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Friday 14th February 2020

Curriculum Reform

The New Curriculum for Wales was published on 28th January.  All the information can be found on the Hwb at


After School Club/Parental Consultations

Thank you to those parents who spoke to the representatives from County Childcare who were onsite in our school hall this week to discuss our new after school club.  Anyone who still requires details/forms for free taster session please contact the school as we now have the forms here.


This week’s class attendance figures are as follows:

Reception:     90.53%

Year 1:         **100.00%**

Year 2:            97.20%

Year 3:            91.43%

Year 4:            98.67%

Year 5:            98.71%

Year 6:            98.71%

***Well done to Year 1 for achieving 100% attendance this week***

St. David’s Day

On Monday 2nd March we would like to invite you all to attend our St. David’s Day Eucharist in the school hall at 9.15 a.m.  This will mark the beginning of our St. David’s Day celebrations.

World Book Day

Also this week we will be enjoying World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.  This year we will not be asking the children to dress up but they can bring in their favourite book, wrapped in paper, with clues as to the title on the back of the package.  Their classmates will then try to guess the title of the book.

International Day

We will be having an International Day on Friday 20th March and the children can come to school dressed in the colours or costumes of their chosen class countries.  We have sent out a letter today listing those countries.

Sports Relief Day

Friday 13th March the children will be supporting Sports Relief – organised by School Council who will give us more information after half term.

Mothering Sunday Sale

Starting Monday 16th March the Friends of Henllys will be organising a Mothering Sunday sale for the children to choose gifts for Mum, Grandma or someone dear to them.

Primary Schools Dance Competition

Our new Dance Club will be attending this event on Tuesday 17th March at Pontypool Active Learning Centre.  More details to follow.

Primary Schools Choral Festival

Our school choir will be attending the Primary Schools Choral Festival on Monday 23rd March.  Their performance time will be 7.20 p.m.  We will send out more information about arrival times after half term.

Dinner Money

I would like to remind you all that we cannot accept foreign coins in dinner money or any other payments into school. Please check that all coins are British currency. Also, we are still seeing children bringing in dinner money in unmarked plastic bags and also with loose money in their pockets.  Please ensure that all money comes into school in either an envelope or purse clearly marked with their name.

Hwb Consent/Additional Services

Hwb is the bilingual digital learning platform developed by the Welsh Government for all state schools in Wales. Every learner and teacher is provided with a login to Hwb in order to access the statutory online personalised assessments. There are many other free additional services offered through Hwb which can be used in school and at home, including Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook email), Google G Suite for Education, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Just2easy, Flipgrid, Minecraft: Education Edition and other relevant educational tools and resources.

In order for your child to access these additional services, consent is required and will remain in place whilst your child attends any state school in Wales, unless consent is withdrawn.

Please click on the link to view the online consent form [link] which provides further information about the implications of giving and withdrawing consent.  Please complete and submit the form as soon as possible as without consent your child cannot use any Hwb additional services at home or in school.

Alternatively if you would like a paper copy of the Consent form please do not hesitate to come in to the school office to pick one up. 

 Please note this will not affect the children’s current use of the HWB and any work currently saved, as this is for additional services and applications.

Please click on the link below.


Spelling Shed League Table

In order to promote the use of Spelling Shed, we have decided to introduce a new Spelling Shed League Table board.  Every Friday, the pupils who have the highest scores on Spelling Shed in the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 will have their names written on the board.  The classes will also be ordered according to their Spelling Shed scores.  Spelling Shed is a fantastic resource for raising pupils’ spelling ability so please encourage your children to use it as much as possible.

Cars on the school grounds

Please be aware that our school gates are now closed to all cars from 8.20 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. (after school clubs pick up time).  Parents, grandparents and carers are reminded that children coming to Breakfast Club in cars will not be allowed to enter the school grounds and must park outside.  Doors open for Breakfast Club at 8.30 a.m.  The side gates will be open for you to walk the children to and from the school, either to the main entrance or to the Junior entrance.  Similarly at the other end of the day, parents who pick up children from after school clubs are reminded that they must not drive into the school grounds and must park outside.  Please make sure that this information is passed onto the person who is picking up your child from the school. 

Can I please ask all parents and anyone dropping off or picking up children at the beginning or the end of the day to ensure that they park safely and appropriately in the area surrounding the school.  Emergency vehicles must have access to side roads and residents need access to their property at all times of the day.

I am sure you will appreciate that the safety of the children is paramount to us all and we would appreciate your cooperation in this matter.  

Finally, I would like to thank you all for supporting the school during this half term in so many ways. Your support is really appreciated. 

We all hope you have a restful (and warmer) half term break.

Kind regards,

Mrs Philippa Minto



Friday 18th October 2019

Thank you for all your responses to our Vision letter – your comments have been very encouraging for the school. 

