Newsletter 14.1.22

Newsletter 14.1.22

Dear Parent / carer

The new risk assessment and Covid measures are clearly working in our school because we remain in the green category with less than 5% of our school work force absent. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for wearing facial coverings, following the one-way system when dropping children off and maintaining social distancing when on school grounds. Diolch yn fawr!

The Busy Bee Buzz Club is now open!

On Monday 17th January, we are opening our Busy Bee Buzz club. This is a school based, teaching assistant led, after school group. The session starts at 3pm-4.45pm and costs £5 per session. Please contact the school office or follow the booking link on schoop to book your child/children in before 3pm on a Thursday. Payments to be made to the school office before the sessions start on a Monday.

Parking

Please can I ask you to observe the car park signage and NOT park in the turning bay under any circumstances? Our car park is quite limited and we have many STF pupils who come to school in a taxi. It has been reported that some parents are parking in the turning bay and are preventing the taxis and other cars from turning. This is causing significant congestion.

I have also noticed that some parents/carers are walking their children across the carpark in front of cars rather than walking along the pathway. The pathway is a safer route for the children and following this direction will prevent any unwanted accidents.

Fish is the dish

A big thank you to Nerys from Fish is the dish, who came into school on Wednesday to work with years 4 and 6. The children had a fantastic time learning about local produce, ways to cook fish and even tasting the seafood themselves. We had a mixed response from the tasting!

 

Kerb craft

Year 2 will be participating in Kerb craft from Tuesday onwards. The children will need to be dressed for the weather because they will go out in the local community come rain or shine! Please ensure they have a warm coat and shoes or wellies that are suitable for the rain.

Governor opportunities

The governing body are looking for additional members to support them in making decisions regarding our school. If you are passionate about making a difference and enthusiastic about improving children’s lives, this could be the role for you!  We are looking for a community and local authority governor so if you would like more information please contact Mrs Seager, clerk to governors, via the school office.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Davies

Events this week

Monday 17th January

The Busy Bee Buzz Club is open from 3pm-4.45pm

We have a new child starting in Year 4 today!

Tuesday 18th January

Year 2 Kerb Craft

Thursday 20h January

Violins

Year 5 Gymnastics with Afan gymnastics. Please wear suitable clothing.

Friday 21st January

Year 5 swimming

Interest groups

Monday 24th January

One heart drumming session with Year 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter of well-being events

Winter of Wellbeing

Enjoy our Winter of Wellbeing activities taking place across Swansea, which has been made possible with funding from Welsh Government.

Children and Families

Various Activities at St Thomas Church

Tiny Toms every Monday during term time (9 – 10.45am)

Santa’s Breakfast (Pre-booking essential) – Saturday 18th December at 8.30am

Christmas Cinema Club (Pre-booking essential) – Thursday 23rd December at 6pm

St Thomas Church, St Thomas, Swansea, SA1 8BP

Tiny Tom’s is suitable for children aged 0-4. Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Cinema Club are suitable for everyone!

Tiny Tom’s strives to create an environment for children to learn how to play together whilst enriching learning experiences through play, story time, crafts and playtime.

To book, please visit facebook.com/StThomasSwansea or call 01792 455671

One Heart Drummers

12 sessions including 6 sessions over February Half-Term (Dates include: 9th, 12th, 26th January; 9th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd February; 9th 23rd March

St Catherine’s Church Hall, Gorseinon, Swansea

Suitable for anyone under 25 and/or parents

Rhythm and Play – African Drumming, Samba Drumming, Making and playing, Junk Drumming, Movement & Sound experiments, and Rhythm-based games

For further information, please contact Mark Cutliffe at oneheartdrummers@virginmedia.com or visit the website oneheartdrummers.org or Facebook facebook.com/oneheartdrummers

Clever Cubs Club

Weekly activities available between 31st January and 14th March (not during Half-Term)

Tircoed Village Hall; Birchgrove Community Centre; Gendros Community Centre

Suitable for ages 1, 2 and 3

Clever Cubs Club is a unique, fun and engaging class designed by a fully qualified teacher. Classes consist of music, dance, messy play, sensory play, costumes and props.

Please note, booking is essential. To do so, please contact clevercubsclub@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/clevercubsclub or Instagram.com/clevercubsclub

The On Board Project, BRD Gravity Centre (Board Riding Development LTD)

2 x Mountain-boarding and gravity outdoor sessions per weekend; 2 x skate and indoor sessions per week; 2 x swim fun and water skills sessions per week

Awaiting venue confirmation – within several locations in Swansea

Suitable for 6-24 year olds (all 6-8 year olds MUST have adult supervision)

Downhill outdoor gravity sessions, mountainboarding, dirt scooters, grass sledges, indoor skateboarding, surfskate, and scooter sessions! There will also be swimming pool based water skills sessions, games and more.

