St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 05.12.14

Update:

The school has been approached by the Local Authority to request my support (for a few weeks) in assisting another school within the Wrexham area. You can be assured that this will have minimal impact on St Giles as I will travel between both sites on a daily basis. Mr Goodchild and Mrs Pugh will continue to deal with any immediate issues, and Mrs Weeks will be able to support any pupil ‘well-being’ concerns. I will still be available to deal with the usual issues that occur at St Giles and be on-site every day. Mrs Robinson will arrange any parental meetings at a mutually convenient time.

You can also make contact by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Festive/Christmas Jumper Day:

On Friday 12th December the children will be allowed to wear a festive jumper/accessory by donating £1.00 towards “Save the Children”.

 

Christmas Fair:

Could I thank all parents/carers for their support – the PTA raised £657.

 

Christmas Productions:

Please ensure that you keep to the number of tickets as we anticipate that the hall will be full. Failure to produce a ticket may result in you missing the performance and having to attend Church on Friday 19th December. For Health and Safety reasons we are unable to accommodate any additional parents/family members.

 

Remember, all pupils will remain in school at the end of the normal day when there is a concert at 4.00pm. These pupils will need to be collected from the KS2 site at 5.00pm by an adult. No pupil will be allowed to walk home alone.

 

Christmas Lunch:

This date has changed and will now take place on 10th December, 2014.

 

General Information:

Could I remind parents/carers to take care when posting information relating to school on ‘Facebook’ or on any similar media site. If the Governing Body find that inappropriate comments are posted then legal advice will be sought.

 

Could I also remind parents that inappropriate behaviour on the school grounds will not be tolerated. Once again, if the Governing Body find that inappropriate behaviour is exhibited then legal advice will be sought.

 

Please remember that if you have any concerns relating to your child then please speak to the teacher in the first instance , and not the parent or child.

 

The school car park is for staff use only and taxis – we are unable to allow parents to park in this area. Some parents are risking the safety of both children and parents by using this entrance – remember that this entrance is also a pedestrian access/exit point. Some parents (driving vehicles) are entering the area too fast and reversing out of the car park – with limited visibility. The police will be informed of any vehicles causing a health & safety risk. The safety of your children is paramount so please don’t be offended if you are spoken to/approached by a member of staff.

 

 

Fraser Darlington

 

Governors' Annual Report to Parents.

The Governors' Annual Report to Parents can be found here.

Newsletter 18.11.14

Non-Uniform Day:

We will be holding a non-uniform day in return for a bottle on Thursday 20th November. These bottles will then be used at the Christmas Fair to raise funds for the school. Please ensure that all bottles are new and unopened.

Christmas Fair:

This will take place on Friday 21st November – starting at 3.00pm – all pupils will finish school at this time. If there are any issues with this early finishing time for KS2 then please let us know.

Please support this event.

 

Christmas Productions:

Ticket Allocation:

All tickets will be available from Wednesday 26th November

Early Years: Tuesday 9th December (2.00pm), Wednesday 10th December (9.30am & 2.00pm)

Reception parents will receive two tickets per concert/per family

Nursery parents will receive two tickets for either the morning or afternoon concert – depending on which session their child attends.

Year1/2: Thursday 11th December (9.30am & 4.00pm), Friday 12th December (2.00pm)

Tickets are restricted to two tickets per concert/per family.

Year 3/4 and Resourced Provision: Tuesday 16th December (9.30am & 4.00pm)

Tickets are restricted to two tickets per concert/per family.

Year 5/6 and Resourced Provision: Thursday 18th December (9.30am & 4.00pm)

Tickets are restricted to two tickets per concert/per family.

Whole School Concert (Parish Church):Friday 19th December (10.00am)

The whole school concert is open to all parents.

No tickets required – please support this event.

 

Please ensure that you keep to the number of tickets as we anticipate that the hall will be full. Failure to produce a ticket may result in you missing the performance and having to attend Church on Friday 19th December. For Health and Safety reasons we are unable to accommodate any additional parents/family members.

 

All pupils will remain in school at the end of the normal day when there is a concert at 4.00pm. These pupils will need to be collected from the KS2 site at 5.00pm by an adult. No pupil will be allowed to walk home alone.

 

Christmas Lunch:

This will take place on Tuesday 9th December, 2014.

 

After School Club: Football

This after school club will be extended to Year 4 pupils from Monday 24th November. The session operates from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

 

General Information:

Could I remind parents/carers to take care when posting information relating to school on ‘Facebook’ or on any similar media site. If the Governing Body find that inappropriate comments are posted then legal advice will be sought.

 

Could I also remind parents that inappropriate behaviour on the school grounds will not be tolerated. Once again, if the Governing Body find that inappropriate behaviour is exhibited then legal advice will be sought.

 

The police are also concerned with regard to the growing use of ‘Snapchat’ and ‘Instagram’ by children under the age of thirteen. On occasions, inappropriate material is displayed that is causing offence. This is an issue across Brtain, not just Wrexham.

 

School Grants:

As a school we receive additional funding that is linked to pupil deprivation. Under the terms and conditions of this grant we need to publish details of how we have allocated/spent this funding. Therefore, we’ve concluded that the most appropriate way of adhering to this request/condition is by notifying parents through this newsletter:

 

PUPIL DEPRIVATION GRANT: ALLOCATION £66,096

1. Home-School Liaison Officer

Increase admin hours to incorporate role – monitor school attendance and liaise with parents where issues occur – work closely with ESW

2. SAP Groups

Employ two teachers and two TAs to deliver sessions on a weekly basis (one hour sessions).

3. Emotional Support

Engage a trained counsellor to support identified pupils with social/emotional needs.

4. Forest School

Employ three TAs to deliver sessions to identified pupils.

5. Art/Music Project

Employ an artist/musician to deliver sessions to identified pupils.

6. Pupil Support

Employ 0.4 teacher to support intervention/ booster groups. Identified pupils to be supported in literacy/numeracy.

7. Intervention Groups

Employ two TAs 26.25 hours/week to support identified pupils in aspects of literacy/numeracy

9. SALT Sessions

TA to support identified pupils 30mins a day

10. Purchase of ‘iPads’ to support ‘Booster Groups’ in literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Provide modern approach to learning with use of games to support knowledge of key basic concepts

 

 

Weather Reminder:

Every effort will be made to open the school as normal during bad/poor weather. However, we have to ensure that there are safe routes around the school.

Remember that should the weather deteriorate then arrangements have been made for information regarding any school closure to be placed on the Council’s Website. Therefore, we will place the school’s name on this website should we have to close. The website can be found at:

www.wrexham.gov.uk/schoolclosures

We will also place any information on the school’s website at:

http://www.stgilesschool.net/

As a parent/carer it is your decision on whether it is appropriate/safe to make the journey to school – if school is open.

Please refrain from phoning school – as we will be unable to answer all calls – it can also be annoying if you can’t get a reply – just check the website. If you don’t have access to the Internet then please arrange to phone a friend who does.

Could I thank you in anticipation of your support – hopefully we won’t have to close the school.

If the weather deteriorates during the day then – once again we will place any closure on the Council Website. We will also phone parents to notify of any early closure. Staff will remain on the premises as long as possible – up to the end of the school day – to ensure that all children are collected safely.

Breakfast/After School Club will not operate if the weather deteriorates – this will enable staff to have a longer time to arrive at school in the morning and leave at a sensible time at the end of the day. Once again, this information will appear on the websites noted above.

 

 

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.

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