St Giles Primary School News

Shire Horse Visit

On Friday we are holding a non-school uniform day to raise funds for the Erddig Shire Horse Appeal. The shire horses Jerry and Claire will be coming to school Friday morning to see everyone and share stories about their history as working horses. To come in non-school uniform we are asking for a minimum donation of £1. For each £1 brought in your child’s name will be entered into a prize draw. Prizes include two family tickets for Erddig (visit shire horses Jerry and Claire at home in their stables!) Also a £15 gift voucher for the Entertainer, tickets for Round the Twist, and more. The raffle will be drawn and prizes distributed on Friday. It will be a great opportunity for the children to see these beautiful animals up close. The event has been organised by our Chair of Governors Jane Redfern Jones.


“THE PIED PIPER” AT THE BRINDLEY, RUNCORN

AUDITIONS

for

“THE PIED PIPER” AT THE BRINDLEY, RUNCORN

Male and female    Age range 8 - 21   Dancers/Singers/Actors

NEW MUSICAL BY WRITER/PRODUCER OF “HER BENNY” & “PETER PAN”

AUDITIONS will be held at The Brindley

On Saturday 7thMay 2016

(Additional audition date Sunday 8th May 2016 11am at Castlefields Community Centre for anyone unable to attend on Saturday 7th )

On Saturday 7th performers under 16 years of age need to register at 10.00am and those 16 & over at 3.00pm

Anne Dalton from ABD Productions is searching for junior ensemble from age 8 upwards to play a variety of characters in her brand new musical version of “The Pied Piper”.

Older performers are invited to support the visiting adult professional company as the adult ensemble and also fill several adult character roles.  A variety of dance styles is necessary together with the ability to act and sing in ensemble.

Several large junior teams and one senior team will be needed for this exciting new production. Would–be performers must check their holiday dates against show dates prior to audition. Those who are successful will be required to pay a one-off show charge of £40 plus a small sub of £1 per rehearsal to cover costs of rehearsals, tuition, lyric books, CDs, costumes etc.  There will be no other charges to take part in the production.

SHOW DATES AND REHEARSALS

“The Pied Piper” will be staged at The Brindley at the beginning of the summer holidays, from Thursday 28th July – Sunday 31st July with a mixture of matinee and evening performances. Tech/dress rehearsals will be held on 26th and 27th July.  We do not envisage that any time off school will be needed.  Rehearsals will be held  mainly on Sundays plus a couple of days in half-term – see attached list.

Performers under 16 years of age need to register at 10.00am and those over 16 at 3.00pm. Auditionees need to come in comfortable clothing, appropriate footwear and bring drinks and some lunch. They should not bring backing tracks or prepared pieces.

General Information

  • Youngsters under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult to register at 10.00am prompt. At 2.30pm they will be informed whether their youngster is through to the afternoon session. Those who are not through will be thanked and released.
  • Last time the auditions took several hours. We have known 300 youngsters arrive in the past and you will appreciate it presents difficulties for even the best run organisation to process and audition such numbers successfully. We do ask that parents/guardians are patient.
  • Please do not bring valuables to the audition. We cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.
  • ALL AT ABD LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND WISH YOU “GOOD LUCK” FOR YOUR AUDITION.

Contact details.

ABD Productions, 68 Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick, Lancs. L40 9QS.

Telephone: 01704 880607/01704 889360/07967 656351/07814 618531

 

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THE PIED PIPER – THE BRINDLEY, RUNCORN

Audition date Saturday 7th May 2016 at The Brindley, Runcorn

Additional date Sunday 8th May 2016 at Castlefields Community Centre for anyone unable to attend Saturday 7th.

PROPOSED REHEARSAL DATES Please note not everyone may be required on all dates.  Additional dates may be added if necessary.

Rehearsal venues: Castlefields Community Centre plus others TBA. (Rehearsal times to be confirmed but probably 10am-6pm)

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Thursday 2nd June 2016 (half-term)

Friday 3rd June 2016 (half-term)

Saturday 4th June 2016

Sunday 12th June 2016

Sunday 26th June 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016

Friday 22nd July 2016

Monday 25th July 2016

 

Tuesday 26th July 2016 Tech & Dress Rehearsals at The Brindley

Wednesday 27th July 2016 Tech & Dress Rehearsals at The Brindley

PERFORMANCE DATES

Thursday 28th July 2016 1.30pm & 7pm

Friday 29th July 2016 1.30pm & 7pm

Saturday 30th July 2016 1.30pm & 7pm

Sunday 31st July 2016 1.30pm & 7pm

Performances for juniors will be split between several teams.  Senior ensemble will take part in all the performances.

 

PLEASE DO NOT AUDITION UNLESS YOU ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THE REHEARSAL DATES AND PERFORMANCE DATES.

Estyn Inspection

Dear Parents,

 

St Giles School is being inspected by Estyn. This will take place between Monday May 9th and Thursday May 12th.

There is guide attached providing information about the inspection and the questionnaire you are invited to complete.  The questionnaire is completed online. We are providing the opportunity for parents to access the Estyn website in school. This will take place during the Branching Out session on Wednesday 13th April.If any parent  is unable to attend at this time and wishes to do so please contact Mrs Browning or Mrs Robinson and we will arrange a more convenient time.

The Inspectors will hold a meeting for parents to express their views of the school on Monday 9th May between 3.45 and 4.45pm.

