Durand Primary School

Weekly Class Attendance Results

24 May 2019


Newsletter Summer Term Issue 1

23 May 2019

Drama Production

It seems a long time ago now but on Thursday 11th April our drama club held their annual performance. This year it was ‘Little Mermaid’. The performance was, once again, fantastic and we were very proud of all our pupils who took part in this production. A HUGE THANK YOU to Miss Ley, Mrs Noblet, Mrs Jones, Mrs Wilton and Miss Jones for their hard work and also the pupils and their parents!

 

Sports Day.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sports Day yesterday. I am sure you will agree that it was a wonderful event and that the children did you all proud with their great sportsmanship. Congratulations to Usk for winning the track events! We are still collating the field event scores and will let you know the winning house for that part of the day together with the Good Conduct winners when we have the results.

 

Music Concerts

We are holding our annual Music Concerts after half term. Our Foundation Phase String concert will be held starting at 2pm on Thursday 13th June and our Key Stage 2 Concert will be held starting at 6pm on Friday 14th June. Further details and how to purchase tickets will be sent out to pupils involved in these concerts shortly.

 

Clothes Collection

Please help our Eco-Committee who are collecting unwanted clothes / textiles to raise funds for school. They would appreciate donations of:-

  • Clothes
  • Bedding
  • Shoes and boots
  • Handbags
  • Towels
  • Hats, scarves and gloves

Collection bags were sent home earlier this week for donations to be brought into school but we can also accept donations in black bags. Please send into school on Monday 3rd June.

 

Healthy Schools

As the weather (hopefully) gets better pupils may need greater access to water so please could you ensure that your son / daughter has their water bottle in school.

During the summer term we make greater use of our outdoor space so could you please apply an appropriate factor, long lasting sun cream to your son / daughter before they come to school in the morning and provide them with a sun hat/cap.

PE Kit

During the summer term many of our PE lessons are outside so could parents please ensure that their son / daughter has the correct PE kit together with an appropriate change of footwear to enable them to take part in outside PE sessions.

  

School Uniform

We have noticed that a number of pupils are wearing hooded tops / jackets to school that are not school uniform colours. Our main school uniform colour is red and we would expect pupils to wear jumpers / sweatshirts / fleece jackets / hooded top / jackets that are red. Could we please ask that when you are purchasing new uniform ready for September that you adhere to this as from September we will be asking pupils who wear the wrong colour jumpers / sweatshirts / fleece jackets / hooded top / jackets to leave these in the cloakroom areas. Many thanks for your support with this matter.

 

Mobile Phones

We have had an increasing number of older pupils bringing mobile phones to school. Please note that as a school one of our rules is ‘Electronic games, personal music players (Ipods, MP3 players), mobile phones and toys should not be brought to school without prior permission from the Headteacher or class teacher.’ We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

 

Moving Up Day

On Tuesday 25th June our Year 6 pupils will be visiting Caldicot School as part of their transition to Comprehensive School in September. We will be taking the opportunity on that day to hold our ‘Moving up’ morning when our remaining pupils will visit their new classes for September and our new intake will join us.

 

End of Year Showcase

A date for your diary - We are holding our annual end of year showcase exhibition on Friday 28th June in our school hall starting at 2.15pm.

 

Enterprise Fayre

Starting on Monday 24th June the whole school will be taking part in our own ‘Enterprise fortnight’. At the end of this we will be holding an Enterprise Fayre which will be a joint venture with our PSA in place of the usual summer fayre. This event will be held during the afternoon of Friday 5th July. We will send out further details nearer the date but we aim to start at 2.15pm.

 

P.S.A.

A huge thank you to our PSA for all their hard work as they continue to raise funds for the school. The remaining events for this year are:

Non – school uniform – bring a bottle    Friday 28th June

Non – school uniform – fill a beaker      Friday 5th July

Enterprise Fayre (See above)               Friday 5th July

Foundation Phase Party (Rec-Y2)        Tuesday 9th July

DVD night Key Stage 2 (Y3-Y6)            Thursday 11th July

The P.S.A. are always looking for extra help and support so if you are able to help out please let a committee member know! The next meeting is being held at 3.15pm on Tuesday 11th June in our library!

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

 A.L.Waters

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Its 'Chicky' time

19 May 2019

It's that time again!! The chicks are due to hatch tomorrow and as always, I pop in the night before to check. I'm pleased to say that 6 have already started to hatch. Yay!!
     
Roll on tomorrow
From Mrs Johns
 

Black tunnel

18 May 2019

We are looking for a large black tunnel like the one shown in the picture below, if you know where we could obtain one, please let Mrs Wilton know.

EOROPEAN ELECTIONS

17 May 2019

Friday 17th May 2019

 

Dear Parents/Annwyl Rhieni,

European Elections

 

I am happy to say that school will be open as normal for all pupils from Reception up to Year 6 whilst polling for the Local Council Election takes place. Please note that only our Nursery will be closed for pupils on Thursday 23rd May due to the fact that the Nursery building is required for polling purposes.

 

We have arranged with Monmouthshire County Council to provide fencing in order to make the rest of the site secure for our pupils who will still be attending school. The fencing will run from the first pedestrian gate in Alianore Road to the double yellow gates at the side of the Nursery. Please note that these areas will be out of action on that day and that the first pedestrian gate on Alianore Road will be for polling use only on that day.

 

Pupils should be brought to and collected from school on that day either using the side entrance near Linnet Road or using the gate from the parent car park or through the double gates in the corner of the site in Alianore Road. Should parents require access during the day it will be the usual method via our security gate.

 

Hopefully this system will prove to be effective once again allowing us to remain open for all future elections.

 

Thank you for your support with this matter.

 

Yours Sincerely / Yn Gywir,

 A.L.Waters

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth

 


SPORTS DAY 2019

17 May 2019

 

Friday 17th May 2019

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

 Sports Day

Weather permitting our sports day for pupils in Reception up to Year 6 will be held next week, on Wednesday 22nd May, with field events during the morning and track events during the afternoon. Parents are invited to join us for the afternoon events which will commence at approximately 1.30pm. Please could you bring a deck chair with you if you wish to sit down.

 

Pupils will need to wear their PE kits with House t-shirts and appropriate sports footwear to school on that day. Could you please also ensure that your son/daughter has a hat/cap, water bottle and long-lasting sun cream applied as we will be outdoors for most of this day. We will be making use of our trees, particularly during the afternoon, to provide shade for our pupils.

 

If we are unable to hold our sports day on this date due to bad weather the reserve dates, in this order, will be Friday 24th May, Wednesday 5th June and Thursday 6th June. (Please note that due to polling we are no longer able to offer Thursday 23rd May as a reserve date).

 

We are keeping a close look at the weather forecast on the BBC Weather website and at present next Wednesday looks promising. We will keep you updated via Schoop.

 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our Sports Day.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 A.L.Waters  

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Weekly Class Attendance Results

17 May 2019


Water bottles

13 May 2019

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/why-we-encourage-drinking-water.pdf

Wrap, Splat, Hat

13 May 2019

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/wrap--splat--hat.pdf

Weekly Class Attendance Results

10 May 2019


Drama Trip

09 May 2019

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the final day for payment of £32.20 for the trip. Please hand into Miss Ley.
Due to school photos on the day of our trip (04-06-19) children will now need to wear school uniform to school and bring their change of clothes with them. They will have time to change into their own clothes during the afternoon.
Thank you for your continued support.