For further information and to book, please contact Ben at brdsportsbookings@gmail.com or call 07856 152540

Urdd Gobaith Cymru

3 / 4 sessions of 4 activities

Mainly held at Birchgrove Community Centre

Suitable for Welsh speakers or learners of any ability/background. Suitable for ages 8-18

Events include a variety of arts activities in and around Swansea, as well as cooking, performing, theatre, and music. For further information, please contact niaeleri@urdd.org

Montana Parent & Toddler Group

Up to 24 sessions

Montana Community Centre, Montana Place, Swansea

Suitable for children aged 0-3, promoting inclusion and wellbeing for children born during the COVID-19 pandemic

Activities include: Role Play, Motor Activities, Sesory Centre, Soft Play, Learning to socialise with others

For further information, please contact Debbra Parr on 07533 733097

Oxfordshire Outdoors, Kilvrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre

24 spaces available per session held on: 8th January, 9th January, 22nd January, 23rd January, 24th February and 25th February

Kilvrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre, Parkmill, Swansea, SA3 2EE

Suitable for Primary School children in Years 5 & 6

Activities include: Orienteering, Den Building, Bush Craft Activities, Coastal Walking, and Rock Climbing in Gower

For further information, please contact the Centre Manager on ed.abbley@oxfordshireoutdoors.co.uk

Dryad Bushcraft CIC

15 sessions held between December and March

Park Woods, Gower and Gower Heritage Centre

A range of woodland wellbeing and craft activities aimed at multiple age groups, with craft and play for younger participants, and more challenging activities for older age groups

Craft & outdoor play activities such as clay Dryads, Stick men, Christmas stars, Camouflage and Tracking, Clay Thumb Pots, Shelter Building, Fire Lighting, Natural Cordage, Outdoor Cooking, Green Wood Carving, Habitat creation, Bird Boxes, Bat Walk, Foraging, Rock Art

For further information, please contact Andrew on 07901 873343 or info@dryadbushcraft.co.uk

Gower Unearthed CIC

Sessions held weekly between December and March

The Roundhouse, Gower Heritage Centre

Sessions suitable for children and young people aged 3 -18

Activities include storytelling, archaeology, film work, crafts and pottery

For further information, please contact Helen on 07887 993772

All Sewn Up Wales

26th and 27th February, and 26th and 27th March

Upper Killay Recreational Hall, Fairwood Lane, Swansea, SA2 7HQ

Suitable for children aged 6 and above for all abilities. An adult must accompany children

Taster sewing workshops for children, introducing sewing, cross stitch and embroidery, allowing children to try a handful of sewing techniques which will help with wellbeing, dexterity, and general life skills

Aber Taiko – Japanese Group Drumming

6 sessions held on 23rd, 30th January; 20th, 27th February; and 20th, 27th March (all 11am-12pm)

Gors Community Hub, Heol-Y-Gors, Townhill, Swansea, SA1 6QG

Suitable for all children and young people

Japanese drumming workshops for children and young people to learn about the art form, and its place in Japanese culture; how to approach the drum; and how to play. Activities include learning a simple rhythm and experience the feeling of playing as a group and listening to all of the sounds For further information, please contact aber.taiko@gmail.com

Young People

EYST – Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team

4 trips planned before end of March 022 and 3 trips during February Half-Term

Units B & C, 11 St Helens Road, Swansea, SA1 4AB

Suitable for 0-25 (including family members for younger age groups)

Activities include Go Karting Trip, Indoor Rock Climbing, Trip decided by attendees, PlayStation 5 For further information, please contact info@eyst.org.uk

Meet & Make, Iâr Studio

Wednesday evenings 6-8pm during January and February

88 St Helen’s Avenue, Swansea, SA1 4NN

Suitable for 16-25 year olds. No experience necessary, also suitable for those studying art, design and textiles

Textile techniques and mending skills. Make friends and gain skills for a sustainable future! Lessons include fixing broken clothes in innovative ways, changing zips and buttons and making entire items from waste fabrics. Have a go! For further information, please contact info@iar-studio.co.uk or visit @iar_studio on Instagram or @iar-studio on Facebook

Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC)

20 x 2 hour sessions per month between December and March

215, City of Swansea Squadron, Army Reserve Centre, Alamein Road, Swansea, SA1 2HP

Suitable for all young people between 12 – 21 years old

Come and take part in a range of indoor sporting activities and STEM activities

For further information, please contact Clive Prior on develop.no3welsh@rafac.mod.gov.uk

Inclusion

Platfform 4YP Swansea Bay

Weekly drop-in sessions every Monday from 3.30 – 7pm (January-March)

Beaufort Park, Morriston, SA6 8JG

Suitable for young people aged 13-16

Weekly drop-in sessions where young people can get support for their wellbeing and make crafts alongside others within a safe space For more information, please email sarahhamilton@platfform.org or visit the website: https://platfform.org/contact-us/

Wheels of Wellbeing, BikeAbility Wales

20 Sessions during term-time, weekends and during February Half-Term

BikeAbility Wales, Dunvant Rugby Club, Killay, SA2 7RU

Cycle activities for 2 – 25 year olds. Cycle sessions are tailored to support families, individuals and groups

Variety of cycling related activities will be provided, including:

– Open play sessions to try a cycle (including both specialist and conventional cycles)

– Tots on tyres for under 6s

– Cycle skill games/training

– Guided rides off site For more information, please email info@bikeabilitywales.org.uk or visit the website: bikeabilitywales.org.uk

The Centre for African Entrepreneurship (The CAE)

Sessions will begin in January 2022 and include Zumba, 5-a-side football, and weekly arts clubs

Suitable for families from ethnically diverse backgrounds and young adults between 18 and 25

The CAE will be delivering activities aimed at bringing BAME groups together, and working with local entrepreneurs in the delivery of activities.

Zumba sessions will last approx. 1 hour; 5-a-side will last approx. 2 hours; Arts Sessions will last approx. 2 hours and split according to age groups. For more information and to sign up, please email enquiries@caentr.org or call on 07878 553369

CanDo Connect CIC

51 sessions between December and March

Various locations including: Townhill Community Centre, FOYD Cwmbrwla, Tenpin Bowling, and Bunkers Swansea.

