Dear Parents / Carers,

We hope you all have had a very happy and holy Easter break and that you are all ready and raring to go for the summer term!


National Tests

National tests begin for Years 2-6 next week and into the following week. They are a measure of what has been focused upon in each year group and will provide teachers with an opportunity to identify next steps for each child.

Please support your child by keeping to normal routines. It is also helpful to ensure that they are in school on time so as to have a calm and organised start to the school day prior to taking their tests. Tests will be taking place in the morning sessions.


Attendance Awards

Congratulations to our attendance raffle winners:

Ffion (Class 4), Faye (Class 5) Samuel K (Class 4) and Kayden (Class4).

We are so very proud of everyone that has worked on their attendance for the Spring term. Here are the children that managed to achieve 100%.

Class 1

Thalia, Oscar, Elizabeth, Lucian and Lauren.

Class 2

Teon, Harri, Mark, Giuseppe, Jack K, Kornel, Eva, Kori, Leo and James.


Ava Mai, Noah, Olly, Seren, Seth, Kacper, Leon, Alletta and Thomas.

Class 4

Charlie D, Mary, Jeffrey, Samuel K, Jack, Ava, Evie-May and Ruby.

Class 5

Ta-Shay, Jayden, Kayden, Ruby, Amelia, Alexander and Evie.

Class 6

Ryan, Kelly, Adam, Dylan, Ahmed, Charlie, Maita and William.

We’ve started back strongly – our whole school attendance is at 96% over this first week of the summer term. Well done everyone.


Proposal to Change the School Session times

We have begun the consultation process for proposed changes to school session times. This document was shared in a variety of ways: emailed via parent pay, a hyperlink texted for the page on our website and also a paper copy sent home via the children.


Dates for the Summer Term

Monday 6th May

Bank Holiday Monday – no school on this day!


Tuesday 7th to Tuesday 14th May

Testing Window for Years 2-6.


Wednesday 8th May

11 am: Class 5 Visit to the Mayor’s Parlour


Thursday 9th May

Cinema Night led by the Friends of St. Gabriel’s


Wednesday 15th May

1:45 pm:  Class 1 Parent and Child Godly Play and follow up activities event


Friday 17th May

9:15 am: Class 1 Assembly

9:30 am: Consultation meeting for parents to share views on proposed changes to school session times.

2:30 pm: Coffee and Catch up session – all parents welcome to come along and share thoughts and ideas linked to Sports’ Day this year.


Monday 20th May

9:45 am onwards: Hearing Screening for all Reception pupils


Tuesday 21st May

9:30 am: Class 4 Parent and Child Godly Play and follow up activities event

9:30 am: PC Lisa Workshop in Class 1

10:30 am: PC Lisa Workshop in Class 2


Friday 24th May

Whole School Mission Day ‘Striving to be our Best’


Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May

No School – May half term break


Friday 7th June

Sports Day (times to be confirmed)


Sunday 9th June

10 am: First Holy Communion taking place in St. Gabriel’s Church for a number of our pupils for have been preparing for this special occasion for the last few months.


Monday 10th June

Wear red, yellow or orange to celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.


Friday 14th June

St. Gabriel’s celebrate ‘Book Day’


Saturday 15th June

Country Dancing Club taking part in the Newport Festival


Tuesday 18th June

St Gabriel’s Grandparents’ Day – range of activities led by our Chaplaincy group. More details to follow.


Friday 21st June

Reserve Sports Day


Tuesday 25th June

New Parents Meeting for Reception Intake September 2019


Thursday 4th July and Friday 5th July

Move up days for whole school.

Year 6 at St. Joseph’s High School


Thursday 11th July

Archdiocese Leavers’ Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Newport


Friday 12th July

Summer Fayre led by the Friends of St. Gabriel’s


Thursday 18th July

9:15 am: Class 6 Assembly


Friday 19th July

End of term – school finishes at the normal time.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs M Harris


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