St Giles Primary School News

Newsletter 15 June 2015

 

Reminder of contact details:

The school e-mail address is:

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The school website is:

http://www.stgilesschool.net/

Telephone:

01978 318880 or 01978 318891

If phone lines are busy then please use email address.

 

Moving-Up Day:

This will take place on Thursday 2nd July.

All pupils will visit their new class and their teacher (where possible)

 

Staffing Structure:

We’re currently reviewing our structure due to staff absences. Therefore, there may be changes/movements in teacher deployment next September. We will notify you of any changes as they occur.

Mrs Tunley will be retiring this term after 37 years of service – solely at St Giles. She has seen many changes and taught many pupils who are now parents. We wish her the very best in her retirement and hope that she will continue to keep in touch. There will always be a warm welcome for her at St Giles. The school will be making a presentation to Mrs Tunley – should anyone wish to contribute towards this presentation then please see Mrs Browning or Mrs Robinson.

Mr Goodchild has had his operation and is making slow, but steady, progress. We wish him well in his recovery and hope to see him back in school in the Spring/Summer Term 2016.

Mrs Ann Jones, Mrs Batley, Mrs Hanmer and Mrs Cathy Evans will all be returning to school prior to the end of this term – ready for next September.

 

Weather:

Remember that as the weather improves your child may need sunscreen – please apply prior to coming to school – they should also have a water bottle.

 

Clothing:

School uniform is available from both sites. Please ensure that all items of school clothing are labelled with your child’s name in September

We are also promoting the use of school PE kit – white t-shirt and black shorts.

PE shirts can be purchased from the school.

 

PE Curriculum:

Swimming: we will continue to use Gwyn Evans for Y2/3/4 and Ysgol Clywedog for Y5/6 over the year – sessions will be divided between the classes.

Gymnastics: we will continue to take Y3-6 to the Olympic Gym in Queensway next year - with Reception and Year 1 pupils receiving specialist instruction in school. We will distribute a timetable on our return in September.

 

End of Term:

School closes for pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 17th July, 2015.

School will open for all our pupils on Wednesday 2nd September.

Nursery pupils (in September) will come to school in one of two sessions – 9.00am start or 12.30pm start – parents/carers will be notified of which session to attend

All pupils will start on the first day of term – there are NO induction periods.

All pupils will need to make their way to their new classes on our return in September.

 

Fixed Penalty Notices:

The Local Authority will have powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £60 for unauthorised absence from school with effect from September 2014. These Fixed Penalty Notices could be issued to address any unauthorised absences from school in excess of five school days in one term.

 

Playground:

Prior to the summer holidays, we will be installing two netball shooters on the KS2 yard, along with extending our climbing wall to four bays (front and back).

 

Summer Fete:

A big thank you to Omonigho Idegun for organising the event – approximately £400 was raised.

 

Dates/Events:

02/07 MOVING-UP DAY (PUPILS VISIT NEW CLASSES)

09/07 YEAR 4 VISIT LLANGOLLEN

10/07  REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07  YEAR 6 LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07  LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07  END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07 TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

 

Newsletter 12/05/15

Staffing:

Mr Goodchild has had his operation and is making a steady recovery. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

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.

Playground Developments:

We are in the process of completing the next stage of our playground developments – developing an all weather surface to our quiet area and the area between the infant and junior playgrounds. We’re also adding another six panels to our climbing wall and two three-way shooters.

Once again, please ensure that your children are supervised once dismissed from class.

National Tests:

In accordance with Welsh Government regulations pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 have now completed the national literacy/reading and numeracy tests.

Bicycles:

If you are riding a bike to school please ensure that it is kept at the rear of the main site and that safety helmets are worn. Please ensure that you dismount your bikes once on the school premises. Ensure that bikes are left secure – a number of bikes have been stolen from other Wrexham schools.

 

Dates/Events:

 

TERM THREE

 

12/05

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

13-15/05

Y5 VISIT CARDIFF

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

05/06

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

11/06

Y4 VISIT CHESTER

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

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)

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07

LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Newsletter 17/04/15

Congratulations:

Both Miss Tudor and Miss Walker have married over Easter becoming Mrs Relf and Mrs Watkin respectively.

 

Staffing:

Mr Goodchild will be having an operation in the next couple of weeks and will therefore not return to school until the new academic year (in September). We wish him well and a speedy recovery. The class will be taught by Miss Amy Davies during his absence.

 

Swimming:

Mondays: Class LM – Gwyn Evans Pool

Tuesdays/Thursdays: Class NJ – Ysgol Clywedog

Gymnastics:

Mondays: Class FB

 

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.

 

Foundation Phase Gardening Day:

A big thank you to parents who generously provided plants, seeds and other items for us to use in the garden area. The day was a huge success.

 

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 6th and 12th May. Additional pupil support will be provided where necessary.

 

Reminder:

As the weather is improving pupils will be extending their use of the outdoor classroom and playground. Could parents ensure that they support us by applying sun lotion and providing hats and water bottles.

 

Bicyles:

If you are riding a bike to school please ensure that it is kept at the rear of the main site and that safety helmets are worn. Please ensure that you dismount your bikes once on the school premises.

 

Dates/Events:

 

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

12/05

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

13-15/05

Y5 VISIT CARDIFF

15/05

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

11/06

Y4 VISIT CHESTER

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

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)

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07

LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Newsletter 26/3/15

Premises Update:

We continue to upgrade the school premises with a number of wooden structures having been built within the Foundation Phase playground. We’ve also built a partition in the ‘street’ – providing a dedicated area for Y2 pupils. The outdoor building has been improved – creating two store rooms (PE/Caretaking). The KS2 hall is due to be painted over Easter, with new curtains being installed.

 

Swimming (after Easter):

Mondays: Class LM – Gwyn Evans Pool

Tuesdays/Thursdays: Class NJ – Ysgol Clywedog

Gymnastics:

Mondays: Class FB

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 6th and 12th 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 27th March, 2015.

School re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 14th April, 2015.

Monday 13th April is a Training Day – school being closed for pupils

PTA:

Unfortunately, the PTA has ceased to operate due to a lack of interest. We will operate any fundraising activities on a class/Year Group basis – inviting parents to support a range of activities.

 

Afternoon Nursery:

Could parents please use the small gate on Poplar Road – near double gates – opposite Co-Op after Easter.

 

Dates/Events:

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

12/05

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS

13-15/05

Y5 VISIT CARDIFF

15/05

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING

22/05

HALF-TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

01/06

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

01/06

GYMNASTICS – CLASS LL

01/06

SWIMMING – CLASS LT

11/06

EARLY YEARS SPORTS (YN/R)

11/06

Y4 VISIT CHESTER

12/06

KS1 SPORTS (Y1/2)

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)

10/07

REPORTS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

15/07

LEAVER’S DISCO

16/07

LEAVER’S SERVICE (Y6)

17/07

END OF TERM – SCHOOL CLOSES AT END OF DAY

20/07

TRAINING DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

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)

 

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