Friday 15th December is Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day. We would like pupils and staff in Bedwas Junior School to join in with thousands of people from all over the country for this great event and wear their wonderful woollies to school!
All donations will be given to Save the Children. If you do not wish to donate, we would still love to see all children in their festive jumpers.
A reminder that if the school needs to close due to bad weather, the information about this can be found on Caerphilly Council’s website at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Schools-and-learning/Schools,-term-dates-and-closures/Check-if-your-school-is-closed.aspx
This will be updated regularly during times of very poor weather.
A message from CCBC-
Many children within Caerphilly CBC are already eating free school meals, but there are some who are not, even though their parents/carers may be eligible. The concern is that children may be missing out on this important benefit to which they are entitled. Additionally, the number of free school meal claimants is a factor in reporting school performance and is also used by Welsh Government to determine levels of funding for schools and the Council.
Parents who pay for their child to have school meals could save around £580 per year if they qualify for free school meals.
A child may be entitled to receive free school meals if their parent/carer is 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 they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their 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.
Accessing free school meals also allows them to receive a one-off clothing grant of £105 when the child is moving from primary school to their first year of secondary school.
Even if their child currently takes a packed lunch to school they will still save money and also time; it has been estimated that they could save up to 190 hours a year, which is the time needed to make packed lunches that meet the nutritional standards of school meals – that’s just over a week!
In addition schools receive £1150 additional funding for every child registered for Free School Meals. This funding must be directly targeted at Free School Meal pupils.
Parents and carers are asked to make a claim if they believe that they may be entitled to free school meals for their children and do not already do so. Our catering team provides an excellent range of healthy lunch options that are enjoyed daily by a significant number of our pupils. Their child may well be able to access these free of charge.
To make sure that their child does not miss out they can claim online at www.caerphilly.gov.uk or get advice by contacting Catering Services on 01443 864055 (or email email@example.com).
A reminder that if the school needs to close due to bad weather, the information about this can be found on Caerphilly Council’s website at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Schools-and-learning/Schools,-term-dates-and-closures/Check-if-your-school-is-closed.aspx .
This will be updated regularly during times of very poor weather.
Could parents/carers please return their request form for Christmas Concert Tickets by tomorrow morning please. Thank you.
Parents of Pupils attending: Bedwas Junior School
Election of ONE Parent Governor
Governing Body of Bedwas Junior School
Would you like to be more involved in your child’s education? If so why not consider becoming a school governor. All schools have places for Parent Governors and we currently have a vacancy for ONE of these positions at the above School.
Governors make decisions about many aspects of the school including the curriculum, staffing and the school’s finances. This role is essential to the education of children in the Borough of Caerphilly so please consider standing. In case you feel a little apprehensive about the responsibilities of the role, we offer training to assist you.
Meetings of the Governing Body have to be held at least once per school term; you can serve as a Governor on up to two schools at any one time and the term of office is four years. If you have parental responsibility for a child at the school then you are eligible to stand, although there are certain restrictions as summarised on the nomination form (for full details please contact a member of the Governor Support Team– contact details as below).
Nominating yourself is simple just complete a nomination form available from the school office, including a short personal statement, and return to your child’s school. Both parents are eligible to stand for election but because we aim to reduce paper use we only send out one nomination form. We welcome applications from both parents – please ask the school for another form. If there are more nominations than vacancies we will hold a ballot and circulate your statement together with voting papers.
If you have any questions about the role of Governors, parental elections, nominations or appointments please contact me on the phone number below.
Loren Taylor – Governor Support Assistant
01443 863221 – Loren.firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder that the PTA Christmas Raffle Tickets and money need to be returned to school by Monday 11th December. Thank you.
Mrs Bradley has requested that all violinists come to school for 8.30am on Tuesday 12th December for a final practice before the concert on Friday 15th. The practice is taking place at this time because of the school trip that day.
Could you please try to ensure that all money sent in to school for dinners or trips is in an envelope marked with your child’s name and class? Thank you.
Thank you to the PTA (and staff) who have been in school over the last week working hard on the Christmas plaques and hampers.
Could you check your children’s uniform to make sure that they have not taken someone else’s items home by mistake? There are some missing jumpers that have names in them and some jumpers in lost property that do not have names.
In order to support local initiatives linked to road safety, we are having a ‘Be Bright’ day tomorrow (Thursday 30th November). Children are invited to wear the brightest clothes they own to school.
Mr Benavente will be in school to deliver the Woodwind lessons on Thursday this week (30th) instead of Monday.
Well done to all the children in years 5 and 6 for a very successful trip to Techniquest. They were excellent ambassadors for Bedwas Juniors!