St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 12/05/15

Staffing:

Mr Goodchild has had his operation and is making a steady recovery. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

PE Kit:

Please can parents/carers support the school in ensuring that the children bring a PE kit in to school – white t-shirt and black shorts. The children know when they have PE/games sessions. Can you please ensure that all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

Playground Developments:

We are in the process of completing the next stage of our playground developments – developing an all weather surface to our quiet area and the area between the infant and junior playgrounds. We’re also adding another six panels to our climbing wall and two three-way shooters.

Once again, please ensure that your children are supervised once dismissed from class.

National Tests:

In accordance with Welsh Government regulations pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 have now completed the national literacy/reading and numeracy tests.

Bicycles:

If you are riding a bike to school please ensure that it is kept at the rear of the main site and that safety helmets are worn. Please ensure that you dismount your bikes once on the school premises. Ensure that bikes are left secure – a number of bikes have been stolen from other Wrexham schools.

 

Dates/Events:

 

TERM THREE

 

12/05

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

13-15/05

Y5 VISIT CARDIFF

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

05/06

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

11/06

Y4 VISIT CHESTER

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

16/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y3/4)

17/06

WREXHAM SCHOOL SPORTS (PROVISIONAL)

19/06

SCHOOL FETE

24/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

26/06

CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

02/07

MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07

LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Newsletter 17/04/15

Congratulations:

Both Miss Tudor and Miss Walker have married over Easter becoming Mrs Relf and Mrs Watkin respectively.

 

Staffing:

Mr Goodchild will be having an operation in the next couple of weeks and will therefore not return to school until the new academic year (in September). We wish him well and a speedy recovery. The class will be taught by Miss Amy Davies during his absence.

 

Swimming:

Mondays: Class LM – Gwyn Evans Pool

Tuesdays/Thursdays: Class NJ – Ysgol Clywedog

Gymnastics:

Mondays: Class FB

 

PE Kit:

Please can parents/carers support the school in ensuring that the children bring a PE kit in to school – white t-shirt and black shorts. The children know when they have PE/games sessions. Can you please ensure that all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

 

Foundation Phase Gardening Day:

A big thank you to parents who generously provided plants, seeds and other items for us to use in the garden area. The day was a huge success.

 

National Tests:

In accordance with Welsh Government regulations pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be undertaking national literacy/reading and numeracy tests next term. The tests will be administered between the 6th and 12th May. Additional pupil support will be provided where necessary.

 

Reminder:

As the weather is improving pupils will be extending their use of the outdoor classroom and playground. Could parents ensure that they support us by applying sun lotion and providing hats and water bottles.

 

Bicyles:

If you are riding a bike to school please ensure that it is kept at the rear of the main site and that safety helmets are worn. Please ensure that you dismount your bikes once on the school premises.

 

Dates/Events:

 

TERM THREE

 

13/04

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

14/04

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

13/04

SWIMMING – CLASS NJ/LM

13/04

GYMNASTICS – CLASS FB

04/05

MAY DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

12/05

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

13-15/05

Y5 VISIT CARDIFF

15/05

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

11/06

Y4 VISIT CHESTER

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

16/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y3/4)

17/06

WREXHAM SCHOOL SPORTS (PROVISIONAL)

19/06

SCHOOL FETE

24/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

26/06

CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

02/07

MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07

LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Newsletter 26/3/15

Premises Update:

We continue to upgrade the school premises with a number of wooden structures having been built within the Foundation Phase playground. We’ve also built a partition in the ‘street’ – providing a dedicated area for Y2 pupils. The outdoor building has been improved – creating two store rooms (PE/Caretaking). The KS2 hall is due to be painted over Easter, with new curtains being installed.

 

Swimming (after Easter):

Mondays: Class LM – Gwyn Evans Pool

Tuesdays/Thursdays: Class NJ – Ysgol Clywedog

Gymnastics:

Mondays: Class FB

PE Kit:

Please can parents/carers support the school in ensuring that the children bring a PE kit in to school – white t-shirt and black shorts. The children know when they have PE/games sessions. Can you please ensure that all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

 

National Tests:

In accordance with Welsh Government regulations pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be undertaking national literacy/reading and numeracy tests next term. The tests will be administered between the 6th and 12th May. Additional pupil support will be provided where necessary.

 

End of Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 27th March, 2015.

School re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 14th April, 2015.

