Headteacher Weekly Blog – 17.02.17

Children receiving merits for Good Work this week were: William Hopkins, Isaac Birch, James Bevan, Ella Beynon, Mia White, Olivia Kavanagh, Lenny McNamara, Mahmut Ocak, Harry Wilkinson, Poppy Salter – Hourigan, Maya Reardon, Josh Lomax, Sam Healey and Amy Liu.

Children receiving merits for demonstrating positive values were: Sophia Ridgewell, Emily Bygate, Sofia Jones, George Webborn, Rocco Winchester, Darcey Saunders, Callum Champ, Liam Cunningham, Caitlin Giffard, Jacob Thomas, Charlie Evans, Santino Collins, Thea Wilkinson and Ashton Padfield.  Well done everybody – we are proud of your efforts.

The Fire Service have given a  talk to Year 5 this week about fire safety in the home.  They gave clear messages about how to keep safe and to avoid risky behaviours.  The Fire Service then spoke to Year 2, as part of their Topic ‘Superheroes’.  They answered lots of questions prepared by the children.

It’s been a busy final week of the half term in school. Teachers from  schools across the Gower visited us on Monday to undertake a learning walk in our Foundation Phase.   It was a positive visit and nice to share our practice.   In addition, a Read, Write, Inc Development day took place on Tuesday.   Our consultant Rhianwen Ashford analysed pupil progress data, monitored provision and held a master class for staff.

The rugby teams played against Parkland School on Tuesday afternoon.   All the children played with great commitment and the skill level was very high.  Both sides scored some fantastic tries and tackled with great gusto!

Year 3LC held their Family Assembly this morning.  The Assembly  was based on their Topic of ‘Natural Disasters’.  It was a cracking Assembly. The children performed a song about the Water Cycle and shared some wonderful creative writing and poetry they had written.  They also shared which item they would choose to take with them if they were caught up in a disaster zone and had to leave home.

Thank you to the parents who attended our school performance meeting last night to hear about how the school is progressing on its journey of improvement.  There were about thirty parents in attendance.  We shared performance data and talked through the categorisation process.  We touched upon the challenging context we have been operating in, including financially, and what the priorities are moving forward.   Many of the parents who attended have commented that the meeting was informative and beneficial.

One priority is to strengthen parent voice in the school.  We will be setting up a parent forum after half term.  The forum will consist of one parent per year group and will meet with school leadership regularly to offer a parental perspective on aspects of school strategy and provision.  This group will sit underneath the Governing Body and their contributions will feed into decision making at the school.  We will be inviting applications from parents to sit on the forum after half term.

St. David’s Day and World Book day fall in the first week back after half term.   The children  are invited to dress in Welsh costumes/rugby jerseys etc on the Wednesday and Friday.   Please can we have all competition entries in by March 1st.  The children (and staff!) are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on the Thursday.

Another date for your diary is the next P.T.A./Community School Grounds’ Improvement morning on Saturday 4th March, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and we wish you all a happy half term holiday.

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