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Posted on: July 17th 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that you and your families are safe and well.

We are delighted with Welsh Government’s announcement on 9th July which stated that pupils across all age groups in Wales will be back in the classroom from September 14th.

The Education Minister has provided a degree of flexibility in terms of how the first two weeks will be managed and it is our intention to follow advice from the Director of Education in Cardiff, by using the first two days of the autumn term, Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday 2nd September as ‘Planning and Preparation’ days which will involve staff only. 

On Thursday 3rd September we welcome all our new Year 7 pupils so that effective transition can take place. Friday 4th September will also serve as a transition day to all Year 7 pupils and we expect all Year 11 pupils to attend school on that day too. Information regarding the return to school of other year groups can be found below.

In an ongoing fluid situation, we can inform you that the Local Authority will not be opening school canteens across Cardiff until September 14th and, as such, if your child usually uses the canteen, then they will be expected to bring a packed lunch to school with them until that date. Equally, the picture regarding school transport is still unclear, but we will keep you informed of any developments. We have been informed that all children must wear face masks if using school or public transport and if it transpires that the wearing of face masks becomes compulsory in school, we have provision to facilitate this.

If your child is feeling particularly anxious about their return to school and you would like some support or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to provide as much reassurance as possible.

Planning for full reopening September

In line with Welsh Government guidance, it is our intention that all students, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term, on a phased basis. 

 

Tuesday 1 September 

Planning & Preparation Day 1 – Staff only

 

Wednesday 2 September

Planning & Preparation Day 2 – Staff only

 

Thursday 3 September

Welcome for new Year 7 students only - Transition

 

Friday 4 

September

Day 2 for Year 7 - Transition

Re-introduction day for Year 11

 

 

Monday 7 September

Year 7 & 11 in school

Re-introduction day for Year 10

Tuesday 8 September

Year 7, 10 & 11 in school

Re-introduction day for Year 9

Wednesday 9 September

Year 7, 9, 10 &11 in school

Re-introduction day for Year 8

Thursday 10 September

Normal timetabled lessons for all students

 

Friday 11 

September

Normal timetabled lessons for all students

 

Uniform expectations

Whilst we have been flexible in our approach to our dress code since June 29th, we expect that, as of September, pupils will return to school in full school uniform. In September, we will revert to our standard uniform. For all year groups skirts must bear the school logo and I would ask that all families take time to review our uniform expectations guide in advance of purchasing any items. In particular, please be mindful that students are expected to wear formal school shoes. This will help avoid any unnecessary spend and awkwardness between the school and families at the start of term. All coats and outer wear must be plain black.

Transport

Regarding transport, the local authority is working to secure safe pupil transport for September and will notify schools and parents when there is more information. 

Risk assessments

There are a number of considerations that have led to the decision to increase operations within school settings at this time. 

These include the severity of disease in children – there is high scientific confidence that children of all ages have less severe symptoms than adults if they contract coronavirus (COVID-19); the age of children – there is moderately high scientific confidence that younger children are less likely to become unwell if infected with coronavirus (COVID-19); and measuring these risks against the negative health impact of being absent from school for a sustained period, reinforces the need for a return to school in the autumn term. However, please be assured that we will continue to act with caution in order to safeguard all members of the community, while increasing operations, in line with national guidance. Please see links below:

Operational guidance:

En – https://gov.wales/operational-guidance-schools-and-settings-autumn-term-covid-19

Cy – https://llyw.cymru/canllawiau-gweithredol-ar-gyfer-ysgolion-lleoliadau-o-dymor-yr-hydref-covid-19

Learning guidance:

En – https://gov.wales/guidance-learning-schools-and-settings-autumn-term-covid-19

Cy – https://llyw.cymru/canllawiau-ar-ddysgu-mewn-ysgolion-lleoliadau-o-dymor-yr-hydref-covid-19

 

The Welsh Government Technical Advisory Group report on the decision to recommend that schools in Wales return to 100% capacity in autumn term.

Staff moving on

We are sorry to say farewell to a number of colleagues who have been promoted to other schools or moving on to new adventures. In the Geography department Mr Stamp will be leaving us to take up a Head of Department role in London. Mr Taylor is leaving our Maths Department to take up a permanent role at St Illtyd’s Catholic High School. Miss Burrows is leaving our PE Department and Miss Howlett is leaving our Science team to take up a similar role at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School.

Also leaving our Welsh department, is Mrs Love. In the many years of service she has given to our community she has forged strong relationships with staff, pupils, parents and carers. We all wish Mrs Love great happiness and good health in the next chapter of her life. 

Mr Truby will also be leaving us to assume a role at Cardiff South Central Consortium for a secondment period to support learning across the region as Strategic Advisor for Professional Learning.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to all our departing staff for their commitment and dedication to Corpus Christi and, most importantly, our children and young adults. We will miss them all. 

Examinations

Year 11 students will be able to collect their GCSE results between 9.30am and 11.30am on Thursday 20th August. Arrangements have been sent to parents/carers via ParentMail and are also available on the school website. 

Following on from the ParentMail sent to the parents /carers of Year 10learners this week, due to the delayed reintroduction of Year 10 students on Monday 8th September, English Literature GCSE results can be collected from the school on results day (Thursday 20th August 2020) between 12pm and 1pm. Arrangements for the collection of results will follow this update. 

Finally, I would like to end this letter by thanking you for the many positive messages you have sent to us both throughout school closure and since we have returned. The last few weeks have been a very positive experience and it has been a pleasure to have spent time with your children. Their attitude to learning during our well-being, literacy, numeracy and reading sessions has been exceptional. Above all, their respect and devotion throughout our morning Liturgy and afternoon Examen Prayer have been a true privilege to witness.

Further information from Welsh Government and the Local Authority will be communicated to me throughout the forthcoming days and weeks and I will be in contact again to update you.

Should you have any queries , please address your email to bmullins@corpuschristihs.co.uk

We hope you all have a good summer break and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

Kind regards

Patrick Brunnock 

Headteacher