Well done to the Football Team who were such great sports playing against Ysgol Ifor Hael last week. Mr Pugsley said that the team played really well.
Staff in Year 2 and Year 6 classes will be out for the first few days this week because we are taking part in a cluster moderation exercise with all of the schools in the John Frost School Cluster. This activity takes place every year and ensures that our Teacher Assessments are moderated appropriately and in line with all of the schools in our cluster. For part of the time, we will also be joined by a Challenge Advisor from the EAS (Education Achievement Service).
Value Added ipad Workshops
Children in Classes 5M and 4J are taking part in ipad workshops on Tuesday which will be led by Valued Added training, who have visited us previously. They will have a very enjoyable and informative day.
As a result of the European Elections to be carried out on Thursday 23rd May we will be a Polling Station. We will therefore, partially close the on school on Thursday 23rd May to Nursery and Reception pupils, meaning that only pupils in Year 1 and above will be required to attend. Pupils’ attendance marks in the Nursery and Reception classes will not be affected because school will be legally closed to them for that day.
I am very sorry about the inconvenience that this will cause but am pleased that I am able to keep the remaining classes open. In order to ensure the health and safety of all pupils in school on Polling Day, the Nursery garden will be closed to pupils throughout the day and additional staff will be on the yards at both break and lunchtime, just in case people get lost going to the Polling Station entrance in North Street.
Chartwells – Special Theme Day Thursday 23rd May
This Thursday for Chartwells’Italian day the school meal will be meatballs/veggie meatballs and spaghetti with garlic and herb bread and salad and chocolate ice cream.
Casual Days and Discos
Freya’s father, Mr Parker, who is a DJ, has volunteered to run two discos for us on Friday and he is doing these free of charge to raise funds for school. Friday is a Casual Day so we are asking parents to send in £1.00 per child to cover the disco and the wearing of casual clothes. The discos will be 1.30-2.30pm for Foundation Phase and 2.30-3.30pm for Key Stage Two children. Refreshments will be sold at the disco so your children can bring in an extra £1.00 to buy squash/popcorn if they would like.
Clothes Recycling Collection
We will be sending home bags tomorrow for our Rags2Riches clothes collection. Please fill your bags up over half term and return them to school by first thing Tuesday 4th June. Please can you leave your bags inside the school gate on the Infant playground and NOT the Nursery archway as at the last collection the bags were stolen from nursery.
Class RS Assembly
The Class RS Assembly planned for Friday has been postponed until Friday 7th June.
New Deputy Head
After a very intensive interview process on Friday with a very strong shortlist of five candidates, I’m pleased to confirm that the full Governing Body ratified the decision to offer the post of Deputy Headteacher to Miss Charlotte Sweet MA, BA, NPQML (National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership), who is joining us from Pendeen School, in Penzance where she is currently Headteacher. She has previously taught in Cardiff and also for periods in Maindee and Pillgwenlly and is returning to her local area. I’m sure that Miss Sweet will be an asset to our school and will settle in quickly when she starts with us in September.
This decision was made by the Appointments Committee of our Governing Body, which comprises Dr Glover, Mr Guest, Mr Tucker, Councilor Al-Nuaimi and myself, and I’d like to thank them for the care and deep thought that they took in making this decision.
We were very pleased that so many well-qualified applicants wanted to join us and you will be really pleased also to know that all of the candidates who visited commented on how lovely, well-behaved and friendly the pupils were and how welcoming they found the staff. That is such a lovely reflection on our school community.
School breaks up on Friday for half term and we resume on Monday 3rd June.
I hope that you have a lovely week!