Diolch

H.Pugh

Acting Headteacher

 

Link for questionaire: https://vir.estyn.gov.uk

 

 

Newsletter 20/03/16

Message from Ian Lucas

Over the Easter holidays Techniquest Glyndŵr will be running a pop-up exhibition on Priory Street, Wrexham, in an empty shop between Island Green and the town centre. The temporary attraction will house a section of the world’s biggest scientific experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This touring exhibition is on loan from the Science Technology Facilities Council and celebrates the UK’s involvement in the ground-breaking research which is under way at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Switzerland. Further information can be found at:

 

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/events/stfc-events/large-hadron-collider-roadshow/

 

Techniquest Glyndŵr will also have some interactive exhibits, buskers demonstrating science in a fun way, a range of challenges and a small shop with scientific toys and curiosities.

There will also be some information about local employers, educational opportunities and STEM Professional Institutes.

 

The exhibition will aim to have something of interest for all ages and will be open 10.30-16.00 daily (except Sundays) from Friday 25th March to Saturday 9th April.

 

Attendance

In order to further highlight the importance of regular attendance we will be holding meetings for parents after the Easter holidays.

They will take place on Thursday 14th April at 9.15 and 2.30 in the KS2 hall.

In our newsletters we will be publishing the average attendance for the key stage. It is vital that you support us by ensuring your child attends school regularly.

This term the attendance was

Foundation Phase

Key Stage 2

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Autumn Term

Spring Term

90.7    %

88.1%

94       %

92.7  %

 

 

 

 

There is a significant difference between the attendance in Foundation Phase and Key Stage. Please can you help us minimise this by ensuring your child attends school regularly in all year groups.

 

Medical appointments

If your child has a medical or dental appointment could you ensure that they attend school before and after the appointment otherwise the absence will be unauthorised.

Reminder

Thank you to those parents who are supporting us by ensuring their child/children arrive on time-ready to be registered at 9.00am and making sure absences are kept to a minimum.

 

Reminder of contact details:

It is really important that you inform school if your child is absent in order for the absence to be authorised.

It is a legal duty for parents/carers to ensure their children of compulsory school age attend regularly and inform school of any absences. The Local Authority will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to parents/carers who fail to adhere to this. Please inform school of absences via telephone, email or letter.

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.

 

Parent contact details

Please can you ensure that school has at least 2 up to date contact numbers for your child/children. This is important in case of emergencies which may arise.

Staff Update

We are really pleased that Mr Goodchild is now in good health and will return to school following the Easter holiday. He will be teaching the Year 5 class.

Mr Richardson has been successful in gaining employment in Ysgol Maes y Mynydd. We are sorry that Mr Richardson is leaving but would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work. He has been a valuable member of the team in St Giles during his time here.

 

School Dinners Price Increase

As from April 12th the prices will be

Foundation Phase-£2.25

KS2-£2.30

 

St Giles Church

We now have a noticeboard in the Church which highlights our strong links. The board contains photographs of projects/activities the pupils have participated in linked to Religious Education. We hope you will visit the Church with your child to view the pupils achievements.

Dates

Easter Holiday

March 24th-School closes at the end of the day

April 11th-Training Day

April 12th-School opens

Attendance Meetings for Parents-Thursday April 14th 9.15am/2.30pm in the KS2 hall.

 

We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter.

Diolch

 

Newsletter 14/03/16

Race For Life

A huge thank you to all the children who participated in the Race for Life.They were successful in running 5km(KS2) or 1km (F.Ph) and raised £270 for Cancer Research.

Sheep Project

Pupils throughout school have worked with an artist to create designs on a sheep which will be located in St Giles. We have been very fortunate to have had this opportunity which highlights our close links with St Giles Church.

 

Breakfast Club

This is a free Welsh Government Initiative. It is open from 7.50 am and pupils may be admitted up to 8.30 am . They are provided with a choice of breakfast items as well as having the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities. In the last ‘drop in ‘ inspection it was highlighted as a ‘Flagship Breakfast Club’.

 

Social Media

Could I remind parents/carers to take care when posting information relating to school on ‘Facebook’ or on any similar media site.  Inappropriate comments posted  are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Legal advice will be sought if necessary.

 

Parental Concerns

It is hoped that you will not have cause to complain, but should you wish to complain about anything in school then you may find the following procedure helpful:

  • See the class teacher responsible for your child. This should be done during non-teaching hours (before 9.00am or after 3.00pm/3.15pm). If the teacher cannot resolve the problem:
  • Make an appointment to see the Acting Deputy Mrs Weeks.If you are still not satisfied that the matter has been resolved:
  • Make an appointment to see the Headteacher. If the matter still remains unresolved:
  • Write to the Chair of Governors. If the matter remains unresolved:
  • Write to the Local Authority

Attendance Reminder

Thank you to those parents who are supporting us by ensuring their child/children arrive on time-ready to be registered at 9.00am and making sure absences are kept to a minimum.

 

Reminder of contact details:

It is really important that you inform school if your child is absent in order for the absence to be authorised.

It is a legal duty for parents/carers to ensure their children of compulsory school age attend regularly and inform school of any absences. The Local Authority will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to parents/carers who fail to adhere to this. Please inform school of absences via telephone, email or letter.

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.

 

Parent  contact details

Please can you ensure that school has at least 2 up to date contact numbers for your child/children. This is important in case of emergencies which may arise.

Dates

March 15th-Y3 to Cadburys World

Easter Holiday

March 24th-School closes at the end of the day

April 11th-Training Day

April 12th-School opens

Parents Meetings

Monday 21st March-5pm

Tuesday 22nd March-3.30pm

Appointment registers will be displayed in the  Foundation Phase building for Nursery,Reception,Year 1 and Resourced Provision and the Key Stage 2 building for Y2-Y6  from Friday March 11th

 

 

Diolch

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