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*Important Update regarding January 2022

Dydd Iau 16 Rhagfyr

Dear parent/carer,

Delayed start to the new term – Due to the potential impact of the Covid-19 Omicron variant over the next few weeks, the Welsh Government have instructed every school in Wales to take the first 2 days of the new term (Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of January 2022) as additional inset days to prepare for potential disruption to learning and teaching. Our planned inset day has therefore been postponed until Friday 18th February 2022.

These days will give the school time extra time to assess staffing capacity, reconsider risk assessments and mitigations and put any necessary measures in place to support the return of learners.

Our school’s priority is to always minimise disruption to our pupils’ education and maintain face to face learning in the classroom in a safe way for everyone. However, to protect our pupils and staff we are also being asked to prepare for a period of remote learning should cases locally result in significant staff or pupil absence.

This is a very fast-moving situation so we will also ensure that if there are any further updates over the holiday period, we will share these in advance of the scheduled return to school on Thursday 6th January 2022.

I hope this advance notice gives you plenty of time to make any necessary arrangements at home.

Over the holiday period I would encourage everyone to prioritise getting their booster jab when offered and it is vital that no one with COVID-19 symptoms attends school at the start of the new term.

I want to thank you for your continued support during these extremely challenging times.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 10 Rhagfyr 2021

Annwyl parents/carers,
What a lovely week it has been at Henllys! The Foundation Phase Nativity Concert – The Big Little Nativity has been recorded and is in the process of being edited ready to be shared next week. I had the pleasure of watching both performances and you are in for a real treat! The children are simply amazing – da iawn plant.

Colorfoto Photographs:
I have contacted Colorfoto today and they have assured me that all orders will be in school by the end of next week (just in time for Christmas).

PTA Elf Day:
Just a reminder that it is Elf Day on Monday 13th December. Children can come to school dressed as an elf or they can wear red and green, stripy clothes or any festive costumes. A donation of £1 per child is required and will go directly to the PTA. They are also running a ‘Name the Elf’ competition per class for 50p per guess. The winner gets to keep the elf (photograph to follow).

Other dates next week:

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Dinner Day Children can come to school wearing Christmas jumpers.

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Party Day
Party clothes to be worn all day.

Friday 17th December – Christmas Service
Pupils need to wear full school uniform.
* We are finishing at the slightly earlier time of 2:30 pm on this day.

Winter Fuel Payments:
The Welsh Government have recently announced a one off payment of £100 to help families towards the fuel cost they have to pay.

The scheme is open to households where one member is in receipt of certain welfare benefits. They must have been claiming these benefits at any time between 1 December 2021 and 31 January 2022.
The benefits are
• Income Support
• Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Universal Credit
• Working Tax Credits
• Either you or your partner must also be responsible for paying the energy bills for the property.
• Only one payment per household can be paid.

To receive the payment an application form must be completed online by following the link below:

Torfaen – https://iweb.itouchvision.com/portal/f?p=customer:category_link:::::CUID,LANG:D0FFE45602CC1C02631CE05433A140C1A8C014E1,EN&P_LANG=en

If you do not have access to the internet then it can be completed over the phone by calling our Customer Care team on 01459 766570 or 01495 766430 but we are urging people to apply on line due to the amount of applications we are anticipating receiving.

Applications open on 13th December 2021. All applications must be received before the 18 February 2022. Payments for successful applications will be made from January through to end of March 2022.

Enjoy lots of festive fun over the weekend and see you all on Monday.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Wednesday 8th December 2021

*Important Covid-19 Reminder:

With the run up to Christmas, it is vital that we work together to keep our school community as safe as possible. Here is a reminder of what you can do as parents to support us to stay safe until the end of the Autumn Term and beyond.

1) If you/your children have any new symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. This applies even if you have mild symptoms or if you have previously tested positive.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

– a high temperature
– a continuous cough
– loss or change of taste or smell

You/your children should continue to isolate until you get the results of the tests. If you have had a positive lateral flow test, you should isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible.

2) Household contacts are identified as anyone who lives or sleeps in the same household or
anyone spending significant time in the same household.

If you/your child live or spend a significant amount of time in the same household as someone who has symptoms you should self-isolate and take a test as quickly as possible. If that person has tested positive, you should self-isolate and take a PCR test as quickly as possible.