Suitable for young people aged 16 -25 with Additional Learning Needs. Some events during half term will be open to younger age groups with ALN.

Bowling, Bunkers crazy golf, Glow stick and music sessions, Dance fitness, Soulsa wellbeing sessions, Cinema, Bingo, Karaoke sessions, Art and craft sessions. For further information, please email candoconnectcic@gmail.com or Facebook page – CanDo Connect CIC.

Anxiety Support Wales CIC

Total of 11 sessions between December – March

Various locations around Swansea

Suitable for 13-17 year olds suffering with Anxiety

Various events and trips during the winter period to help with physical and mental wellbeing and build relationships with other young people who face similar experiences with anxiety. Events include: Winter Wonderland, Ospreys Game, Laserzone, Bunkers, Bushcraft and more. Limited spaces available. For more information and to book, please email anxietyswansea@outlook.com

NAS Swansea

Sessions taking place between December and March

Various locations throughout Swansea

Suitable for all ages, on the Pathway for Diagnosis or with a Diagnosis of ASD Please contact Swansea.Branch@NAS.org.uk

Chinese Autism Support, Chinese in Wales Association

42 sessions (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) between January and March

All activities will be based within Swansea

Suitable for children and young people aged 2-17

Activities include: Squash coaching sessions, Indoor Surf Simulator, Sensory Play, Badminton

For further information, please contact 01792 469919 or email autism@chineseinwales.org.uk

Sports

Air Assault UK Ltd

Events will be held on the following dates: December: 19th and 28th. January: 3rd, 16th, 17th and 30th. February: 13th, 21st, 22nd, 28th. March: 13th, 14th and 26th

Locations include: The New Lodge in Gorseinon, Morriston Memorial Hall, and Penllergaer Sports and Social Club

Sessions are suitable for children aged 6-11

Nerf Gun sessions, where all equipment is supplied. Come along and enjoy!

For more information and to book, please contact Martin on 07706 998574 or email airassaultuk@gmail.com

SA1 Dragons

Inclusive Football Club supporting children to access sport and keep fit

The project will take place two evenings per week with children supported to attend matches once per week. There will be a two week break over Christmas

The Groups will run from Play Football and Gendros Community Centre. (Matches will take place across Swansea)

Under 10s are suitable for 8-10 year olds; Under 15s are suitable for children between 13-15

Activities will run indoors during winter. There will be free access to sport and training opportunities. Keep active and have fun during the cold winter months! Please contact SA1 Dragons on max.rahman7@icloud.com for further information

JP Dance Company Swansea

Free dance sessions available Tuesday – Saturday between January and February Half-Term

Sessions include Street Dance, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Acro and competition training

Meadowview Sports Complex, Meadow Street, Townhill, Swansea

New starters are welcome! Suitable for ages 3-16

Dance classes available from beginner to advanced

For more information, please contact Jessica Phillips at jpdancecompanyswansea@gmail.com or call 07368 377198

Pamela Miller Ballet School

Sessions taking place between 4th January – 29th March

Morriston Community Centre and Llewelyn Hall, Penllergaer

Suitable for ages 4 – 12

Ballet based dance classes, music appreciation, choreography and stage craft

For further information and to book, please contact pamelamillerballetschool@gmail.com or call 0776 282900

Sketty Park Dodgeball Club

Sessions every Wednesday 4-4.45pm between January and March

Sketty Park Community Centre, Heather Crescent, Swansea

Suitable for children aged 7 – 11

Free after-school dodgeball club for children For further information, please email Isobel.ann.norris@gmail.com

Phoenix Academy – Small group sessions

Monday evenings 5-6pm on the following dates: 3rd January, 17th January, 7th February, 21st February, 7th March and 21st March

Pure Football, 926 Llangyfelach Road, Clase, Swansea, SA5 7HR

Suitable for ages 8-12

Sessions will be designed around football coaching and providing fun activities, exercise and teamwork. For further information, please contact info@phoenixacademy.football

RugbyFIT, Richard Deakin Coaching

10 sessions held between January and February Half-Term

Morriston RFC, Heol Gwernen, Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea, SA6 6JS

Suitable for all under 25

Fitness sessions, nutritional, habit & mindset talks/presentations For further information, please contact richarddeakin@aol.com or 07494 474004

Gendros Judo Club

16 sessions from 4th January (every Tuesday & Friday). 4.15pm for ages 4-6; 5.15pm for ages 7-13

Ware-House Gym, Cwmdu Industrial Estate, Swansea

Suitable for children and young people of all abilities aged 4 – 13 For further information, please contact judogendros@gmail.com or call 07859 835135

Cymru Children & Youth Sports Foundation

12 sessions on Mondays & Wednesdays

Penlan Leisure Centre, Heol Gwyrosydd, SA5 7BU and Penlan Community Centre, 93 Heol Frank, Penlan, SA5 7AH

Suitable for ages 6-25

Activities include Basketball, Tennis, fun and games

For further information, please contact 0800 156017 or

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Newsletter 7.1.22

 

Newsletter 07.1.22

Dear Parent / carer

Croeso nol!

