Newsletter 14/02/20

Today we said goodbye to Eirlys our long serving Lollipop Lady, who is leaving us  after 26 years, we are very sorry to see her go and wish her a long and happy retirement.

The council are looking for a replacement, please see our Dojo post for more information.

Next week we have half term, so we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 24th February.

If you are having a clear out over half term, please remember we have our termly Rags 2 Riches Appeal for old clean clothing coming up. The money raised is used to pay for eco friendly resources and activities.

Attendance – Congratulations to Y1/2B with 97.1%, and to Y4/5J with 97.4% attendance this week, llongyfarchiadau!

Attendance Prizes –  All children with 96% attendance and above are entered into a prize draw every term and have the chance to win a prize. We have distributed book tokens to this term’s winners. Congratulations and keep up the good attendance!

Applying for holidays during Term Time.In line with National, Welsh Government and Local Authority guidance we actively discourage taking holidays during term time, and would like to remind you of the link between attainment and attendance, and that there is no automatic right to withdraw your child from school during term time. Any request for authorised term time absence will be judged on merit and may not be authorised.

Please complete the Notification of Absence, and return to the school at least 10 school days before the holiday. This allows time for the School Attendance Officer and Headteacher to consider the merits of any application. Any forms submitted less than 10 school days  will  not be considered and will automatically be unauthorised.

For holidays of 10 school days or less the School Attendance Officer and Headteacher will consider the merits of the application.

For holidays of over 10 school days, or if the application will bring the pupil’s attendance below 90%, we will notify the schools Education Welfare Officer.

For holidays of over 20 school days, or if the pupil does not return on the agreed date the pupil will be taken off roll, and the parent will have to reapply. Please note we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your return.

The Local Authority may (depending on circumstances) issue a fixed penalty notice or commence formal prosecution for failing to secure regular attendance at school.

Competition – Our annual St David’s Day competition is back! KS2 children are invited to make a poster about Wales/Welshness. Foundation Phase children are asked to let the creativity run wild and make anything that represents being Welsh e.g 3d models of dragons, castles or welsh spoons.

What’s On After Half Term?

Monday & Tuesday  – Bikeability Course for selected Y5/6 pupils

Monday – Choir

Tuesday – Drama

Wednesday – Cross Country & Netball

Thurs 27th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for School – All children asked to wear Welsh Costume, or a red T-shirt/Jumper.

Friday 28th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for Parents  – Classes taking part are Y1/2L, Y5/6D, Y4/5J, Y1/2H, LFPM (morning Nursery & Reception) & Y5/6E. All children are asked to wear Welsh Costume or a red T-Shirt/jumper.

What’s coming Up?

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day – we would like to invite children to dress up as a book character and/ or bring a favourite book to school

Fri 6th March – Class Assembly Y3/4N at 9.00am

Fri 13th March – Rags 2 Riches Collection  – Collection of clean old clothing

Fri 13th March – Sports Relief

Week beginning Mon 16th March – Parental consultations

Fri 20th March – Class Assembly Y1/2B at 9.00am

Fri 20th March – Science exhibition

Fri 27th March – Class Assembly Y3/4T at 9.00am

Inset Day 5 – Monday 1st June

Inset Day 6 – Monday 20th July

 

Swansea Prom junior parkrun LAUNCH- weekly free 2k timed event for juniors

Starts 23 February 2020!!

Really excited to promote this for all our pupils. You will need to register for a Parkrun Barcode. This will enable your child (and you if you want to do the main parkrun on a Saturday, which is already really popular!) to complete a timed, marshalled 2k run and get active on a Sunday morning.

For more information, follow this link, but below is an extract from their website.

What is Swansea Prom junior parkrun?

It is a 2k event for juniors only (4-14 year olds). If you are not a junior please try one of our weekly Saturday parkrun events instead.

When is it?

It is held every Sunday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Swansea Promenade, Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen, Mumbles Road, Brynmill, Swansea, SA2 0AY. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first visit. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder).

How fast do I have to be?

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

We’re friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen – please come and join us!

