23/03/21 – Year 11, Virtual Parents’ Evening Online Booking
Please see the following links to access Year 11 Virtual Parents’ Evening Online Booking
10/03/21 – Important Free School Meals Information
Payments to Year 11 FSM parents finish on Friday 12th March 2021. Therefore, from Monday 15th March, 2021 all Y11 students entitled to FSM can obtain food via the canteen as normal using their fingerprint.
All other FSM families (students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10) will receive their current payment until Easter. Therefore, these students will need to either bring lunch or put money on their “ParentPay” account to receive meals from the canteen. Arrangements for after Easter will be confirmed shortly.
No cash or cheques will be accepted in the canteen. Menus and links to pre- order food can be found on the website.
10/03/21 – Lateral Low testing for Students in Years 10 and 11
04/03/21 – Letter from Mr Brant
RHS parents and students. Important survey requires you to respond. Please click the title above.
22/01/21 – Live Streaming and Video Conferencing Policy
We have recently updated our Live-streaming and Video-conferencing Policy. Please make sure that you and your child fully understand its contents.
Thank you for your continued support.
Assessment arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level grades in Summer – 2021
08/01/21 – Letter from Qualifications Wales
08/01/21 – Important letter from Mr Brant about the continuation of remote learning:
05/01/21 – Message from Mr Brant
Whilst it is possible that the Welsh Government will make further announcements before the end of this week, the current position is that remote learning will continue until 18th January. Please see the statement below from Kirsty Williams:
18/12/20 – Message from Mr Brant
18/12/20 – COVID-19 Reporting of positive test results over the Christmas period
Ysgol Rhosnesni is closed for Christmas from Friday 18th December and re-opens to students on Tuesday 5th January. Please see the school website for re-opening plans for each year group – these will be added as soon as confirmed.
During the period that school is closed for Christmas we still need to be notified of any positive COVID-19 test result and ask that should your child test positive after 18th December and before Monday 4th January that you please contact the Wrexham Public Protection Team directly, instead of the school. They will need to know the pupils full name, date of birth, school name and current year group.
The email address to send the information to is: Food&FarmingCovidfirstname.lastname@example.org and the telephone number is 01978 297120
10/12/20 – Letter from Mr Brant
Changes to school arrangements for the last week of term. Face to face learning will cease on Friday 11th December 2020. Please see letter for full details: Remote Learning – last week of term
10/12/20 – Letter from Mr Brant
The RHS staff team will be resting during half term. However, if your child is bored or keen to learn/revise:
Please see an important letter from Mr Brant below:
Have a safe and relaxing half term.
05/10/20 – Statement from Mr Brant
School Open – Tuesday 6th October
Following today’s precautionary closure, Rhosnesni High School will be open to all students from Tuesday 6th October.
The consistent advice we have received from Public Health Wales is that the process of testing and contact tracing is now part of the ‘new normal’ for all schools. If parents, staff and students follow these guidelines carefully, it is safe to remain open. Rest assured that we will continue to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, whilst striving to provide a full educational experience.
Please discuss with your child the necessity of robust hand and respiratory hygiene, the importance of social distancing and the requirement for those with COVID-19 symptoms to remain at home. Facemasks should be worn in communal indoor areas, such as corridors and toilets.
We wish to stress again that, according to Public Health Wales, identified symptoms are:
Under no circumstances should learners or staff attend school if they:
Thank you for your continuing support and understanding.
04/10/20 – Statement from Mr Brant
Full School Closure – Monday 5th October 2020
Following a second confirmed case of Covid-19, as an entirely precautionary measure, Rhosnesni High School will be closed to all students tomorrow – Monday 5th October 2020.
Although Public Health Wales and Wrexham’s Public Protection department do not believe that these two cases are related, the school will be closed for deep cleaning.
Further updates will be provided throughout Monday.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
Thank you for your support.
01/10/20 – Statement from Mr Brant
“School remains open as usual to all students, but we appreciate that our first confirmed COVID-19 case may have caused some anxiety amongst young people and parents. We have taken advice from Wrexham’s Public Protection department and NHS Wales TTP.
We have no reason to believe that this isolated case was transmitted in school. Wrexham CBC do not disclose personal details in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case, but rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Public Health Wales, the Local Authority and the NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) to ensure that all the appropriate measures are in place to protect learners, staff and the wider community.
The member of staff was not symptomatic in school and has not been present over the past few days. Anybody deemed to have been a ‘close contact’ will be notified by the Test, Trace and Protect team in accordance with Welsh Government guidance.
Thank you for the kind words and messages of support we have received today.”
30th September 2020 – Important Information
A single case of COVID-19 has today been confirmed at Rhosnesni High School. A member of staff is currently self-isolating.