Eco-Committee News

03 May 2019

Clothes Recycling


We are collecting unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes, boots and handbags to raise funds for school.  Collection bags will be distributed shortly and donations can be brought into school on Monday 3rd June.  We really appreciate any contributions as all money raised will go towards funding for school equipment that will benefit all pupils.
 

Platinum Flag


To consolidate our status as a Platinum Flag School we are still collecting used batteries, used stamps and old spectacles.  Please continue to collect and send these in as the pupils earn eco points for them - maybe you can ask your family and friends to collect them for us too!
We also need unwanted soft toy animals for our eco stall at the fayre so again we would be very grateful for any donations and they can be brought in as soon as possible.
Many thanks
Eco Committee

Weekly Class Attendance Results

03 May 2019


Drama Trip

30 Apr 2019

Can all outstanding travel money be paid by the end of today please as it was due on April 4th. Failure to do this will result in your child's place being withdrawn from the trip.
Following our trip to the cinema we will now be dining and bowling at Hollywood Bowl in Cwmbran. The new cost for the remaining balance of this trip is £32.20 to be paid in cash no later than 10th May. Please hand in to Miss Ley. Collection time will remain at 8.30pm from school.
 
 

More Photos of Nursery

16 Apr 2019

Quiet reading room
Mug tree with bangles

Block play area

Empty photo frames, more would be better

 


Role play living area




 

New changes inside Nursery

15 Apr 2019

Here are some photos of the changes being made inside Nursery:
The beading table in front of the new block play area. Donations of beads and small wicker or wooden bowls would be appreciated:

New creative and investigative area, more interesting objects would be nice:

Photo showing part of the block play area and computer area:

New Discovery area:

Role play living area:

It's still a work in progress, and we are trying to be more natural and neutral. We are hoping to encourage the children to be more creative and to inspire the children to be more curious. I would like to thank Mrs Edwards for all her hard work today, Mrs Waters for supplying lots of new items and her huge support, and Gaynor Brimble for helping me to make a lot of the changes. I will upload more photos soon.

Weekly class attendance results

12 Apr 2019


Drama News

05 Apr 2019

On Monday 8th April could ALL drama children please stay until 6pm in order for us to have full dress and technical rehearsal in preparation for Tuesday's performance to the school.
Thank you very much for your continued support.

Weekly Class Attendance Results

05 Apr 2019


Newsletter Spring Term Issue 2

03 Apr 2019

Eco Platinum Award

I am delighted to inform you that following our recent Eco-fashion show we were awarded our Eco-Schools Platinum Award. This is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate the pupils who represent their classes on our Eco-committee, Mrs Noblet, Mrs Hampson, Mrs Dolbel, Mrs Salisbury and our pupils and staff as a whole! Well done everyone!

Easter Break

Just to remind you that we break up for the Easter Holiday on Friday 12th April. We return to school on Monday 29th April.

 

Sporting News

Congratulations to our Football team for winning the Monmouthshire County School Championship. Thank you also to Mr Wilks for coaching our team. WELL DONE!    

I am delighted to say that both our Football and Netball teams got through to their respective finals of the Caldicot Cluster Round Robin competition. Our football team played against Rogiet Primary and our netball team played against Magor CIW Primary. Both teams played exceptionally well with our football team winning their final! We are very proud of both teams!

 

 

Red Nose Day

Thank you to everyone for contributing to our fundraising event for Red Nose Day. We managed to raise £130 for this wonderful cause.

National Tests

Just to remind you that all our pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 will be sitting the Welsh Government National Tests for Reading and Numerical Reasoning between Tuesday 7th May and Tuesday 14th May. It is very important that pupils are in school during this period.

 

Attendance Monitoring

After the Easter break you will, once again, be receiving a letter highlighting your child’s attendance for this half term. We had a number of queries following the last letters that were sent out. Please note that the data and colour zone will relate to the half term period from March 4th up until Friday 12th April only. The cumulative attendance indicates your child’s attendance since the beginning of the academic year or when they joined our school if they have transferred to us mid-year.

 

No Smoking

Could I please remind parents that, in line with Monmouthshire County Council policy, there is no smoking allowed, including e-cigarettes, anywhere on our school site including the car park.

 

P.S.A.

Thank you to everyone who supported the PSA Mother’s Day sale. We don’t know how much it raised but judging by the sales it appeared to go really well!

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Weekly Class Attendance Results

29 Mar 2019


Weekly class attendance results

22 Mar 2019


GILWERN VISIT

21 Mar 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019

 

Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

 

Year 6 trip to Gilwern

 

Final arrangements are all now in place for the visit to Gilwern next week. Mr. Wilks, Mrs. Noblet and Mrs. Brunnock, are packed and ready to go!

 

Pupils need to arrive in school at normal time on Monday 25th March and make their way to the school hall. The bus will be leaving at 9.15am promptly. They will need to wear their normal clothes not school uniform. As explained during the parents meeting pupils will not be allowed to take mobile phones with them. Maximum spending money is £10.00 to purchase small gifts.

 

Please ensure that any medication needed by your child is clearly labelled as this will be collected on Monday morning for staff attending the trip to keep securely.

 

Pupils will be returning to school on Wednesday 27th March at approximately 2.30pm so we ask that parents collect their son/daughter from the School Hall.

 

Many thanks for your support.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 

 A.L.Waters

 

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher/ Pennaeth


Weekly Class Attendance Results

08 Mar 2019


The Big Welsh Challenge

05 Mar 2019

welsh challeng
Which town in North Wales has the longest name in the world?
(Parents/Guardians, Please help your child with this at home)
Write your answer down along with your name and your class and pop it in the challenge box. You have to be able to say it to win it!
Diolch
Criw Cymraeg

Weekly Class Attendance Results

22 Feb 2019


Eco-Committe Charity Fashion Show

18 Feb 2019

Children's Charity Fashion Show


Our Eco-committee are holding a children's charity fashion show of nearly new clothes on Friday 22nd March 2019 at 2:30pm in the school hall.  Please can we ask all parents to support this event by sorting out any nearly new clothes that your child has grown out of and send them into school on Monday 4th March.
The clothes will then be auctioned off at the fashion show, with some children modelling a selection of outfits.
Please come along and support this charity event as there will be refreshments and a raffle.  (Any Raffle donations would be very appreciated).
 
Many thanks
Eco Committe
 

Weekly Class Attendance Results

15 Feb 2019


Weekly Class Attendance Results

08 Feb 2019


Staff illness

07 Feb 2019

 Thursday 7th February 2019

 Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

 

Staff Illness

Year 3 arrangements

 

Yesterday Mr Moses underwent surgery on his lower back and as a result of this will be off school for a period of time. I understand that his surgery went well and we wish him a speedy recovery.

 

As Miss Lene Collins has previous experience of teaching Year 6 pupils she will be moving classes from Monday 11th February until Mr Moses returns to school. We are delighted to have recruited Miss Bethan Morgan to teach our Year 3 whilst Miss Collins teaches in our Year 6 class. I am sure that Miss Morgan will be a huge asset to our team.

 

Please note that I haven’t taken this decision lightly and aim to always provide the best education for all of our pupils within the school.

  

Thank you very much for your support.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

A.L.Waters 

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth


Staff illness

07 Feb 2019

Thursday 7th February 2019

Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

 Staff Illness

Year 6 arrangements

 

Yesterday Mr Moses underwent surgery on his lower back and as a result of this will be off school for a period of time. I understand that his surgery went well and we wish him a speedy recovery.