If your/your child’s test is negative you can stop isolating but you should remain vigilant for new symptoms. You should try to avoid contact with vulnerable family and friends in the short-term (for example elderly relatives or those who are higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection).

3) Unless identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed Omicron case, children under the age of 5 do not need to take a PCR or a lateral flow test, even if they have COVID-19 symptoms, unless advised by a doctor or if a parent believes a test is absolutely necessary and in the best interests of a child.

If they do have symptoms or if they have been a close contact of a positive case in their household or elsewhere, they do not need to complete any mandatory period of self-isolation. However, they should stay home until they are well enough to return to school or childcare settings.

If a child under 5 has symptoms, other household members do not need to isolate unless the child takes a test and has a positive result. If a child does take a test and the result is positive, then the child must also self-isolate for 10 days.

4) Please inform us IMMEDIATELY if your child tests positive for Covid, as we need to send Warn and Inform letters out to close contacts as soon as possible.

Update regarding the Omicron Variant:
If you are a close contact of someone who is confirmed or suspected to have the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate from the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive and for the next 10 days, regardless of your vaccination status or age. Contact tracers will let you know if your contact is a confirmed or suspected case of the Omicron variant.

You should also take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. It is important that you take the tests even if you feel well as you may have COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.

Even if these tests are negative, you must complete the isolation period. This is because if you have been infected, it can take time for symptoms to develop or to become infectious to others.

If the variant is suspected, you must isolate until it has been confirmed that the person who has tested positive does not have an Omicron variant. Once that happens Test, Trace, Protect service will contact you and advise on what to do next. This may mean you can leave self-isolation but it will depend on your age, vaccination status and nature of the contact.

For further advice and guidance, please visit the following web site:


If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thank you once again for your support and cooperation in keeping Henllys C.I.W. School as safe as possible.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto


Dydd Gwener 3 Rhagfyr 2021

Annwyl parents/carers,
Christmas has certainly come to Henllys this week and our class Christmas trees and decorations look beautiful. We have also put up a real Christmas tree in one of our quadrants which we are in the process of decorating – photographs to follow in due course.
We have been teaching the children about the Advent Wreath during Worship and have lit the first purple candle which signifies ‘Hope’ and the Prophets telling us about the arrival of a special King – baby Jesus.

Nativity Concert:
Our Foundation Phase Nativity Concert is going really well and the children are looking forward to their dress rehearsal on Wednesday 8th December. The KS2 classes will be given the opportunity to watch the concert next week whilst it is being recorded. Y4 & Y6 will watch it on Thursday 9th December and Y3 & Y5 on Friday 10th December.

Christmas Cards:
Pupils are welcome to start bringing in Christmas cards next week but can we please limit them to their class mates only. Diolch yn fawr.

Update from the PTA:
The PTA have been busy raising funds for the school. The Rags2Riches campaign raised £31.84 – thank you for all your donations.
Please can you all support the Christmas Raffle as the prizes are amazing. All ticket money needs to be in school by Tuesday 14th December at the latest, as the draw will be made on Wednesday 15th December.

Don’t forget Elf Day is on Monday 13th December. Pupils can come to school dressed as elves and bring a £1 donation for the PTA. The PTA will also be running a ‘Guess the Name of the Elf’ competition in each class. Pupils are invited to have a go at winning the elf (50p per entry).

Lloyds Bank have agreed to ‘match fund’ all the money raised through the PTA’s Christmas fund raising activities so your support would be very gratefully received.

One of the main projects the school needs funding for is to replace our wooden outdoor play equipment. Unfortunately, much of it has started to rot and is not safe to use at present. We are in the process of getting quotes from local companies to replace it with reconditioned plastic and metal so watch this space!
We are very grateful to the Friends of Henllys PTA for all their efforts tirelessly raising funds for the school and we cannot think of a better way of improving our outdoor provision for the benefit of all our pupils.

Military Family Grant:
We are keen to apply for grants to support our fund raising efforts. One of the grants we may be able to apply for is linked to pupils whose parents are in any of the armed forces or who have ever served in any of the armed forces. If this applies to you, please can you send me a private message via dojo so that I can explore this possibility further. Thank you very much.

