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The Year 8 Interim Reports will be made available via Satchel:one throughout the day. All pupil reports will be uploaded by 4pm at the latest so please check throughout the day.

Power up resources for exams and assessments

With the summer exam series approaching, Qualifications Wales have  partnered with Welsh Government, Careers Wales, e-sgol and WJEC to reintroduce the Power Up content hubto support learners taking assessments this year.

There are a range of resources available, including revision guides, online revision sessions, health and wellbeing support, and help for learners planning their next steps. 

Alternative link to resources, copy and paste into browser:

https://hwb.gov.wales/resources/power-up/#msdynttrid=OGYwLGN9kn7CrdaDB2-HxLRvh21CVMAGuQe_GekfykE

Immunisation Catch Up Session

‘If your child missed the HPV or MMR vaccinations in school on 26th February 24 a catch up session is being held in school on 18th March 24. More information will follow. Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the School Nursing Team on 01639 862801’

Year 8 HPV Vaccinations

‘The School Nurses will be attending school on the 26th February to carry out the HPV Vaccination and MMR vaccinations for pupils who are outstanding. You will have received the consent form please ensure you have completed the form and sent it back to the school. Please complete the form whether you would like your child to receive the vaccine or not. On the day please could your child wear suitable clothing for example a short sleeved shirt and ensure they eat breakfast. If you wish to withdraw consent or feel your child isn’t well enough on the day please ensure you contact either the school or the school nursing service on 01639 862801 before 9am of the day of the vaccinations. Any queries in regards to this please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you’

Year 10 Examinations

Year 10 will be sitting their school-based examinations between March 11th – March 21st and information about these can be accessed here.

Some will also be sitting GCSE Units in May and June and information about these can be accessed via the link in the attached letter.

All information regarding examinations can be found in the GCSE examination information in the Pupil section on our website.

Nasal Flu Immunisation

Flu Immunisations will be taking place on 15th-17th January.

More information about vaccinations can be found here:

Flu Vaccine Advice

Additional Consent Forms are here:

Primary Phase Consent

Secondary Phase Consent

Meeting for parents whose children are attending the Disney trip in March 2024.

There will be an information meeting for parents and pupils on Thursday 18th January in the Atrium. We offer 2 sessions either 3.30 – 4.00 or 4.30 – 5.00.

Please fill in the Form below to let us know if you are able to attend and which session you would prefer. Please make every effort to attend as essential information such as departure / return times, health insurance, money etc will be given and we will also be able to answer any queries or concerns.

https://forms.office.com/e/7Ayp6RUWK2

Headteacher’s Update – 21st December 2023

Merry Christmas

Nadolig Llawen

As is always the case, this term has been a very busy one once again. We were pleased with the Year 11 GCSE Examination results in the summer and it was a real testament to the hard work of the pupils and staff that so many pupils achieved excellent individual results.

A variety of activities have taken place this term ranging from sporting activities, expressive arts projects, charity events, trips, educational guest speakers, pupil voice activities to name but a few. We had our Harvest Service in October. Mrs Judy Harris led the service, and the children and families were incredibly generous with their donations of non-perishable foods. The local foodbank was extremely grateful for the donations. The children loved singing the Harvest songs and they especially enjoyed having a small piece of the ‘Sharing Bread’. Afterall, Harvest is a time to be thankful and to share what we have with others.  On a similar note, Years 7 and 8 organised gifts for the ‘Mister X appeal’ again this year which provides gifts for deserving children and their families.  It is lovely to see their generosity.

Our primary phase pupils performed their Christmas concerts to a packed theatre all week. The pupils were outstanding and it is also important to recognise the support of the staff and parents who assisted the children with learning lines, songs and providing costumes. Pupils who are new to the school have settled in really well and Year 7 certainly benefit from the extensive transition programme that is provided each year. Drama pupils performed a Fire Safety Theatre in Education piece for the Local Authority Operation BANG project as part of the transition programme. This was well received and helped to send an important message to our younger pupils. We now also have 15 trained year 10 peer mentors; the pupils work on rota system working from the library and are available daily to support and guide KS3 pupils.

