Friday 16th June 

What a fantastic weekend of weather we’ve had for Father’s Day! We were especially lucky that on Tuesday we were able to hold Sports Day on the day it was planned – this is certainly a first for me! I would like to say a big thank you to the children who, as always, were fantastically behaved and also a big thank you to the parents who all came along to support their sons and daughters. Well done as well to all the dads who took part, I’m just very grateful no one was injured!! 

We held a meeting for the parents of the Year 6 children who are due to go to London towards the end of the term to discuss arrangements and some concerns regarding safety. We have decided to follow advice from Monmouthshire County Council who have informed us that there is no increased risk to travel, although we have made some minor adjustments to our itinerary and will of course be taking every possible precaution to ensure that everyone is safe. 

I understand that this has been a very difficult decision for our parents to take and appreciate the attendance at the meeting and the support that I have received. If anyone has any concerns regarding anything in school please come in to see me and the staff and we will do everything possible to address concerns. Although Social Media is a wonderfully useful tool in keeping people in touch and informed it can also be quite devisive and can mis inform too. My door is always open and I am at the end of the phone, always happy to discuss anything that is worrying you or your child. 

At the end of the week I was out of school attending the Annual Conference of the Monmouthshire Association of Primary Schools (MAPS). Our training for this year was delivered by Roy Leighton who challenged us to continue to improve our leadership skills. As always, the networking opportunities and conversation/discussions with my colleague headteachers was interesting and informative. The time away from school is useful to allow time for reflection and planning too – this is not always easy in the busy hustle and bustle of school! 

We will be interviewing this week for our new member of staff and I am hoping to be able to inform you of your child’s new class teacher by the end of the week. Apologies this process takes so long! 

We also have our Diocesan Leavers’ service in the Cathedral on Friday, I’m looking forward to that as we were unable to take part last year. 

I will be sending out our annual questionnaire this week too. I would be very grateful if you could return them as soon as possible. 

Enjoy the sunshine! 
Mrs Joanne Bayton 


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