Extra-Curricular Clubs:
Next week is the last week for extra-curricular clubs and we will not be running any clubs during the last week of term. All clubs will resume in the Spring Term – further details to follow before the end of term.

Omicron Variant of Covid:
News of a new Covid variant cannot have escaped your attention this week! With the support of the Local Authority and TTP, we are monitoring the situation very closely. All staff have been advised to wear face coverings in communal areas, following updated advice from the Welsh Government. We have also been provided with ‘Carbon Dioxide Monitors’ for each classroom. These measure the amount of carbon dioxide in each class and an alarm sounds when classes need to be better ventilated. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to keep Henllys as safe as possible!

Enjoy all the festive activities you have planned over the weekend pawb and see you on Monday.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 26 Tachwedd 2021
Annwyl parents/carers,
We raised £183.18 in total for Children in Need last Friday which is a super amount. Diolch yn fawr for your contributions. It’s so important to support such a wonderful cause and I always get very emotional watching the plight of others during the programme. Thank you to our School Council for organising the fundraising event so well.

Updates on our School Website:
Every year we are required to update parents about our School Development Plan and how we are going to spend our Pupil Deprivation Grant, Professional Learning Grant and Recruit, Recover and Raise Standards Grant. Please click on ‘Parents’ Area’ and then ‘Policies’ to find all the relevant information. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

September 2022 Intake:
The school is now accepting applications for our Reception class in September 2022. Please see the flyer attached for further information and feel free to share it with friends and family with children at the appropriate age. Although we are unable to facilitate visits to the school when the children are on site, we are happy to show prospective parents around after 4:30 pm in the evenings.

Prospective parents Nov 2021
Winter School Uniform:
This is a polite reminder that all pupils are expected to wear our winter school uniform now. This includes a shirt & tie, skirt or trousers and black shoes.

End of Term Arrangements:
On Friday 17th December, we will be finishing at a slightly earlier time of 2:30 p.m. when our ‘school based’ Christmas Service will finish. Arrangements for picking up your children will remain the same. It will be the end of a very busy term for pupils and staff and a lovely way to finish our Christmas week.

We have decided to have our final INSET day on Friday 22nd July. This means that the end of year leavers’ service will take place on Thursday 21st July instead. We are hoping and praying that we will be able to go to St. Gabriel’s for the afternoon in traditional Henllys style.

Whether you are Christmas shopping, putting your decorations up or just relaxing – enjoy a lovely weekend pawb (wrap up warm)!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 19 Tachwedd 2021:

Annwyl parents/carers,
What a lovely, bright, colourful and sparkly day we have had at Henllys Church in Wales School. We have raised a lot of money for Children in Need and we will update you as to how much in due course.

Nativity Concert:
We have booked a professional company to come in and record our Foundation Phase Nativity Concert. Once it has been recorded, we will post the link on dojo so that all parents can access it on youtube. The link will remain private to ensure that it isn’t shared in the public domain. We hope to get all the recording and editing completed by Tuesday 14th December so you can all watch it at your leisure. It will also be a lovely memory for you to watch again and again with family and friends. Judging by the singing this afternoon, it will be a fantastic production!

Anti-Bullying Week:
The pupils have really engaged in some lovely learning opportunities this week and Health and Wellbeing has been a real focus. Kindness, respect, resilience and mindfulness have certainly shone through. I would like to share a video that was made which highlights the school’s approach to wellbeing. I hope you enjoy it.

That’s about it for this week. Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 12 Tachwedd 2021:

Annwyl parents/carers,
We have had a busy week with flu immunisations, Remembrance Day activities and school trips. The children were very good receiving their nasal sprays yesterday. We expected some tears but they were all very brave – da iawn plant. Well done to our Year 5 and Year 6 classes too for excellent behaviour and positive attitudes to learning during the school trip to Shire Hall today. Feedback from staff who ran the World War II workshops was amazing – you did Henllys proud!

