Half-term

Thank you for your support over the past half-term in school. It has been a very busy, but also very productive half-term. The children will break up from school on Friday 16th February and will return on Monday 26th February. We hope you have a restful and safe week off school.

PTA Slumber party

A reminder that Bedwas PTA are holding a slumber party in the school hall tomorrow from 3.10pm – 5.30pm. The cost for this is £3 which includes a film, hotdog, drink and snack. The children are welcome to bring their pyjamas along with their favourite blanket and pillow into school on Thursday morning to save going home after school. They can then get changed in school and settle in the hall to watch the film. The film will be The Emoji Movie, which carries a PG rating. The film is an animated adventure in which an ’emoji’ inside a young boy’s phone accidentally causes chaos when he expresses more than one emotion.

Eisteddfod

This year, Bedwas and Rhydri pupils will be celebrating St. David’s Day together in Rudry Village Hall during the morning of Thursday 1st March. All children are requested to wear Welsh themed or red clothing to school on this day.

Throughout the morning of celebrations, children will be reciting Welsh poems, singing Welsh songs and performing with their musical instruments. Each class will be performing their poems on the stage in front of the rest of the pupils.

Eisteddfod half-term Homework

As part of the Eisteddfod celebrations, we ask that all children design and make a Welsh themed mask to wear during our morning of celebrations. Children can incorporate as many aspects of Wales into their mask designs as they wish, e.g. sheep, castle, daffodil, dragon, rugby etc.

We ask that all masks are returned to school on Monday 26th February. The winners of the competition will be announced during the joint Eisteddfod.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Diary Dates

Please find the diary dates for the next half-term below:

15th February 9am: Woodwind lessons with Mr Benevente will take place today.
15th February 3:10pm – 5:30pm: PTA Slumber Night.
16th February Last day of school for children
Half term: Monday 19th – Friday 23rd February
26th February Children return to school.
26th February Eisteddfod entries to be returned to school.
27th February P.C. Madley to speak to year 5 pupils – ‘Anti-social Behaviour’.
1st March Joint Eisteddfod with Rhydri Primary School in Rudry Village Hall.
5th March Sports Relief ‘Step Challenge’.

(More information will follow closer to the date)

7th March Year 6 trip – ‘Wings to Fly’.

(More information will follow closer to the date)

8th March 3:10pm – 4:30pm – PTA Children’s Quiz Night.
13th March 3:10pm – 5pm: PTC appointments for Yellow and Green class only.
14th March 3:10pm – 5pm: PTC appointments for all classes, except Yellow class.
15th March 5pm – 7pm: PTC appointments for all classes, except Green class.
23rd March P.C. Madley to speak to year 4 pupils – ‘Friend or Foe?’

(Linked to Stranger Danger)

26th March Problem Solving morning – Planned by teachers.
26th March 4pm – 5:30pm: PTA Easter Disco
28th March PTA visit from the Easter Bunny!
28th March Last Day of school for pupils.
29th March Closure Day – No school for pupils.
Easter: Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April
16th April Children return to school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Bedwas Junior School

Thank you to all the parents and carers for your continued support. The PTA are have organised more fun events for this term to raise money for the children to enhance their school experience.

Please find information below on PTA events for the rest of the school term:

Date Event Clothing Cost
15.02.18 Slumber Party 3:10 – 5pm Children are welcome to bring their PJs and sleeping bags. £3 – Children will get a hot dog, sweets and a drink.

 

08.03.18 Children’s quiz night.

(separate letter to follow)

N/A £3 – Children will get a hot dog, sweets and a drink.
26.03.18 Easter Disco 4 – 5:30pm Own clothes £3 – Children will get a hot dog, sweets and a drink.
28.03.18 A visit from the Easter Bunny N/A No Charge

 

 

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Parent Teacher Consultations

The next parent teacher consultations for Red, Blue, Purple and Orange classes will take place on Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 5pm and Thursday 15th March from 5pm – 7pm.

Mrs Banks and Miss Hillier in Green Class will be holding their consultations on Tuesday 13th March and Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 5pm on both days.

Miss Storey in Yellow Class will now be holding her consultations on Tuesday 13th March from 3.10pm – 5pm and on Thursday 15th March from 5pm – 7pm. This is because Yellow class are involved in the Creative Lead Project evening being held at Bedwas Workmen’s Hall on Wednesday 14th March.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club starts at 8am. There are some children coming onto the school site unsupervised as early as quarter to 8. Please make sure that children are not dropped off before 8am. Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with this matter.

Free School Meals

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit.

If you pay for your child to have school meals you could save around £580 per year if your child qualifies for free school meals.

If you access free school meals you will also be entitled to a one-off clothing grant of £105 for your child when they are moving from primary school to their first year of secondary school.

Our school will also receive additional funding for every child registered for Free School Meals.  This funding must be directly targeted at Free School Meal pupils.  This year we have used that additional funding for additional interventions in literacy and numeracy. 

If you wish to make enquiries, please complete the online form at http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk or if you are not sure, please contact Catering Services on  01443 864055 (or email catering@caerphilly.gov.uk). A member of the team will be able to advise you. 

Parents/carers should be aware that children who receive free school meals are not singled out.  The school is very careful to ensure that only appropriate staff are aware of the children who receive free school meals.  This information is not shared with anyone else.

 

Attendance

Could all medical appointments (dentist/optician/doctor) be booked outside the school day or during school holidays if possible?  It has also worked in the past when appointments are made after morning or afternoon registration times.  With appointments that have to occur during the school day, if parents/carers send the appointment letter/card into school, the absence can be authorised and a copy of the appointment can be kept on the pupil’s file.

Parent Teacher Consultations

The next parent teacher consultations for most classes will take place on Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 5pm and Thursday 15th March from 5pm – 7pm.

Mrs Banks and Miss Hillier in Green Class will be holding their consultations on Tuesday 13th March and Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 5pm on both days.