October 9th 2020 Hydref 9fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

One thing that has delighted me since we started the school year, is that the pupils have been really engaged in recent themed weeks and this week’s National Libraries theme has been no different. Thank you for your photographic contributions. It’s been lovely to share examples of pupils reading to brothers, sisters, dogs, cats, fish, teddies and grannies in all manner of places. I hope it helps foster an ongoing love of reading, which will only help fire the imagination as well as develop Literacy skills ever further!

To see all of our pupils wearing a sticker with my face (and age) upon it today has also given me a giggle! I never thought my ‘Big Birthday’ would be recognised in such a way, but it’s certainly made me chuckle and I’m grateful to everybody for the good wishes! I’d also like to extend congratulations to Leanne who has also reached the same milestone – a couple of days before me too I might add! Many happy returns to her!

Un peth sydd wedi fy mhlesio ers i ni ddechrau’r flwyddyn ysgol yw, bod y disgyblion wedi cymryd rhan go iawn yn ystod yr wythnosau â thema ddiweddar ac nid yw thema Llyfrgelloedd Cenedlaethol yr wythnos hon wedi bod dim gwahanol. Diolch am eich cyfraniadau ffotograffig. Mae wedi bod yn hyfryd rhannu enghreifftiau o ddisgyblion yn darllen i frodyr, chwiorydd, cŵn, cathod, tedis a mam-gu ym mhob math o leoedd. Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd yn helpu i feithrin cariad parhaus at ddarllen, a fydd ond yn helpu i danio’r dychymyg yn ogystal â datblygu sgiliau llythrennedd ymhellach fyth!

Mae gweld pob un o’n disgyblion yn gwisgo sticer gyda fy ngwyneb (ac oedran) arno heddiw hefyd wedi gwneud i mi wenu! Wnes i erioed feddwl y byddai fy ‘Mhen-blwydd Mawr’ yn cael ei gydnabod yn y fath fodd, ond yn sicr mae wedi gwneud i mi chwerthin ac rwy’n ddiolchgar i bawb am y dymuniadau da! Hoffwn estyn llongyfarchiadau i Leanne sydd hefyd wedi cyrraedd yr un garreg filltir – cwpl o ddyddiau cyn fi hefyd! Pob dymuniad da iddi!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Hello Yellow Day – Next Friday will be ‘Hello Yellow’ day. On this day, we will remember and celebrate Jill Jackson, our valued staff member who so sadly passed away twelve months ago. She was passionate about pupil wellbeing and helped launch our ELSA sessions – which have given many pupils emotional support over the years. On Friday, we ask pupils to come to school dressed in yellow and send in a £1 contribution to the Young Minds charity, which supports children’s mental health. We also ask our pupils to choose their favourite joke, which they will perform/recite in class (keep them short and clean!) We’ll also take some silly ‘photo booth’ photos with yellow props and hopefully there will be lots of laughs and smiles as we remember Jill. Finally, the Junior pupils plus staff will assemble in the garden area to open ‘Jill’s Bench’. This new bench surrounds the oak tree and will be a place where pupils can befriend, support and help one another in Jill’s memory. I am sure it will be a poignant day full of smiles.

National Libraries Week – If National Libraries has kick started reading at home this week for your family, please be aware that there is a free course available to parents, which offers guidance on how to support your child’s reading at home. Please visit the following link https://www.adultlearning.wales/en/course/40277. Enrolment is currently closed, but you can register future interest when places become available.

Halloween Competition – Please see the email’s attached image for details of Hill & Roberts’ Halloween Competition. Children are asked to make their own Halloween masks and email them to the address provided.

Music Lessons – Payment for music lessons has now been set up on Parent Pay. These payments are for lessons for this year and also for outstanding payments from last year. Many thanks.

PC Llinos – PC Llinos will make her first visit of the year on Wednesday and speak to all Junior classes.

Forthcoming Themed Weeks – The next few weeks will be themed as follows:
Week beginning October 12th – Hello Yellow Wellbeing Week
Week beginning October 19th – Harvest Week
Week beginning November 2nd – Have Your Say Week (Parliament Week)
Week beginning November 9th – Anti-Bullying Week

Wellingtons – Please ensure your child has a labelled pair of wellingtons in school. We want to utilize the fields as much as possible, so pupils need appropriate footwear when we do so. Many thanks

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week recognised in this morning’s assembly were Florence, Elsie, Eve, Charlea, Daisy-Jane, Eva, Oscar, Leala, Charly, Tommy, Ethan, Kian and Brody. Well done to each and every one!