Cross Country Team update

Our cross country team is going from strength to strength. Here is a summary of our recent 2nd round fixture!

So we won’t know the final team positions until after the final round which is usually in the first few weeks after half term. However, it was a really good performance today in very cold and windy conditions. There will be training as normal on Wed still.

Girls positions: 6th Nia; 9th Masha; 10th Eva-Lily; 14th Lara D; 25th Rhiannon ; 36th Emily .

Boys: 11th Daniel; 14th Jack; 15th Noah; 16th Cody; 20th Theo; 27th Iolo.

Great work all around, smiles as well – I think they enjoyed it!

Here are some photos from the competition, kindly taken by Mrs Sullivan, whilst I was huddled in coats (!)
https://photos.app.goo.gl/g765Y9wicgtnfMzm7

Here are some photos of our hardworking Club in action, in the hail, wind, rain, all with a smile too! Thanks to Mrs Sullivan for the photos.

Newsletter 07/02/20

Another busy week at Brynmill Primary!

Attendance – Congratulations to Y1/2L with 98%, and Y4/5J with 95.8% attendance this week. Llongyfarchiadau! And congratulations to Mrs Timaeus class who won the class attendance award for last term, they have celebrated with a pyjama party and lots of goodies to eat and drink.

The Netball Team competed in a tournament – On Wednesday night  a welsh coach came to our Netball training session. We practised our passing and footwork. On Thursday , we went to a Netball Tournament. There were eight teams and we played a five minute game against each team . We won one game and lost a couple but overall we did  well. I think everyone was proud of each other . The atmosphere in the room was great. We had fun watching the other matches.. We are looking forward to our next tournament. – Hazel

Y1/2 had a visit from Animal Zone as part of their topic on Mini Zoo – We had an amazing time when Animal Zone visited us on Wednesday. he brought snakes, tarantulas, a tortoise, millipedes, cockroaches, toads and more. We could hold the animals and we were taken photos of with the animals on a green screen. The animals were from the rain forest but some of them weren’t. It was a fantastic visit. He was funny, smart and kind. We were amazed, he taught us a lot.  – Ralph & Tamerlan

Blue Peter Book  Awards – A few months ago our school was picked to be one of 12 schools to be judges for this year’s Blue Peter Book Awards.  30 of us had 6 books to read, they were a mix of fiction and non-fiction.  I absolutely loved to read all the books especially ‘Rise Up’ because it really inspired me.  I couldn’t believe those young people changed our world.  In fact one day I want to be like them.  We are looking forward to finding out the winning books on Blue Peter on World Book Day.  I loved having the opportunity to read the books and be a part of Blue Peter. – Ishaaq

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March is World Book Day, we would like to invite children to dress up as a book character and/ or bring a favourite book to school.

Eco Club – Our Eco Club have been learning about the negative effects of cars idling outside schools and have designed postersFacts include:-

  • An idling vehicle emits more pollution than a vehicle travelling at 30mph
  • Idling your engine for just 10 minutes releases a pound of CO2 into the air
  • Turning your engine off and on again causes less pollution than keeping the engine running. 

I am writing to inform you about turning your car of when you are waiting to pick up your child. It lets of a lot of fumes that is not good for your health.  Did you know that if you keep your car running for longer than 10 seconds it lets off more fumes than it would if you turned your car of and then back on again. We as an eco-council and club are trying hard to keep our environment healthy and are school plastic free. If your child would like to join eco club, you can get a letter from the office. Sincerely, Nia –  on behalf of the Eco club and Eco Council 

 

 

 

Eirlys, the lollipop lady – Unfortunately Eirlys our School Crossing Patrol will be retiring next week after many years of service,  if you would like to contribute towards a leaving gift we would be happy to accept donations.

Whats on Next Week?

Monday – Choir

Monday – Cross Country Meet

Tuesday – Drama

Wednesday – Road Safety Assembly for KS2

Wednesday – Netball

Wednesday – Cross Country

Thursday -Meeting for Y5/6 parents re Llanmadoc Residential 3.20pm to 3.45pm

Friday – Y1/2L Class Assembly

What’s Coming Up ?

