Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 15th December

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.

Entitlement to Free School Meals

free school meals

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 catering@caerphilly.gov.uk).

Dates for your Diary

 

Thursday 14th December Christmas Concert – Yellow and Green Class – 9 a.m.
Friday 15th December Christmas Concert – Blue and Red Class – 9 a.m.
Friday 15th December Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children)
Wednesday 20th December Christmas Dinner Day
Friday 22nd December PTA Casual Dress and Christmas Hot Chocolate Day – £1 donation
Monday 8th January 2018 Children return to school

 

Election of ONE Parent Governor

Parents of Pupils attending:  Bedwas Junior School

Election of ONE Parent Governor

Governing Body of Bedwas Junior School

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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.

Yours sincerely

Loren Taylor  – Governor Support Assistant

01443 863221  –  Loren.taylor@sewaleseas.org.uk

Violinists

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.

PTA

Thank you to the PTA (and staff) who have been in school over the last week working hard on the Christmas plaques and hampers.

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Uniform

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.

Dates for your Diary

 

Tuesday 12th December Whole school trip to Sherman Theatre to see ‘Wind in the Willows’
Wednesday 13th December Christmas Concert – Orange and Purple Class – 9 a.m.
Thursday 14th December Christmas Concert – Yellow and Green Class – 9 a.m.
Friday 15th December Christmas Concert – Blue and Red Class – 9 a.m.
Friday 15th December PTA Christmas Jumper Day
Wednesday 20th December Christmas Dinner Day
Friday 22nd December PTA Casual Dress and Christmas Hot Chocolate Day – £1 donation

 

Be Bright Day

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.

Dates for your Diary

 

Wednesday 29th November Free ‘Orchestradventure’ Workshops in school provided by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Thursday 30th November Be Bright Day
Tuesday 12th December Whole school trip to Sherman Theatre to see ‘Wind in the Willows’
Wednesday 13th December Christmas Concert – Orange and Purple Class – 9 a.m.
Thursday 14th December Christmas Concert – Yellow and Green Class – 9 a.m.
Friday 15th December Christmas Concert – Blue and Red Class – 9 a.m.
Friday 15th December PTA Christmas Jumper Day
Wednesday 20th December Christmas Dinner Day
Friday 22nd December PTA Casual Dress and Christmas Hot Chocolate Day – £1 donation