We are delighted to announce that Cantonian has been selected to receive a share of a £20 million pot to help us improve even faster! As part of the Welsh Government's new 'Challenge Cymru' venture, Cantonian will benefit greatly from this much needed injection of extra resources which will allow us to achieve our aims for success in ways that had not before been possible. The life chances of every pupil are our focus and we believe that no child should be left behind. Please read the Headteacher's Challenge_Cymru_letter.pdf81.17 KB and, as always, if you have any questions please get in touch.
Parents & Carers of students in Year 11 are warmly invited to join us for the presentation of their children's Progress Files on Friday 9th May between 1.30 and 3.00pm in the School's 'A' Block Hall.
Following the presentation, light refreshments will be served and photographs of the occasion will be taken which will be available to purchase at a later date.
In order to assist with planning, Parents & Carers are asked to return the tear off slip to confirm their attendance at this event.
Parents / Carers are reminded that Friday 2nd May is an INSET Day for staff and your child will not be required to attend school on that day. All pupils should return to school on Tuesday 6th May, after the Bank Holiday.
Children in Years 2 to 9 now take national tests in reading and numeracy each summer. For more information, please read Reading_and_Numeracy_Tests_in_Wales.pdf300.99 KB which explains what the tests involve and what the test results can tell you about your child's learning. You can also visit the Learning Wales website at: http://learning.wales.gov.uk/resources/reading-and-numeracy-tests-information-for-parents-carers/?skip=1&lang=en
On Thursday, 16th March pupils at Cantonian High School will be joining the BBC School Report project and will be reporting events from around the school.
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Cantonian pupil, Jade, has made headlines with her scheme to raise funds to replace those stolen from a local business. A charity box containing £50 was taken from The Bakery on Plasmawr Road recently and Jade's thoughtfulness and determination to give something back has left us all in awe.
Headteacher, Lois Spargo, said "Jade has shown maturity, compassion and initiative in her fundraising on behalf of such a wonderful cause. She is an inspiration to all of us and has set an example we hope all our pupils will follow."
It is always nice to read 'feel good' stories in the local press, and an even greater pleasure when it concerns one of our own. Read Jade's heart-warming story here: South Wales Echo.
Cantonian pupil, Carter, represented England U13s recently at an international tournament in Canada.
An outbound flight to Québec, Canada, on 10th February contained a rather eager Carter (pictured), a Year 8 pupil who hopes to make it big in the world of ice hockey. As part of the England Under-13 ice hockey team (Wales does not have a team), Carter and 18 of his team mates travelled to play in the 'Pee-Wee Championship' tournament that lasted for two weeks; an event which inevitably left them all keen for more. With around 100 teams participating in the tournament, it was always going to be a tough two weeks. Carter told us how the England Under-13s won their first game to progress to the quarter finals - a game which would be crucial in determining the team's place in the tournament. Despite getting knocked out in their quarter final match, Carter was jubilant about getting into the team, and described how he felt "privileged" to have been part of something special.
Carter currently trains three times per week with the Cardiff Devils Under-13 squad at the Cardiff Bay Ice Arena. A new home for the Devils, which will replace their temporary rink, is currently undergoing construction and is estimated for completion in early 2015. When asked how he first found his feet in ice hockey, Carter was eager to point out that it was only by a trip to the Cardiff Bay Ice Arena with his dad that he became inquisitive about the game. "My dad took me ice skating, and it was there that I decided I would like to try ice hockey."
During 2014, Carter will compete in a variety of tournaments across Wales and the south-west of England. Looking to the future, Carter hopes to continue working hard to gain a place in the England Under-14s.
Cantonian is very proud of Carter and would like to congratulate him on being part of the England U13s squad, and wish him all the best for his future in ice hockey.
Once again, Cantonian is delighted to extend a warm welcome to our visitors from Japan who join us every spring as part of our joint exchange programme with Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr. On Friday 14th March, a welcome assembly and cultural display heralds a day of activities with Japanese pupils joining their Cantonian counterparts in lessons. Our guests will also visit places of interest during their stay in the Capital and enjoy the full Welsh experience!
Our 'return' visit to Japan takes place in the summer term and is eagerly anticipated by all involved in this exciting adventure.