CYLCH LYTHYR / NEWSLETTER – MEDI / SEPTEMBER 2018
DYDDIADAU YSGOL / TERM DATES
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.
Y Criw Cymraeg
FACEBOOK, SCHOOP & TWITTER
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.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
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.
CAR PARKING/ACCESS TO BUILDING
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.
SCHOOL START TIME
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!
2 weeks of learning missed
Poor attendance will impact on learning
4 weeks of learning missed
5½ weeks of learning missed
Very poor attendance.
You are at risk of prosecution.
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!
FOREST SCHOOLS AND OUTDOOR LEARNING
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)
OUR SCHOOL PRIORITIES 2018-2019
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