Message – 14.7.22

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Here we are at the final week (in fact day) of the year. Thank you all for your help, support, patience and good will during this year.

Although it was the final week of the school year it was as busy as any. Below is just a flavour of what has happened over the past 5 days.

We had the inclusiveness curriculum in to give all pupils Year 1 through to Year 6 an insight into what it may be like to be a wheelchair user. Thank you for Jack for the time he took to give our pupils this experience.

Along, the inclusiveness line, we had Del in to give year 5 and 6 a taste of sign language (something class 5 have done a good deal of). We all thoroughly enjoyed it and have requested extra training for staff to ensure we can all teach it as an extra language.

We had a visit for our Year 1 and 2 pupils. We were visited by 3 alpacas, the names of which escape me but they were all very accommodating allowing 60 young pupils stroke them.

Snowy Owls had their graduation. Though I was there only briefly it was lovely to see the pupils and the vast majority of parents share their experience in Snowy Owls. I am sure we have a whole host of budding prime ministers, vets, builders and space travellers waiting in the wings.

Finally, we all enjoyed a celebratory ice cream at the end of the week. A huge thank you to the PTA for organising this.

And finally of course, we say a big goodbye to a few people. Miss Sarah Gavan and Miss Chloe Gwilliam will be moving on to new endeavours- We thank them for all their hardwork over the past years.

Of course, a huge goodbye to our year 6’s who will undoubtedly be going onto bigger and better things. the leaving party on Thursday evening was a lovely end to the year 7’s the majority have been with us. We wish them all the best in what they choose to do. Good Luck next year and in to the future from all at Gwersyllt CP.

All that leaves me to say is have a lovely summer and we will see the pupils again on Monday September 5th.

Funding for Childcare

The following letter has just arrived through county.

Funded Childcare for Children (6-11) – Summer Holidays 2022

Free childcare is available for children aged 6-11 over the summer holidays where the families are on a low income and where the child’s development or wellbeing has been affected by Covid-19.

Applications are open now and must be completed by a professional working with the family or the child.

The funding will provide a maximum of two half-day sessions per week (maximum of 6 hours per session) or one full day session per week (maximum of 10 hours per session).

Completed applications should be sent to paneladmin@wrexham.gov.uk

Please contact Wrexham Family Information Service if you have any queries on 01978 292094.

please see the attached document below

Message – 9.7.22

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Firstly, let me start with the great news from the newsletter that, due to our successful summer fayre, we managed to raise £1200 for the school. We look forward to being able to use this money for the pupils, either to help them out educationally or put a big smile on their faces.

Again, a huge thank you to the PTA for the time, effort and energy they put in to make this happen. the weather attempted to dampen our mood but for a couple of hours we had glorious sunshine.

Speaking of glorious sunshine, the pupils are making the opportunity to get out more for the final week or two of this year. Barn Owls had little hobbits in on Wednesday and many of the parents came down to work within Jaxon’s wood (now officially opened) with their children.

There was a broad variety of activities in waiting from hammocks to assault courses and for the ten minutes I managed to make it down for the pupils (and parents) seemed to fully enjoy it.

The fun didn’t stop there for Barn Owls as some of the little chicks went on to use the parachute for a whole host of games and activities.

We have enjoyed the last of our sports days this week (thank you again weather) and the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils extoled the virtues of sportsmanship and athletic ability as all the pupils through out the school have.

A huge thank you for those that came out to support them.

The weather next week is looking very toasty so please ensure that the pupils are equipped with water, have been sun protected and have taken hayfever allergy tablets if required.

Many thanks and have a lovely weekend

Thank you

Just a quick message to say a huge thank you to all involved regarding the summer fayre this weekend.

Despite the weathers best effort it didn’t manage to wash out the event and we had a successful few hours in the sunshine.

So thank you to the staff involved, those that were running stalls, all the pupils, families and friends that came to support us and were so generous with their time and donations.

In particular, a huge thank you to our PTA, without them we wouldn’t have a summer fayre at all.

Diolch yn fawr pawb!

Message – 24.6.22

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I thought I would use this opportunity to give you the information we know about universal free school meals from September onwards.

Phased roll-out of Primary Free School Meals for the youngest children from September 2022 on-wards

From the new Autumn term on-wards (5th September 2022) all Reception children will be offered Free School Meals. This is an important step in reaching the shared ambition of ensuring no child goes hungry while in school. 

In response to the current rising cost-of-living, Welsh Government and Wrexham LA are committed to implementing this scheme quickly and would ask for your patience as we build catering capacity to ensure a successful phased implementation and work towards a whole school roll-out over the next three years. 