 

I wish to inform you that Miss Lene Collins will teach our Year 6 class from Monday 11th February until Mr Moses returns to school. Miss Collins has previous experience of teaching Year 6 pupils.  

  

Thank you very much for your support.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir, 

A.L.Waters 

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth


Drama News

04 Feb 2019

Just a quick reminder that if you want your child to attend the drama trip consent forms must be in tomorrow. We will have more details for you as soon as numbers are confirmed.
 
Thank you 
Drama Staff

Monmouthshire County Council Admission Policy Consultation

04 Feb 2019

Monmouthshire County Council are consulting on proposed changes to the school admissions policy.

 

The changes in particular propose 3 changes:

 

  1. An introduction of a feeder school criteria into the criteria (for secondary school admission) for determining who is to be awarded places
  2. A review of the criteria in respect of the positioning of children in catchment v children out of catchment but with siblings
  3. Changes to secondary school catchment areas

They are consulting on whether children residing within a catchment area for the preferred school should receive priority over those outside of the catchment area, but with siblings attending the preferred school.  If the proposals are approved, and to minimise the risks of splitting siblings, the local authority will continue for a period of 5 years to prioritise out of catchment siblings links who are on roll at the school by September 2019, over those residing in catchment.  Any new children joining the school after September 2019 with younger siblings would be managed under the new policy from September 2020, if approved.

Parents can access the full information by visiting https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/admissionconsultation .  They can also find out more by attending one of the following sessions:

 

Review Area

 

Date

Venue

Caldicot Cluster

7th February 2019 at 6pm

Durand Primary School

Chepstow Cluster

14th February 2019 at 6pm

Chepstow School

Abergavenny Cluster

11th February 2019 at 6pm

Cantref Primary School

Monmouth Cluster

21st February 2019 at 6pm

Overmonnow Primary School

All areas day time drop in session

6th February 2019 9.30am to 11.30am

Innovation House, Magor

 

22nd February 2019 9.30am to 11.30am

County Hall, Usk


Weekly Attendance Results

01 Feb 2019

 


Newsletter Spring Term Issue 1

30 Jan 2019

Snow and adverse weather conditions

As you will probably be aware there has been a Yellow Warning issued for the end of this week, later on Thursday into Friday, for snow across parts of Wales. I know that very often Caldicot does not have as much snow as other parts of the country but I have to consider the home locations of our staff and their safety travelling to and from school when I make a decision about opening or closing the school. Should the school have to close, due to heavy snowfall either within Caldicot or in the outlying areas where our staff live, then there will be an answer phone message on our phone system, a message sent via our Schoop messaging service, a notice will be posted on our school website www.durand.wales and it will be on the Monmouthshire County Council website.

Attendance

One of the recommendations from our Estyn inspection last year was ‘Improve Attendance’. As a result of this our Governing Body decided that, in line with many other schools, we would send out standard letters each half term to all parents indicating their child’s attendance for that half term together with the cumulative attendance for the year to date. I will also continue to write to / meet parents on a more regular basis if their child’s attendance is causing a particular concern. I am delighted to say that at the end of the Autumn term our attendance rate was on target at 95.5%. This was an improvement of 1.1% compared to the same period last year.

Could I please ask that when leaving a message on our absence line you ensure that a reason is given for your child’s absence otherwise it will be an unauthorised mark. It is not enough to just state that your child will not be in for that day.

Many thanks for your support with these matters.

 

Training Days

Just to remind you that we have a training day on Friday 22nd February which is followed by the half term break. 

 

Parental Engagement

We are holding a Parental Engagement Event for this term after school on Wednesday 20th February. This time we will be focussing on Numeracy in our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes and Reading in our Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 classes.

St. David’s Day

As St David’s Day is during our half term break we have decided to hold our St. David’s Day Eisteddfod celebrations in school on Monday 4th March. For this occasion we would like our pupils to wear traditional Welsh costumes / clothing - Welsh ladies, Miners, Welsh Rugby or Football players.

 

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 8th March. This year we would like pupils to bring their favourite book and a cushion to school! Chepstow bookshop have agreed to join us again this year for pupils to use their World Book Day token

 

Red Nose Day

On Friday 15th March we will be supporting Red Nose Day. We have decided that we will ‘Celebrate the Wig’ on the day so pupils can come to school either wearing a wig or with their hair in a creative style. Pupils can also come dressed in brightly coloured clothes to match their hairstyle. We ask for a contribution of 50p in order to fundraise for this event

Class Assembly

Please note that due to the above event we are changing the date for our Reception Class assembly from Friday 15th March to Friday 29th March. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change.  

Staff Changes

Back in the summer I informed parents that we were temporarily saying good-bye to Mr. James who was off to see the world for two terms. Sadly, Mr. James will not be returning to us as he has secured a position out of the education sector. We wish him all the best in his new career!

 

National Tests

All our pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 will be sitting the Welsh Government National Tests for Reading and Numerical Reasoning between Tuesday 7th May and Tuesday 14th May. It is very important that pupils are in school during this period. There is a change this year and pupils will only be sitting two written tests. The third test, Numerical Procedural, will be an online test this year and will be personalised to each pupil.

 

P.S.A.

A huge thank you to our PSA for all their hard work. At the Christmas Fayre they made a profit of £1175!

 

  Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

 A. L. Waters

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher

 


SNOW AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

30 Jan 2019

Snow and adverse weather conditions

As you will probably be aware there has been a Yellow Warning issued for the end of this week, later on Thursday into Friday, for snow across parts of Wales. I know that very often Caldicot does not have as much snow as other parts of the country but I have to consider the home locations of our staff and their safety travelling to and from school when I make a decision about opening or closing the school. Should the school have to close, due to heavy snowfall either within Caldicot or in the outlying areas where our staff live, then there will be an answer phone message on our phone system, a message sent via our Schoop messaging service, a notice will be posted on our school website www.durand.wales and it will be on the Monmouthshire County Council website.


Weekly Class Attendance Results

25 Jan 2019


GILWERN VISIT

22 Jan 2019

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

 

Dear Parents/Annwyl Rhieni,

 

Visit to Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre

 

The date for the final payment, 31st January 2019, for your child to attend the above visit is fast approaching. Please note that due to the nature of this trip there is a charge that must be paid to enable your son / daughter to take part.

 

At present we only have 10 pupils for whom full payment has been made. We also have a high number of pupils for which no payment at all has been made. The minimum number required for the trip to go ahead is 12 pupils. As it stands, at present, we would be looking to consider cancelling or taking a reduced number of pupils.

 

Please note that any pupils, for which there is an outstanding balance of any kind, after the deadline of 31st January, will be withdrawn from the trip. Any funds paid will be refunded.

 

Yours Sincerely / Yn Gywir,

 A,L.Waters

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth


Weekly Class Attendance Results

18 Jan 2019


Drama News

11 Jan 2019

As our performance is fast approaching we will be having an extra drama practice on Monday's after school. Not all children will be needed every Monday as we are going to concentrate on one dance at a time. This will give the children more opportunity to fine tune their dances.  We will  let all children know during the Thursday practice who will need to stay and send a schoop out on the Friday as a reminder. 
Children will need to be collected at 4pm on the Monday practice. This coming Monday Year 4 and Sebastian will need to stay. 
We will also be extending the Thursday practice to 4.30pm.
We are currently looking at performances to watch for the Drama Trip. Letters to follow shortly.
Thank you for your continued support.
Drama Staff
 
 

Weekly Class Attendance Results

21 Dec 2018


Weekly Class Attendance Results

14 Dec 2018


Christmas Parties

13 Dec 2018

Thursday 20th December 2018

 

Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

Christmas Parties

 

 

This year our Christmas Parties are being held on the following dates:

 

Tuesday 18th December

Our Year 3 and 4 party will be held on the afternoon of this date. Pupils can wear their party clothes to school on that day.

