April 2015 Newsletter
Dear Parents, Annwyl Rhieni,
Welcome back to school after the Easter holidays. The children have settled quickly back into the routines of school life and we are all looking forward to a busy and exciting summer term and hopefully the continuation of this warmer weather!
Your child’s teacher has already published (or soon will) this term’s curriculum updates on our website. If you would like a hard copy from school please ask, otherwise no paper copies will be given out. These updates are designed to inform you of the areas of the curriculum to be covered each term and to enable you to support your child in their learning. We place enormous value on the partnership between home and school and hope that you will work with us to enable your child to achieve their full potential. Any parents, who are willing to help in school in any way, or who have expertise in particular areas and are willing to share this with us, please contact your child’s class teacher.
Once again this year we will be celebrating the multicultural nature of our society. We have designated the week beginning 29th June as Multicultural week in school. Each class will look at a different country and will be given first hand experiences to develop their awareness of the different cultures and religions in society. We are all looking forward to what should be a stimulating and exciting time! Once again, if any parents, with specific expertise in any aspect of multiculturalism, would like to come in during the week to work with the children please let your child’s teacher know.
During the warmer weather we encourage the children to wear hats on the yard at playtimes and to have sun cream on when they come to school. A number of products which only need applying once a day are now available. We discourage the children from bringing sun cream to school to apply themselves, for obvious reasons! If anyone has any specific concerns about this please don’t hesitate to speak to me. Also please make sure the children bring a drink of water to school in a refillable plastic water bottle.
A number of parents are taking children out of school during term time for family holidays resulting in children losing out on valuable learning opportunities. All absences other than illness must be requested. Requests for holidays will be dealt with on an individual basis according to attendance rates. If you take your child out of school for a holiday and you do not notify us in advance, your child will incur an unauthorised absence. All requests for holidays must be in before holidays take place.
We are delighted with the progress the builders are making with the nursery. The roof should be on by next week! The builders are slightly ahead of schedule with the completion date looking to be the end of July. There will be a meeting for parents of nursery pupils who have been allocated a place after half term (date and time to follow). Letters will be sent out once we have been informed of names and addresses.
Reception New Intake Meeting
A meeting for reception parents for the September 2015 intake has been arranged for Thursday June 11th at 6pm in the school hall. At the meeting the school handbooks will be distributed and dates and times for the new reception pupils to spend an hour in the reception class during the summer term will be given out. Information will also be given about what to expect when the children start school in September.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the PTA for organising and running the Ladies Night last week. Thank you to everyone who came to support us; it really was a super evening. The next event is the family disco and BBQ to be held on Friday June 12th. The date for the summer fete has been confirmed as Friday 3rd July. On this day school will close at 3pm and reopen at 3.10pm.
Last week our school rugby team took part in the Newport Schools Tournament. They played really well and demonstrated excellent teamwork! Glasllwch drew with Eveswell and were awarded with the tournament plate. Well done!
Also last week, the Y3 and Y4 children took part in Newport Schools Tennis Tournament. All the children played really well and the boys A team and the girls team both won! These teams will now go on to play in the South Wales finals! Good luck!
WELL DONE to all the children who have taken part in these events. A BIG THANK YOU to all the staff for training and organising matches and to all the parents for helping out with transport and supporting our teams.
On Monday, the Y6 children will be taking part in the Hockey Tournament at Rougemont School – good luck Year 6!!
Wear Your Own Clothes Day!
On 20th March we held a ‘wear your own clothes day’ to support past pupil, Anisah Mohammed, in raising money to take part in Africamp. Anisah came to school to talk to the children about her forthcoming trip. She prepared a super power point presentation which she showed the children and answered the many questions they had about the trip. Anisah has been selected to travel to Nairobi in Kenya in July to work with orphaned and deprived children living in the local community. She will be travelling and working with the charity ‘Moving Mountains’ to provide support for children now and in the future. Anisah needs to raise £2500 to contribute towards the charity and allow her to travel to each destination. During her time in Kenya she will be helping to build foundations for school buildings and classrooms in which the orphaned children will receive an education. We are really pleased that we were able to help Anisah and raised £168.45 for her. We will be presenting this to Anisah in assembly next week. Following her trip she has promised to return to school to tell us all about it and to show us some of her photographs. Good luck from all of us!
Oscar, Pat and Dylan, our chickens, are thriving and the children are learning so much about them! They really are a great stimulus for literacy and numeracy activities across the curriculum. The chickens are delighted with their new home!
Please, please can I remind parents of the importance of not double parking, parking on double yellow lines or parking dangerously to drop children off or pick them up. I continue to have a significant number of complaints from parents who are HUGELY concerned about the health and safety of the children whilst crossing the roads. This really is a very serious issue. Vehicles parked dangerously will be reported to the police. Also please would parents not pull up the drive at the end of the school day.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
C. M. Jackson
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