Monthly Archives: January 2017

Girls Netball at Gowerton Primary

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The netball team played well on Friday afternoon at Gowerton Primary. They lost a tough match against a strong team from Dunvant Primary but followed this up with a 12-0 victory over Parklands. It was a great afternoon (but very cold!) and the girls really improved their play over the course of the games. Well done girls!

Headteacher Weekly News – 27.01.17

Children receiving merits for Good Work in this week’s Achievement Assembly  were Evan Lewis, Penny Bull, Ethan Thomas, Belle Hawkins-Jones, Sofia John, Lottie Earls, Matthew McKevitt, Imogen Metcalfe, Ollie Gabriel, Arron Boyd, Daniel Cuthill, Rosie Barker, James Locker Heath and Sophie Willis.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were: Oliver Jewell, Leyaan Arora, Evie Addicott, Freya Gammon, Cai Harding-Thomas, James Madge, Hannah Morgan, Charlie Cozens, Tristan Xuan, Jake Hallett, Niamh Coffey, Bowyn Hill and Rebecca Ashton.  Well done everybody – we are proud of your efforts.

The school will be participating in an ‘Outdoor Schools’ Pilot Project for the next two terms, with a view to carrying on this style of learning in the future.    We are excited at the potential of this project which focuses on taking learning outside, both within the school environment and the locality.  The  objectives of Outdoor Schools are:

  • To ensure that children are confident and fully engaged with the outdoor environment.
  • To develop children’s sense of well-being through regular activities in their local environment.
  • To develop children’s knowledge of the ecology of their local area.
  • To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of sustainability within the context of their local environment.
  • To develop communication skills by sharing their knowledge with others

Swansea University will be undertaking research with the Years 5 & 6 pupils to measure the impact of this project on the children’s wellbeing.  The children will complete questionnaires and consent forms have been sent home for parents to read and sign.  Please return these consent forms to school by the end of next week if you are happy for your child to participate in this research.

We have had a fantastic afternoon of sport at Gowerton Primary School.  The netball team lost to Dunvant but played fantastically to beat Parkland by an astonishing 12 -0 !  In rugby, twenty four children in total played three games.  We drew with local rivals Dunvant 2 tries each and achieved the same score with a tough Parkland School team.  In our final match, we beat Gowerton 4 tries to 3;  Ahmed scoring a fine team try in the corner.  All the children played superbly in both sports  and enjoyed the afternoon very much.  It was good to see them applying the skills they have learned in weekly clubs into game situations very successfully.

The P.T.A. are holding a Community Grounds morning in school tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be clearing, digging, weeding and having a general tidy up.  All welcome.

SENco/ALNco Updates

Dear Parents,

We are looking to run a yoga club in school time to help children deal with anxiety and stress. The first session is free but there is an ongoing cost of £5 per session as it is delivered by an external provider. We are primarily aiming at a junior age range and looking to support children develop their own self help strategies in difficult situations. The group will be a mixed age group open to Year 3 up to Year 6.  Spaces are limited to 17 people per session so each person participating is able to receive the necessary instructor support. The first session will be on Friday 10th February from 1:30pm to 2:15pm, and if there is enough interest further sessions will run on subsequent Friday afternoons. If you would like further information or to register an interest for your child, please contact Mr Edwards on Edwardsr135@hwbmail.net or alternatively telephone the school 206655 to request a meeting.

 

Please follow the links for further information

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Headteacher Weekly Blog – 20.01.17

Children receiving merits for Good Work this week were:  Sabrina Bradley, Dominik Wypych, Alphie Sharples, Freya Smith, William Hawkins Jones, David Hood, Matilda Topliss, Charlie Davies and Rebecca Hale.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were Tristan Haines, Mehdi Hathaf, Ella Van Der Hart, Evie Dennis, Freddie Burgess, Jessica Roberts, Hayden Ventress-Brett, Dylan Gwynn and Isaac Thien.  Well done everybody and keep working hard.

Year 1 have visited TESCO at Swansea Marina this week.  They have learned lots about a supermarket.  They got to sit on the tills, taste lots of vegetables and even saw a fish being gutted!   Thank you to all the parent volunteers who accompanied the visit.

