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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