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Time Out for Parents: The Teenage Years

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Help and advice on parenting in those teenage years to build strong relationships to enjoy family life.

 At Ysgol Clywedog Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30, starting on 15th January 2019

For more information contact Charlie Lynch and Nicky Jones on  01978 346800 or email charlie.lynch@wrexham.gov.uk or  nickyw.jones@wrexham.gov.uk

Bringing you hope as you chart your way through the challenges of the teenage years and the changes in the parent-child relationship. The seven sessions are designed to help you stay connected with your child through understanding their world and developing good communication skills.

“By week 3 of the course our relationship had really improved, and my daughter commented on how much better things were in the home because I didn’t shout so much! I think the course is brilliant!”

How does it work?

Sharing ideas with other parents is a key part of the course, and we use case studies and real life scenarios to help ground the material. Each session includes space to plan any changes you want to make in your parenting, and from session 2 there will be an opportunity to discuss how you are getting on with putting this into practice at home.

What’s in the course?

We start by looking at the change from childhood to adolescence and what we hope to gain from the course. We explore how we can meet our child’s emotional needs, taking into account their temperament and their ‘love languages’.

Stepping into our teenager’s shoes and thinking how we can help with the many changes they’re experiencing is next: the challenge is to stay connected! We consider our parenting style, its effect on our teenager, and learn about the power of a consistent approach. Encouraging responsibility and negotiating house rules are part of the programme too!

One of the biggest challenges for parents of teenagers is communication. We look at improving it by listening well, using empathy and understanding body language. How we handle conflict is also crucial, choosing your battles, checking out your anger style, and developing negotiation skills.

The final session helps us look at how we unwittingly contribute to negative behaviour by our responses. We also consider the values we want to pass on to our kids and how to build good, lasting memories.

Session titles:

  • Session 1 – Temperament and emotional needs
  • Session 2 – Why it’s tough being a teenager
  • Session 3 – Parenting styles
  • Session 4 – Communication
  • Session 5 – Handling conflict
  • Session 6 – The Big issues
  • Sessions 7 – Building strong families

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Christmas Fayre

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This years Christmas fare will be held on Wednesday, 18 December 5-7 PM in the school main hall. Year 10 and other students have planned some wonderful stalls, raffles and refreshments.

If you would like stall at the fayre please contact the school office on 01978 346800.


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Ysgol Clywedog School Uniform – Initial Survey

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The Governing Body have recently approved proposals to undertake a review of the current school uniform. After a Student Council meeting it has been agreed to conduct an initial feedback survey comprising of questions from students, staff and parents.

Background

For some time, many concerns have been raised by a range of stakeholders regarding the current school uniform that has culminated in this decision to undertake a review.

The key issues raised in various conversations and forums are as follows:

General feedback from staff, governors, parents and students indicates a clear desire to retain the traditional blue colour scheme, however:

  • The current uniform is not sufficiently aspirational or smart. Concerns have been raised on many occasions by parents and staff regarding the overall appearance of students, being particularly evident in school events and most notably during external events when students go out into the community. The contrast with other schools was particularly apparent.
  • Feedback from some students indicates that the current uniform is often likened to that of a primary school and is perceived to be insufficiently mature or aspirational. Many students have suggested that a secondary uniform should represent a marked transition to adulthood and professional dress e.g. blazer, shirt and tie, rather than the current sweatshirt.
  • The current uniform specification is open to interpretation. This makes it especially difficult for staff and parents to secure adherence to the policy which in turn compromises the school’s endeavours to secure their ‘readiness to learn’, promote a positive climate for learning and in turn raise standards. These issues take up valuable teaching and learning time and this can inhibit the progress of some students.
  • The most significant issues surround inappropriate and increasingly sexualised dress amongst some students, which includes skirt length, trouser length, leggings and jeggings as well as the increasing incidence of embellishments such as gold zips etc.
  • Whilst many of the concerns listed above have been raised, parents have also indicated that the affordability and durability of uniform remains a key consideration, especially for families with siblings attending Ysgol Clywedog.

Additional information

  • There have been no requests from Parents or students to look at changing the PE kit this year.
  • Specific arrangements will be explored for the current Year 10 students to mitigate any costs for just one year of wearing any new uniform.

Next Steps

On the basis of this initial discussions we have published an initial survey for students, parents, staff and governors. We hope to ascertain the initial views of all stakeholders in order that they are active participants in deciding if there is a need to change, and if so, in shaping the uniform of the future.  The survey will be sent via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The link to the survey is also at the top of this page.

When we have this feedback we will put forward proposals for September 2019. We also recognise that the views of parents are critical, and to this end we will be holding parental events in the spring term.


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AIRBUS APPRENTICE OPEN DAY!

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Airbus would like to invite students, parents and anyone interested in kick-starting their career with a Global leader to join us at our Apprentice Open Day this Saturday!

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Venue: North Factory (where we make the A350 wings!), Airbus North Entrance, off Chester Road, Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DQ

The doors will be wide open to our state-of-the-art A350 North Factory for attendees to join us and find out everything they wish to know about our fantastic Apprenticeship opportunities!

From exclusive site tours, gaming chairs, virtual reality activities and dancing robots, attendees will be sure to have a brilliant time! On top of that, students will have the opportunity to speak with industry leading professionals, our very own current apprentices, some of our major supply companies and our key education partners; who can provide all of the information imaginable about our Apprenticeship opportunities!

If you want to learn how an Airbus Apprenticeship can drive your development and provide a clear route for you to fly you future career, then ensure you mark this unmissable opportunity in your diaries!

There is no need for anyone to book a place, simply just show up! For more information check out our Facebook Event and share it!

More information can also be found at
http://company.airbus.com/careers/news-events/Apprentice-Day.html


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