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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.

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Image by Author and Artist Charlie Mackesy (https://www.charliemackesy.com/)

and published in his book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

EXPLORE POST-16 OPTIONS WITH VIRTUAL OPEN WEEK - June 1st - June 5th

Year 11 learners and their parents/carers will be able to explore potential post-16 options during a Pembrokeshire Virtual Open Week next month.

The Pembrokeshire Virtual Open Week runs between June 1st and June 5th and provides an opportunity to consider post-16 education, training and employment pathway options.

During the week, learners can meet course tutors from Pembrokeshire post-16 providers online at openweek.dysguarlein.com and find out more information about courses including AS/A Levels, vocational qualifications such as BTECs, and Work Based Training routes including both Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

There will also be opportunities to sample taster sessions in the learner’s chosen vocational sector.

If you're not sure what your next step should be, the Virtual Open Week will be a great opportunity to ask questions and figure out what courses are available to best suit your needs and aspirations.

Careers Wales Advisors will be available for live chat during the week to offer impartial information, advice and guidance to help you choose the right pathway to meet your needs.

ClassCharts Parent Points 

From Friday 22nd May, parents will be able to award parent points for good engagement by pupils in their home schooling.

If you wish to award parent points on ClassCharts, for excellent effort and engagement, please message us via School Gateway and we will add the points along with the reason that you give.

Thanks for all your support.

Year 11 : Pembrokeshire County Council Outreach Worker Support

For best results please use the "View in full screen" button (the middle icon of three at the bottom right of the video).

Virtual School Update

Slight changes to the way we work:

Pembrokeshire County Council - 
Need to Talk?
School Counselling Service Lunchtime Drop-in Telephone Line

The Talking Booth

A safe space to talk about what’s on your mind; find out about online resources; make appointments; ask questions or just touch base. Every lunchtime 1pm to 2pm.

Ysgol Harri Tudur/Henry Tudor School
Call Mandy on 07879 694943 – Tue, Wed & Thurs 1pm to 2pm (pupils are also welcome to contact Mandy by email Amanda.griffiths@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or text message outside of these times)

Ysgol Bro Gwaun
Call Jess on 07824 838493 - Mon, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 2pm

The Greenhill School
Call Dean on 07774 337542 – Tue & Wed 1pm to 2pm

Milford Haven School
Call Joanne on 07788 431697 – Mon, Tue & Wed or Dean on 07774 337542 Thurs & Fri 1pm to 2pm

Ysgol y Preseli
Call Julie on 07787 007139 – Tue & Wed 1pm to 2pm

Haverfordwest High VC School
Call Brigitte on 07824 838461 Mon to Fri or Mandy on 07879 694943 Tue, Wed & Thurs 1pm to 2pm

All the above information is also available here on the Pembrokeshire Country Council Facebook Page

Sixth Form Student ( & Parent / Carer) Letter
Keeping In Touch Letters to Parents/Guardians
Thursday 14th May 2020 : Parent PCC Survey Coronavirus / Education

Please share your views regarding the reopening of schools, distance and online learning with Pembrokeshire County Council. 

The survey closes on Monday 18th May and can be found here 

Thank you 

PUPIL ROLL OF HONOUR: Wednesday 13th May 2020 : Sam Lowe

Many congratulations to Sam Lowe, who has been nominated by a family member for a place on our roll of honour. The coronavirus pandemic is both a challenging and worrying time but many of our pupils have found their time to shine. Sam has shown tremendous strength of spirit by committing to his school work during this time, ensuring that he has kept on top of everything that has been set for him and revising work and concepts that he has already completed. Sam has wanted to prioritise his studies over the chance to join his family for movie and games nights. Sam's family would like him to know that they are very proud of him for his good character and for his strong work ethic.....and so are we !

PUPIL ROLL OF HONOUR : Thursday 14th May 2020 : Carys Rodemer

Many congratulations to Carys Rodemer who has been nominated  for a place on our roll of honour. The coronavirus pandemic is both a challenging and worrying time but many of our pupils have found their time to shine. Carys has been nominated by her family, she has shown real strength of spirit and has overcome some personal challenges, independently completing school work, happily and confidently being an absolute superstar at home, helping with household tasks and showing genuine care, concern and help to others. She has also been of fantastic help to her mother, who has been caring for Carys' elderly grandparents.

Well Done Carys - keep shining ! We're proud of you !

