February 2015 Newsletter No 2

Annwyl Rhieni,

Dear Parents,


Congratulations to the School Council on getting through to the Regional Final of the Enterprise Troopers competition as a result of their work on setting up their ‘Health Yourself’ initiative. The School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) which is a sub group of the School Council, are off to Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw on Thursday February 26th to present their project to a panel of judges. Well done everyone and good luck for the next round!


Congratulations to our school rugby team on putting in a great performance at the recent Newport Schools Rugby Tournament and coming joint third in the cup! Well done!


The new website is now up and running. There are still amendments that need to be made but we’re getting there! When you go onto the website there is an opportunity to sign up to receive regular updates and posts. This will be done on a weekly basis, every Friday.

Good Bye and Good Luck!

Miss Davies, currently teaching Year 5, is leaving us today. Miss Davies has been with us since the beginning of September and has developed into a competent and conscientious practitioner. We are really sorry to see her go but delighted that she will be moving on to take up a position in Marshfield Primary School. Best wishes for the future Miss Davies!

Welcome Back!

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Munslow back today following her maternity leave. Mrs Munslow will be resuming her position as Deputy Head and teaching Year 5 after half term. Miss Davies and Mrs Munslow have been working together today in Year 5 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

Nursery Building Update

Huge progress has been made this week with digging the foundations for the nursery. Mr Cullen is taking photographs of the site as it develops so that we can show the children how it is changing and the progress being made. Over the half term break, work will be carried out on the car park. The footpath will be re directed slightly to accommodate four new car parking spaces towards the left of the existing car park as you look up at the school from the bottom of the driveway. This will be completed by the time we come back to school on Monday 23rd February.

Health and Safety

We are concerned that a significant number of children run, at speed, down the school path at the end of the school day. Not only are they in danger of falling and hurting themselves, but some children have been seen, by parents, running straight out into the road. We have spoken to all the children in assembly about how dangerous this is and we ask that you do the same at home. Thank you!

Parents Pulling Up the Drive.

As you are aware our car park is small and becomes very congested during the day. This will continue to be the case even with the above alterations. Please can I remind you that under no circumstances are parents to pull up the drive when dropping children off or collecting them. Thank you!

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.  Your child will receive a blank book which they can use to create their own book – these will be judged on presentation and content. (Please return finished books to school by Wednesday 4th March.) We will also be dressing up as book characters and awarding prizes for the best characters.

Diary Dates

16.2.15 – 20.2.15                       School closed for Half Term

23.2.15                                     School reopens after half term break

23.2.15 – 27.2.15                      Welsh Culture and Heritage Week

25.2.15                                     Eisteddfod entries to be brought to school

26.2.15                                     School Nutrition Action Group to Regional Final of Enterprise Troopers

26.2.15                                     PTA magic show 3.30pm – 5.00 pm in school hall

27.2.15                                     St David’s Day Eisteddfod – children to come wearing Welsh National costume or National

Costume from their country of origin

2.3.15                                       Books for World Book Day competition to be brought to school

3.3.15                                       Finance and Governors meeting, 5.15pm and 6pm

4.3.15                                       Year 6 trip to Cardiff Castle

4.3.15                                       Year 3 trip to Cardiff Youth Hostel

5.3.15                                       World Book day – children to come dressed as a character from their favourite book

5.3.15                                       Foundation Phase PTA cinema night in school hall 3.15pm – 5.00pm

6.3.15                                       Year 5 trip to Big Pit

12.3.15                                     KS2 PTA cinema night in school hall 3.30pm – 5.00pm

18.3.15                                     Year 6 to Nant Coch Church 1.30pm – 3pm – Easter Eggsplained!

23.3.15 – 25.3.15                      Parental consultations

27.3.15                                     Break up for Easter Holidays

30.3.15 – 10.4.15                       School closed Easter Holidays

30.3.15 – 2.4.15                        Superstars holiday club in school

13.4.15                                     Summer term begins

17.4.15                                     PTA Ladies night (information to follow)

28.4.15                                     Year 5 to Duffryn High Jam Pod am.

30.4.15                                     Finance and Governors meeting 5.15pm and 6pm

1.5.15                                       Class and group photographs

4.5.15                                       School closed – Bank Holiday

6.5.15 – 12.5.15                         National Tests taking place – Years 2 – 6

7.5.15                                       School closed INSET

18.5.15                                     Police talks – Years 2 and 6

18.5.15                                     Kinetic Theatre in school pm – whole school

25.5.15 – 29.5.15                      School closed for Half Term

1.6.15                                       School reopens after half term break

24.6.15                                     Year 5 Transition Concert at Duffryn High (information to follow)

2.7.15                                       Finance and Governors meeting 5.15pm and 6pm

10.7.15                                     Year 6 Safe Cycling Test

15.7.15                                     Year 6 Leavers Concert and Bowling Trip

17.7.15                                     School closes for Summer Holidays

20.7.15                                     School Closed INSET

1.9.15                                       School opens for Autumn Term



Thank you for all your support again this half term. We value the partnership we have between home and school. It is vital if children are to flourish and to reach their full potential. We really are very proud of our school and of all our children.  Have an enjoyable half term break!


Yours sincerely,

C. M. Jackson and Staff

Head Teacher

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