Federation – Meeting 15th November 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you already know, we have been working closely with Rhydri Primary School for several years.

The staff and governing bodies of both schools are keen to formalise this arrangement as a federation.  This will mean that the two schools continue to work in partnership to ensure an excellent learning experience for our children.

For both schools, Mr Cook will remain the Headteacher and Mrs Richards the Deputy Head (whilst Miss Bodenham is on maternity leave).

In fact, the only changes will be that the school leadership can spend more time on further improving provision and outcomes at school; the other change is that instead of two separate governing bodies, there will be will be one governing body. This will mean less repetition.

Next week, your child will bring home the formal consultation document about the federation.  This will provide lots of technical details and give you a chance to feedback.

On 15th November at 2.30pm there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you have of representatives from the governing body and the Local Authority at Bedwas Junior School. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you can attend Rhydri Primary School on the same date at 3.45pm.

So, what do you need to do?

  1. Know that the federation formalises the existing successful arrangements
  2. Read the consultation document
  3. Put your response in the box in school
  4. Attend the meeting on 15th Novemberif you have any questions
  5. Keep calm and carry on!

Kind regards,

Ms S Graf – Chair of Governors

 

 

 

 

School Start Times

A few parents have asked about procedures at the start of the school day, and in particular about where pupils should go when it is raining. To clarify, these are the school session times:

  • Breakfast Club – Pupils are admitted to Breakfast Club between 8:00am and 8:30am. Breakfast Club staff will then supervise the children until 8:40am.
  • School starts at 8:40am. Pupils are able to enter the playground or classrooms (wet mornings) from 8:20am when staff will be present to supervise them.
  • Please note that pupils should not enter the playground or the school building before 8:20am unless they are attending Breakfast Club.

Harvest Celebrations

Pupils will be celebrating Harvest on Tuesday 23rd October with a service at Rudry Parish Hall. This is a joint celebration with Rhydri Primary School and is for pupils only.

This year we will continuing our support of the “Bridging the Gap” foodbank which is based in Caerphilly. We would be grateful if pupils could bring a small food donation for the foodbank on this day.

PTA Events

The PTA Hot Chocolate morning will be held on Friday 19th October. Children can pay 50p for a hot chocolate.

The PTA Halloween disco will be held on Tuesday 23rd October between 4pm and 5:30pm. The cost is £3 per child (Please bring an additional £1 if you would like a bag of sweets).

Please note that we will not allow any pupils to leave the site unaccompanied. With the evenings drawing in, all children will need to be collected from the disco by a responsible adult. When collecting your child, please enter via the main reception entrance and children will be dismissed from the school hall.

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Diary Dates

 

17th & 18th October Parent-Teacher consultations
19th October PTA Hot Chocolate Morning
23rd October Harvest Celebrations
23rd October 4pm – 5:30pm – PTA Halloween Disco in school hall.
24th October Selected Year 5 and 6 pupils to attend cluster football and netball match at Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre. More information will follow closer to the date.
26th October INSET Day 2 – School closed to pupils

 

Half term: Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
5th November All children return to school.
7th November Colorfoto to take individual photographs of pupils.
Christmas Holiday Monday 24th December – Friday 4th January
7th January INSET Day 3 – School closed to pupils
22nd February INSET Day 4 – School closed to pupils
22nd July INSET Day 5 – School closed to pupils

PTA – Slumber Party – 10th October

Please see the below details for this term’s slumber party:

Date Event Clothing Cost
10.10.2018

3.10pm to 5.15pm

Slumber Party Children are welcome to bring their PJs and blankets to school. £3 for a hotdog, sweets and a drink whilst watching the movie.

The film we will be watching is Paddington 2 which is rated a ‘PG’. Any queries regarding the event, please contact the school.

Kind regards,

PTA Committee

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PTA – Autumn Term Events

Welcome back! We would also like to welcome all new parents to the school. The PTA have organised some fun events for the autumn term to raise money for the children to enhance their school experience.

Please find information below on PTA events for the Autumn term:

Date Event Clothing Cost
21.9.2018 Hot Chocolate Morning NA 50p for a hot chocolate and a cookie.
10,10,2018 Slumber Party Children are welcome to bring their PJs and blankets to school. £3 for a hotdog, sweets and a drink whilst watching the movie.
19.10.2018 Hot Chocolate Morning NA 50p for a hot chocolate and a cookie.
23.10.2018 Halloween Disco Children are welcome to wear a costume. £3 for a hotdog and a drink. Sweets will be on sale for an additional £1.
26.10.2018 Half Term Treasure Hunt   Details to follow
23.11.2018 Hot Chocolate Morning NA 50p for a hot chocolate and a cookie.
30.11.2018 Christmas Hamper Casual Day Own Clothes Each class will be asked for a donation (details will follow) to contribute to our Christmas Hampers.
7.12.2018 Raffle Tickets will be sent out NA Children are asked to sell as many tickets as they can.
14.12.2018 Christmas Hot Chocolate Morning NA 50p for a festive hot chocolate and cookie.
17.12.2018 Children’s Christmas Quiz NA £3 to enter. Children will get a hotdog, sweets and a drink. There will also be prizes for the winners!
20.12.2018 Family Christmas Celebration NA Donations on entry. We welcome all families to celebrate by joining us for some festive carols. There will also be refreshments on sale.
21.12.2018 Christmas Jumper Day Children are welcome to wear their festive jumpers. No Cost. We are also expecting a special visitor…if he isn’t too busy!

Kind regards,

PTA Committee

 

Cross Country

Due to an error on the original letter, we can confirm that the Cross Country Championships is on Thursday, 4th October 2018.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Health and Safety

For safety reasons, please ensure that children (including younger siblings) do not climb on any equipment in the school grounds at the start and end of the school day. We politely request that children and parents leave the premises as soon as children have been collected. Thank you for your cooperation.

INSET Days

INSET DAY 1: Monday 3rd September 2018 (taken)

INSET DAY 2: Friday 26th October 2018

INSET DAY 3: Monday 7th January 2019

INSET DAY 4: To be confirmed

INSET DAY 5: Monday 22nd July 2019

Diary Dates

Please find the updated diary dates below:

25th – 27th September Scholastic Book Fayre in school hall.
1st – 3rd October PGL Swindon – Year 6 pupils.
4th October Years 3 – 6: Cross country in Blackwood Showfields.

More information will follow closer to the date.

23rd October 4pm-5:30pm – PTA Halloween Disco in school hall.
24th October Selected Year 5 and 6 pupils to attend cluster football and netball match at Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre. More information will follow closer to the date.
26th October INSET Day 2 – School closed to pupils

 

Half term: Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
5th November All children return to school.
7th November Colorfoto to take individual photographs of pupils.

Acting Deputy Headteacher

As Miss Bodenham has started her maternity leave, I have now officially taken over all of her duties until she returns next summer. I would like to thank all of the children and staff for welcoming me so warmly to Bedwas and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with the whole school community in the coming months.