We’ve been revisiting the values and ethos of the school with staff and governors. This is summarised on the front page of the school website in a short paragraph,and simplified right down into the phrase we often use, ‘making the difference.’ Few people would disagree with this basic tenet, but it’s the right time to think about this, as the new curriculum is being put together. It’s also important we consult with pupils and parents and we’ll be doing more of this next year. Here’s a reminder of what we say on the website:-
We’ve also been talking about leadership, and looking at student leadership as well as leadership from staff across the school. I’m looking forward to doing more in this area next year with the prefects and school council.
Teachers have been busy planning a new PSE programme for all our pupils next year. We’ve approached this area of the curriculum in different ways over the years, we’ve sometimes had lessons on the timetable, sometimes off the timetable with drop down events, and sometimes a mixture of the two. Next year we’re trying a third option but one which we hope will give the subject more status. PSE will be taught on the timetable each week, by form teachers, replacing lessons on a rotational basis. It sounds a bit more complicated than it really is but it’s a system used in lots of schools. We’ll monitor it closely, but I am sure it’s the right approach. The important thing is that the content is right.
Sports news! Good luck to Walker, Tom and Mason, who have been selected to join the Dragons training camp this August, following their success playing for the Islwyn District. Also congratulations to Iwan, Charlotte and Tom who won their respective events in the county athletics championship, and well done to everyone who competed.
Pupils and staff in the ASD Centre have bee involved in a fantastic project, watching the life cycle of butterflies from caterpillars, to pupae, right through to seeing them develop into these beautiful insects. I have been following @RCCS_ASD Mrs Howell’s tweets with interest, and she’s posted some great pictures, too.
Next Friday we’ll be having our annual Wellbeing Day- part of the PSE programme I mentioned earlier. This is always a good day and people get a lot out of it. Pupils will be learning about a number of topics related to good mental and physical health.
Uniform regulations remain relaxed until further notice because of the extreme heat. With the forecast as it is at the moment, this could be the case until the end of term. However, we’ll expect everyone to make sure they have the correct uniform ready for 5th September, and there’ll be more on this in a letter which will be with parents at the end of term.
Finally, have you been watching the football? Are you getting behind the Three Lions team or are you in the ABE (anyone but England) camp?! Either way I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and for all those for whom football is not their thing… don’t worry it will soon be over!
THEME FOR NEXT WEEK: ACHIEVEMENT
ASSEMBLIES: Pastoral Leaders
LITERACY FOCUS: Speech marks
NUMERACY FOCUS: Two way tables
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “2 / two / dau / deux / II ” A couple. A brace. A pair. A duo.”It takes two to tango” is a phrase used when you want to emphasize that both people involved in a difficult situation must accept the blame, or that an activity needs two people who are willing to take part for it to happen:
CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: “Llongyfarchiadau!” : “Congratulations!”
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: “Achievement” : something done successfully with effort, skill, or courage.
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” ― Albert Einstein
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: Einstein isn’t completely responsible for E = mc2 — at least not in the way many people think he is. The most important part of the equation — the suggestion of an equivalency between mass and energy — had been proposed by a number of scientists including Friedrich Hasenöhrl, Henri Poincaré, and Oliver Heaviside years, even decades, before Einstein published his theory in 1905. Even the equation itself, in a slightly different version, had been published more than once before Einstein, who was indeed able to simplify the equation and put it into the form that made it famous. (Source: allthatsinteresting.com)
TWEET OF THE WEEK: