St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 9.10.14

UNISON, GMB and UNITE Industrial Action:

The industrial action scheduled for 14th October 2014 has now been suspended – so school will operate as usual/normal.

 

SICKNESS:

Curently, we are experiencing a high number of children and staff with sickness/vomiting. Could I remind parents that the recommended period to be kept away from school is 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting.

 

FOOTBALL CARDS:

We continue to have issues with ‘MatchAttax’ in school. Could all cards please be left at home and not brought in to school. We will designate specific dates when pupils can bring the cards in to school to exchange with friends. Please ensure that you only bring cards in that you wish to exchange – when it is a designated day.

 

COMPLAINTS:

The police and local residents 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, especially with the Red Cow car park now being out of use, but please take into account that residents need access to their properties. The police are going to be using Enforcement Officers on a regular basis – so please park carefully.

 

SWIMMING:

After half term (from 3rd November) we will be providing the following sessions:

Class AG 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 HB 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 (from 3rd November) we will be providing the following sessions:

Class LT (Y4):

Sessions will take place weekly on a Monday 9.30-10.30

Class NJ (Y5):

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.

Newsletter 5/9/14

Reminder of contact details:

The school e-mail address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The school website is: http://www.stgilesschool.net/

Telephone:01978 318880 (Mrs Robinson) or 01978 318891 (Mrs Browning)

If phone lines are busy then please use email address.

This term we will be introducing a texting service – please ensure that we have your up-to-date mobile numbers.

 

Our School Day

Nursery:

Two sessions – 9.00am to 11.30am / 12.30pm to 3.00pm

Break-time is integrated into daily sessions

Children should be collected from the rear entrance to the lower end of the building (near field/soft play area). Could afternoon nursery parents please wait by the seated area.

Foundation Phase (Nursery-YearOne):

School opens at 8.50a.m. in order to start the day promptly at 9.00a.m.

Please accompany your child to the cloakroom/class entrance and do not leave children unaccompanied on the school yard.

At end of the day, Class KW parents should wait at the end of the ramp.

Foundation Phase (Year Two):

The school is open at 8.50 a.m. in order to start the day promptly at

9.00 a.m.

Please accompany your child to the classroom door (near field) – your child will be able to enter the classroom on their own – a member of staff will be in the classroom.

Foundation Phase (School Day):

9.00-9.05 Registration

10.25-10.40 Morning Break (flexible)

12.00-1.00 Lunch Time

1.00 Registration/Afternoon Session

2.10-2.20 Afternoon Break (flexible)

3.00 Home Time

Break-time is integrated into daily sessions.

Reception children can be collected from the rear entrance to the lower end of the building.

Year 1 children can be collected from the first rear entrance – within first enlosed play area.

Year 2 children can be collected from their external classroom door.

Key Stage Two (Year Three-Six):

9.00-9.05 Registration (followed by Morning Session)

10.45-11.00 Morning Break

12.25-1.25 Lunch Time

1.25 Registration/Afternoon Session

3.15 Home Time

Children should not arrive at school before 8.50 a.m. unless accompanied. If they do, the school cannot accept responsibility for their safety.

Year3/4 children should enter/leave via the doors nearest the fence.

Year 5/6 children should enter/leave through the main entrance.

 

Dinner Money:

These costs are increasing from Monday 8th September:

Infants: £2.15 a day

Juniors: £2.20 a day

Payments should be made on a Monday, in an envelope indicating days.

 

Clothing:

Please could all items be labelled clearly with your child’s name – including lunchboxes.

We are also promoting the use of school PE kit – white t-shirt and black shorts. T-shirts can be ordered/purchased from school.

We will maintain a stock of PE kit in school for those pupils who fail to bring in their own kit.

 

Premises Update:

Work is now near completion – we are still waiting for an external door to be installed into Class BN and hand rails to the ramp at the front of the school. We have installed new pupil toilets in the main site. The main entrance is also near completion and Mrs Robinson should soon be able to access the new office. Obviously, this will alter entry to the school – parents/visitors will not have direct access into the main building.