 

Wednesday 19th December

Our Year 5 and 6 party will be held on the afternoon of this date. Pupils can wear their party clothes to school on that day.

 

Thursday 20th December

Our Foundation Phase party (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) will be taking place on this date.

Foundation Phase Pupils can wear their party clothes to school on that day as we have our Pantomime during the morning and party games in the afternoon finishing with our party tea.

 

Please note that all the above parties are being held during normal school hours so all pupils can be picked up as normal at 3.10pm.

 

Thursday 20th December

Our afternoon Nursery Party will be taking place during their normal afternoon session. Nursery pupils can wear their party clothes to school for the party.

 
Friday 21st December

Our morning Nursery Party will be taking place during their normal morning session. Nursery pupils can wear their party clothes to school for the party.

 

Party Food

In the past we have always asked parents to donate a food item for the ‘tea’ that we have at the end of the afternoon. This year our PSA have very kindly agreed that they will provide the funds for us to purchase ALL the food items for the ‘tea’ at the parties.

 

 Happy Christmas/ Nadolig Llawen,

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 A.L.Waters

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher/ Pennaeth


Weekly Class Attendance

07 Dec 2018


Class Attendance Results 2018

30 Nov 2018


Newsletter Autumn Term Issue 3

28 Nov 2018

The end of term is approaching quickly with only just over three weeks left to go!

 

Summary of Christmas Events

Wednesday 5th Dec     Christmas Dinner                                        lunchtime

Friday 7th Dec              PSA Christmas Fayre                                     2.15pm

Wednesday 12th Dec   Years 5 & 6 Concert ‘Babuska’                       2.15pm

Thursday 13th Dec      Years 3 & 4 Concert ‘Christingle rock’             2.15pm

Friday 14th Dec   Nursery & Reception Concert ‘Born in Bethlehem’  9.30am

Friday 14th Dec           Years 1 & 2 Concert ‘Nativity Rock’                2.15pm

Tuesday 18th Dec       Years 3 and 4 Party                                        1.15pm

Wednesday 19th Dec  Years 5 and 6 Party                                        1.15pm

Thursday 20th Dec      Pantomime                                                      am

Thursday 20th Dec      Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Party               1.30pm

Thursday 20th Dec      Afternoon Nursery Party                            pm session

Friday 21st Dec           Morning Nursery Party                               am session

 

Christmas Concerts

Our Christmas Concert dates and times are listed above. As a school we do not charge for families to attend the concert relevant to their child and we welcome all family members. However, we do have collection buckets and welcome donations to help fund specific large projects for the school. This year we are still looking to fundraise in order to provide an all-weather track for our Daily Mile programme. 

Christmas Parties

Every year we hold traditional Christmas parties in school for our pupils. In the past we have always asked parents to donate a food item for the ‘tea’ that we have at the end of the afternoon. This year our PSA have very kindly agreed that they will provide the funds for us to purchase all the food items for the ‘tea’ at the parties. 

Winter Jumper Day

On Friday 21st December we will be holding a Winter Jumper Day. We are not asking for donations for this it is just for fun on the last day of term!

 

Children in Need

Thank you to everyone for supporting Children in Need with us. The final total that we raised grew to fantastic £178!

P.S.A.

Just to remind you that our Christmas Fayre is being held on Friday 7th December starting at 2.15pm.

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Weekly Class Attendance

23 Nov 2018


Christmas Sale

19 Nov 2018

Christmas Sale



Please come along on Wednesday 21st November after school before you visit the classes for the Parental Engagement Event.
  • Box of 12 crackers - £1.00
  • Gift bags - 3 for £1.00
  • Gift stickers (100 on a roll)  - 25p
  • Gift bows (pack of 25) - 25p
  • Table runners - £1.00 each
  • Xmas hats - 50p
  • Copper glass tree - £1.50

 

Christmas Dinner

14 Nov 2018


If you would like to order a Christmas Dinner for Wednesday 5th December, please select the Roast Chicken option on your ParentPay account.
Thank you

School Photographs

14 Nov 2018

Your child was given their school photo/photos today to take home.

 

Please indicate clearly on the proof photo the quantity and pack/packs that you require.

 

Packs are priced at £15.00 for PRINTS ONLY and £18.00 for MOUNTED PHOTOS

 

Can you please make sure that you have placed your order through Parentpay by Wednesday 21st November and return the proof to school to ensure that we have the printed photos delivered back in time for Christmas.

 

Only photos that have been paid through Parentpay will be sent to Wye Valley Studios to be developed.


Parent / Carer Perception Survey

14 Nov 2018

Wednesday 14th November 2018

 

Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

 

Parent / Carer Perception Survey

 

Here at Durand we value our wider school community so as part of our Parental Engagement programme we would welcome your help by completing this survey.

 

In order to improve our service to you, and your child, we have commissioned an online Parent / Carer Perception Survey. This is a confidential survey that can be accessed using the link / web address below:

 

https://qdpservices.co.uk/OnlineQuestionnaire.aspx?code=81732-24594-20774196

 

The survey will be active until the Friday 30th November 2018. Please note this survey is designed to enable us to use the feedback in order to make improvements to our service.

 

 Thank you very much for your support.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 

A.L.Waters

 

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth

 


Admission to Primary School- Closing date 14th Jan 2019

09 Nov 2018

Press Release - Monmouthshire parents advised to meet 14th January deadline to apply for 2019 reception class places

 

Monmouthshire County Council is alerting parents and guardians of children due to start primary education next September that the closing date to apply for school places is Monday, 14th January 2019.

Children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 are eligible to start reception classes in September 2019 and parents are asked to complete their applications before the 14th January 2019 closing date.  This will give them the best chance of ensuring that their child attends their preferred school.  Parents resident in Monmouthshire must apply to the council even if their preferred school lies outside the county’s borders (excluding schools in Newport where applications are to be made directly to the city council).

Parents may apply using the council’s online application system.  For more information, visit:

https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/starting-primary-school

 

Alternately, parents may request an application pack by telephoning the council’s admissions team on 01633 644508 or emailing: accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk


Parental Engagement Event

08 Nov 2018

Thursday 8th November 2018

 Dear Parents/Annwyl Rhieni,

 

Parental Engagement Event


Just to remind you that our first ‘Parental Engagement Event’ for this year is being held on Wednesday 21st November from 3.15-4.15pm and all parents are invited to come and join us. The opportunity is available for you not just to visit your child’s class but other classes within the school.

 

Our Foundation Phase classes, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be focussing on Reading and how parents can support at home. Our Key Stage 2 classes, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, will be demonstrating the use of the secure ICT learning platform ‘Hwb’ particularly how this is used in our school but also how your child can use it at home.

 

I hope that you are able to join us for this event and thank you for your support!

  

Yours Sincerely / Yn Gywir,

A.L.Waters

 Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth


Weekly Class Attendance Results

24 Oct 2018


Newletter Autumn Term Issue 2

22 Oct 2018

Training Days

Just to remind you that we have training days on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October.


Half Term

Next week is half term. We return to school on Monday 5th November.

