Thank you

It has been another fantastic year for the children at Bedwas Junior School. Mr. Cook and I would like to thank the parents and the wider community for supporting the school over the past year and helping the pupils to continue to be well behaved, polite and hardworking; it has been greatly appreciated.  We wish the very best for the Year 6 pupils who are moving on to secondary school.  They have acted as role models for everyone in school and should feel very proud of all their achievements.  Thank you also to the teaching and support staff.  Their ongoing commitment to their respective roles ensures that they have played a major role in the success of the school.

Most of all, however, we would like to thank the children across the school for their continued positive attitude to their learning and their overall contribution to the school. It is an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be part of Bedwas Junior School.

Have a wonderful Summer break and stay safe. We look forward to welcoming all children back to school on Tuesday 4th September.

Lost Property

We currently have a large number of items of clothing in lost property. These include jumpers, cardigans, polo shirts, PE kits, coats, lunch boxes, water bottles, trainers and rugby boots. Unfortunately, none of the items have names on them so we are unable to return them to the correct owners. All lost property is located at the back of the school hall. Please feel free to come into the school to see if you recognise any of the items. The school hall will have the lost property available for you to view at the end of each school day until the end of term.  Any clothing left after the end of this school year will be donated to a local charity shop.

Staffing for next year

 

Class Name Year Group Teacher
Yellow 3 Miss S. Pugh

 

Green 3/4 Ms. K. Storey

(Mr. J. Nisbett from 5th November 2018 when Ms. Storey begins her maternity leave)

Orange 4 Mr. A. Ankin

 

Purple 5 Mr. R. Dimeck

 

Blue 5/6 Mr. C. Lloyd

 

Red 6 Mrs. S. Banks (Mon/Tues) Miss K. Hillier (Wed-Fri)

 

 

In September, we will be welcoming Mr Dimeck who will be teaching the year 5 pupils in Purple Class. Mr J. Nisbett will be covering Ms. Storey’s maternity cover 5th November. Until then, Mr Nisbett will continue to teach all classes across the school whilst covering PPA each week.

Miss Bodenham will return to school for 2 weeks in September and then will leave us to begin her maternity leave. Miss Bodenham’s replacement is Mrs J. Richards, who is currently a Deputy Head Teacher in Waunfawr Primary School. Mrs Richards will continue to be Deputy Headteacher across both Bedwas Junior School and Rhydri Primary School and will take on all of Miss Bodenham’s current roles in her absence, which includes taking on a non-class based role as Inclusion Manager. This allows the school to have an even better focus on pupils with additional learning needs.

Unfortunately, we will be saying goodbye to Year 6 class teacher, Miss Slater. Miss Slater will be leaving us as she relocates to take up a teaching position in Cinderford. Miss Slater has made a significant contribution to the school over the last five years and we wish her the very best for the future.

Earth Day

We recently had an energy week where the children had lessons and assemblies linked to saving energy. From this the children have become very passionate about saving energy within school, this includes ensuring lights are switched off when we leave the classrooms, turning whiteboards off and putting laptops into sleep mode. The children also decided they would like to hold an ‘Earth day’ so we spent today using as little or no gas and electricity as possible. We took meter readings last Wednesday and we have done the same today, so we can compare the amount of gas and electricity used on both days. These results will then be used to help us think of new ways to save energy as a school.

Lost Property

We currently have a large number of items of clothing in lost property. These include jumpers, cardigans, polo shirts, PE kits, coats, lunch boxes, water bottles, trainers and rugby boots. Unfortunately, none of the items have names on them so we are unable to return them to the correct owners. All lost property is located at the back of the school hall. Please feel free to come into the school to see if you recognise any of the items. The school hall will have the lost property available for you to view at the end of each school day until the end of term.  Any clothing left after the end of this school year will be donated to a local charity shop.

PHS Competition Winner

Over the Easter period, PHS asked pupils across various schools within the Caerphilly County Borough to design their interpretation of what LifeCycle means to them. PHS would like to thank all of the pupils in Bedwas Junior School who took part in this competition.  PHS were overwhelmed by the amount of fantastic entries across all schools, but they have decided to award first place to a pupil in class Yellow Class for her design. The design captured what LifeCycle is about and her representation of LifeCycle was accurate as PHS are trying to ‘create a brighter future’ for generations to come. As the pupil is in Bedwas Juniors, PHS are awarding the school with vouchers to purchase art supplies. The design is being blown up on the side of their Titian trucks for 6 months.  We are all really proud of the design!

Book swap: Friday 13th July

Due to the success of previous community book swaps, we will be holding another book swap on Friday 13th July. 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 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. Teachers will support the children in choosing books, however they are obviously unable to check each book in detail so parents are asked to support with this when books are brought home. If there are any problems, please contact the school.

Parent/carer and teacher’s books can be swapped in the school hall between 3.10pm and 4.00pm on Monday 16th July. 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.

Bedwas Art Day: Wednesday 4th July

Today, each class participated in ‘Bedwas Art Day’. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and all art work will be showcased in the school hall straight after school today at 3:10pm to share with parents and carers. There will be an opportunity to purchase your child’s piece of art at a later date and the funds raised will be used to replenish art resources across the school.

Woodwind lessons: 4 places available for pupils in years 3-5

Mr. Benevente will be in school on Thursday this week to carry out his teaching. Mr Benevente currently has 4 places available for pupils in Years 3-5 who may be interested in playing a woodwind instrument. If your child is interested, please contact the school office and inform Mrs Luff. Mr Benevente will be auditioning the pupils tomorrow to see which pupils are most suitable for each instrument.

Year 6 Leavers’ party

Thank you to the PTA who have organised and funded the Year 6 Leavers’ party this year. The party will begin at 6pm where children will arrive and have their photograph taken individually. Children will also have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with friends through the evening. The children will be provided with snacks, drinks and the popular chocolate fountain! The party will finish at 8:30pm, but parents/carers are asked to arrive at 8pm to choose which photographs you would like printed. Photographs will be charged at £3 each or 4 for £10.

Bling your Bike/Scooter to School Day: Friday 6th July

As part of our Active Journeys initiative, we will be having a ‘Bling your Bike/Scooter Day’ on Friday 6th July where all pupils are encouraged to bring their bike or scooter to school decorated in the theme of their choice. The theme of our PSE lessons that week will also be linked to riding our bikes/scooters safely on the roads and the importance of using alternative ways to travel to and from school. There will be prizes awarded for the best ‘blinged’ scooters and bikes!

Special Event – Behaviour Award: Tuesday 10th July

This year Special Event will be taking place on Tuesday 10th July. Weather permitting; we will be going out for the day. Children will be informed of the location of the trip today in a separate letter.

Special Event is the school’s way of saying thank you to all the children for their dedication to school and their willingness to learn. The trip will be entirely funded by the school.

Transition Parents’ Evening for Bedwas High School 2018: TONIGHT at 6pm

Tuesday 3rd July at 6pm at Bedwas High School – School Hall 

This evening provides a great opportunity to meet all key Bedwas High School staff including the Senior Leadership team, ALNCo, Wellbeing Manger, Year 7 Progress Manager and all Year 7 Form Tutors for 2018-19. 

Bedwas High School have requested that any outstanding pupils record forms are handed in this evening.