Thank you all for supporting us in school by following the guidelines in our updated risk assessment by wearing facial coverings on school grounds, following the one-way system in school and dropping off your children between 8.40am and 8.55am each morning. We are currently in the green category regarding our staffing levels and have less than 10% of staff absent. Therefore, we can operate fully to ensure your child can continue to learn alongside their friends in school. The challenge is to maintain these staffing levels so we can remain open for as long as possible. By following the rules and maintaining social distancing when on school grounds will certainly help us achieve this and stop the spread.

Your child should be able to access HWB classes via a link emailed to you by your child’s class teacher. This is where you will find school work if we do need to move to remote learning. Please familiarise yourself with the webpage so you know where your child can access the work needed if we need to close a class. If you need more information, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Drumming sessions

As part of the Winter of Wellbeing Project a local drumming group, One Heart Drummers, has developed some sessions called “Rhythm and Play”, which will be held at St Catherine’s Church Hall in Gorseinon every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7.30pm. These sessions will include, a mixture of African drumming, Samba, Junk and drum making along with rhythm games, fun and plenty of movement to get everyone involved. They want to make these sessions available to as many young people and their families as possible and have asked to share their website with you www.oneheartdrummers.org

Nasal Vaccine

For those children who missed the nasal vaccine in December, the school nurse will be providing a catch-up session on Tuesday 11th January.

Busy Bee Buzz Club (Named by the Year 4 children)

As you are aware we no longer have a registered after-school childcare facility (Kids Club). After considerable thought and discussion with our governors we have decided to trial a teaching assistant-led club to help support our families who need to work.

From Monday 17th January we will operate the Busy Bee Buzz club from the hall from 3 pm– 4.45 pm Monday-Thursday. The fun, play-based sessions will be led by two teaching assistants who are familiar with the children. There will be a charge of £5 per session, per child and this is payable in advance. A booking link will be e-mailed to you via schoop on a Monday and will need to be completed by Thursday at 3pm in readiness for the following week.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to telephone and book for the same day, as we will need to know how many staff we will require for each session. If you would like more information, please contact me for a registration pack from Monday 10th January. Booking will be open from Monday to Thursday for the week commencing 17th January. We will trial these sessions until Friday 8th April.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mrs Davies

Dates for your diary

Monday 10th January

Booking open for Busy Bee Buzz Club

Tuesday 11th January

Catch up nasal vaccine

Wednesday 12th January

Am- Fish is the dish session Year 6

Pm- Fish is the dish session Year 4

Friday 14th January

Year 5 Swimming (Waiting for confirmation that this will go ahead as planned)

New child in Year 4 to visit

Monday 17th January

Busy Bee Buzz club opening 3pm-4.45pm

Tuesday 15th February

Year 6 MAT Science challenge at Penyrheol Comprehensive

Friday 18th February-Sunday 27th February

Half Term

Tuesday 1st March

St David’s Day celebrations

9.30am -10.30am Year 6 Heart workshop

Tuesday 8th March

Year 6 MAT Challenge in Penyrheol  Comprehensive

Wednesday 16th March- Friday 18th March

Year 6 Residential to Morfa Bay Adventure

 

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Return to school plans

 

4.1.22

Dear Parent / Carer,

Following on from my letter at the end of the Autumn term, I would like to update you on arrangements for this coming half term. We are expecting to welcome all pupils back on Thursday 6th January. Very little has changed in terms of how the school will operate – our main aim, as always is to work within the National guidance to limit the spread of the virus within school and ensure pupils are able to attend school and learn safely.

In order to support the school we will ask you to wear facial coverings on school grounds and maintain social distancing whilst following our one-way system. Our school times will remain the same 8.50am until 11.20am for Nursery, 8.50am- 2.50pm for STF children and 8.50am-3pm for all other mainstream children. However, we have decided to open up our doors at 8.40am until  8.55am each morning to ensure we have a smooth drop-off and limit the time parents have to congregate at the class door. Please do not arrive before this time as we are trying to limit the contacts between the school community. From Thursday, Year 1 children will exit through the Nursery door at 3pm once the ISTF children have left at 2.50pm. This is to help parents and carers waiting for their children at the door to maintain social distancing.

Breakfast club will be open from Thursday 6th January at 8am. Foundation phase pupils will continue to use the hall and KS2 pupils the gym.

We will now re- introduce paired classes as bubbles. This way we can utilise the staff from both classes to remain open in a safe way for all our children to learn. The bubbles will be: Nursery/ Reception, Year 1 and 2, JSTF and ISTF, Year3 and 4 and Year5/6.

Classrooms will continue to be well-ventilated throughout the day so it might be helpful to ensure your child has an extra layer of clothing underneath their school t-shirt.

The rules around self-isolation for close contacts has changed. The guidance is as follows:

“All over 18’s who are fully vaccinated (having received 2 full doses of an approved vaccine) and children aged 5-17 are now asked to take lateral flow tests every day for 7 days.” It is recommended that these tests are taken before school each day. There is no need to self-isolate unless there is a positive LFD test or symptoms develop. Children under the age of 5 are not required to self-isolate or test as contacts.

The main challenge for our school over the coming weeks is going to be with staffing levels. I am hopeful that we will not need to utilise any periods of remote learning but if there is a need to do so, we will give you as much notice as we possibly can. Our staff are currently planning in case we do need to move to remote learning however it is a priority for me to keep school open for our children for as long as possible and as long as it is safe to do so. I am sure that you can appreciate that the current situation regarding the pandemic is constantly changing and we will try to communicate any changes to you as quickly as possible via schoop, class dojo and this website. If you haven’t already signed up to schoop or class dojo please do so at your earliest convenience.

