It’s been an incredibly busy week at the school, at the end of an incredibly busy half term. Two words from me: THANK YOU!
This week saw many parents and carers come to discuss their child’s progress. Thanks to those who spent some time chatting to me while they were waiting. So good to get to know more of you during the week.
We also received a visit from Sam Hardy. Sam is from the local area and shared some very inspiring words and music with us. He spoke about his own “crazy dream” as a young man to become a musician and creative person. People around him thought that this was not a possibility. Sam continued to believe in himself and his dreams. Now, Sam acts in TV shows, composes and records music and has directed his first film.
When spending time in class three this week, I worked with a young lady who I won’t name here. She was concerned that in her art book she had made several mistakes. Attempting to draw a detailed and accurate eye, she had made 6 or 7 attempts. We talked about FAIL (First Attempt In Learning) and that you have to make mistakes and keep on trying to improve. She tried 10 times in total, and then drew a beautiful eye. The mistakes on the page showed the journey she’d been on. The patience, the determination and the final product. Lots of important lessons this week.
A big thank you to those who supported our Harvest Festival this year. A real opportunity for us to stop and think about what we have and how we can help others. The singing and music was a real treat. Many thanks to staff and children for their rehearsal and preparation. The congregation did a great job as well!
Class two and three have been to Castell Henllys as part of their learning about the Celts today. An exciting way to finish our learning about ourselves and the Celts. We will have some further trips coming up next half term, and will look to be in touch sooner rather than later if there is a considerable cost to trips. We appreciate financial support from families towards these experiences, but want to be as fair as possible in giving families more advanced notice.
So, half term is here. We want to wish all families a safe and happy break together. When we come back to school, there will be continued events building on our current school targets, as well as work to further develop points suggested by parents last summer term. This blog is the place to look for the latest update in that respect. Again, a reminder that you can see a snippet of the learning that happens every day on our Twitter feed too.
What a great term for attendance. Our attendance is better than it was at this time last year, so far. This can only be maintained by being at school regularly. A reminder that you need to inform the school of a reason as soon as possible so that we can put a reason into our register. After the holiday, each family will receive an “Attendance Summary” to show where attendance currently for the year.
Our Weekly Attendance Winners this week were RECEPTION! 100% This week’s prize, a signed Sam Hardy CD EACH to take home. Da iawn pawb!
We will have a prize draw for 100% attenders during the Autumn Term so far, but will have to draw the results when we have our t sharing and certificate assembly in November. It’s a good one.
For a sneak preview, we will be:
- Start to use our new WELSH PLAYGROUND GAMES. (Children have been very excited to see these go up.)
- Developing our School Council Development Plan
- Asking Criw Cymraeg to begin taking a bigger lead in our “Gwasanaeth Cymraeg” (Welsh Assembly)
- Appointing “Attendance Ambassadors”
- Receiving Welsh training from the Local Authority Advisory Teacher for Welsh.
- I will be going in to classrooms to look at learning and to talk to children about their wonderful work.
- Governors will be visiting classes to look at challenge in learning.
- And lots more
Have a safe and happy half term. Remember to follow the fireworks code if you are out and about and come back safely after the holidays.