Attendance

One of the outcomes from the Estyn inspection that we had in January was a recommendation to ‘Improve Attendance’. As a result of this, we introduced half termly standard letters that we send out to all parents. The first letters for this academic year will be sent out to you during the first week after half term. The letter that you will receive will give your child’s attendance percentage for the half term.

As a school we believe that good attendance is where success starts.

 

Dinner Ordering / ParentPay

Just to remind you that from Monday 5th November we are changing our school lunch ordering system. All parents will need to book and pay for their child’s meals in advance online via ParentPay. Please note that this new system does not allow for any meals to be taken without payment. Guidance notes have been sent out to all parents.

Parental Engagement

Our first Parental Engagement event for this year is being held from 3.15-4.15pm on Wednesday 21st November. I will send a Schoop letting you know the focus for this event after half term. I hope that many of you can join us and look forward to seeing you at this event. Please save the date for the second Parental Engagement event which will be held on Wednesday 20th February 2019.


Harvest

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harvest on Friday 19th October. I am sure that you will agree that it was a wonderful occasion. Many thanks for your donations for the Caldicot food bank.

Children in Need

Once again this year we will be supporting Children in Need which takes place on Friday 16th November. Just to let you know in advance that we have decided to ask our pupils to dress in BRIGHT COLOURS for the day for a donation of 50p.

Christmas Concerts

Our Nursery and Reception concert is being held on Friday 14th December in our school hall starting at 9.30am and our Year 1 and 2 concert is also being held on Friday 14th December in our school hall starting at 2.15pm.

Due to the fantastic level of attendance at our Key Stage 2 concerts we have decided to have two separate concerts this year. The Year 5 and 6 concert is being held in our school hall on Wednesday 12th December starting at 2.15pm. The Year 3 and 4 concert is being held in our school hall on Thursday 13th December starting at 2.15pm.

Pantomime

We have once again booked a Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ to come to school on the morning of Thursday 20th December. Once again, as a thank you for all of your support, our PSA have decided to fund the event this year.

Sporting Success

Football

On Thursday 11th October both our Year 4 and Year 5 / 6 football teams took part in our area Community Development Football tournament. I am delighted to tell you that our Year 5 / 6 team were overall winners and will now be going forward to the Monmouthshire Finals to be held in February. The Year 5 / 6 team were also invited to take part in the EFL cup run by Newport County. This was a regional tournament and so we are very proud of the fact that our team reached the quarter finals. Well done to both teams!

Parental Surveys

Last year we sent out a questionnaire for Parents to complete so that we could use the results to improve our service to both you and your children. We are looking to send the same survey out again, once we have the link, via our Schoop messaging service. Please look out for this as we welcome and value your opinions.

 

P.S.A.

At the Annual General Meeting for the PSA held on Thursday 4th October I am pleased to inform parents that the following committee members were elected:

      Chairperson                 Mrs Helen Seymour

      Vice-Chairperson        Mrs Caroline Middleton

      Treasurer                     Mrs Taneyha Thomas

      Secretary                     Mrs Jo Shinton

The first fundraising events for this year will be a film night after school for pupils from Year 2 up to Year 6 on Wednesday 24th October and our Christmas Fayre on Friday 7th December.

 

Governor News

Just to let you know that the following people are our current Governing Body members:

            CCllr Jim Higginson               Chairperson

            Mr Mike Sage                         Vice Chairperson

            Mrs Vanessa Barnett

            Ms Dawn Sadler

            Mr Henry Higgins

            Cllr Maria Stevens

            Mrs Sue Millar

            Mrs Lucinda Lund

            Ms Ceri Middleton

            Mr David Price

            Mrs Emma Wilcox

            Mr Anthony Moses

            Mrs Sian Dolbel

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

 

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher

 


New Autumn/Winter Menu

21 Oct 2018

�Dinner Menu


Week 1: Commencing 5th November � 26th November� 17th December� 21st January� 11th February� 11th March * 1st April
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Homemade Hawaiian  Pizza
Cheese and Tomato Pizza (v)
  **************
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Homemade Beef Bolognaise OR Ravioli and Cheese
Vegetable Bolognaise (v)
    **********
Jacket Potato with various fillings
 

Roast Turkey 
Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese (v)
     ********
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Sausage, Yorkshire Pudding
Homemade Glamorgan Susage (v)
    *************
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Fish Finger OR Salmon fingers 
Cheese and Vegetable Frittata (v)
      ********
Jacket Potato with various fillings
Homemade Wedges/ Pasta
Baked Beans 
Sweetcorn and Crusty Bread
Boiled Potato & Roast Potato,
Carrots, Broccoli & Gravy
   
Mashed Potato or Pasta, Peas and Gravy Chips, Pasta or Mashed Potato
Baked Beans or Peas
Autumn Berry Sponge & Custard Teisen Lap Cheese, Biscuits and Sliced Apple Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Custard Chocolate Crunch and White Sauce

Week 2: Commencing 12th November� 3rd December� 7th January� 28th January� 18th February� 18th March * 8th April
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Beef Maccaroni
Tomato & Basil Pasta (v)
      **********
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Cottage Pie with Gravy OR Fish Pie
Vegetable Cottage Pie (v)
    **********
Jacket Potato with various fillings

 Chicken OR Roast Beef
 Quorn in Gravy (v)
        **********
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce in a Tortilla Boat
Veggie Balls in Tomato Sauce in a Tortilla Boat (v)
**********
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Fish in Batter OR Hot Dog
Homemade Glamorgan Sausage in a roll (v)
   *******
Jacket Potato with various fillings
Garlic Bread & Mixed Veg Broccoli and Crusty Bread Roasted and Boiled Potatoes,  Carrots, Green Beans, Yorkshire Pud and Gravy Sweetcorn and Pasta Chips, Pasta or Mashed Potato,
Baked Beans or Peas
Mandarin Sponge Jam Bun and a glass of milk Cookie Ice Cream Toffee Apple Crumble and Custard Chocolate Brownie

Week 3: Commencing 19th November� 10th December� 14th January� 4th February� 4th March � 25th March
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Homemade Carbonara OR Chicken Tikka Hot Bake
Veg Carbonara OR Cheese and Tomato Hot Bake (v)
   *******
Jacket Potato with various fillings

Homemade Beef Lasagne OR Spaghetti Bolognaise
Baked Bean Lasagne OR Vegetable Bolognaise (v)
     *********
Jacket Potato with Various Fillings

Roast Port OR Sausage
Homemade Glamorgan Susage (v)
    *******
Jacket Potato with Various Fillings

 Chicken Balti OR Crunchy Topped Cowboy Pie
Vegetable Balti OR Vegetable Cowboy Pie (v)
    **********
Jacket Potato with Various Fillings

Fish Finger OR
Salmon Finger
Cheese and Potato Pie (v)
   ********
Jacket Potato with Various fillings
Sweetcorn and Crusty Bread OR Half Jacket Potato and Sweetcorn Garlic Bread & Mixed Veg Roast and Boiled Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage and Gravy
Rice & Naan Bread
Mixed Vegetables
Crusty Bread
Chips, pasta or mashed Potato, Baked Beans or Peas
Blueberry Muffin and a Glass of Milk Autumn Sponge and Custard Cheese, Biscuits and Sliced Apple Chocolate Gooey Cake Cherry Flapjack

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there may at times be a slight variance in our menus; we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The fruit and vegetables we serve are also subject to seasonal variation.
We are a nut free School and according we make every effort to ensure that our menu reflect this .
Bread, Fresh Fruit and Salad Bar Available Daily.