By Friday 7th January you should have received a link to your child’s hwb class. This is where you will find the work if we do need to move to remote learning. Please ask your child’s class teacher for more information if it is needed.

Thank you for your continued support and a happy new year to you all!

Mrs Davies

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Newsletter 17.12.21

Newsletter 17.12.21

What a wonderful time of year to be around children and to enjoy the magic of Christmas!  The children have been amazing, performing shows, dancing at parties, singing along in pantomimes, and having a fabulous time in school with their friends. Thank you for being so supportive especially during my first term as headteacher. It has been a challenge but a role I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I hope you have all received the letter from the Director of Education, Helen Morgan-Rees, regarding planning days on 4th and 5th of January. We will postpone our planned INSET day until later in the term and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Thursday 6th January. Please keep checking our school website particularly on the 4th and 5th January for information about returning to school. From what I can gather, we might need to put further precautions in place such as staggered start and finish times, wearing of masks on school grounds, and continuing the one-way system.  As soon as I have any information I will let you know via Schoop, class dojo, and the school website.

Kids’ Club

Yesterday was a sad day as it marked the end of our after-school kids club which was run separately from the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nicola Tench, Heather Horne, and the staff who worked tirelessly to support children and families who needed it. Thank you to those of you who have filled in the Microsoft forms to help us plan for after-school care in the future. It is my intention to speak with the ladies who work after school to try and find a way to provide the children with a safe space to play and be looked after. I will hold a meeting with them during the first week back and will let you know any plans in the first newsletter of 2022. Watch this space!

PTA

I am delighted to tell you that we have raised almost £1000 with the raffle, film night and the Christmas present stall. These funds will go towards updating our playgrounds. I hope that we will be in a position to buy purpose-built equipment for the children to use by the end of this academic year.

Diary dates for January

Monday 3rd January

Bank holiday- no school

Tuesday 4th January

Planning day- No children

Wednesday 5th  January

Planning day- No children

Thursday 6th January

Children to return to school (More information to follow)

Finally, I would like to wish each of you a magical Christmas with your loved ones. I hope that you all have a happy and healthy New Year and we will see all the children back in school on Thursday 6th January.

Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda!

Mrs Davies

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Newsletter 10.12.21

 

Newsletter 10.12.21

Dear Parents/carers,

This week has been a fun-filled festive time in school with Christmas jumpers, Christmas presents, and plenty of singing. Our Foundation Phase children have entertained us with singing, dancing, acting, and storytelling and I am pleased to tell you the four concerts have been very successful. Thank you to those parents who attended and followed our covid safe rules. Below is a reminder of the rules which will help to keep us all safe.

  • Only 1 adult per child to attend the performance
  • You must wear a mask unless you are exempt, in which case you must bring proof of exemption
  • You need to sanitise on the way into the gym and on the way out (automatic sanitisers are available by the entrance and exit)
  • You need to follow the one-way system and once seated remain there until the end of the performance
  • When queuing you’ll need to be 2 metres apart
  • All seats will be socially distanced and once you sit down, please do not move seats
  • All seats will be cleaned after each performance
  • If you take photographs, they are not to be put on social media as we have several children, for legal reasons, who cannot be in any pictures in school
  • If you hear a fire alarm, you will need to leave by the emergency exit and wait in the car park. The children will wait on the yard with the staff and wait for further instructions.

Christmas present stall

Thank you for supporting our annual Christmas present wrapping stall today. Unfortunately, we did run out of presents by 10.30am however, we will have more stock delivered on Monday morning and the stall will be open for Year1, Nursery and Year 2 children to purchase something for their Mums and Dads.

PTA Raffle

The PTA have sold raffle tickets during the concerts which will be drawn on Wednesday 15th December.  Some of the prizes this year include an overnight stay in Morgan’s hotel, a signed Swansea City football shirt, 4 tickets to watch a Swansea City home game, a bottle of Bacardi, several bottles of wine, several boxes of chocolates and many more! Tickets cost £1. If family members would like to purchase a ticket, please send money in to school before Wednesday.

After school clubs

A big thank you to the teaching staff for providing after-school clubs this term. There will be no clubs this week and they will start back after Christmas. Thank you to those who have filled out the survey for after-school child care. We are trying to arrange something for the New Year. More information will follow.

Class dojo

Please can I remind you that staff will only respond to class dojo messages between 8am and 5pm. Teachers have meetings after school, run after-school clubs and are busy planning and preparing your children’s lessons for the following day. Please use  class dojo as a messaging tool for urgent or necessary messages only. Thank you!

Christmas Dinner

I am sure you will all be glad to know, hot meals are back and our school kitchen has re-opened! Christmas dinner will be on Tuesday 14th December for those who have requested a Christmas lunch.

Christmas parties

Nursery and Foundation Phase Christmas parties are on Thursday 16th December. The children can wear party clothes to school and will need to bring in an individually wrapped plate of party snacks for them to eat. Please cover in foil or cling film and write your child’s name on it.

Diary dates next week

Monday 13th December

Film night tickets to be purchased by today.

Year 1 and 2 children to sing carols at the local nursing home. This will be outside so please can all children make sure they are dressed for the cold weather!

New children to visit in Year 4.

Tuesday 14th December-  Christmas dinner today

NO KIDS’ CLUB DUE TO FILM NIGHT

Reception to sing Christmas songs to the nursing home residents.