Monday 13th April is a Training Day – school being closed for pupils

PTA:

Unfortunately, the PTA has ceased to operate due to a lack of interest. We will operate any fundraising activities on a class/Year Group basis – inviting parents to support a range of activities.

 

Afternoon Nursery:

Could parents please use the small gate on Poplar Road – near double gates – opposite Co-Op after Easter.

 

Dates/Events:

TERM THREE

 

13/04

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

14/04

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

13/04

SWIMMING – CLASS NJ/LM

13/04

GYMNASTICS – CLASS FB

04/05

MAY DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

12/05

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

13-15/05

Y5 VISIT CARDIFF

15/05

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

11/06

Y4 VISIT CHESTER

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

16/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y3/4)

17/06

WREXHAM SCHOOL SPORTS (PROVISIONAL)

19/06

SCHOOL FETE

24/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

26/06

CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

02/07

MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07

LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Newsletter 11/03/15

Comic Relief:

On Friday 13th March the school meal service will be selling red nose cookies to help raise money for Comic Relief Fund – 50p for each cookie.

For each cookie sold at 50p the school meal service will donate 25p to the Comic Relief fund, with the remaining 25p retained to cover food costs incurred.

 

Entry To School:

Could parents/carers of pupils in Foundation Phase please ensure that their children enter the school building at the start of the school day.

 

Parent/Carer Questionnaire Feedback:

Could I thank everyone who returned the questionnaires. The results were very pleasing – indicating a high level of satisfaction with regard to nearly all the areas:

1 Overall I am satisfied with the school – 98% agreed/2% disagreed

2 My child likes this school – 100% agreed

3 My child was helped to settle in well when started at school – 98% agreed / 2% didn’t know

4 My child is making good progress at school – 98% agreed/2% disagreed

5 Pupils behave well in school – 91% agreed / 2% disagreed/ 7% didn’t know

6 The teaching is good – 98% agreed / 2% didn’t know

7 Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best – 96% agreed/ 2% disagree / 2% don’t know

8 Homework builds well on what my child learns in school – 88% agreed / 6% disagree / 6% didn’t know

9 Staff treat all children fairly and with respect – 96% agreed / 2% disagree / 2% didn’t know

10 My child is encouraged to be healthy and to take regular exercise – 91% agreed / 2% disagree / 7% don’t know

11 My child is safe at school – 96% agreed / 2% disagree / 2% didn’t know

12 My child receives appropriate additional support – 89% agreed / 2% disagree / 9% didn’t know

13 I am kept well informed about my child’s progress – 98% agreed / 2% disagreed

14 I feel comfortable about approaching the school with questions – 100% agreed

15 I understand the school’s procedure for dealing with complaints – 81% agreed / 6% disagreed / 13% didn’t know

16 The school helps my child to become more mature/responsible – 98% agreed /2% didn’t know

17 My child is well prepared for moving on to the next school – 78% agreed / 4% disagreed / 18% didn’t know

18 There is a good range of activities including trips or visits – 89% agreed / 2% disagreed / 9% didn’t know

19 The school is well run – 96% agreed / 2% disagreed / 2% didn’t know

55 questionnaires were returned.

1 return represents 2%

 

We will distribute a copy of our Complaints Policy as well as place it on the school web-site (Question 15). We will consider preparation to next school (Question 17) as we enter the summer term. We have close links with Clywedog HS and have developed an induction that involves more time being spent in the HS. Transfer to other HS depends on their induction procedures as we are not a natural feeder to these HS. We anticipated a lower agreement with regard to the question, as parents outside Years5/6 are not aware of any HS transition arrangements.

Parents made additional comments highlighting the positive ‘open door policy’, effective staff and pupil support mechanisms, along with stating that St Giles was a happy school. The questionnaires highlighted parking and parental behaviour as being areas for development.

 

Eisteddfod:

Could I thank parents for their support at the recent celebration in Church. It was a lovely celebration of Wales with the performances being a credit to both parents and school.

Eisteddfod Competition Winners:

Nursery/Reception – Freddie Cole

Year 1/ 2 – Jacob Edwards

Year 3/ 4 – Channel Somerfeld

Year 5/ 6 – Ella Kyffin

 

Fund Raising:

That you for your support in raising £617.44 for Hope House – through our ‘Superhero Challenge’ – diolch!

