I have made the decision to close Ysgol Harri Tudur/Henry Tudor School for pupils and students with effect from Wednesday 18th March at 3.15pm, in light of rapidly rising pupil and staff absences over the past couple of days.

Our website (not social media) will provide vital and important updates - especially for pupils due to take examinations.

Our staff will be in school on Thursday and Friday to prepare for our virtual learning environment.

My best wishes go to you all.

Wednesday March 18th 2020

A message from the Acting Director for Children and Schools, Steven Richards-Downes

Dear Parents, Carers and School Colleagues,

RE: COVID-19

I am writing directly to you to provide reassurance at the current time in relation to
the coronavirus outbreak of COVID-19. Schools provide education and care to all
pupils in our communities. School leaders and their staff are professionals who
continue where possible to come into work and prioritise our children and young
people because they deserve and thrive on the experiences that schools provide. I
applaud their continued support for education in Pembrokeshire at this difficult time.
I have also become aware that a number of our school leaders and staff have been
subjected to verbal abuse and online abuse for following the advice provided directly
by the government. This is unacceptable. Where parents and families have
genuine and legitimate concerns they should raise them through the school’s
complaints policy.

All our schools are following the guidance provided by Public Health Wales and the
Welsh Government in relation to school opening. The latest guidance is here.
https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-settings-guidance.  Closing our
schools when we are currently able to provide sufficient staff would have a significant
impact on our communities. This includes key workers particularly in our health
service. If schools were closed at the current time many key workers would have no
option but to stay at home and this would disrupt our health service. In due course
we may have to change our position and that will be communicated via the council’s
website and schools

Yours faithfully,

Steven Richards-Downes
Acting Director for Children and Schools

Tuesday 17 March - Important Letter to All Parents/Guardians/Carers

TUESDAY 17th MARCH - Coronavirus update

  • School is open and will remain open until directed otherwise
  • There are no known confirmed cases of Coronavirus at this school
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started. These are a high temperature or a new continuous cough. All family members should self isolate when one person is affected.
  • This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious, protect elders and family members with serious medical conditions
  • Pupils who have symptoms and are unwell and self isolating at home, should be resting in order to make a good and speedy recovery
  • Maintain regular and thorough hand washing, using soap
  • Information on the forthcoming exam season is not yet known or available. Parents will be advised when central Government decisions have been made

MONDAY 16th MARCH - Key messages from today - Delay the spread of Coronavirus

  • School is open and will remain open until directed otherwise
  • There are no known confirmed cases of Corona Virus at this school
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. These are a high temperature or a new continuous cough
  • This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious, protect elders and family members with serious medical conditions
  • Pupils who have symptoms and are unwell and self isolating at home , should be resting in order to make a good and speedy recovery.
  • Maintain regular and thorough hand washing, using soap
  • Information on the forthcoming exam season is not yet known or available. Parents will be advised when central Government decisions have been made

Today, Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education, called for everyone’s help to slow down the spread of coronavirus in Wales.

'''The clear message to all childcare and education settings it that they should remain open at this stage. These decisions are based on the latest scientific evidence.

We recognise new guidance on Coronavirus that members of the public should stay at home for seven days if they develop either a high temperature or a new continuous cough has the potential to cause staffing pressures on schools and public bodies. We are keeping this position under review, and the latest advice will be communicated to teachers and parents through the usual channels.''

Friday 13th March 9.30am - Key messages from today - Delay the spread of Coronavirus

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
  • sleep alone, if that is possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

12 March 2020 Manchester City Trip Postponed

The planned trip to Manchester City, leaving early on Friday March 13th has been postponed in light of greater escalating risks associated with COVID-19 this week and the UK moving towards greater control and delay measures.

We are very sorry for the disappointment that we know this will cause to our pupils and their families. We hope to try to reschedule this at a later date.

12 March 2020 Coronavirus Update

The UK Government has this afternoon moved into taking additional precautions with regard to delaying the spread of Coronavirus.

The relevant points for us are:

  • Schools in the UK are not being advised to close at present. At the moment, a school will only close if it advised to do so by Public Health Wales.
  • From Friday 13th March, any pupils or staff who have mild symptoms must stay at home for at least 7 days. Use the NHS Wales website or call 111.
  • More serious symptoms will require a call to 111 or 999
  • All visitors to our school will be asked to wash their hands at our visitor facilities
  • All of our pupils are being regularly reminded about the need for regular, proper hand washing, we have plenty of stocks of soap (and toilet paper) which are being regularly checked four times a day in all pupil and staff toilets.

Welsh Government Advice for Educational Settings in Relation to Coronavirus

12 March 2020

Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School continues to take guidance from the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and NHS Direct Wales in relation to Coronavirus advice for educational settings and also with regard to trips currently underway or planned, in both the United Kingdom and France.

Here is a helpful link for parents and carers:

This is the link for Welsh Government Guidance for Educational Settings ( previously published on our website on Monday 8th March) :

and the link from Pembrokeshire County Council:

Welsh Government Advice for Educational Settings in Relation to Coronavirus   Monday March 9th

Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School continues to take guidance from the Welsh Government, the Foreign Office and NHS Direct Wales in relation to Coronavirus advice for educational settings, day to day school and also with regard to trips currently underway or planned, in both the United Kingdom and France.

Please see the points below

Information about the virus

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19

infection.

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they return.

People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms. All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school or university, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials).

What to do if children, pupils, students or staff become unwell and believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 (either through travel to specified countries or areas or contact with a confirmed case in Wales or other parts of the United Kingdom)

Call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or 111 Wales if available in your area, or 999 in an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk), and if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days. You can do this on their behalf if this is easier. People who become unwell should be advised not to go to their GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

What to do if pupils, students or staff return from travel anywhere else in the world within the last 14 days

Currently there are minimal cases outside the risk areas and therefore the likelihood of an individual coming into contact with a confirmed case is low.

