Measles Public Health Information

As pupils return to school after the Easter holidays, we would like your support to deliver a number of key messages to parents, pupils and staff, including guidance and advice on the best way to protect pupils, staff and families and being alert for symptoms.

Please see the letter and guidance issued by NHS Wales

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• Measles is currently spreading in the UK with large outbreaks in areas such as the West Midlands and other parts of England. A significant number (1 in 5) of unvaccinated children who have contracted measles have required hospital treatment
• Measles can spread very quickly among children and adults who are not vaccinated and can cause some people to become seriously unwell and in rare circumstances die
• Measles is spread by the respiratory route. It spreads easily when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. A person with measles is infectious (can spread the disease to other people) from four days before the typical rash appears
• The best way to protect your family is for you and your children to have had the scheduled two doses of the MMR, a safe and effective vaccine that protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella
• If you or your children are not up-to-date with your vaccines contact your GP and they will arrange for you to receive the MMR
• For more information about MMR, speak to your GP or Nurse or visit this link to access a briefing document for schools
We are asking parents to be alert for symptoms of measles and to not send their children to school if they are unvaccinated and have any of the symptoms below:

Easter School Timetable

Dear parent / carer
Today your child was provided with information regarding Easter school.
We strongly encourage your child to participate in these sessions, as they are designed to maximise their potential and enhance their chances of achieving their desired grades. Please refer to the schedule attached to see the dates and times of the revision sessions.

Letter to Parents/Carers

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope that you are keeping well as we approach the Easter holidays.
Once again, Prestatyn High School has been extremely busy with trips, events and academic activities to maximise progression. Hot on the heels of our very successful ski trip, we have had the Maths Department trip to Paris and the very recent Geography trip to Iceland. The photographs look amazing and the pupils seem to have gained so much from the experiences.
Attendance and punctuality
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over this matter so far this year. We are currently looking at all systems and processes alongside the Local Authority to make sure that we can do what we can to improve our attendance. This year, our whole school attendance rate is still lower than pre-pandemic years and we as a whole community must do what we can to get back to where we were before COVID. The issue of school attendance has gained significant media coverage in recent months and it is a concern for the whole of the UK. Good attendance is so important for the life chances of young people that we will stop at nothing to continue to improve it further. In terms of punctuality, persistently late pupils will continue to be sanctioned and phone calls made home. I appeal to all parents and carers to support your children, support the school, and make sure all pupils are in school on time unless there is a very good reason for absence. The local authority has issued several fines to the parents of our poorest attenders. Poor attendance to school will harm the chances of your children later on in life.
The highlight of this half term has to be our production of the musical ‘Matilda’ by the Creative Arts Department. The matinee performance for our cluster schools and the three evening performances were nothing short of outstanding and, once again, showcased how much talent we have here at PHS. Well done to Miss Southall, Mrs. Bennett, and the whole Creative Arts Department. I can’t wait to see what we have planned next.
As our exam classes in Years 11 and 13 continue to prepare for the summer, we are doing all we can as a school to make sure that they are ready for their forthcoming exams. As always, school will be open throughout the Easter break (excluding bank holidays) so that all pupils who have exams can access our Easter school revision sessions. These exam revision sessions will be focused on what pupils need to learn and what pupils need to do to prepare for their GCSEs and A levels.

During the week beginning the 18th March, students, pupils and children from our cluster of primary schools will be taking part in an annual ‘Festival of Culture’. This is part of our Discrimination: It stops with me campaign and it helps us embed the key messages to all of our community. As always, we are working with local partners and external agencies to support effective delivery and ensure that our young people are receiving the very best in personal and social education at Prestatyn High School. Further information about the campaign can be found on our website. At the end of the festival, on Friday 22nd of March, students are invited to come to school in their own clothes, as it will be a non-school uniform day. Students are encouraged to wear dress that represents their culture or character in a visual celebration of diversity that all of the school community can get involved in. Students are asked to donate £1 for this non-school uniform day. This will help the school to raise money for the local food bank and the Red Cross.

We know that, at times, discrimination and hate are present in our community, Wales and around the world. If we all work together, we can take a stand and drive out discrimination wherever we find it, step by step and lesson by lesson. It stops with us!
I hope you all have a nice Easter break.
Neil Foley – BSc,

Iceland Field Trip Report

GCSE Geography pupils saw spectacular scenery during their visit to Iceland. We visited The Bridge Between Continents and Thingvellir National Park to observe the rift valley as the Eurasian plate and North American plate move away from each other.

The Raufarhólshellir Lava tunnels were stunning with icicles from recent snow melt as well as the tunnels (which formed from lava flows 5200 years ago during a volcanic eruption). We also visited the Secret Lagoon, Stokkur geysir, the Lava Centre, the beautiful Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and for most of us the highlight was a hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier where many of us completed 'Viking press-ups' (a press up using an ice axe to drink from a melt water stream) and looked into a crevasse.

We were also treated to the magical aurora borealis. Pupils' behaviour was impeccable, and pupils have enhanced their geographical knowledge ahead of their GCSE examinations as well as seeing beautiful volcanic landscapes.

Regarding Y11 Prom

Dear parent / carer

I am sure your son / daughter is looking forward to the Y11 Prom on the 20th June. This is a
prestigious occasion and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the end of their GCSE exams with their
friends, year groups, teachers and support staff.

In order to receive a ticket to attend the Prom, we expect the following from our Y11s:

  • To be engaged in after school revision (includes any lunch sessions) and Easter school. A
    register of attendees is taken during all revision sessions.
  • To have good attendance and punctuality. Pupils to be fully engaged in their lessons, ensuring
    homework / past papers are completed.
  • Have a good or improved behaviour record. Any pupil internally and or externally excluded (from
    the week beginning 19th February) will not be permitted to attend our Y11 prom.
  • Demonstrate exemplary behaviour during the exam period and wear the correct uniform at all
  • To attend all their GCSE examination, including any oral examinations.

All decisions regarding admittance to the prom will be at the discretion of the Headteacher and Head
of Y11, and like all other decisions made at school, individual circumstances will always be

If your child already knows that they do not wish to attend the Prom, they are still
expected to the meet the high standards required throughout.

Further information regarding the Prom will be shared with parents prior to the Easter break.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish your child all the very best for their final few months left
with us at Prestatyn High School, and I hope they achieve all their goals.
Thank you for your continued support,
Yours faithfully,

Mr. G Turner
Deputy Headteacher