Rhayader C.I.W. School

Healthy Lunchboxes

19 Mar 2019

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Gig Candelas- Trip to Builth Wells Royal Welsh Show Ground.

19 Mar 2019



13 Mar 2019

For Urdd members still wishing to compete in Cogurdd. It will be held in school this Friday 15th March. Please ensure your child brings all ingredients and equipment needed to compete into school on Friday.

Chester Zoo trip info

12 Mar 2019


Llangrannog Trip

12 Mar 2019


Update tomorrow

05 Mar 2019

Important message- We will be open as planned tomorrow. Children are able to wear St David's day costumes and the welsh themed dinner will take place tomorrow.
As foundation phase classes (infants) have been damaged teaching bases have been set up in the school halls.
Mrs Davies class Year 1 & 2 English- Children will need to use the back door by the bell for access in the mornings and collection at the end of the day,

Mrs Rimmers class Reception- Children will need to use the back door by the bell for access in the mornings and collection at the end of the day,
Miss Evans Class Reception, Year 1&2 Welsh stream- Will use the door by the canteen (Mrs Davies usual entrance) in the mornings and collection at home time.
There will be no access through the front door for Children or parents. Staff will collect children from the bus to take to their temporary classrooms.
Any late arrivals will need to wait at the front door to be met by a staff member.
Key Stage 2 Children (Juniors)
Will continue to use the entrance by the steps at the start of the day and at home time.
Breakfast club and After School Club.
We will open tomorrow morning and after school as normal as a trial to see if we can run breakfast club however we will post tomorrow if this arrangement is viable for the rest of the week.
Please could any messages about home time be put in home school books or if you could please tell a member of staff in the morning? The office is not in full working order and we may not be able to get messages via the phone or computer (facebook).
We are unable to say how long these arrangements will be in place so please follow these directions until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Potions Party

19 Feb 2019

The Children in Hebog Glas have decided that they would like to have a potions party to finish off their potions topic with a bang! The party will take place this Friday afternoon 22nd February in class.
In their maths lessons, the children will be measuring/ weighing ingredients to make cakes and butterbeer to enjoy at the party!
Children are welcome to bring something into school (linked to potions) to wear to the party e.g lab coat, goggles, wizards hat and wand but due to swimming Friday morning we ask that they do not wear their costume/props into school in the morning.
Kind regards
Mrs Protheroe & Mrs Ross


18 Feb 2019



15 Feb 2019



15 Feb 2019


After School Club

12 Feb 2019


Konflux Theatre visit to school

05 Feb 2019


Welsh Resources to use at home

04 Feb 2019



30 Jan 2019



30 Jan 2019


Newsletter January

28 Jan 2019



18 Jan 2019


Writing competition

10 Jan 2019

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Upcoming Events

12 Dec 2018

Thursday 13th December.

Christmas Welsh Activity Day and Christmas Jumper Day.
Children can wear their own clothes and Xmas jumper for £1.

Friday 14th December

Year 5 and 6 swimming. It is a Fun swim and normal swimming kits are needed (not shorts and t shirts).

PTFA Bingo in the school hall. Doors open at 6.30pm, games start at 7pm. Children's Bingo will be held as well as the main adult games.

Monday 17th December

Foundation Phase (Infants) Christmas Party at 1.30pm. Party clothes can be worn.

Tuesday 18th December

Key Stage 2 (Juniors) Christmas party at 1.30pm. Party clothes can be worn.

Wednesday 19th December

Piano concert in the school hall 11am for everyone who has piano lessons with Mrs Freeman. Please come along to support the children.

Key stage 2 Christingle Service in the school hall at 6pm. As it is the 50th Anniversary of the Christingle we will be collecting for the Children’s society funds. There will also be an opportunity for a random winner as we are putting a gold Christingle within one service sheet.

Thursday 20th December

Christmas Dinner Day and DVD afternoon. (Please ensure payments for Christmas dinner are made via parent pay)

Friday 21st December

Games day and non-uniform day. (No payment required) Children can bring in a non-special game or toy to play with and share with their friends. Please note the teachers are not responsible for the toy so do not bring in anything expensive or special in case it gets lost or damaged.

The Christmas holidays start at 3.30pm

The school reopens for the Spring Term on Tuesday 8th January 2019.


07 Nov 2018




Ein gwerth am yr hanner tymor hwn ‘diriondeb’

Our value this half-term is ‘Compassion’



2018 – 2019

(please ensure holidays are planned during holidays)

Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October

Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December


Tuesday 8th January to Friday 22nd February

Monday 4th March to Thursday 11th April


Monday 29th April to Friday 24th May

Monday 3rd June to Friday 19th July


May Day – Monday 6th May 2019



Just to remind you all that the school is now using Facebook, Schoop and Twitter to communicate school events with you.  Our Schoop ID is 14174 and the Twitter address is @rhayadercinw.   You can find us on Facebook as Rhayader Primary.