Covid-19 update:
Following several cases in various classes since the start of this half term, we have had to make some changes to the way the school is operating. The most significant change is that we have had to stop collective Worship in the hall. The children still take part in a daily act of Worship, but at present this is classroom based. We are constantly reviewing the guidance and making changes as deemed necessary to keep our school as safe as possible. Please continue to follow the WG guidance and keep your children at home and arrange for a PCR test if they have any Covid symptoms. If someone in your household tests positive, your child should have a PCR prior to returning to school. Once again thank you to those parents who have followed the advice from TTP and taken their children for a PCR test on receipt of a ‘Warn and Inform’ letter and on day 6. It really is helping to identify asymptomatic pupils.

Christmas Nativity Concerts:
Following on from the above, it is with a very heavy heart that I need to inform all our Foundation Phase parents that we are unable to invite you in for our concerts again this year. The Local Authority have made this decision based on current Covid cases and predictions of a rise in cases around the Christmas period. I am sure you understand the need to keep our community as safe as possible and we are so sorry that we cannot accommodate parents safely this year. However, we will be recording the Nativity Concert so you will all be able to see the performance virtually. If anyone is able to assist with a professional recording, using a proper camera and sound system, please contact the school as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, we are also unable to go to St. Gabriel’s Church for our end of year Christmas Service either so will have a special service in school instead. Parents won’t be able attend once again but we are hoping to have all the children back in the hall together (as long as it is safe to do so).

Dates for Christmas:
We have no intention of cancelling Christmas altogether so here are some dates for your diaries:

Monday 13th December – Elf Day
Pupils can come to school dressed as elves and bring a £1 donation for our Friends of Henllys PTA. The PTA will also be running a ‘Guess the Name of the Elf’ competition in each class. Pupils are invited to have a go at winning the elf (50p per entry).

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Children can come to school wearing Christmas jumpers.

Thursday 16th December – Christmas Party Day
Party clothes to be worn all day.

Friday 17th December – Christmas Service
Pupils need to wear full school uniform.

Parental Consultations and Questionnaires:
We hope you found your parental consultation informative and useful. We also hope that you enjoyed seeing your child’s books and how much progress they have made. It’s not too late to return the parental questionnaires that were given out. Your feedback is very gratefully received.

After School Clubs:
All after school clubs will resume next week as normal, with pick up arrangements the same as before.

Enjoy the weekend pawb and let’s hope for a win at the Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 22 Hydref 2021:

Annwyl parents/carers,
Happy half term pawb! The last few weeks seem to have flown by and the pupils have all made a really good start to the new academic year. They have been working really hard and we are very much looking forward to sharing all their work with you at our forthcoming parental consultations.

Parental Consultations:
These begin on Monday 1st November and finish on Thursday 11th November. Please remember to use the external doors to access the classrooms and remember to stick to your allotted time. We do NOT want parents to have to wait outside for their appointment so we are going to have to be REALLY strict with times. Please dojo your child’s class teacher if you are unable to attend your appointment for any reason and they will endeavour to provide you with an alternative time and date. We hope you are as pleased with your child’s progress as we are.

Extra-Curricular Clubs:
Please note that ALL extra curricular clubs will stop for the w/b 1st November and 8th November due to parental consultations. All clubs will resume the w/b Monday 15th November.

Early Bird Sessions:
Thank you to all those parents who have returned the Early Bird registration forms. You will need to log into your Civica payments account to pay the £2 per session per child. Our Early Bird sessions are going to start at 8 a.m. on Monday 1st November. Please can all parents park outside the main school gates and escort the children to the main entrance. It is important to note that entry to the Early Bird session will close at 8:20 a.m. and the main entrance will be shut. Entry to our free Breakfast Club will start at 8:30 a.m. as normal.

Winter School Uniform:
After half term, our winter school uniform policy begins so please ensure that your children wear shirts/blouses, ties, grey skirts/pinafores or trousers, grey socks/tights and black shoes (except on their P.E. days). Diolch yn fawr.

Torfaen Catering Menu:
Please find attached the new lunch menu which begins after half term.

Update from the Governing Body:
The Governing Body held its AGM on Tuesday 19th October 2021. I am very pleased to announce that Mrs. Ceri-Ann Jones has been appointed as a Foundation Governor and would like to extend a warm welcome to her. Reverend Kerl was re-appointed as the Chair and Reverend Nick Perry as vice chair.  A copy of the Annual Report to Parents can be found in the Parents’ Area of this website.

