Notes from the Head

22nd December 2015

We have had an action packed and busy end of our autumn term. With our visit to the pantomime, Christmas lunch, School Fair, Advent assemblies, and finally each class held a party to end the week! In amongst all this excitement the children continued with their learning.

 

I was pleased to be able to accompany the children to the pantomime at Clwyd Theatre this year; we enjoyed the banter and fun.  It was lovely to see everyone enjoy the dancing, cheering and generally just having a wonderful time. The children were delightful.

 

Scott our school cook made a great job of our whole school Christmas lunch on Wednesday, he catered for our school staff, the Nursery children and some of our helpers from Playgroup. It was a friendly, happy atmosphere. We gave Scott a very loud and well deserved ‘three cheers’.

 

Scott continued to work to supply us with great food on Thursday eve as he served up sausage and chips at the Christmas Fair. I would like to once again give heartfelt thanks to Scott and our PTA, especially Sally and Jude for organising such a wonderful event.  Even Santa said how impressed he was with all that has been happening in Nannerch!

 

Thank you all for your continued support of Ysgol Nannerch, it truly is a lovely place to be. Thank you also for all the cards, gifts and Christmas messages. I look forward to seeing everyone looking refreshed and happy in the New Year.

 

The staff, Governors and I wish all our children, families and community a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2016.

Key dates
  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • Christmas Eve - 3pm - Carols, Crib Making and Christmas Story, St Michael & All Angels

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

  • January 5th - Children return to school

 

  • February 10th - Year 4 Pentre Llyn

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

Although tired and excited we continued with our learning this week. We have now finished our story writing and have self assessed our work against the success criteria. Mrs Pierce is pleased with our writing.

 

We all enjoyed the pantomime on Tuesday and had great fun dancing along to the songs. On Wednesday we spent the morning practicing our mindful breathing. We made snow globes to help us focus. It was very calming watching the glitter swirl around until it settled.

 

On Thursday we used our maths skills to calculate cost and to complete our cake designs and were pleased to take our cakes home to share with the family. They looked wonderful wrapped in cellophane and labelled. Some of us managed to get our cakes home safely!

 

We had a huge treat on Friday, Mrs Selwyn joined us in the afternoon and treated us to lots of party games and of course her infamous ‘Bushtucker Trials’. What fun eating and drinking a host of delights such as orange slugs in slime, swamp water and Rudolph’s nose!  We all squirmed and squealed with disgust!

 

We left for our Christmas holiday happy and ready to spend time with our families. Nadolig Llawen Pawb xx

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Well, what a super week and end to the first term of the school year!

It has been a fun and full week of lots of activities. We all enjoyed the panto on Tuesday. It was fantastic to see all of the children up on their feet and dancing away to the wonderful music! They behaved impeccably and did our school proud.

 

The children have completed their superb stories, complete with a front cover and written up in their best handwriting. They are all very proud! The stories are on display in the year 2 & 3 cloakroom to be read. 

 

Year 2 & 3 thoroughly enjoyed making the Reindeer hot chocolates! We measured each ingredient carefully and added the finishing touches. They are to be enjoyed over the Christmas holidays, although some children have decided it would make a nice gift! 

 

Friday has been party day! Among the games and dancing, this year there was a new Talent show! Lots of children took part and their was some beautiful singing, whistling, dancing, story telling and tricks. We were all both very amused and impressed!

 

I wish you all a lovely couple of weeks. I hope you are all happy and healthy over the holidays. 

Nadolig Llawen!  

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

What a lovely last week we have all had! We watched Cinderella at Theatre Clwyd which was fantastic! Pupils and staff enjoyed the singing and it was so lovely to see so many of our pupils dancing! We have finished our Christmas craft and all our stories. Pupils have been using the computer to type and design their Christmas messages to their family. Christmas dinner was yummy and a huge thank you to Scott as he did a sterling job! Thank you to playgroup for joining us and to May, Jo and Sarah for staying and joining in the fun!

 

We also had our Early Entitlement induction afternoon for our new pupils Charlie and William. They both came to school with smiles on their faces and got stuck into Christmas activities and play with their new friends! We are looking forward to January when they start school in the afternoons.

 

I would like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful pupils this term for their efforts and progress that they have made. They have been working very hard on our topic and have hopefully enjoyed the wide range of activities and learning opportunities which have been planned. Also a massive thank you to our parents who have continued to support Ysgol Nannerch and their children's learning. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year and look forward to a new term with you all in January.

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12th December 2015

What an exciting week, with sparkle everywhere… from the glittery costumes in our Christmas shows to the wealth of craft activities celebrating ‘Jesus the light of the world’ at our Christingle Croeso Pawb.

