Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly a huge thank you for supporting our "planting day". Our Jubilee gardens are looking amazing - please go and have a look before or after school. Your children have done an amazing job!
We are in the throws of identifying our targets for next year. One exciting target is to strengthen and develop links with our community through face to face engagements and events. We really feel that covid had such a negative effect on what was previously a strength of the school. So now we need to consider how we can re-develop our community links, but make it even better than before.
Sports day, July 8th, will be a great event, and I really hope you will all come. (See below for more details. In addition we are planning for more events next term including concerts, a curriculum design day and our traditional Monster Ball. We have never really had an "official PTA" but your help at these events are invaluable. We have also had our first "Cafe Ceirios" cuppa this week, and I hope those who popped in enjoyed. This is just a chance for you to have a sociable 45 minutes before the end of the school day. We are hoping that this will be "parent run" eventually, and we will just provide one staff member, to safeguard the gate. If you have any ideas how this can be enhanced, run please let me know. eg. In the winter, this could be held in the marquee.
We are currently bidding for a "Big Bocs Bwyd" which is an exciting venture taken up by a number of schools across Wales. Essentially this supports pupils with financial and food literacy and supports the new curriculum to aspire towards its four purposes. However, this project, if our bid is successful, will give us a "community store" where local produce can be bought; where food bank donations can be collected and where pupils can showcase their work. We are a long way off, but we will keep you updated - this could be an outstanding addition to our school and its curriculum. Here are the headlines this week.
Summer Raffle Reminder - As always we are are running a termly raffle to raise money for pod resources. Please sell as many as you can as every £1 helps us to provide our pupils with the little extras that make their life in Llanrhidian memorable. We will be making up hampers from smaller donations and larger items will be stand alone prizes. We are asking for donations of the following prizes. If you know any local business who can help, please let them know that we will always "Tweet" a thank you. We are collecting:-
- Sweets, biscuits, chocolates, wine, summer toys etc for hampers
- Bottles of champagne, liquor, spirits, vouchers, etc for stand alone prizes
Sports Day Friday 8th July 2 to 4pm – You are all invited to watch the pod/year group sports day races. All pupils will have the opportunity to participate in a range of different races. Nursery AM are also invited back to the school for this event, however, they will need to be accompanied by an adult the whole afternoon. During the afternoon there will also be other events that pupils can participate in whilst they wait for their race. We encourage you to bring a picnic and blanket to sit with your family in the school field. We are also looking for participants to join in the parent vs teacher race. Mr G is already in training mode. Let's make this a great community event for all! Aunts, Uncles, Grannies etc all welcome!
Gower Cycling Festival Sunday July 10th (morning) - This event is now live and you can sign up for this here. https://gowercyclingfestival.co.uk/ We have been asked to be a "pit stop" again for this traditional event. White Rock Events have already sponsored us a wonderful football kit and are also sourcing us some free portaloos for our sports day. We have a few staff able to support this event, but if there are any parents who would like to help us run some refreshments and raise some funds for the school or their pods, please let me know. Thank you to those parents who have already offered to run the bacon butty BBQ and to help on the day.
Weekly Premises Plea - This week we need:-
- Financial donations to enhance our environment
- Decking planks (New floor for the Pengwin house)
- We need bark chippings for our paths - does anyone know any landscape gardeners or tree surgeons who could sump their chippings in our field?
- Good quality toys eg lego, cars, role play etc for Pengwins and Pili Pala
- Artificial plants to soften our indoor environment (Thank you to the generous parent who sent us an amazing order of pots and plants!)
Please remember to check out our website calendar for key dates this term.
Have a great weekend