Newsletter 28.2.20

Dear Parents and Carers,


Farewell for now…and welcome!

As I prepare for maternity leave next week, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their kind wishes and also for the continuing support that has been shown to me.


This week Mr Llewellyn and myself have had a week working together to organise the handover of the leadership of St. Gabriel’s for the forthcoming year. He has received a warm St Gabriel’s welcome and is looking forward to the year ahead.



To help celebrate Mother’s Day on March 22nd, ‘The Friends of St. Gabriel’s’ will be offering the children the chance to purchase a small gift to help make this day special.

Each gift will cost £3, with the opportunity to buy one or more gifts via ParentPay.

The closing date for payments is Wednesday, 12th March.

The children will have the chance to choose their own, hand wrapped gift during the school day on Friday, 20th March.


Additional INSET day – School closed to pupils Monday 4th May

Welsh Government have awarded all schools an additional INSET day to make preparations for the new curriculum. We will be taking this day for staff training on Monday May 4th. Please note school will be closed to pupils on this day.


New Curriculum – Parent and Child information

As we begin making preparations for the new curriculum, there is a leaflet created by Welsh government to break down the differences and planned timescales linked to the changes that will be taking place over the next few years. We will send it to you through your ParentPay email.



Attendance continues to improve – da iawn St. Gabriel’s. Our whole school attendance is once again above our target as we have achieved 95.7% this week.  Here are the figures for each class:


Dosbarth Coch: 98.2% J

Dosbarth Cas-Gwent: 96%

Dosbarth Rhaglan: 94.6%

Dosbarth Cil-y-Coed: 96.6%

Dosbarth Caerdydd: 97.1%

Dosbarth Caerffili: 93.5%

Dosbarth Caernarfon: 94.2%



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



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 (see ParentPay for more details)


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

Monday 4th May

Friday 12th June 2020

Monday 20th July 2020


Term Dates for the next year:

Term Start Half Term Starts Half Term Ends Term Ends
Autumn Thurs 2nd Sept 2021 Mon 25th Oct 2021 Fri 29th Oct 2021 Fri 17th Dec 2021
Spring Tues 4th Jan 2022 Mon 21st Feb 2022 Fri 25th Feb 2022 Fri 8th Apr 2022
Summer Mon 25th Apr 2022 Mon 30th May 2022 Fri 3rd Jun 2022 Fri 22nd July 2022


May Day – Monday 2nd May 2022



Yours sincerely,

Mrs M. Harris


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