There is no need to advise any of these pupils, student or staff to avoid normal activities or educational settings unless they have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

If individuals are aware that they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or 111 Wales if available in their area for further advice.

What to do if a case of COVID-19 (pupil, student or staff) is suspected in your childcare or education setting

If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or educational setting, no restrictions or special control measures are required while laboratory test results for COVID-19 are awaited. There is no need to close the setting or send other learners or staff home. As a precautionary measure, the NHS are currently testing a very large number of people who have travelled back from affected countries, the vast majority of whom test negative. Therefore, until the outcome of test results is known there is no action that staff members need to take apart from cleaning specific areas (section 13) and disposing of waste (Section 14) Once the results arrive, those who test negative for COVID-19 will be advised individually about return to education.

Hygiene Provision - Update

Following some concerns recently raised please note the following statement on school hygiene provision.

Ysgol Harri Tudur/Henry Tudor School takes its health and cleanliness responsibilities seriously. This is especially relevant now.

Toilets are cleaned daily. Pump action liquid soap dispensers are available in hand washing areas and, in light of the current Covid-19 concerns, are inspected throughout the day for serviceability. All toilets will be serviced for the start of the school day, prior to each of break 1 and 2 and at the end of the school day.

To add to this provision, we are looking to provide wall mounted hand sanitiser/alcohol based hand gel dispensers, pending availability, as soon as this is possible.

We have recently had to adjust our provision of toilet roll dispensers, due to a very small minority of pupils deliberately removing, blocking and attempting to vandalise and flood toilets, to the detriment of all of our pupils, with complete rolls of toilet paper.

However, toilet paper is available in large wall mounted toilet roll dispensers located at all pupil and staff toilets. Electric hand dryers are available in all pupil and staff toilets. Additional emergency supplies in the event of dispensers running out are available at the Pupil Support Office. All pupils and staff have been asked to also report any shortages of soap or toilet roll to a Pupil Support Officer so that refills may be prioritised.

All pupils have been reminded this week and will be reminded again over the need for good hygiene as follows:-

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the bin, and then wash your hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment

Welsh Government Advice for Educational Settings in Relation to Coronavirus

MONDAY 9th MARCH 

Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School continues to take guidance from the Welsh Government, the Foreign Office and NHS Direct Wales in relation to Coronavirus advice for educational settings and also with regard to trips currently underway or planned, in both the United Kingdom and France.

Further, regular updates will follow and will be posted on our website for all parents.Parents and carers can ring 111 for additional advice and support. Information on Coronavirus, from reliable sources, can be found at:

We have also posted a PDF and the downloadable link below to the Welsh Government publication about guidance for Educational Settings which provides clear information relating to schools:

https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19 

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Use of School Drop off/Pick Up Zones 

When dropping off or picking up pupils please ensure the Drop Off and Pick Up Zones are used.

Pupil Reading Books

A reminder to parents and pupils that pupils should always have a reading book in their bag. This could be a book being read for pleasure or one for studying in school. There is dedicated reading time built into most school days; please ensure pupils are properly equipped.

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Guidance on Keeping the School New 3G Pitch in Top Condition

After Autumn half term Ysgol Harri Tudur will gain access to a new 3G sports pitch. Built on the site of the former Pembroke School, this artificial sports surface, for rugby and football only, provides a top class facility. But it will need to be looked after, in particular with pupils wearing the correct footwear.

The document below provides further details on what is allowed and, more importantly, what is not; note in particular running spikes and metal studs will ruin the surface as will dropping chewing gum on the pitch. Please help the school keep the pitch in perfect condition.

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Mobile Phones at Ysgol Harri Tudur

Mobile phones disrupt learning. The school operates an out of sight out of mind approach to mobile phones. Pupils/students must turn off their phones and leave them in their bags.

Alternatively, they can give it to the class teacher, switched off, for safe keeping until the end of the lesson. They must not use their phones inside the school building at any time. Pupils/students will be reminded of this at meet and greet. If they take their phone out during a lesson, or if their phone rings during the lesson, the teacher will confiscate it and will give it to reception where it may be collected by their parent/carer or guardian at the end of the school day.

Pupils/students bring their phones to school at their own risk. The school accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage or theft of any device. The use of smart watches by pupils/students is prohibited during the school day. The approach has been adopted in view of the increasing misuse of cameras and escalating risk of theft. If seen they will be confiscated by the member of staff and given to reception for collection by the parent/carer or guardian at the end of the school day.

Pupil Expectations

No Smoking

Please note that Ysgol Harri Tudur is a no smoking environment; smoking is not allowed in any area of the school buildings or school grounds at any time. 

Your Details

It would be greatly appreciated if you would please kindly update school reception if you have changed your telephone number, email address or emergency contact number.

Trespassing on Bush House Property

A small number of pupils have been trespassing on Bush House land on their way to and from school. Pupils seen have been in uniform and are being captured on CCTV by Bush House.

If this trespassing continues Bush House will use this CCTV coverage to contact the police and undertake prosecution action.

Please keep to the public paths to access school.

Parking

Drop Off Zone

Please ensure you do not park in the school Drop Off Zone. It is there for a clear purpose and cars inappropriately parked add to the traffic congestion at the end of the school day.

Use of the Main Car Park

Please ensure you follow the direction markers on the road within the school Main Car Park. This will assist effective traffic control and help to avoid accidents.

At all times please ensure vehicle speed is kept to no more than 10 mph.