Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents/Guardians                                                                                          27 September 2019

Bereavement: It is with the deepest sadness that we are informing you of the sudden loss of the daughter of a former teacher at our school . Many of you, who are former pupils of Ysgol Craig y Don, will  remember Mrs Buddug Jones, who taught with us between 1985 and 1996. Buddug’s daughter, Delyth, was also a teacher, who taught at a local secondary school. As a school and a wider local community, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Buddug and her family and send our profoundest condolences.

Reading at home.

We would like to remind all parents and carers of the huge importance of listening to children reading at home.  We encourage this right from the off-set, when children are learning to read in the early years, right up to the end of year 6.  Sharing a book with a child is a considerably rewarding experience because so much can be learnt during this process.  For example, not only will children be taught the pronunciation of new words and their meaning, but they will also be given more opportunities to discuss their books, focusing on characters, events and predicting outcomes. Also, these experiences will enable the children to have more opportunities for reading aloud, in order to improve their overall fluency.  As a school we would really appreciate your support with this matter, since reading is such an important life skill.  Also, please could you write comments in your child’s reading record on a regular basis so that a secure home-school link can be established and so that we can work together in supporting each child to achieve his/her full potential.

Also, if any parents are able to read Welsh books with their children at home, then please could you let the school know. Thank you very much.

CHANGE TO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS next week –

MONDAY – DRAGON SPORTS (TENNIS) – there is NO DRAGON SPORTS this Monday 30th September.

Thursday URDD After School Club is starting next week Thursday 3rd October 3.30 – 4.15pm (Years 3 to 6). Please note that all children attending the Urdd Club MUST be members of the Urdd and membership this year can only be made on-line at www.urdd.cymru. Simply visit the website, click Join and follow the instructions remembering to include Ysgol Craig y Don in the appropriate section. Membership is £8 per child.

 CAKE SALE to raise funds for McMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER: So far we have raised £253.45. Many thanks for your kind donations and support.

ALDI SPORTS TOKENS REMINDER – we are still collecting these tokens and if we collect 300 we will be eligible for a free school sports kit. We have currently got 94 stickers on our poster – thank you! Please ask family and friends to support us!

MUSIC LESSONS: For information, if you child is currently having Music Lessons, the amount payable will be allocated to Parent Pay next week.

TEMPEST PHOTOGRAPHS: Tempest have advised that our school will receive a higher rate of commission of orders are made on-line. Please bear this in mind when ordering any school photos. We will send the proofs home with pupils as soon as we receive them.

JUNIORS AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS. The following Clubs have now started. Please ensure that children have PE kits with them on the day for sporting afterschool clubs.

Monday – Netball (Years 4 – 6) 3.30 – 4.15pm (no netball on Monday 7th October as it is a Teacher Training Day)

Monday Dragon Sports (Tennis) – 3.30 – 4.15pm, Years 4 to 6. Leader – Mrs Merian Hughes, Year 4 – no club on Monday 30th September or 7th October.

Monday Lunchtime Football 12.45-1.15pm Years 3 – 6 by invitation – children to see Mr Huw Llewelyn Jones if interested please. If your child is attending these sessions, please ensure they have appropriate clothing with them – sessions take place on the school field. Leader – Mr Huw Llywelyn Jones, Year 4. No session Monday 7th October due to Teacher Training day.

Tuesday Cookery Club 3.30 – 4.30pm – Year 6 – as advised in individual letters.

Wednesday Rugby 3.30 – 4.15pm, Years 3 – 6. Leader – Mr Huw Llywelyn Jones, Year 4

Wednesday TRI-GOLF 3.30 – 4.15pm, Years 3 – 6. Leader – Mrs Louise Davis-Owen, PPA Teacher

Wednesday Learning to Be sessions (Tuition services £10 per session, contact 07952 065735 as per instructions from them). Free taster sessions are available! Sessions finish at 5pm.

Thursday URDD After School Club – this will start on Thursday 3rd October 3.30 – 4.15pm (Years 3 to 6). Please note that all children attending the Urdd Club MUST be members of the Urdd and membership this year can only be made on-line at www.urdd.cymru. Simply visit the website, click Join and follow the instructions remembering to include Ysgol Craig y Don in the appropriate section. Membership is £8 per child.

Friday lunchtime Chess Club for Years 3 to 6 – open invitation to all. Being held in Dosbarth Maelgwn Year 4 with Mr Llywelyn Jones.

 Please also remember about the Ty Llywelyn Homework Club held which is held Mondays to Wednesdays from 4 – 5.30pm, Years 3 – 6.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Please remember there is no school for children on Monday 7th October – this is a staff training day.

Half term is being held week commencing 28th October. Last day in school is Friday 25th October and children will be back to school on Monday 4th November.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Elaine Gelling

Deputy Headteacher

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