Meal Booking System

16 Oct 2018

Meal Booking System

In a bid to enable our school to minimise food wastage and reduce the administration time for teachers, from 5th November 2018 (after half term) our school lunch ordering system will be changing.

 

Parents will need to book and pay for their child’s meals in advance online via ParentPay. Meals can be selected at any time but must be paid for within 2 hours of selecting them. Same day booking closes at 9am. This new system does not allow for any meals to be taken without payment and ordering online including FSM.

 


Lost Coats

11 Oct 2018

The following coats have been in school since last year. All the coats have no names inside them and all children have said that they are not theirs.  If you recognise any of these coats please contact the office.  If they are unclaimed by half term we will donate them to the charity shop.
Thank you.


 
 
 
 
 

Car Key Found in our grounds

10 Oct 2018

Key Found

New Summer Menu

05 Oct 2018

Dinner Menu
Week 1: Commencing 16th April � 8th May � 4th June  � 25th June � 16th July � 10th September * 1st October * 22nd October
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Homemade Hawaiian Pizza
Homemade Cheese & Tomato Pizza (v)
  **************
Jacket Potato with various fillings

 
Spanish Chicken Rice, Sweetcorn & Garlic Bread
      OR
Ravioli, Cheesy Mash Potato & Sweetcorn
Savoury Rice & Garlic Bread (v)
    **********
Jacket Potato with various fillings
 

Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding
 
Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese (v)
     ********

Jacket Potato with various fillings

Sausage & Mash

OR

Cowboy Casserole
 

  Homemade Glamorgan Sausage (v)
    *************

Jacket Potato with various fillings


Fish Fingers
OR
Salmon Bake
 
Cheese & Tomato Frittata (v)
Homemade Wedges or Pasta & Coleslaw  
Boiled Potato & Roast Potato,
Carrots, Broccoli & Gravy
   
Mashed Potato, Peas & Gravy Chips, Pasta or Mashed Potato OR Pasta
Baked Beans or Peas

Chocolate & Banana Muffin 
Glass of Milk
Marble Cake & Custard Cookie Ice-cream Fruit Trifle Carrot Cake & Glass of Juice

Week 2: Commencing 23rd April � 14th May � 11th June � 2nd July � 23rd July � 17th September * 8th October
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Chicken Wrap

OR

Welsh Rabbit Pizza

Quorn Wrap

OR

Ravioli & Chesse (v)

      **********

Jacket Potato with various fillings

Homemade Beef Lasagne

OR

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Baked Bean Lasagne or Vegetable Bolognaise (v)

    **********

Jacket Potato with various fillings

 Roast Pork & Apple Sauce


 Glamorgan Sausage (v)

        **********

Jacket Potato with various fillings

Savoury Mince

OR

Fish Pie

 

Veggie Mince (v)

**********

Jacket Potato with various fillings

Beef Burger in a Bun

OR

Fish Finger

 

Homemade Glamorgan Pattie in Bun (v)

   *******

Jacket Potato with various fillings

Half Cheesy Jacket Sin or Pasta & Coleslaw Mixed Vegetables and Garlic Bread Roasted and Mashed Potatoes,  Carrots, Cabbage & Yorkshire Pudding Mashed Potato & Broccoli  Chips, Pasta or Mashed Potato,
and Peas or Baked Beans
Summer Pudding & Custard fruit Cheesecake Peaches in Jelly & Ice-Cream Toffee Tart Chocolate Krispie Cake a Glass of milk

Week 3: Commencing 30th April � 21st May � 18th June � 9th July � 3rd September  � 24th September * 15th October
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Chicken Pasta Bake

OR

Chicken Tikka Hot Bake

 

Tomato & Basil Pasta Bake OR Cheese & Tomato Hot Bake (v)

   *******

Jacket Potato with various fillings


 
Chicken Korma
OR
Spaghetti Bolognaise
 
 
 Vegetable Korma OR Vegetable Bolognaise (v)
     *********
Jacket Potato with Various Fillings

Roast Turkey and Stuffing
   Cheese & Potato Pie (v)
    *******
Jacket Potato with Various Fillings

Beef Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
 
Veggie Balls in Tomato (v)
    **********
Jacket Potato with Various Fillings

Fish 
OR
Salmon Bake
Cheese & Onion Quiche (v)
   ********
Jacket Potato with Various fillings
Crusty Bread & Sweetcorn Rice, Mixed Vegetables & Naan Bread Roast and Boiled Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans and Gravy Pasta, Broccoli & Crusty Bread Chips, Pasta or Mashed Potato, Baked Beans or Peas

Chocolate Brownie
Glass of Milk
Fruit Crumble Tart & Custard Yogurt & Shortbread Biscuit Chocolate Gooey Cake
Summer Fruit Muffin
Glass of Juice

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there may at times be a slight variance in our menus; we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The fruit and vegetables we serve are also subject to seasonal variation.
We are a nut free School and according we make every effort to ensure that our menu reflect this .
Bread, Fresh Fruit and Salad Bar Available Daily.

Class Attendance Results

05 Oct 2018


Home Project on Victorian Inventors

04 Oct 2018


Weekly Class Attendance Results

28 Sep 2018


Nasal Spray Vaccine

24 Sep 2018

Nasal Spray Vaccine


Your child's nasal flu spray will be offered in school on 11th October 2018.
A consent form and information pack will be sent home with your child.  Pease complete and return to school as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions please contact the School immunisation Team directly on 01633 618038
If you require further information about the flu vaccination please visit: http://www.beatflu.org
Facebook: School Immunisation Team ABUHB
 

Weekly Class Attendance Result

21 Sep 2018


Weekly Class Attendance Results

14 Sep 2018


Newsletter - Autumn Term Issue 1

11 Sep 2018

Welcome to the first newsletter of the year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer although it seems like so long ago now already!

I would like to send a very warm welcome to all our new families who have joined us this year!

 

Summer Works

You may have noticed that during the Summer holidays the new gate has been finished and we now have a ‘buzzer’ entry system in operation from 9.15am-3pm. This is also covered by a new CCTV system. All other gates on site will be locked each day at 9.15am and only be re-opened for the end of day at 3pm.

 

Parking

Although we have a car park for our parents to use I am aware that this is not big enough for everyone to park in and many parents still have to use the road side for parking at the beginning and end of the day. Could I please request that should you need to park on the roadside you are mindful of local residents and do not block driveways and that you stay clear of parking near a road junction.

Could you please ensure that the two disabled spaces in our parent / visitor car park are kept free for use by blue badge holders. Many thanks for your cooperation with these matters.

 

Bikes and Scooters

We are happy for our pupils to ride their scooters or bikes to school accompanied by their parents, but do not allow these to be ridden in our school grounds, as it can be a danger to others, particularly younger pre-school siblings. Please ensure that your son / daughter dismounts their bike or scooter before entering the school grounds. Scooters and bikes can be left, at your own risk, in the fenced area provided by our PSA near the Alianore Road entrance. Please note that our green cycle shelter is for use by our Year 5 & 6 pupils only.  Thank you for your help with this matter. 

Training Days

The following days have been allocated as training days for this academic year:

Thursday 25th October        

Friday 26th October

Monday 7th January

Friday 22nd February

Monday 22nd July

 

Schoop

Just to remind everyone to update their Schoop settings to take into account the change of Year group from September. Many thanks.

