‘Water is Cool in School’ Competition

This week in assembly the children will be learning about the benefits of drinking water. Therefore this week’s homework will be to create a poster about the benefits of drinking water on a regular basis. We would encourage children to complete some research to support their posters, information, ideas and links to other sites can be found on the ‘Water Aid’ website. We are asking all children to complete their poster on an A4 piece of paper (available from school if required).  The poster must be informative and attractive and children should use coloured pencils but not felts.  For this activity, we are also asking that children do not use a computer to create their poster. The top two posters in each class will win a prize and be displayed.  Everyone who enters will also earn five house points for their house. All posters need to be completed by Tuesday 23rd May in order to be judged.

Attendance Information

Thank you to everyone within our school community who continues to support our aim for every child to achieve 100% attendance each year. Research shows that children who are absent from school achieve less well than children who are in school every day. Therefore, it is very important for children to be in school as much as possible.

I am pleased to share with parents/carers recently published annual attendance information that shows that Bedwas Junior School’s attendance has improved and has achieved its best percentage figures for the last four years. Attendance data is scrutinized carefully by Estyn and the Local Authority as a measure of the effectiveness of the school.  This would not have been possible without your support.

Assembly themes

This week, assemblies have focused on the the lives of refugees across the world.  There is no political opinion delivered during the week.  However, the children will be exploring what it is like to have to leave your home and travel to an unfamiliar place.

Next week, the children will be exploring strategies to cope with bullying behaviour.

Assemblies

During the last week, assemblies have focused on promoting good behaviour.  This has included discussions about

  • pupils as role models to each other;
  • making wrong choices;
  • the impact of good and bad peer pressure.

Assembly Themes

Last week, assembly themes focused on ‘Fairtrade’. This included the reasons for Fairtade, with a closer look at the chocolate and banana industries.

This week, the focus is on positive images of disability.  During the week, the children will be learning about the following four areas:

  • Stammering;
  • Visual impairment;
  • Down’s syndrome;
  • Autism

Instrumentalist Assembly/ Blue Class Christmas Assembly 9:00am – 9:50am – Tuesday 15th December

Tuesday 15th December will be an opportunity for the pupils who are currently learning musical instruments in school to perform in a Christmas themed assembly which aims to show the progress they have made in the Autumn term.  This is the second year that the school has organised this event and it is always a lovely opportunity to listen to, and appreciate, the children’s hard work.

In addition to the instrumental performances, Blue Class will be performing their Christmas assembly which is set to get everyone into the festive spirit. This will be a lovely way to end the term and we encourage all parents/ carers to come along on the morning.

Harvest Service

Thank you to Blue Class with the help of the brass players for leading our annual visit to the Bethal Chapel to celebrate harvest with Pastor Edwards. Children across the school have learnt a variety of harvest songs with Miss Lewis in weekly singing lessons. Photographs from the service can be found on the school blog.

Assembly

This Wednesday, Pastor Mike Edwards, who will be sharing the story of Palm Sunday, will join children in assembly.

On Monday, House Captains gave a fantastic and very informative presentation to children in assembly on the topic of cyber-bullying.

Assemblies

This week, Jameson Titus who works in India at a charity-run school for disadvantaged children will visit the school.  Jameson will tell the children how he has dedicated his life to helping the lives of others in deprived areas.  This will be an excellent opportunity for the pupils to learn about the difficulties other children across the world have on a daily basis.

The Reverend Rebecca Stevens will also be in assembly on Thursday.

Assemblies

This week, assemblies are focusing on the theme of ‘equalities’. As part of this topic, children will be learning about people who overcome disabilities to have healthy and happy lives.

On Friday, ‘code club’ will also be presenting an assembly to the other children based on the work which they have completed in their after-school club.

Assembly Themes

Last week, assembly themes focused on how to be a good role model. This included strategies for dealing with unkind behaviour from others and the positive and negative aspects of peer pressure.

This week, the focus is on ‘inspirational Welsh people’. Children will be learning about Edwin Stevens (the inventor of the hearing aid), Tanni Grey Thompson (paralympic athlete) and others.

House Captains Competition

This week, the House Captains will be launching a competition in assembly to create a poster advertising a healthy lunchbox! The winning posters will be used as part of an information sheet which will be sent home to parents/carers and displayed around school. The winners will each receive a £10.00 book voucher!

Assemblies

Many thanks to the Reverend Rebecca Stevens who led our Remembrance day assembly last Friday. Today, the children also marked the occasion with a two minute silence in the school hall. Assembly themes this week will be based around people who ‘inspire’ us.

Assemblies

This week, assemblies are focusing on the theme of ‘Bonfire Night’ and the rules for staying safe around this time of year. On Friday, our assembly will be led by Reverend Rebecca Stevens to mark Remembrance Day.

Harvest Service

Thank you to Green Class with the help of Miss Hillier and Mrs Gettings for leading our annual visit to the Bethal Chapel to celebrate harvest with Pastor Edwards. Children across the school have learnt a variety of harvest songs with Miss Lewis in weekly singing lessons.

Harvest Assembly

Next week,will be our annual visit to the Bethal Chapel to celebrate harvest with Pastor Edwards. Children have been learning a variety of harvest songs with Miss Lewis in weekly singing lessons. Green Class will also present part of the service.

Assemblies – anti bullying

This week, assemblies have focused on our school anti-bullying policy.  Children learnt about the ‘three steps’ which should be used if they encounter unkind behaviour on the school playground or in the classroom.

Step 1: Ask the person why they are being unkind (it could be a misunderstanding and/or gives the opportunity for an apology).  If it continues…

Step 2: Warn them that they will be reported to an adult (this is the final warning).  If it still continues…

Step 3: Tell an adult who will listen and help.

Unfortunately, unkind or ‘bullying’ behaviour is something which we all encounter in our lives.  Our anti-bullying policy encourages the children to develop the strategies to tackle unkind behaviour by themselves.  However, if they do not succeed then it is important that they tell a responsible adult who will resolve the issue on their behalf.