Notes from the Head

This week in November
30 November 2014


I love being a teaching head and can honestly say working with children is great fun with no day ever being the same.  As we begin our season of Advent in here in school the excitement is growing day by day.  Over the week we have enjoyed debates about how ‘magical’ Father Christmas is and what exactly ‘jolly’ means.  The children of Ysgol Nannerch certainly know how to use their questioning and investigative skills!


We have begun the season of Advent with two very special events; it was delightful to share with the children the lighting of their Christingles during Croeso Pawb and as always a huge thank you to the Mothers Union for all their hard work and support.  


The school choir and members of the local community joined together on Friday evening starting the festive season with a musical evening led by the Weaver Valley Accordion Band.  The evening was great fun and the children all performed well.


Being involved and forming a point of community focus with events such as Croeso Pawb and the Advent Celebration is an important part of being a Church in Wales primary school.  Another role of our church school is to encourage and develop in the children their curiosity and expression of awe and wonder.  In Nannerch this is developed through a curriculum which offers opportunities for learning through topics such as 'My Hero’ and Bardsey/Ynys Enlli which take the children on a learning journey within a range of environments and settings including learning outdoors.


The children have an exciting week ahead, on Tuesday the Reception to Year 6 will visit the theatre to see ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’.  There is a whole school 'D.T.' event on Wednesday with each class competing in ‘The Edible Car Challenge’.


Thursday is a themed lunch day, with Scott our cook offering an Oriental/Chinese menu inspired by one of our Year 6 who has been teaching us Mandarin! 


Reminder:The Christmas Concert (Nursery – Year3) 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.

This week in November
23 November 2014


This is a very exciting and busy time of year in school as we begin to celebrate the season of Advent and begin the preparations for Christmas Celebrations.  Last week the children in the lower school were very excited as they were given their parts for the Christmas concert.  Mrs Selwyn has begun to recruit willing helpers for support with preparing the costumes.


This Tuesday is Croeso Pawb an event which aims to bring children, families and our school community together.

The theme will be 'Christingle' with the children exploring the Christian message of ‘Light in the Darkness’.  Following an afternoon of creative activities the children will walk to the church where they will be collected by parents following the Christingle service.  There will be refreshments served at the back of the church from 3pm.


On Friday the School Choir will join with the Weaver Valley Accordion Band in St Michael & All Angels church for an evening of music, singing and seasonal refreshments to celebrate the start of Advent.  Programmes are available from school at a cost of £5.  Choir members should have received a programme to take home.


On Tuesday the 2nd of December the children from Reception to Year 6 will have their annual visit to Clwyd Theatr Cymru to watch the pantomime.  The children will return to school at approximately 5pm.  The coach will need to turn around so please do not park on the road opposite the ‘Cross Foxes’. Rhydymwyn children may be collected from the ‘Antelope’.


Please note there will be no After School Club on this day.  Nursery session will take place as usual from 12.45pm to 3pm.


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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This week in November
16 November 2014


I am fortunate to work with children and felt especially so this week as I was able to spent time observing the children’s learning.


I witnessed the Year 4, 5 & 6 practising and refining their technical drawing skills ready to begin transferring the skills of 3D drawing onto CAD software as they begin the design of their F1 cars.

Later I sat with the children in the Forest Schoolsetting as they worked both individually and in groups to create and race boats made from natural materials down a ‘river’. Their investigations included measuring and recording fastest time and the evaluation of the aerodynamic design of their boats.



The Foundation Phase children have been engaged in their investigation of boats and the science of floating and sinking. They were engrossed in making predictions and observations of the fastest boat and which objects would sink or float.  The children were exploring the idea of a ‘fair test’.  My favourite comment of the day was ‘it would be a fair test if everyone wins’.  


The Year 2 & 3 have been intent on fulfilling their task as ‘History Detectives’  helping the Liverpool Museum write and organise information for their exhibits. The children who had recently visited the Museum were given the challenge of writing non-chronological report to be displayed next to exhibits. 


The School Council have been busy this week organising their 3 areas of focus.  I am always impressed when I sit in on their meetings at how at ease they are with chairing a meeting, taking minutes and developing their ideas for the school…I have to remind myself the children are aged between 6 and 11!


We have some changes to our December calendar due to the need to accommodate our Estyn visitors   The Foundation Phase and Year 2 & 3 Christmas Concert will now take place on Thursday 18th December. 


We have changed our plans for the Year 4, 5 & 6 who will now focus on preparing for a ‘special event’ in the Spring Term; they will have the opportunity to find out more about this exciting project on the 28th November when an ‘arts in schools’ consultant will meet with them.


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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This week in November
9th November 2014


We returned to school to a week packed full of autumnal themes.


We explored the village and spent time in Forest School observing changes in the environment.  The children in the lower school celebrated the 5th November with the making of Guy Fawkes for the village bonfire, roasting pumpkin and making fireworks.

The Year 2 & 3 class were inspired to create their own role play after learning of the history of Bonfire Night. The Foundation Phase children made their own mini bonfires outside in the Forest School and enjoyed roasting marshmallows on the campfire.


Year 4, 5 & 6 took a walk through the village as they began their search for information of those heroes from Nannerch who served and lost their lives in the 1914-1918 Great War.  The children met with Mr. Wright who retold some of the stories of those who fell.  The class will continue their search as they begin to piece together the history of our local heroes and how they served during the First World War.


On Tuesday 11th November the children from Year 2- Year 6 will visit the village War Memorial to lay the school wreath and pay their respects with a minutes silence at 11am. 


On Tuesday 11th November Scott our cook will serve a special ‘Remembrance Day’ themed school lunch with bangers & mash and other traditional British favourites.  There will be an award to the person finding the ‘sticker’ under their tray.


The scholastic Book Fair is visiting school for a week arriving on Thursday 13th November.  The Book Fair will be open every afternoon from 3pm.  The Book Fair brings together the newest and best children’s books, suitable for all ages and abilities.  The school receives commission on every item sold which will be used to purchase new books for the classes.

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Tuesday 11th November. The children from Years 2-6 will visit the village War Memorial. Our cook Scott will be cooking a special menu with the theme of  Remembrance Day.

The Good Food Gang have planned another ‘sticker’ treat  with a prize for the person who finds the sticker hidden under  their dinner plate!




Thursday 13th November.  Scholastic Book Fair

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