The Met Office has now issued an Amber warning for snow from 2pm this afternoon until 9pm this evening, with the weather forecast indicating some heavy snow. The decision has been made that if you want to collect your child from school today from 1pm then please do so. There will be staff on site until the end of the school day.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of snow and ice from 1.00pm today to 9.00pm tomorrow, which may bring disruption across the county borough. There’s still some uncertainty around the full extent of the likely disruption and as such we have made the decision to cancel ALL after school clubs today – Performing Arts, Homework Club, Football and Netball.
Reminder – On Monday 21st January we will be holding our Book Day celebrations. Pupils are invited to dress as a character from a book on this day and will enjoy a range of activities on the day.
As the Met Office have started to issue weather warnings, we would like to remind you of the following procedures:
It is always a difficult decision to make but all decisions will be made in the interests of everyone’s safety.
We have had some concerns raised regarding unsafe parking in the area surrounding the school. Whilst we are unable to police the roads ourselves, we ask that parents abide by the Highway Code in the interests of the safety of our pupils. Concerns have been logged with the local PCSO and we urge parents to report any further concerns with the police in the future so that they can monitor the situation.
Art & Crafts club is heavily oversubscribed; letters have gone home today to children from last term’s waiting list to offer a place first. If there are any spaces available after Tuesday morning then spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis as the forms have been received. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. Mrs Luff.
I hope that you all had a restful and happy time over the Christmas holiday. It was lovely to see all the children back after our break. I would like to thank you all for the support you give the children; they are a credit to you, themselves and the school. Almost without exception, every visitor we have at school will make a point of complimenting their attitude and the atmosphere within the school.
On Monday 21st January we are delighted to be welcoming Robin Etherington, a renowned comic book writer and artist into school. During his visit, he will be providing a lively and highly creative workshop for the children as well as signing copies of his best-selling books. Copies of his books will be available for purchase – please see the order form provided. We would encourage children to visit his website to learn a little about Robin before the visit: http://theetheringtonbrothers.blogspot.com/
As part of the celebrations, children are asked to dress as book characters for the day. We are very aware of how expensive this time of year can be and are therefore encouraging children to reuse existing costumes or make their own using items/ materials readily available to them. Prizes are up for grabs for the best-dressed in each class!
There will be a PTA meeting being held on Wednesday 16th January at 3:10pm at the school. All PTA members are welcome as well as any parents interested in joining the committee. Please sign in at the office upon arrival.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits/support payments:
- 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.
- Young people who receive Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right may also be eligible to receive FSM.
Your child will also need to be attending school full time, which can include full days at nursery and sixth form students. In order for your child to receive free school meals, you will need to fill out an application form either online by visiting www.caerphilly.gov.uk and typing free school meals into the search field or complete an application form which is available at our school and return to Catering Services, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7PG.
If you pay for your child to have school meals you could save around £500 per year if your child qualifies for free school meals.
You may also qualify for the Welsh Government Pupil Development Grant (PDG) – Access Funding of up to £125, this is available to pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are looked after by a Local Authority if they are:
- entering reception class in primary school
- entering year 7 in secondary school
- aged 4 or 11 in special schools, special needs resource bases or pupil referral units.
The purpose of this PDG funding which is to provide grant assistance to families on low incomes for the purchase of:
- School uniform including coats and shoes;
- School sports kit including footwear;
- Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance;
- Equipment e.g. school bags and stationery;
- Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology; and
- Equipment for out of school hour’s trips such as outdoor learning e.g. waterproofs.
Think of the time you would save if your child is eligible and has free school meals instead of packed lunches, you 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!
Our school will also receive £1150 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 interventions in Literacy and Numeracy.
If you require any further advice, please contact Catering Services on 01443 864055 (or email email@example.com). A member of the team will be able to advise you.
Just a reminder that there will be no after school clubs run this week. Information for clubs being run this term will be on this week’s newsletter. Thank you.
Apologies but the children will be returning back to school from the Pantomime close to 3.30pm. Thank you.
A reminder that there are no after school clubs this week; this includes teacher run clubs and clubs run by Creazione. If you have any questions please contact the school.
We’ve come to the end of a long and busy term and it’s definitely time for the children to take a well-earned break! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.
In readiness for the new school term, we would like to remind parents of our expectations for school uniform. Most children wear the correct uniform on a daily basis; however, some children are still coming to school without the appropriate footwear.
As stated in our school prospectus, the school uniform comprises:
- Navy jumper with ‘Bedwas Junior School’.
- White polo-shirt.
- Grey trousers for boys/girls. Girls may wear grey skirts also. Blue and white checked dresses may be worn in the summer months.
- Dark coloured shoes. Black trainers which are designed to look like shoes are acceptable. However, no other colour other than black is allowed on the trainer.
- Dark or grey coloured socks.
The PTA quiz will be held on Monday 17th December at a cost of £3.00 per child which includes a hot dog, drink and sweets. The quiz will start at 3.10pm and finish at 5.15pm. To collect children at the end of the quiz please enter the school via reception and collect children from the hall.
Pupils are invited to wear Christmas/festive jumpers to school on Thursday 20th December in return for a donation.