Newsletter 29.11.19

Dear Parents and Carers,


School and Parish Links – Advent Service

Next Monday afternoon we begin our Christmas preparations as Years 5 and 6 lead us in an Advent service. Father Michael will be here to bless our advent wreath.

Parents from Years 5 and 6 are welcome to join us for this event at 1:45pm in the school hall.


Christmas Fayre – Friday December 13th

Many thanks to those parents and friends of St. Gabriel’s that were able to attend the planning meeting. If you are able to help prepare in advance, prepare on the day or run a stall, please do get in touch with us at school as all volunteers are so greatly appreciated as we work together in supporting school funds.


We know that this event would not be the annual success it is without your ongoing support and we genuinely thank you for the contributions made to date. There is one donation date left where, in exchange for non-uniform, we ask for the following donations to prepare for the fayre:

  • Friday 6th November: Bottle donations requested for the ‘5 and 0 Bottle Stall’


On the day of the Fayre itself, to kick start our festive vibe, pupils are welcome to wear Christmas non-uniform: either Christmas bright colours or Christmas jumpers / t-shirts.


Reception Applications

Applications are open for pupils who will be starting school in September 2020. As we are a Catholic School, the application is different to the Local Authority process and the forms are available from the school office and also on the school website. Please share this with wider family and friends.



Attendance results for this week. Da iawn to Dosbarth Caerdydd – almost a full house with 99%! We are very impressed.


Dosbarth Coch: 92.4%

Dosbarth Cas-Gwent: 93.1%

Dosbarth Rhaglan: 94.2%

Dosbarth Cil-y-Coed: 97%

Dosbarth Caerdydd: 99%

Dosbarth Caerffili: 96.3%

Dosbarth Caernarfon: 93.5%




Foundation Phase Nativity


As Foundation Phase is now three classes, we are having three performances with the family of each class having a date to be their audience – see the information in the dates section below. We understand due to work and other commitments that some families may need to attend a different performance, if this is the case – please do get in touch with the school office.


It has now been school policy for a number of years that children under nursery age do not

attend the Foundation Phase performances. This has ensured that the children performing are able to focus and concentrate without distractions. We absolutely understand that sometimes organising child care can be tricky so if you need to bring a child that is under nursery age, provision will be made for you to attend the dress rehearsal. Again, please let the school office know so we can ensure we have sufficient seating planned.



Friends of St.Gabriel’s – Shopping Update

The Friends of St. Gabriel’s would like to thank those that have gotten an early start on their Christmas shopping and have used the site previously shared –  #easyfundraising! It’s a great site where you can raise money for FREE when you shop online. All you have to do is create a FREE account and choose to support Friends of St Gabriel’s. Then 4,000 shops and sites (including all the BIG names like eBay, John Lewis and Partners, ASOS, Expedia, M&S, Just Eat and many more) will donate to us for FREE every time you use #easyfundraising to shop with them.

See how it works by watching this 60 second video:

This is a great way to support us for FREE, to create an account just visit our page:

Please share with your family and friends.


Scout Stamps

We are proud to once again be supporting our local Scout Institution by having the Scout stamps available to sell and the post box in our foyer. Stamps (for all areas of Newport) are 25p – a bargain I’m sure you’d agree! The final date before the scout stamp post box is collected is Monday 9th December.



Autumn Term Dates (new dates are in bold)


Monday 2nd December

1:45pm Advent Service led by Years 5 and 6. Audience: parents and family members of Years 5 and 6.


Wednesday 11th December

9:30am Foundation Phase Nativity Concert: Audience – Dosbarth Coch (Miss Foster’s Class) family members


Thursday 12th December

9:30am Foundation Phase Nativity Concert: Audience – Dosbarth Cas-Gwent (Mrs Rayner’s Class) family members

2pm Foundation Phase Nativity Concert: Audience – Dosbarth Rhaglan (Mrs Wright / Mrs Williams) family members


Monday 16th December

Afternoon theatre company performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – a Christmas gift for the children from ‘The Friends of St. Gabriel’s.’


Tuesday 17th December

2pm Christmas Carol Concert in the Church led by Year 3 and Year 4.


Friday 20th December

School Christmas Dinner



Term Dates for this Year


Christmas Holidays: Monday 23rd December to Friday January 3rd


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



Yours sincerely,


Mrs M. Harris


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