Year 5 have been to the National Art Gallery in Cardiff Bay today, as part of their Topic ‘Gallery’.  They had a wonderful day and the children’s behaviour was exemplary.

Thank you to all the parents/carers who came into school this week for Open Days.  The children enjoyed sharing their work with you very much.  Please liaise with your child’s class teacher to arrange a viewing if you weren’t able to come in this week and would like to do so.

The P.T.A. have been in the Co-op on a rota for the last couple of days, encouraging customers to sign up for the Co-op membership scheme and nominate Sketty School PTA as their chosen charity.  It costs £1 to join and members can receive 5% back when they buy Co-op own branded food, with 1% going to their chosen local community fund.   All monies raised will go towards a revamp of our Hall.  Our total currently stands at a healthy £950.  Our sincere thanks  to the members of the PTA who gave, and give, so generously of their own time for the benefit of the school.

Year 6 representatives have also been down to the store and demonstrated excellent communication skills when interacting with the customers.  Well done to all the Year 6 pupils who took part.

Have a lovely weekend.

Headteacher Weekly News – 13.01.17

Children nominated for Good Work merit in Achievement Assembly this week were:  Amelie Hawkins, Luc Johnson, Ethan Thomas, Elliott Lang, Mia White, Zac Beresford, Josh Bravey-Evans, Mahmut Ocak, Ebony Williams, Alma Abraham, Georgia Weston, Abigail Harrison, Josh Winstanley-Thomas and Ciaran Goggin.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:  Eva Ellison, Sofia Dafydd, Joseph Kelly, Mia Nosnan-Croft, Kellan Heuberger, Daniel Bygate, Arian Afruz-Ali, Nofa Murad, Hannah Jones, Jay Samuel, Emlyn Haines, Tasmin Cole, Claudia Thomas and Brooke Furlong.

Open Days are being held next week.  This is an opportunity for the children to share their school work with you for the current academic year.   Nursery, Years 1, 3 & 5 Open Day is Tuesday 17th January; whilst Reception, Years 4 & 6 is Wednesday 18th January (please note Year 2 shared their work on the Fire of London afternoon before Christmas).   Open sessions are held from 9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. and 2.50 p.m. – 3.20 p.m.  Please can parents wait either on the playground or in the Hall until 9 a.m. so the children can be registered in class first.

Year 1 will be visiting TESCO at Swansea Marina next week as part of their Topic ‘Supermarket’.   In addition, Year 5 will be visiting the National Art Gallery in Cardiff as part of their Topic ‘Gallery’.  All the children are looking forward to their visits very much.

Year 2 will be starting a ten week programme of Kerbcraft.  This initiative is run by the City and  Council of Swansea and will teach the children very important skills about road safety.

Mr Edwards will be holding a SENCo forum next Friday 20th January at 2 p.m.   Room tbc.  All welcome.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

When faced with bad weather, the school will do all it can to remain open. However, no risks will be taken with pupil safety and I would like to remind you of our procedures for dealing with disruption caused by snow.

In the event that snow prevents the school from opening, we endeavour to ensure this information is communicated as quickly as possible. The decision to close the school will be communicated via text.  Information will also be posted on the school website.

In some circumstances the decision is straightforward; in others the decision is difficult and has to be made on the best available information at the time, including staff ability to get to work. A decision will be communicated by 7.45 am at the latest.

In the event of school closure during the day, a text will be sent home. Supervision is arranged for any pupil who is unable to be picked up immediately.  In the event of school closure during the day, phone lines become very busy and I request that, in such circumstances, you only contact the school when it is absolutely necessary.

Thank you in anticipation of your support to ensure the safety of the whole school community.

Headteacher Weekly News – 07.01.16

Welcome back to school after the Christmas break.  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas together.  The children have settled back into the school routine quickly and well this week.

The Spring Term is always a good one for learning as it has slightly less going on, although the whole school year is busy nowadays!  We look forward to  working in continued partnership with yourselves in 2017 for the benefit of the children .

Please check the calendar for forthcoming events, including the popular Family Assemblies.  We have an Open Day for Nursery, Years 1, 3 & 5 on Tuesday 17th January and an Open Day for Reception, Years 4 & 6 on Wednesday 18th January.   Please do come into school at 9 a.m. or 2.50 p.m. for your child to share their work with you.

Have nice weekend.