St Giles Primary School News
Premises September 2014
As a school we are continually seeking to improve the educational experiences for our pupils. As you are aware, we have been attempting to move to a two-form entry system as our numbers increase. To accommodate these changes the Local Authority will be upgrading the site this academic year – starting next Monday.
We will be creating two Y2 classes on the current KS2 site – one will be located where the Resourced Provision currently is and the other will be created by joining the storerooms and caretaker’s room at the far end of the ‘street’. This will create a purpose built area that will enable both Y2 classes to work together, have sink areas and access to the outside
The Resourced Provision will move to the Foundation Phase site, being located in an area that will be created near the current main entrance to this site. The current office on the Foundation Phase site will be removed, as well as one of the hall storerooms, to create this learning area.
This development will result in all parents having to visit a new main office that will be created as you enter the KS2 site – currently a carpeted area. Both secretaries will be located in this area. It will also create a safer entrance to the building, restricting adult access to a confined area rather than providing open access to the KS2 site.
The adaptations to the Foundation Phase site will create an additional teaching/learning area for Y1 pupils, enhancing opportunities for continuous provision.
These adaptations will create a much improved learning environment and allow us to keep our two school halls. It will also enhance the ‘one school’ philosophy as we move away from infant and junior sites.
Work will commence on Monday 10th March on the Foundation Phase site. This will mean that the main entrance, on this site, will be out of use, as well as the school hall. Current nursery pupils will now enter/exit the building at the rear of the school – entrance near field/seated canopy. Mrs Browning will be located in the office opposite her previous base. This office can be accessed via the first rear entrance to the Foundation Phase site. We’ll place a temporary doorbell on this door. Parents are also welcome to see Mrs Robinson on the KS2 site – if this is easier.
After School Club will be located in the KS2 hall during these renovations – accessed through the rear doors to the hall – back of the building. Could I remind parents that pupils need to be booked in to access this provision.
Once work has been completed on the Foundation Phase site then the builders will move to KS2.
I hope that this letter explains the situation, if not, then feel free to arrange an appointment with myself. We will be holding an ‘Open Morning’ prior to the end of the Summer Term, so that you can see the teaching and learning environment.
All Classes – except ClassBN
These will take place on Tuesday 11th March (starting straight after school) and Wednesday 12th March (starting at approximately 5.00pm). To book a timeslot please complete the sheets/forms available in the Infant (Foundation Phase) Hall and KS2 Foyer Area. These sheets/forms will be available to complete from Tuesday 4th March to Friday 7th March. If you are unable to visit school to book a timeslot then feel free to phone either school secretary.
Due to a hospital appointment Mrs Nadin will only be operating one session on Wednesday 12th March from 3.00pm until 7.00pm. Should this session not be convenient then please arrange a suitable time directly with Mrs Nadin.
Eisteddfod/St David’s Day Celebration:
We will be celebrating St. David’s Day with an Eisteddfod on Friday 7th March. The Eisteddfod will involve each class performing an activity based on a Welsh theme, as well as the school choir performing some Welsh songs – including the Welsh national anthem. The children will also have the opportunity to dress in traditional Welsh costume or Welsh colours on this day. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate parents at this event.
World Book Day:
We won’t be celebrating this event this week due to Y3/4 being on a trip to Cadbury World on Thursday and the children wearing a colour linked to Wales on Friday.
We will celebrate World Book Day on another occasion – with the children being encouraged to dress as a character from a book/novel that they have enjoyed. We will let you know the date in due course.