St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 11/03/15

Comic Relief:

On Friday 13th March the school meal service will be selling red nose cookies to help raise money for Comic Relief Fund – 50p for each cookie.

For each cookie sold at 50p the school meal service will donate 25p to the Comic Relief fund, with the remaining 25p retained to cover food costs incurred.

 

Entry To School:

Could parents/carers of pupils in Foundation Phase please ensure that their children enter the school building at the start of the school day.

 

Parent/Carer Questionnaire Feedback:

Could I thank everyone who returned the questionnaires. The results were very pleasing – indicating a high level of satisfaction with regard to nearly all the areas:

1 Overall I am satisfied with the school – 98% agreed/2% disagreed

2 My child likes this school – 100% agreed

3 My child was helped to settle in well when started at school – 98% agreed / 2% didn’t know

4 My child is making good progress at school – 98% agreed/2% disagreed

5 Pupils behave well in school – 91% agreed / 2% disagreed/ 7% didn’t know

6 The teaching is good – 98% agreed / 2% didn’t know

7 Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best – 96% agreed/ 2% disagree / 2% don’t know

8 Homework builds well on what my child learns in school – 88% agreed / 6% disagree / 6% didn’t know

9 Staff treat all children fairly and with respect – 96% agreed / 2% disagree / 2% didn’t know

10 My child is encouraged to be healthy and to take regular exercise – 91% agreed / 2% disagree / 7% don’t know

11 My child is safe at school – 96% agreed / 2% disagree / 2% didn’t know

12 My child receives appropriate additional support – 89% agreed / 2% disagree / 9% didn’t know

13 I am kept well informed about my child’s progress – 98% agreed / 2% disagreed

14 I feel comfortable about approaching the school with questions – 100% agreed

15 I understand the school’s procedure for dealing with complaints – 81% agreed / 6% disagreed / 13% didn’t know

16 The school helps my child to become more mature/responsible – 98% agreed /2% didn’t know

17 My child is well prepared for moving on to the next school – 78% agreed / 4% disagreed / 18% didn’t know

18 There is a good range of activities including trips or visits – 89% agreed / 2% disagreed / 9% didn’t know

19 The school is well run – 96% agreed / 2% disagreed / 2% didn’t know

55 questionnaires were returned.

1 return represents 2%

 

We will distribute a copy of our Complaints Policy as well as place it on the school web-site (Question 15). We will consider preparation to next school (Question 17) as we enter the summer term. We have close links with Clywedog HS and have developed an induction that involves more time being spent in the HS. Transfer to other HS depends on their induction procedures as we are not a natural feeder to these HS. We anticipated a lower agreement with regard to the question, as parents outside Years5/6 are not aware of any HS transition arrangements.

Parents made additional comments highlighting the positive ‘open door policy’, effective staff and pupil support mechanisms, along with stating that St Giles was a happy school. The questionnaires highlighted parking and parental behaviour as being areas for development.

 

Eisteddfod:

Could I thank parents for their support at the recent celebration in Church. It was a lovely celebration of Wales with the performances being a credit to both parents and school.

Eisteddfod Competition Winners:

Nursery/Reception – Freddie Cole

Year 1/ 2 – Jacob Edwards

Year 3/ 4 – Channel Somerfeld

Year 5/ 6 – Ella Kyffin

 

Fund Raising:

That you for your support in raising £617.44 for Hope House – through our ‘Superhero Challenge’ – diolch!

After School Football:

These sessions will resume next Monday – 3.15-4.15pm – pupils in Y4-6 (in the first instance)

 

Newsletter 12/01/15

Welcome:

We welcome back Donna Grassby to St Giles Primary School as our new Caretaker/Cleaner – replacing Mark (Hamish) Weir. Donna Grassby was previously the Caretaker at the infants - ten years ago. I’m sure she’ll be a great asset to St Giles.

 

Start Times:

Could I remind parents that the school doors open at 8.50am for a prompt start at 9.00am. Please ensure that children arrive on time.

 

Swimming:

After half term we will be providing the following sessions:

 

Class AJ&SW 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 BN 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 we will be providing the following sessions:

Class AG (Y6):

Sessions will take place weekly on a Monday 9.30-10.30

Class ED (Y3):

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.