 

Photographs

‘Wye Valley’ photographers will be in school on Tuesday 23rd October to take individual photographs and sibling photographs. They will be available before school from 8.15am to take group photos with non-school siblings. Please note that we will organise the individual and in-school (including Nursery) sibling photos. We will send out further details via Schoop closer to the date.

Parents Evening

Our Autumn term Parents Evenings are being held this year on Tuesday 9th October and Wednesday 10th October. Your child’s class teacher will send an appointment to you for one of these dates closer to the date.

Harvest

We will be holding our annual Harvest Service for pupils from Reception up to Year 6 at 9.30am on Friday 19th October. I am delighted to tell you that our new link minister Reverend Brackpool will be joining us for this event. Once again this year we will be collecting items to donate to the Caldicot Food bank. Parents are welcome to join us for this well attended event!

Attendance

This year the school has, once again, been set a very challenging target of 95.5% with regard to pupil attendance by the Local Authority. In order to encourage high attendance we operate a half termly attendance award system – pupils with 100% attendance will receive a certificate and gold sticker and pupils with over 95% will receive a silver sticker. We also have a weekly whole class star system and each half term there is a reward for the class with the highest attendance for that period.

Can I please remind parents that it is very important that pupils attend registration at 9am and 1pm in order to secure their ‘present’ mark. Pupils can then be collected after registration to attend any medical appointment that they require. Although parents may request for their child to be absent during term time, by completing the relevant form, please note that this may not be authorised if your child’s previous attendance is below 95%. Obviously any absence from school has an impact on a child’s education and I would like to also point out that any pupil arriving late to school will miss valuable teaching input.

 

Pupil Absence

Could I please remind parents to use our dedicated absence line for reporting pupil absence as this saves valuable time in the mornings. When leaving a message please give a reason for your child’s absence. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

 

Good Conduct Awards

As a school we operate a half termly ‘Good Conduct Award’ system where we reward pupils with a certificate who have shown excellent conduct and behaviour both within the classroom and around the school. This is part of our school ethos encouraging both good behaviour and good manners.

 

School Uniform

It is wonderful to see everyone in the correct school uniform this year. However, we have already found that a number of items do not have names in them. Can you please ensure that all of your child’s clothing has their name clearly marked. Thank you!

 

Dinner Money

Could I please ask all parents to ensure that their Parent Pay accounts are in credit for dinners at all times. Many thanks.

 

Free School Meal Entitlement (FSM)

Could I please urge all parents who may be entitled to receive FSM for their son/daughter to make an application even if you feel that your child will not eat all of the meals that are offered. As a school we receive additional grant funding based on the number of pupils who are entitled to FSM to provide additional support and resources for pupils within the school. If you would like further information or help with this please see Mrs Williamson in our school office.

 

PSA News

All parents/guardians of pupils attending Durand Primary School are automatically, together with all staff, members of the School’s Parent Staff Association (PSA). Some parents/guardians and staff choose to form our School’s PSA Committee. If anyone is interested in supporting this small hard-working group of people please come along to the AGM at 3.15pm on Thursday 4th October.

 

Governor News

The Governing Body would like to remind parents of the following general rules that are printed in our School Handbook:

General Rules / Guidelines for Parents

  1. Pupils should not enter school grounds before 50am. The school will not accept responsibility for any pupils on site prior to this. From 8.50am staff are available to supervise pupils.

 

  1. Pupils are not permitted to use any of our outdoor equipment and no ball games are to be played on either yard before the start of school.

 

  1. Only pupils with permission from a member of staff are allowed to remain in the school building during breaks. These pupils will be supervised.

 

  1. The only jewellery permitted to be worn by pupils whilst at school is a wrist watch and one pair of stud earrings.

 

  1. Electronic games, personal music players (Ipods, MP3 players), mobile phones and toys should not be brought to school without prior permission from the Headteacher or class teacher.

 

  1. Pupils must not make use of the school grounds during evenings, weekends and in the holidays, unless they are part of a supervised club.

 

  1. Chewing gum is not allowed in school at any time and no-one is allowed to eat or drink during lesson times, other than from water bottles provided.

 

  1. No roller skates, skateboards, scooters or bicycles are allowed to be ridden on the school premises unless it forms part of a supervised activity e.g. Foundation Phase play and Safe Cycling.

 

  1. Parents and pupils should not bring pets on to the school site for Health and Safety reasons without prior permission from the Headteacher.

 

  1. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted anywhere within the school site in line with Monmouthshire County Council Policy.

 

Dates for your Diaries / Calendars

In order to help parents plan, as well as the dates indicated above, we have set the following dates for this academic year:-

Children in Need Friday 16th November

Parental Engagement - Autumn term, Wednesday 21st November, 3.15pm

  • Spring term, Wednesday 20th February, 3.15pm
  • Summer term, to be confirmed

Christmas arrangements – Christmas dinner, Wednesday 5th December
  • Year 5 & 6 Concert, Wednesday 12th December at 2.15pm
  • Year 3 & 4 Concert, Thursday 13th December at 2.15pm
  • Nursery and Reception Concert, Friday 14th December at 9.30am
  • Year 1 & 2 Concert, Friday 14th December at 2.15pm
  • Year 3 & 4 Party, Tuesday 18th December, 1.15pm
  • Year 5 & 6 Party, Wednesday 19th December, 1.15pm
  • Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Party, Thursday 20th December , 1.15pm
  • Pantomime (in school) Thursday 20th December, 9.30am
  • Winter Jumper Day, Friday 21st December

St. David’s Day celebrations – Monday 4th March

Red Nose Day – Friday 15th March

Drama Production (Drama Club only) – Thursday 11th April

Music Concert – Foundation Phase, Thursday 13th June at 2pm

                                -Key Stage 2, Friday 14th June at 6pm

Sports Day – Wednesday 22nd May (with reserve dates on Thursday 23rd May, Friday 24th     May, Wednesday 5th June and Thursday 6th June)

Moving-up Day / Year 6 visit Caldicot School – Date to be confirmed

End of Year Showcase – Friday 28th June from 2.15pm

Class Assemblies -   Friday 15th March, Reception

  • Friday 5th April, Year 1
  • Friday 17th May, Year 3
  • Friday 7th June, Year 2
  • Friday 14th June, Year 5
  • Friday 28th June, Year 4
  • Friday 5th July, Nursery (pre-school pupils only)
  • Wednesday 17th July, Year 6, Leavers

All class assemblies start at 9.30am and parents are welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards.

Please note that the dates were correct at the time of publishing but could be subject to change.

 

Term Dates for 2018-2019

 

Term

 

Term begins

Half term begins

Half term ends

Term ends

Autumn

 

3/9/2018

29/10/18

2/11/18

21/12/18

Spring

 

7/1/2019

25/2/2019

1/3/2019

12/4/2019

Summer

 

29/4/2019

27/5/2019

31/5/2019

22/7/2019

 

Plus May bank holiday on Monday 6th May 2018.

 

I look forward to working with you all this year!

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

 

Mrs Allison Waters

 

Headteacher


Advance Notice - Year 5 Bikeability

19 Jul 2018

Wednesday 18th July 2018

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

 Advance Notice

Year 5 Bikeablity

Just to give you advance notice that Year 5 will have the opportunity to take part in the Level 1 Bikeability programme at the beginning of the Autumn term. This is a new programme that replaces the old Cycling Proficiency course. The programme is a one day workshop and is delivered by a team from Monmouthshire’s Road Safety department.

 

Full details and the date for this will be sent out during in September.

 

Thank you for your support and have a great summer!

