Including: Latest advice and guidance; Video messages from staff; Wellbeing information.
23.09.2020 Parent letter sent home re current situation - see Letters Home
18.09.2020 COVID-19 related pupil absence - A quick reference guide for parents Click Here
Please note:- Parents, visitors and contractors, face coverings must be worn in communal / shared areas and when moving around the Campus
Where possible, the school will communicate to parents via telephone, email or text messaging, in order to reduce the number of meetings, which should be for emergencies only.
17.07.2020 Hope St Mellons
Young people and families can access lots of support from Hope St Mellons over the summer. Please look at the families page on their Facebook page or at @HopeStMellons Twitter page.
- Free simple craft bags. Over lockdown we have delivered 250 bags to peoples door steps, these contain simple play/ craft activities that can be easily re-made and done over again.
- Outdoor activity box. Families can borrow this box for five days then we hold it for 72 hours before lending it out to another local family.
22.05.2020 End of term letter from Mr a Di Finizio, Headteacher - attached below
21.05.2020 Video message from staff to all pupils.
21.04.2020 Top tips for families in isolation - Click Here
21.04.2020 Video message from Kirsty Williams, Education Minister introducing the Stay Safe. Stay Learning: continuity of learning policy statement
6.04.2020 Message from Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education.
14.04.2020 Helpful advice for parents during the lockdown. Click Here
10 ways nature can help you stay healthy and happy during lockdown. Click Here
07.04.2020 Heads Blog - Please see my video to you below. I mention Classcharts but actually mean Google Classroom. Mr A Di-Finizio
30.03.2020 Children's guide to the Coronavirus - click here
23.03.2020 Please see the statement released from qualification wales with regards to year 11 exam grades. We will continue to update you with further information as and when we receive it.
20.03.2020 - School is open to Years 7 & 8. Students in Years 9.10,11 are to continue lessons at home.
19.03.2020 - National News relating to cancellation of summer series exams: The situation regarding the GCSE examination series is far from clear and we expect the first Minister to provide more information in the near future. Please be assured that we will keep you informed as soon as the situation changes and that all decisions made are based on advice at national level. If there are any concerns that you need to be addressed immediately please contact the school.
18.03.2020 5 pm - School closure arrangements identified and communicated via Website news item - School Closure Arrangements
18.03.2020 - School open as usual. Please read attached letter 18.03 Virus Letter Update below.
17.03.2020 - School open as usual. Please see latest guidance below from Cardiff Council.
General Advice for School Staff, Parents and Pupils
Actions to follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
1. Wash your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if hand washing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
3. Pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as touchpads, visitor sign-in screens etc
4. If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or 111 Wales
5. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment see further information on the weblink https://phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus/
6. Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
16.03.2020 - School open as usual.
10.03.2020 - School as usual. Paris letter update attached below.
09.03.2020 - School as usual. Please follow guidance below.
We have had quite a few messages from parents recently concerned about the spread of coronavirus. I understand all the concerns you must have with your children in an environment with almost a thousand other children, however the situation at present in school is safe.
The main way you can contract the virus is to have come into contact with someone who has recently travelled in an infected area. The situation, however, does change by the day and if there are any significant developments that affect the school, be assured we will let you know immediately. In the meantime below are some questions answered and links to useful websites.
How serious is the coronavirus?
It can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing
The infection is not serious for most people, including children
There is currently no vaccine
Most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain
How likely are you to catch the virus?
You can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus
The chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK
If you have travelled to areas where many people are infected, your chance of catching the virus is higher, i.e. China and any affected areas
What advice can I give my child?
Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing, before handling and consuming food and after going to the toilet.
Use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly in a bin or flushed.
Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Do not share items that come into contact with your mouth such as cups & bottles
If unwell do not share items such as bedding, dishes, pencils & towels
The link below is the Government site giving up to date information on the spread of the virus and precautions that are in place: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
The link below will take you to the NHS page which has most questions you may have, answered: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has the most global up to date information and guidance: https://www.who.int/
Public Health Wales is working closely with the Welsh Government to carefully monitor the situation and to implement measures in place to protect the health of the public.
Please click on the link below to access their website directly
The Welsh Government have issued schools with guidance and this can be viewed on gov.wales link here and attached.
Information for school trips going to Europe can be found here.