June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents, Annwyl Rhieni,


Congratulations to Miss Gaunt on a successful appointment at a new school for September 2015. Miss Gaunt will be leaving us to take up an appointment in the beautiful county of Cornwall. She has been at Glasllwch for six years and has grown into a highly competent and engaging teacher. We will certainly miss her energy, enthusiasm and sense of fun! Huge congratulations and best wishes for the future.

We are also delighted for Miss Jenkins who has successfully secured a place in Cheltenham to do her Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Good luck and best wishes!

Mrs McArdell is finishing school at the end of October 2015 to begin her maternity leave. Her baby is due at the beginning of November and we are all so excited. Mrs McArdell will be returning to school in September for the first half term but will not have responsibility for a specific class.

We have appointed three new members of staff who will be joining us in September. Mr K. McGuckian, Miss S. Edwards and Miss P. Jenkins have all been graded as ‘excellent’ in their final teaching practices and bring with them a great deal of enthusiasm and new ideas. They are very excited about joining us at Glasllwch.

The staffing structure for September will be finalised in the next few weeks.



On Wednesday 10th June the boys’ cricket team took part in the Newport Schools’ Kwik Cricket Tournament. They won the tournament, qualifying for the Gwent regional finals which will be played at Usk Cricket Club on Thursday 25th June. Congratulations boys!

On Wednesday 17th June the girls’ cricket team participated in the Newport Schools’ Kwik Cricket Tournament. They played really well, winning four out of their five matches. Well done girls!

A number of boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 represented the school at the Newport Schools’ Athletics Festival on Friday 19th June. It was a fantastic day with some amazing individual and team performances. Well done to all who attended.

The Year 3 children have recently completed a three week block of swimming lessons. They have been swimming every morning, working very hard and as a result they have all made fantastic progress. Well done Year 3!

Next week Year 3, 4 and 5 children will be taking part in tennis finals, as a result of success in regional rounds. Good luck everyone!

A big thank you to all the staff who organised these events and the parents who have helped with transport.

Pupil Participation Learning Network

On Thursday 11th June, Year 5 and 6 pupils from Glasllwch Primary School took part in a Pupil Participation Network Meeting at St.Julians Primary School. The children, from Years 5 and 6, presented their 2014-15 Enterprise project ‘Health Yourself’ and shared their ‘Healthy Tuckshop’ Enterprise project from 2013-14. The children presented their projects with confidence and enthusiasm – well done! Whilst we were there, the children also listened to Pupil Participation presentations made by children from a number of other Newport Schools. They enjoyed taking part and came away from the event with some great ideas! Visitors at the event included Sarah Morgan (Deputy Chief Education Officer), Councillor Deborah Davies, Lisanne Saladino (Participation Officer) and Rhys Cornwall (Partnership Officer). They were very impressed by all of the children’s presentations. Thank you St.Julian’s Primary School for hosting the event – we had a fantastic afternoon!

Year 5 visit to Duffryn High School

Yesterday the Year 5 children took part in a transition day at Duffryn High School. During the day they participated in music and drama workshops. They also practised singing a selection of songs with all the other Year 5 children from the Duffryn cluster, culminating in a concert for parents at the end of the day. The children had a super day and the concert was fab! Well done everyone!

Multicultural Week

Week beginning 29th June will be multi-cultural week in school.  Each class will be learning about a different country; the children will have opportunities to develop their awareness of the different cultures and religions within society. Throughout the week the children will be sharing what they have learnt with each other.

PTA Summer Fete

We are looking forward to our school fete on Friday 3rd July. School will be closing early, at 3pm for Foundation Phase and Juniors. All children must be picked up from school at this time. The fete will be officially open to the public at 3.10 pm.  If you have any toys, books or bric-a-brac could you please bring them into school.  Also any donations of cakes and plants will be hugely appreciated on the day. Raffle tickets and cups will be sent home either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week. The PTA have worked really hard and have some fantastic raffle prizes. Thank you for supporting us in this!

Car Boot Sale – postponed

The PTA car boot sale scheduled for this Sunday 28th June 2015 has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for September 2015.

Hot Weather Reminder

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. We discourage the children from bringing sun cream to school to apply themselves, for obvious reasons! Also please make sure the children bring water to drink to school in a plastic sports bottle.

Timber Trail

In the interest of safety, children are not allowed to use the timber trail or run up and down the grass bank before and after school.  Your support in encouraging your child to remain on the playground at these times is much appreciated. Thank you!

Dangerous Parking

I have had a number of complaints about parents parking dangerously when dropping children off in the mornings and picking them up at the end of the school day. Please –





Registration numbers will be given to the police of cars causing an obstruction or parking dangerously.


Thank you for your continued support. The partnership that we have enables us to continue to ‘reach for the stars’ and to build on our success. As an ‘Excellent School’ we are always evaluating our policies, procedures and practices and striving to be a ‘centre of excellence’. We really are very proud of our school and of all our children.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs. C. M. Jackson

Head Teacher


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