Wednesday May 13th 2020 : Welsh Education Minister's recent statement

Please see below, a link to the Welsh Education Minister 's statement from 28th April , outlining in fuller detail , the five key principles that are being considered with regard to the return of schools in Wales.

https://gov.wales/education-minister-sets-out-five-key-principles-schools-return

IMPORTANT UPDATE : Tuesday May 12th

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing this morning to update you all with two pieces of information that require clarity. I am doing this because of some queries which have come to us over the last twenty-four hours. Please accept my apologies if you are already familiar with the contents of this update.

Firstly, pupils and students at Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School will not return to school on June 1st. This is because there are no plans for any schools in Wales to return. Welsh law is different to that of England and the Welsh Government are making their own decisions about the roadmap out of lockdown. We understand that many of you will be worried about your children's education, along with vast numbers of parents across the world. Schools in Wales will not return in any capacity until the Welsh Education Minister's five criteria have been fully met. These five criteria are:

  1. The safety and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of students and staff
  2. Continuing contribution to the national effort and strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19
  3. Having the confidence of parents, staff and students – based on evidence and information – so that they can plan ahead
  4. Ability to prioritise learners at key points, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  5. Consistency with the Welsh Government’s framework for decision making, to have guidance in place to support measures such as distancing, managing attendance and wider protective actions

Our website is where, for the last fifteen months, we have posted updates, given out information and kept all of our parents. pupils, students and wider community informed of information. We are also using text messages and email. It is therefore essential that school has the correct contact information, so that all relevant information can be communicated, now more than ever before. We are also communicating with our pupils and students on Google classroom. We will not send out any paper communication, other than packs for our new Year 7 parents.

Thank you so much for all of your lovely messages of support and thank you’s in these absolutely unprecedented times. Some of our pupils have also shown great acts of kindness to others – if you would like to nominate your son/daughter or another pupil at this school please let us know and we will add them to our roll of honour. We will be proud to celebrate their achievements.

Google classroom is our on line learning platform and we are also providing paper work packs where IT access is problematic. Engagement rates with work is generally good but we support other forms of learning other than constant screen use as well. Our website contains lots of useful information about Google classroom and many helpful resources to support learning and wellbeing at this time.

A reminder of some contact information

For help with ICT – workingfromhome@yht.wales

For help/queries with teaching and work issues, please contact your child’s subject teacher or mentor by email ( firstinitialsurname@yht.wales staff list can be found here) or Mr Crichton, Deputy Headteacher tcrichton@yht.wales

Year 11 examinations /results – ajames@yht.wales Mrs A James

Sixth Form queries – jojones@yht.wales Mr J Jones

Safeguarding and wellbeing concerns – aandrews@yht.wales Mrs A Andrews

To update the school with parental contact information – updatedetails@yht.wales

All teachers can also be contacted through Google classroom

Nominate a pupil for an act of kindness – headteacher@yht.wales

Finally, we understand that some of you will be balancing and managing complex situations at home like all of us. We must keep going for some time. I came across this yesterday and thought you might like to see and hear it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIseouW2FE8

Above all else, stay safe, stay home and please look after you and yours.

With all best wishes

Fiona Kite

Headteacher

Monday May 11th: Continue to Stay at Home in Wales

Please be reminded that the lockdown restrictions remain in place in Wales. Please see a link to the BBC article here. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-52605939 

STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE 

Please stay safe..... Stay at home

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

Stay Safe Done (1)

Artwork by Mr J Griffiths, Teacher of Art, Henry Tudor School 

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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Top Ten Tips to Support Parents During COVID-19 Restrictions

Please find attached latest resources to support parents with child development during Covid-19

Tanyard Youth Project

TYP

Ysgol Harri Tudur Year 10 Pupil Billy Waters Pays Tribute and Thanks to the NHS with Plaque

We are delighted to share that one of our Year 10 pupils Billy Waters, along with his grown up cousin Jamie,  have been featured in the Western Telegraph for their plaque made in honour of the work of the NHS from the Monkton community. Please read the article from the Western Telegraph below.

Well done Billy! (and to cousin Jamie) This was an extremely thoughtful, meaningful and generous act of kindness on behalf of an entire community during this extraordinary and challenging time. We are proud of you.

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)

Pembrokeshire Pupil Development Grant Plus

Pembrokeshire PDG Plus is a Pembrokeshire County Council scheme to help parents in difficult circumstances with school uniforms.

