Newsletter week ending 21st October
Many thanks for your continued support over this very busy first half term, I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! The children have had a fun and spooktacular day today raising some money for the PTA so a big thank you to everyone who got involved in dressing up or paying to wear non-school uniform. Lots of children were so keen on the dressing up they forgot to bring in a £1 today but I’m sure the PTA will happily collect the remaining pounds after half term if you wish to donate. Diolch yn fawr iawn!
There will be an INSET day for staff training tomorrow on Friday 22nd October so there will be no school for the children. We will welcome the children back to school on Monday 1st November.
Year 6 Residential
A residential has been provisionally booked for our year 6 pupils in March 2022. A letter with further details has been sent home with the children today. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Civil, Mrs S Davies or Mrs Havard on 893682. Many places have closed or remain closed since Covid struck so it has been a challenge for Mrs Havard finding somewhere that will accommodate our children. Morfa Bay looks fantastic and I’m sure the children will have an amazing time!
After school clubs
The staff will be sending out consent forms for the children to attend after school clubs next half term. It is really important that if children sign up to a club, they attend every session. Clubs on offer next term will be;
Clwb Cymraeg Year 1 and 2
Story Club Year 1 and 2
Netball Year 5 and 6
Active citizens Year 5 and 6
Makaton Year 3 and 4
A big thank you to the staff who have offered to run these clubs. Don’t forget we also have our paid After School Kids’ club available from Monday- Thursday for Reception- Year6. This as a very reasonably priced childcare option for working parents or a chance for children to meet up with their friends in a relaxed and safe way! Contact the school office to book children in and enquire about payment.
Numeracy and play sessions for nursery pupils
Mrs Glass will be organising maths sessions for our nursery parents every Tuesday after half term from 9am-11.20am. The nursery children will be joining their parents for part of the morning which they will love!
This will be a great opportunity to get to know other parents but also learn about the ways we teach maths to our youngest pupils. The sessions are free and will include a cuppa and a biscuit! Come along to our parent and family room at 9am every Tuesday. See Mrs Glass for more details!
We will be organising family learning activities every Tuesday afternoon to help support our parents and carers who have asked for help and advice. Some suggestions so far include;
- managing behaviour at home
- basic first aid
- cooking healthy meals
- keeping children active etc.
These sessions will be very informal and are a chance for you to get to know different staff and parents in school. These are free sessions and will be very informal. Come along and have a chat on a Tuesday afternoon from 1pm-3pm in the parent and family room.
All children will need to bring a sports water bottle to school which they can refill from our water coolers. The majority of children already do this but there are a small minority who don’t. We would normally give cups to children to drink water during the day but after covid we stopped doing this to avoid any sort of transmission of germs. If you don’t have a sports water bottle at home, please can I ask you to purchase one for your child. They are relatively cheap to buy from most supermarkets. Children will continue to be given a drink as part of their hot lunch in the dinner hall but they do become thirsty after playtimes on the yard! As you know water is good for their brain development and we encourage the children to keep hydrated throughout the day. Thank you!
Dates for your diary
Parent telephone consultations week commencing Monday 8th November. Your child’s class teacher will be in touch with a link to make an appointment.
Year 6 Open evening at Penyrheol Comprehensive-Wednesday 10th November 6pm-8pm
Week commencing 15th November- Year 6 to attend Cycle safe training. More details to follow.
Children in need day- Friday 19th November. Year 6 will be organising fun and games for the school to enjoy. More details to follow.
Monday 6th December- Flu vaccination programme.
End of Autumn Term- Friday 17th December
Events after half term
Monday 1st November – New Curriculum Launch Week
The children will be learning about the four core purposes of the new curriculum and designing new characters to our school that help us to remember what they are. New pupil voice groups linked with the four core purposes will be set up and the children will be encouraged to participate and get involved in school life through the groups. The staff will be planning activities around the language of the four purposes and exploring what they mean with the children.
Education welfare officer will be visiting school regarding lateness and unauthorised absences.
Wednesday 3rd November
A selection of Year 6 children will be attending a science event in Penyrheol Comprehensive.
Thursday 4th November
Year 1 Stringalong
Friday 5th November
Year 4- Swimming
I hope you all have a relaxing half-term break and we’ll see you on Monday 1st November!