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Headteacher Weekly News 16.06.17

Children nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit this week were:- Reuben El-Hoss, Inez Lewis, Matthew Jones, Zahra Haider, Ellen Morgan, Evie Simpson, Oliver Huggleston, Izzy Proctor Evans, Tristan Xuan, Tommy Earls, Jessica Bevan and Charlie Davies.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were: Evan Lewis, Mehdi Hathaf, Seren Gammon, Thomas Morgan, Isla Taylor, Caio Bassett, Isabella Johns, Halina Thomas, David Hood, Zoe Wood, Thea Wilkinson and Jack Shaddick.  Well done everybody – great effort!

Years 1 & 2 Sports were held on Tuesday afternoon.  The weather was kind and the large crowd in attendance enjoyed the event very much.  All the boys and girls participated wholeheartedly and gave of their best, whilst having lots of fun also.  Thank you for supporting the children on the day and a big thank you to all the staff for ensuring the event ran smoothly.

Our school football, rugby and netball teams tool part in the Greg Rees Memorial event at Tre Uchaf School, Loughor yesterday.  The festival was arranged to celebrate the life of Mr Rees and the event certainly did that.  Lots of boys and girls got the chance to play  numerous fixtures against youngsters from other schools.  All participants displayed the true spirit of sport – trying hard, playing as a team and demonstrating respect for the opposition.  It was a day where the result truly did not matter.

Our school Athletics team achieved great success in the local round of the Athletics Championship on Wednesday.  The large team all produced excellent individual performances, which resulted in the school being placed first overall.  Many of the children will now go onto the next round, covering West Glamorgan.  Many congratulations to the team on their success.

Year 5 visited Port Eynon for the third time today as part of their work on the John Muir Environmental Science award.  The children are improving their environmental awareness greatly, whilst at the same time enjoying the great outdoors.  Their fourth and final day is a week today.

The Week Ahead

We are holding meetings after school on Tuesday and Thursday for next academic year’s Nursery intake.  We look forward to welcoming the new members to our school community.

Reception classes are visiting Caswell Bay on Wednesday and Year 3 are going to Port Eynon.  Let’s hope the weather is good.

We are holding a Music Concert on Thursday evening in the school hall, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Our children will be performing pieces on a range of musical instruments.  In addition, our children will performing the  High Street Musical routine that they recently performed at the Primary Partners’ concert and Dr Bruce Perkins’ Jazz Band will also be performing.  It promises to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

Headteacher Weekly News – 09.06.17

Children nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit this week were: Ethan Drobac, Annalisa Van Loon, Freya Gammon, Harry Jones, Amelia Davies, Megan Shoemark, Abigail Haines, Jasmin Hillman, Aimee Jones, Evie Cole, Sonny Collins, Evie Slocombe, Bowyn Hill and Elly Traylor Holland.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were: Felix Andrews, Luc Johnson, Kieran Webborn, Savannah Farrell, Rocco Winchester, Zac Isherwood, Abigail Smith, Matthew McKevitt, Dylan Lewis, Sarah Lomax, Josh Reynolds, Ivor Lewis, Freya Mackinnon and James Harris.

The Primary Partners’ Concert was held in the Grand Theatre last night.  It was a great evening of entertainment, with six schools performing.  Our children performed items from ‘High School Musical’ .  Their singing and dancing was, quite simply, outstanding.   We all  felt very proud.  My sincere thanks to  Mrs. Cook, Miss Lewis and Mrs. Stockton for giving so much of their own  time to prepare the children for their performance.  My thanks also to parents for helping supply costumes and supporting on the night.

Sponsorship money has been collected from the Ultra Run held before half term.  The event raised a whopping £1300.  This money will be used to invest in P.E., playtime and playground equipment.  Thank you so much for your support.  It is always greatly appreciated, but especially in a time of reducing central budgets and increasing financial pressures.

The Week Ahead

Year 1 & 2 Sports are being held on the school field next Tuesday afternoon, starting at 1.15 p.m.  Let’s hope the weather improves.

The school will be taking part in the Greg Rees Memorial Tournament at Tre Uchaf School, Lougher on Thursday.  Our rugby, netball and football teams will be playing fun, non competitive fixtures against a number of other schools in memory of Mr Rees, who sadly died recently.  Mr Rees was an avid sportsman and coach of junior sports and we are very pleased to be participating in this event.

Have a nice weekend.