14th December Year 3 and 4 concert     Year 3 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 4 parents at 1.30pm

3pm-5pm Film Night- £5 including a Christmas film, Hot dog, sweets and a drink. Please can KS2 parents collect at the main foyer doors and FP parents by the Year1 and 2 doors.

Wednesday 15th December

15th December Year 6 concert at 9.30am

15th December Year 5 and JSTF concert at 1.30pm

Thursday 16th December

16th December      Nursery Christmas party am and FP party pm

16th December       KS2 to the Panto

Friday 17h December

17th December       END OF TERM!

Thank you again for all your continued support. I cannot believe it is almost the end of Autumn Term and the end of my first term as headteacher. I am very proud of every one of your children, how they have responded to everything that has happened during the last 2 years is superb. Have a relaxing weekend and stay safe!

Mrs Davies

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Newsletter

Newsletter 3rd December

Dear Parents/carers,

The Christmas season is in full swing here at Tre Uchaf! It has been lovely to hear the singing come from the hall when the children have been rehearsing for their moment to shine! Just a reminder about ensuring we stay safe during the performance. Please stick to the following rules to keep yourselves and others safe throughout the short time you’re with us:

  • Only 1 adult per child to attend the performance
  • You must wear a mask unless you are exempt, in which case you must bring proof of exemption
  • You need to sanitise on the way into the gym and on the way out (automatic sanitisers are available by the entrance and exit)
  • You need to follow the one-way system and once seated remain there until the end of the performance
  • When queuing you’ll need to be 2 metres apart
  • All seats will be socially distanced and once you sit down, please do not move seats
  • All seats will be cleaned after each performance
  • If you take photographs, they are not to be put on social media as we have several children, for legal reasons, who cannot be in any pictures in school
  • If you hear a fire alarm, you will need to leave by the emergency exit and wait in the car park. The children will wait in the yard with the staff and wait for further instructions.

Christmas present stall

We will be holding the annual Christmas present wrapping stall on Friday 10th December. All gifts will be in quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours. If your child would like to choose a present please send in £2 per present. There will be presents suitable for parents and grandparents. We have Santa’s little helpers who will be helping to wrap the presents and these will be stored in class until Monday 13th December when the children will bring them home. A BIG thank you for all the donations so far it is very much appreciated! I hope that we will raise a large sum of money for the PTA.

 

PTA Raffle

The PTA will also be selling raffle tickets during the concerts this year, which will be drawn on Wednesday 15th December.  Some of the prizes this year include an overnight stay in Morgan’s hotel, a signed Swansea City football shirt, 4 tickets to watch a Swansea City home game, a bottle of Bacardi, several bottles of wine, several boxes of chocolates and many more! Tickets cost £1.

 

Christmas Cards

The children can write or make one Christmas card to their class and the teacher will display that for all to see. Please do not send in lots of cards as many children may handle them. Thank you!

 

Car parking

We have had several more complaints from local residents over the last week regarding the inconsiderate parents parking in car parking bays and now walking across gardens. I would like to ask the one or two parents who are still being disrespectful to our neighbours, to stop and think about whether you would be happy if your children acted in such a way! I know that car parking isn’t ideal around school but the Pengry road club has always allowed us to park there and walk the rest of the way. We also have a back entrance to school via St David’s close and the North Road entrance is also available to use. Many thanks to the vast majority of parents who do the right thing,

Hot meals

Thank you for your patience regarding the hot meal situation. Unfortunately, due to staff shortages again next week we can only provide lunch bags to children in receipt of free school meals. All other children will need to bring a packed lunch. I hope that the following week we will be back to normal and we’ll be able to have a Christmas dinner!

A polite reminder that we have children with a nut allergy so please don’t put any nuts inside the lunches because your child could be sitting next to one of these children.

Christmas dates for your diary

10th December     Christmas jumper day. Please donate £1 to Save the children appeal and wear a Christmas jumper to school

10th December      The Christmas present stall (£2 per present)

16th December      Nursery Christmas party am and FP party pm

16th December       KS2  to the Panto

17th December       END OF TERM!

 

Concert dates

8th December Nursery singalong at 9.30am and Reception/STF parents at 1.30pm

9th December Year 1 and 2 concert        Year 2 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 1 parents at 1.30pm

14th December Year 3 and 4 concert     Year 3 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 4 parents at 1.30pm

15th December Year 6 concert at 9.30am

15th December Year 5 and JSTF concert at 1.30pm

Diary dates next week

Monday 6thDecember

Flu vaccines all day

Final Spelling quiz for the term – Key stage 2.

Tuesday 7th December

Hearing and vision test for Reception and Year 1

Wednesday 8th December

Thursday 9th December

1pm                          Violins

2.30pm                     String-along with Year 1 (Last session)

Friday 10h December- Christmas jumper day. Please bring £1 to wear a Christmas jumper to school

9am                Christmas present stall

9.30               Year 5 swimming

1.30pm         Kickboxing for Year 5 in the hall (last session)

1.30pm         Gymnastics for Reception gym (last session)

 

Future Dates

Nursery and Foundation Phase Christmas parties are on Thursday 16th December. The children can wear party clothes to school and will need to bring in an individually wrapped plate of party snacks for them to eat. Please cover in foil or cling film and write your child’s name on it. NO NUTS!

Thank you all for your continued support at a very busy time. My door is always open if you need to discuss anything or please contact me on 893682. Have a lovely weekend!