We will shortly be updating the playground areas – following consultation with our School Council last year:

developing the grassed area near the ramp (between the sites) into a quiet/reflective area

introducing seating areas around the site

covered area in the Early Years playground

wooden train to Year 1/ 2 playground

traverse wall to KS 2 playground

 

Dates for next Academic Year:

Autumn Term:

Training Day Monday 1st September

Term Opens Tuesday 2nd September

Half Term Close Thursday 23rd October

Training Day Friday 24th October

Half Term Open Monday 3rd November

Term Closes Friday 19th December

Spring Term:

Training Day Monday 5th January

Term Opens Tuesday 6th January

Half Term Close Friday 13th February

Half Term Open Monday 23rd February

Term Closes Friday 27th March

Summer Term:

Training Day Monday 13th April

Term Opens Tuesday 14th April

May Day Monday 4th May

Half Term Close Friday 22nd May

Half Term Open Monday 1st June

Term Closes Friday 17th July

Training Day Monday 20th July

Common Transfer Day

Thursday 2nd July Year 6 pupils visit High School/All other pupils visit new classes

 

Fixed Penalty Notices:

The Local Authority will have powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £60 for unauthorised absence from school with effect from September 2014. These Fixed Penalty Notices could be issued to address any unauthorised absences from school in excess of five school days in one term.

Newsletter 18/07/14

Reminder of contact details:

The school e-mail address is:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The school website is:

www.stgilesschool.net

Telephone:

01978 318880 or 01978 318891

If phone lines are busy then please use email address.

 

Summer Holidays:

School closes at the end of the day for pupils on Friday 18th July and re-opens on Tues 2nd September.

 

 

Start to Next Year (September):

School will open for all our pupils on Tuesday 2nd September.

Nursery pupils (in September) will come to school in one of two sessions – 9.00am start or 12.30pm start – parents/carers have previously been notified of session to attend

All pupils will start on the first day of term – there are NO induction periods

All pupils will need to make their way to their new classes on our return in September. Remember, the two new Year 2 classrooms are now located on the main site.

 

Our School Day

Foundation Phase:

The school is open at 8.50 a.m. in order to start the day promptly at 9.00 a.m.

Please accompany your child to the cloakroom/class entrance and do not leave them unaccompanied on the school yard.

Nursery:

Two sessions – 9.00am to 11.30am / 12.30pm to 3.00pm

Break-time is integrated into daily sessions

Children should be collected from the rear entrance to the lower end of the building (near field/soft play area).

 

Foundation Phase(Reception-Year Two):

9.00-9.05 Registration

10.25-10.40 Morning Break (flexible)

12.00-1.00 Lunch Time

1.00 Registration/Afternoon Session

2.10-2.20 Afternoon Break (flexible)

3.00 Home Time

Break-time is integrated into daily sessions.

Reception children can be collected from the rear entrance to the lower end of the building.

Year 1 children can be collected from the first rear entrance – within first enlosed play area.

Year 2 children can be collected from their external classroom doors.

Please do not be late for your child as this can cause distress. Please ensure that the school knows if a different adult is collecting your child.

 

Key Stage Two (Year Three-Six):

9.00-9.05 Registration (followed by Morning Session)

10.45-11.00 Morning Break

12.25-1.25 Lunch Time

1.25 Registration/Afternoon Session

3.15 Home Time

Children should not arrive at school before 8.50 a.m. unless accompanied. If they do, the school cannot accept responsibility for their safety.

 

Dinner Money:

At the moment costs are as follows:

Infants: £2.10 a day

Juniors: £2.15 a day

Payments should be made on a Monday, in an envelope indicating days.

 

National Tests:

In accordance with Welsh Government regulations pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 have undertaken national literacy/reading and numeracy tests. These results will be distributed as soon as they become available.

 

Home Readers:

Could I remind all parents/carers please to return all ‘Home Readers’ to school prior to the summer holiday

 

Clothing:

Please ensure that all items of school clothing are labelled with your child’s name in September

We are also promoting the use of school PE kit – white t-shirt and black shorts. T-shirts can be ordered/purchased from school.

We will maintain a stock of PE kit in school for those pupils who fail to bring in their own kit.

 

Stationery:

All children from Year 1-6 are able to bring pencil cases to school. However, this is not essential – as we will provide equipment in class. If items are brought in then it should be basic equipment – pencils (range of colours), eraser, sharpener, ruler.

