PTA – Non-uniform day – Monday 17th July

The PTA has arranged a surprise event for all pupils in school on Monday 17th July. We ask that the children wear sporty non-uniform clothing on this day, which includes trainers. To contribute towards the costs, the PTA would appreciate it if children could bring in donations of £1.

Thank you to the PTA who organised and funded the Year 6 Leavers’ party last week – The event was a huge success and I am sure the pupils will remember the evening for a very long time

Celebrating The IT Mark Award

The school’s recent success achieving the IT Mark has been celebrated by Caerphilly Council.

The full article can be read by clicking on the following link:

http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/News/News-Bulletin/September-2016/Bedwas-Juniors-achieves-prestigious-ICT-Mark

 

On Thursday, Wayne David MP also visited the children in assembly to congratulate them on achieving the award.  Congratulations to the IT team and Miss Slater for all their hard work.

 

‘The Welsh and The Tehuelche’ Animation

 

Congratulations to the pupils of Purple Class of Bedwas Junior School and Gold Class in Rhydri Primary School who have created an animation about the Welsh settlers first meeting with the Tehuelche people of Patagonia.

Specialist teachers have been working with the classes on the project.  Jeremy Roberts, storyboard artist and Matt Beare, film literacy specialist, helped the children to explore the sequence of events that took place when the Welsh settlers arrived in Patagonia. Pupils learnt about the purpose of a storyboard and created their own based on their research.  Storyboards included the Welsh settlers making and trading bread and learning to hunt. In the next session, pupils wrote scripts based on their storyboards. Working alongside Gerald Conn from ‘Gritty Animation’ children drew and developed an animation using a range of specialist technology.  Finally, children recorded the narration in three languages – English, Welsh and Spanish.  Three versions of film exist in each of the languages.

The animation is currently being entered for a range of film festivals including the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

ICT NAACE Mark

I am delighted to inform everyone that the school has recently achieved the ICT NAACE Mark.  This is an achievement that recognises the excellent use of ICT that takes place across the school.  The assessor who visited the school commented on the children’s excellent ability to communicate their learning when using ICT.

Congratulations to the children, teaching staff and Governors for achieving this award.  Thank you to our ICT coordinator, Miss Slater, for leading on this exciting initiative.

The report can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Assessor Report (5097 20-06-2016)

 

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Important: E-safety/Hwb Meeting tonight

The school would like to invite all parents to an E-Safety/Hwb workshop on tonight at 5:30pm.  E-safety is an aspect of safety which is an increasing concern to parents/carers. The session will provide information on the latest issues around social media and the Internet, as well as tips for helping children stay safe online.

In addition to the talk on e-safety led by PC Winfield, the session will include a workshop on how to provide support for parents in the use of the Hwb.

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School Blog

Please remember that all the information on the newsletter can also be viewed at:

http://www.bedwasjunior.com

This site has all the latest school news as well as access to school policies, advice and photographs.  If you sign up to the blogsite using an email, then any news will automatically be sent to your inbox.  Parents/carers who have already signed up to the website find this a very efficient way to receive the information. Each piece of news is sent separately, so that parents/carers can simply delete the information they do not need.

A number of photographs are being uploaded onto the school blog including photographs of the visit to Cardiff Bay and the ‘Garageband’ workshops.  Please contact the school office if you would like the password to access the photographs.

Enterprise Troopers Competition

On Thursday 19th of March, Bedwas Junior School was represented by the children of Orange class at the National Final of the ‘Enterprise Troopers’ Competition held in the Senedd. Against fifteen other schools, the children won ‘Best Presentation’ when presenting the ‘Multiple Madness’ app that was designed and created by the children of Orange class. Although not the overall winners, the children were interviewed by the ‘Made in Cardiff’ TV station which was shown that evening. This award is a well deserved recognition of the hard work the children of Orange Class have put into the project. Thank you also to Mr Ankin for his hard work in supporting and guiding the pupils.

‘Enterprise Troopers’ Competition in Cardiff Bay

Well done to the Year 4 children who are currently at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay giving a presentation to politicians, business representatives and the media about the creation of the ‘Multiple Madness’ app.   The children have even been filmed for a programme on the ‘Made In Cardiff’ TV channel.  This is due to be shown tonight!

Well done Orange Class and Mr Ankin for all your hard work!

Charity Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who donated money to this year’s ‘Red Nose Day’ charity day.  The school has raised a fantastic total of £117.  Well done to the Bedwas community!

Thank you also to everyone who has replied to yesterday’s newsletter regarding the purchase of the times table app created by the pupils in Orange Class.  It would be really appreciated if as many people as possible returned a reply slip before next week’s competition at the Senedd in Cardiff.  Proceeds from the sale of the app via the Hwb area will be given to the NSPCC.

Enterprise Troopers Competition – ‘Multiple Madness’

The Enterprise Troopers competition is part of the Welsh Government’s campaign to support young people in Wales to increase their awareness of business and improve their understanding of economic wellbeing.

Earlier this year, Orange class designed and created an app aimed at helping children to learn their multiplication tables. Children created a concept where a character in the game would jump over obstacles when a multiplication question is answered correctly. Using ‘Scratch’ software, the children wrote the ‘code’ needed to create the game itself. They also designed and created the background and the character which are both used in the game.

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Set in space, Blip is trying to escape from a spaceship but must jump obstacles to avoid being caught. By clicking on the right answer, Blip jumps over the obstacles and continues to escape. In each game, the player has three lives. The application is a fun way for children to recall their times tables at an ever increasing speed.

The school has worked in partnership with the Software Academy from the Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics to develop the app so that it is available to purchase through Google Play. The school has also worked with a digital leader from the Welsh Government to make the app suitable for play on the Hwb.

In a few weeks, the children’s app will be available to buy in two ways:

  1. An area of the Hwb has been created which can be viewed by subscribers to the app.
  2. The app will also be available to buy through Google Play. This means that the game will be able to be played on mobile phones and tablets which use Android platforms. The name of the app is ‘Multiple Madness’ which should be possible to locate using the search tool.

Part of the profits raised through the sale of the game will be allocated towards the NSPCC.

The children of Orange Class have reached the regional final of the Enterprise Troopers Competition which is due to take place on Wednesday 25th February. On this day, children will be asked about the creation of their app and how much profit has been made as a result.

We hope you will support the children’s work. It is a great game which the children will enjoy playing and will raise funds for the school and NSPCC. Thank you to Mr Ankin and Orange class for all their hard work. Information on how to purchase the app will be made available on the children’s return to school after half term.