Friday September 22nd

Apologies again for the lack of blog last week, I do attempt to publish every weekend but it was impossible last week. 

Our reception class has settled in really well and already are a part of the Llantilio family. They have joined us in assembly and are now staying for lunch too. We had some very tired little ones going home this weekend! 

Everyone had hit the ground running this term with all the developments in literacy becoming embedded practice. Neatly all the pupils have tried so hard to keep their work neat and well presented and it was a pleasure to spend Friday afternoon looking through the books to see such a positive start. 

Nadine Cushion, Deputy headteacher of St Gwladys in Bargoed, visited School this week. She is working closely with us to help develop our maths teaching and learning. Also this week Rhiannon Taylor from King Henry taught her first lesson with year 6. She will be joining us every Tuesday, initially in year 6 then year 5 in the summer term as part of our transition plan with King Henry.  Year 5 visited King Henry this week too! 

I have been trying to get outside at the end of the day as we have a few issues again in the car park. I have been in touch with Kath Gardiner our police liaison officer and also the PCSO’s in Gwent police. They are planning to come to school at the end of the day over the next few weeks to see if they can offer any advice to improve things. We don’t have enough space and recognise that but we need support from parents by parking in the empty bays, not blocking the entrances or exits, not parking in the coned areas or the space by the railings reserved for taxi and bus collection and, above all, keeping to the 5 mph speed limit. All these will help keep all pupils and people using the car park safe.

At the headteacher’s meeting this week we discussed, amongst other things, ways to save money in school budgets. It’s something that is never far from headteachers’ minds and has been in the headlines this week too. At Llantilio we have made several changes as regards money coming in to School. Dinner money is handled through our parent pay system and since September payments for Music tuition is paid directly to Gwent Music. Lessons have to be booked through them too – if you need any help in setting either of these payments up please contact the ladies in the office. 

A busy week planned for next week with years 1,2,3 and 4 out on a trip, a dinosaur spectacular in School on Wednesday and our INSET day on Friday so no school for the pupils. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the results of the questionnaires completed by parents last summer – watch this space! 

Mrs Joanne Bayton


Friday September 8th

Welcome back to a brand new year in Llantilio! I hope you all had a great summer. I had a lovely family holiday and spent some quality time with my children, got some much put off housework completed and fully recharged my batteries. Now ready and raring to go for the new term! 

It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Geraint Langdon to the staff who will be teaching Year 6 this year and leading maths through the school. I’m sure he will settle in quickly. We also had a change in staff in years 3 and Reception  classes where Miss Toombs and Mrs Balkwill did a swap! 

We have welcomed our new Reception children this week too. As usual we are breaking them in gently with half day sessions that allow the children to settle in and also allows us to complete Baseline assessments so we can best tailor our teaching to individual needs. 

Our school development plan this year will continue to concentrate on our recommendations from our Estyn inspection – writing, maths, Welsh oracy, databases and spreadsheets. We will also be looking very closely at reading this year – with this in mind we are looking for volunteers who could give up some time to listen to readers – please come and see me if you think you can help. 

I intend to keep my weekly blog going and other lines of communication  – the website, newsletters, Seesaw, Twitter,  letters home, Parents’ forum etc will all continue too. If you can think of any other ways we can keep you informed of school life please let me know. 

As always, please come and chat to me if there is anything you need to discuss. 

Mrs Joanne Bayton

Friday 21st July

And relax…

It’s been an emotional week to say the least! We had a lovely leavers’ service in St Teilos on Thursday where our Year 6 led the readings and prayers and then an excellent celebration assesmbly on Friday morning. So much to celebrate at the end of a really busy term. Writer and Mathematician of the month, spelling success, house points and attendance. It was exceptionally close this year with year 5 very narrowly beating year 4 who received silver medals. 

We also had 20 pupils who had 100% attendance this year too! Very well done to all of them!

It was a pleasure to welcome some of our Governors to assembly too – they wanted to thank the staff for all their hard work this year and also to say goodbye to Matthew Rees, Charlotte Price And Lesley Reynolds, all of whom are leaving Llantilio at the end of this year. 

Year 6 also gave a very moving rendition of ‘Goodbye my friend’ in the hall at the end of the day on Friday.  This traditionally happens in the outdoor classroom but unfortunately the weather was so bad that they had to go in the hall. I missed saying goodbye to the other children this year as everyone made a mad dash for their cars! 

I have to say a massive thank you for all the gifts and cards I received too. I am especially touched by some of the messages in the cards – it really does remind me of why my job is so rewarding. 

Now time to catch up with my life – dentist appointments, housework, family time and holidays await! Looking forward to a rest and time to reflect on all that the fabulous staff and pupils of Llantilio have achieved over the last year, and to prepare for the challenges ahead. Thanks to all who have followed my blog over the last year, I will leave you with the words of Socrates framed for me by the wonderful Haidee Clarke. 

Mrs Joanne Bayton

Friday 7th July 

So proud of our year 6 pupils Abigail, Oliver, Sonny, Josh, Poppy, Jodie, Kai, Matthew and Max who were confirmed this morning in St Teilos church. Also one of our Governors Emily Bailey. It is always such a pleasure to be involved in these services in Church and it was also good today to have a chance to catch up with Stephen James, the former Diocesan Director of Education. 

Year 6 also had a very successful trip to London this week – they packed so much into the 3 days they were there – and did manage a couple of hours sleep too! I hope Mr Rees, Mr Oram, Mrs Francis and Mrs Wham have had a restful weekend?! 

One more week to go, parent consultations tomorrow after school and a parents forum on Wednesday morning -9 15. Please call in for a cup of tea and a chat, all welcome. 

Mrs Joanne Bayton

Friday 7th July

Year 5 returned from their weekend in Morfa Bay on Monday afternoon, tired but full of stories of all they had achieved in this activity packed couple of days. A huge thank you has to go to Mrs Pugh, Mr Oram and Mrs Wham for giving up their weekend to take the trip. Worse than that I made them all attend the staff meeting on Monday evening too! 

In the staff meeting we were looking at the target setting arrangements for the end of year. Years 2 and 6 will have received their end of Key Stage outcomes and levels in their reports. All children from Year 2 to year 6 will get their National Test Results sent home this week too. We will use the test results and the teacher assessments to decide on those pupils who may need a little more support next year and ensure our allocation of Teaching Assistant time meets the needs of all pupils.

Our Training Day on Friday was very successful, giving the whole staff and the Governing Body an opportunity to evaluate the work we have done and the progress we have made as a school this year. We also planned ways forward for next year to continue to make improvements. 

Our year 6 did their Leavers’ service for the parents on Wednesday. I am so proud of them and so impressed by the maturity and confidence they are showing. I thought leavers’ services would get easier as I got used to them but actually it’s harder every year as I have known the children much longer. This years’ class are unique and special and full of wonderful characters and I shall miss them all very much. A huge thank you had to go to Mr Rees for all his hard work and dedication to ensuring all the children in his class achieved their full potential. I shall miss him too next year. 

I have to say a huge thank you to all the PTFA, members of staff and members of the Church who helped make our summer fete so successful this year. We trialled an early finish for the children this year which seemed to work really well. I’m not sure how much we raised – but many thanks for the support.

2 weeks left and still the diary is packed. Year 6 are off to London and have confirmation in Church next Sunday. There are other trips and events planned too – keep an eye on the website. We will also send a newsletter out in the next couple of days. 

Mrs Joanne Bayton

Friday June 30th

I hope you’ve all been following Twitter or checking out the photos on the website? Year 5 are having an amazing time in Morfa Bay this weekend. The weather looks great and all the children are fully involved in the many activities! I can’t wait to hear all their stories when they come back tomorrow. Llantilio is so lucky to have such dedicated staff who are willing to give up their weekend in this way. 

We welcomed our new parents and Reception children to school on Wednesday afternoon. They all had a chance to see their new classroom, purchase uniform, meet some of the members of the PTFA and ask any questions. We will welcome them again for a trial afternoon session in the next couple of weeks and I’m sure it won’t seem long until they are happy and confident members of the Llantilio family! 

All the children will have a chance to work with their new teachers on Wednesday afternoon too. 

We are trialling an earlier finish on Thursday to enable children and parents to attend our Summer Fete. Any children who can’t be met by their parents at 2 will be fully supervised until we can hand them over to parents. They will also have a chance to look around the fete too. I know this has caused a few issues for some parents – any problems please come and discuss them with me and we can work together to resolve any issues. 

3 weeks left! We are still working very hard in all areas and will be right up until the end of term. We are also on track to achieve our attendance target too, with sime children due to receive 100% attendance medals and of course the best attending class! School reports are due out this week to and we will be offering a parents’ consultation evening if anyone wants to discuss their child’s report. Details included with the report. 
Mrs Joanne Bayton 

Friday June 23rd

I’m going to start at the end of the week today with a picture of our amazing year 6 pupils at the first of their Leavers Services. This one was the Diocesan service held in St Woolos’ Cathedral and hosted by Bishop Richard and Dr Annette Daly. All the church schools in the Diocese were represented but with over 600 children the service was conducted in two parts just so we could all fit in! As always our children were very well behaved and a credit to the school. Thanks as well must go to Mr Oram and Mr Rees for all their hard work in learning songs, readings and prayers. 

Year 6 also gave a brilliant performance as part of the transition concert which was a culmination of transition events taking place in King Henry this week. Gwent Music had worked with all the cluster schools to learn a series of songs and some percussion parts that all came together in one brilliant performance on Thursday afternoon. Well done to all involved. 
Mrs Balkwill, Miss Toombs, one of our Governors Mr Ralph Herron and myself had the pleasure of welcoming 5 very talented and dedicated professionals for interview on Wednesday for the teaching post vacancy. We were hugely impressed with the professionalism of the candidates and I’m pleased to say we have appointed an absolutely outstanding candidate who I’m sure will be an asset to Llantilio. Mr Geraint Langdon will be joining us in September and will be teaching Year 6. Letters will be sent out tomorrow confirming all arrangements for September – it would have been Friday but we simply ran out of time!! 

4 weeks left and no let up I’m afraid! Still some class assemblies, PACT sessions and end of term trips to look forward to. I am in the middle of reading and writing a comment on every child’s report at the moment as well as analysing data from end of year assessments and setting targets for next year, making arrangements for our new intake for Reception and making sure everything is in place ready for September! 

Mrs Joanne Bayton