Notes from the Head

This week in December
23 December  2014

 

The first term of this academic year drew to a close with an action packed December. Our Estyn Inspection took place at the beginning of December with the report remaining confidential until publication in February. 

 

I am pleased with the final report which celebrates the school’s achievements and recognises where we are on our journey to greater school effectiveness.

 

The team extended their warmest thanks to all involved for their co-operation and the welcome they received here in Nannerch.  The children were a credit and were happy to share their learning with the team.

 

I would like to thank you for all your support during the inspection week and for your understanding of the need for changes to our Christmas schedule in order to accomodate the Estyn team.  

 

The final week of term was glittery and Christmas filled. The Nursery children and toddlers from playgroup joined us on Wednesday along with Revd. Adrian and Mr Milner (our peripatetic music teacher) for a delicious Christmas lunch cooked by Scott our talented school chef. 

 

On Thursday the lower school performed their Christmas concerts, it was delightful to have an appreciative audience of past pupils, families and friends from the wider school community. Thank you to our Year 4, 5 & 6 for helping with the organisation of the concerts and to our PTA for providing the refreshments and organising the Christmas Raffle. The money raised from the event will be used to purchase additional resources in order to support the children's enhanced learning opportunities.

 

Fundraising from all school events is used to purchase additional resources for example Numicon maths resources were purchased with fund raising from our recent Summer Concert and already has begun to impact positively on teaching and learning across the school. 

 

Our focus for improvement this year is English therefore fundraising will be used to enhance opportunities for the children’s learning in Literacy with a focus on teaching higher order Reading & Writing skills across the school.

 

Thank you all for your continued support of Ysgol Nannerch, it really is a privileged to be headteacher of such a vibrant and happy village community school. All  visitors to the school comment on the wonderful outdoor environment and the happy and welcoming atmosphere which makes Ysgol Nannerch a very special place for all children to grow and learn. 

 

 

We look forward to returning to school in 2015 for an exciting Spring Term and would like to wish all our children and families a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

 

 

Key dates: 

 

 

Monday January 5th 2015 - Training Day 

 

Tuesday January 6th 2015 - School re-opens for children 

 

Friday 9th January 2015 - Years 4,5 & 6 Care to Share project begins

 

 

Please note the STEM family workshops will now take place in the late Spring with more details available in January.

 

 

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This week in December
14 December  2014

 

I would like to say thank you to all our parents for all the support shown to the school both in the run up to and during the Estyn inspection.   The children were wonderful and enjoyed sharing their learning with the team.  

 

 

The children are now keen to begin celebrating Christmas and Advent in earnest!  The week is exciting, busy and fun packed with the lower school preparing for their Christmas Concert and the upper School finalising their F1 designs ready for manufacturing. 

 

Please note there are no after School clubs on this week...however our final Mad Science session will take place on Wednesday.

 

There will be no guitars on Monday morning, Mr. Rushforth will take violins as usual.  Flutes will play for us following Christmas lunch as Mr. Milner will be joining us.

 

 

The key dates for this week:

 

Whole School Christmas Lunch (including Nursery) - 

Wednesday 17th December

 

Foundation Phase & Year 3 Concert-

Thursday 18th December at 2pm & 6.30pm

 

Non-uniform and class treats -

Friday 19th December

 

 

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This week in December
7 December  2014

 

This week in school we held the ‘Edible Car Challenge’ with every class given the task to design a car using fruit or vegetables.  There was a real ‘buzz’ around the school as the children set about their task on Wednesday.  Everyone from Reception to Year 6 took part with each age group having a slightly different design brief.

 

After the children had planned and designed their cars they tested them using their measuring skills to find which car out of each class travelled the furthest distance,  The younger children posed the question ‘how far does the car go?’.  With Years 2 & 3 testing whether ‘the heaviest car goes the furthest’.  Our older children investigated whether ‘the most expensive car travelled the furthest’.

 

Years 4, 5 & 6 took the challenge further using their STEM skills to graph each team's results using the formulae of Distance over Time to calculate the speed their cars travelled. 

 

Following the challenge all the children were awarded with certificates and the winning teams and cars received medals and trophies.  Well done to everyone.  Da iawn pawb!

 

This week the Good Food Gang (GFG) met with Laura England, the School Meals Nutritional  Advisor, the children have run a competition to design a logo for the GFG, Laura is noow organising for the winning design to be manufactured onto caps for the children in the GFG to wear during lunchtimes.

 

On Monday our Estyn visitors arrive and will remain with us in school until Thursday they will be talking to staff, children and parents during their stay.  The meeting for parents takes place in school on Monday afternoon at 3.45pm.  Please do come along and show your support of our school.

 

On Thursday 11th December we are holding a ‘taster’ day for the Early Entitlement children who will start Nursery after Christmas.  The children are invited to join us for the afternoon session of Nursery from 12.45pm.  Please see Mrs John for further details.

 

Reminder:The Christmas Concert (Nursery – Year 3) takes place on Thursday 18th December at 2pm and 6.30pm.

 

Please see the Christmas Calendar Dates for information of events taking place in Ysgol Nannerch during November and December and I apologise for any for any inconvenience the changes to our calendar may have caused. 

 

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A request from Nannerch Community Council

 

 

 

The passing place on School Lane is being used as a parking space by some people. This is making it difficult for cars to get through when a car is coming from the opposite direction.

 

Andy Lightfoot from Streetscene has been asked if a 'No Parking' sign can be put on it.

 

Please be considerate when visiting school and mindful of the health and safety of our school members and local residents.

There is disabled parking at the school with a safe drop off zone. For additional support please contact in advance of your visit

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