St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 04.04.14

 

Thank You:

We say thank you to Mr Keith Phillips today – he has been covering

Class NJ for the last eleven weeks. Mrs Nia Jones will return on Monday following a Welsh Sabbatical Course.

Premises Update:

The builders are nearing completion of the new  Resourced Provision Class on the current Foundation Phase site. Work still needs to be completed on the old Foundation Phase entrance roof and hall. Therefore, entry to this area will continue to be restricted.

Next week the builders will begin work on the Key Stage Two site. They will begin on the current entrance/exit for ClassBN – creating two new store rooms in the entrance area. Therefore, parents with children in Class BN will have to use the main KS2 entrance at 9.00am and 3.00pm.

Over Easter the builders will begin work on the creation of a new Y2 classroom towards the field end of the KS2 site.

We anticipate that the upgrades will be completed prior to the summer holidays. We will hold an Open Morning when the areas are completed, or near completion.

Swimming (after Easter):

Mondays: Class LM – Gwyn Evans Pool

Mondays/Thursdays: Class NJ – Ysgol Clywedog

Gymnastics:

Mondays: Class AG

Fridays: Class YEAR 2

Unfortunately, after Friday 30th May we will only be able to access one gymnastic slot. This is due to a shortage of qualified staff at  Queensway. Therefore, we will take all of Year Two pupils together until this date.

Class AG will continue to visit Queensway but we will probably have to change our day and time – we will let you know closer to the date.

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.

National Tests:

In accordance with Welsh Government regulations pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be undertaking national literacy/reading and numeracy tests next term. The tests will be administered between the 7th and 13th May. Additional pupil support will be provided where necessary.

 

End of Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 11th April, 2014.

School re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 29th April, 2014.

Monday 28th April is a Training Day – school being closed for pupils

 

Dates/Events:

30/04 CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

05/05          MAY DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

16/05 NEW NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

23/05          HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

02/06          SCHOOL RE-OPENS

10/06 EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

12/06 KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

17/06 KS2 SPORTS (Y3/4)

18/06 WREXHAM SCHOOL SPORTS (PROVISIONAL)

20/06          SCHOOL FETE

24/06          KS2 SPORTS (Y5/6)

27/06          CLASS LISTS DISTRIBUTED

03/07          MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

10/07 YEAR 6 LEAVER’S DISCO

11/07 REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

17/07 LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

18/07 END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

21/07TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

 

Newsletter 20.03.14

Eisteddfod/St David’s Day Celebration:

We had a wonderful St. David’s Day Celebration with 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 also dressed in traditional Welsh costume or Welsh colours on this day.

Prior to this event we also had a Welsh themed lunch, with the infants also experiencing different Welsh foods.

World Book Day:

We will celebrate World Book Day on Friday 4th April. Your child can come to school dressed as a character from a book/novel that they have enjoyed.

 

Industrial Action:

You may be aware that the NUT (a teacher union) has called for a day of industrial action on 26th March, 2014, in a dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service. This day will NOT have an impact on pupils at St Giles – we will be open as usual.

PTA Events:

Friday 21st March – Sports Relief

The children will be able to wear something red and take part in sports events for part of the day. Each class will be given a specific timeslot to participate in the activities that will be supervised by school staff. The children will need to bring a £1.00 to participate in the event – all proceeds will be donated to Sports Relief. Please remember that children will need PE kit for this activity.

 

Wednesday 2nd April – Easter Disco

This will take place in the KS2 Hall:

Year 1-2: 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Years 3-6: 5.00pm to 6.30pm

 

Please Note:

Early Entitlement, Nursery and Reception pupils will have an Easter Egg Hunt during the school day.

 

Important Announcement

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.

General Information

Parents Evening

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.

Class BN

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.

 

Newsletter 14.02.14

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 £31,950

1.Family Learning Groups:

Employ teaching assistant for 2.5hrs/wk to deliver sessions and another teaching assistant to operate a crèche facility for one morning a week  (specific times during financial year)

2. Home-School Liaison Officer

Employ teaching assistant for 2.5hrs/wk to monitor school attendance and liaise with parents where issues occur

3. SAP Groups (Pupil Counselling)

Employ two teachers and two teaching assistants (1.0hr/wk) to deliver sessions on a weekly basis.

4. Emotional Support (Pupil Counselling)

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

5. Forest School

Employ teaching assistant to deliver sessions to identified pupils – two afternoons a week (specific times during financial year)

6. Art Project

Employ an artist to deliver sessions to identified pupils twice a year (6 days per term)

7. Playground Support

Employ additional member of staff to support pupil activities during lunch time.

8. Pupil Support

Employ 0.4 teacher to support intervention/ booster groups. Identified pupils to be supported in literacy/numeracy (‘Catch-Up’/’Blitz’/’Phonics’)

9. Intervention Groups

Employ teaching assistant 17.5 hours/week to support identified pupils in aspects of literacy/numeracy

 

School Meals Reminder:

Could parents/carers please notify school of any specific dietary needs that their child may have. We will then place your child’s photograph in the school canteen. This should ensure that your child receives an appropriate meal.

Swimming (after half-term):

Mondays: Class LL – Gwyn Evans Pool

Mondays/Thursdays: Class FB – Ysgol Clywedog

Gymnastics:

Mondays: Class HB

Fridays: Class NJ

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 and Netball will resume after half-term

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 is also 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 21st February, 2014.

School re-opens for pupils on Monday 3rd March, 2014.

 

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 31/01/14

SCHOOL EISTEDDFOD

We continue to extend our knowledge and understanding of Wales

by 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.

 

We will be holding art and craft competitions for the following age-ranges:

Nursery/Reception: 2D Creative Work on the topic of a Welsh symbol – work in paint, pencil, crayon

 

Year 1/2: 2D or 3D Creative Work on the topic of a Welsh dragon – work in paint, pencil, crayon

 

Year 3/4: 2D Creative Work on topic of ‘My Local Area’ – work in paint, pencil, crayon – no bigger than A3 size

 

Year 5/6: 3D Creative Work on the topic of ‘My Local Area’ – any medium/material

 

We kindly request that any pupils from Nursery – Year 6 who wish to enter the art and craft competitions undertake this work at home over half term (Monday 24th to Friday 28th February) and bring any entries to school by Tuesday 4th March. Any entries should be clearly labelled with the pupil’s name and year group. We will provide certificates for the top three entries, as well as any highly commended.

The children will also have the opportunity to dress in traditional Welsh costume or Welsh colours on this day.

 

 

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