A fantastic start to our second half of the Spring Term and as promised a return to my blog. Apologies to those of you who have missed it!
All this week the school has been busy preparing for our Eisteddfod which we held on Friday. It has been a real pleasure to see the children so engaged in their competition entries. Handwriting and story writing has been of a very high standard this year, the art work was stunning and the 3D models currently covering our stage are something to behold!
All the entries received a point towards their houses and the final results were very close. St James were victorious overall but the confidence the children had in performing their songs, recitations or playing their instruments meant they were all winners! Da iawn pawb!
I have to say a huge thank you to all the staff who made the Eisteddfod so successful, and to our fabulous TA’s who displayed all the winning entries so well. Diolch my fawr!
Our World Book Day celebrations went very well with all pupils and staff who dressed up looking fantastic! One of the best parts of this day is seeing the children working in mixed age groups. Seeing the older pupils chanting to the younger ones and seeing them grow in confidence too really is amazing. A big thank you for supporting your children with the costumes too.
There are photos and videos on Twitter of both these events.
Also this week I had an afternoon tea with the winners of the midday supervisor raffle ticket competition. We shared sandwiches and cake and some lovely conversation too.
As you know we are concentrating on improving reading provision in school thus term. There has been a greater focus on developing all reading strategies, not just relying on phonics, and also looking at the materials the children are reading, ensuring they are challenging enough to raise reading levels but also within their ability range so that the pupils are confident and fluent.
We are introducing an online reading resource very soon. This will complement the books the children are reading at home and provide extra opportunities for the children to develop all their reading skills. The staff are being trained in the use of the resource in the next few weeks and we will be passing all details on as soon as we can.
Our PTFA have organised a storytelling evening this Wednesday (March 13th), I really hope you can join us for this. A chance to hear some great stories and also enjoy some hot chocolate and pizza too!
Mrs Joanne Bayton