Newsletter 21/5/15

21st May 2015


Dear Parent/Carer,


I hope that you have had chance to look at our Inspection Report and seen the article in the Penarth Times. We extremely pleased with the report, but there are challenges ahead. I would simply like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. Working in partnership with parents is extremely important and although as a Head I know you can never please everyone all of the time, I would like to think that our efforts please most, most of the time!


Tomorrow is an INSET day and staff and Governors will be meeting to discuss the Inspection Report and evaluate where we are and how we can continue to improve. Part of our discussion will centre on how to develop the Welsh Language and extend opportunities for Numeracy across the Curriculum. However, we will also be looking at ICT and how to build on Inspectors’ comments.

We are interested in a possible parent ‘Tablet leasing scheme,’ so that every child has use of exactly the same device to support learning in school and at home. Initial enquiries indicate that we could offer parents the chance to lease a device for £40 -£50 per annum over three years, with full insurance included. More details to follow, but any thoughts would be welcome.

A plea!

As I’m sure you are aware, Mrs. Esseen is in hospital and unlikely to return before September. I am sure you will join me in wishing her a swift recovery. Her absence means that we are a member of staff ‘down’ and since we could not afford sickness insurance for support staff this year, we are having to operate without a replacement. This means that the Office team is under pressure. Please help us by:

  • Ensuring your child is not late for school (Time consuming for Office staff)
  • Ensuring your child arrives with all equipment/ lunch/kit etc (Office staff frequently have to interrupt what they are doing to deal with parents ‘dropping’ forgotten items in.)
  • Ensuring your child knows exactly where they are going after school –before arriving in school.(Office staff are frequently asked to pass messages on about changes to ‘pick up’ and this is also very disruptive.)
  • Ensuring that you collect your child on time at the end of the day.


Thank you for your support.


Evenlode Book Day

As part of the launch of Evenlode book fayre, we are having an ‘Evenlode Book Day’. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character. This will take place on Friday 5th June. In light of recent publicity, characters should be from children’s books and costumes do not have to cost a lot of money! In addition to this, over half term we are asking children to ‘dress a potato’ as a character from their favourite book or comic. Entries will be judged at the end of the first week after half term.


After school football and rugby clubs/cricket …and success!

This week was the last week for the Year 5/6 after school football and rugby clubs. They will re-commence again during the autumn term. We would like to thank all those children who have participated throughout the year. Cricket club will now begin after half term. It will take place every Tuesday from 3.30-4.30pm.

Congratulations to the Y6 Soccer team which won the Victoria competition last week and also to Lewis Ingram and Ben Mulcahy who represented the Vale cricket team yesterday. Further congratulations to Ben on his selection for the National Team.

A massive well done also goes to Evan Jones and Ethan Barry for their part in the Welsh Cup winning Vale team which beat Pontypool in the final last week.



Over half-term Miss Morris will be accompanying 3 children from Year 6 on a trip of a life-time to Florida, to visit The Kennedy Space Centre! If you want to follow their adventure then log on to the front page of the school website for daily updates and photos/videos.


Have a relaxing half term!


Steve Rees


Welsh phrase: Ga i …………… os gwelwch yn dda? – May I have a …………… please?

Theme of the month: Honesty

Composer of the month: Dvorak

Thunk of the Week: Is cheating in Sport ever acceptable?




Summer Fayre, Saturday June 20th, 12-2pm


We would be grateful if, over the half term break, you could look for donations for the following stalls:

Bottle Stall: any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and bottles.

Jolly Jars: plastic pint pots filled with sweets and toys (sorry, no lollies).

Books: Any books, cds or audio books (sorry, no videos).

Soft Toys: any good-quality, clean soft toys or teddies.


Forthcoming Visits/Trips:

Year 1 visit to Cosmeston – 11/6/15 – £5.75

Dates for the diary:

Inset day – Friday 22nd May 2015

Sports Day – Thursday 18th June, Reserve date Friday 19th June

Summer Fayre – Saturday 20th June – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

School BBQ – Friday 10th July

Source: Schoop News

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