If you would like a paper copy of the report, please message Mrs. Croft in the office and we will send one home with your child.

Governors also agreed an updated Safeguarding Policy which has also been posted on our school website.

Dates after half term:
Apologies but Children in Need Day is on Friday 19th November NOT Friday 12th November as previously posted. Our School Council will send out further details after half term.

I hear that some of you are off abroad or venturing away somewhere in the UK. Whatever your plans, keep safe and have a wonderful half term break. See you on Monday 1st November.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 15 Hydref:

Annwyl parents/carers,
We have had an amazing time celebrating Shwmae Shwmae Day. The pupils spoke a lot of Welsh, sang Welsh songs, learnt about Welsh culture and some classes even had time to make Welsh cakes. Prizes were given out to the pupils who spoke the most Welsh during the day and there were special prizes for the most innovative ‘Shwmae’ words:

Da iawn Sophia in Year 3 who grew cress in the shape of the letters. Also da iawn Noah in Year 1 who used items found on a beach to spell out the word (with a little help from Ellie in Year 5).

Diolch yn fawr for your donations – we will let you know how much we have raised on Monday.

As the weather is getting colder, please can you ensure your child brings a clearly labelled coat to school everyday. We do like the children to go out in all weathers but we also try to insist that they wear coats if required. We have a few ‘Forest Schools’ coats that we offer to pupils who haven’t brought a coat but it is better for them to bring their own coat to school.

Parental Consultations:
Letters will be going out to all parents on Monday 18th October with the time and date of your parental consultation. We have ensured that siblings have consultations close together. Please let us know as soon as possible, if the time and date is inconvenient so that we can reschedule your appointment.

Friday November 5th:
Just a reminder that this is a staff INSET day so school will be closed to all pupils.

Following my dojo on Tuesday, please continue to be mindful of residents and other people in the local community when parking around the school grounds. Can parents also please stop dropping their children off at the main gates, as this is causing too much congestion. Please park up and escort your children safely across the main road. Diolch yn fawr for your cooperation.

Universal Credit:
A representative from the Local Authority will be at the main gates on Friday 22nd October to offer support to any families who have recently been affected by cuts to Universal Credit. She will be offering advice and support to anyone who needs it.

Part Time Cleaning Job:
We are currently in need of someone to help with the cleaning of our school on a daily basis. We need someone to work from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm every night. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Croft in the office.

Congratulations to the school football team on beating Nant Celyn 4-2 this afternoon. What a great start to our sporting fixtures! Enjoy the weekend pawb.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener Hydref 8 2021:

Annwyl parents/carers,
I just want to say a huge thank you to all the parents who have taken their children for PCR tests over the past few weeks and for sharing the results with us. It has really helped to keep our school as safe as possible. Please continue to take your children for Covid tests if they have ANY of the main symptoms. They need to remain at home until the results come back and can only return to school if the result is negative. Also thank you very much to parents who have taken their children for Covid tests following receipt of a ‘Warn and Inform’ letter. We have had a couple of positive cases from children who are asymptomatic which wouldn’t have been picked up without undertaking a PCR test. Rest assured we are doing everything possible to keep our school community safe.

Donations for our Harvest Eucharist:
We invite all pupils to bring in donations for our Harvest Eucharist on Monday 11th (or Tuesday 12th October at the latest). Please can all items be non-perishable. All donations will be taken to the local food bank and given to local families in need.

Shwmae Shwmae Day:
We will be celebrating Shwmae Shwmae Day on Friday 15th October. Each class will focus on Welsh activities with prizes for the most Welsh spoken. In true Henllys tradition, we invite all pupils to spell Shwmae using different objects or materials with prizes for the most unusual and exciting entries e.g. shoes, lego leaves etc. Children can come to school wearing Welsh tops/t-shirts or Welsh colours. We are asking for a £1 donation which will be used to buy Welsh resources.

Spelling Shed:
It’s lovely to see so many of the children using Spelling Shed to help them learn their weekly spellings. In order for you to keep an eye on your child’s spelling test scores, we are going to give all pupils who get 10 out of 10 in their spelling tests 5 dojos for super spelling. We also want to reward pupils who have made a really good effort to learn them too and these children will come home with stickers on their jumpers. Keep up the excellent work plant!