Mon 17th Feb to Fri 21st Feb – Half Term

Thurs 27th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for School – All children asked to wear Welsh Costume, or a red T-shirt/Jumper.

Friday 28th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for Parents  – Classes taking part are Y1/2L, Y5/6D, Y4/5J, Y1/2H, LFPM (morning Nursery & Reception) & Y5/6E. All children are asked to wear Welsh Costume or a red T-Shirt/jumper.

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day – we would like to invite children to dress up as a book character and/ or bring a favourite book to school

Fri 6th March – Class Assembly Y3/4N at 9.00am

Fri 13th March – Rags 2 Riches Collection  – Collection of clean old clothing

Fri 13th March – Sports Relief

Week beginning Mon 16th March – Parental consultations

Fri 20th March – Class Assembly Y1/2B at 9.00am

Fri 20th March – Science exhibition

Fri 27th March – Class Assembly Y3/4T at 9.00am

Inset Day 5 – Monday 1st June

Inset Day 6 – Monday 20th July

 

 

Newsletter 31/01/20

What’s on next week?

Wednesday – Y1/2 visit to school from Animal Zone.

Thursday – Netball Tournament

After School Clubs Next week –

Monday – Choir

Monday – Eco  (for Eco Club & Eco Council)

Tuesday – Drama

Wednesday – Cross Country

Wednesday – Netball – Please make sure to come if you are going to the Netball Tournament as we have arranged for a Wales Coach to attend.

What’s coming up?

Wed 12th February – KS2 – Road Safety Assembly

Thursday 13th Feb – Meeting for Parents of Y5/6 children going to the Llanmadoc residential. 3.30 to 3.45pm

Fri 14th February – Y1/2L Class Assembly at 9.00am

Mon 17th Feb to Fri 21st Feb – Half Term

Thurs 27th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for School – All children asked to wear Welsh Costume, or a red T-shirt/Jumper.

Friday 28th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for Parents  – Classes taking part are Y1/2L, Y5/6D, Y4/5J, Y1/2H, LFPM (morning Nursery & Reception) & Y5/6E. All children are asked to wear Welsh Costume or a red T-Shirt/jumper.

Fri 6th March – Class Assembly Y3/4N at 9.00am

Fri 13th March – Rags 2 Riches Collection  – Collection of clean old clothing

Fri 13th March – Sports Relief

Week beginning Mon 16th March – Parental consultations

Fri 20th March – Class Assembly Y1/2B at 9.00am

Fri 20th March – Science exhibition

Fri 27th March – Class Assembly Y3/4T at 9.00am

Inset Day 5 – Monday 1st June

Inset Day 6 – Monday 20th July

Playground Equipment– As part of our safeguarding procedures we would like to remind parents about the Playground Equipment Rules:-

  • Equipment is only to be used during school hours (8.50am to 3.20pm) and by the After School Club.
  • Equipment is only suitable for school aged children.
  • Do not use the equipment when wet.
  • No running, pushing or shoving.
  • No bare feet, please wear proper footwear.
  • Do not use play equipment improperly.
  • Staff supervision is required for use.

Attendance – Congratulations to Y1/2L with 98%  and to Y4/5J with 98.7% attendance this week. Llongyfarchiadau!

Newsletter 24/01/20

Y3/4 Urdd Trip –  Estelle & Abbey were very enthusiastic about the trip.  “The bowling trip was fun, and we loved the speedboat ride. The food was really good, especially the hash browns. In the evening we watched Toy Story 4  and ate all our snacks. We were tired out by all the activities and had a good nights sleep” Diolch girls, we are glad you enjoyed it.

Assembly – Thank you to the Ocean Conservation Trust for our Slimy Seas Assembly this week, we learnt lots of disgusting facts about Hag Fish, Parrot Fish,Limpets and Octopi and pretended to be Sharks!

