Newsletter 31.1.20

Dear Parents and Carers,


Farewell, for now

I am sure that you will all join with me and the Governors as we wish Mrs de Lima all the very best as she begins her maternity leave. I will keep you posted once we have news of the latest addition to the de Lima family.



Coffee and Catch Up Session

This session is taking place next Friday (6th) at 2:45pm.

The main item on the agenda is to review the additional sandwich options provided by Chartwells for school dinners.

If you would like to share your thoughts on this, or any other school matters, please do come along to school a little earlier than normal and join us.




Our strong attendance figures in this Spring term continue as our whole school figure this week was above target at 95.5%. Da iawn St. Gabriel’s. Here are the figures for each class:


Dosbarth Coch: 95.1%

Dosbarth Cas-Gwent: 95.2%

Dosbarth Rhaglan: 97.3%

Dosbarth Cil-y-Coed: 94.0%

Dosbarth Caerdydd: 98.1%

Dosbarth Caerffili: 95.7%

Dosbarth Caernarfon: 93.3%


Minnie Vinnie Ministry Charity Day – Friday 7th February

The Minnie Vinnie Ministry Charity Day, which is taking place on Friday 7th February, follows on from the assembly the Wallich Homeless charity will be undertaking for the whole school on the Wednesday prior.

The Minnie Vinnies are asking that in return for wearing a onesie or pyjamas on the Friday, pupils bring £1 for this worthy cause.


Budget Consultation – Newport Local Authority

We have been asked to share the following information:


The Council’s Scrutiny Committee has requested that the following message is shared with parents through your normal communication methods:

A public consultation on a series of proposals for changes to services and support provided by Newport City Council is now underway –



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. All bookings have now been taken


Friday 7th February

Wallich Homeless Charity day – pupils can wear a onesie or pyjamas for a donation of £1.


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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