Spring Term / Tymor Y Gwanwyn

Dear Parent/Carer
As we start the spring term I thought it important to update you on some key developments.
Secondary School Banding

At the end of the Autumn term we were pleased to learn that Newport High has been placed in Band 2 of the Welsh Government’s national banding system for schools, moving up from the previous position of Band 4 in 2011.  To reach band 2 over the period of one school year is a true reflection of the continued effort and high expectations of staff, students, parents and governors. There is no doubt that we will continue our journey of improvement over the years to come and I look forward to sharing our future successes with you.
Key Stage 4 Pathways Evening

The Key Stage 4 Pathways Evening launches students’ decision making process about option choices. During the Pathways Evening students and parents have an opportunity to meet with teaching staff and talk about the subjects available for study in the next academic year, the course content and assessment requirements.  Senior Staff and Careers Officers will also be available to give advice and support. The Pathways Evening for students in the current Years 8, 9 and 10 takes place on Thursday 24 January 2013 in the main school hall.
Post-16 Collaboration and Pathways Evening

Our Post-16 courses are delivered in collaboration with Bassaleg Comprehensive, Duffryn High, St Joseph’s High, and Coleg Gwent – the Newport West Post-16 Partnership. As a partnership, we work to deliver nearly 40 different courses for students. This means that Newport High students may complete some courses at other schools and likewise, students from other schools will study some subjects here. The Post-16 Pathways Evening for current Year 11 students takes place on 27 February 2013 at the Christchurch Centre.

Year 10 Study Skills Conference

At the end of Year 10 the majority of students sit a number of examinations including GCSE English and Maths. Our annual Study Skills Conference includes four seminars which aim to support students develop the skills to prepare for these exams. During the day, students also receive their examination timetable. This year’s conference will be held at University of Wales, Newport on 13 March 2013.

Can I take this opportunity to remind all parents that students are not permitted to wear non-school uniform cardigans, hoodies or other accessories in school. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure their son/daughter wears the correct uniform to school. This includes completely black footwear.
Some other key dates for you to be aware of over the next term are:
Friday 8 February                             INSET Day – school closed to students
Thursday 14 March                          Academic Review Day 2
Thursday 21 March                          Y11 Transition Interviews
Friday    22 March                             End of Spring Term
Monday 8 April                                 Start of Summer Term
Thank you for your continued support.
Yours faithfully
Karyn Keane