Please note although staff may use Facebook and messenger the only account to make contact regarding any school matters is the official Rhayader Primary account. 



Again this year we will be collecting Shoeboxes for the AMEN appeal.  AMEN collect boxes for the whole family. Attached is a leaflet with all of the information about the appeal and the items you can include in your shoebox.  The closing date for the shoeboxes is Monday 19th November.



School uniform can now be ordered directly from School Trends on www.schooltrends.co.uk or Tesco www.tesco.com/direct/ues




5th November – Back to school after half-term

6th November – Hebog Glas trip to Elan Valley

7th November – Barcud Coch trip to Park Hall Farm

Year 6 visit to Ysgol Calon Cymru (Builth Campus)

8th November – Rags to Riches Collection

School Photos in school hall

10th November – School Choir performance in Rhayader Players’ concert 7pm

16th November – Children in Need – Dress your child up in Spots or as a Superhero and donate £1 to Children in Need. 

The school council will be arranging events on the day and more information about this will be sent out.  We will have the school parade around town at 9.30am.

22nd November – Year 3 and 4 Indoor Athletics in Llandrindod Sports Centre

24th November – School choir singing at St Clement’s Christmas Fair at 11.45am (change of time)

26th November – Group of children singing at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair in Llanelwedd

7th December – Santa Run and Christmas Market at 1.30pm

11th December – Foundation Phase – Christmas Concert in school hall at 2pm

12th December – Foundation Phase – Christmas Concert in School hall at 6pm

13th December – Christmas Jumper Day - £1 and Welsh Activity Day

14th December – PTFA Christmas Bingo

17th December – Foundation Phase Christmas Party at 1.30pm - £1 per child

18th December – Key Stage 2 Christmas Party at 1.30pm - £1 per child

19th December – Key Stage 2 Christingle Service at 6pm

20th December – Christmas Dinner Day and DVD afternoon

21st December – Games Day and Break Up for Christmas Holiday



Thank you to everyone who completes consent forms and returns them by the stated date. 

Please could you all endeavour to return the forms promptly to give the school enough time to organise events?

The letters contain lots of information about the events and all have a consent form that can be cut off, it would be helpful if you could just return the consent slip and keep the letter with the information for your records.  We are having a large number of questions about the events when the information has been provided in the original letter.



Due to ensuring the safety of all of our children on site all parents must report to the school office.  We have had a number of parents on the school playground and entering the Foundation Phase classroom after 8.55am.



The school has launched a school lottery that parents and friends of the school can sign up to.  The top prize is £25,000 and there are regular special prizes for families too.  Please help raise much needed funds for the school by visiting www.yourschoollottery.co.uk

This is a very easy way to help our school that does not require lots of time and is not expensive.  You also get the chance to win prizes.



Please get involved in the PTFA.  We have a number of events coming up…

Christmas Bingo – 14th December in the school hall

Christmas Parties - 17th and 18th December @ 1.30m – helpers needed to set up food

If you are able to help with any events or have any fundraising ideas, please contact Becuns83@gmail.com or the school office.



As the school attendance was in the bottom 50% of schools in Wales last year, the school needs to be proactive and follow county guidelines about attendance.  Every child will have a traffic light letter (red, amber or green) sent home so you are aware of your child’s attendance for the first half-term of the year.  Thank you to everyone who has achieved ‘green’ attendance (over 96%) and please maintain this great attendance.  We understand that children are ill and there are some unavoidable absences, however for those in the ‘red’ please aim to attend school each day. If your child is ill if you could please ring the school office by 9:15am (Please do not send a message via facebook as these are not always picked up before the register) then we are able to mark the register correctly avoiding unauthorised absences.

Some of the absences may be due to late arrivals.  Once the register is closed a late arrival is counted as an absence.  Please aim to get your child to school by 8.45am when the doors open so they are ready to start at 8.55am.


23 Oct 2018



2018 – 2019

(please ensure holidays are planned during holidays)

Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October

Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December


Tuesday 8th January to Friday 22nd February

Monday 4th March to Thursday 11th April


Monday 29th April to Friday 24th May

Monday 3rd June to Friday 19th July


May Day – Monday 6th May 2019

Welcome back everyone and what a great start to term we have had.  It really is a treat to see our learners coming into school on the first day back. Thank you for promoting the school so positively with your child. It really does make a huge difference to their learning.


This year, we are planning our topics differently as the ideas are coming from the children which is an exciting time for us all.  Over the past 3 weeks we have been EPIC (Everyone Planning In Class) and class teachers will be sending out information about their class topics soon.


This term we welcome some new staff members –

Mrs Nicola Evans replaces Mrs Caroleann Albiston as our Clerical Assistant.


