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Willows High School

End of Year Letter to Parents 17/07/2018

Dear Parent / Carer

You can download the PDF version of this letter here.

It's been another busy year and it has flown by, I can hardly believe that we are in our last week of school already. On its way to you is a pack of information which includes pupil reports and the Parent Handbook for 2018/19 among other items. I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what is happening during the last week and mention a couple of changes for the next academic year.

Last Day and First Day Arrangements

Friday is our last day of the school year for pupils and it is also our Sports Day. Pupils can wear nonuniform clothes that includes their house colour to spur on the competitors.

School will finish earlier on that day, as it has in previous years. Pupils will be dismissed at 1.30pm, there will be an extended break earlier in the day to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to get something to eat. Facilities will be made available if you require your child to remain in school until 2.50pm. Please let us know if you wish to do so.

Pupils will start the next academic year on Wednesday 5th September.

School Trousers

We have made the decision to change the colour of the trousers / skirts of our school uniform to grey. We believe that this would provide the finishing touch to a smart uniform now that the dark navy blazer is compulsory for all year groups.

We have considered phasing the trousers in but believe that this would be too difficult to manage and a whole-school changeover in the new academic year is the most sensible option.

We understand that uniform is an expensive necessity, and we don’t want it to be a financial worry and burden on families, so we are proposing, for the introductory year, to provide assistance to those families who already have black trousers / skirts for their child for next year.

What we are proposing is this:

The school will exchange black trousers / skirts for grey trousers / skirts and donate the black
coloured clothing to charity.

To do this, please bring the clothing to the school reception any Thursday throughout the summer break between 11am and 12pm and we will provide you with a new item of school uniform.

ClassCharts

Throughout the year we have had requests from parents and carers to be able to see the rewards and demerits that their child has been given during the school day. We have listened and in your child’s latest report pack you will find detailed instructions and an individual parent access code that will enable you to log onto the ClassCharts system.

ClassCharts is an online system which teachers use to track achievement and behaviour throughout the school day. We believe in working closely with parents and one of the key benefits of using ClassCharts is that we are able to securely share your child’s achievements and behaviours with you and so keep you up to date in real-time.

We hope you will join us in celebrating their achievements and also support us with their behaviour as well.

Attendance

We have set a minimum attendance target of 97% for each pupil next year, which might seem high, but this equates to your child missing 6 days of school which can be very difficult to catch up on.

It goes without saying that if a pupil is not in lesson they are not learning so we would appreciate your support in ensuring that all pupils achieve this target which we are calling The Willows Standard. More information can be found in the Parent Handbook 2018/9.

ParentPay

We are setting a target of becoming a cashless school by the end of the autumn term. This would mean removing the cash loader from the school premises. There are many advantages to becoming cashless, not just related to school meals, but trips, equipment and events can be paid for using the system without your child needing to bring money into school. More information will be made available in September.

Fundraising

As a school, we are constantly looking at new ways to raise funds to enable us to provide the best possible educational experiences for your child. Our school lottery is one way we do this and if you haven’t signed up yet, we would appreciate you giving it a go at www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and searching for Willows High.

I hope you have an enjoyable summer break, thank you for your continued support and being so understanding with the changes we have made this year. I truly believe that they will make a big difference in the successful futures of your children. Have a good read through the Parent Handbook and if it doesn't answer a question that you may have about the school, please don’t hesitate to contact at parentvoice@willows.cardiff.sch.uk.

Yours faithfully

Chris Norman
Headteacher