If your child is unable to come to school for 10 days due to unfortunately testing positive for Covid or if they have to wait for a PCR test result because they are symptomatic please encourage them to read, revise their spellings or complete their homework (as long as they are well enough). Once these have been completed, they can undertake any tasks linked to the class topic. We are unable to send home any additional homelearning tasks as the teachers are tied up teaching all day. Thank you for your understanding.

Enjoy the weekend pawb.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Llun Hydref 4 2021:
Annwyl parents/carers,
Firstly, I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. It was a little damp but the weather is supposed to be getting better this week.

Covid-19 Update:
We have quite a few pupils awaiting PCR tests so can I please ask parents to inform us of the results as soon as possible. Please note that we do not accept a positive lateral flow test as confirmation of Covid. If your child does have a positive LFT they must NOT attend school. You must arrange for them to have a PCR test and then inform us of the results. If the PCR test is negative, your child can return to school. If the PCR test is positive, your child must self-isolate for 10 days. We are sending out ‘Warn and Inform’ letters to all children who have been in close contact of a confirmed Covid case (PCR only) which clearly explains the next steps.

School Council/Eco-Committee Representatives:
Congratulations to the following pupils who were voted onto our School Council.

Reception – Maddison
Blwyddyn 1: Aiden
Blwyddyn 2: Mia
Blwyddyn 3: Darci
Blwyddyn 4: Grace
Blwyddyn 5: Lily
Blwyddyn 6: Erin

Llongyfarchiadau also to the following pupils who were voted onto our Eco-Committee.

Reception – Aoife
Blwyddyn 1: Elijah
Blwyddyn 2: Carys
Blwyddyn 3: Charlie
Blwyddyn 4: Charlotte & Theo
Blwyddyn 5: Florence
Blwyddyn 6: Ayla

They have already come up with some excellent ideas to improve our school. Diolch yn fawr to some of our Y6 pupils (Josh, Noah, Madison, Aaima and Lois) for all their help running our polling station.

MacMillan Coffee Morning:
Huge thank you to everyone who supported our MacMillan Coffee Morning. We are very pleased to announce that we raised a massive £217.50 for MacMillan Cancer Support charity. It is a charity that is very close to our hearts so thank you to Mr Barton and everyone for all your support.

Universal Credit:
We understand that the forthcoming cuts to Universal Credit may lead to some families being over £80 per month worse off. If these cuts to Universal Credit are going to affect you PLEASE contact the school as Torfaen are offering a lot of support to families to ease this impact.

Relief Site Manager:
We have recently appointed Mr. Nathan Jones as a relief site manager to help us out in Mrs. Kelly Elkins absence. Mr. Jones will be with us until at least Christmas. Welcome to Henllys Mr. Jones!

Harvest Service:
We are having our Harvest Eucharist on Tuesday 12th October. Children are invited to bring non perishable food items from Monday 11th October onwards to donate to a local food bank. Thank you for your support.

Shwmae Shwmae Day:
We will be celebrating Shwmae Shwmae Day on Friday 15th October. Children are invited to come to school dressed in Welsh shirts/t-shirts or Welsh colours (red, white and green). We ask for a £1 donation to our school fund to purchase Welsh resources.

Diolch yn fawr pawb.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener Medi 17 2021:
Annwyl parents/carers,
The children have used the school grounds to its full extent this week and I’m sure they have enjoyed their daily exercise. Keep up the good work plant!

Covid-19 Update:
We have not had any pupils with Covid in school so far this academic year but other schools in the area are seeing a rise in cases. Please be vigilant to the signs and symptoms of Covid and if in any doubt – arrange for your child to have a PCR test. Please keep us informed if you are awaiting the results of a PCR test and notify us of the result immediately. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school community as safe as possible.

Dates for the Diary:
Please find an updated list of diary dates in the Parents’ Area – Term Dates. We will add further dates in due course, as more educational visits are in the process of being arranged.