 

Yours Sincerely / Yn Gywir,

   A.L.Waters

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth

 


Newsletter Summer Term Final Issue

17 Jul 2018

New Term

Our Year 1- Year 6 pupils return to school on Monday 3rd September. Please note that our Nursery and Reception pupils have all been given their return/start dates separately.

 

Training Days

There are five training days to be taken during the 2018-19 academic year. The dates we have allocated for these are:

Thursday 25th October 2018

Friday 26th October 2018

Monday 7th January 2019

Friday 22nd February 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019

Music Experience Days

We have been able to provide our pupils with a Music Experience day using the funds raised at our two Music concerts held earlier this term. Our Key Stage 2 pupils had Japanese Teiko drumming sessions and our Foundation Phase pupil had African drumming sessions all delivered by Mr. Lucas. This was a great day enjoyed by all!

 

School Uniform

Just to remind everyone that our school uniform is available online to order from Tesco. Our uniform is white t-shirt/shirt/blouse, red sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan and grey trousers / skirt. For safety reasons sensible footwear should be worn.

Please note that girls should not be wearing make up to school.  

 

Swimming

Well done to our Swimming team who recently took part in the Caldicot Cluster inter-school gala. We had a number of medal winners and they came third overall.

 

 Cricket

Last week our Cricket team attended a tournament playing against other local Monmouthshire schools. Our team were great ambassadors for our school and did us proud!

 

Staff Changes

As already mentioned we have some staff members leaving us at the end of this term. We are sadly saying good-bye to Mrs. Combstock, Mrs. Hampson, Miss Booth and Mrs. Fisher as they leave us for pastures new. We are also temporarily saying good-bye to Mr. James who is off to see the world for two terms. We have two new members of staff joining us – Miss Jones and Miss Gough.

 

Summer Works

Hopefully the new security gate will be completed during the summer holidays ready for use in September.

 

Parents Evening Dates

Just to give you some advanced notice that we have set our Parents Evening dates for the Autumn term as Tuesday 9th October and Wednesday 10th October. Further details will follow in September.

 

Stationery Items

I would like to request that pupils do not bring in stationery items from home. We provide all the stationery that your son / daughter need for use in school. Pupils often bring in pencil cases with numerous items within them, these take up a lot of space on pupil tables and pupils get very upset when items get lost or broken. I appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

 

Personal Items.

May I remind parents that any personal items brought into school are at a pupil’s own risk we do not take responsibility for any items that may get lost or broken. We prefer that such items are not brought to school. Please note that we do not allow pupils to bring mobile phones or other electronic devices to school.

 

Term Dates for 2018-2019

 

Term

 

Term begins

Half term begins

Half term ends

Term ends

Autumn

 

3/9/2018

29/10/18

2/11/18

21/12/18

Spring

 

7/1/2019

25/2/2019

1/3/2019

12/4/2019

Summer

 

29/4/2019

27/5/2019

31/5/2019

22/7/2019

 

Plus May bank holiday on Monday 6th May 2018.

 

P.S.A.

A HUGE THANK YOU, once again, to our PSA for all their fund raising efforts. The Summer Fayre alone made a profit of around £700. Don’t forget the leavers disco and parent barbeque on Wednesday 18th July.

I would like to thank all the families who have supported the PSA events!

 

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish our leavers all the best in their new school. They have been a credit to us here at Durand and we are very proud of them. GOOD LUCK!

 

Thank you for your support this year and I hope everyone has a very enjoyable summer break and I look forward to seeing you all again in September.

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

 

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Class Attendance Results Week Ending 6th July

13 Jul 2018


Class Attendance Results Week Ending 29th June

06 Jul 2018


CALDIOT SCHOOL SCAVENGER HUNT

03 Jul 2018

June 2018

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 Scavenger Hunt Wednesday 11th July

We would like to invite Year 6 pupils to join us for a session at Caldicot School where they will have the opportunity to complete a Scavenger hunt. The activity is designed to help students get to know the school and its layout.

It is an open session that will run from 3.30pm until 4.30pm, pupils are not expected to stay for the whole session. The hunt is designed to last around 30 - 45 minutes. Pupils work in groups of 4/5, however, it can also be completed in smaller groups, including pairs.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the e-mail address or telephone number below.

Yours sincerely,

 ML Thomas

 

Mrs M Thomas

Transition Pathway Leader

e-mail/ebost: michele.thomas@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

Telephone/Ffon: (01291) 426458

 
 


New Classess for September 2018

27 Jun 2018

Wednesday 27th June 2018

 

Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

 

New Classes for September 2018

 

Today we have held our ‘moving up’ day when your son/daughter had a chance to spend time in their new class with their new classmates and teacher.

 

The classes have been set as follows:

 

Nursery          Mrs. L. Wilton

Reception      Mrs. J. Dunn

Year 1            Mrs. L. Johns

Year 2            Mr. W. Marangon

Year 3            Miss L. Collins

Year 4            Mr. R. Wilks

Year 5            Mrs. C. Sisson

Year 6            Mr. A. Moses

 

PPA                Mrs. K. Noblet, Miss Ley and Mrs Brunnock

 

Just to remind parents about our ‘Meet the teacher’ parental engagement event on Wednesday 4th July at 3.15pm. This is a chance for you to visit your child’s new class for September.

 

Very sadly we will be saying goodbye to four members of staff who will be leaving us at the end of this academic year, Mrs Combstock, Mrs Hampson, Miss Booth and Mrs Fisher. We wish them all well and good luck for the future as they all embark on their new adventures!

 

Many thanks for your support.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 A.L.Waters  

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher/ Pennaeth


Safety in the sun

24 Jun 2018

With the weather set to be very hot this week, and UV levels at their highest, please ensure that your child has applied sun cream before coming to school, that they have a hat with them and that they have a water bottle in school everyday. 
If you cannot find your child's school water bottle, these can be purchased through parent pay and Mrs Williamson will ensure your child gets their new bottle once payment is received. Alternatively, any water vessel with a lid is fine. 
As we are an Eco school and promote healthy lifestyles, we do not supply cups for drinks in the classrooms as the cups can harbour germs, so you can see how important your child's water bottle is. 
Thank you for your support in keeping your child safe in the sun.
 

Weekly Class Attendance Results

22 Jun 2018


Weekly Class Attendance Results

15 Jun 2018


Class Weekly Attendance Results

08 Jun 2018


Playmaker Conference 2018

06 Jun 2018

As requested in the letter sent out with children yesterday (Tuesday 5th June) the children are required to wear suitable shoes to take part in physical activity.  The physical activity element only makes up a very small part of the day (one session out of ten) therefore children are not required to wear their PE kits.  Children may wear tracksuit bottoms if they wish but it is not essential.  Please may I request that all children wear school uniform in the morning for our class assembly and they will then be given the opportunity to change their bottoms before we leave if required. 

Spelling Word Lists

29 May 2018

Dahl - angelic, athletic, atomic, energetic, epidemic, gigantic, heroic, historic, horrific, metallic.
Blyton - comfortably, cuddly, grumbly, miserably, possibly, probably, suitably, terribly, visibly, gently.
Rowling - blindly, bravely, correctly, fairly, hardly, kindly, lively, shyly, proudly, suddenly.
Wilson - boats, books, chairs, coins, goals, rooms, seeds, shops, teams, bikes.
Hargreaves - plant, bent, dent, spent, blunt, grunt, rent, sent, you, being.
 

Class Attendance Results Week Ending 18th May

25 May 2018


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