Happy New Year and welcome to the first Newsletter of 2018

Staff News

Mrs Davies returns from her maternity leave on January 29th.  We are extremely grateful to Mrs Hazel Evans for covering the Year 3 class for the last year and wish her every success for the future.

Winter Weather Emergency Arrangements

Snow has already hit us badly this winter. If we do need to close the school again due to significant snowfall the following arrangements are an important reminder of what will be implemented;

 

  • Parents / carers will be sent a text message giving notice of closure before 8.00 am on any day affected by significant snowfall. 
  • A notice of closure will be posted on the Monmouthshire County Council website before 8.00 am.
  • If snow falls during the day when school is in session, and if necessary, a text will be sent to parents / carers informing you to collect your children as soon as possible.
  • The vast majority of staff live outside of the Abergavenny area and so their ability to get to school will be determined by local road conditions.
  • We will make every effort to open the school even if it has to run with a skeleton staff, but health and safety of pupils, parents and staff will be my first priority in making this decision. 
  • Where it would be possible to open we would welcome any volunteers who are handy with a snow shovel to help clear a path in.
  • If you have changed your mobile phone number recently could you please let the office have any new details to enable us to update our text and email service records.

PTFA

I would like to thank the PTFA for their tremendous on-going effort and commitment in providing wonderful opportunities and resources, which benefit all of our pupils. 

At the end of the autumn term we were able to open our new outdoor seating arena, which was project managed by PTFA members. We are grateful to Year 1 parent, Gareth James, his colleagues and volunteers, who worked tirelessly on weekends to construction the arena. It can be used for curriculum opportunities and as a peaceful seating area for pupils to use at break and lunch times.

Another major PTFA project completed during the Christmas holiday period has been the fitting of remote control solar powered Velux blinds to the 6 hall skylight windows and the installation of an electric track rail to allow opening and closing of the curtains covering the main hall windows.  Prior to fitting these the sunlight would pour in and we were unable to see any images projected, on to the screen which is used daily for assemblies and for pupils to share their IT work with the whole school (‘airdropping using iPads).  In the summer months the blinds will be of great help in keep the hall cool.  This project was possible thanks to the tremendous generosity of Robert Price and Velux Blinds who donated the blinds free of charge. Year 1 parent, Mr Julian Williams, who is a manager with Robert Price, read in PTFA communications that we were planning to fit blinds and stepped into help.  He kindly negotiated the donation with Robert Price and Velux Blinds, it is thanks Julian that this wonderful project has been possible.   PTFA funded the fitting of the blinds and electric curtain rail.  Thank you PTFA, Robert Price and Velux Blinds for an invaluable addition to the school’s facilities.

 

New Governors

Following advertisement and ballot the parent body elected Mr Morris-Powley as your new representative.  Also new to the Governing Body is Cllr McDonald who is the elected Community Council representative.

 

Lead Creative School

Llanfoist Primary has been designated as a Lead Creative School.  As part of this status Year 3 pupils will be working with a Welsh Arts Council Lead Creative Practitioner on a project called A Taste of Abergavenny, which will use local food produce to develop pupils’ numeracy and IT skills.

 

Class Assemblies

This term it is the turn of Reception and Year 1 to present their class assemblies to the whole school.  Parents, grandparents and friends are invited to join us.  All assemblies start at 9.10 and last for approximately 20 minutes. Dates for spring term class assemblies:

  • Year 1 (Miss Mooney & Mrs Smith) 9th March.
  • Reception class (Miss Taylor)

      16th March.

 

Punctuality

In addition to scrutinising attendance our ‘late book’ is regularly externally monitored by the Local Authority Education Welfare Service.  The Education Welfare Officer has noted the high and persistent incidence of lateness of some pupils.  Please could you ensure that your child/children arrive in school before the school gates are locked at 8.50 am.  Arriving late also causes considerable inconvenience for Miss Barry in the office.

 

 

Spring Term Dates for Your Diary

 

January 10thUpbeat music lessons start for Years 2 (Samba drumming) and Year 3 (African drumming). Sessions will run for 6 weeks.

 

January 11th:  Year 6 pupils begin a 6 week ground breaking IT project developing an App with a company called Pyka, which will be used by the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London to allow people to interact with their artwork in new and exciting ways

 

January 12th:  As winners of the Abergavenny cluster cross country tournament, the team will compete in the Monmouthshire schools’ final at Caldicot Castle.

 

February 19th – February 23rd: Half Term.

March 1stSt David’s Day Eisteddfod. This year St David’s Day coincides with World Book Day.  Children are invited to attend school dressed in any Welsh ‘themed’ dress or costume or as a character from a book of their favourite Welsh author.

 

March 5thYear 2 project - Gwent Ethnic Minority Service will deliver See the World through our Eyes – Turkey.

 

March 6th: Parent Consultation Evening. 

 

March 7th: Parent Consultation Evening.

 

March 9th:  Year 1 Class Assembly.

 

March 16th:    Reception Class assembly.

 

March 26th – 29th: Year 6 residential visit to Talybont Outdoor Education and Adventure Centre.

 

March 29th:  Easter celebration at Christchurch Govilon (to be confirmed). 

Easter fun activities in school (details to follow).

 

March 29th:  End of term.

Without doubt there will be many additions to these dates as the term progresses.  We will keep you informed of any additions.

 

School Clubs

Netball              Monday        Yrs 4, 5 & 6

                                               Lunchtime

Choir                Monday        Yrs 1 - 6

                                               3.15 –4.15pm

Football            Monday         Yrs 4 – 6

                                            3.30 – 4.15pm

Rugby              Tuesday       Yrs 4 – 6

                                             3.30 – 4.15pm

Creative             Friday           Yrs 1 & 2

Movement                               3.10 – 4pm

Football             Friday            Yr 3

                                                Lunchtime

 

Clubs commence w/c 15th January                                                  

 

I look forward to seeing you at one of the many events we have arranged for the spring term.

 

Thank you for your continuing support.

 

Kind regards

Jon Murphy

Headteacher