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.

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