The school is working closely with Public Health Wales, the Local Authority and the NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) to ensure that all the appropriate measures are in place to protect learners, staff and the wider community.
School remains open as usual to all students.
Please adhere to Welsh Government guidance and continue to support our existing COVID-19 control measures.
28th September – Headteacher Update
If your child is self-isolating or we are forced to partially close Rhosnesni High School in the coming months, please remember that learning can and should continue at home.
Our website has lots of great resources and links which we will continue to update regularly. Google classroom is available and we will assist, wherever possible, with any technical difficulties. Four excellent resources to which I wish to draw your attention are:
Please visit these sites for 5 x 50 minute sessions each day, if you are not in school. They are full of age appropriate content and detailed study materials. Every GCSE subject is available, with clear support and guidance provided.
Please keep learning, practising and revising.
Diolch yn fawr,
Mr A Brant
23rd September Update – Covid-19 Symptoms
To assist parents with identifying action to be taken in case of illness, we have developed a a quick reference guide for parents/carers to be read in conjunction with the Suspected Covid-19 Symptoms Escalation Policy and Procedures:
Suspected Covid-19 Escalation Policy and Procedures
8th September 2020 – School Meals Update:
We are encouraging students to bring packed lunches wherever possible and reduce unnecessary movement around school. We understand that packed lunches may not always be suitable. To make it easier to order meals from the canteen, we have been asked to circulate the links below to enable families to pre-order food. Each link will be open to pre-order from 4pm the previous day to 9.20am of the morning of the order. Please follow the link to our school meals information page for the most up to date information and to pre-order: School Meals Pre-Order Link
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM MR BRANT – 3rd September 2020:
Please see attached letter with further updates about the re-opening of school: Parent Letter New Term
FACE COVERINGS – 1st September 2020
In line with other Wrexham Schools and following advice from the Welsh Government, face coverings should be worn in communal areas and in corridors at Rhosnesni High School.
This will mean that all Rhosnesni students will be required to bring a face covering to school (unless they have a medical reason). Students must bring their own face covering. It is advisable to bring a small plastic bag to keep the mask in when not in use.
Face coverings will not be worn in lessons, but must be worn in the corridors and in toilets.
17/07/20 – Important end of term information
Letter to families of students in current Years 7-10 about the plans for September 2020: September 2020 reopening
Letter to families of Year 6 students joining us in September 2020: Year 6 September Information
Letter to families of all year groups (Including Year 6) regarding school uniform and an information leaflet to support the purchasing of school uniform items in readiness for September 2020.
If you have confirmed that your child will be returning, we will contact you individually over the next few days to clarify arrangements.
08/06/20 -Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
‘Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for Summer and September’
I wanted to give you some reassurances, following last week’s announcement by the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams. On Wednesday 3rd June, we were given details of the next planned phase for schools in Wales. The key message was that all students would soon have the opportunity to ‘Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for Summer and September’. As part of her statement, the Minister confirmed her intention that schools should begin planning for the first phase of re-opening on 29th June, with the summer term now extended by a week (ending Friday 24th July). Furthermore, the last four weeks of this summer term should be used to make sure that pupils, staff and parents are prepared – mentally, emotionally and practically – for a ‘new normal’ in September 2020. Interestingly, the Minister also announced that the autumn half-term break will be now extended to two weeks.
A link to Kirsty William’s full statement can be found on our website, along with letters from Ian Roberts from Wrexham LA.
Please let me assure you that the health and safety of staff and students is always my starting point. Therefore, I am eagerly awaiting detailed guidance that will help us to plan and prepare for this next phase. Welsh Government has announced that this further information will provide clarity on managing facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning and transport. However, we have already started our initial planning and considerations, prioritising the wishes and wellbeing of students, staff and parents. To be clear, we will not re-open Rhosnesni unless our Covid-19 risk assessments and operational plans are robust and manageable. When we do re-open, it will be done carefully, gradually and safely.
We understand that you will have many questions and we are working closely with the local authority, the regional consortium and our governors so that we can provide you with the information you need to prepare for this next phase. You will be asked to complete an important questionnaire to assist us in our planning. Please take the time to respond carefully to this survey.
I will write to you again, as soon as more detailed information is available. In the meantime, I would like to thank you for your continued support during these challenging and unprecedented times.
08/06/20 – Preparations For The Re-opening of Rhosnesni High School
Dear Parents and Carers,
Further to the recent announcement by the Welsh Government, initial plans and preparations are being considered for staff and students to return to school, with a provisional start date from Monday 29th June 2020. As you can imagine, how we operate in school will look very different from usual, including various health and safety measures.
