Friday December 15th

My luck ran out this week – after 3 years in post my first official snow days!!

As I said last week, deciding to close the school is never an easy decision to make. Monday’s closure wasn’t so bad as I think most schools in South East Wales enjoyed an extra day on their weekend. Tuesday however was a different story! I had asked MCC to clear the site (bearing in mind how many other schools/ car parks/ doctors / care homes etc etc etc had to be cleared too!)

I then spent 20 minutes Tuesday morning digging out my car and defrosting it then driving exceptionally slowly out of Abertillery. The journey to school took nearly an hour and then when I arrived the site was a sheet of ice, nowhere for the staff to park and far too dangerous to open for the children. The pavements on the estate surrounding the school were just as treacherous so it left me with no option but to close again.

Doesn’t look good does it?

Fortunately MCC came to the rescue with a JCB and cleared the site sufficiently so by Wednesday it was safe to open. Unfortunately the knock on effects meant postponing the FP concert – this will now be on the 19th December.

Key Stage 2 held their concert ‘Bethlehem the Musical’ on Thursday and, despite 2 less days of practice, they were superb! It is such a joy to see the ‘new’ year 6 pupils shine in their starting roles and each and every pupil being a part of the production. A huge thank you to all involved.

Mr Oram has been exceptionally busy in the last few weeks preparing for the performances but has also given up his own time to lead the School choir in some Carol Singing in The Market Hall on Saturday for the PTFA. The singing was superb as always and the PTFA raised over £200!!

The school choir also performed in the Carol service in St Teilo’s on Sunday evening, some of the children also delivered some very confident reading in front of a packed church too! Again well done to all involved and a huge thank you to Mr Oram for all the extra time he has given over the last few weeks especially.

One more week to go – a busy one with concerts, parties, pantomime and a visit from Santa to fit in!

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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