Half-term

Thank you for your support over the past half-term in school. It has been a very busy, but also very productive half-term. The children will break up from school on Friday 16th February and will return on Monday 26th February. We hope you have a restful and safe week off school.

PTA Slumber party

A reminder that Bedwas PTA are holding a slumber party in the school hall tomorrow from 3.10pm – 5.30pm. The cost for this is £3 which includes a film, hotdog, drink and snack. The children are welcome to bring their pyjamas along with their favourite blanket and pillow into school on Thursday morning to save going home after school. They can then get changed in school and settle in the hall to watch the film. The film will be The Emoji Movie, which carries a PG rating. The film is an animated adventure in which an ’emoji’ inside a young boy’s phone accidentally causes chaos when he expresses more than one emotion.

Eisteddfod

This year, Bedwas and Rhydri pupils will be celebrating St. David’s Day together in Rudry Village Hall during the morning of Thursday 1st March. All children are requested to wear Welsh themed or red clothing to school on this day.

Throughout the morning of celebrations, children will be reciting Welsh poems, singing Welsh songs and performing with their musical instruments. Each class will be performing their poems on the stage in front of the rest of the pupils.

Eisteddfod half-term Homework

As part of the Eisteddfod celebrations, we ask that all children design and make a Welsh themed mask to wear during our morning of celebrations. Children can incorporate as many aspects of Wales into their mask designs as they wish, e.g. sheep, castle, daffodil, dragon, rugby etc.

We ask that all masks are returned to school on Monday 26th February. The winners of the competition will be announced during the joint Eisteddfod.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club starts at 8am. There are some children coming onto the school site unsupervised as early as quarter to 8. Please make sure that children are not dropped off before 8am. Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with this matter.

Parent Teacher Consultations

The next parent teacher consultations for most classes will take place on Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 5pm and Thursday 15th March from 5pm – 7pm.

Mrs Banks and Miss Hillier in Green Class will be holding their consultations on Tuesday 13th March and Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 5pm on both days.

PTA

The PTA will be providing a ‘hot chocolate and cookie’ morning this Friday at break-time. This will cost 50p.

They have also organised another of their popular film / slumber parties for Thursday 15th February; more details to follow. I would like to thank our PTA for working so hard at providing a variety of events for the children to enjoy.

Cluster Creative Arts Project

As part of Bedwas Junior School’s status as a ‘Creative Lead’ school, author Philip Michell has been busy working with Yellow Class. They have already enjoyed two sessions with Mr Michell as part of a cluster-based creative arts project looking at story-telling and there are eight more sessions to go! This will lead to a performance that is due to take place at Bedwas Workmen’s Hall on 14th March – details to follow.

Book Swap

A reminder that due to the success of last year’s community book swap, we will be holding another book swap tomorrow, Thursday 18th January. This will be a chance for children and parents/carers to share books with each other and discover new books which can be taken home to enjoy.

Children’s books will be swapped during school time and children will be given the opportunity to take home books which have been donated. Although donating is not compulsory, first choice of books will go to children who have donated. Parent/carer and teacher’s books can be swapped between 3.10pm and 4.00pm on 18th January. Any children’s books which are not taken home will be used to replenish the school and class libraries and any adult’s books which are not taken home will be donated to a local charity shop.

Book Swap

A reminder that due to the success of last year’s community book swap, we will be holding another book swap on Thursday 18th January. This will be a chance for children and parents/carers to share books with each other and discover new books which can be taken home to enjoy. Children may want to donate any unwanted books given to them as Christmas presents or use this as an opportunity to recycle books they no longer want or need. Children and parents are invited to donate age appropriate books.

Children’s books will be swapped during school time and children will be given the opportunity to take home books which have been donated. Although donating is not compulsory, first choice of books will go to children who have donated. Parent/carer and teacher’s books can be swapped between 3.10pm and 4.00pm on 18th January. Any children’s books which are not taken home will be used to replenish the school and class libraries and any adult’s books which are not taken home will be donated to a local charity shop.

Please send any books for the community book swap into school by Monday 15th January. Please ensure they are in a good condition and it would be appreciated if children’s and adult’s books are clearly labelled or separated.

Christmas Concerts

Well done to all the children who performed so well in their Christmas concerts last week. We got the chance to see what talented dancers, singers, comedians and musicians we have here at Bedwas!