Year 8.

Changes to Mobile Phone Policy.

Dear parent / carer,

A real focus for us as a school is to ensure the very best climate for learning, so that pupils are fully prepared for lessons, any distraction is eliminated and ultimately our children progress and succeed. We have increasingly found that the use of mobile phones by pupils in school is causing a distraction and confrontation in lessons and is creating negative issues between pupils on social media.

We have made the decision to follow the lead of other schools in Swansea to ban the use of mobile phones during the school day because of the negative impact on pupil learning and wellbeing. The decision has not been taken lightly as we have undertaken significant research into the topic to consider all the issues.

We have discovered that:

  • In the UK more than 90% of teenagers own a mobile phone. In a survey conducted in 2001, no schools banned mobile phones. By 2007, this had risen to 50% and by 2017 over 98% of schools either, did not allow mobile phones on school premises, or, required them to be handed in at the beginning of the school day.
  • Most local schools do not allow pupils to access their phones during the school day.
  • Our experience at Morriston is that mobile phones are increasingly involved in creating confrontation between staff and pupils as well as between their peers. The use of mobile phones has led to a number of safeguarding issues and cyber bullying.
  • There is growing evidence to suggest that the internet and digital devices are making it harder for children to concentrate. Recent research suggests that young people who spend a lot of time alone using technology tend to have less in the way of communication skills, self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  • There is a clear correlation between the constant use of social media and a negative impact on mental health.

The decision has been taken that the policy will be implemented after the May half term holiday, commencing 3rd June 2019. Pupils will receive information regarding the approach via their form tutors and assembly.

Policy/Procedure 

  1. Any mobile phone [including headphones] which is being used or visible anywhere on the school site during the school day will be confiscated by the member of staff observing the use of the phone and be stored securely in reception.
  2. On the first occasion, the phone will be returned to the pupil at the end of the school day.
  3. On any subsequent occasion, the phone will be returned to the pupil’s parent/carer who will need to make mutually convenient arrangements with the school to collect it.
  4. Should pupils need to contact parents/carers, they are asked to see their Progress Leader/attendance office staff.
  5. Parents are requested to contact reception if they need to pass a message to their son or daughter. All pupils in years 7-11 are provided with a school planner which enables them to record homework and their timetable so that they will not need to access their phone during the day.

Members of the sixth form should adhere to this policy, however, they may use mobile phones in the designated sixth form social area and work area.

The policy will be available on the website and use of mobile phones will be included within the prospectus to ensure clarity.

We would ask that you discuss this with your child and thank you in advance for your support. We appreciate that for many of our pupils this is a significant change but we strongly feel that this decision will bring positive benefits to their learning and wellbeing.

Mr M Franklin
Headteacher

National Reading and Numeracy Tests -Years 7, 8 and 9 – KS3

Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework, all KS3 pupils in Wales will be expected to do one reading and one reasoning paper based test. The tests will be administered in school between Tuesday 30th  April and Tuesday 7th May 2018.  Please inform the school if you know in advance, or on the day, that your child will be absent between these dates.  There will be a further online procedural assessment during the Summer term.

A leaflet explaining the tests in further detail is available on the ‘Learning Wales’ website, and previous years’ tests are available to download below. The results of the tests will be communicated to you at a later date. If your child does not sit a test, they will score zero.

Please ensure that your child has the correct equipment in school to complete the tests (pens, pencils, highlighter, rubber, sharpener, protractor, calculator and ruler).

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or queries about these arrangements.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Sarah Brewer
Assistant Headteacher

Reading Test

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Numeracy Test – Procedural

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Numeracy Test – Reasoning

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National Reading and Numeracy Tests for Years 7, 8 and 9

Dear Parent/Carer,

The National Reading and Numeracy tests will be taking place in school between Tuesday 30th April and Thursday 2nd May.

Please find below the timetable for the tests.

There will be two tests during this period:

  1. Numeracy Reasoning Test with a duration of 30 minutes
  2. Literacy Reading Test with a duration of 1 hour.

The Numeracy procedural test is now taken online and will be sat in the week commencing 18thJune.

Tuesday  30th April Wednesday 1st May Thursday 2nd May
Periods 1 & 2 Year 7 Numeracy Year 9 Numeracy Year 8 Literacy
Periods 3 & 4 Year 8 Numeracy Year 7 Literacy Year 9 Literacy

It is important your child attempts the tests on the above dates but if they are absent for any reason a catch up session will be arranged on Friday 3rdMay.

Pupils have been preparing for these tests in their English and Maths lessons. Please support your child by ensuring they have the correct equipment for the tests, (pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener and calculator.

