Thursday 19th July 2022

End of term and key dates for the academic year 2022/23

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your family are well. Firstly, I would like to thank the whole school community for its support through what has evolved into a successful and productive school year. It would be remiss not to thank parents/carers for the way in which they reinforced important Covid-related measures earlier this year, such as mask wearing.

The last day of term is Friday 22nd July, arrangements for the last day have been sent out earlier in the week.

Key Dates for 2022-2023

The provisional INSET days for next academic year are:

Monday 5th September 2022
Friday 28th October 2022
Monday 7th November 2022
Monday 9th January 2023
Monday 5th June 2023
Monday 24th July 2023

If there are any changes, we shall inform you as soon as possible. Swansea Council’s term dates for 2022/2023 can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/termdates2023

September return

All pupils should return to school on Tuesday 6th September. Currently, school uniform has been relaxed so that pupils can wear PE shorts to school, due to the warm weather. This will revert to normal school uniform (i.e. no shorts) on return in September, unless the school informs you otherwise prior to the return date. Please remember that footwear must be black and polishable. Full details of school uniform can be found here: https://pontcomp.co.uk/uniform/

Staff

I would like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to members of staff who will not be returning in September.

Miss Nia Miles (Assistant Headteacher), Miss Rachel Tithecott (Science teacher), Lauren Buckley (Cover Supervisor), Bobby Jones (Maths teacher), Tom Jones (Maths teacher), Anna Elkin (Maths teacher), Ricardo Bentini (Science teacher), Laura Cornell (English teacher) and Sophie Wheeler (Teaching Assistant) will be finishing at Pontarddulais at the end of this term. Of these staff our longest serving are Miss Miles and Miss Tithecott who both joined the school in 2006, all have contributed to school life in a variety of ways over many years. On behalf of the wider school community, I would like to wish all colleagues mentioned above success and fulfilment in their new posts.

I would also like to pay tribute to the school staff who throughout this year have once again demonstrated a strong moral purpose through prioritising pupils’ academic progress and wellbeing. There are countless examples of staff going ‘above and beyond’ for pupils to afford them the best possible experience and opportunities.

It has been wonderful to witness pupils once again enjoying enriching activities such as a highly successful sports day, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, expressive arts concerts and end-of-year school visits. Pupils seem to be more appreciative of these opportunities after a Covid-induced absence over the last two years. However, none of this would be possible without the dedication and hard work of staff.

Finally, a huge thank you for your patience and support throughout the academic year. I sincerely hope you and your family can enjoy some relaxation during the school holidays and we look forward to welcoming back all pupils in September.

Yours faithfully,


Mr. Gareth Rees
Headteacher