I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable half term with your children and managed to avoid ‘Storm Doris’. We had a very busy last half term and there are several events and activities planned for the coming half term.
Our School Council have been busy looking at our ‘Positive Behaviour Management’ systems, focusing particularly on our reward systems and the ‘traffic light system’ that we use to remind pupils of the behaviour we expect. The council members refined the different systems in school which have since been shared with all the pupils and are working effectively. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the councillors who demonstrated a great deal of common sense and maturity. Well done to all of them.
Our year 3 and 4 pupils had a fantastic trip to Nant BH in the middle of January and we were blessed with relatively mild weather! The pupils took part in a range of activities including zip wire, climbing, gorge walking, mountain walks and orienteering. These activities along with the time they spent with their peers away from home helped the pupils develop both physically and emotionally and will no doubt inspire them to take part in similar activities in the future.
The year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils finished their 10-week block of swimming sessions last term. I was extremely impressed with the pupil’s attitude towards the sessions and the level of ability within the different groups. The structure of the sessions was tweaked during the term with the year 3 and 4 pupils receiving half an hour in the pool, followed by the year 5 and 6 pupils. This change benefited all the pupils due to a reduction in the group sizes which allowed the pupils more space and swimming time. It is my intention to enter the school into the Mold and Buckley Swimming gala later this half term which I am sure the pupils who attend will enjoy.
To carry on the sporting theme the netball team performed superbly in the Small School Netball Festival at the end of January. Mrs Hodson was so proud of the girls who took part, not only due to the way they played but also for the way they approach the competition and the ‘sportwomanship’ they displayed in each game. Can I also take this opportunity to thank Miss Jarvis, Seren and Gus’ mum, for helping to coach the children over the last term and a half and to Mr and Mrs McClure, Erin’s parents, whose company ‘Rooms and Views’ kindly sponsored the new netball kit which ensured the girls looked the part alongside their excellent play. We look forward to some more fixtures over the coming months.
We have a busy few weeks ahead of us, starting this week. We are looking forward to our St David’s Day celebrations on Wednesday where each class will be performing a song, dance or recitation and our musicians, who are entering the Urdd Eisteddfod on March 10th, will also be performing. In between the different performances, we will announce the children who came first, second and third in the handwriting and art competitions for each year group. I hope some of you will be able to join us so we can celebrate this important part of our Welsh culture.
We are also having our World Book day celebrations on Friday, which has been delayed for one day as we have a visitor in school on Thursday doing some lesson observations. The children and staff will be dressing up as well-known book characters and the pupils will also be taking part in a buddy reading activity in the afternoon which I am sure they will all enjoy. I will post some pictures of the day on the school website and on twitter which I am sure will entertain you.
Next week we have our second parent’s evening of the year where you will receive updates on your child’s / children’s progress. As part of those meeting you will also be given a letter to inform you of your child’s current attendance figure. This new approach along with the termly 100% attendance certificates and a half termly raffle for pupils who have attendance of 95% or higher is aimed at improving our overall attendance. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday or the Wednesday.
Finally, can I once again thank our PTA who are working ever so hard to raise funds for the school. We had two very successful events last half term. Firstly, we had our ‘Film Night’ which was very well attended by pupils and then we had our ‘Cake Stall’ after school which was also a great success. The next event they are organising is a ‘Tidy Up’ day on Saturday 10th March where will be looking for volunteers to do several jobs to help to improve the school environment. More information about this day will follow soon.
Thank you for continued cooperation and support.