Headteacher Weekly News – 25.05.17

Children nominated for Good Work merit this week were: Emily Shoemark, Isaac Meadowcroft, Lakshmi Kanamarlapudi, Dabia Al-Kassab, Ella Hutchinson, Maddie Jones, Seren Hawkins, Phoebe Thien, Seren Hopkins, Fern Hooper and Ciaran Goggin.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:- Sabrina Bradley, Daniel Anson, Penny Stanton, Mia Noonan – Croft, Molly Figgis, Zac Beresford, Ruby Morris, Jude Perez – Celorrio, Jessica Roberts, Charlie Barnsley and Ciaran Goggin.  Well done everybody (particularly Ciaran for being nominated by two different teachers!) and keep up the good work.

We have been blessed with some lovely weather this week.  The Early Years Sports on Monday was very well attended and the children enjoyed the range of sporting activities very much.  We hope you enjoyed the event as much as the children.

The weather was rather dreary on Tuesday  but we managed to hold our KS2 Sports Day at the first attempt; this hasn’t happened for many years!  All the boys and girls participated enthusiastically and tried their hardest.  There were some truly excellent performances,  in both track and field.  Very well done to all the children.

The Governing Body have considered the results of the recent parental survey on School Photography.  There were only seventeen responses in total and so the Governors decided this was not a sufficiently large  response to implement change.  However, parental views from the responses received has been fed back to the current photography service provider.  In addition, a satisfaction survey will be undertaken with parents after each round of photographs.  This will enable Governors to make the most fully informed decision in the future.

Our Attendance level continues to do very well.  The current school attendance for the year is 96.7%.  This is the highest ever at this time of year.  Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your child/children attend school as much as possible.

The Parent Forum met for the second time yesterday.  This initiative has been very helpful in promoting dialogue between home and school.  The focus of yesterday’s meeting was looking at progression in pupil work from Nursery to Year 6 and also looking at National Test papers.  We also had a discussion about school funding and budget pressures.

Next week is Half Term.  We hope the weather remains fine and you enjoy a fantastic break with your children.

Week Beginning 05.06.17

05.06.17 – Year 5 Rugby Skills with Rugby Development Officer

07.06.17 – Class Photographs

P.T.A. meeting in  staffroom at 6.30 p.m.


Primary Partners’ Concert in Grand Theatre

Greg Rees Memorial Fun Tournament – Football, Netball and Rugby teams


Headteacher Weekly News – 19.05.17

Children nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit in Achievement Assembly this week were: Freya Kongolo, Warren James, Ella Van Der Hart, Joseph Kelly, William Smith, Keira Brown, Mahmut Ocak, Lily Coffey, Poppy Salter-Hourigan, Flynn Ferguson and Clara Marsh Lorenzo.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:- Eva Anthony-Dubernet, Evan Ridgewell, Alphie Sharples, Caidan Nechajev-Lowe, Mia White, Polly Bishop, Ruby Campion, Jade Upton, Evie Slocombe, Bowyn Hill and Rebecca Ashton.  Well done everybody – great effort!

Year 3 visited Ilston Woods this week to take part in a range of outdoor activities in the woods.  The rain stayed off and the children enjoyed the practical activities very much.   The Ranger was very enthusiastic and her enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on the children.

In addition, Years 4 & 5 went to Llangrannog for their residential visit from Monday to Wednesday.  It was fantastic to see the children participating in challenging activities and overcoming their nerves.  ‘High Ropes’ and ‘Go Karting’ seemed to be the favourite activities!  Their behaviour was exceptional and staff reported the boys and girls were a pleasure to take away.  Our thanks to the staff for generously giving of their own time to allow the children this wonderful experience.

The rearranged Ultra Run took place today on our school field.   Every child participated enthusiastically in the event and enjoyed the experience.  We will be adding up the total distance covered by all the children shortly to see how many Marathons were completed by the children.  Many thanks for your support of the children in obtaining sponsorship.  Monies raised will help further improve the school grounds for the children.  Sincere thanks to Miss Lewis, Parent Governor Heath Brett and the Pupil Active Council for their organisation, enthusiasm and hard work in ensuring  the event ran smoothly.

The Week Ahead

  • PTA/Community Grounds’ Improvement morning Saturday 20th  May, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Early Years’ Sports on the school field – Monday 22nd May, 1.15 p.m. start (please note that older brothers and sisters do not leave class to watch)
  • Years 3 & 4 Sports at the track  – Tuesday 23rd May, 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
  • Years 5 & 6 Sports at the track – Tuesday 23rd May, 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.
  • Parent Forum in staffroom – Thursday 25th May, 1.30 p.m.
  • Last day of half term – Friday 26th May

Have a nice weekend.


