Coronavirus (COVID-19)

9/7/2021

Please see a letter from Mr D Thomas regarding the end of term arrangements

Letter to parents 9/7/2021

3/7/2021

We have been notified of positive cases of Covid-19 in Years 7,8 and 9. A number of pupils have been asked not to attend school on Monday 5th July while we await instructions from NHS Track and Trace.

11/6/2021

Following the process that is put in place by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) trace to specifically support the management of affected school children everyone who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been contacted by the school and asked to self isolate, those pupils will be provided home learning materials via Google Classroom using the timetable below.

Those pupils who have not been contacted should return to school on Monday 14th June 2021 if they do not have any COVID-related symptoms.

10/6/2021

Please see below a letter sent to parents of Year 10 pupils on Thursday 10th June regarding a confirmed case of Covid-19

Letter to Y10 Parents 10/6/2021

14/4/2021

Please see below a letter explaning details about Covid-19 testing

Letter to parents 16th April 2021

26/3/2021

Please see below the arrangements for the start of term on Monday 12th April, which will see all year groups return in full uniform.

It has been great to see everyone return this half term. Year 11 have hit the ground running in working to secure their grades and Year 10 have started to pick up where they left off.  In Years 9, 8 and 7 it has been an opportunity for friends to reunite and a chance to get ready for next term.

Letter to parents 26-3-2021

12/3/2021

Information has been shared with parents of Year 11 pupils regarding voluntary routine Lateral Flow testing, full details are availble at www.stilltyds.org.uk/LFT

Letter to Year 11 parents

8/3/2021

The reopening of School arrangements are as follows:-

Key Stage 4

Year 11 return on Monday March 15th.

Year 10 return on Tuesday March 23rd.

Key Stage 3

The school is open to each year group for one day only in the last week of term to provide the opportunity for pupils to check-in with teachers. The focus is on support for wellbeing and readiness for a full return to school after Easter. Similar to what we did in June 2020.

Year 9`s day is on Wednesday March 24th.

Year 8`s day is on Thursday March 25th.

Year 7`s day is on Friday March 26th.

The hub provision for key workers and vulnerable pupils will remain open until the end of term.

Letter to Y11

Letter to Y10

Letter to Y9

Letter to Y8

Letter to Y7

4/3/2021

Please see a letter for Year 11 pupils and parents from Qualifications Wales. It is  an update on arrangements for GCSEs.

Letter to Year 11 Pupils

4/3/2021

School Reopening Update

The school will be open to Year 11 only for the week beginning the 15th March 2021.

For this week the school will also continue to be open for our vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.

The Welsh government announcement, Kirsty Williams, Education Minister, March 3rd 2021.

“We have already announced that from 15 March, remaining primary school children

will be back in school. We will also welcome back learners in exam years, as well as

providing flexibility for those in years 10 and 12.

I have also shared my intention to get all learners back to schools, colleges and

training providers after the Easter break.

Today, I am able to confirm our intention to give schools further flexibility, if they

wish, to welcome back learners in years 7, 8 and 9 before the Easter break.

This would not be a full return to school for years 7, 8 and 9 before Easter. However,

it would provide schools with the opportunity to offer learners check-ins with

teachers, with a focus on support for wellbeing, and readiness for a full return to

school after Easter.”

Update as a result of Welsh Government Announcement March 3rd 2021.

We are currently looking at what flexibility we can offer to Year 10 from the 22nd March.

We are also making arrangements for that week to offer an opportunity to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 to come in for a day to check in, similar to what we did prior to reopening last June.

All schools will be approaching this differently, according to their own context, and as such the Local Authority will be writing to parents across the city next week to further explain arrangements schools are making.

I will be writing to parents next week to confirm arrangements for Year 11 starting on the 15th March. I will also be writing to parents of Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 next week to confirm arrangements for the week beginning 22nd March. This will also include PPE guidance and protocols.

I can confirm that ALL pupils in all year groups will be returning on Monday 12th April.