Parking:

Could parents and visitors please take care when parking at school. Residents in Barnfield, opposite the school car park entrance, are concerned with regard to the number of cars parking outside their homes and on the pavements. I know that parking is difficult outside school but please take into account that residents need access to their properties.

 

PE Curriculum:

Swimming: we will continue to use Gwyn Evans for Y2/3/4 and Ysgol Clywedog for Y5/6 over the year – sessions will be divided between the classes.

Gymnastics: we will continue to take Y3-6 to the Olympic Gym in Queensway next year. These gymnastic sessions will provide an added dimension to our curriculum and provide a purpose built environment. We will distribute a timetable on our return in September.

 

Premises Update:

Work still needs to be completed on the old Foundation Phase entrance roof and hall. Therefore, entry to this area will continue to be restricted.

The new reception area/office on entry to the current Key Stage Two site is nearing completion.

The new Y2 classroom towards the field end of the KS2 site are also in the final stages.

We still anticipate that the upgrades will be completed prior to the start of the new academic year in September.

 

 

Dates for next Academic Year:


Autumn Term:

Training Day Monday 1st September

Term Opens Tuesday 2nd September

Half Term Close Thursday 23rd October

Training Day Friday 24th October

Half Term Open Monday 3rd November

Term Closes Friday 19th December

 

Spring Term:

Training Day Monday 5th January

Term Opens Tuesday 6th January

Half Term Close Friday 13th February

Half Term Open Monday 23rd February

Term Closes Friday 27th March

 

Summer Term:

Training Day Monday 13th April

Term Opens Tuesday 14th April

May Day Monday 4th May

Half Term Close Friday 22nd May

Half Term Open Monday 1st June

Term Closes Friday 17th July

Training Day Monday 20th July

Common Transfer Day

Thursday 2nd July Year 6 pupils visit High School/All other pupils visit new classes

 

 

Fixed Penalty Notices:

The Local Authority will have powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £60 for unauthorised absence from school with effect from September 2014. These Fixed Penalty Notices could be issued to address any unauthorised absences from school in excess of five school days in one term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 02.07.14

Strike Action:

On 10th July, 2014, UNISON, UNITE, GMB and the NUT will be taking industrial action. Whilst all efforts are being made to maintain essential services to children and young people, the industrial action will mean that we will be partially open to pupils on this day.

The following classes will be open as usual:

Early Entitlement  (am) – with Mrs Rawlinson

Nursery (am) – Class LT

Reception – Class HP & Class KW

Year One – Class JR

Year Two – Class BN

Year Three – Class HB

Year Four – Class LT & Class LM

Year Five/Six – Class AG

Resource Provision – Class ALW

Unfortunately, pupils in all other classes will not be able to attend school on this day.

Also Breakfast Club will be closed along with our canteen. Therefore, all pupils need a packed lunch.

After School Club will operate as usual.

 

Year Six Leaver’s Disco:

This event is scheduled to take place on the same day as the strike. Therefore, we will need confirmation that your child will still be attending this event, as two of the three Y5/6 classes will not be in school on this day. We will consider changing the date if the majority of Y6 parents do not want to bring their children in, following non-attendance due to the strike. Could parents please send a letter in to school indicating if they are still willing to attend the Leavers Disco or not.

 

Premises Update:

Work still needs to be completed on the old Foundation Phase entrance roof and hall. Therefore, entry to this area will continue to be restricted.

The new reception area/office on entry to the current Key Stage Two site is nearing completion.

The new Y2 classroom towards the field end of the KS2 site are also in the final stages.

We still anticipate that the upgrades will be completed prior to the summer holidays.

 

Moving-Up Day:

As noted above, the new classrooms won’t be available for Thursday. Therefore, ClassBN will continue to be located upstairs, on the KS2 site.

Mr Goodchild will locate his group of children within the practical area.

On this day all children should initially go to their current classes – they will then be taken to their new class. Please remember that our prospective reception class (current nursery) will attend school all day on this date – staying for lunch

Children will leave from their new classes

 

Weather:

Remember that as the weather improves your child may need sunscreen – please apply prior to coming to school – they should also have a water bottle.