Headteacher Weekly News – 12.05.17

Children nominated for merits this week were:- Sofia Dafydd, Heidi Morgan-Hurst, Ethan Thomas, Callum Hood, James Topliss, Ryan Reynolds, Christian Belliss- Williams and Elliott Lang, James Dennis, James Lloyd, Christian O’ Leary and Ayesha Russ.  Very well done to all of you.

The P.T.A held a Quiz Night last Friday evening, themed mainly on Music though the decades and Films.  It really was a cracking evening – very sociable and great fun.  Everybody who attended enjoyed the evening very much indeed.  Such was the success of the event, plans have already started to hold a similar event in the not too distant future.

Year 1 visited Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire yesterday.  The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals and learned lots of fascinating facts about the creatures that live there.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who supported on the day.

Reception DD held a super Family Assembly this morning.  The quality of pupil work presented in the Assembly was excellent.  Well done to all the boys and girls who took part.   Every class has now presented an Assembly over the course of the year and we hope that you all have enjoyed them as much as we have.  The programme is well established now and a major highlight of the week for the school community.

The scheduled sponsored Ultra Run was postponed today due to variable weather.  It has been re-scheduled for next Friday.

The Week Ahead

Years 4 and 5 are undertaking their residential visit to Llangrannog next Monday to Wednesday.  This visit is always highly anticipated and I’m sure the boys and girls will have a fantastic time.

The Early Years (Nursery & Reception) are holding their Sports on the school field next Tuesday afternoon, starting at 1.15 p.m.  We hope for dry weather (especially after the driest April in Wales for 100 years!) and look forward to seeing you there.

The P.T.A. are holding another School Grounds Improvement morning next Saturday 20th May; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Please do come along with a spade or a paint brush and get stuck in.   The group have done outstanding work to date and it would be great to see even more of you there next week.

Have a good weekend.

Headteacher Weekly Blog – 05.05.17

It’s been rather a disjointed week with the Bank Holiday on Monday and also national testing taking place for Years 2 – 6.  The children have all tried their best in the tests and been very mature in their attitude and approach.  The teachers have successfully managed the administration of the tests; resulting in very little visible stress during the tests.  We are very, very proud of all the boys and girls.

Reception KE held their Family Assembly this morning and delighted the large audience with their speaking, singing and presenting.  The children were, quite simply,  outstanding.

The P.T.A are holding a Quiz Night in the school hall tonight; doors open at 7.15 p.m.  We look forward to seeing many of you there for a fun evening.

Have a nice weekend.

Headteacher Weekly News – 28.04.17

KS2 children receiving merits for ‘Good Work’ in Achievement Assembly were Josie Woolacott, Imogen Metcalfe, Amy Travers, Olivia Bellis- Williams, Tasmin Cole, Daniel Hale, Sam Healey and Dylan Gwynn.

The following KS2 children were recognised for positive values: Jack Whitehouse, Poppy Salter-Hourigan, Aimee Jones, Tom Whitehouse, Simona Devanakis, Morgan Willis, Amy Lui and the whole of Year 3SK!

It’s been a smooth first week back.  The children have settled back well into their classes.  Year 5 visited Port Eynon today to undertake environmental work on the beach as part of their Outdoor Learning programme.  This is the first in a series of outdoor days which will see the children working towards achieving the prestigious John Muir Environmental Science Award.

Next Monday is the May Day Bank holiday and then nationals tests are being held for Years 2 – 6 between May 3rd and May 10th.  Whilst these tests are statutory, please be reassured that  we endeavour for all the children to be as relaxed as possible when taking them.  Teachers have been successful in previous years in alleviating any possible stress and the vast majority of children have coped fine.

Next Friday is the P.T.A. Quiz Night in the school hall.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.  It promises to be a really fun evening.

Have a good weekend.

National Test 2017 Timetable

Dear Parents,

Please find below the timetable for the forthcoming National Tests.


Date / Test









3 May/Mai

Yr/Bl 3

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 4

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 5

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 6 9:30 am



4 May/Mai

Yr/Bl 3

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 4

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 5

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 6

9:30 am


5 May/Mai


Yr/Bl 2

9:30 am

Yr/Bl 3

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 5

9:30 am


8 May/Mai


Yr/Bl 2

9:30 am
Yr/Bl 4

9:30 am


9 May/Mai


Yr/Bl 2

9:30 am


Please note that any child who does not sit the test will automatically be given a standardised score of below 85.  This has a detrimental effect on school performance information.