School Dinners – Parents are reminded that there has been a zero debt policy in place for school meals since September 2017. School dinners must be paid for in advance. It is a parent’s responsibility to either make sure that there are sufficient funds in their child’s account to enable them to order a school dinner at morning registration, or to provide them with a packed lunch. Going forward; allowing an unpaid meal, even from day one, will require approval by the head teacher. Some parents may find it useful to enable the auto top-up function on sQuid – if you need any help with this please ask at the school office.

Eco Club – Last year our Eco Club was filmed for Swansea Bay TV about our Plastic Free Day, you can watch the clip here

Lateness – We would like to remind parents that school starts at 8.50 am. Children are encouraged to arrive between 8:40 am and 8:50 am  so that they are  ready to line up and enter school with their class at the beginning of the school day.  Foundation Phase Parents should wait with their child(ren) until the teacher comes on duty.

If you find that the roads are busy at the start of the school day please consider using our  Free Breakfast Club which  starts at 8.10am, when then is less traffic.

We understand that people can have occasional problems which means they are late, however some parents are late on a regular basis, causing disruption for office staff, teachers and class mates.

Being 5 minutes late every day gives a total of

25 minutes every week

316 minutes a term

2 full days a year

What’s on Next Week?

Monday – Choir

Tuesday – Drama

Wednesday – tbc

Wednesday – Netball

Friday – Y1/2H Class Assembly at 9.00am

What’s Coming Up ?

Wed 5th February – Animal Zoo for Y1/2 classes

Fri 14th February – Y1/2L Class Assembly at 9.00am

Mon 17th Feb to Fri 21st Feb – Half Term

Thurs 27th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for School – All children asked to wear Welsh Costume, or a red T-shirt/Jumper.

Friday 28th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for Parents  – Classes taking part are Y1/2L, Y5/6D, Y4/5J, Y1/2H, LFPM (morning Nursery & Reception) & Y5/6E. All children are asked to wear Welsh Costume or a red T-Shirt/jumper.

Fri 6th March – Class Assembly Y3/4N at 9.00am

Fri 13th March – Rags 2 Riches Collection  – Collection of clean old clothing

Fri 13th March – Sports Relief

Week beginning Mon 16th March – Parental consultations

Fri 20th March – Class Assembly Y1/2B at 9.00am

Fri 20th March – Science exhibition

Fri 27th March – Class Assembly Y3/4T at 9.00am

Inset Day 5 – Monday 1st June

Inset Day 6 – Monday 20th July

 

Newsletter 17/01/20

Cake Sale – A big thank you to everyone who donated or bought cakes. The Criw Cymraeg raised over £150.00

Easyfundraising – just a little reminder that you can raise a little extra money for the school if you do online shopping  via the online shopping website. Please go to Easy fundraising  for more information.

Eco – Please send in your clean empty crisp packets, dead batteries and used writing implements for recycling.

Y3/4 Urdd Trip – We have set up a class dojo group for the Urdd trip so that the Teacher’s can post photos of the various activities, if your child is going on the trip please make sure you have access to the group. Diolch

Request – If you are waiting in your car to pick your child up from school, please can you turn your engine off. Thank you

Y5/6 Residential – Please remember to pay the balance of £160.00 on sQuid by the deadline of 20th March. You can either pay the full amount in one go, or pay in instalments.

What’s on next week ?

Monday – Eco Club

Monday – Choir

Tuesday & Wednesday – Y3/4 Trip to the Urdd in Cardiff

Tuesday – Drama

Wednesday – Cross Country

Wednesday – Football  Netball

Fri  – Y5/6E Class Assembly at 9.00am

What is coming up?

Fri 24th January – Y5/6E Class Assembly at 9.00am

Fri 31st January – Y1/2H Class Assembly at 9.00am

Fri 14th February – Y1/2L Class Assembly at 9.00am

Mon 17th Feb to Fri 21st Feb – Half Term

Thurs 27th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for School – All children asked to wear Welsh Costume, or a red T-shirt/Jumper.

Friday 28th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for Parents  – Classes taking part are Y1/2L, Y5/6D, Y4/5J, Y1/2H, LFPM (morning Nursery & Reception) & Y5/6E. All children are asked to wear Welsh Costume or a red T-Shirt/jumper.

