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2020LetterHeadTOP

23/11/2020

Dear parent/ guardian

I am writing to let you know that we have now received confirmation that a student in Year 13 has had a positive test for COVID-19. The pupil has not been in school since Tuesday 17th November.

In line with the guidance and advice from the track and trace team and the school’s risk assessment, pupils in 12RW, 12AG, 13CYY and 13KK will need to self-isolate at home from today and should return to school on Wednesday 2nd December. Teachers will set work for these students in accordance with the home learning timetable (attached here and available on the website) for the duration of self-isolation. Please encourage your son or daughter to complete all work set and to ensure that they attend the live lessons of which teachers will notify them.

It is also important that these identified students remain in isolation at home up to and including Tuesday 1st December to ensure that they do not spread any infection that they may have picked up.

Due to the risk control measures that Cathays High staff have successfully implemented, pupils in Years 7, 8 9, 10, 11, and 12CDJ, 12SSA, 12/13VAC and 12/13AJW can and should attend school as normal unless they or a member of their household has COVID symptoms. This includes the siblings of students in 12RW, 12AG, 13CYY and 13KK who are well but have been asked to self-isolate.

All other members of the household (e.g. parents and siblings in other schools) can continue to attend work or school unless someone starts to show symptoms.

If pupils show COVID symptoms they should remain at home in self-isolation for 10 days and parents should try to arrange a test. If you are unable to arrange a test then please let the Inclusion and Wellbeing Team know and we will refer you to a testing centre. Should a member of a pupil’s household show symptoms then the pupils must self-isolate for 14 days. Please let school know if your child is away with COVID symptoms on the first day of absence.

I appreciate this news will cause some anxiety amongst pupils and parents. However, we should take strength from knowing that the school’s systems and those of Cardiff Council have worked and the measures have been implemented robustly to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible for all pupils, families and staff at the school.

Year 12 & 13 Home Learning Timetable Monday 23/11/2020 up to and including Tuesday 01/12/2020 (pupils return on Wednesday 2/12/2020)

Monday 23/11/2020

AM

OPTION A

Monday 30/11/2020

AM

OPTION C

PM

OPTION D

 

PM

OPTION D

Tuesday 24/11/2020

AM

WBQ

Tuesday 01/12/2020

AM

WBQ

PM

OPTION E

 

PM

OPTION E

Wednesday 25/11/2020

AM

OPTION B

 

PM

WBQ

 
Thursday 26/11/2020

AM

OPTION D

 

PM

OPTION A

 
Friday 27/11/2020

AM

OPTION E

 

PM

OPTION B

 

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Dear all,

Following the announcement from Kirsty Williams, the summer exams will not take place for Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 this year.

She recognises the challenges that schools have faced over the last few months and wants to ensure fairness across the board.

The Minister outlined:

  • That in place of exams, the Welsh Government intended to work with schools and colleges to take forward teacher-managed assessments
  • That this should include assessments that will be externally set and marked but delivered within a classroom environment under teacher supervision
  • This work will form the basis for centre-based outcomes which will be linked to an agreed national approach to provide consistency across Wales
  • The Minister said Welsh Government would work with teachers to take forward teacher-managed assessments and that they should include assessments that will be externally set and marked, but delivered within a classroom environment under teacher supervision.
  • Teachers would have flexibility when it is best to undertake them, in the context of results timelines

We have not received the details of how this will be organised but we will inform you as soon as we know.

Please email me if you have any questions about this information. We will share anything further as we get it from the exam board.

Thank you

Mrs Harrington

Assistant Headteacher


A reminder that all pupils sitting the maths exam tomorrow (11/11/2020) must still attend.

Cathays High School – Online Learning – Details for Parents and Pupils in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 – November 4th, 5th, 6th

Details and Explanation for the Timetable

  • Online/live lessons are only for KS4 and 5 at this point. For Year 9, all work will be added to Google Classroom.
  • The timetable was amended for GCSE and AS/A Level groups to allow teachers to run online lessons on Microsoft Teams with students on their allocated days.
  • Students will have a maximum of 2 subjects a day to avoid them being overloaded with work.
  • An AM session runs for lessons 1-4 and a PM session runs for lessons 5 and 6. Lesson times are on the timetable below.
  • We are hoping that the increased opportunity for online lessons will increase student engagement with home learning during periods of self-isolation.
  • Students are expected to attend all online lessons that are offered to them provided they have the technology to do so.
  • The timetable for live lessons will be e-mailed to pupils and can be seen below.