Return to school – I would like to remind parents and guardians that Monday 8th January is an INSET Day for staff. All pupils will therefore return to school on Tuesday 9th January 2024.

It was a real priveledge yesterday to get a special visit from Santa who took time out of his very busy schedule this time time of the year to visit the boys and girls in the primary phase. He also brought along a few of his friends!! As you can imagine, the children were really excited to see him (as were the staff it has to be said!!)

I would like to thank all parents, pupils, staff and governors for their continued support and wish everybody a lovely festive break. I look forward to seeing everybody in the New Year.

Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

Richard Rees

Headteacher

Headteacher’s Update – 27th October 2023

As half-term approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to thank pupils, staff, parents and carers for their continued support. It has been a busy eight-week half-term and I know everybody is looking forward to re-charging their batteries. All pupils will return to school on Monday 6th November.

In the Primary Phase, we have had the Harvest Festival and we would like to thank everybody for their kind donations. Pupils also enjoyed a Halloween Disco this week. This is a lovely time of the year with Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to but we have also been keen to stress again this year the importance of keeping safe during these events. YBB pupils put together a show entitled ‘Operation Bang’ which was shown to Year 6 pupils from YBB as well as our cluster schools. Agencies such as the Police and Fire Service were also in attendance to reinforce the key safety messages.

Sports activities and fixtures have also taken place throughout the half-term and numbers attending a variety of clubs are really good. Although some tournaments etc take place during the school day, many matches take place on the school site or other schools after school. We are always happy to see parents, carers and family members attend to watch the children and give support but I would ask please that all parents and carers conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Any form of verbal or physical abuse towards pupils, staff or other supporters is totally unacceptable. Whilst instances of this are very rare, any evidence of inappropriate behaviour will result in action being taken by the school. It would be a shame if the school had to stop parents watching matches, but ultimately our priority has to be the safety of pupils.

Have a nice half-term break.

Richard Rees

Headteacher/Prifathro

Wellbeing Survey

Every two years, schools are invited to take part in the Student Health and Wellbeing Survey. The information collected in the survey is used to compile a Student Health and Wellbeing Report for each school, which supports their work to improve their students’ health and wellbeing.

Ysgol Bae Baglan is taking part in the Student Health and Wellbeing Survey this term. The survey is being
managed by Ipsos on behalf of Cardiff University and is completed online under the supervision of a member of school staff. It contains questions on health behaviours, including diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol, drugs, school life and relationships. Students in Year 9 and above only will be asked a small number of questions relating to sexual behaviour. Each student chooses whether or not they want to complete the survey and they can omit any question they do not want to answer.

I hope that you will be happy for your child to take part. If you have any concerns, wish to see the survey
questions or withdraw your child from the survey or from data linkage research, please notify school reception as soon as possible.

Full details are outlined in the attached letter:

Headteacher’s Update- 22nd September 2023

Parking

I would like to thank people for their undertsanding and co-operation regarding parking in the rear car park this week. It is much appreciated as ultimately we want to ensure a safe environment for pupils and staff at the start and end of the school day. On that note, can I remind parents/carers that there are parking restrictions on the Afandale estate opposite the front of the school. We received a number of complaints yesterday that an emergency services vehicle was unable to gain access to the estate due to cars being parked inappropriately. Whilst I appreciate that parking around the school is difficult, please be mindful of the parking restrictions. The Police and Local Authority have been made aware of residents’ concerns. I would also ask that parents/carers do not park up against the school gates as emergency services need access at all times.

INSET Day

A reminder again that next Friday is an INSET day which will be a joint cluster training day with our cluster primary schools and will focus on progression in the Curriculum for Wales.

Neath Port Talbot College Awards Eveving

I had the pleasure of attending the Neath Port Talbot College Awards last night. It was lovely to see an ex-pupil of the school receive the award in the Mathematics category. Max achieved an incredible 99% in the A2 examinations. A truly outstanding achievement. Max is now going on to study at Bath University.

Richard Rees

Headteacher/Prifathro