With regard to the Breakfast Club responses I am sure the addition of this facility will benefit everybody.  Please rest assured that children will have plenty of time to eat their breakfast, we will make sure of this.  We decided to keep our Play Session from 8.00 a.m. as this does accommodate the needs of many parents but it does come at a cost for them.  Today we are sending out letters for you to specify the days you will be requiring to register your child for Breakfast Club.  Also, could I ask you to ensure that you notify Torfaen Catering of any allergies which may affect your child’s breakfast choice.

Parental Consultations

We are very much looking forward to meeting you all next week and showing you all the hard work your children have done this half term. We are sure you will be very proud of them all. There will be a Second Hand School Uniform Sale in our hall, during the parental consultation evenings. Various items will be on display, so please come and take a look. Any donations placed in our honesty box, would be warmly welcome.

Dinner Money

We would like to remind all parents that dinner monies must be brought into school in either a purse or an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name. 

Purses are available at the cost of 25p from the school office.

Also, recently we have had a significant number of foreign coins sent in to pay for school dinners.  These will be sent home and a slip issued for repayment.  We are now unable to take old £1.00 coins – these will need to be taken directly to your own bank.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Attendance this week

Reception     88.42%

Year 1             90.00%

Year 2            95.20%

Year 3            91.11%

Year 4            96.67%

Year 5            98.71%

Year 6            99.35%

With half term looming let’s hope this rain subsides and we can have some sunshine for a change!

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Philippa Minto

Friday 11th October

Today we will be sending home two letters with the children for your consideration.  One is about a new Vision for Henllys Church in Wales School and the other is about a new Breakfast Club. We would be grateful if you could return your views as soon as possible.

Shwmae Shwmae Day

Thank you for all your kind donations for our Shwmae celebrations.  The children have enjoyed the day with lots of cake being eaten!  Our Welsh competitions and karaoke have been extremely popular.  Thank you for supporting the school and raising £264.15 which will be used to increase our Welsh resources around the school.

Harvest Eucharist

It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents and carers at our Harvest Eucharist last Monday.  The Eastern Valley Foodbank came to collect your donations in the afternoon – they were really impressed by the amount and said it would go a long way to contribute to their appeal for help in Torfaen.  Thank you so much.

Dinner Money

Can we remind all parents that dinner money coming into school must be in either a school purse or an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name.  Our catering staff would really appreciate your cooperation in this.

Advance Dates

Monday 4th November   Friends of Henllys Disco 

Infants 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

KS2       4.15 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Thursday 7th November

7 a side Urdd Football at Cwmbran Stadium

Year 2 Coffee Afternoon 2.00 p.m. in the school hall.  Please come along and enjoy some time with the class.

Friday 15th November

Children in Need Day – more details to follow

Year 1 Coffee Afternoon

Thursday 21st November

Urdd Swimming Gala – more details to follow

Friday 22nd November

Year 3 Class Assembly

Attendance this week

Reception     96.84%

Year 1             97.30%

Year 2       **100.00%**

Year 3            97.41%

Year 4           99.33%

Year 5           99.35%

Year 6          98.06%

 Di iawn Year 2 for winning Coco the Bear this week.

Have a restful weekend (hopefully with some better weather)

Kind regards

Mrs Philippa Minto

Friday 4th October

Flu Spray Immunisations

Our ‘flu spray’ day was very successful with 81% of children taking up the offer of immunisation.  This was an increase of 6% on last year.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you for all your kind donations for our Macmillan Coffee morning last Friday.  We had so much cake in school!!!  The amount raised was £235.60 which was an increase of £53 on last year.  Well done everyone and a special note of thanks to Mr. Barton for organising the event.


Last week the One Stop Shop came along to the school to photograph the presentation of a cheque to the Friends of Henllys School for £952.54.  This money will be used in the provision of outdoor equipment.  Our thanks to the FHS (PTA) for supporting the school in so many ways.


Representatives from the NSPCC came along on Wednesday to deliver an assembly and workshops for all the children. 

Harvest Eucharist

We would like to welcome all parents, grandparents and carers to celebrate with us in our Harvest Eucharist in the school hall at 9.15 a.m. on Monday 7th October. 

Donations for the harvest will be passed on to the Eastern Valley Foodbank at Pontnewynydd who are part of the Trussell Trust’s food bank network, which distributed 1.6 million three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis in 2018/2019, a 19% increase on the previous year.  Sadly, this figure is not expected to reduce significantly any time soon.  By working together with the community they are tackling poverty and transforming lives here in Torfaen.

Shwmae Shwmae Day

On Friday 11th October we will be celebrating Shwmae Shwmae.  This will be a non uniform day for the children.  They are invited to wear red, white and green or Welsh themed shirts for a donation of £1.00p.  There will be lots to do on the day with  cakes on a Welsh theme being on sale for 50p.  Any cake donations would be most appreciated.

Intake 2020

Application forms will be going out in November for all those who have registered on our list.  These will need to be returned to the school by the last Friday in January 2020.  Please ensure that a Birth Certificate accompanies the application form.
Please contact the school office if you know anyone who has forgotten to register their name or would like to apply for a place in the school for September 2020. 