Mr D B Thomas

Headteacher

26/2/2021

Please see a letter from Qualifications Wales with an update on arrangements for Vocational qualifications 2021

Letter from Qualifications Wales 26-2-2021

9/2/2021

Please see a letter from Qualifications Wales with an update on arrangements for GCSEs and Skills Challenge qualifications 2021

Letter from Qualifications Wales 9-2-2021

29/1/2021

Please see below a letter from Mr Thomas following today’s announcement by the First Minister

Letter regarding re-openning 29th January 2021

Online Learning Timetable from Monday 1st February 2021

There is an understanding that while not attending school there is less structure for pupils and thus following their usual timetable can be difficult. As such a timetable for pupils to follow is published below.

The day is split into three sessions to give pupils some structure to their day while working from home. Each task should take no more than 1 hour to complete and additional resources are available on the school website for learners who complete all tasks. Work set is to be scheduled to appear at the start of each session.

At St Illtyds we are developing a combination of three main types:

• A lesson where the teacher has prepared pre-recorded content to be viewed and/or listened to with work to follow. The teacher is still available on-line in the real-time within the relevant class Team or if that is not possible via their school email.

• A lesson where pupils are issued with a set task to work on during the lesson. The teacher will still be available on-line in real time to answer any queries as above and via their email.

• A lesson where the teacher is live and visible – or audible – in real time explaining, instructing and answering questions.  

The only occasions where none of these three would fully apply is if a teacher is unwell or has childcare responsibilities of their own. Even in these cases, work will be available online for pupils and the member of staff will reply as soon as they can via email. There is also direction to further online resources in each subject on the website.

Please see below an updated description of our school Blended Learning

Blended Learning at St Illtyd’s Catholic High School

20/1/2021

Please see attached a letter from Qualification Wales for pupils in Year 11

Letter regarding GCSE assessment arrangements Summer 2021

14/1/2021

Please see below a letter from Mr Thomas regarding Live Registration Sessions for all pupils

Letter to parents 14th January 2021

11/1/2021

Please see a leeter from Qualifications Wales regarding GCSE and AS/A level, Vocational qualifications.

Letter 11/1/2021

8/1/2021

Please find below a letter sent to all parents regarding the school arrangement for this half term

8th January 2021 letter to all year groups

Please find below a letter sent to parents of Year 11 pupils regarding the latest statement from Qualifications Wales relating to assessment

8th January 2021 Letter to Year 11 – Qualifications Wales Statement

5/1/2021

Please find below a letter regarding the school arrangements for the current lockdown and school closures

Parent Letter – 5th January 2021

17/12/2020

Please find a letter below regarding the schools arrangements for reopening in January 2021

Parent Letter – School Reopening January 2021

11/12/2020

Please find a letter below regarding the announcement of school closures for face to face learning by the Welsh Government.

Parent Letter – School Closure & Online Learning

Parent Letter – Year 9 isolation to 19/12/2020

10/12/2020

Please find below a letter regarding the change to isolation periods for confirmed contacts. As a result Years 7, 10 and 11 can return to school on Monday 14th December 2020.

Parent Letter – Years 7, 10 & 11

8/12/2020

As a result of another Covid-19 positive result in Year 7, their isolation period has been extended to Thursday 17th December. They can return to school on Friday 18th December 2020.

Year 7 Parent Letter

4/12/2020

We have been informed this afternoon of a positive case of Coronavirus in Year 10. As a result this year group needs to self-isolate at home until the end of Wednesday 16th December 2020. Year 10 can return on Thursday 17th December 2020. Work will be available on Google Classrooms Monday morning.

Year 10 Parent Letter

Following an additional two cases of Coronavirus in Year 11, their isolation period has been extended to Tuesday 15th December. Year 11 can return to school on Wednesday 16th December 2020.

Year 11 Parent Letter

School will be open on Monday 7th December 2020 for pupils in Years 8 and 9.

