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17th February 2017
GWYNEDD NEWS No. 7
It is with much sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of the previous Head Teacher of Ysgol Gwynedd, Mr Michael Griffiths. Although none of our current pupils will have been here with him, many of you as parents or with older children will fondly remember Mr Griffiths who was the Head of the school for fourteen years and taught here for many years prior to that. Mr Griffiths passed away peacefully yesterday after a battle with cancer and our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends from all in the Ysgol Gwynedd family.
On Wednesday 1st March most pupils will be involved in either the Foundation Phase or the KS2 Eisteddfod which we are holding in the school hall. We will also be taking upper junior pupils down to the town centre at 10.00am where there will be a celebration in the town outside the church. The school choir will be singing at this event along with schools from across the town.
In school there are various competitions in art & craft, handwriting, recitation and singing. We will be celebrating our Welsh language and culture throughout the week. On this Wednesday children are allowed to dress in either Welsh costume, Welsh colours (red white & green) including national rugby or soccer tops. Leeks and daffodils may also be worn.
A number of our children are also competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod which is held in school on Saturday11th March. We wish all those taking part the very best of luck and hopefully some of them will win through to the Flintshire and Wrexham County Final three weeks later.
The use of social media and internet sites is potentially very dangerous for young children and there have been countless cases relating to grooming and worse in recent months. This is why the minimum age for these sites is often 13 or higher and parents should not be persuaded otherwise by peer pressure from children to allow there use knowingly. Cyber bullying has been an issue brought into school based on children using inappropriate sites to communicate and this is very difficult for us to deal with. We are even aware of parents using social media to try to bully staff members if they don’t get their own way. Therefore we urge you to ensure that parental controls are activated on all your tech and you monitor who with and how your child uses the internet for safety’s sake. Your class teacher will be able to help you if you are not sure.
World Book Day Celebrations
On the 2nd of March we will be celebrating our rich and diverse literature. Children will be doing some extended writing and reading and listening to stories especially chosen for the week. On this day staff will swop classes to read to a different age group (always enjoyed by the children) and pupils are asked to bring in their favourite reading book from home to share with others. Children will also receive a £1 book token which can be spent at any book shop or spent at the School Book Fair which arrives in school on the 23rd March and stays until the 30thMarch.
National Reading and Numeracy Tests Reminder
Children from year 2 to year 6 will all be required to sit the National Numeracy and Reading Tests again this year. These tests will take place across Wales from 3rd May to the 10th May 2017 and it is very important that your child is in school on these days. Any preparatory work that you can do at home with school work is always greatly appreciated.
We have confirmed Pentrellyncymer Residential visit for pupils in Year 4 on two separate dates. The parents’ information session for the first group going is on Tuesday 28th February at 5.00pm in the school hall. The session for the second group is the same as advertised i.e. Wednesday 22nd March at 5.00pm in the hall.
We have also confirmed Glan Llyn for pupils in Year 6 on 14th – 16th June 2017 so please return any forms as soon as possible.
Collection of children from school at the end of the day
Foundation Phase children are handed over to the appropriate adult at the end of the day. Pupils in the junior department are expected to know their arrangements at home (some walk, some are collected, some meet parents at a particular point). If for any reason your junior aged child is unsure or there is no one there to meet them they should come back into school and report to the office. Pupils should not “hang around” after school or be permitted to play on school play equipment. Please don’t expect staff to regularly convey messages to pupils with home time arrangements as this will lead to a miscommunication at some point!
We are holding two parents’ evenings on 27th & 28th of March. It is important that you try to attend so that information can be shared with you as to your child’s progress, attendance and well-being at school. A separate letter will enable you to book a convenient time on a first come first served basis.
The school photographer will be in school taking individual and family photographs on Tuesday and Wednesday 14th & 15th March. Please ensure that your child is in smart school uniform on these days.