Families Magazine

Dear Parent/Carer,

We’re pleased to be able to send you the latest Families magazine which is a summer holiday issue.
It is full of resources and ideas to help you keep your children entertained, busy and productive during the long break including fun learning ideas, sourcing books, learning to draw, safe socialising and screen free activities.

You can read the magazine here.
We hope you enjoy it.

Rebecca Lewis
Managing Editor
Families Cardiff & Vale

Reports and Classes

End of year reports will be sent out with the children when they attend school this week. For those children not attending they will be delivered before the end of the week. The Welsh Government has removed the standard requirements for reporting as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have given a brief overview of the children’s school experience before the school closures as well as recognising engagement with home-learning during lockdown.  We had planned that our reports would  follow a new format this year in preparation for the new ‘Curriculum for Wales’; we have continued with that plan, therefore the reports will look considerably different to previous years. These reports reference the ‘areas of learning experience’ as detailed in the new curriculum and we have moved the focus to the child-centred commentary you will find in the first section of the report.

Children in Years 3 and 4 will be told their classes for next year when they attend school this week. Year 5 children were told their classes when they attended last Wednesday.

Parental Survey

The staff at Bedwas Junior and Rhydri Primary Schools would like to thank parents and carers for all of the hard work, commitment and effort that they made to keep their child/ children engaged in learning throughout the recent school closure. The resilience and motivation of many of our families has been outstanding, and we are very proud of what has been achieved.

Thank you to those who completed our parental survey. We are currently collating and analysing the results and working hard behind the scenes to ensure that they inform and improve our future practice. In the event of further school closures, we will be able to use this feedback to enhance the provision and support that we can provide so that it suits the needs and preferences of our families.

Mrs S Banks

School Update

Dear Parents / Carers

Following today’s announcement from Kirsty Williams about the return to school in September, we are now waiting for the Welsh Government guidance which will enable us to start our planning. This guidance is expected early next week. Once this is received we will be working closely with CCBC and other schools in order to prepare our return to school plans. These will be shared with you as soon as they are ready however, many things about our current situation could change before September requiring significant adjustments. If this is the case these adjustments will be communicated with you via the school blog.

Mr R Cook

Feedback request – Home learning

With plans for September 2020 and the foreseeable future uncertain at the moment, we are keen to hear your feedback on your experiences with home-learning during the recent school closure. We would be very grateful if you could take 2 minutes to complete this survey to help us ensure we continue to support you and the children to the best of our ability. The survey will remain live until midday Wednesday 8th July.





Message from Mr Cook

Dear Parents / Carers

It has been great having the children back in school and I would like to thank all the pupils, parents and staff for helping our first week back go so smoothly.

We will follow the same timetable and cohort allocations for the remaining two weeks up to the end of term (Friday 17th July).

As soon as we are given any guidance on what is going to happen in September we will work on our response and share this with you as soon as we can. At the moment we know nothing for certain.

Keep safe

Mr R Cook

PDG Access Grant – Message from CCBC

Applications for September 2020 will NOT be received by our Schools but will be received and administered by the Local Authority.  Due to the current circumstances a new on-line application process has been developed for 2020. It is anticipated that the on-line application will be available for families to access from Monday 27th July 2020. Support will also be provided by the Local Authority where families do not have on-line access to apply. Details and updates will be available on the Caerphilly website. To reassure families applications and payments will be on-going through the summer holiday period, into September and onwards.
PDG Access Update Note – Schools 02.07.2020

Year 6 leavers hoodies

Dear year 6 parents

Unfortunately, due to the current restraints, the PTA are unable to go ahead with this year’s prom for the year 6 leavers.  However, they would like to present all year 6s with a ‘Class of 2020’ hoodie and there will be no charge to parents.  These are grey cotton hoodies and will be printed by TSS Print and Embroidery of Bartlett Street, Caerphilly whose website is https://www.tssprintandembroidery.com/  – please contact TSS directly if you require sight of their privacy policy.

The hoodies will include the names of all year 6 children on the rear and there is also an option to have a Christian name, nickname or initials printed on the front left-hand corner.

If you would like your child to have a leaver’s hoodie, please kindly complete the form below to give consent to your child’s name being included on the rear.  Due to data protection regulations, if no consent is given, then your child’s name will not appear on the hoodies and they will not be presented with this leaving gift.

As no samples can be provided this year for the children to try for size, the chest sizes of the hoodies are included below.  Please indicate which size you require and return the form no later than Monday 29th June to Ms Storey’s email – StoreyK2@Hwbmail.net

Many thanks

PTA Committee

Order Form

Transition questions answered

Today, Bedwas High School have placed a video on the front page of their website: https://www.bedwashigh.org/

In the video, Mr Diehl and Mr Williams answer the questions year 6 have asked about moving up to year 7 in September. The video is called transition questions answered.

We hope this answers your questions about moving up to year 7 and any possible transition links beforehand.

CCBC confirms return to school arrangements

The Leader of Caerphilly county borough council has confirmed that schools across the area will reopen to pupils on Monday 29th June for a period of three weeks before the start of the main summer holidays on Friday 17th July.

Cllr Philippa Marsden said, “The original proposal was for pupils to return for a period of four weeks, however, after extended discussions we have concluded that our schools will now open for 3 weeks and close for the summer holidays on 17th July.”

“We are taking a consistent approach across Gwent and I very much welcome this opportunity for pupils to check in and catch up before the summer break. Our priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff, as well as ensuring learning can resume as quickly and safely as possible.”

Schools across the county borough will open their doors on Monday 29th June for pupils to return on a phased basis. Year groups will be split into cohorts with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. This means that, at most, around a third of pupils will be present in the classroom at any one time, although individual schools may need time to reach this level of operation.

CCBC has been successfully running a number of childcare hubs in many of its schools throughout the outbreak, so staff have significant experience of working within these new conditions and limitations and are well placed to provide safe, well managed learning environments.

Cllr Barbara Jones, CCBC Cabinet Member for Education added, “We would like to assure the whole community that all appropriate steps will be taken to safeguard pupils and this will remain our key priority.”

“Everyone involved in reopening schools has been working extremely hard and we are sure that the children attending school for the 3 weeks will have an enjoyable, productive and worthwhile experience that will help as many as possible to check in, catch up and prepare for September.”

The Welsh Government has published guidance to support schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. This includes information on managing their facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning and transport.

Cardiff City Resources for Years 3 & 4

Next week, for Years 3 and 4 there will be ‘Cardiff City’ resources provided as well as an alternative themed series of activities for children who might not choose the CCFC activities.

Both of these sets of activities will be shared via Teams but if any parents are not able to access Teams, they can email teachers for the alternative pack. Staff will continue to set a small number of tasks on My Maths and Purple Mash through the week.