Newsletter 25.6.21

Dear Parents and Carers,



Upcoming Dates: new dates in bold


Friday 25th June: 3:30pm New Reception for September 2021 Virtual information meeting

Monday 28th June – Friday July 2nd: Afternoon workshops for Y6 to create a leavers’ song

Tuesday 29th June: Visit from Maindee Fire Station for Y2 (outside)

Thursday 1st July: 3:30pm New Reception for September 2021: Outdoors Meet your Teacher

Monday 19th July: School closed for staff training

Tuesday 20th July: School closed for staff training


Sports Day

Lots of classes have started preparing for their Sports Day events this week. Each class bubble will be arranging a Sports Day Session for the children before the term ends. Class teachers will let you know of the date for your child to wear their school PE kit.

Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions, we are unable to invite parents to these events though do watch out on SeeSaw for some pictures after the event takes place.


Deadline for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application – 30 June

The Education Department in Newport Local Authority have asked us to share this information:

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, they and their family members should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Eligible children are required to have an application in their own right because no child of any age is covered by a parent’s application to the EUSS. There’s more information on this on GOV.UK with additional guidance in this EUSS leaflet.

There is free support and help available through a number of organisations in Wales. You can find more details here  EU Citizens Immigration (  All the providers offer language support and can also by contacted directly by telephone.

Citizens Advice 0330 3309 059 

Newfield’s Law 0292 169 0049

Settled 0330 223 5336

TGP Cymru 0808 802 0025 

Newport Mind 07552121563  / 07918619238 / 07976462481


Walk in Covid19 Vaccination Clinic – Saturday June 26th

We have been asked to make you aware that there is a Walk in Clinic for the Covid19 vaccination on Saturday 26th June for people over 18 who have not received their first vaccination.

It is running from 10am until 4pm at Newport Leisure Centre, NP20 1UH.

No appointment is necessary but you will need to bring a form of identification.


Crossing Patrol Vacancy

We have been asked to raise awareness that a job advert is currently out for a School Crossing Patrol for St Gabriel’s RC Primary School to work on Ringland Circle/Ringland Ave in Newport.  You must have good road sense, punctual attendance and an ability to work on your own initiative. (£9.24 per hour for 6.67hrs per week)

Monday to Friday (term time only)

For an informal discussion concerning the duties of this post, please contact Lorry Davies on 07580 484007.




Staff Training Dates for NEXT YEAR

We have currently allocated the following days for staff training:

Thursday 2nd September

Friday 3rd September

Friday 3rd December

Friday 17th December

School will be closed to pupils on the above days. We have two more days for staff training and will let you know as soon as we have allocated them.


Please note that Friday 24th September is no longer a training day and children should be in school on this date.


When your child is ill

We know that when your child is poorly, and consequently absent from school, there are many things to organise. However, please do remember to text, email or leave a phone message.

In normal times, as part of Welsh Government attendance tracking, we need to know within which category to mark the absence.

In current Covid19 times, this becomes more pressing as we need to account for all absences and to know if we are prepping for a class isolation.

Please do help us by informing us of the reason if your child is not in school including whether or not any Covid19 symptoms are being displayed.



Covid testing for 3 cardinal symptoms

If you identify one or more of the three cardinal symptoms-

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Change or loss of sense of taste or smell

You must book a PCR test and you and your family must isolate immediately until you receive the test result, which is usually within 24 hours. If the result is positive, you and your household must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team. However, if your result is negative, you can end your self-isolation, when you feel well enough to do so.


Covid testing for wider symptoms

The Health board in Gwent is now making testing available for those who identify with one or more of the wider symptoms-

  • Flu-like symptoms including aching or painful muscles, excessive tiredness, persistent headache, runny nose or blocked nose, persistent sneezing, sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing

If you consider that you or your family need to book a PCR test for wider symptoms, The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are operating fourteen testing facilities across the region and getting a test is now quick, easy and convenient with results in most cases returned within 24 hours.   Tests can be arranged by phoning 119 or book online:


If you have one of the wider symptoms then you should stay away from school until receiving your result, which is usually within 24 hours.

If the result is positive, you and your household must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team. However, if your result is negative, you can return to school or work when you feel well enough to do so.

Asymptomatic testing (no symptoms)

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms.

In Wales, you can get lateral flow tests for you and your household if:

  • you are a volunteer
  • you cannot work from home
  • you are an unpaid carer


Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK. You can order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time. Delivery takes 1 to 2 days.


You can also collect testing kits in person. Find your nearest collection point and opening times (on You can collect 2 home testing kits (14 tests) at a time.


You should test twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart. Please report rapid lateral flow test results (on GOV.UK) the day you or someone in your household takes the test.


If your test is positive you should book a PCR test within 24 hours of the positive lateral flow test result.


If you develop any symptoms you should book a PCR test even if your lateral flow test result was negative.




End of Summer term: Friday 16th July 2021 (as Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th is Staff training)


For the term dates for the next two years please follow this link:


Yours sincerely,


Mrs M Harris


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