School Lunches

Caerphilly County Borough Council has asked us to remind you that school meals should be paid for in advance. Your co-operation in sending the money on the correct day would be appreciated.  If you wish to pay in advance half-termly that is acceptable.  For those parents who like to pay for school dinners per half-term the cost to the end of this half-term is £78.00, cheques are the preferred method of payment and should be made payable to Caerphilly County Borough Council please (£2.00 per day or £10.00 per week).

All payments must be sent to school in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked and the amount enclosed. This applies to both lunch monies for Caerphilly County Borough Council and payments to the school for school trips, clubs, etc.  All monies to be paid into Mrs Luff the School Clerk.  Thank you.

In accordance with the Council’s policy, MEALS WILL BE STOPPED once the total amount of debt exceeds two weeks (£20.00) and you will need to collect your child at lunchtime or send in a packed lunch. If your circumstances have changed and you feel that you may be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office for an application form or apply at http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

Crossing Patrol

We were very pleased to welcome back our Crossing Patrol to Bedwas on Tuesday morning, her services were sorely missed on the busy main road outside our school. I would like to thank all the people who supported the school by contacting various departments in order to try and secure a replacement patrol during Mrs Wheeler’s absence.

Lost Property

As we begin the new school year please make sure that your child’s belongings are clearly labelled. This will make it much easier to return lost items to their rightful owner as quickly as possible.

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.

PTA Hawaiian Disco: Thursday 19th July

The PTA will be holding their final disco of the year today, Thursday 19th July. The disco will be held between 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Children are encouraged to wear clothes along the theme of Hawaii or another type of fancy dress (dressing up is optional).  The cost of the disco will be £3 per child, which will also include a hotdog and a drink.  Please encourage your child to attend – It will be a great way to celebrate the end of the school year! If you are happy for your child to walk home from school, please ensure children have a note with them as we cannot allow pupils to walk home who do not have written permission.

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Outstanding School Dinner Money

Caerphilly County Borough Council have contacted all schools in Caerphilly requesting that any outstanding dinner money is paid either today or tomorrow. Please contact the school office if you are unsure if any money is due.

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.

Diary Dates

Please find the updated diary dates below:

19th July 4pm – 5:30pm: PTA Hawaiian Disco.
20th July Last day of school for pupils.
Monday 23rd July – Friday 31st August: End of school year
3rd September Closure Day.
4th September Children return to school.

 

PTA Newsletter – July 2018

We would like to thank all parents and carers for your continued support this Academic Year. It is soon coming to a close until next year, but we would like to extend our thanks to you all for supporting us.  The pupils have benefitted hugely from your generosity and willingness to assist in our vision to give the best to our children – we couldn’t do it without you.  It’s been a truly wonderful and eventful year. Here are some of the treats and provision the children and school have received: 

Santa visit delivering Selection boxes

Easter bunny visit delivering Easter treats

Royal Wedding Party

Tip-tops in the hot weather

Sports Day refreshments

Parasols and stands for the School yard

Weights for the football posts

Year 6 leavers’ photos

Year 6 leavers’ party

Year 6 leavers’ corsages

Netball posts

Donation towards the Special Events Trip to Roath Park

Summer Term climbing frame

We hope you have a lovely summer and look forward to working together in the next Academic Year.

Many Thanks

Friends of Bedwas Junior School

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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!

Woodwind lessons: 2 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 2 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.

String Lessons

Miss Evans will be in Bedwas on Thursday afternoon (12th) to provide the string lessons this week. Please remind your children to have their instruments in school this day.