School Uniform:
On non-P.E. days, we expect the children to wear full school uniform including black school shoes (not trainers). On P.E. days, can we please request that pupils wear trainers, black shorts (leggings or tracksuit bottoms if it’s cold), a t-shirt (house colours) and Henllys school sweatshirt or cardigan. We have a number of pupils wearing hoodies to school which is not part of our school uniform. Diolch yn fawr for your cooperation.

Homework Books:
All homework books were sent home today with instructions and log in details. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you experience any issues logging onto hwb, spelling shed etc.

Christmas Card Designs:
It’s that time of year again when we send home Christmas Card designs for your children to complete at home. Please follow the instructions carefully and return all designs by Monday 27th September. The company have assured us that all designs and subsequent orders will be back in time for Christmas.

Early Bird Session:
We are hoping to restart our Early Bird sessions again after half-term. The Early Bird sessions are a childcare service run by Torfaen Play in our hall starting at 8:00 a.m. every morning. The cost of attending these sessions is £2 per pupil per session. Children attending these sessions then stay in the hall for our free Breakfast Club. Further details will be sent out in due course.

Enjoy the weekend pawb – there is definitely an Autumnal feel in the air this evening!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Dydd Gwener 10 Medi 2021:

Annwy parents/carers,
The first week back seems to have flown by and the children have settled in really well. It is lovely to hear them singing again in Worship and playing together on the yard. We hope they have enjoyed their return to school too.

Cashless Catering:
Here is a message from Torfaen Catering regarding the Cashless Catering system.

There are a number of on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal for parents which are affecting some schools and parents/carers. We appreciate these issues are causing an inconvenience but we want to reassure you that the team are doing all they can with Civica to resolve the situation as quickly as possible:-

The issues in summary which may be affecting you are:

• Free School Meal (FSM) eligibility has dropped off the cashless system at some schools; this is due to an internal date setting within the system. The Cashless Catering project team are working with schools and Civica to re-set the date and all accounts will be corrected. Please do not worry, your FSM eligibility has not been affected and you do not need to contact the Council or School as our team know who is eligible and will correct the situation. We are aiming to do this next week, but it may take longer for some schools.

• Technical problems are making it difficult for the central catering team to investigate balance enquires. Civica have identified the problem and we hope to have full system functionality soon. In the meantime, if you have emailed to enquire about a balance on your child’s account, please be assured that all enquiries with be dealt with and all parents/carers will receive a full response as soon as we are able.

• Some schools are experiencing problems sending out registration requests for new starters. The project team are working with these schools and Civica to understand why this is happening. If you are a parent/carer who has not yet received a registration request, please be assured that you will receive one either by email or letter. In some instances, schools are still waiting for parent/carers to return contact information for pupils, this will delay registrations as the schools do not have all relevant information. If you have received a form requesting contact preferences at your child’s new school, please can you complete and return to the school as soon as possible.

• Auto Top-Up payments stopped working on 31st August. This we believe is an issue with the Mastercard Gateway used by Civica to process payments. Parent/carers who have subscribed for auto-top ups need to be aware that the service has not automatically topped up since 31st August and you may wish to log into the Civica Pay portal to check your child’s balance. Some parents may also be experiencing failed payment receipts or difficulty in setting up an auto top-up. Please be assured that the team and Civica are dealing with this issue as a top priority and are working to resolve the situation.

The project team will keep everyone updated as soon as they can, and would like to thank everyone for their patience.

Dates for the Diary:
We are in the process of compiling dates for the forthcoming year. We hope to complete it by Wednesday 15th September and will upload it to dojo and our school website in due course. We have decided to allow parents to come into school for parental consultations this year but will spread them over a two week period to minimise the number of parents on site during any set evening. Concerts dates are going to be set for separate year groups too in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Extra-Curricular Clubs:
A letter was sent home today detailing the start of our extra-curricular clubs. Please return the forms as soon as possible so that we can set up registers for each of the clubs before they start on Monday 20th September. Diolch yn fawr.

Homework books will be sent home on Friday 17th September detailing all your children’s log in details for Hwb, Purple Mash, Spelling Shed etc. All homework will be sent out on a Friday and it will need to be completed by the following Wednesday.

Enjoy the weekend pawb and I’m sure your children will sleep well tonight, especially our Reception children – da iawn for completing your first full week in school!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto