Newsletter 8.11.19

Dear Parents and Carers,


We hope everyone had a lovely half term break. The first week back has gone very quickly. We have had our Section 50 Religious Education Inspection and are looking forward to sharing the report with you when it is published. Many thanks to all the parents that sent back questionnaires and also those who were able to attend the Parent Meeting.


Foundation Phase Nativity

It’s almost that time of year again! The children in Foundation Phase will soon being their preparations for their Christmas Nativity – one of my favourite events in the school year.


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

As our school has grown, ‘The Friends’ are trialling a different approach to film night with Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 having their own evenings. I’d like to thank the volunteers and staff that are donating their time over these two evenings to try and provide the best possible experience for our pupils.

Please check your parentpay accounts for a letter linked to the first evening which is the Foundation Phase Film night.


Remembrance 2019

Poppies are still being sold next Monday. If you get the chance, please do take a look at our Faith Tree in the Foundation Phase Outdoor Area – Dosbarth Rhaglan have made beautiful poppies to adorn the trunk.


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.


Parents’ Evening

Parent Consultation appointments will be taking place in the last week of November. We will be setting up the online booking system shortly – look out for a text message that will alert you to this.



Attendance results for this week. There were some close results but our top attendance goes to Dosbarth Caerffili.

Dosbarth Coch: 96%

Dosbarth Cas-Gwent:  87.5%

Dosbarth Rhaglan: 96.6 %

Dosbarth Cil-y-Coed: 86.9%

Dosbarth Caerdydd:  92%

Dosbarth Caerffili:  96.7%

Dosbarth Caernarfon: 91.1%



Autumn Term Dates (new dates are in bold)


Thursday 21st November

3:05pm Film Night for Foundation Phase (Reception, Years 1 and 2)


Thursday 28th November

3:15pm Film Night for Key Stage 2 Pupils (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Monday 2nd December

1:45pm Advent Service led by Years 5 and 6,


Wednesday 11th December

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


Thursday 12th December

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

2pm Foundation Phase Nativity Concert: 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.


Term Dates for this Year


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


Spring term: 6th January to 3rd April

Spring Half term: 17th February to 21st February


Easter Holidays: Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April


Summer term: 20th April to 17th July

Summer Half term: 25th May to 29th May.


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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