Summer term 2018

I haven’t been writing my blog on a weekly basis lately. Lots of reasons including the rest of life taking over and the summer term being exceptionally busy!

As we approach the end of the year there is no let up. My staff have been amazing as always, keeping the learning going and ensuring all children continue to achieve well; keeping all the improvements going and then adding to our extra curricular provision through creative weeks, sporting events, leaving services, trips and residential weekends! With just one week to go I am sure they are all ready for their well deserved Summer holidays.

We had the pleasure of welcoming our new reception children and their parents into school. A few nervous faces around the room and a few familiar ones too as we welcome younger siblings of some of our children. They all have an opportunity this week to spend a bit more time in their new classroom too as we hold our moving up sessions. These sessions are really valuable as lots of children are a little anxious about their new teachers. This gives them the opportunity to get to know them a little better and for teachers to get to know the children a bit too! We are hoping this year that we can develop the pupils’ contribution to planning their topics they will be studying next term and these move up sessions will be the start of this process.

One of the things I really hope to achieve next year is further establishing our volunteer workforce. I have had a number of people express an interest in volunteering and have spent time providing safeguarding training and ensuring we have the correct paper work in place so that our volunteers can begin to support staff from September. We are planning to link volunteers with a class so that they can liaise directly with the teachers and develop a timetable of support together. If you know anyone who would be interested please let me know – we always welcome any support!

I can’t write about next term without thinking about the staff who won’t be with us in September. Mrs O Connell, Mrs Wham, Mrs Jones and Mrs Francis are incredible members of staff who have given so much to the children of Llantilio over many years. Their contribution, not only to the education of the pupils in Llantilio, but to the health and well-being of the children in their care has been simply outstanding. Always there to ‘do me a favour’ , cover for last minute emergencies, preparing for events and clearing up afterwards! When I say that I don’t know what we will do without them next year I really mean that!! I wish them well in their next adventures – new jobs, grandchildren, alternative careers and just simply the opportunity to rest relax and recuperate!! I thank them all for their professionalism, dedication and endless enthusiasm.

I also have to thank Mrs Evans who has been amazing in year 6 this term and Miss Wride who has supported a new pupil in School this year.

I wish our Year 6 class well as they continue on to Secondary Education. If you follow Twitter or Seesaw or our website you will have seen the photos from the recent trip to Condover Hall. A fantastic weekend to make memories that they will carry with them for ever. Again a huge thank you to staff who have given up their weekends to take the children here and to Morfa Bay a few weeks ago – Mr Oram, Mrs Pugh, Mrs Jones, Mrs Sutherland, Miss Wride – diolch yn fawr iawn!!

I also have to thank the members of our PTFA for all the fundraising they have done this year. All funds have gone to help your children and support their learning and also ensure the ‘little extras’ are always available in school. They have transformed our library this year and have provided the school with amazing support, resources and fun activities to take part in, you’re all amazing – thank you!

I am pleased to say that we are also ending this academic year with a new chair of Governors, councillor Martyn Groucutt, who was elected at or Governing Body meeting in July. I am very much looking forward to working with him next year and ensuring we all work together to continue to improve, develop and grow Llantilio Pertholey Primary School together!

I am proud of all we have achieved this year, making strong progress in maths, Welsh and literacy, achieving the bronze award for Cymraeg Campus – developing the oracy skills of pupils and staff, developing our outdoor provision in the Foundation Phase, revamping the library, improving reading provision, developing problem solving skills, improving skills across the curriculum, taking part in the Daily Mile, strengthening links with St Teilo’s church and working collaboratively with other schools in the cluster to name but a small part of all we have achieved!

I will be sending out questionnaires this week for pupils and parents – please complete them if you can and return to school. Your opinions and suggestions give us a real insight into what we do well and also what we could be doing better! As always, any questions, queries or issues please come and see me. Let me know what you think of the blog too!!

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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