Mrs Shelby Parker has replaced Miss Annie Pearson as the Teaching Assistant in Dosbarth Aderyn Y To (Welsh Foundation Phase) and supports Miss Anwen Evans and Mrs Lou Davies.


 Mrs Shan Griffiths joins Mrs Nicola Morgan, Mrs Sharon Richards assisting Mrs Jayne Davies in Dosbarth Barcud Coch (English Year 1 and 2).


Mrs Mel Ross will be working Monday to Wednesday as class teacher in Dosbarth Hebog Glas (English Year 3 and 4) and Mrs Sian Protheroe will teach the class Thursday and Friday.  Miss Rebecca Unsworth and Mr Calum Evans-Williams support in Dosbarth Hebog Glas.


Mrs Rimmer in Dosbarth Brongoch (English Reception) is joined by Mrs Ceri Hill and Vinny her Hearing Assist dog for 2 days each week, Miss Hannah Findley job shares the remaining 3 days.  Mrs Kirsty Caine is working one-to-one with a child full-time.  Mrs Anneka Price continues to support Dosbarth Brongoch full-time.


Staffing in Gwalch Bach (Year 3 and 4 Welsh) remains as Mrs Liz Dingle, Mrs Rhian Jones continues to teach Year 5 and 6 in the Welsh Stream.  Mrs Karen Oxford supports the children who need support throughout the Welsh Stream.


Miss Emma Evans remains as Year 5 and 6 English class teacher and is assisted by Miss Robyn Vaughan, Miss Carys Jones and Miss Harriet Lewis who is working Wednesday to Friday each week.


Miss Carys Jones provides PPA (teacher Planning, Preparation and Assessment time) cover in the English Stream, Mrs Caroline Bevan-Jones visits us each Thursday to provide the PPA cover in the Welsh Key Stage 2 classes and Mrs Lou Davies covers the PPA in the Foundation Phase Welsh class.


Mrs Sian Protheroe continues as the school’s Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCO) on Tuesday and Wednesday and is supported by Miss Katie Higginson and Miss Rose Crowe.

WELSH DAY – Tuesday 18th September





Gwnaeth pawb mwynhau dros ben yn ein diwrnod Cymraeg gwych as ddydd Marwrth.  Gwnaethau cymysgu gyda’r ysgol gyfan I wneud y gweithgareddau hwylus.  Uchafbwynt ambell I belntyn oedd y coginio ond wnaeth y mwyafrif mwynhau y canu mas draw!  Ar rhan y Criw Cymreag, hoffwn ddiolch I Bethan Price ac i Rhiannon Walker ac i Haf a ddaeth mewn I ymuno a ni yn ystod y dydd.  A diolch mawr I’r rhieni a ddoeth I’n cefnogi yn y prynhawn.



Everyone enjoyed our fantastic Welsh Day on Tuesday.  We mixed as a whole school for all the fun packed activities.  One of the highlights was the cooking but many of the children really enjoyed our sing-songs!  On behalf of the Criw Cymraeg we’d like to thank Bethan, Rhiannon and Haf that came to join in our fun.  Also a big thank you to the parents that came to support in the afternoon.


Diolch/Thank you

Y Criw Cymraeg


Just to remind you all that the school is now using Facebook, Schoop and Twitter to communicate school events with you.  Our Schoop ID is 14174 and the Twitter address is @rhayadercinw  You can find us on Facebook as Rhayader Primary.

Please sign up to find out what we are doing and information about your child’s school day.  Family and friends can also sign up to find out what is happening at Rhayader School.

Schoop and Twitter are both linked to our school website www.rhayader.powys.sch.uk.


Sorry that Schoop has not been active since the start of term but we have had problems logging in.  The issue has now been resolved.


The Rise’n’Shine Club is open to all children from Rhayader School from 8.00 am in the school dining hall.  Please access the hall via the door at the side of the school (next to the cycle shelter).  All children attending must be booked in, booking forms are available from the school office and at breakfast club.  £1 is charged for each child attending; payments can be made on the morning of the club or in advance but not after attending the session.  Unfortunately, we still have some payments not made from last term and this puts the viability of the club at risk!  Cereal, toast and juice is available each day.  Food is not served after 8.40am and the club closes at 8.45 am.  Parents dropping children off before 8.30 am may use the main entrance driveway.  After 8.30am the visitors’ car park MUST be used.

The staff will accompany all foundation phase children to their classes at 8.45am and hand them over to the class teacher.  All Key Stage 2 children will make their own way to class.


From 3.30pm, we offer an After-School Club which is open until 5.15pm, collection by 5.25pm at the latest to avoid a late charge.  All children attending must be booked in, booking forms are available from the school office and at breakfast club.  £8 is charged for each child attending and all sessions MUST be paid for in advance.  The dining hall is used and collection is from the side door by the cycle shelter.


