July 2016 Newsletter



Annwyl Rhieni,

Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of another very busy and tremendously successful year in school. The children, staff, parents, PTA and governors have all worked extremely hard and once again we have had many reasons to celebrate. Glasllwch continues to be a school to be proud of, where every child is valued as an individual and where we have expectations of real achievement for everyone. It is a school that strives to be a ‘centre of excellence.’ WELL DONE everybody!

Year 6 and Year 2 Assessments

A special ‘well done’ to all the children in Year 6 who have completed end of Key stage 2 assessments this term. The results, once again, are fantastic and very well deserved. Similarly the children in Year 2 have completed end of Foundation Phase assessments and have done brilliantly. A HUGE THANKYOU to all teachers and support staff for their continued hard work, dedication and commitment.

P.T.A. Events

A HUGE THANKYOU to all members of the P.T.A. committee, parents, staff and children for your hard work and support this year with P.T.A. events. The school fete was a great success. The next P.T.A. event will be the BBQ and disco in September.

Year 6 Leavers Concert and Trip

Last Friday the year 6 children were treated, by the PTA, to lunch and bowling in Newport. They had a super time. A HUGE THANK YOU to the PTA.

On Monday the Year 6 children held their leavers concert. The children took us on a trip down memory lane of their time in Glasllwch and told us about their hopes and dreams for the future. It was super, well done children and thank you to the staff involved.

Orchestra Extravaganza

Last week parents were treated to our ‘Orchestra Extravaganza’. The school orchestra showcased music they have been playing throughout the year in after school orchestra club. Wow, the children were amazing! Well done everyone. A huge thank you to Miss Cornelius and one of our grandfathers, Mr Phillips, for their hard work with orchestra club throughout the year. Also to Mr Cornelius for playing the piano for us.


A number of children have taken music exams at various grades. We are very proud of their achievements and have shared their successes with the rest of the school during assemblies. Our musicians have played regularly in assemblies as well as performing in concerts throughout the year for a variety of audiences. WELL DONE to all of them!


A BIG thank you to all the staff who run after school sports clubs and organise matches and events: To Mr Jones for organising the rugby, Miss Martin and Mrs Fitzgerald for organising the netball, Mrs Jones for organising the tennis and our parent helpers for organising the football.

Clubs and School Councils

A HUGE thank you to all the staff for their time, commitment and enthusiasm with which they run after school clubs: To Mrs Jones for art club, Mrs Ash and Miss Mears for dance club, Miss Edwards and Miss Jenkins for gardening club, Mrs White and Mrs Parker for multi skills club, Mrs Griffiths for craft club, Miss Summers and Mrs Goldsworthy for media club, Mr Mac and Mrs Goldsworthy for choir. Also to Mrs Munslow for her work with Learning Squad, Miss Mears for her work with Eco Council, Mrs Griffiths for her work with School Council, Mrs Fitz for her work with the SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group) and Mrs Mitchell for her work with Playground Pals. They represent the children in our school, enabling them to have a say in how the school operates and to contribute to policies and procedures. Well done everyone!

Parent helpers.

A BIG THANK YOU to all parent helpers for your continued support in school. Without your help it would not be possible to take the children on trips, to operate so many successful after school clubs or to maintain the high standards that we have in school.

School Dinners

The menu and order form for September were sent out a few weeks ago. When we return to school we will be on week 1 – 5.9.16. Further information can be found on Chartwells website.


National Test Dates

National Test dates for 2016 / 2017 are 3.5.17 – 10.7.17.


Attendance figures for 2015 / 2016 up until 18.7.16 are as follows. Well done to Year 2 for having excellent attendance this year.

Year Group 2015 / 2016
Reception 96.32%
Year 1 95.61%
Year 2 97.60%
Year 3 95.79%
Year 4 96.56%
Year 5 95.75%
Year 6 96.24%
Whole School Average 96.26%

Our target for 2015 / 2016 was 96.5%! Unfortunately we have missed our target as a result of absence due to holidays. The following information from Welsh Government illustrates how your child’s attendance equates to a judgement. We hope you find it useful.

Attendance   What This Means
100% Excellent Your child has the best chance of achieving their full potential
95 – 99% Good Your child has missed up to 2 weeks of school in a year
90 – 94% Unsatisfactory Your child has missed up to 4 weeks of school in a year
85 – 89% Poor Your child has missed up to 5 ½  weeks of school in a year
80 – 84% Very Poor Your child has missed up to 7 ½  weeks of school in a year – over half a term
Below 80% Extremely Poor Your child has missed more than a whole half term of school

Can I respectfully remind you: All holidays should be taken during the school holidays and not in term time. Any planned absence from school must be requested in writing. Such requests will be considered on an individual basis.

It is vital that all children are in school and ready to learn by 9am. The school doors are open from 8.50am for the children to filter into classrooms. The teachers start lessons promptly, as soon as the register has been called. Children arriving late are missing out on vital learning opportunities. Once again thank you for your continued support.

Good Bye and Good Luck

Good bye and good luck to Mr Mac who leaves today after spending a year with us in Year 3. Best wishes Mr Mac!

It is time for us to say Good Bye to Year 6. They have been a really super class and we will all miss them. We wish them the very best of luck as they move to their new schools and look forward to hearing of their progress.

Finally, I would like to thank you for the support you have shown us throughout the year. The partnership between home and school is essential if children are to flourish and reach their full potential. The effectiveness of our relationship has been clearly shown through academic attainment, children’s all round achievements, feedback from the Education Achievement Service (EAS)  and through having a school full of happy children. We continue to strive towards our vision of being a ‘Centre of Excellence’ and to reach for the stars.

It only remains for me to wish everyone a relaxing summer break. We look forward to the new term starting on Monday 5th September 2016.

Holiday Dates 2016 – 2017

Autumn Term                             Monday 5th September                –           Friday 16th December

Half Term                                  Monday 24th October                  –           Friday   28th October

Spring Term                               Tuesday 3rd January                    –           Friday 7th April

Half Term                                  Monday 20th February                 –           Friday 24th February

Summer Term                            Monday 24th April                       –           Friday 21st July

Half Term                                  Monday 29th   May                      –           Friday 2nd June

School closure days for INSET:   1st September 2016

2nd September 2016

16th September 2016

3rd February 2017

26th May 2017

May Day Bank Holiday                 Monday 1st May 2017

Yours sincerely,


C.M.Jackson (Headteacher) and staff.

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