Code of conduct

  • All pupils must complete their code of conduct Google Form before they are allowed access to online lessons.

Pupil Code of Conduct Form

  • All parents must complete their code of conduct Google Form before their children are allowed to access online live lessons.

Parent Code of Conduct Form  

How to access Microsoft Teams and online live lessons

 

Rules for online live lessons

  • Punctuality – pupils must be on time for their lessons. A pupil arriving late to lesson makes the teaching more complicated for the teacher. It disrupts the lesson and the learning of pupils that arrived on time. You must login at the times listed below.
  • To access online live lessons, you must have signed your Code of Conduct contract. Any pupil that fails to adhere to the code of conduct will mot be allowed to access live lessons.
  • Pupils must be dressed appropriately (no pyjamas) and at a table or desk. Pupils should not be sat in bed.
  • Microphones must be muted on arrival at the live lessons. This is so that the class is not disrupted with background noise.
  • Cameras should be off. If a teacher asks them to put their camera on, a plain background should be selected by pupils.
  • Teachers will disable chat on arrival. Pupils will be given the opportunity to ask questions as part of the lesson.
  • All lessons will be recorded by teachers. This is for safeguarding purposes.
  • In the contracts you and your child signed, you agreed that no photos or footage of the online learning would be taken or shared. Any breaches of our contract will result in pupils being banned from the Cathays High School live learning experience.
  • Pupils should be focussed solely on their online lesson. Pupils should not be accessing social media, using their mobile phone or doing anything else that means they are not focussed on the lesson.
  • No pets should appear on camera at any point during the lesson.
  • Any poor behaviour will be logged as a behaviour point on SIMS – which is something they are able to see on SIMS Student. We need to follow the same rules that we do when in school – Prepared, Respect and Pride.

Registration

  • Teachers will take the register at the beginning of every lesson. As agreed in the online contract, any absence from an online lesson needs to be communicated to the school in advance. Poor attendance will be followed up with phone calls to parents.

Preparing for an online lesson

  • To avoid laptops or tablets losing battery, pupils must have a charger. Pupils must also have a book, a pen, pencil, ruler and any other necessary equipment available.

Web Browser

  • For quick access, you can use the Student Homepage to easily access Cathays Google Classroom & Microsoft Teams.

 


Year 10, 11, 12 (AS) and 12 (A2) Online Lessons- 4th, 5th and 6th November

  • Below is the home learning timetable for year 10, 11, 12 (AS groups) and 13 (A2 groups) for the above dates.
  • Subjects that are offering live lessons are highlighted in yellow with the time of the lesson and the lead teachers initials.
  • These lessons can be accessed by students on Microsoft Teams or Google Meets.
  • Work will also be set on google classroom for students to complete for each session.
  • Students should make every effort to attend all lessons offered to them and to complete all google classroom work set during their sessions.
  • Year 9 work will be set on google classroom using the KS3 home learning timetable that can be found on the school website.

 

  Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 AS LEVEL Year 13 A LEVEL

Wk 1 Wednesday

4th Nov

AM

OPTION C

Art- 11.10am CT

Food Tech- 11.10am EW

Textiles- 11.10am KD

Computer Science- 11am SSA

History- 8.30am GHT

Sociology- 9am EPJ

ICT

AM

ENGLISH

11abEn2- 8.30am LMT

11abEN5- 8.30am AM

11abEn6- 9am HP

All year 11- tutorial time- 10.10am- Sixth form Q&A session- CP

AM

OPTION B

Art

Business Studies

Chemistry- 11am JW

AM

OPTION B

Art

Biology- 9am CLS

ICT

PM

Science

SC1

SC2- 1.30pm JW

SC3- 1.30pm HV

SC4- 1.30pm CLS

SC5- 1.30pm MRH

SC6- 1.30pm DHB

SC7- 1.30pm DHB

PM

OPTION B

Sport- 1.30pm DJ

Geography- 1.30pm CL

Sociology- 1.30pm LH

Computer Science- 1.30pm SRA

Textiles- 1.40pm KD

Food Tech- 1.40pm EW

ICT- 1.30pm SSA

PM

WBQ

PM

WBQ

13KK- 1.40pm KH

13CYY 1.40pm KH

Wk 1 Thursday

5th Nov

AM

Welsh- 10BC,10AP2, 10RL

10a1-10am NHD

10a2- 10am MD

10a3- 10am JH

WBQ- 10MRH,10PQ, 10MW

10b1- 9.00am KT

10b2- 9.00am CAM

10b3- 9.00am DJ

AM

OPTION A

11A1 Science – 11.00am DHB

11A2 Science – 9.20am EL

Art

Drama

Health & Social Care

Food tech

Resistant Materials- 9.30am KD

AM

OPTION D

History- 8.30am – GHT & 11am CP

Sociology- 10am- LH

Physics- 9.20am MRH

Dance

AM

OPTION D

Business Studies

Sociology- 11am LH

Physics-

PM

English

10ab/En1- 1.30pm AM

10ab/En3- 1.30pm RW

PM

WBQ-A side

11a1- 1.30pm DJ

11a2- 1.30pm KT

11a3- 1.30pm CAM

WELSH- B side

11b1- 1.30pm JH

11b2- 1.30pm NHD

11b3- 1.30pm MD

PM

OPTION C

Maths- 1.30pm IZD

HSC

Medical Science- 1.30pm CLS

Dance

PM

OPTION C

History- 1.30pm GHT & 2.30pm CP

Chemistry- 1.30pm JW

Psychology- 1.30pm HV

HSC

Wk 1 Friday

6th Nov

AM

RE- 10BC,10AP2, 10RL

10a2- 10am LH

Welsh- 10MRH,10PQ, 10MW

10b1- 10am MD

10b2- 10am JH

10b3- 10am NHD

AM

OPTION C

Business Studies

Music

Art- 11.10am CT

Spanish- 10am PQ

History- 8.30am GHT

Resistant Materials

AM

OPTION E

Biology- 9am CYY

ICT- 9am SRA

English- 8.30am LMT

AM

OPTION E

Maths

English

Medical Science- 11am CLS

Year 13 Physics- 11am

PM

Option B

Sport- 1.30pm DJ

Health & Social Care

Resistant Materials

Geography- 1.30pm CL

Art

PM

MATHS

11abMa4- 1.30pm IZD

PM

OPTION B

Art

Business Studies

Chemistry

PM

OPTION B

Art

Biology- 1.30pm CYY

ICT- 1.30pm SSA

2020LetterHeadTOP

20/10/2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

I am writing to you to update you following the Welsh Government’s announcement yesterday of the “circuit-breaker” lockdown for a period of just over two weeks. The lockdown is due to begin at 6pm on Friday 23rd October and end on Monday 9th November.

This has some implications for the attendance of your children at Cathays High School which I will outline here.

Half-term

The last day of this half-term is Friday 23rd October. We then have our half-term holiday from Monday 26th to Friday 30th October.

During this time teachers will not be setting daily, remote learning tasks for students. Some teachers will have set homework or revision tasks and these should be completed by students over the half-term. 

Week beginning Monday 2nd November 2020

Inset Days:

Monday 2nd November and Tuesday 3rd November are already planned Inset Days and these will go ahead as expected. This means that no pupils should be in school and teachers will not be providing remote learning activities on these days.

Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November 2020:

On these days, only years 7 & 8 should attend school in line with the Welsh Government announcement. Pupils in years 7 & 8 will receive their usual lessons from teachers. Therefore, all students in years 7 & 8 can and should attend school.

Pupils in years 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 will need to stay home on these days and will receive remote learning activities in accordance with the home learning timetable (included at the end of this letter).

Students in years 10, 11, 12 & 13 are being prioritised for live sessions by some of their teachers on those dates. We will be asking students to complete the good conduct agreement for live lessons in school this week. It has to be completed before students will be allowed to join live lessons. I am including a link to the student agreement here in case they are absent from school, they can complete it at home.

We also ask that parents take a few minutes to read and agree the parent agreement for live lessons and include the link for parents here. This is to ensure that you are aware of the good conduct required for your child to participate in live sessions with their teachers.

Students in years 11, 12 & 13 doing re-sit GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Numeracy Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November:

There are a number of students in years 11 to 13 who have been entered for re-sit examinations in one or more of English Language, Mathematics or Numeracy. These will go ahead as planned.

Therefore, those students are permitted to be onsite for the duration of the exams only and will leave site immediately after the examinations have been completed.

Before we finish for half-term, we will be ensuring that students who are entered for the examinations are aware of when they are due to be in school during the week beginning 2nd November 2020.

If you are in any doubt then please contact Mrs. Harrington on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the exams office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will confirm when your son or daughter should be in school for their examination.