The front entrance to the school is only for staff, buses and deliveries.  If you are dropping off your child/ren for breakfast club between 8am and 8.30am or collecting from After-School Club after 4pm the front driveway may be used.


No other vehicles are permitted to the front of the school between 8.30am to 9.15am and between 3pm and 4pm.  The school has more buses and this has increased the risk to the children walking to and from school.


We are aware of the issues with the car park and we are working with Powys County Council to resolve this.  However, the school must ensure that the children walking home are safe and therefore cannot allow additional cars to the front entrance.  If a parent has a medical reason which makes the top car park difficult for collection or dropping off please contact Mrs Crockett.


The school doors open at 8.45am and ALL children are expected to be in class by 8.55am.  We understand that occasionally events may cause you be late, however we have a number of children who are arriving late on a regular basis.  


All children arriving after 8.55am have to be signed in by the parent/person dropping the child off and a reason for lateness given.  If a child’s name is regularly late, the headteacher will review this and a meeting will be arranged to find a solution to the problem.  Failure to resolve punctuality will result in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer.


Thank you to everyone who arrives punctually.


Attending school regularly is very important for your child’s education but also for them forming friendship and developing their social skills.


This is a reminder of what attendance means:



0 days of learning missed

Best chance of success!

95% attendance

2 weeks of learning missed

Poor attendance will impact on learning

90% attendance

4 weeks of learning missed

85% attendance

5½ weeks of learning missed

Very poor attendance.
You are at risk of prosecution.

80% attendance

At least 7½ weeks of learning missed

15 minutes late per day adds up to 10 full days of lost learning over the school year…every minute counts!

These percentages are staggering – just think, if your child’s attendance stands at 80%, they have missed over half a term of school learning in one year!



Every child in each class will be using the outdoors regularly as part of their learning.  Please ensure your child has waterproofs and wellies in school each day.


The following is a timetable of PE sessions for each class.  Your child will need a t-shirt, shorts and indoor trainers each week.  We advise your child leaves their kit in school in a named drawstring bag.

Monday (am) – Curyll Coch ( Mrs Jones – Year 5 and 6 Welsh)

Monday (pm) - Aderyn Y To (Miss A Evans – Foundation Phase Welsh)

Tuesday (am) – Hebog Glas (Mrs M Ross – Year 3 and 4 English)

Tuesday (pm) - Gwalch Bach (Mrs L Dingle – Year 3 and 4 Welsh)

Wednesday (pm) – Bwncath (Miss E Evans – Year 5 and 6 English)

Thursday (pm) – Barcud Coch (Mrs J Davies – Year 1 and 2 English)

Friday (pm) – Brongoch (Mrs J Rimmer – Reception English)


Every year the school staff and governors set priorities and targets to make improvements to our school work.  These priorities are based on national education priorities and also from our own school self-evaluation.

PRIORITY 1 – To promote the Welsh language and Welsh culture across the whole school to meet the targets of the Siartr Iaith (Welsh 1st language Charter) and the Campus Cymraeg (Welsh 2nd language Charter).

PRIORITY 2 – To develop the pupil voice through the Creative lead School work and make use of the outdoor space for learning across the curriculum.

PRIOIRTY 3 – To develop numeracy skills of all children through embedding numicon across the school and using outdoor learning to enhance numeracy.

PRIOIRTY 4 – To ensure all children reach their full potential through regular school attendance and support programs to meet the pupils social and academic needs; as well as further developing the Autism Aware School program, KiVa anti-bullying program and Attachment awareness training.

PRIORITY 5 – To prepare for the new curriculum being introduced for 2021, through developing teaching and learning as child led enquiry to encourage and support our learners to be ambitious, capable, enterprising and creative learners.  We aim for them to become healthy, confident and ethically informed citizens through indoor and outdoor activities through enriched and challenging activities.


More information will be provided on each priority as the term progresses.

We will also be asking for your input into the self-evaluation report by asking what you feel are our strengths and area to improve as a school.



21st September to 21st December – Year 5 and 6 swimming (no swimming 16th November) - £1.50 per week

26th September – Lego Club starts at 12.45 – 1.30pm in the hall

27th September – Year 6 Llanidloes High School Open Evening

10th October – M and M productions theatre productions visiting school to perform The Secret Garden

11th October – Open the book Assembly performed by Alpha Church (Builth Wells) members

17th October – Llanidloes Team Building Day for Year 6

18th October – Flu Vaccines for children and Harvest Service in the school hall at 2.45pm

23rd and 24th October – Parents’ Evenings for all classes – 3.40pm – 6pm

26th October – End of half-term – PTFA Disco in hall


5th November – Return to school after half-term

8th November – Rags to Riches Collection – old clothes and shoes needed please – bags will be sent home before half-term.


…..more dates to follow

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