Fri 6th March – Class Assembly Y3/4N at 9.00am

Fri 13th March – Rags 2 Riches Collection  – Collection of clean old clothing

Fri 13th March – Sports Relief

Week beginning Mon 16th March – Parental consultations

Fri 20th March – Class Assembly Y1/2B at 9.00am

Fri 20th March – Science exhibition

Fri 27th March – Class Assembly Y3/4T at 9.00am

Inset Day 5 – Monday 1st June

Inset Day 6 – Monday 20th July

 

Newsletter 10/01/20

Happy New Year! Welcome back, we hope you all enjoyed the break.

Fruit Tuckshop – Just a reminder to pay for fruit tuckshop ( Year 1 to Year 6) if you would like your child to have a piece of fresh fruit everyday. Please pay on sQuid – please look for Fruit Spring Term 1st Half Term (Year 1 to Year 6). Alternatively you are welcome to send in a healthy snack.

Activity fund – We are very grateful to the voluntary contributions to our Activity fund, which lets us buy extra resources  for crafts and pay for activities such as cooking &  food tasting. If you would like to contribute please look on sQuid for Activity Fund – voluntary contribution – Spring Term. Thank you

Olchfa School are running a free  seminar for parents/carers of Primary Aged Children about Setting Boundaries – Keeping Relationships on Mon 20th Jan from 6.30 to 7.30pm . Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite or by emailing Hannah.Vincent@swansea-edunet.gov.uk. They are also running a serious of workshops entitled  Time Out For Parents  every Monday from 7pm to 9pm from 3rd Feb to 16th March. the cost is £10 per individual/couple. For more details please contact Hannah Vincent on 01792 534300 or 07976 724167 or hannah.vincent@swansea-edunet.gov.uk

Y3/4 Urdd Trip – Please can we have all forms and outstanding monies by Tuesday. The Criw Cymraeg are running a cake sale next Friday, with the money going towards the Urdd Trip enabling us to keep the cost as low as possible. We would be grateful if you could bake/buy cakes for this event. Thank you

After School Activities next week.

Monday – Choir

Tuesday – Drama

Wednesday – Cross Country

What is coming up ?

Friday – Cake Sale. We welcome donations of cakes, children are invited to bring in £1.00 to buy cakes.

Tuesday 21st/Wednesday 22nd January – Y3/4 Trip to Urdd Cardiff.

Fri 24th January – Y5/6E Class Assembly at 9.00am

Fri 31st January – Y1/2H Class Assembly at 9.00am

Fri 14th February – Y1/2L Class Assembly at 9.00am

Mon 17th Feb to Fri 21st Feb – Half Term

Thurs 27th Feb – St Davids Day Concert for School – All children asked to wear Welsh Costume, or a red T-shirt/Jumper.

Friday 28th Feb – St David’s Day Concert for Parents  – Classes taking part are Y1/2L, Y5/6D, Y4/5J, Y1/2H, LFPM (morning Nursery & Reception) & Y5/6E. All children are asked to wear Welsh Costume or a red T-Shirt/jumper.

Fri 6th March – Class Assembly Y3/4N at 9.00am

Fri 13th March – Rags 2 Riches Collection  – Collection of clean old clothing

Fri 13th March – Sports Relief

Week beginning Mon 16th March – Parental consultations

Fri 20th March – Class Assembly Y1/2B at 9.00am

Fri 20th March – Science exhibition

Fri 27th March – Class Assembly Y3/4T at 9.00am

Inset Day 5 – Monday 1st June

Inset Day 6 – Monday 20th July

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief News 20/12/19

Just some brief news before we break up.
Congratulations to Mrs Timaeus who has been has been with us on long term supply, and will become a permanent member of staff from January.
Mrs Evans is due back in January so we would like to thank Miss Watts for teaching the class in her absence.
Mr Collins, our handyman will unfortunately be leaving us, and we wish him all the best.
See you all on January 6th.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!