Kind regards

Mrs Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter 26.11.21

Newsletter 26th November

Dear Parents/carers,

The Christmas season is upon us and the children are working so hard learning new songs, actions and narrator parts ready for their performance. I know that I am very excited to see them all do their best and thank you in advance for supporting us by providing costumes and following the covid safe rules.

One ticket for the performance will be allocated to each child at a cost of £2 per ticket. These will be available from the class teacher when they are ready. Your child’s class teacher will pass on this information over the next week so look out for class dojo messages.

Christmas present stall

We will be holding the annual Christmas present wrapping stall on Friday 10th December so if you have any unwanted gift sets or new bits and bobs that could be a nice gift for a parent, please send it into school before 3rd December. All donations are gratefully received!

 

Pupil Voice Elections

This week was the first time we have held elections for our pupil voice groups. Each child in Key Stage 2 was encouraged to take part in the election and many wrote a speech to persuade their classmates to vote for them. Mrs Rees our chair of governors attended the event and helped at the ballot station. Our year 5 reporters live-streamed the event across the school and interviewed candidates and voters throughout the morning. The results were announced in assembly on Tuesday and the children elected were delighted! More information from each of the teams will be shared with you over the coming weeks. Watch this space!

 

Car parking

We have had several complaints from local residents over the last week regarding inconsiderate parents parking in car parking bays. I would like to ask the small minority of parents to be respectful of our neighbours and park legally and safely. Please use the North road entrance or St David’s close if the car park is congested. Many thanks.

Hot meals

Thank you for your patience regarding the hot meal situation. Unfortunately, due to staff shortages, we have been advised to provide packed lunch bags for our children who are entitled to free school meals. I hope that the catering department will be able to provide hot meals next week so I will keep you informed as soon as we have any further information.

 

Christmas dates for your diary

29th November    Nursery trip to Poundfflad farm

30th November     FP Trip to Wiggleys

3rd December       Christmas present stall donations to be collected in

9th December       Christmas dinner day for children

10th December     Christmas jumper day. Please donate £1 to save the children

and wear a Christmas jumper to school

10th December      The Christmas present stall (More information to follow)

16th December      Nursery Christmas party am and FP party pm

16th December       KS2 trip to the Panto

17th December       END OF TERM!

 

Concert dates

8th December Nursery singalong at 9.30am and Reception/STF parents at 1.30pm

9th December Year 1 and 2 concert        Year 2 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 1 parents at 1.30pm

14th December Year 3 and 4 concert     Year 3 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 4 parents at 1.30pm

15th December Year 6 concert at 9.30am

15th December Year 5 and JSTF concert at 1.30pm

 

Diary dates next week

Monday 29nd November

Nursery trip to see Santa

Spelling groups for key stage 2.

 

Tuesday 30th November

Foundation Phase visit to Wiggley’s farm

9am- 11.20  Numeracy and play workshop with Nursery parents

1.30pm-3pm Family learning sessions in Nursery

Thursday 2nd December

1pm                          Violins

2.30pm                     String-along with Year 1

 

Friday 3rd December

9.30               Year 5 swimming

1.30pm         Kickboxing for Year 5 in the hall

1.30pm         Gymnastics for Reception gym

 

Monday 6th December

Flu vaccines all day

 

Wednesday 8th December

Nursery concert 9.30 am

Reception and ISTf concert 1.30pm

Thank you all for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mrs Davies

 

 

 

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Newsletter 19.11.21

Newsletter week ending 19th November

Dear Parents/carers,

A big thank you to everyone who donated money to Children in need today. We raised a staggering £525!!! Thank you to Mrs Davies, Mrs Tench, Miss Kelshaw and the year 6 children who organised some amazing stalls and events for the children (and staff) to enjoy.  Well done all!

Numeracy and play

Mrs Glass will be organising some nursery fun for parents on Tuesday morning. The sessions are a great chance to get to know other parents and children whilst helping your child learn basic number skills that will help as they move further through the school. Thank you to all who have attended so far and please come along every Tuesday from now until Christmas.

Family Learning

Family learning this week will be centred around morning and bedtime routines. If you would like some help and support please come along and meet other parents in a covid safe way. Mrs Hall will be leading these sessions in the Nursery classroom so if you have younger siblings they can also attend. We will also be holding a basic first aid on 30th November so put the dates in your diary!

Christmas Dinner- 9th December

Please fill in the form below to book a Christmas dinner for your child this year

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Christmas present stall

We will be holding the annual Christmas present wrapping stall in December so if you have any unwanted gift sets or new bits and bobs that could be a nice gift for a parent, please send them into school before 3rd December. All donations are gratefully received!

 

Christmas dates for your diary

29th November    Nursery trip to Poundfflad farm

30th November     FP Trip to Wiggleys

1st December        KS2 Trip to Gower College to see Matilda

3rd December       Christmas present stall

9th December       Christmas dinner day for children

10th December     Christmas jumper day. Please donate £1 to save the children to wear your Christmas jumper

16th December      Nursery Christmas party am and FP party  pm

16th December       KS2 trip to the Panto

17th December       END OF TERM!

 

Concert dates

8th December Nursery singalong at 9.30am and Reception/STF parents at 1.30pm

9th December Year 1 and 2 concert       

Year 2 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 1 parents at 1.30pm

Please note this has changed to the 9th .

 

14th December Year 3 and 4 concert     Year 3 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 4 parents at 1.30pm

15th December Year 6 concert at 9.30am

15th December Year 5 and JSTF concert at 1.30pm

Diary dates next week

 

Monday 22nd November

Treuchaf Pupil voice elections

Spelling groups for key stage 2.

