Notes from the Head
This week in March
29th March 2014
The Year 5 & 6 have been enjoying their weekly Monday rugby coaching sessions in readiness for the 'Crusaders Touch Rugby League' competition for primary schools which takes place in May. Allen Jones the rugby coach is impressed with the skills and enthusiasm displayed by the pupils of Nannerch.
Last Tuesday the Juniors began to collate data based on the pattern of land use around Ysgol Nannerch. This information will be shared with the pupils of Gwernffield in order to compare the two villages. We enjoyed exploring the village in this way, it provided a great opportunity to explore our 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The children were very keen to get back into class to begin to organise the data. The project will now be developed by the children in both schools.
Thank you everyone for taking part in last Wednesday's 'Jesus Day'. We began the day with a shared assembly which was a lovely way to begin to our exploration. In class the Foundation Phase looked into the customs of the Jewish faith, including sampling some typical foods and Jewish customs. The Juniors used their skills of reasoning and philosophical thinking as they searched for meaning in the story of 'The Feast of Cana', we enjoyed sharing our thoughts with Revd. Adrian.
Thank you to the Mother's Union for organising the Afternoon Tea in the church last Friday. The children enjoyed making the floral arrangements as gifts to give for Mothering Sunday. The Mothers Union will join us in school on Thursday 3rd April for Croeso Pawb. The theme explored will be 'Easter'. Please join us at 2.40pm for the assembly which will be followed by refreshments at 3pm.
Mrs Selwyn has been impressed with the children's singing this week in both the prelims for our school Eisteddfod and during the visit to Liverpool Philharmonic. During the performance at the Philharmonic the schools sang their song ' The Power in Me' fully accompanied with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. We look forward to hearing the children singing and sharing their talents on Wednesday in the School Eisteddfod.
This week in March
22nd March 2014
There was a lovely atmosphere in the school hall with parents, carers and children joining in for the Family Learning, 'Chatterbox' session last Tuesday. Those who attended the session all agreed it was lots of fun and gave many ideas on bringing maths into learning at home.
On Wednesday Evening the PTA hosted a Parents Protect workshop looking at Internet safety, which reinforced the important message of protecting our children and keeping them safe on social network sites.
Thanks to 'Captain' Jonny Duddle for opening the school bookfair on Thursday, where he shared his books and told us about about his days spent colouring in and writing stories. Sounds great fun and certainly inspired all our young pirates and shipmates who enjoyed attending school for the day in their pirate attire bringing along the ship cat and rat too!
The weather has been so mild recently it took us by surprise to feel the cold chill again this week. However Years 4,5 & 6 braced the cold air and spent some time out in the Forest School area on Friday to inspire their creative writing. The adventure stories they have written will form part of the Eisteddfod entries. Mrs Selwyn is busy preparing for the prelims which will take place this week in readiness for the School Eisteddfod on April 2nd.
There are two maths related events happening this week. On Tuesday the juniors will be collecting data from the village environment to share with the children of Ysgol y Waun. This will enable the two schools to compare and contrast the villages of Nannerch and Gwernaffield. On Friday the Years 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 will spend the morning at the Liverpool Philharmonic to learn about the connection between music and maths during the concert 'A Short Ride in a Fast Machine'.
Join us for afternooon tea this Thursday, the Mothers Union will be holding a 'Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea' in the church from 2pm-4pm. This is a lovely opportunity to have a chat over a cuppa and slice of cake.
This week in March
15th March 2014
Last Monday we were delighted to welcome Mike and Roz Harrison who shared with the Years 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 news of our friends in St. Mary's school, Tanzania. The current Year 5 & 6 have written and received letters from the children who attend the school. We listened with interest to the similarities we share with our African friends including the fact that the children have 'healthy snack' and wear PE kit to school every Friday too!
Last week we also received a visit from 'Charlie and Sammy' of Don't Touch -Tell! The characters were promoting 'keep safe' messages to the children with regards to health education and safety.
The safety theme continues this week with the Internet Safety Evening for parents/carers which will be held at school on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm.
This week the Scholastic Book Fair arrives in school. For a donation of £1 the children are being offered the opportunity to come to school dressed as a pirate on Thursday 20th March (please note change to date). The money raised will go towards replacing the popular playground 'Pirate Ship'.
This week in March
9th March 2014
It was lovely to come back to school this week to find the daffodils which Eco- Club planted last year starting to bud and our school pond full of frogs!
The Year Five and I began the week at the Urdd Centre, Glanllyn for 3 days. The weather was bright and we enjoyed taking part in a range of activities with children from Bryn Coch, Bryn Gwalia, Cilcain, Ewloe Green and Rector Drew. As always the children of Nannerch were a delight to be with and held their own amongst their peers from the larger schools.
Our Year 5's were quite a 'hit' when they succeeded in getting approx 100 children from the other schools onto their feet and into a dance routine. On our return to school we joined in the excitment of 'Wythnos Cymreig'...with a host of activities taking place in school including the making of 'cawl', welsh cakes, a host of craft activities including the Year 2 & 3 making chairs!
I was delighted with the range of Welsh themed costumes worn by the children including our very own Nannerch Welsh Dragon.
Thank you to Sue Stone, parent governor, who came in to observe the children busy at work. Examples of the children's work from Wythnos Cymreig will be entered into the school Eisteddfod which takes place on the 2nd April.
Dairy Dates for March
10th March - update on our linked school in South West Tanganyika
10th & 17th, 24th & 31st March- Rugby Coaching
11th & 12th March - Parents Evenings
11th March - Family Learning 'Chatterbox' 9am
13th March- Don't Touch Tell
19th March - Internet Safety Night 6.30pm
20th March - Book Fair
24th March - Year 5&6 Rugby Coaching
25th March - Maths Day 26th March- Bible Day 'Juniors dressing up theme day'
27th March - PC Marc Internet safety for the children
27th March - Mothers Day Tea
28th March - Liverpool Philarmonic Years 2-6
This week in March
2nd March 2014
We return to school this week to celebrate 'Dydd Gwyl Dewi' the children will explore the Welsh culture in a range of activities during the week which will be entered into the school Eisteddfod in April. The juniors who have created a Tudor Knot Garden can bring these into school when ready to be photographed.
This week Year 5's will join children from local schools to spend three days at the Urdd Centre ' Glanllyn' where they will be taking part in a range of adventurous activities including the high ropes and raft building.
On Friday 7th March the children are invited to come to school dressed in clothes with a 'Welsh theme' such as traditional Welsh costume, rugby shirts or dressed as a daffodil!
On Tuesday 11th March our 'Chatterbox' programme returns. The workshops will explore practical ways to support your child's learning in maths, exploring how early mathematical skills develop and how work at school can be supported at home. We encourage all mums, dads, grandparents and carers to come along to the sessions which start at 9.30am. Childcare is offered so bring your little ones along too.