Thank you for your continued support this term. A reminder that Friday 22nd February is an INSET day for staff and therefore school will be closed to pupils on this day. Children return to school on Monday 4th March. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable half-term break.
For Eisteddfod this year we would like children to write a story or poem inspired by a picture (www.pobble365.com/strange-town). We ask children try to link their ideas to Wales. This could be done through their use of character, location or even links to well-known Welsh stories.
A reminder as well that our Eisteddfod will be held Tuesday 5th March. We invite your children to dress up. Pupils may wear traditional Welsh costume or a costume inspired by aspects of national importance.
The children are scheduled to be back before the end of the school day at 3.10pm. Thank you.
Many thanks for your understanding during the recent period of inclement weather. As always, the health and safety of our pupils, parents and staff is our priority and all closure decisions are based on risk assessments of the school site and surrounding areas.
On Monday 18th February, Year 6 pupils will attend a Crucial Crew event in Blackwood. Here they will attend many different PSE linked workshop sessions delivered by a range of professionals from a range of partner organisations, agencies and charities. Pupils will require a packed lunch on this day but will return to school by 3:30pm. Please see letter attached for further details.
We will be celebrating our Welsh heritage during the weeks of 18th February and 4th March. During these weeks, children will have opportunities to explore many aspects of Welsh heritage and we invite them to dress up for an Eisteddfod on Tuesday 5th March. Pupils may wear traditional welsh costume or a costume inspired by aspects of national importance.
Parent Consultations will be held during the week commencing 18th March. Further details will follow in a separate letter after half-term.
PTA Slumber Party today 3.10pm to 5.30pm. Thank you.
Please could parents/carers return the completed Photograph/Video Consent Form sent home with your child two weeks ago. If you have not received the form please contact Mrs Luff in the office who will send a copy home. Thank you.
Sport Caerphilly’s sport camps are available throughout February half term for children age 7-12.
Football fanatics can attend a Sport Caerphilly football camp on any of the following days:
Centre for Sporting Excellence – 25th, 26th, 28th February and 1st March
- Risca Leisure Centre – 26th, 27th or 28th February
- Heolddu Leisure Centre – 25th February or 1st March
Netball camps will also take place throughout half term on the following days:
- Risca Leisure Centre – 26th February
- Caerphilly Leisure Centre – 27th February
- Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre – 28th February
All sports camps cost £10.20 per day and will run from 9am until 3pm. To book a space or for more information please contact your chosen leisure centre.
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.
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:
- If it snows during the school day and conditions worsen, we will update the school blog and ask you to pick up your children from school. If you ever feel that you need to pick them up before because of any extra transport difficulties relating to where you live then that is obviously fine.
- If it snows overnight a decision on whether the school will close will be made by 7.30am. This information will be available on the Caerphilly School Closures website http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Schools-and-learning/Schools,-term-dates-and-closures/Check-if-your-school-is-closed.aspx
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.
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!
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.