 

Tuesday 23rd November

 

Active citizens Assembly -Rhys and Priya will be leading our assembly today

9am- 11.20  Numeracy and play workshop with Nursery parents in the parent and family room

1.30pm-3pm Family learning sessions in Nursery (Routines)

Thursday 25th November

 

1pm                          Violins

2.30pm                     String-along with Year 1

 

Friday 26th November

9am                Beekeeping assembly for Foundation phase and KS2

9.30               Year 4 swimming

1.30pm         Kickboxing for Year 5 in the hall

1.30pm         Gymnastics for Reception gym

 

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend. See you on Monday!

Mrs Davies

 

 

 

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Newsletter 12.11.21

Newsletter week ending 12th November

Dear Parents/carers,

A big thank you to those of you who made a telephone appointment with your child’s class teacher. If you haven’t made an appointment yet please contact the school office or contact the teacher using class dojo. I’m sure you will want to know how well your child has settled into their new class and what you can do to support their learning at home.

Congratulations to Mayer in Year 5 who has won our character competition. She has created a fabulous Bee to remind the children of the four core purposes of the new curriculum 2022. Llongafarchiadau Mayer! You’ll be sure to see Bee popping up around school over the next few weeks!

Inset Day

There will be an INSET day for staff training on Tuesday 4th January and children will return to school on Wednesday 5th January.

After school clubs

The staff have sent out consent forms for the children to attend after school clubs this half term. It is important that if children sign up to a club, they attend every session.  Clubs on offer will be:

Clwb Cymraeg Year 1 and 2 Miss Morgan

Netball Year 5 and 6 Miss Trotman

Active citizens Year 5 and 6 Mr Smith

Film club with Mrs Mead

Makaton Year 3 and 4 Mrs Pugh

Music with Alex Wednesday 3pm-4pm Year 3 and 4

Story club with Mrs Havard

Board games club year 3 and 4 Miss Walker

Sports and healthy living club/ bronze ambassadors with Mrs Lodwig KS2

Football matches to be arranged by Mr Jones. Information to follow!

Numeracy and play

Mrs Glass and some of our nursery parents had another brilliant morning this week. They have been working together learning about subitising for our youngest children. Please come along of you have a child in nursery. The nursery children will be joining their parents for part of the morning, which is a highlight of their morning!

Family Learning

We held our second family learning session on Tuesday afternoon. We have altered the time to 1.30pm until 3pm and will be held in  the Nursery. If you have a little one, please come along with them and join in the sessions. We will be looking at online safety for children, setting screen times, parent settings and keeping children and young people safe at home. Free tea and coffee will be available!

Scooters

If you are having a sort out before Christmas and have any unwanted bikes or scooters that could be used and played with on our Foundation phase yard please bring them into school. All donations gratefully received!

Christmas Dinner

We need to provide the catering department with Christmas dinner numbers. This year the children will have a traditional turkey Christmas dinner instead of the party box that was quite popular last year. Mrs Seager will be sending out order slips over the next week. Please help us by returning these to school as soon as possible. Many thanks!

 

Christmas

Thank you to those who have sent in raffle prize donations already. We will be selling Christmas raffle tickets all through December and more information  will follow! If you work for a local company that might like to donate a prize, please let me know.

 

We will also hold the Christmas present wrapping stall so if you have any unwanted gift sets or new bits and bobs that could be a nice gift for a parent please send it into school before 3rd December. All donations gratefully received!

 

Children in need day- 19th November

Children are welcome to wear pyjamas to school on Friday in exchange for a donation to Pudsey! We will also be holding a drumathon and some fun stalls organised by our year 6 class. Please donate as much as you can!

 

 

Christmas dates for your diary

29th November    Nursery trip to Poundfflad farm

30th November     FP Trip to Wiggleys

1st December        KS2 Trip to Gower College to see Matilda

3rd December       Christmas present stall

9th December       Christmas dinner day for children

10th December     Christmas jumper day. Please donate £1 to save the children to wear your Christmas jumper

16th December      Nursery Christmas party am and FP party  pm

16th December       KS2 trip to the Panto

17th December       END OF TERM!

 

 

Concert dates

7th December Year 1 and 2 concert

Year 2 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 1 parents at 1.30pm

 

8th December Nursery singalong at 9.30am and Reception/STF parents at 1.30pm

 

14th December Year 3 and 4 concert     Year 3 parents to watch at 9.30am and Year 4 parents at 1.30pm

15th December Year 6 concert at 9.30am

15th December Year 5 and JSTF concert at 1.30pm

 

 

Diary dates next week

Cycle safe for Year 6 all week

 

Monday 15th November

Spelling groups for key stage 2

 

Tuesday 16th November

 

9am- 11.20  Numeracy and play workshop with Nursery parents in the parent and family room

1.30pm-3pm Family learning sessions in Nursery (Online safety)

 

Wednesday 17th November

2pm                            Year 6 MAT maths challenge event at Penyrheol comprehensive

3pm                           Music club with Alex

 

Thursday 18th November

 

1pm                          Violins

2.30pm                     String-along with Year 1

 

 

Friday 19th November Children in need day!

9.30               Year 4 swimming

1.30pm         Kickboxing for Year 5 in the hall

1.30pm         Gymnastics for Reception gym

 

Thank you all for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Davies

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