Bedwas Book Day

Thank you and well done to everyone for their contribution towards our successful Bedwas Book Day! A huge range of characters made their appearance amongst both the children and the staff. The author Daniel Morden also entertained the children with a storytelling session for each class. Further details about his work can be found at Thank you again for the way in which you supported our children.

Football Tournament

Good luck to the children taking part in the football tournament on Thursday at ‘The Centre of Excellence’ at Ystrad Mynach.  The matches are due to start around 11:30am.  Parents/carers are very welcome to attend and support the team!

Strictly Come Dancing

Creazione Dance Company are currently working in conjunction with the BBC TV show, Strictly Come Dancing and are in the process of organising a showcase where a number of schools can display Latin American dance routines. Some children in red and blue class have begun rehearsals for this event, which is set to be a very special occasion. The children participating are aware of their involvement; however, anyone wishing to attend the event and show their support can do so in St Cenydd Comprehensive School Hall on Wednesday 9th December at 5pm.

Animation Project

Today, Senor Pinatti and Gerald Conn from Gritty Animation met with some of the children to discuss the upcoming animation project.  Bedwas Junior School and Rhydri Primary School have managed to secure part funding of £5,000 from Film Cymru Wales to support the making of an animation film about the Welsh settlers in Patagonia.   Children in two classes will each have the opportunity to work with animation film company, Gritty Realism. Children will create one of two animations based on the viewpoint of either the Welsh settlers or the Patagonians.  Children in one school will record their voices for the animation in the Welsh language.  The other school will take on the role of the Spanish speakers from Patagonia and create the same story from an alternative viewpoint.

Film specialists from Chapter Arts Centre will be visiting and providing sessions based upon storyboarding and film literacy. In other lessons, children across the school will be researching this fascinating aspect of Welsh History and develop their own ideas for the direction of the film.

Year 6 Residential

Next week, Year 6 will be attending the annual school journey at Tregoyd House in Brecon.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop the children’s independence and collaborative skills in preparation for the year ahead and High School.  Thank you to Mr Lloyd, Mrs Banks, Miss Bodenham, Mr Price and Mrs Moses for volunteering for the Year 6 school journey.  Without their willingness, the school would be unable to organise exciting events such as this.  Thank you also to Mrs North for overseeing all administration and liaising with the residential centre.

During the three days, the children will have the opportunity to take part in the following activities: climbing, archery, zipwire, aeroball, rifle shooting, trapeze, raft building and many more.  Photographs of the children on their school journey will be uploaded onto the school website during the visit.

Bag2School Collection

Tuesday 29th September will be an opportunity for children to donate any unwanted clothes 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 be given to school based on the weight of the entire collection of bags.

This event will take place again later on in the year.

Parent Questionnaire

Many thanks to everyone who has returned a parent questionnaire. We are hoping to share the results with you in the near future.  Please can you ensure that any outstanding questionnaires are returned as soon as possible.

Community Notice: Bargoed Outdoor Cinema

The Bargoed Outdoor Cinema event is back again this year with the musical adventure film ‘Rio 2’.

This Friday (3rd October) the popular outdoor cinema event returns to the Emporium Car Park to screen the popular animation. The evening promises to be a great night for families and cinema fans alike with this Box Office film.

These evenings, organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council, have provided great entertainment for the whole family and the next event will be no different. Bring your picnic, blanket and chair and sit back and enjoy the open-air cinema experience in Bargoed.

Entry to the car park is free; an adult must accompany children under 16. The Emporium Car Park is a short walk from both the bus and railway station. The car park will be closed to all vehicles, but parking is available at alternative Bargoed car parks.

The film screening starts at 7pm and for more information, please contact Caerphilly Visitor Centre on 029 20 88 00 11 or visit

Choir Performance – Noah’s Ark Appeal

On Tuesday 10th June at 6:30pm the school choir will be performing at St Cenydd Community School as part of the ‘Noah’s Ark Appeal’ Summer Charity Concert. The children have been working hard with their choir teacher, Sophie Edwards, to prepare their songs for this event and would love for you to come along and support them. Entry is free; however there will be opportunities for you to make a donation to the charity on the evening.

Fruity Friday

Fruity Friday will continue this week.  All children are encouraged to bring in 50p for a pot of mixed fruit.  Thank you to the parents who prepare the fruit for the children.  It would be fantastic if we could have fruit for sale on days other than Friday.  However, the school is reliant on volunteers.  If anyone is available to help, please contact Mrs North in the school office.

Lower School Christmas Concert


Monday 16th December Lower School Christmas concert 6:00 – 7:00pm
Tuesday 17th December Lower School Christmas concert 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Tuesday 17th December Lower School Christmas concert 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Over the next few weeks Lower School pupils will be working hard on their performances for the Christmas concert. This year’s concert will be a fantastic celebration full of Christmas cheer!  Some of the children will be asked to dress up for their parts in the concert. Therefore, in the coming weeks teachers will be sending home letters with costume details. We thank you in advance for your support.

Folk dancing – Ffiliffest

Years 3 and 4 folk dancers will be taking part in this year’s Ffiliffest, which is taking place in Caerphilly Castle on Sunday 7th July from 12pm.  As well as the dancing, there will be lots of other performances on stage from S4C and famous Welsh bands!  There will also be activities, sports, stalls and a food area – Ffiliffest is a community event so everyone is welcome!  Visitors to Ffiliffest will also have the opportunity to visit the castle.  Half price vouchers for the day can be obtained from Mrs North in Reception.  Using the discounted voucher, a family ticket (2 adults and all children under 16) can be purchased to enter the Ffiliffest for £7.13.  Adult tickets are £2.38.  Tickets for children under 16, students and pensioners – £1.80.  Children who are part of the folk dancing team will be given a ticket by Miss Bodenham.  Buying a ticket in advance is not only cheaper but will also mean that parents and carers do not have to queue on the day.

Rotary Concert

Congratulations to all the pupils who took part in this year’s Rotary Club Concert on Tuesday 18th June in Bedwas Workmen’s Hall.  Choir and instrumentalists performed at the event alongside other musicians across the Bedwas cluster.  All pupils were excellent ambassadors for the school and we are very proud of their efforts!  Thank you to Miss Hall for preparing the children for the event.  Thank you to all parents and carers who supported the children at the event.

Upper School Production – ‘Battle of the Bands’

Upper school are currently rehearsing for their end of term production called ‘Battle of the Bands’.  The current plan is that there will be four performances of this production.  Two of the performances will be led by Year 5, whilst the other two will be led by Year 6.  The school has employed music teacher, Bethan Lewis, to support the children in developing their performances.  We hope that as many of the local community as possible come to support this production on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July.

School Photographs: Reminder

Tomorrow, ‘Colorfoto’ will be in school to take class photographs.  Please ensure your child is wearing school uniform.  Examples of photographs will be on display for parents to view in a few weeks.  Any photograph orders can be returned to school.