 

I enjoyed spending time in class with the Year 2 and 3 on Monday as they shared their ideas for their story writing. The children have been creating story maps to plan and develop the stories. I look forward to reading their final versions soon.

 

It was a treat to watch the two Christmas shows ‘Angel Express’ and ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ this week. Both performances shared the message and joy of Christmas. The children did so well to remember their lines and all the words of the songs. Thank you to all parents for the support given with helping the children with learning their lines at home.

 

Every child spoke well on stage and we all felt proud of their combined effort. Many thanks too to our PTA who provided refreshments making the occasion even more special and meaningful.

 

Bishop Gregory visited us in school on Thursday to tell us about ‘Santa Claus’, we couldn’t believe our eyes when Saint Nicholas joined us, to tell us all how 'Santa Claus' got his name. It was a very special visit, Saint Nicholas reminded us to think of others and to say thank you for our gifts this Christmas.

 

The wonderful Christingle Croeso Pawb was a fitting end to a wonderful week in school. The children were engaged in a range of lovely activities from making sparkly stars and tea light holders, to making shiny decorations for hanging on the tree. Thank you to the Mothers Union for organising and preparing the activities. Mr Wright led a Croeso pawb service in the church, with the lighting of the children's Christingles and saying of special Christmas prayers it was a delightful end to the school week.

Key dates
  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 17th December - PTA Christmas Fayre:        4.30pm - 7pm

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • Christmas Eve - 3pm - Carols, Crib Making and Christmas Story, St Michael & All Angels

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

Please note the following school closure procedure.
 
Should we need to close the school at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other emergencies we shall communicate the closure in three ways:
 

  • via our text messaging service.

  • broadcast on Heart FM and Radio Wales.

  • on the Flintshire County Council website

 
In addition parents can register their details with Flintshire County Council in order to receive an email as soon as the school has registered an emergency closure.
 
Visit the Flintshire County Council website Home page www.flintshire.gov.uk.  A link will direct you straight to the webpage with the full school closure information

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

We all worked together for our performance of ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’, Wednesday evening's performance was without doubt our best. We felt proud of ourselves.

 

In class this week we have focused on our story writing and designing our cakes. We thought about our design brief, and did market research of our product, asking which the preferred cake was. Then we used our skills with money to calculate the cost of making our cake, some of us worked to calculate how much profit we could make, and extended this by packaging our cakes to increase the profit further.

 

The challenge in class this week was for us all to achieve full marks in our spelling test…and we did it! We all know now we can do well if we put the effort in and keep believing in ourselves. Ms Lewis says we should aim every week for 10 out of 10!

 

For homework over Christmas we have all been given a bible story and have been asked to create a decoration for the Jesse Tree. A Jesse Tree is a decorative tree used to retell the stories of the Bible that lead to Jesus' birth. The decorations can be made from paper, card, fabric etc., they can be 2D or 3D. The homework is due back on the 14th January, when we will share the stories and hang our decorations on our tree which will displayed all year in school.

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

It has been a full on week in year 2 & 3 with lots of excitement around the festivities! Firstly a big well done to all of the children for putting on a super nativity play! We had lots of fun preparing and performing for our families and we hope you enjoyed it.

 

We also had a visit from the bishop and St. Nicholas! This led us to reflecting on what we are thankful at Christmas time. Lots of the children had lovely thoughts, particularly those of family traditions.

 

Our stories are coming along well. We now have the introduction, the build up and the peak of the story! There are some wonderful ideas. Marvellous imaginations! We also managed to fit in some Christmas maths activities! The children looked at the nets of 3D shapes, identifying the name and then the features of the shape when they made them.

 

Our week was finished off with Croeso Pawb. Year 2 and 3 made tree decorations, stars with a stain-glass window effect and christingles, amongst others. We had a fabulous afternoon and discussed how everything we made represented Jesus and Christmas.

 

No spellings this week. 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Well done to everyone, the Christmas concert was wonderful! A huge thanks to the pupils for performing their very best after a lot of rehearsals and singing practices! Mrs Biddle did a sterling job of the costumes once again and all the props! It was a great day with two productions of Angel Express and the pupils really sang their hearts out. Thank you to our PTA for providing yummy Christmas refreshments and supporting us.

 

The week has ended with a treat from Bishop Gregory and St Nicholas. What a lovely morning we had listening to the meaning of Christmas and about how we should care for one another and remember to say thank you.

 

A great deal of Christmas craft has been produced this week and pupils have worked very hard making and creating beautiful gifts for their parents. It was also lovely to see the Christmas cards that came back from the publishers, wow they look great! I'm sure there will be a lot of very happy parents writing their Christmas cards this year!

