Friday November 9th

A really busy first week back! We are all embracing the new half term and the opportunity to work collaboratively as Abergavenny schools to start to bring together the new curriculum for Wales.

All school were represented at the joint training session in King Henry on Monday. We received some training from Kath Bevan, the EAS Wellbeing and Equity Lead, on awareness of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. As you know pupils’ well-being is at the heart of everything we do in Llantilio. A recent visit from HMI Estyn agreed with our evaluation that a whole school approach to pupil wellbeing ensures all children feel valued, secure and ready to learn.

We are fortunate to have appointed a new HLTA, Mrs James, who will continue the excellent well-being support previously provided by our ELSA Mrs Francis. Although Mrs James hasn’t completed the training yet she has made a very positive start getting to know all the children in school. We will be in touch with all parents whose children received additional well-being support in the next week or so to discuss next steps.

We also welcomed Mrs Malnati who is working as a job share with Miss Toombs in year 3, and Mr Langdon is making a phased return and will be back full time from 26th November.

On Thursday Father Julian joined us for a special assembly to commemorate 100 years since Armistice Day. We learned about the significance of wearing poppies and also of the Cenotaph in London. Some of our very talented year 4 pupils read the prayers and poems they had written in class too

#lestweforget

I am very proud of 2 of our year 6 pupils who represented Llantilio at the service in St Teilo’s on Sunday morning. They laid a cross on the Cenotaph in the churchyard and also have a reading in the service. Da iawn Crystal and Harri.

#ethicalinformedcitizens

We have had some further traffic calming improvements in our car park over the half term holiday too. Our bus bay / drop off all owns the children who arrive to school by bus or taxi to be picked up and dropped off safely and also allows more visibility for pedestrians crossing through the car park too. We are respectfully asking that no one parks in this bay and to not park over empty bays to maximise the parking available. Many thanks for your support in this matter, helping to keep your children safe.

Following the parents’ forum last half term all classes will be sending out an overview of the half term this week. You should also receive some information about Mathletics – our new home/school platform for maths homework. If you haven’t received this by Friday please let me know.

As always, please call in and see me if you have any questions or queries

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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