Dear Parent/Carer,

Class 3J’s Chocolate Draw to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross will take place on Wednesday and tickets are on sale every day until Wednesday breaktime for 50p a strip. Thank you if you have donated chocolate items for this so far.

The NewportLive Football sessions for Year 1/2 children with Matthew Martin continued this morning.

Today the annual Holocaust Memorial Service took place at Newport (St Woolos Cathedral) and Miss Sweet and I took the House Captains to this event. It is always a very moving and thought-provoking service which remembers not only the victims of the Second World War Holocaust, but also victims of all genocides from across the world.

Our Wednesday whole school assembly this week will be led by Mr Rees, who is the recently retired headteacher of St Julians Primary School.

This Thursday’s Family Learning session is called ‘Maths – What’s it all about?’  It is a chance to get a good insight into Maths teaching nowadays and if you came for this session last year please join us because it will have different content. It’s been great to see new faces at these sessions which are an important part of our programme for the year. The session runs from 9.00-10.00am and refreshments will be available.

Later, on Thursday afternoon, Miss Spray is taking a group of pupils to the Sycamore Ward at St Woolos Hospital as part of our very successful Intergenerational Project work.

On Friday, one of our former pupils, Jack Flint, who is in Year 10 at The John Frost High School, will be joined by two other class mates and they will be giving a presentation to Miss Pretty and Miss Howell’s classes on plastic recycling.


Last week, we saw another improvement in our attendance, with the school average for the week reaching 95.5.%.

This is brilliant news and we would like to extend our thanks for your support in making sure your child is in school, on time, every day. With your continued support, we hope to meet and exceed our attendance target for the year.

Breakfast Club
As you are aware, we are currently monitoring voluntary contributions towards the unfunded early childcare element of our Breakfast Club. Our financial situation is very difficult at the moment and Breakfast Club funding was discussed at our recent Governing Body Finance Committee Meeting last week. It will be discussed at our full Governing Body meeting this week and you will shortly be receiving a letter about this. In the meantime, if you are able to make a voluntary contribution towards the first part of the session, it would be very helpful. We appreciate the contributions that we have already had.

School Uniform
School Uniform, its affordability and donated uniform, are on the agenda for our Governors’ meeting this Wednesday. If you would like to pass on any thoughts that you have on this, please either speak to one of our Parent Governors, Mrs Takmima Begum (Mother of Isam and Manha), Mr Guest (father of Alex), Mr Phillips, whom you may see at The John Frost School, or to me, before Wednesday afternoon.

Eco Tip
Turn the central heating down by one degree to save energy and shut doors to keep heat in.


Diary Dates
Some future dates are:

Internet Safety Day – Tuesday 4th February

Parental Consultations – Tuesday 10th March – 3.45-7.00pm

                                          Wednesday 11th March – 3.45-5.30pm


School Grounds and Parking
Please be mindful of your behaviour whilst near the school and avoid getting into any arguments in the street which may upset children on their way to and from school.

Please also do not block access to residents’ drives, the staff car park and the Llamau car park next door.

Newport City Council
Newport City Council are currently consulting on the new budgets for April and have asked that we share the following with our school community:

A public consultation on a series of proposals for changes to services and support provided by Newport City Council is now underway


Yours sincerely,


H Vaughan