 

Next week we have the Panto at Theatre Clwyd, please don't forget to send your money and consent slip in or do it on line at School Gateway.

 

We also have Christmas dinner on Wednesday and we are inviting Nursery and playgroup to join in the fun. We always look forward to Scott's yummy Christmas lunch.

 

We will be having a Class Christmas party on Friday so pupils can come dressed in their party clothes or Christmas jumpers!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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4th December 2015

News from our classes:

The stage is up, lights ready; costumes almost complete....last minute checks. The children and staff have worked hard to fit their concert rehearsals into a busy school week. We are hoping that everything will go smoothly for next week’s productions. Thank you to our parents for supporting the children, everyone is doing well to learn their lines and words of songs. We need one big push this weekend ready for next week's productions.

The children in textile club have once again made beautiful decorations for our school Christmas tree, which is on display in the school corridor. Thank you to Mrs Wright and all the volunteers from the Mothers Union and WI for preparing the wealth of lovely craft activities for this popular club. Our Mothers Union will also be supporting our Christingle Croeso Pawb on Friday 11th December.

 

Please join us if you are available for our Croeso Pawb service at 2.30pm in St Michael & All Angels Church. Donations of cake for the afternoon tea following the service are appreciated.

 

Thank you to all who supported the recent Book Fair, the total raised was £451.16, earning 40% commission – £180.46 to spend on books for school. The School Council will be selecting books to help replenish our school library of 'real' books.

Key dates

 

  • 8th December – Foundation Phase, Years 2&3 Concert (2pm & 6pm)

 

  • 9th December- Years 4,5&6 Concerts (1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

  • 11th December - Croeso Pawb ‘Christingle’ (join us in the church at 2.30pm)

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 17th December - Christmas Fayre 

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

A very busy week in class as we looked at large numbers and percentages in maths and also covered mass and metric measures and conversions in readiness for our cake baking session later in the week. The cake baking was great fun each team baked a variety of sponge cake (vanilla, chocolate or ginger). We then asked the whole school to sample our different cakes in order for us to collate data to find which cake was the most popular. Next week we will be costing our cakes looking at budgeting and profit and loss.

 

We were delighted to receive letters from Year 5 in Ysgol Mountain Lane, Buckley this week. The children had written to each of our Year 4, 5 & 6 individually to introduce themselves using their knowledge of Welsh. We have written our individual replies using our knowledge of Welsh and hope to deliver these to Mountain Lane next week.

 

We have been busy practising for our school concert. We are still unsure of some of the words for our songs and need to add more expression into our performance so homework this week will again be to work on our lines. We also need to make an effort to learn and practise our weekly spellings.

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Although the end of term is approaching quickly, Year 2 & 3 are still working very hard! We have written the three sections of The Boy Who Called Wolf, self and peer assessed our story and re-drafted parts of the story. 

 

We have also recorded our performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. They really were super! Our next step is to start thinking about how we can adapt the characters and the setting to make the story our own.  

 

In Maths we continued to practice using money to pay for totals up to £1 and work out the change. We also found and created patterns made with shapes and numbers. Using a repeated pattern, we now have a lovely Christmas wreath created from polygons. 

 

We had our first dress rehearsal for the Christmas play, everyone looked fantastic in their outfits! 

 

New spellings have been handed out. No homework, but have a think about who you will replace the little shepherd boy and the villagers with in your story. 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

This week we have sung our little hearts out ready for our Christmas play next week! We hope you are looking forward to it.

 

The PTA are selling mulled wine and mince pies to get us all in the festive spirit! Our performance starts on Tuesday at 2pm and then in the evening at 6.30pm. Please bring pupils to school at 6pm.

 

We have been busy writing the middle and ending parts to their stories and have enjoyed using describing words. Pupils have also

been trying hard with their handwriting, ask your children about 'soggy bottoms' and 'tall letters to the sky' - it is making a real difference!

 

In Maths they have made Christmas trees using 2D shapes.

Nursery this week have made their beautiful wreaths and snowmen and we have all decorated our tree in the classroom...!

 

Hope you all have a restful weekend and pupils are fit and ready for their big day next week.

 

Please note the following school closure procedure.
 
Should we need to close the school at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other emergencies we shall communicate the closure in three ways:
 

  • via our text messaging service.

  • broadcast on Heart FM and Radio Wales.

  • on the Flintshire County Council website

 
In addition parents can register their details with Flintshire County Council in order to receive an email as soon as the school has registered an emergency closure.
 
Visit the Flintshire County Council website Home page www.flintshire.gov.uk.  A link will direct you straight to the webpage with the full school closure information

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