Past papers for pupils to practice can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

Kindest Regards

Mr D. Meredith
Assistant Headteacher

Girls into STEM day

14 year 8 and 9 girls were selected to attend an activity day in the school of applied computing in University of Wales Trinity St David, on Tuesday 9th April.  The aim of the day was to encourage girls into technology and computer related further education and careers, as currently, females make up only 9% of the workforce in the IT sector.  The pupils took apart a pc to find out the different components, designed and created Lego robots and learnt about cyber security.

Well done, girls.

Mrs R Page
Head of French Department

Drop Everything And Read

Morriston Comprehensive School has successfully introduced D.E.A.R: (Drop Everything And Read), into Form Time during the summer Term. This has been with all staff and pupils, across all year groups: Years 7 – 9  reading Accelerated Reader books and years 10 – 11, their own or set/text books. To everyone involved, I would like to say thank you for embracing this opportunity to begin the day in a calm, quiet and focused manner. It has been a pleasure to watch how pupils have enthusiastically used this extra designated reading time to support, improve and enhance their Literacy skills. We fully intend to resume this twice-weekly morning routine when Autumn Term begins in September. We are aiming to further embed reading for pleasure alongside Literacy confidence, becoming not just a Form Time regular ‘slot’ but a reading ‘habit’ and a fundamental part of out school ethos.
Ms. E. Butt, Literacy Co-ordinator.

Football World Cup

Morriston Comp held a different type of sports day this year with the World Cup taking place in Russia the PE dept put on an all-inclusive World Cup for year 7,8 and 9 over 3 days. With extremely hot weather every pupil put maximum effort in and every year group giving a good account of themselves. Well done to all pupils that took part!

 

Mr. J. Whitehead.

Amman Valley School races 2018 @Ammanford Leisure Centre

The Athletics club made their annual trip to Amman Valley for the 2018 event on 11th of June.
As this was one of the last fixtures of the season it was lovely to see some news faces on the team representing the Blue and Yellow.

This enjoyable evening provides school races from Nursery to year 8. With the emphasis on fun and fitness in a relaxing setting.
This does not stop the athletes giving their best and all pupils put in a great effort to finish and gain a medal of achievement.
Highlight of the night for Team MCS was Maisie Miller Year 8 who came 3rd in the yr 7/8 girls race.

The PE dept would like to thank all 30 pupils who represented the School on the night and hope to continue to see you next season.

Mr Z Maynard

Half-Term Fun By Corey Brock

Half-term fun by Corey Brock.

 

Miss. C. Richmond.

Rights Respecting Ambassadors at Pupil Voice Forum

On Wednesday evening Mr Lunt took two of our fantastic Year 8 Rights Respecting Ambassadors to a Pupil Voice Forum at Cefn Hengoed Community School organised by Beth Thomas.

The Forum gave two pupils from the majority of both Swansea secondary and primary schools the chance to discuss educational matters that affect them with decision makers from Swansea council with the topic for this term’s Forum being the planned changes to EMAU (Ethnic Minorities Achievement Unit).

During the evening representatives of both EMAU and Swansea council gave presentations about the current situation regarding the funding of the unit and their proposals for how the unit will change from next year. The pupils then took part in either a debate or a practical activity in order to give their views on these proposals.

Both of our pupils represented the school superbly throughout the evening, fully engaging with all of the activities and giving their views on this important matter. Well done girls!

The final Pupil Voice Forum of the year will now take place at the end of June.

Mr G. Lunt

U13 Premier League Girls’ Football Finals

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On Wednesday we were proud to play host to the finals day of the Swansea City AFC Premier League 6 aside girls football tournament, which saw the best seven sides from across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire compete for the title.

The standard of football on display during the event was superb will all seven sides playing some fantastic football throughout the day. Once again our excellent U13 football team  rose to the occasion however winning the majority of their games whilst remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament, scoring many excellent goals and conceding just the one in their seven games.

Unfortunately however the girls luck ran out in the final and they ended up losing on penalties to an excellent Bae Baglan side, whom they had earlier defeated one nil in one of the best games of the day!

Congratulations to all of the girls involved on the day, along with those who played during the qualification event but unfortunately couldn’t take part on Wednesday for various reasons, who once again represented the school fantastically well and reaffirmed their position as the school’s most successful sports team. They should be very proud of themselves!

Thank you also to Swansea City AFC Community Trust for putting on the event.

We now look forward to hopefully securing the first ever girls U13 league title in the next few weeks to cap off what has been an extremely successful season for the girls!

Mr G. Lunt