As a school, the wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance. To help us to be as prepared as we can to receive your child, or support them should they continue to learn from home, we require you to complete a questionnaire on how your child has coped during their time away from school.
We recognise that at this time of uncertainty, some of you may have many questions to ask. Once the national guidance has been published, and we have had the opportunity to digest this, we will write to you again with further information about how we will return safely to school.
To prepare for the re-opening of school it is vital that parents complete the questionnaire about their child (and again for each child who attends Rhosnesni High School) by 12 noon Thursday 11th June 2020.
04/06/20 – Letter from Mr Ian Roberts about schools re-opening (click for letter)
21/04/20 – Important information below for all students
Message from the Headteacher – Stay Safe. Stay Learning
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Firstly, I hope that you are all safe and well. Your health and emotional well-being is always a priority at Ysgol Rhosnesni. Sadly, during these difficult and unprecedented times, we must now put many of our ambitions and interests temporarily on hold as we battle the Covid-19 virus.
The national curriculum is now suspended and will be, I imagine, for a considerable period of time. I am mindful that we all have very different circumstances at home and that it would be insensitive and impractical to have the same expectations for all students, carers and staff.
During the coming weeks, please complete academic work as and when you can. There will be no pressure or deadlines from my colleagues. Please, just have a go and try to enjoy learning. If our teachers are fit and able, they will support and encourage students to develop this distance learning approach.
Our website has lots of great resources and links which we will continue to update regularly. Google classroom is available and we will assist, wherever possible, with any technical difficulties. Three extremely good resources to which I wish to draw your attention are:
· The Oak National Academy https://www.thenational.academy
· BBC Teach https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach
Please visit these sites, whenever you can. They are full of excellent content and study materials.
Undoubtedly, there is so much students can still learn whilst at home. However, I would encourage you to set yourself achievable targets. Why not improve your French or Welsh language, develop numeracy skills or write news articles and short stories? What interesting things can you draw, make or perform? Please remember to be safe and careful. Students should always get adult permission before they do any practical activities at home.
It is essential that we all remain fit and healthy, particularly during the coming months. Please take safe and moderate exercise whenever you can. Keep moving, remain active and adhere to all government lockdown guidelines. Never underestimate how good a little physical exercise can make a person feel.
Finally, I have always believed that reading is the cornerstone of academic success. If you are in any doubt as to what to do with your extra time, please read, read, read. You can lose yourself in a good story, discover scientific facts or learn about world history by using reliable websites such as those above.
Below, you will find an important link for the Welsh Government’s policy statement, ‘Stay Safe. Stay Learning’. Please keep safe and well, try to remain positive and remember that we are always here for you if you need us.
20/03/20 – Information for Parents/Carers:
School Closure: Ysgol Rhosnesni is closed to ALL students until further notice. Children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response (who cannot be safely cared for at home) are entitled to provision. However, it is imperative that, as far as possible, we minimise social contact and ensure that anyone who is particularly vulnerable to the virus is able to adopt stringent social distancing. This means that if children can stay safely in their home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
There are numerous resources for families to use whilst at home and links to useful websites under the STUDENTS tab on this website. These will be kept updated and new resources added. Please encourage your children to continue learning and exercising safely whilst at home. We are attempting to provide work in paper format for families without internet access.
At Ysgol Rhosnesni High School we are proud of the achievements of our students in a wide range of fields both academic and enrichment, and we believe in high standards and expectations. We believe that we can make a positive difference to the future life-chances of each and every young person.
We believe in working together with our students to develop their future roles as ambassadors of learning, citizens and workers and aim to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding they will need for future adult life.
Year 10 (From September 2021)
The WJEC GCSE qualification in Digital Technology is newly introduced, and offers a broad-based qualification that allows learners to build on the digital skills, knowledge and understanding that is used both in our school and everyday lives. The qualification is designed for learners who wish to begin their journey towards a career that utilises digital technologies or to progress onto advanced level programmes of learning involving digital technologies.
The qualification will allow learners to develop their understanding of the range of digital technology systems at use in our connected and globalised society. It will also allow learners to explore the ever-evolving nature of digital technology systems and how these systems can be used productively, creatively and safely.
Unit 1 – Exam: In this unit learners will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in:
Learners will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the six areas of content:
Unit 2 – Coursework: In this unit learners will develop digital products. Learners will be required to use appropriate technical skills to develop digital products. The logging of issues, problems, hurdles and solutions will allow the assessment of the learners ability to develop a digital product that meets the identified needs, trends or audience. Learners will test their completed digital products to remove errors and bugs. Learners will produce a document evaluating the extent to which the data-informed digital product has satisfied the identified needs, trends and audience.
Learners will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the five areas of content:
Unit 3 – Coursework: In this unit learners will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in:
Learners will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the four areas of content: