Important Notices

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

INFORMATION FROM PCC CATERING SERVICES ON THE REVISED
SCHOOL MEALS PAYMENT SYSTEM

From June 2020, the school will no longer be accepting cash for the payment of School meals.

All coin loaders will be removed and replaced with balance checkers so that pupils can check their balance

Your Contact Details

It would be greatly appreciated if you would please kindly email updatedetails@yht.wales if you have changed your telephone number, email address or emergency contact number.

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.

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

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

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.

20190925-Guidance on keeping the 3G pitch in top condition

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. 

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.