Blended Learning Guidance

There is an understanding that while not attending school there is less structure for pupils and thus following their usual timetable can be difficult. As such a timetable for pupils to follow is published below.
The day is split into three sessions to give pupils some structure to their day while working from home. Each task should take no more than 1 hour to complete and additional resources are available on the school website for learners who complete all tasks. Work set is to be scheduled to appear at the start of each session.

Year 7

If you have any problems accessing the learning resources or require any ICT support please contact itsupport@stilltyds.org.uk


For any subject specific enquiries pupils are to contact their individual subject teachers.
Any other enquiries please contact the Head of Year:-
Year 7: Mrs R Fry – RF@stilltyds.org.uk

Year 10: Miss E Love – EL@stilltyds.org.uk

Year 11: Mrs A Fleet: AF@stilltyds.org.uk

3/12/2020

We have been informed this afternoon of a positive case of Coronavirus in Year 7. As a result this year group needs to self-isolate at home until the end of Wednesday 16th December 2020. Year 7 can return on Thursday 17th December 2020. Work will be available on Google Classrooms tomorrow morning. The school remains open to Years 8 and 10 as normal.

Year 7 Parent Letter

Years 8-11 Parent Letter

2/12/2020

We have been informed this morning of a positive case of Coronavirus in Year 11. As a result this year group needs to self-isolate at home until the end of Friday 11th December 2020. Year 11 can return on Monday 14th December 2020. Work will be available on Google Classrooms this morning. The school remains open to years 7,8 and 10 as normal.

Year 11 Parents Letter

Year 7-10 Parent Letter

24/11/2020

We have been informed this morning of a positive case of Coronavirus in Year 9. As a result this year group needs to self-isolate and must not come to school. Pupils can return on Monday 7th December 2020. Work will be available on Google Classrooms this morning. The school remains open to all other year groups as normal.

Letter issued to Year 9 parents

Letter issued to parents of pupils in Years 7, 8, 10 & 11

11/11/2020

Please find attached a letter from the Education Minister with regards to arrangements for GCSE exams in the summer of 2021.

In summary there will be no GCSE exams for Year 11. They are to be replaced with assessments which will be externally set and marked. Clarification of what these will look like and what they will cover is to follow later this term. As soon as we know any more we will pass the information on.

For Year 11 all that we do in school in terms of lessons, assessments and mock examinations takes on an even greater importance. Like last year, teacher assessment will play a large part in deciding which grades are awarded. Every lesson matters. Their approach to the current mock examinations has been outstanding and it is that approach which needs to continue. We are sure it will.

23/10/2020

Please find attached a suggested timetable for pupils to follow while they are studying from home during the week beginning Monday 2nd November. This will go alongside any instructions they receive from the individual teachers via Google Classroom and email.

See http://www.stilltyds.org.uk/digital-learning/ for more details and additional links

21/10/2020

Following the announcement by the Welsh Government of a firebreak lockdown, the following arrangements have been put in place:

– We will be open for children in Years 7 & 8 only from Monday 2nd November 2020

– Pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 will continue their learning from home for that week

– Those sitting GCSEs in November will be able to do so here at school but will have to leave when the exam is finished

– Free school meal arrangements have already been put in place for half term by Cardiff Council and this will continue for pupils in Years 9-11 for week commencing Monday 2nd November

– Pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 can return to school on Monday 9th November 2020

Our online learning, via our website, will continue for pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 for the week beginning November 2nd. Teachers are discussing this with them throughout this week and email addresses/equipment needs are being confirmed again so that all can gain access to these resources.

If you have any problems accessing the learning resources or require any ICT support please contact itsupport@stilltyds.org.uk

For any subject specific enquiries pupils are to contact their individual subject teachers.

Any other enquiries please contact the relevant Head of Year:-

Year 9: Mrs L Hobbs – LAH@stilltyds.org.uk

Year 10: Miss E Love – EL@stilltyds.org.uk

Year 11: Mr A Fleet – AF@stilltyds.org.uk

Year 9’s period of self-isolation ends today, and all pupils are due to return to school on Thursday 22nd October 2020. Please be in your outside bubble area by 8:25, and don’t forget to bring your face covering. We look forward to seeing you all then!

