Newsletter 5.7.19

Dear Parents / Carers,


Reminder for September 2019: Changes to School Session times

Breakfast club to run from 8:15 am to 8:45 am. (Last entry is at 8.35 am)

  • Gates to be opened at 8:45 am and children can proceed straight into their classes, with their teachers, from this point.
  • Formal school day begins at 8:55 am – all children to be in classes at this time for registers.
  • 12:15 pm – lunch time for Foundation Phase (for a duration of 50 minutes, this still includes the same amount of time for eating).
  • 12:30 pm – lunch time for KS2 (for a duration of 50 minutes, this still includes the same amount of time for eating).
  • 3:05pm – school ends for Class 1 and Class 2.
  • 3:10pm – school ends for Class 3.
  • 3:15pm – school ends for Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 (KS2).

School Uniform and School Bags

Many thanks to the parent who got in touch suggesting that satchels and messenger bags, in addition to book bags, would also meet the requirements we have due to the limited space in our cloakrooms. I have shared this with governors and this idea was approved with the uniform and equipment policy being updated accordingly. The amendment will be sent via email, come home as a paper copy and will also be uploaded to our website as soon as possible.

Please be aware that our school is continuing to grow in size this September and we really must all work together to ensure that the cloakrooms pose no unnecessary risks to our children. We thank you for your support in keeping our pupils safe. If you have any queries about this, please do contact me to discuss.

I appreciate that some parents missed the communication last summer and therefore bought rucksacks specifically for the academic year we are now ending, therefore, following parent feedback, the reminder about not having backpacks will be on each newsletter until the end of term.


Summer Fayre: Friday July 12th 3:30pm

Many thanks for all those that returned their plastic cups filled with sweets. There is still time for any cups that our not yet returned to make their way into school.


PLEASE NOTE: Next Monday 8th July, in exchange for a non-uniform day, could we make a request for bottles – these are for our traditional bottle stall which was a continued success last year. Wine is always welcome!


Thank you to all those that came to the fete planning meeting today – we really do appreciate the time you give to be able to raise money to provide our children with school resources.



Lateness, though arriving within the first 15 minutes, has continued to be a worry for us this week.

Please be aware that our Education Welfare Officer will be doing a late sweep before the end of term in line with our regular review that is held.


Just being late 5 minutes each day of the school year adds up to approximately 3 days over the year

By being 10 minutes late each day, over a week of school learning time is lost each year.

Exciting News for 2019!

We have been granted planning permission and 85% grant funding from the Archdiocese to expand our resource room to create an additional classroom. The work is contracted to be undertaken in the Summer holidays.


Staffing for Autumn 2019

We have been pleased to welcome Mrs R. Rayner to our school for the move up days this week as she will be commencing her role as Deputy Headteacher in September.


Pupil Voice have shared an idea which we are implementing in September – each class will be named after a Welsh Castle.  Here are the planned classes for next year: (please note Dosbarth is Welsh for Class)

Miss Foster with Mrs McInerney and Mrs Price: Dosbarth Coch

Mrs Rayner with Mr Sullivan: Dosbarth Cas-Gwent

Mrs Wright and Mrs N. Williams with Mr Martin and Mrs H. Davies: Dosbarth Rhaglan

Mrs De Lima: Dosbarth Cil-y-Coed

Miss Griffiths: Dosbarth Caerdydd

Mrs L. Williams: Dosbarth Caerffili

Mrs Waugh with Mrs Broadfield: Dosbarth Caernarfon


Dates for the Summer Term (new dates in bold)


Friday 5th July

2:15 pm: planning meeting for the Summer Fayre

Move up days for whole school

Year 6 at St. Joseph’s High School


Friday 12th July

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


Tuesday 16th July

Archdiocese Leavers’ Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Newport (Year 6 pupils)


Thursday 18th July

9:15 am: Class 6 Assembly


Friday 19th July

End of term – school finishes at the normal time


INSET Dates for the Next School Year (2019-20)


Monday 2nd September 2019

Monday 9th September 2019

Friday 12th June 2020

Monday 20th July 2020


We still have one more day to allocate. We are waiting on dates from an external training provider and once this is confirmed we will update the information.


Our Term Dates for 2019/20 though please be aware of our INSET days at the beginning and end of the school year:


Yours sincerely,

Mrs M Harris


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