November 24th 2017 Tachwedd24ain

Dear Parents / Carers,

Black Friday is here, so I’m sure Xmas shopping is at the forefront of most thoughts at the moment. The Xmas cogs are turning here in school, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Year 4 have their visit to Pentre next week and Year 5 had a great day in Brynhyfryd, so there’s been excitement all round!

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Mae ‘Black Friday’ yma, felly bydd siopa ‘Dolig yn flaenllaw ar feddyliau. Mae olwynion Nadoligaidd yn troi yma yn yr ysgol ac mae tripiau Blwyddyn 4 i Bentre a Blwyddyn 5 i Frynhyfryd wedi ychwanegu at y cynnwrf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Road Safety Week – It’s Road Safety Week and our JRSOs have been very proactive in running a special survey among the children.

Cross Country – The Cross Country has been rearranged for next Tuesday afternoon from 1.15pm. The venue will again be by the Tennis Club.

PTA Own Clothes Day – The PTA are inviting all to wear their own clothes next Friday in exchange for a donation to the chocolate tombola stall, which will be open for business at the PTA Fair a fortnight today.

​Operation Xmas Child – Some of our School Councillors took the Operation Christmas Child boxes, which were passed on for transportation last week. A big thank you to them for coordinating this activity.

​Prospectus – Our School Prospectus has been tweaked and updated once again and is available via a link on twitter or from the downloads section on the website. Thanks once again to Jayne Mayers for her work on this impressive document.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Charlie, Lilly, Beau, Kaden, Daniel, Ffion, TylerW, Iwan, Billy and Molly. Welsh Awards went to Alex and Caitlin. Cadie had a Rainbows certificate and Molly gymnastics awards. Finally, Kian received a Karate certificate and belt. Well done to all of them!

​Giggles – If you quote Giggles at then you’ll be able to raise money for our pre-school group via your Xmas shopping. Thank you.

Health and Safety Issues – A couple of issues have been brought to my attention. Firstly, can I ask parents not to use the staff car park to drop off the children in the mornings as Pen Barras children access the canteens before school and the increased traffic adds the risk to their welfare. Additionally, could all Infant pupils be walked into the building and upstairs to attend Breakfast Club. Many thanks.

Xmas Choir – Please refer to the letter sent out this week for details of our choir performance in the run up to Xmas. The more the merrier!

Pentrellyncymer – Good luck to Year 4 in Pentre next week. Fingers are crossed for dry weather. Keep an eye on twitter for updates!

Cardiff Trip – Letters have been sent home regarding the 2018 Cardiff visit for Year 6. Please send in the reply slip and deposit as soon as possible if interested.

Year 5 Family Service – Next Friday, will see Year 5 deliver their Family Service at 9am. Parents and relatives welcome.

​Entrepeneurship – Each class has been planning and costing a financial project to make a profit. The entrepreneurs in Year 4 have had a special production line running this week, preparing goods to be put on sale in the PTA Xmas Fair on December 8th. I look forward to see what each class has to sell on the day!

PTA Xmas Photos – Please see the attached poster for details of the PTA Xmas Photos which are available for you to view and order.

Brynhyfryd Year 5 Transition Visit – Year 5 had a great day yesterday at the art and technology departments of Ysgol Brynhyfryd in a transition project which has been launched by the Secondary School in conjunction with the Feeder Primaries. They said, “Thank you very much to you, your staff and students. The pupils were fantastic and were a credit to your school and I hope they enjoyed the activities.” We are grateful to Ysgol Brynhyfryd for providing this opportunity.

Glasdir Visit – The School Council have received a formal invitation from the Charman of the County Council to visit the Glasdir site next Friday.

Medical Forms – It would be much appreciated if you could ensure the speedy return of any medical forms you have been asked to return to school. We need to collate all the relevant data, even if your child has no medical needs. Your co-operation would be very much appreciated.

Lost Property – Ella has lost a plastic bag with a pair of jeans ripped at the knee inside plus a t-shirt. If anybody has it or knows where it is, please pass it on to us.

PTA Xmas Competition – Please also see the attached poster, regarding the competition to design the cover of the Juniors Xmas Concert programme.