I hope you all had a fantastic summer and enjoyed spending time with your children. It has been wonderful hearing of all the places they visited and things they did with you whilst they were away from school.
We had a great first week back, although I think the children and staff were tired by the end of the week! All the pupils have settled back in to school life very quickly which is a great credit to the them and the teachers. We have welcomed 6 new pupils along with the 15 nursery pupils who join us this week and it has been lovely to see the other pupils help and support them during their first week at Ysgol Owen Jones. These new additions have increased our numbers again this year and we currently have 142 pupils on roll which is the most the school has ever had which I would like to think is partly due to the good reputation the school has in the area.
Like every year at Ysgol Owen Jones we will be looking to move forwards and build on the good progress made in previous years. This includes the school environment and Mr Davies, the new school caretaker, has been busy over the summer holidays decorating and altering certain aspects of the internal building. Hopefully you will notice the small improvements that have been made and will continue to be made over the coming months.
After our very pleasing Estyn Inspection Report, we will be focusing on the recommendations that were made, with these areas largely forming our School Improvement Priorities for the forthcoming year. These include Extended Writing, Feedback to pupils, and the Impact of Initiatives. We will also be looking to build on the good progress that has been made with ICT over recent years and which the Estyn Inspectors commented positively on. Part of this will include improving and updating the IT resources, partly funded by the PTA who did a tremendous job raising funds for school improvements last year.
We are hoping to provide information this week regarding the use of ‘Cashless Payments’. Mrs Pilkington has been in discussions with School Comms regarding how to set this up and will provide step-by-step instructions on how you can set this up for yourselves. Having spoken to a number of Headteachers in the areas whose schools already use this system I am sure you will find it a much and easier and secure way to pay for school meals.
I hope you all received the class information booklets on Friday. The booklets aim to provide you with important information about your child’s class which will hopefully help you to support them both from an educational and organisational point of view.
Looking ahead to this week our Extra-curricular activities start tomorrow. Once again, we have a wide range of clubs and opportunities on offer as we believe the children benefit greatly from such opportunities. We are looking forward to seeing how the pupils develop and we will hopefully hear of many successes like we did last year.
Finally, I am very excited to inform you that we will be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd this year with each class spending half a term working with the talented staff from the theatr. They will be working with the pupils to develop a performance based around their topic which will include drama, dance and music. Class 5 will be the first class to take part and will be basing their work around the Welsh Myths and Legends of the ‘Mabinogion’. Our intention is for each class to deliver a presentation to their parents which will include the final product of this work which I am sure you will all enjoy.
We are looking forward to another busy year ahead and once again thank you for your support.