Lower School – After School Football Club – Friday 12 July (cancelled) Now Thursday 11 July

Further to the football sessions that are run on a Friday evening by a Cardiff City coach; unfortunately, this Friday’s session has been cancelled and re-arranged for this Thursday 11th July instead.

A reminder that your child will need to bring to school a Bedwas PE kit and arrangements will need to be made for him/her to be picked up or for them to walk home at approximately 4.10pm.


Staff Changes

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back both Miss Storey and Miss Bodenham who have recently returned following maternity leave. We have no doubt that the children will love having them back in school.

We would also like to thank Miss Pugh for the wonderful work she has done during her time in Bedwas, and congratulate her as she has secured a teaching job in a school in Dubai. We wish her the very best in her new post; she will certainly be missed by both staff and children here at Bedwas Juniors.


Congratulations and thanks to the children from Years 3 and 4 who represented Bedwas Juniors at this year’s Ffilifest which was held at Caerphilly Castle on Saturday – you were excellent ambassadors for our school and danced brilliantly!

Open Evening for Year 2 Parents: 3rd July

On Wednesday 3rd July at 6pm, all parents with children who will be joining us in Year 3 from September 2019 are invited to attend an open evening where they will have the opportunity to meet staff and familiarise themselves with their child’s new classroom. We look forward to seeing you there!

Freezie-Friday: 5th July

In order to raise some money to contribute to the cost of their class trip, Red Class will be selling ice-lollies after school on Friday this week. The stall will be located on the school yard. The cost of the lollipops will be 70p each.

Sports Day: Postponed until Monday 8th July

The format this year will incorporate the same inclusive approach in the morning, with a more competitive side to the events in the afternoon. Trials have taken place in school and those children who have made it through to the afternoon events will have brought home a letter.

The morning session within Bedwas Junior School will start at 9.00am. The events will be held on Bedwas Junior School’s grounds where pupils will be taking part in numerous group and individual events. Every pupil will be involved in at least two events and it is expected to be a fun packed morning!

The afternoon’s events will be on Bedwas High School’s field, starting at 12.50pm. This is where the more traditional sports day events will be taking place. Trials have taken place within school time to give the afternoon a more competitive edge. The children not taking part in the afternoon events will remain behind in school to complete other activities.

During the afternoon, the PTA will be offering a range of refreshments to help raise funds; once again we would like to thank the PTA for their support. In the interest of safety, we politely remind parents/carers not to cross the line to give drinks and refreshments to their children. This has caused accidents in the past and can hold up proceedings.

Sex and Relationships Education: Years 3 – 6 From July 8th

During the week commencing 8th July, pupils will be taught the ‘sex and relationships’ part of the PSE curriculum.  The local authority Healthy Schools team recognised the school’s provision as excellent practice, and the school’s planning and resourcing has been shared across the Caerphilly authority for other schools to use. The lessons will be delivered in line with the specified curriculum for each year group. Understandably, parents may feel anxious about the content of the sessions.

Coffee Morning: 10th July

On Wednesday 10th July the school will be hosting an informal coffee morning where parents of children currently in years 4, 5 and 6 are invited into school. The aim of this is to allow parents time to meet and have a chat with Mr Stephen Diehl , the new Headteacher of Bedwas High School. Hot drinks and a selection of refreshments will be provided on the morning.

The event will take place between 10:30 and 11:30am in the school hall. When parents arrive, they will be able to collect children from their classrooms to join them for the morning. We would be very grateful if you could indicate to the school office if you intend to come along, as this will help us plan and make necessary arrangements.

Year 6 Transition: Key Dates

From September, our year 6 children will be attending a range of secondary schools. Letters for each of the transition days have been sent home, and where enhanced transition is necessary then arrangements have been made but these have not been included in the detail below. A list of dates has been included for your reference:


Tuesday 2nd July Transition parents’ evening at Bedwas High School
Thursday 4th July Bassaleg School transition full day
Wednesday 10th July Coffee Morning at Bedwas Juniors – detail above

PTA Coin Trail: 15th July

The coin trail was a great success last year; we therefore ask that any spare coppers are donated for the event. Glass jars will be made available in each classroom for the children to try to fill. The class with the longest trail on the day will be declared the winners and be awarded a treat!

PTA Hawaiian Disco: 17th July

The PTA will be holding their final disco of the year Wednesday 17th July. The disco will be held between 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  Children are encouraged to wear clothes along the theme of Hawaii or another type of fancy dress (dressing up is optional).  The cost of the disco will be £3 per child, which will also include a hotdog and a drink.  Please encourage your child to attend – It will be a great way to celebrate the end of the school year!

PTA Climbing Wall: 18th July

As an end of year treat, the PTA have arranged for a climbing wall activity day on Thursday 18th July. All children will have the opportunity to take part. We ask that children wear their PE kits and trainers to school to take part in this activity.

Diary Dates


3rd July Family Engagement Morning – Yellow Class
3rd July Year 2 Open Evening
4th July Inter-school sports competition – letters to follow
7th July (Sunday) Year 6 Leavers’ Prom
8th July Sports Day – NEW DATE!
8th July (throughout week) SRE lessons taught in classes
10th July Coffee Morning with Headteacher of Bedwas High (Years 4, 5 and 6)
15th July PTA Coin Trail
15th July Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly 1pm
16th July Swimming Gala at Bedwas Swimming Pool 12:30pm
17th July Blue & Red Classes – Trip to Trecco Bay, Porthcawl – letter to follow
17th July PTA Hawaiian Disco after school
18th July PTA Climbing Frame
22nd July INSET Day 5 – School closed to pupils
23rd July – 30th August Summer Holidays
2nd September INSET Day 1 – School closed to pupils

Governor election information

As part of Bedwas Junior School federating with Rhydri Primary School, the governing body is becoming a joint one. As a result, parent opportunities within the governing body have become available. Nomination forms were made available to parents and we are pleased to say that we have had a lot of interest. As a result, the role of parent governor needs to be elected by you.

A copy of the candidates personal statements and an election form has been sent home today. Please complete the election form and return to school by Tuesday 2nd July in the official envelope provided. Any election forms received after that date or not in the envelope will be counted as invalid. As there are two parent governor positions available each parent is allowed to vote for two candidates only. Parents are entitled to one election form each only, even if they have more than one child in school.  If you do not receive a copy of the form then please contact Mrs Luff in the office and she will forward a copy to you.

Parent questionnaires

All staff at Bedwas Junior School work exceptionally hard to deliver quality educational experiences, whilst being committed to the wellbeing of all children in our school. We are very keen to receive feedback from parents so that we can identify what we do well and what could be improved in the future.

The school would be very grateful if the questionnaires sent home today could be completed and returned to school in the envelope provided by Tuesday 2nd July.