After School Football:

These sessions will resume next Monday – 3.15-4.15pm – pupils in Y4-6 (in the first instance)

 

Newsletter 12/01/15

Welcome:

We welcome back Donna Grassby to St Giles Primary School as our new Caretaker/Cleaner – replacing Mark (Hamish) Weir. Donna Grassby was previously the Caretaker at the infants - ten years ago. I’m sure she’ll be a great asset to St Giles.

 

Start Times:

Could I remind parents that the school doors open at 8.50am for a prompt start at 9.00am. Please ensure that children arrive on time.

 

Swimming:

After half term we will be providing the following sessions:

 

Class AJ&SW will attend Ysgol Clywedog.

These sessions will rotate between two days (two week cycle):

Week 1: : Tuesday 10.10 – 10.50

Week 2: : Thursday 11.30 – 12.10

 

Class BN will attend Gwyn Evans Swimming Pool.

Sessions will take place weekly on a Monday 10.10 – 10.50

 

A weekly contribution of £2.00 will be required to support the delivery of swimming.

Pupils will be able to wear goggles but all jewellery MUST be removed – including earrings.

 

Gymnastics:

After half term we will be providing the following sessions:

Class AG (Y6):

Sessions will take place weekly on a Monday 9.30-10.30

Class ED (Y3):

Sessions will take place weekly on a Friday 9.30-10.30

A weekly contribution of £3.00 will be required to support the delivery of gymnastics.

All jewellery MUST be removed – including earrings.

 

Nursery Admissions for September 2015:

Parents can now express their preferences and access the ‘Parent’s Guide to Education Services’ by registering with the on-line service to submit their application electronically. Parents will be able to access and amend their applications up until the closing date of 20th February, 2015.

A paper application can be downloaded and printed from the Wrexham website, or alternatively collected from ‘Contact Wrexham’, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham.

Paper applications should be returned directly the the LA Admissions Service.

Parents will receive their notification od admission from the LA by 15th May, 2015.

 

PE Kit:

Please can parents/carers support the school in ensuring that the children bring a PE kit in to school – white t-shirt and black shorts. The children know when they have PE/games sessions. Can you please ensure that all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

 

After School Clubs:

Football has ceased/stopped and will resume later in the Spring Term – when the weather improves and is lighter at night!

 

Police Notice:

The police are concerned with regard to parking around the school – particularly with regard to Barnfield, opposite the school car park entrance. I know that parking is difficult outside school but please take into account that residents need access to their properties.

 

Please remember that the school car park is NOT to be used by parents/carers.

 

Health and Safety Reminder:

Could I remind parents that they need to supervise their children at the end of the school day – particularly infant parents whilst waiting for the juniors to finish. I realise that there is a time difference between the finish times but please ensure that all children are supervised and not allowed to roam.

There continues to be an issue with regard to infant children wanting access to the junior toilets. Please note that the junior children are still working at this time and for safety reason we cannot allow open access to the toilet areas – particularly unaccompanied infant children. Please note that infant children will still have access to the infant toilets at this time – should they be needed.

 

Half Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 13th February, 2015.

School re-opens for pupils on Monday 23rd February, 2015.

 

 

ST GILES CHURCH IN WALES PRIMARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL DATES – YEARLY PLANNER

2014-15

DATE

ACTIVITY

TERM TWO

 

05/01

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

06/01

TERM STARTS

05/01

SWIMMING – CLASS BN/AJ&SW

05/01

GYMNSATICS – CLASS ED/AG

06/02

KEY STRINGS MUSIC PRESENTATION

13/02

HALF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

23/02

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

23/02

GYMNASTICS – CLASS HB

23/02

SWIMMING – CLASS LL

27/02

SCHOOL EISTEDDFOD

04-06/03

GLAN-LLYN FOR Y6

11/03

PARENTS EVENING early: 3.00pm start

12/03

PARENTS EVENING late: 5.00pm start

27/03

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

 

 

TERM THREE

 

13/04

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

14/04

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

13/04

SWIMMING – CLASS NJ/LM

13/04

GYMNASTICS – CLASS FB

04/05

MAY DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

13-15/05

Y5 TRIP TO CARDIFF

TBC

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

05/06

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

16/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y3/4)

17/06

WREXHAM SCHOOL SPORTS (PROVISIONAL)

19/06

SCHOOL FETE

24/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

26/06

CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

02/07

MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

TBC

LEAVER’S DISCO

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

 

 

 

 

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