Dear Parent,

We had such a moving Remembrance Assembly today which was led by Class 6W. I am so proud of everyone taking part today.

It was lovely to be joined by so many members of our wider school community to share this event.

On Tuesday we are having our termly Internet Safety Day and all classes will be reviewing the school Internet Use Agreement. There is a small competition in each class for the best decorated agreement which will be displayed in the room. The national Internet Safety Day will take place in February 2020 and this is always s big focus for us.

Also on Tuesday, the newly-trained Playmakers are talking to everyone about playtime games in assembly.

On Wednesday the School Council are talking to the school about Children in Need which takes place on Friday. They have written a separate note further on in this newsletter.

All clubs which run on Thursday (Mindfulness Colouring/Netball/Library) are cancelled this week because staff have an after-school training event.

The Family Learning Workshop on Thursday will run from 9.00-10.30am. The continuing focus is on Maths and Numeracy and you are welcome to join us, even if you haven’t come before. You will have the chance to take part in a number game or activity with your child during this workshop.

Children in Need is on Friday. Please see the following message from School Council.

Friday it is going to be Children in Need day. For a donation of £1 the School Council would like everyone to come into school on Friday wearing something odd. It could be odd socks, back to front clothes anything!

We will also be collecting money in a jar and if we get past the red line we can have extra play on Friday. The School Council are also going to be learning an exercise routine that Joe Wicks is doing and will teach everyone this on Friday. Thank you for supporting us. School Council.

We will also be holding a Stationery Sale which will be run by House Captains and Vice Captains. Items will cost between 20p and 50p and all money raised will go to Children in Need.


Our current attendance is 93.9%

The class with the highest attendance last week was 1DJ with 99.1% well done.

Thank you for the way in which you have listened to our messages about attendance and your very positive response to them. It’s very pleasing that so many letters are being sent out currently informing parents that their child’s attendance has improved.

It’s very pleasing also to see the improvement in punctuality first thing in the morning from nearly every family. Thank you!



The General Election and Year 3/4 Concert

This is a reminder that the school will be used as a Polling Station on Thursday 12th December that day and, in order to ensure the safety of pupils in the school, we will have to close the Nursery and Reception classes for that day. All other classes will remain open.

In addition, we will need to change the day and time of the Y3/4 Concert planned for that day because I’m aware that there will be many children in those classes with siblings in Nursery and Reception, who would need looking after and this would impact on attendance at the concert.

New Year 3/4 Concert times are:


Friday 13th December –   10.00am

                                         –   2.00pm


You will receive a separate letter about this and about ordering tickets if your child is in a Year 3/4 class but I thought that it would be helpful for you to know in advance.


Community Giveaway Event

We have been doing a lot of sorting out over the past few months in readiness for the work which will be taking place next year to turn the Boxing Club into a canteen for the school and will free up a classroom in the school. As a result we have a number of items ranging from plastic crates and toys to cupboards which we will be offering for you to take away. On Friday 22nd November there will be a Giveaway event where you will be welcome to go into the Boxing Club from 8.30-9.30 and from 3.00-4.00pm to help yourself to any items. We will have an optional donation basket but the main aim is to give away free items which might otherwise need to go to the tip.


Wrap up Newport

We are again collecting coats and jackets as part of the Wrap Up Newport collection for the homeless. This project is a national project and is supported locally by Help the Homeless Newport, of which Zoya Khan’s (Reception) father and Jai- Freddie’s (Year 1) mum are members. There is a collecting box near the main office if you would like to help us.


Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre takes place on Friday 29th November. The Friends of St Woolos Primary are sending out a separate letter to ask about help and also to see if you would be interested in the Fayre beginning at a possible earlier time in the day so please look out for this.

If you have any contacts for prizes or donations, please let us know so that we can give you a request letter to pass on. Please also let me know if you work for an organization who provide match funding for events if you would like to help us with that.

Thank you very much to parents who have already been delivering letters to local businesses asking for raffle prizes or donations!


Yours sincerely,


H Vaughan