Wrexham LA are working with the Welsh Government to develop a process for you to be able to request a free meal for your child/children in Reception from September, trying to avoid any unnecessary burden for you. Further information will follow by the end of term. Please rest assured that if your child is currently in receipt of free school meals and/or any other associated benefits, these will not be affected. 

The above message has come directly from County. Our expectation is that universal free school meals will then be rolled out for Year 1 and Year 2 later on in the year. Of course, we will update you with further information as soon as we have it.

Scrumdiddlyumptious

This term our Year ¾ classes (Dosbarth 1 a 2) have been looking at the topic ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. Amongst the many activities this term the pupils have baked bread and created a salad. They have looked with some depth at Fairtrade and the journey that food goes on before it gets to our mouths (and after).

They have looked at the nutritional benefits of food and the growing costs.

On the 22nd June 2022, the pupils enjoyed a gorgeous day in Jaxon’s wood with Little hobbits. They created Elderflower drink, their own kebabs, cooked around the fire and enjoyed their very own calzone pizza.

The results were truly ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’.

Message 10.6.22

Dear Parents/Carers,

An extremely busy week back, though I think that may be the same for the remaining 5 weeks. We have had the planetarium in from Explore (formerly Techniquest) this week- allowing for all the KS2 pupils and a handful of Foundation phase and parents to experience the Earth, stars, space and planet in a giant Dome. I apologies for the lack lustre photographs but it did look hugely impressive from inside.

On the same day we also had National Rail in to discuss the new railway works that will be happening locally to our KS2 pupils.

To round that day off the staff had their first training session on Inspire Maths. A new Maths product that we are trialling currently to commence in September. More at another date on this.

Finally, we were delighted to invite in our first group of Nursery pupils who are commencing in September. They had a wonderful session in Jaxon’s wood and we look forward to them joining us in a few months.

We also had a visit for our Snowy Owls pupils from a farmer. She discussed her role and the tasks she undertakes. We also delved into her delicious milkshakes at milkshake shake she runs. Mmmmm

Sports Days

The dates for the sports day are as follows:

Early Years – 7th July 

Year 1 and 2 – 27th June at 1.30pm

Year 3 and 4 – 15th June at 1.30pm

Year 5 and 6 – 16th June at 1.30pm

Hope fully you will have had some communication about these events. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Non School uniform

There is a non-school uniform day to support the PTA and summer fayre on Friday 17th June. The tombola prizes requested are:

Nursery/Reception – sweets and chocolates

Years 1 and 2 – toiletries

Years 3 and 4 – Snacks (crisps, popcorn, biscuits etc)

Years 5 and 6 – Bottles (alcohol to be handed in to staff)

Summer Fayre

The school summer fayre run by Gwersyllt CP PTA is to be held on 25th June from 11am to 3am.

Message 20-5-22

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you have all had a good week. Just a few things to mention below.

Jumpers and Jackets

As the weather gets warmer we find that the lost property collection is piling higher and higher. Through the course of the day many pupils will wish to take their cots or jumpers off if it gets to hot. To ensure that they don’t lose them if the mislay them please do put their names inside.

Bryn Alyn Information Evening for Year 4/5 pupils and parents.

Bryn Alyn has requested the use of the school hall to deliver an information evening for potential pupils and parents of the school. This is open to Year 4 and 5 parents and pupils and will allow the opportunity to learn a little more about the high school and ask some questions. 

Doors will open at 4:50pm on May 25th, the meeting will take place in the main hall. We expect it to finish no later than 5.45pm.

Please join us if you can for this session.

Other Dates:

26th May- Jubilee celebration

27th May-Staff curriculum day. School closed to pupils

Live Performance

It feels like it has been a while but we were fortunate enough today to have the KS2 pupils in to watch a live performance of the classic ‘The Hobbit’ tale. Staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed this performance and came out of the hall singing it’s praises. We are already looking into another performance for this time next year.

Jaxon’s Wood continues to flourish

The staff continue to work hard to make this area the best it can be and the pupils continue to enjoy using it. We are also accruing materials for it at a quick pace. Mrs Davies, who has worked hard on Jaxon’s wood from the beginning, accessed some grant money to get some intriguing new resources (see below). The grant will also cover some staff training alongside the three Level 3 Forest school practitioners who are currently accessing training.

In the News

Dosbarth 3 were in the news for their hard environmental work with PETA. See last weeks news for more info and the links below for the news.

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/20146694.school-report-highlights-across-region/