 

Year Six Leaver’s Service:

This will now take place on Wednesday 16th July.

There will be two concerts, taking place at 9.30am and 2.00pm, for Year 6 parents.

 

Bicycles/Scooters:

Could parents please supervise their children when riding bicycles and scooters after school. These should only be used after leaving the premises. It is also advisable to take them home during the day and not leave them in the bin enclosure.

 

End of Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 18th July, 2014.

School re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 2nd September, 2014.

 

 

Dates/Events:

10/07 YEAR 6 LEAVER’S DISCO

11/07 REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

16/07 LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

18/07 END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

21/07TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Newsletter 19/06/14

Premises Update:

Work still needs to be completed on the old Foundation Phase entrance roof and external access to the hall. Therefore, entry to this area will continue to be restricted.

The builders have nearly completed the work on the new reception area/ office to the current Key Stage Two site. This development will improve safety to the site – with no unauthorised visitors being able to access the main building.

The builders are aiming to complete the work on the creation of two new Y2 classrooms in the next three weeks.

 

Moving-Up Day:

This will take place on Thursday 3rd July. The building updates, identified above, may  not have been completed by this date. Therefore, we will have to adapt our approach for our Y5/6 classes.

 

Class Structure Next Year:

We continue to invest heavily in staffing and in reducing pupil:teacher ratios. From September we will be operating a two form entry system across the school – with the creation of two Year 5 classes and two Year 6 classes.

 

Weather:

Remember that as the weather improves your child may need sunscreen – please apply prior to coming to school – they should also have a water bottle.

 

Clothing:

School uniform is available from both sites. Please ensure that all items of school clothing are labelled with your child’s name in September

We are also promoting the use of school PE kit – white t-shirt and black shorts.

 

Assistance with secondary (High School) uniform:

Wrexham Council has agreed to continue with Uniform Grants (up to £35 per pupil) to the support children who will be in Y7 onwards, from the start of the Autumn Term 2014.

The Welsh Government will continue to fund its own, means tested, scheme for the same children up to the value of £105.

Information is available from Mrs Robinson, school secretary.

 

PE Curriculum:

Swimming: it is our intention to continue to use Gwyn Evans for Years 2-4 and Ysgol Clywedog for Years 5-6.We intend to reduce the number of sessions for Years 5-6 – as the introduction of Year 2 swimming sessions moves through KS2. Hopefully, all pupils will be able to swim by the time they reach these year groups.

Gymnastics: we will make every effort to continue to use the Olympic Gym in Queensway next year – for Years 2-6.

 

Early Entitlement:

This provision has recently been inspected by Estyn and graded as:

Standards: Good / Wellbeing: Good / Learning Experiences: Good / Teaching Good / Care, support and guidance: Good / Learning environment: Good / Leadership: Good / Improving quality: Good / Partnership working: Excellent / Resource management: Good.

This is a good report and ackonwledges the excellent work undertaken by Mrs Rawlinson – providing an effective introduction to St Giles.

 

End of Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 18th July, 2014.

School will open for all our pupils on Tuesday 2nd September.

Nursery pupils (in September) will come to school in one of two sessions – 9.00am start or 12.30pm start – parents/carers have previously been notified of session to attend

All pupils will start on the first day of term – there are NO induction periods.

All pupils will need to make their way to their new classes on our return in September. Remember, Class BN and Class LL, will need to enter school through the main entrance, as both classes will be located on the old KS2 site.

 

Fixed Penalty Notices:

The Local Authority will have powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £60 for unauthorised absence from school with effect from September 2014. These Fixed Penalty Notices could be issued to address any unauthorised absences from school in excess of five school days in one term.

 

Dates/Events:

Tomorrow:

School Summer Fete taking place at school – starting at 3.00pm – please support this event. KS2 children, that are not attending the fete, will be kept on-site until 3.15pm (our usual finishing time) – they will then be dismissed as usual.

 

24/06 KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

27/06 CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

03/07 MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

10/07  YEAR 6 LEAVER’S DISCO

11/07  REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

16/07  LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6) – Please note change of date

18/07  END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

21/07TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

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