Pupil voice is an extremely important at Ysgol Owen Jones and I am pleased to say that all of our committees and groups have been selected by staff members or elected by their peers, including the School Council, Eco- Committee, E-Cadets and Digital Leaders. All the children in these groups have an important part to play in developing our school.
The School Council have been deciding what the new names of our houses will be after we re-organised them at the start of the term to ensure they were equal. They have decided on a castle theme, so once the final names are chosen we will let you know!
The Eco-committee have been extremely busy this year already. They gave a super presentation to the rest of the school on Monday to introduce ‘Operation Acorn’, which is a fantastic first action, which I hope the children and families will support.
Our Digital Leaders have now been selected and they had their first meeting with Mr Jamil and Kellie Williams, ICT Advisor, last week. They will be developing their ICT skills and then going into the different classes and supporting the pupils and teachers across the school to further develop their ICT skills. Our digital leaders will also be working with the digital leaders from two other schools, Ysgol Estyn in Hope and Ysgol Minera in Wrexham. We look forward to seeing the outcome of this work!
Finally, from a pupil voice point of view our E-Cadets have also been working hard both after school and during their lunch times. They have been developing an important message through the use of a rap which they have performed to the different year groups to help keep them safe on line.
For the first time this year we have led ‘The Incredible Years’ Programme with a group of nursery and reception parents. Mrs Liz Jones and Mrs Gill Jones have been leading the sessions, which focus on supporting parents in developing their children both from a social and educational point of view. These sessions have been taking place in the school hall for the past 5 weeks and the feedback has been extremely positive which has been great to hear and see. This is something we are going to continue next year, so if you are interested please approach either Mrs Jones!
We had our first ‘Parents Dinners’ last week, with our reception children inviting their parents in to join them. It was lovely to welcome the parents who enjoyed having their dinner with the children. All of the parents commented very positively on the food that was served up. Please let the school office know if you would like to come and have dinner with your child's class over the next few weeks.
We had another fantastic turn out for our McMillan Coffee Morning a few Friday’s ago. Miss Simpson did a fantastic job with the support of the School Council in organising the event. In total we raised £657.62, which is an amazing achievement. Thank you for everyone who came and for all of the cakes, raffle prizes and donations.
Our Extra Curricular Clubs are now in full swing, with all clubs having excellent attendance which is great to see. As I am sure you are aware, I feel the pupils develop greatly from such opportunities and I am so pleased to see so many children making the most of the wide range of opportunities made available to them. I am also extremely grateful to the staff and parent helpers for giving up their time to lead the different clubs. The football team have had an excellent start to their season, beating Drury 2-0 and drawing with Gwernaffield 2-2. It was real pleasure taking the pupils and seeing how well they played and worked as a team. Well done to all involved.
Enjoy the rest of your week, I update you again soon!