Week beginning Monday 9th November 2020

All pupils from all year groups can and should attend school from Monday 9th November and will receive lessons from their teachers.

I apologise for the length of this communication. I am sure you can appreciate that this is a complicated process and requires us to share things in some detail. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions about the week after the half-term holiday, the examinations or the live sessions agreements.

I would like to thank all parents for their support of the school, and their children’s learning, during this period of uncertainty and challenge that we have all faced since returning in September. It is greatly appreciated. I hope you are all able to enjoy a restful half-term. Stay safe!

Yours faithfully

Stuart Davies

(Acting Headteacher)


Home Learning timetable (week beginning 2nd November is Week 1)

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12/13 AS/A LEVEL KS4/5 New Arrivals Y12GCSE re-sit

Wk 1 Wednesday

4th November 2020

Languages-Spanish

(+Spellzone- English App 20 mins)

AM

Option C

AM

ENGLISH

AM

OPTION B

Humanities Maths

PM

Science

PM

OPTION B

PM

WBQ

Wk 1 Thursday

5th November

2020

Languages-Welsh

(+MangaHigh or Maths Watch Maths App 20 mins)

AM

Welsh/WBQ

AM

OPTION A

AM

OPTION D

Languages

IT

Media Studies Art

PM

English

PM

WBQ/WELSH

PM

OPTION C

Wk 1 Friday

6th November 2020

Health & Wellbeing

(+Tassomai Science App- 20 mins)

AM

RE/Welsh

AM

OPTION C

AM

OPTION E

English Equality & Diversity

PM

Option B

PM

MATHS

PM

OPTION B

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2020LetterHeadTOP

08/10/2020

Dear parent / guardian,

I am writing to let you know that we have now received confirmation of a second Year 11 with a positive test for COVID-19. The pupil was in school Friday 2nd October.

In line with the guidance and advice from the track and trace team and the school’s risk assessment, pupils in Year 11 and in the KS4AKM form class will need to continue to self-isolate at home up to and including Friday 16th October. This means that they should not go out of their house until Saturday 17th October and should return to school o Monday 19th October. Please make every effort to adhere to this and ensure you child remains in the house when on self-isolation from school.

Teachers will set work for these students in accordance with the home learning timetable (attached here and available on the website).

Due to the risk control measures that Cathays High staff have successfully implemented, pupils in years 8 & 9 and those in 7HL, 7KD, 7SA, 7AJ3 & 7HE can and should continue to attend school on as normal unless they or a member of their household has COVID symptoms. This includes the siblings of children in Year 11 and the KS4 AKM class who are well but have been asked to self-isolate. Students in 7AM, 7EG, 7DS2 & 7CB2 return on Wednesday 14th October and students in Year 10 return on Monday 19th October

All other members of the household (e.g. parents and siblings in other schools) can continue to attend work or school unless someone starts to show symptoms.

If pupils show COVID symptoms they should remain at home in self-isolation for 10 days and parents should try to arrange a test. If you are unable to arrange a test then please let the Inclusion and Wellbeing Team know and we will refer you to a testing centre. Should a member of a pupil’s household show symptoms then the pupils must self-isolate for 14 days. Please let school know if your child is away with COVID symptoms on the first day of absence.

I appreciate this news will cause some anxiety amongst pupils and parents. However, we should take strength from knowing that the school’s systems and those of Cardiff Council have worked and the measures have been implemented robustly to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible for all pupils, families and staff at the school.

Stay safe and take care of yourselves.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Davies

(Acting Headteacher)

Year 11 Home Learning Timetable Monday 05/10/2020 up to and including Tuesday 12/10/2020 (pupils return on Wednesday 13/10/2020)

  Year 11

Monday

05/10/20

RE

(+Tassomai Science App- 20 mins)

Tuesday

06/10/20

Welsh

(+Spellzone- English App 20 mins)

Wednesday

07/10/20

English

(+Maths Watch App 20 mins)

Thursday

08/10/20

Option B

(+Maths Watch App 20 mins)

Friday

09/10/20

WBQ

(+Maths Watch App 20 mins)

Monday

12/10/2020

Maths

(+Tassomai Science App- 20 mins)

Tuesday 13/10/20

Science

(+Spellzone- English App 20 mins)

Wednesday 14/10/20

English

(+Maths Watch App 20 mins)

Thursday 15/10/20

Option C

(+Tassomai Science App- 20 mins)

Friday 16/10/20

Option A

(+Spellzone- English App 20 mins)

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