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Dwr y Felin Comprehensive School Special Edition Newsletter

Welcome from Mrs Peet, Headteacher

This will be one of a series of newsletters over the next few weeks to share the impressive level of activity this term. We are delighted to publish not one, but seven Newsletters! We will share the events of the spring term with you not in print, but in this new digital era of communication, the Newsletters will be shared electronically via the school website, emails, text, Twitter and Facebook. Hopefully this way, the Newsletters will not get lost in the bottom of school bags!

We will trial a series of Newsletters based on the current curriculum developments. The Curriculum for Wales is still set to launch in September 2022 and as part of our preparations we have already started to explore the "Areas of Learning". We are looking at how we can work together to bring to life a curriculum that best suits the needs and interests of the pupils of Dwr y Felin. With this in mind, there will be six areas for the Newsletters:

Health and Wellbeing

Language, Literacy and Communication

Mathematics and Numeracy

Expressive Arts

Science and Technology

Humanities.

Each will look at the work and achievements of the pupils in these areas over the last four months and celebrate the array of talent at Dwr y Felin.

To launch the digital Newsletters, we will start with a special edition: "Redefining the Purpose of the School - Life in Lockdown!". I hope that the numerous letters I have written over the past five weeks, have kept you up to speed with the work of the school since we were directed by the Minister on 18th March that we would have a new purpose. We were asked to help support those most in need, including people involved in the immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. I'm sure you have seen some of the work that has been going on in the school since this announcement. At Dwr y Felin, we are a 'family'. We try to look after one another and those within our community. Estyn said that "there is something special about the school" and this has been proven in abundance over the last five weeks with the support of every member of staff in supporting our school and local community in the fight against the Covid-19. I have been so grateful for the support of the staff in operating our Hub, making visors and contributing in many ways to ensuring the school provides the best care it can for the pupils and others beyond. I am sure that, as you read this special edition of the Newsletter, you too will agree that the staff and pupils have been amazing in their efforts to protect and help others.

Pupils have been busy baking bread and pizza, gardening and creating artwork

We hope that the changes to the remote learning this week have helped everyone be clearer about the expectations and the tasks that pupils need to complete for each subject. I hope pupils can complete the work set so that they can continue to learn and routines that will help them reintegrate into school life – whenever that may be. However, these are still difficult times for all and I cannot stress enough that the most important thing for us all is the health and wellbeing of all members of the school community. Please stay home and stay safe. Take care. Enjoy the Newsletter and the items to follow that remind us of all of the many good times and fantastic achievements of our pupils this term.

Lockdown Life

With most of us away from Dwr y Felin each day, life is very different from normal. However, the school and its community is still here to support everyone, and everyone at Dwr y Felin is immensely grateful for the support that has been shown to help during this time of crisis.

Numerous local businesses, organisations and individuals have given us help and equipment so that we can support the children of key workers. These include:

Pizza Express, Tesco Neath Abbey, Zoah’s Ark, Morruzzi’s Neath, Morrison’s Neath, B and Q in Morfa, Talgarth Mill and Net World Sports.

Design and Technology Dept make PPE Visors for frontline workers

The DYF team has also been doing their part to help support front line staff by producing PPE visors for the NHS and frontline staff in our local community. Led by Mrs Kate Thomas and Mrs Deere, various members of staff have been involved in the production line which has seen supplies go out for use in local hospitals, care homes and GP practices, amongst others. Over 2000 visors have been made and distributed.

Well done all: everyone at DYF is proud of you! Special thanks to the following people and local companies supplying the school with the materials:- Nick from Viscose Closures Ltd, Paul at Millennium Lasers, Coed Darcy and Mr C Roche for setting up a Gofundme page to support local schools.

Many thanks to the DT Department and Dwr y Felin staff involved

Looking after yourself during lock-down

Lockdown can be difficult and stressful. It’s hard to be apart from your friends and wider family. You might even find that you miss school! If you need any help, get in touch with us at Dwr y Felin. We can make sure that you get the support you need, whether this might be shopping, support for mental health or other advice. Make sure that you check your Hwb emails regularly for information and updates!

If you are doing something positive, fun or different in lockdown, let us know about it! Or do you know of a lockdown legend who is doing great things? Contact Miss Quick and you might be featured in a future newsletter!

Wellbeing Tips

• Get fresh air every day, whether this is going for a walk for your daily exercise, spending time outside in your garden if you have one, or opening a window.

• Stay in touch with friends and family. Speaking on the phone or a video call can help you to stay connected.

• Remember to stay safe online and report anything you feel uncomfortable about to CEOP.

• Limit screen time. Our screens can help us to stay connected, but it’s important to have breaks, too. Read, draw, exercise, play or do whatever else helps you to unwind and have fun in a non-digital way.

• If you feel worried, let someone know. Talk to your family, carers or use support such as Childline (0800 1111).

Posters designed by Dwr y Felin Pupils during lockdown

Stay safe!

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Created with images by congerdesign - "daisy heart flowers"