From April 2019, Pembrokeshire CC will offer a grant to families facing ‘exceptional circumstances’ to support school uniform and school equipment costs.

PDG plus is available for any school-age child - your child does not have to be entitled to free school meals.

Wednesday April 29th : Free School Meal Payments URGENT

Parents of pupils on free school meals are required to inform Pembrokeshire County Council of their bank details by 5pm today. Vouchers will no longer be provided and will be replaced with cash credits to bank accounts. A form to be completed and emailed to fsmpayments@pembrokeshire.gov.uk is attached for your use here. Thank you. 

Pembrokeshire County Council Ipad Provision

As a school, we are fully aware of the challenges so many homes face, where they are trying to access our virtual school, in a situation where there is simply not enough equipment for each child to work on.

Whilst we welcome the announcement from Pembrokeshire County Council, it is worth remembering the 500 ipads are for all schools in Pembrokeshire; primary and secondary. At the moment, there is no timescale for the release of the equipment and no process by which parents and guardians can apply for the equipment.

Given this, please remember that it is okay for children within a family to share the equipment, we understand that not all tasks will be completed. In this difficult time, we don’t want parents and carers to become stressed by incomplete work/activities. If access to equipment is a problem, it is really good to think of other forms of education. Children can help with household chores; cook a family meal; watch documentaries; help teach younger brothers and sisters timetables etc.

Pembrokeshire County Council:

Plans are being finalised to loan 500 iPads to Pembrokeshire school pupils to help them get online and aid learning at home.

The devices will help ensure that pupils without access to digital learning do not miss out while schools are closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

To ensure that pupils are able to get online, even in homes without internet access, Pembrokeshire County Council is to buy 500 4G MiFi mobile internet devices.

These will be loaned alongside the iPads to help pupils access the online learning resources organised by schools.

The 4G service will provide a basic level of content control and while not a replacement for in-school filtering, will provide restrictions for content unsuitable for children.

Schools are currently being contacted to determine supplies of iPads available for loan and to organise collection, testing and installation of relevant apps.

Where schools have insufficient devices, stock will be loaned from an alternate school or via the Hwb Transformation Programme.

Supporting packs for set up and further dedicated support is being organised.

The Council will also buy 500 tough cases to provide protection for the devices during their loan period.

It is accepted that there is the risk of damage during the loan period and neither parents nor the school would be expected to cover any cost of damage in such circumstances.

Once the method for loaning an iPad has been agreed further details will be released.

Thursday 23rd April 2020 : Update for the Provision of Free School Meals
Reminder of Important Changes to Free School Meals payments

Parents and guardians of children entitled to Free School Meals are being reminded of important upcoming changes to the way the meals are paid.

The current system of vouchers redeemable at Tesco stores is valid up to and including Friday 1st May.

But from Monday 4th May, your Free School Meal entitlement will be paid by bank transfer, for the two weeks up to Friday 15th May.

The rate is £3.90 per day, per child.

For the Council to pay this money, we must have your bank account details. 

All those entitled to Free School Meals should have received a letter from us about the changes.

It is very important that you give us your bank details as soon as you can, as we will not be able to get the money to you without them. 

If you haven’t had a letter from us, or you need another one, please email fsmpayments@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, or telephone 01437 775250 as soon as possible.

FSM

Operation Encompass

Supporting Children Through Key Adults. 

All schools in Pembrokeshire currently take part in a project called Operation Encompass that runs jointly between schools and Dyfed-Powys Police as a county wide initiative.

Monday April 20th : Virtual School Open for Learning

Good morning everyone. We hope that you are all staying safe and well and looking after one another. Virtual school is open and your teachers and mentors are available for you remotely. 

Thank you to all parents, pupils and students for your hard work to date. Please be assured that our expectation is that all of our learners progress at a pace that is appropriate to them and one that allows them to make progress. There is no expectation that pupils and students work solidly for 5 hours each day.

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

For all technical issues, please continue to email workingfromhome@yht.wales, for any learning issues, please contact your child's subject teacher or mentor by email or Mr Crichton, Deputy Heateacher tcrichton@yht.wales.

Domestic Abuse Advice and Support

Dyfed Powys Police are still offering support to people living with domestic abuse even in the midst of COVID19.

Please see the attached Help and Support document for those who are experiencing (or know someone experiencing) abuse and sexual violence during the coronavirus emergency.

