Friday January 26th

First of all many thanks to all those who wore silly socks this week to help raise money for the Ronald Macdonald house at Noah’s Ark hospital. It’s a cause close to our hearts in the Llantilio family at the moment.

We are also having a ‘Wear red for Velindre’ day next Friday, another cause that affects many people in our school in one way or another. You can wear as much or as little red as you like and we are asking for a donation of £1.00.

I am also completing a Swimathon challenge in April. I’m swimming 2.5 km or 100 lengths and I’m hoping to raise £150 for Cancer charities. If you would like to support me please follow the link below!

We have had a busy week in school this week. Year 4 are continuing with their Creative Maths Project with Ruth Stringer. I am really looking forward to seeing exactly what they have been up to and sharing this exciting project with the whole School.

Mrs Balkwill has been out meeting with colleagues across the cluster looking at the provision for More Able and Talented. The cluster are focusing on the use of ICT and how we can challenge our more able pupils further through the use of ICT.

Our fabulous Teaching Assistants have all been instrumental in supporting all pupils as we focus on reading this year. They have also been busy benchmarking or testing the children over the last couple of weeks in order to track the progress they have made. This is really important for us to do as it helps us to see how much progress children are making but also if there are any children who aren’t making expected progress. We can then help and support them through extra practice or in an intervention group if necessary. We will inform parents if this is the case and also suggest ways you can help at home too.

We have had several queries regarding the future of our after School club this week. Please can I assure you that we are doing all we can to keep the club open but we are having difficulty in recruiting a new committee and also staff to run the club. At the moment some of our school staff are helping out on a temporary basis whilst we look to recruit permanent members of staff. Mrs Hobbs is working tirelessly to keep things going and I have to thank her for the effort she is making. If you would be interested in taking on a role on the committee or even becoming a member of staff please let either me or Mrs Hobbs know. We would be grateful of any support you can offer!

Mrs Joanne Bayton

http://www.justgiving.com/Joanne-Bayton

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