October 2015 Newsletter No2
We have come to the end of a very busy and successful first half term in school. The children have settled extremely well into their classes and have already had a wide range of experiences and opportunities to develop their skills across the curriculum. Here is an update of some of the events that have taken place so far this term.
Thank you for joining us for our Foundation Phase and Junior Harvest Festivals; they were both really super. The children sang a variety of lovely songs and recited stories, rhymes and autumnal poetry. The Foundation Phase thoroughly enjoyed our visiting speaker, Mr Nyirenda, from New Dimensions Church. Thank you for the produce that you sent in. Most of the food was given to Newport Food Bank who were extremely appreciative.
Nursery Harvest Celebration
The Nursery Harvest Celebrations took place today. The children were fantastic and sang the songs they had learnt beautifully! Well done everyone!
We are delighted with the way our year 6 class are rising to the challenge of being the oldest children in the school and taking on the responsibilities that this brings. They are proving to be excellent buddies to our reception children. We have already awarded a number of children with prefect badges in celebration assembly; well done boys and girls.
Please note Christmas Dinner is on Thursday 10th December.
It was good to see so many parents attending consultations with teachers this week. If you have not yet met with your child’s teacher it really is vital that you contact school to make a convenient appointment to see them.
Attendance this half term
Good attendance at school is vital if your child is to achieve his / her full potential. Our target this year is to achieve 96% attendance. The following attendance figures are from 1.9.15 until 20.10.15
Year 1 97.29%
Year 2 98.48%
Year 3 96.33%
Year 4 98.08%
Year 5 94.57%
Year 6 98.48%
Congratulations to Years 2 and 6 for having the highest attendance figures this half term.
We monitor individual pupil attendance on a regular basis. If your child’s attendance falls below 95% we will contact you to make you aware of the situation and help support increased attendance.
Reception Visit to Jews Wood
The reception class had a great time visiting Jews Wood earlier this week. They followed a picture trail to the woods and then spent time looking at different types of leaves and making leaf necklaces. Thank you to all the parents who came along to help.
Pupil Participation Network Meeting
Last week we hosted a Pupil Participation Network meeting in school. We have a number of Pupil Participation groups in school; School Council, SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group), Eco Committee, Criw Cymraeg, Play Pals and Learning Squad. The children involved in these groups do a fantastic job in representing pupil voice across school. At the network meeting the Learning Squad gave a presentation to teachers from other schools across Newport about the research projects they are currently involved in this term. The projects include promoting exercise and anti – bullying. Well done to all the children involved, they gave fantastic presentations; the teachers who attended were very impressed. Thank you to Mrs Munslow, who organises the Learning Squad.
Please can I remind parents of the importance of not double parking to drop children off or pick them up at the end of the day. Earlier on this week there was a nasty accident directly opposite the school as the children were coming out at 3.15pm. Fortunately, on this occasion, no one was seriously hurt, but it is only a matter of time! I am still having complaints from residents about cars blocking their driveways; not just by being parked directly outside but also on the other side of the road. Thank you.
The mornings are a busy time for everyone and we appreciate that some parents are rushing to drop their children off and then get to work themselves. However, it is really important to be aware that the infant children are busy hanging their bags and coats up and putting their things in their trays. We have had one or two incidents where small children have been bumped in the rush for parents to get out. Thank you!
We break up today for half term. We hope you have an enjoyable break and look forward to seeing you when the school reopens on Monday 2rd November.
Thank you in anticipation of you continued support and co-operation
C. M. Jackson (Headteacher)
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