Newsletter 24.1.20

Dear Parents and Carers,



Confirmation of club places will be sent out via text today. As always, thank you to our staff who generously give up their own time to provide these additional opportunities and experiences for the children of St. Gabriel’s.


Additional School Dinner Options

From next Monday (27th January), in addition to the current hot meal menu options, we will be beginning a 2 week trial where our canteen will also be offering a sandwich meal option.

Daily sandwich choices will be from ham, cheese or tuna plus other items to create a ‘packed lunch’ style bag. This choice can be ordered in the same way as hot meal options, but please do ensure your child’s parent pay account has sufficient credit prior to ordering. The price for the sandwich bag option is the same as a hot meal choice.



A big thank you to all parents for supporting your child’s attendance at school. The numbers have really improved over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully our January will continue to be healthy!


Dosbarth Coch: 96.4%

Dosbarth Cas-Gwent: 100% J

Dosbarth Rhaglan: 99.5%

Dosbarth Cil-y-Coed: 88.7%

Dosbarth Caerdydd: 98.1%

Dosbarth Caerffili: 97.6%

Dosbarth Caernarfon: 97.4%


As you can see, all bar one of our classes are securely above our whole school attendance target of 95.1%.


Friends of St. Gabriel’s – Upcoming Magician Performance

If your child wishes to attend the magic show, don’t forget to have bought your child’s ticket through ParentPay by Thursday 30th January.


Community News – Ringland Library

We were pleased to hear this week that the Ringland Library, as part of the Newport East Community Hub, is now open. In addition to borrowing books, it also provides the additional services of:

  • free internet access via wi-fi and public access computers
  • scanner
  • black and white printing
  • photocopying


The opening hours are 9am – 5pm, each week day. It would be lovely to hear what the children think of their new community library.



Dates for the Spring Term 2020 (New dates as the term progresses will be added in bold italics)


Thursday 6th February

After School until 4:45pm: FOSG event: Carl John ‘The Magic Man’ show. Tickets through ParentPay


Friday 7th February

2:45pm Coffee and Catch Up session with Mrs Harris


Tuesday 11th February

Reflection and Retreat day in Cardiff Cathedral for Years 3 and 4


Thursday 13th February

9:15 am Dosbarth Caerdydd Class Assembly – parents and family of Year 4 welcome to attend


Wednesday 26th February

10 am: Whole School Mass in Church for Ash Wednesday – led by Dosbarth Caernarfon


Thursday 5th March

9:15 am: Dosbarth Rhaglan Class Assembly – parents and family of Year 2 welcome to attend.


Friday 20th March

Friends of St Gabriel’s Mother’s Day Gifts (details about payment to follow nearer the time)


Wednesday 1st April

1:45pm Palm Sunday reflection led by Foundation Phase – parents of Foundation Phase pupils welcome to attend


Thursday 2nd April

1:45pm Maundy Thursday reflection led by Years 3 and 4 – parents of Year 3 & 4 pupils welcome to attend


Friday 3rd April

1:45pm Good Friday reflection led by Years 5 and 6 – parents of Year 5 and 6 pupils welcome to attend.



Term Dates for this Year


Spring term: 6th January to 3rd April 2020

Spring Half term: 17th February to 21st February 2020


Easter Holidays: Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April 2020


Summer term: 20th April to 17th July 2020

Summer Half term: 25th May to 29th May 2020


INSET days for this Year

Monday 2nd September 2019

Monday 9th September 2019

Monday 21st October 2019

Friday 12th June 2020

Monday 20th July 2020


Please note that Welsh Government have allocated one additional INSET staff training day for the Summer term to prepare for the new curriculum. The date will be determined shortly.  


Yours sincerely,

Mrs M. Harris


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