Sporting News

Our football teams attended a tournament at Cwmbran Stadium on Thursday of this week.  The A Team lost on penalties in the quarter finals with the B Team playing all the other A Teams.  Both our teams played really well and we are very proud of them.  Well done and thank you for representing our school.

Our Rugby players will be attending a  tournament on Thursday 17th October.  More details will follow next week.

Coffee Afternoon

On Thursday 17th October our Reception Class will be holding a coffee afternoon at 2.00 p.m. in the school hall.  Parents, grandparents and carers are most welcome to come along and enjoy some time with their little ones.

Remembrance Day

As part of our Remembrance Day we would like the pupils to join us in making a display of poppies in the school grounds.  If possible could you all supply your child with a 2″ cut off from the base of a plastic bottle.  Also we would ask that a hole is drilled in the middle of the base (dowel size).  The children will then decorate the base and assemble the poppies in school.  Our commemoration will take place on Monday 11th November.

Advance Dates for the Diary

Monday 21st October            Parents’ Consultations

Tuesday 22nd October         Parents’ Consultations

Wednesday 23rd October    Parents’ Consultations

Also on Wednesday 23rd October the photographer from Colorfoto will be in school to take our individual photographs for this academic year.

The last day of this half term will be Friday 25th October

Children will return to school on Monday 4th November

Attendance this week

Reception     97.37%

Year 1            97.83%

Year 2            97.83%

Year 3            96.67%

Year 4            99.31%

Year 5            99.35%

Year 6            96.45%

Da iawn Year 5 for winning Coco the Bear this week.

Have a good weekend

Kind regards

Mrs Philippa Minto


Nut Allergies
Just a reminder that due to several children in the school having a nut allergy, we have asked all parents not to send in any product that may contain nuts in lunchboxes.
As a school we do encourage healthy eating and to safeguard all children we would discourage bringing Nutella, peanut butter, nuts and any nut content cereal bars. Thank you.

School times
A reminder that children should arrive at school from 8.50 a.m. for registration at 9.00 a.m. when the outside doors are locked. Children arriving after 9.00 a.m. must be brought through the main entrance and signed into the building by a parent/carer. They will then be taken to their class by a member of staff.

Early Bird Sessions
Torfaen Play and Short Breaks Service is working in partnership with the school to deliver a series of Play and Activities sessions. The sessions take place daily from 8.00 a.m. in the morning until school begins.
There will be an initial daily charge of £2.50 per child. Please note that this amount may be reduced if good numbers attend.
If you are interested in your child attending please collect a form from the office and return it with your child on the first session they attend. Please note that no food will be consumed within the sessions and the activities delivered will be focussed on play and positive wellbeing.
Please don’t send your child with money to the session. Torfaen Play will invoice you at the end of each half term/term.

P.E. Kits
All P.E. kits should now be in school so that children can participate in lessons throughout the week. The school uniform for P.E. is plain black shorts and a house colour t-shirt.

Dogs on School Grounds
This is a reminder to all parents that dogs are not allowed on the school grounds at any time for health and safety reasons. Please be aware of the notices from Torfaen County Borough Council barring dogs from school premises. The only exception to this rule is blind dogs in training, where the trainer has already obtained permission to enter the grounds as part of a training programme.

A reminder to all parents and carers that, for health and safety reasons, there is no parking in the school grounds. Please make sure that the person who is picking up your child is aware of this too. The gates to the school are now closed during the day and we will be monitoring registration numbers of cars who come onto school grounds to drop off children. In addition we ask that parents do not use the school gate area for pulling in and dropping off children. This area has double yellow lines and parking is not allowed.

In addition to the above could we remind all parents that they must park responsibly in the surrounding neighbourhood outside the school grounds. Recently, we have had several complaints from local residents who are concerned about cars being parked on both sides of the road which could hinder emergency access into the local courts should there be an ambulance or fire engine needed.

Friday 27th September 2019


All pupils will be having a flu spray immunisation on Thursday 3rd October. Please can you ensure that all permission letters are returned to school by Tuesday 1st October at the latest. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FORMS NEED TO BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT GIVE PERMISSION FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE THE SPRAY.


Reception   98.98%

Year 1   96.26%

Year 2   97.10%

Year 3   97.07%

Year 4   98.47%

Year 5   97.13%

Year 6   94.98%

Da iawn Reception once again for winning Coco the Bear this week.


Letters have been sent out today with information regarding a special assembly that the N.S.P.C.C. are delivering to all pupils on Wednesday 2nd October.

MacMillan Coffee Morning:

Thank you (diolch yn fawr) so much for all the delicious cakes you sent into school today for our special coffee morning. The children were spoilt for choice. We will let you know how much money we raised in total once we have added it all up.

Finally, let’s hope the weather gets a little better but more importantly, let’s hope for a good result in the Wales versus Australia rugby game on Sunday. Come on Wales!

Kind regards,

Mrs. Philippa Minto