St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 05/02/16


Internet Safety

Thank you to those parents who supported us by attending PC Yvette Jacksons’ presentation about internet safety.

It has again, recently been brought to our attention that some pupils are accessing inappropriate materials on the internet, out of school which is having a negative affect on pupils in school. Please can you support us by checking the terms and conditions of the various sites your children use and that they are suitable for your child’s age group.

 

P.E.

Please could pupils ensure they have the appropriate kit including footwear in school for PE lessons. It is important that pupils have a change of clothing for health and safety and hygeine reasons.

 

Health and Safety

It is the policy in St Giles that pupils who have pierced ears wear stud earrings for safety reasons. We appreciate your support with this.

 

Year 6 Hoodies

Last year many Year 6 pupils purchased hoodies with the names of the year group. If they were purchased in the school colour-navy pupils would be able to wear them during the Summer Term. Any parent interested in organising this please see Mrs Robinson for details.

 

Early Education

If you have a child who has had their third birthday this term you would be able to apply for a place in E.E. after Easter. The sessions are 9-11.30am daily. For further information, please contact Mrs L Rawlinson.

 

Themed School Dinners

There will be a special themed lunch to celebrate

Chinese New Year on Monday February 8th

St Davids Day on Tuesday March 1st

 

Dates

Year 4 pupils to visit Tan y Graig Farm and Ty Mawr- February 26th

Half Term-School closes Friday 12th February and opens Monday 22nd February

Easter Break- School Closes Thursday March 24th

School Opens-Tuesday April 12th

 

Parents Evenings

Monday 21st March-5pm

Tuesday 22nd March-3.30pm

 

Diolch

 

Applications open for educational panel

Parents and professionals are invited to join an education panel which will help make important decisions on admissions and exclusions.

Wrexham County Borough Council has opened applications for its education panel, which decides on appeals from parents against school admissions or exclusions.

Being a panel member can be a rewarding experience for anyone who may have free time and wants to contribute to their community.

No experience is required, but applications from members of the public, current and former education professionals and school governors are welcome – as well as applications from parents of children currently attending school.

The panel considers cases from parents who may appeal to the independent panel if their child has been refused a place at their preferred school, or permanently excluded.

Three or five members are selected for each hearing from the pool of panel members for each appeal.

Full training will be provided for new members, and clerks are present throughout hearings to give legal advice.

The work is unpaid, but panel members will have their travel expenses reimbursed.

Cllr Michael Williams, Lead Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “We would encourage anyone who may be interested in joining the panel to get in touch – it is a very rewarding post and panel members provide an indispensable independent viewpoint.”

Anyone interested in becoming a panel member may contact Ffion Williams at Wrexham Council’s Corporate and Customer Services Department on 01978 292228 (Wednesdays and Thursdays) or Matthew Foster on 01978 292243 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays).

Alternatively, please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

The closing date is February 29, 2016.

Newsletter 18/01/16

Welcome back and we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Branching Out Family Group

This group is held on a Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm. It is being well attended by parents throughout the school and they would welcome any new members. The group is run by Mrs L Rawlinson and the members themselves decide on the weekly activities. There is a free crèche and refreshments are provided.

Lost Property

There is a large amount of lost property in the Foundation Department. This will be on display in the entrance for parents to reclaim items belonging to their child.

Please can we remind you to label your child’s belongings

Health and Safety

Could we remind you all that dogs are not allowed on school premises due to health and safety reasons.

Hometime

Please could all parents ensure that their children are supervised after 3pm. Unfortunately last week our ‘Trinity Garden’, that the children and staff had worked hard to develop, was dismantled.

Car Park

Please could we remind parents not to park on school premises. This is for the use of staff cars and taxis of pupils in the Resourced Provision. Can we also remind parents and pupils to ensure they walk through the fenced pedestrian area and not through the car park itself.

Litter

There is a problem with  litter on the yard at the end of the school day. Please can you encourage your child to place wrappers in the bins provided in order to keep our school environment clean and tidy.

Mobile Phones

Further to the letter sent out to Y2-6 parents and the presentation by PC Jackson to those pupils and parents we are looking to review our policy. We will keep you informed and updated of any changes. Any Parent who has concerns is welcome to speak to H. Pugh.

Pupil information

Can any data information records that have not been returned be handed into school as soon as possible. We need current contact numbers for all pupils .

Thank you to those who have returned the email reply slips.  We are currently in the process of updating the information on the school system. If you have not yet returned it could you please do so.

Dates

Year 1 pupils to visit Frankie and Bennys January 26th//and February 2nd

Year 4 pupils to visit Tan y Graig Farm and Ty Mawr-January 27th and February 26th

Half Term-School closes Friday 12th February and opens Monday 22nd February

 

Diolch

Newsletter 20/11/15

ST GILES PRIMARY SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER

20.11.15

Data Collection

We are updating our pupil information records. A form is attached to this letter for you to complete. We need up to date contact details for all pupils. Please return your form by Friday November 27th.

 

Non-Uniform Day:

We will be holding a non-uniform day in return for a bottle on Wednesday 2nd December. 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 Thursday 3rdDecember– 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.If any parents are able to help with this event please complete the slip below and leave with your class teacher.

 

Christmas Productions:

Ticket Allocation:

All tickets will be available from Friday 27th November

Early Years: Tuesday 8th December (2.00pm), Wednesday 9th December (9.30am & 2.00pm)

Reception parents will receive two tickets per concert/per family

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

Year1/2: Thursday 10th December (9.30am & 4.00pm), Friday 11th December (2.00pm)

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

Year 3/4 and Resourced Provision: Tuesday 15th December (9.30am & 4.00pm)

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

Year 5/6 and Resourced Provision: Wednesday 16th December (9.30am & 4.00pm)

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

Whole School Concert (Parish Church): Friday 18th 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 Friday 11th December, 2015.The cost is £2.20 Foundation Phase/£2.25 KS2.  Please send the money in an envelope with your child’s name and class on it by Friday 4th December.

 

Breakfast Club

Following a ‘drop in’ inspection the Breakfast Club in St Giles School was found to be an ‘outstanding flagship Breakfast Club’ of which they are extremely proud. We would like to congratulate all the staff and thank them for their hard work.

Health and Safety

It has been brought to our attention that there have been incidents where grapes have  been a choking hazard –particularly for children under 5. It is suggested that grapes are cut into 4 pieces in order to prevent this happening. We wish to make parents aware of this in order to prevent an incident happening in St Giles.

 

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 Britain, 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 £90,600

Family Learning Group:

Employ 2 TAs to deliver sessions and TA to operate crèche facility for two afternoons a week (Term2/3)

Home-School Liaison Officer

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

Parent/School Liaison Officer

TA to be employed for 10hrs/week to address any general parental enquiries relating to school procedures/concerns

SAP Groups

Employ two teachers and two TAs to deliver sessions on a weekly basis (one hour sessions). Pupils to be identified through PASS data – as well as FSM data.

Pupil Support

Employ 0.6 teacher to support intervention/ booster groups. Identified pupils to be supported in literacy/numeracy (‘Catch-Up’/’Blitz’/’Phonics’)

Intervention Groups

Employ three TAs 15hrs /week to support identified pupils in aspects of literacy/numeracy/well-being

SALT Sessions

TA to support identified pupils 30mins a day

Nurture Group

Employ four TA to deliver sessions on a weekly basis.

School Buddies:

Identify pupils to support other pupils on transfer or related to specific issues

Forest School

Employ 2 TAs to deliver sessions to FSM/ vulnerable pupils – three afternoons a week

Art/Music Project

Employ an artist/musician to deliver sessions to vulnerable pupils three times a year (6 days per term)

Lunch Time Support

Employ additional DRA at Foundation Phase and KS2

Fidget Kit – aids to help divert anxiety

Resource Books – ASD/Sensory Circuits

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. 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 3/11.15

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.

We have now introduced a texting service – please ensure that we have your up-to-date mobile numbers and emails.

 

Early Education

If your child is 3years of age this term they would be able to apply for a place in Early Education. This begins in January and will take place each morning form 9-11.30am. Please see Mrs Rawlinson for more information.

Safeguarding pupils entering school

Pupils have now had time to settle into their new classes and routines. In order to encourage pupils in Years 2 -Y6 to become more independent and as a safeguarding priority we are requesting that parents leave their children at the main entrance. If parents need to pass messages on to the class teacher please speak to staff on duty or Mrs Robinson the secretary. We thank you in anticipation of your cooperation with this.

 

We have lots of exciting activities, performances and educational visits to enhance the pupils learning during this half term.

Dates

4-11-15-Rhymes Rockets CBeebies-Rec-Y1

5-11-15- Bonfire themed school dinner

6-11-15-Pupils in Reception/Y1/Y2 classes will be receiving Flu vaccinations

11-11-15- Y4 to Dangerpoint

17-11-15-Y5 to Childwell Synogogue,Liverpool

26-11-15-Y3-Egyptian Treasure Workshop in School

2-12-15-Non Uniform-Bring a Bottle

3-12-15-Coverdale Puppet Show

3-12-15-Christmas Fair-3pm

8-12-15-Early Years Christmas Concert-9.30/2.15

9-12-15-Early Years Christmas Concert-9.30

10-12-15 –Y1/2 Christmas Concert-9.30/4.00

11-12-15-Christmas Lunch

15-12-15-Y3/4 Christmas Concert-9.30/4.00

16-12-15-Y5/6 Christmas Concert-9.30/4.00

18-12-15-Whole School Christmas Concert in St Giles Church

 

Autumn Term:

Half Term Open       Monday 2nd November

Term Closes               Friday 18th December

 

Spring Term:

Training Day              Monday 4th January

Term Opens               Tuesday 5th January

Half Term Close       Friday 12th February

Half Term Open       Monday 22nd February

Term Closes               Thursday 24th March

 

Summer Term:

Training Day              Monday 11th April

Term Opens               Tuesday 12th April

May Day                     Monday 2nd May

Half Term Close       Friday 27th May

Half Term Open       Monday 6th June

Training Day              Friday 24th June

Term Closes               Wednesday 20th July

 

Common Transfer Day

Thursday 7th July               Year 6 pupils visit High School/

All other pupils visit new classes

 

Diolch

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