Notes from the Head
This week in June
29th June 2014
This has been a very exciting week for the children in Nannerch. On Tuesday the ‘Criw Celf’ art exhibition opened in Holywell. It was wonderful to see the outcome of the children’s creativity on display and exciting to hear that our talented young Nannerch artist will have the opportunity to continue working with the ‘Criw Celf’ next year.
There were more opportunities to display their creativity as Nannerch pupils took to the main stage at Clwyd Theatr Cymru on Wednesday evening. The families of our Year 1 & 2 pupils were treated to a fantastic performance by the children, which had been choreographed using their own ideas based on the story of 'Handa'. The children were eye-catching in their brightly coloured t-shirts representing tropical fruits and animals from the African plains.
The standard of their performance was excellent and Amanda from 'New Dance' who had worked with the children was understandably proud of their achievements, as were their parents and teachers.
Our Year 3 & 5 boys represented the school in the North Wales Primary Tennis Tournament in Wrexham this week. The boys all played very well and a special well done to our 'honorary' year 2 who became a Year 3 for the competition!
The Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 have been exploring the actions in UN Convention of the Child this week. They have been keen to take forward some of the ideas from the convention in order to take Ysgol Nannerch forward. Three areas they are keen to work on are: developing the playground environment, food in school and the creation of more exciting school toilets. The children have begun to develop their action plans and are preparing to communicate with the Governors, PTA and Flintshire County Council. We will keep you updated!
Parents of children in Years 3-6 who would like their children to learn to play an instrument are invited to take up the option of music tuition from our peripatetic music teachers. The forms are available from the school office or downloadable from the school website. Please return the request form to school by Tuesday July 1st.
This week in June
22nd June 2014
The weather was glorious for Sports Day last Wednesday. The afternoon provided an opportunity to share in the delight of the children who all competed in the events with real sporting spirit. Thank you to all our families and volunteers for supporting the day.
The morning of Sports Day was a busy time for the children. Our police liaison officer P.C. Marc visited school to talk with the children about 'keeping safe'. The Years 4, 5 & 6 made a great job of setting up the sports field, whilst the Year 5 girls attended the Alun School to play against Ysgol Glanrafon in the girls tennis.
We had another exciting day on Thursday as it was 'Going Up Day'. The children moved up into the class they will be with in September. Our year 6 who will attend the Alun School travelled to Mold on the school bus and enjoyed meeting their form tutors and new classmates. Nursery children who will be joining us as Reception had an exciting day with Year 1 in the Forest school. The Years 2 & 3 were introduced to the story of 'Mrs Armitage's Wheels' and had fun building Mrs Armitage's bicycle themselves. The Years 4, 5 & 6 had so much fun in the Forest school they didn't want to go home at the end of the school day!
This week the School Council have purchased Lego for the children's 'wet playtimes' using the funds from their Bring & Buy sale. Thank you to the PTA for supporting the children with this.
On Friday the Year 6 visited Lixwm School along with their peers from Cilcain. The children were introduced to the role of the Welsh Assembly Government and met AM's Aled Roberts and Mark Isherwood. The children worked in groups to write a manifesto and were invited to vote for the most persuasive party. The Year 6 from the three schools will visit the Senedd in July during their joint residential visit to Cardiff.
We have another active week ahead of us with the Years 1 & 2 performing in the Dancefest at Clwyd Theatr Cymru pn Wednesday and the Year 3 and 5 boys competing in the Primary Tennis Semi Finals. We are also very proud that one of our children will have her art work on exhibition at the 'Criw Celf Art Exhibition' held at Holywell Art & Craft Mill, the exhibition opens on Tuesday evening.
This week in June
15th June 2014
The summer term is a time of change and transition for all the children especially those moving to secondary school. Last Monday pupils from Year 6 were invited to attend the Alun school in Mold to take part in activities involving Science and P.E. The highlight of the visit for many of the children was lighting the 'Bunsen burner' in the science labs!
Six of our Year 6 pupils visited the Alun on Wednesday morning to share their 'Learning Journey' with pupils from other local schools. The children shared and compared their learning experiences during their recent 'Bardsey' topic. Mrs Kathy Jones, English teacher at the Alun was impressed with the enthusiasm and ability of the Year 6 to describe and share their learning with each other.
We had a surprise visit on Thursday, a dancer from Mumbai. The Nursery children discovered the dancer called Medha playing croquet on the village bowling green! Medha was delightful and we were fortunate that she was able to stay long enough in Nannerch to treat us all with a presentation of her dancing.
The week ahead continues the theme of transition with Thursday's 'Going Up Day' activities. The Year 6 who will be moving to the Alun School in September will spend the day at the school and will discover who will be in their new 'form'. The new Nursery children will have an opportunity to spend the afternoon in school and all the children will move up to their new class.
There is an opportunity to meet with your child's class teacher on Thursday evening to hear about the class routines for September. The meetings will be at the following times:
5pm - 5.30pm: Foundation Phase
5.30- 6pm Year 2 & 3
6pm-6.30 pm: Years 4/ 5 & 6
Please note: Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 18th June.
Children will need a drink of water, sunscreen and suitable clothes.
The races start at 1.15pm.
This week in June
8th June 2014
Although the weather was very unpredictable last week the children spent plenty of time learning outdoors. The juniors had a good time at Wepre Park on Thursday whilst the Foundation Phase and Year 2 appreciated having the whole school to themselves.
The younger children enjoyed spending time in the Forest School searching for the 'pixies' which I believe live in our school grounds, they were keen to tell me all about the 'little folk' and the white trail of pixie dust they were following. The children also had great fun working around the eco-class in the mud kitchen and garden, totally engrossed in digging, painting, planting and playing.
On Friday we all enjoyed exploring the meaning of 'Pentecost' during our Croeso Pawb. Once again the Mothers Union prepared a wonderful set of activities and crafts for the children. It was wonderful to share in the children's delight and enthusiasm as we walked to church to celebrate this special time in the church calendar. We enjoyed singing 'happy birthday' to the church and eating our special birthday cakes!
We have another exciting week ahead as our Year 6 take part in a number of transition activities, the juniors visit the theatre to take part in the Minotaur project and Years 1&2 join with other schools to celebrate our Welsh heritage as they sing and perform in the Jambori.