Bedwas Junior School Vision Statement

Our vision is to cultivate excellence and enjoyment in learning and teaching, within a stimulating and caring environment, where the achievements of all are celebrated.

To achieve our vision we will:

  • create a rich, varied and safe learning environment where children and staff develop their skills and abilities
  • Have high expectations in everything we do and gain satisfaction from the success of everyone around us
  • enable children to be happy, confident and independent individuals with a positive outlook for the future
  • celebrate the diversity of our school community through an inclusive curriculum
  • nurture the spiritual, moral, social and physical development of the children
  • work in partnership with parents/carers, governors and the wider community
  • recognise the links between all aspects of a child’s well being and their ability to learn
  • encourage children to respect the ideas, values and feelings of others enabling them to build positive relationships
  • facilitate for enrichment opportunities through the language and heritage of Wales.
  • provide a creative curriculum which ensures learning is long lasting and supports the development of literacy, numeracy and thinking skills.
  • embrace new technologies as a learning and teaching tool in order to raise standards across the whole curriculum

Resources

In the last few weeks, a number of new resources have been purchased for school. These include:

  • A new interactive whiteboard for Yellow Class;
  • Fifteen Ipads to increase the use of ICT into the curriculum.

Yellow Class has also received a significant refurbishment. This has included:

  • complete redecoration including replastering and repainting;
  • new sink units;
  • new windows
  • new doors.

The school has a strong commitment to ensuring that the learning environments within the school are attractive and support children’s learning.

Building

Over the summer months, ongoing refurbishments to the school continued.  ‘Purple’ Class has been extended into the ICT room.  Over the last few years, the school has purchased a number of laptop trolleys allowing greater integration of ICT into the school curriculum.  Therefore, we are able to create a larger classroom alongside a smaller room which can be used for meetings and smaller groups of pupils.  The small room will also continue to have a number of PCs should any children wish to use the room after school to complete homework tasks such as MyMaths and/or school blogs.

Teachers and support staff have all been working hard during the summer break to ensure that all areas of school are ready for the children.

School Refurbishment

Over the summer months, ongoing refurbishments to the school will continue.  The current ‘Orange’ Class is due to be extended into the ICT room.  Over the last few years, the school has purchased a number of laptop trolleys allowing greater integration of ICT into the school curriculum.  Therefore, we are able to create a larger classroom alongside a smaller room which can be used for meetings and smaller groups of pupils.  The small room will also continue to have a number of PCs should any children wish to use the room after school to complete homework tasks such as MyMaths and/or school blogs.

Outdoor Mosaic Project

Last week at the summer fair, artist Maureen O’ Kane brought along the mosaic artwork which the children created in the spring term.  All the mosaics, based on the children’s sketches, were created using a combination of ceramic tile and clay.  We are absolutely delighted with the results and look forward to seeing them displayed on the front wall of the school building.

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Hygiene in School

In Bedwas Juniors, we take pride in creating a safe and clean environment for all our children.  This has been recently recognised by retaining our ‘5’ rating in the school kitchen.  This is in addition to the ‘gold’ standard we already have for cleanliness in the kitchen and the ‘Special Excellence’ the cleaning staff were awarded for their standards across school.  These awards reflect the high expectations we have in all aspects of school life.

Resources

In the last few weeks, a number of new resources have been purchased for school.  These include:

–       new interactive whiteboards for Blue and Red Class;

–       approximately £1000 of non fiction books for the school library to be used for research;

–       Eight Ipads to increase the use of ICT into the curriculum.

Over the Easter holidays, the Blue and Red class will be receiving a significant refurbishment.  This will include:

–       complete redecoration;

–       new sink units;

–       new doors.

Bag2School Collection

Thank you very much to everyone who donated unwanted clothes and other textiles as part of our Bag2School collection.  All donations will be reused by people in developing countries who do not have access to many of the items which we take for granted. A money donation will also been given to school based on the weight of the entire collection of bags.  Children have also been learning about recycling materials in assembly this week.

Thank you very much to our school PTA for organising this event.  It is hoped that this will be a regular event in school.

Hygiene in School

In Bedwas Juniors, we take pride in creating a safe and clean environment for all our children.  This has been recently recognised by two awards.  Firstly, the school kitchen was awarded ‘gold’ standard following a hygiene inspection.  Secondly, the cleaning staff were awarded ‘Special Excellence’ for their standards across school.  As you will be aware, the school has worked incredibly hard over the last two years to improve the learning environment in school.  These awards reflect this hard work and the high expectations we have in all aspects of school life.

School Building

Over the summer, there have been a number of changes made to the school building to continue our ongoing programme of creating a more child-friendly learning environment.  These changes include:

  • School corridors which have been re-plastered and repainted;
  • New notice boards purchased to celebrate children’s work;
  • Significant replastering and repainting in Orange Class.  New furniture and display boards have also been purchased to improve the classroom learning environment.

These changes will make a difference to the quality of the school’s learning environment and is the next step of several phases of modernisation to the school building over the next several years.