Headteacher’s Blog 4th March 2022

Well what an exciting week!

A very busy week for everyone. We came back to school to Shrove Tuesday and delicious pancakes as well as preparing for St David’s Day. Then we had all the excitement of the Yellow post box. What was the significance?

We found out it was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Book Day - Nannerch had been chosen as the location in Wales to celebrate the work of Jonny Duddle!

A big thank you to Parents for responding to our last-minute request for costumes and pyjamas etc.

Everyone did a fantastic job! Jonny Duddle was a real star, in agreeing to come into school. Rob Shelley the presenter from ITV was great fun to be around and we had a wonderful morning sharing our celebrations. A big thank you to all staff for making a massive effort, especially Mrs John for being interviewed and for helping to pull everything together. The programme was a brilliant reflection of life at Ysgol Nannerch.

Another big thank you to everyone for the massive community response supporting our friends in Ukraine. The School Council have been working hard to sort and organise all the donations. Everyone has contributed and Mrs John organised friends and family to take everything to the collection points. This has been a fabulous start to our commitment to support others at a time of need. I am sure our School Council will join with other schools within the Cluster to organise a Fundraising event.

Following on from this the school will aim to become a ‘School of Sanctuary’ supported by Mrs Downes in her role of as Education Officer for the Diocese. We will aim to achieve this award for the Federation.

We really appreciate the Rev Daniel coming in to school to lead our worship. He helped us reflect on events in the Ukraine. The staff have been managing discussions with learners in a very supportive manner And Mrs John has read a beautiful story in Service called ‘The Quilt’ by Valeriane Leblond which sensitively approaches discussions around refugees and moving to a different country. We always have a supportive and calm approach at Ysgol Nannerch.

There is always a lovely warm atmosphere in school with learners enjoying and engaging with their learning. One of the Governors popped in today, it was good for her to see the pupils busy at work. We had our full Governors meeting on Wednesday evening and so often Governors are looking at lots of documentation so it was great to show the school in action. I really hope we can open our doors a little more as Covid restrictions are eased. We are waiting to plan our Parents Evening, we hope that if we wait a few weeks we can try and hold them in person.

I am really looking forward to seeing the work in Dosbarth Nant Ddraig next week as they have been developing their own websites for Chester Zoo! Pupils are buzzing and I know Mr Hill’s is really proud of their work. He has emailed Mrs John and myself some examples today and we are so impressed! We are aiming to put them on the website so you can see them. in Branwen, the class have been immersed in the Welsh culture. Pupils have been reflecting on St David as a person, practising their handwriting and learning a new Welsh song which they will perform next week. I did see their observational drawings and paintings which were beautiful.

Today we celebrated with a worship from ‘Open the Book’. We had a lovely story and then we performed our Eisteddfod songs for our visitors.

Another busy week coming up with our Eisteddfod on Tuesday afternoon. We are also taking all our juniors from both schools to Robinwood Outdoor residential centre on Wednesday for 2 nights. I am sure there will be a lot of packing and excitement this weekend!