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School Blog Friday 7th October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,


This week we are highlighting the need for your help.  Each teacher, across the whole school, is focussing on improving the reading skills of every pupil.   We are asking you to read with, or to, your child as regularly as you can.  The benefits are huge, including comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. Giving your child time and full attention when reading them a story tells them they matter. It builds self-esteem, vocabulary, feeds imagination and even improves their sleeping patterns.  Importantly, it also enables your child to "practice reading".  Pupils need time to build words, recognise words, understand words.  They need to hear new vocabulary, explore their meanings and have opportunities to talk about what you or they have read.  We will "teach" your child the skills of reading, but your child needs you to help them "practice" reading.  I have asked all pod teachers to set clear expectations for reading, and these will be shared with you very soon.  Together we can help your child to have the best life chances by giving them the gift of reading.   If you are able to offer voluntary time at the school to support pupils with their reading, please let us know and we will send you a volunteer pack.  We can do this.   Here are the headlines this week:- 


Harvest 2022-  Thursday, October  20th 2022 - It’s hard to believe that Harvest is just around the corner and this year we will be celebrating with a selection of fun activities and the launch of our brand new Marchand Mis. (See Below)  We will also be collecting non-perishable food items, toiletries, and warm clothing items (hats, gloves, socks, etc) to send to our good friends at Matthew’s House on the day. 


Marchnad Mis (Monthly Market)  Thursday October 20th  - We will be introducing our pupils to the world of business and work by holding a community market in our marquee each month.  Our first event will be on Thursday October 20th and we have had a number of local stall holders interested in attending.  To launch the first "Marchnad Mis" we are combining it with our very own Harvest Market.   Each pod will be promoting and running their own stalls to sell something homegrown, homemade or free trade.  Look out for more information from your pod! The marchnad will run from 1.30 til the end of the school day.  If you do visit the market and wish to collect your child early so they can attend with you, we will accommodate.  There will be tea and coffee available.    Please bring your own bags.  This will be a cash only event as there is no wifi signal in the field.


 Monster Ball Wednesday October 26th (After School) 4.30 until 6pm (Volunteers from 1pm)  -   Please come to our Monster Ball.  All pupils will need to be collected after school and brought back by 4.30.  There will be no sports club on this day.  Please note that all children will need to be supervised as staff have other designated duties to keep everyone safe.  There will be a disco in the marquee (run by Mr G); refreshments (hot  dogs, soup and cakes); fancy dress (pupils and adults) and lots of fun! Thank you to those who have volunteered to help.  If you can support the event with donations of cakes to sell, we would be most grateful.  Weather permitting - this will be an outside event.  Looking forward to seeing you all. 


School Savings Club with Credit Union - Your child can now have their own Junior Account which they can then save as much or as little as they like every week (or as often as they can) whether they want to save for something special or just for a rainy day. This club will be led by the pupils of Llanrhidian, encouraging them to save and understand the benefits of saving.  If your child/children are interested in joining the savings club and opening up an account with us please click here to fill in the online form.  


Have a marvelous weekend.

Mrs Caswell