INFORMATION FROM QUALIFICATIONS WALES PUBLISHED FRIDAY 3RD APRIL
03/04/2020

Dear Learner,

A message for all Summer 2020 GCSE, AS, A level and Skills Challenge Certificate learners.

I appreciate the announcement to cancel exams this summer will have been unsettling for you as learners, and that you are urgently waiting for news. To keep you informed, I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades that you can use to progress to sixth form, college, university, training or work.

Our aim is to treat you as fairly as possible this summer.

How will grades be calculated? Most GCSEs, AS and A Levels that learners in Wales have been entered for will be awarded by WJEC. The Skills Challenge Certificate is only awarded by WJEC. If you are entered for a GCSE, AS or A Level offered by a different exam boards, the same principles will apply. Your schools, colleges and other exam centres will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your qualifications, based on what they know about your work and performance:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • the order of learners, by performance, within those grades. Your centre will consider a range of evidence like your class and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment you might have done; and your general progress during your course.
 

This information will allow WJEC and other exam boards to gather and compare grades across centres. Together, we want to make sure that results are fair and that, as far as possible, learners are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their centres are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your centre sends to WJEC or other exam boards.

What do I need to do? Nothing. Your teachers will review all the work you have done so far, any new work set will not influence this summer’s results. Teachers may continue to set work to ensure that all teaching and learning has been completed and help prepare you for next year. The data (grades and rank order) that will be provided is confidential and cannot be shared with you as learners, your parents or carers. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your centre, to tell you the grades they will be sending to exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of learners. This is to help ensure the information submitted by schools and colleges is as fair as possible.

When will I get my results? We’re working hard to make sure you get results as soon as possible – and no later than the published dates of 13 August (AS and A level) and 20 August (GCSE). We will confirm dates as soon as we can.

Can I take my exams another time?

There are already exams available in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Mathematics-Numeracy and Welsh Language in November each year. You can enter for these exams in November 2020. Other exams will be available, as usual, in summer 2021.

Keep informed We’ve published a set of FAQs here that you and your parents or carers might find useful. There are also regular updates on our website (www.qualificationswales.org) and social media (@quals_wales on twitter and @qualswalescymcymru on facebook) that you might want to follow. We’ll keep you updated.

Philip Blaker

Chief Executive Qualifications Wales


Qualifications Wales Q2 Building, Pencarn Lane Imperial Park, Newport NP10 8AR 01633 373 222

Cymwysterau Cymru Adeilad Q2, Lôn Pencarn Parc Imperial, Casnewydd NP10 8AR 01633 373 222 www.qualificationswales.org

Sport Pembrokeshire - New Digital Learning Zone

In light of the current Covid19 situation, Sport Pembrokeshire have created a secure digital learning platform for all learners to access ideas, hints and tips on sport and physical activity (via Hwb).

The ‘SP Learning Zone’ includes links to a variety of different sports and activities across all age ranges to hopefully encourage parents and pupils to keep active at home.

The platform is now ‘live’! Please note that this fantastic new resource is a work in progress and will evolve and grow in the weeks and months to come as Sport Pembrokeshire staff populate the learning zone with new material.

You can access the ‘SP Learning Zone’ from home.

If you have any queries about the ‘SP Learning Zone’, please feel free to get in touch with Sport Pembrokeshire via sportpembrokeshire@pembrokeshire.go

Friday 3rd April 2020 : KINDNESS IN A CRISIS

  • What is kindness and why is it important to be kind in a crisis?
  • Kindness in the community - how can you check in on neighbours in a safe way.
  • Call or write to a relative.
  • Write down three things you are grateful for.
  • Learn techniques to help you cope in a crisis.
  • Do something helpful for a friend or family member – cook a meal or teach someone a new skill.  
  • Stay at home - by following this advice you are being kind to others in the community and helping to save lives.
Support for Parents of Pupils with ALN, Learning at Home

The attached documents are written to support parents of children with, social communication needs and learners with SpLD, to navigate the home education process and support structure and routine in the home:

School Based Youth Worker

Please find contact details of our School based youth worker on the attached PDF

Resources and Information for Parents, Carers, Schools

and Supporting Professionals During the Coronavirus

Please note: This document has been compiled by Educational and Child Psychologist’s throughout the UK. 

Monday 30th March 2020

Join our Rainbows of Hope Challenge. Details in attached PDF and on Google Mentor Classrooms. 

Fill our windows with rainbows!

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. 

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.

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

PCC Inclusion Service ALN resources and Links for Parents and Schools

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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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.

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

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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