16/10/2020

Year 8’s period of self-isolation ends today, and all pupils are due to return to school on Monday 19th October 2020. Please be in your outside bubble area by 8:25, and don’t forget to bring your face covering. We look forward to seeing you all then!

29/09/2020

Please find attached a letter from the Headteacher issued today regarding an positive case of Covid-19.

28/09/2020

Please find attached a letter from the Headteacher regarding an identified case of Covid-19.

17/09/2020

We have been provided with this parental guide by Cardiff Council which will help parents and carers with any pupil absences during the pandemic.

Canteen Reopening & Break Arrangements from 14th September 2020

Pupils can access the canteen at the following times ONLY:

Break 1 (10:50 – 11:20)

10:50 – Year 10

11:00 – Year 11

11:05 – Year 9

Break 2 (13:20 – 13:50)

13:10 – Year 7

13:30 – Year 8

Pupils must go to their bubble areas and wait to be called to the canteen.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the cash top up machine in school is no longer available. All accounts must be topped up online through ParentPay accounts, or via a PayPoint card. For further information please email info@stilltyds.org.uk

September Restart Guidance

The attached letter was issued on 28th August 2020 regarding the wearing of face masks in communal areas of the school. 

The wearing of school blazers will be optional until Friday 23rd October, due to stock shortages with our supplier. Pupils are expected to wear full uniform apart from the blazer, which will also be required from Monday 2nd November 2020. Details on our uniform supplier can be found here

01/09/2020

Please find here the school’s current risk assessment for the reopening of the school to all pupils and staff from September 2020. If you have any questions about the assessment, or any of the new safety protocols that have been introduced, please contact info@stilltyds.org.uk

12/05/2020

Support is available to parents and pupils from the Council’s Educational Psychology service. See their information poster here

11/05/2020

Please see the latest update from our Headteacher, issued today by email and twitter to all parents and carers.

27/04/2020

Please see our letter outlining the changes we are making to distance learning for our pupils going forwards.

18/03/2020

St Illtyd’s Catholic High School will be closed from 2:50pm on Friday 20th March 2020.

This is a Welsh Government decision which was announced via the media. I can only apologise, on their behalf, for the distress and concern this may have caused.

16/03/2020

The school remains open and will continue to operate as normal. There are currently no plans to close the school. If this decision is ever taken we will contact parents and carers directly. 

We continue to encourage staff and pupils to follow high levels of personal hygeiene, including regular hand washing and using tissues to catch sneezes and coughs. The school have installed additional hand soap dispensers within the toilets for pupils to use. We have also enhanced our cleaning regime, and now have cleaning staff on site during the school day to clean door handles, finger plates, pull handles and banisters. They are also undertaking regular toilet and hand soap checks throughout the day to ensure the facilities are clean and stocks are replenished.

In the event of a possible school closure, we are putting contingencies in place to ensure that learning can still carry on. Teachers are currently working on our Google Classroom resource to make sure that there is sufficient and appropriate work on it for all our pupils to access. All pupils have logins for this resource and we will be checking that they are clear on how to do so. We will also be sending instructions home by email. Alternatively, there will be paper copies available for any pupils without internet access, which can be obtained from Reception by prior arrangement.

Public examinations at the time of writing are still due to take place on the dates published. If we receive any notifications that this is to change, we will share this with you and our pupils immediately.

04/03/2020

The school is being kept updated daily with guidance related to Coronavirus. We are following Welsh Government advice and attach a poster for your information that is being displayed across the school.

The latest advice and guidance from Public Health Wales can be found by clicking here. This is updated daily at 3pm.

Please speak to your child/children about the simple methods outlined in the poster to help prevent the spread of any virus.

Remember:

  • Catch it – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Bin it – put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Kill it – wash your hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Further information for schools can be found on the following link: https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19