Please will you ensure that your child is in school on the days of their tests, unless too unwell.  The teachers will ensure that the children are as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the test.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Headteacher Weekly News – 07.04.17

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, due to maintenance work in the hall we were unable to hold Achievement Assembly today. We will present the certificates to the pupils in assembly after the holidays.

The following children were recognised for good work:- Callum Powell, Josie Woolacott, Imogen Metcalfe, Amy Travers, Olivia Beliss- Williams, Tasmin Cole, Daniel Hale, Sam Healey and Dylan Gwynn.

The following children were recognised for demonstrating positive values:- Penny Stanton, Jack Whitehouse, Poppy Salter-Hourigan, Aimee Jones, Tom Whitehouse, Simona Devanakis, Morgan Willis, Amy Lui and the whole of Year 3SK!

It’s been an action packed final week.

There has been great excitement in Nursery with the arrival of our Easter Chicks. All the children have taken extreme care looking after the new arrivals.

Y1 held their cake stall on Tuesday, which was a great success. All the children baked delicious cakes and we experienced a near sell out.

Year 3 have welcomed parents to help bake and create Easter Crafts and treats, thank you to all who attended. Year 4 held an Easter Egg Hunt in the school grounds and all the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Year 6 have had a busy week with a trip to Harry Potter World on Thursday and hosting their enterprise day on Wednesday. This was extremely well supported by parents. The children have demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills by creating their own companies. A very healthy profit of £66.05 was made by Swankey Candles of Mrs Miller’s class, and an excellent return of £96 profit was recorded by Sweet Bubbles of Mrs Jackson’s class. Overall, the year group made a £300 profit which will be reinvested into the Year 6 classes. Once again thank you for all the generosity and support.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the members of the PTA who helped relocate lost property and who helped out on the wonderful stalls.

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and restful Easter Holiday.


Headteacher Weekly News – 31.03.17

nominated for ‘Good Work’ merit this wek were:- Isabelle Davies, Leyaan Arora, James Culliford, Hollie Giffard, Kellan Heuberger, Freddie Burgess, Evan Morris, Jude Perez-Celerio, Jessica Roberts, Evie Cole, Katie Woollacott, Ellie Pearson, Guy – Yee Wong and Ashton Padfield.

Children nominated for demonstrating positive values were:- Rebecca Foxall, George Jones, Daniel Robinson, Ava Hughes, Molly Figgis, Lily Davies, Josh Tanner, Tanya Hamaamin, Hannah Jones, Abbie Bolton, Imogen Ridgewell, Louie Baglow, Morgan Wilson and Rebecca Ashton.

The school rugby teams have been very busy  this week.  We took part in the 10 a side South Wales Police tournament at Dunvant R.F.C. on Monday.  The team beat Llwynderw and Grange to qualify for the cup stage.  The boys battled bravely against very tough opposition in Pennard, Parkland and Bishopston schools and bowed out with pride intact.

We entered Year 5 and Year 6 teams into the Ian Thomas memorial 7 a side tournament at Cefn Cribbwr on Wednesday.  The Year 6 team beat Nottage three tries to one but lost to Pyle and Mynydd Cynffig in the group stage.  The Year 5 team performed excellently to win both group matches against Cefn Cribbwr and Pyle.  After a gallant effort, the side lost to a very strong Nottage team in the final.  We are very proud of the efforts of all the players.

After strong performances for the school and county, Morgan Willis and Caitlin Evans have been selected for the West Glamorgan Cross County team.   They raced against Dyfed Schools at Margam Park on Saturday.   Morgan finished 14th and Caitlin 19th in large fields of over 50.  Well done both of you for your excellent achievements!

We had a ‘Onesie’ day on Wednesday to raise money for supporting people with Autism.    In addition, we raised £300 on  Red Nose day.   Thank you very much for your support.

The PTA held the KS2 film night last night.  The children enjoyed the experience very much.  Thank you to the PTA for their tireless work in providing opportunities for the children and raising much needed funds for the school.

Year 1 VE/SW held their family assembly this morning, presenting their work on their Topic, ‘Supermarket’.   The children were excellent in everything they did – singing, speaking and performing.

Have a nice weekend.