 

Nursery Admissions for September 2015:

Parents can now express their preferences and access the ‘Parent’s Guide to Education Services’ by registering with the on-line service to submit their application electronically. Parents will be able to access and amend their applications up until the closing date of 20th February, 2015.

A paper application can be downloaded and printed from the Wrexham website, or alternatively collected from ‘Contact Wrexham’, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham.

Paper applications should be returned directly the the LA Admissions Service.

Parents will receive their notification od admission from the LA by 15th May, 2015.

 

PE Kit:

Please can parents/carers support the school in ensuring that the children bring a PE kit in to school – white t-shirt and black shorts. The children know when they have PE/games sessions. Can you please ensure that all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

 

After School Clubs:

Football has ceased/stopped and will resume later in the Spring Term – when the weather improves and is lighter at night!

 

Police Notice:

The police 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 but please take into account that residents need access to their properties.

 

Please remember that the school car park is NOT to be used by parents/carers.

 

Health and Safety Reminder:

Could I remind parents that they need to supervise their children at the end of the school day – particularly infant parents whilst waiting for the juniors to finish. I realise that there is a time difference between the finish times but please ensure that all children are supervised and not allowed to roam.

There continues to be an issue with regard to infant children wanting access to the junior toilets. Please note that the junior children are still working at this time and for safety reason we cannot allow open access to the toilet areas – particularly unaccompanied infant children. Please note that infant children will still have access to the infant toilets at this time – should they be needed.

 

Half Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 13th February, 2015.

School re-opens for pupils on Monday 23rd February, 2015.

 

 

ST GILES CHURCH IN WALES PRIMARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL DATES – YEARLY PLANNER

2014-15

DATE

ACTIVITY

TERM TWO

 

05/01

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

06/01

TERM STARTS

05/01

SWIMMING – CLASS BN/AJ&SW

05/01

GYMNSATICS – CLASS ED/AG

06/02

KEY STRINGS MUSIC PRESENTATION

13/02

HALF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

23/02

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

23/02

GYMNASTICS – CLASS HB

23/02

SWIMMING – CLASS LL

27/02

SCHOOL EISTEDDFOD

04-06/03

GLAN-LLYN FOR Y6

11/03

PARENTS EVENING early: 3.00pm start

12/03

PARENTS EVENING late: 5.00pm start

27/03

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

 

 

TERM THREE

 

13/04

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

14/04

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

13/04

SWIMMING – CLASS NJ/LM

13/04

GYMNASTICS – CLASS FB

04/05

MAY DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

13-15/05

Y5 TRIP TO CARDIFF

TBC

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

05/06

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

16/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y3/4)

17/06

WREXHAM SCHOOL SPORTS (PROVISIONAL)

19/06

SCHOOL FETE

24/06

KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

26/06

CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

02/07

MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

TBC

LEAVER’S DISCO

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 17/12/14

Leaving/Thank You:

At the end of this week we say goodbye to Mark Weir (Hamish) our caretaker. Mr Weir has decided to finish after many years of service, firstly at the infant school and more recently covering the whole school. We wish him well in the future.

 

PTA:

Could I thank the PTA for organising this years Christmas Fair and parents/carers for supporting the school by attending the event.

The PTA are funding the class visits to the Odeon this Christmas – a BIG thank you to the PTA as this is a significant amount of money:

 

After School Clubs:

Football has now ceased/stopped and will resume in the Spring Term.

 

Fundraising:

We raised £232.53 for the Poppy Appeal, £301.80 for Macmillan Cancer Support and £305 for Barnados (Festive Jumper).

 

Christmas Concerts:

We’ve had a very busy couple of weeks with concerts. The pupils have performed really well and been a credit to you. It was good to see all the concerts well attended. We extend a warm welcome to all of you at Church on Friday 19th December at 10.00am. – a range of songs will be performed from across the age ranges.

 

End of Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 19th December, 2014.

School re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 6th January, 2015.

 

Next Term:

SWIMMING:

After half term we will be providing the following sessions:

Class AJ&SW 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 BN 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 we will be providing the following sessions:

Class AG (Y6):

Sessions will take place weekly on a Monday 9.30-10.30

Class ED (Y3):

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.

 

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.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS / NADOLIG LLAWEN

 

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

 

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