HCIW Latest News

Friday 15th January 2021:

Dear Parents/Carers,
Our staff have been very impressed with all the work that has been submitted this week. The children (and you!) are working very hard at home so please keep up the excellent work. You are doing a great job and we understand how difficult things can get trying to balance homelearning with working from home etc. You can only do so much so please do not worry if you haven’t completed all the work that has been set – just do what you can!

Blended Learning:
At Henllys, we are trying to provide a blended approach to learning. This means that we are using a range of different approaches such as:
1) Face-to-face time with learners in the hub.
2) Online learning in the form of live lessons or wellbeing ‘check ins’ and recorded lessons/videos.
3) Using resources such as textbooks and other physical resources to work through at home.
Teachers are also available on dojo to provide feedback to pupils on the work that has been uploaded to dojo portfolio and to answer any queries or questions you may have regarding the work that has been set.

For some parents we may be providing too much work and for others it may not be enough. We are also acutely aware of the fact that everyone’s work patterns are different and live lessons/wellbeing ‘check ins’ may not be at a convenient time for everyone. We are trying to ensure that pupils are not sat in front of a computer for too long either. In essence, we are striking a balance for all our learners and parents. Your feedback is really important to us and I know that our teaching staff have really valued all the positive comments and messages that they have received. Please continue to communicate with us to let us know how we are doing and what improvements we can make and we will try our very best to accommodate them.

Digitally Excluded Learners:
Every family should have access to a digital device and wifi at home e.g. iPad, laptop, chrome book, tablet etc. If your child has not got access to a digital device and wifi at home, please let us know as soon as possible, Also please contact us if you are having any technical problems and we will help in any way possible.

Hub Provision:
Pupils attending our hub have also been working hard and completing their homelearning tasks too – da iawn plant. Packed lunches will be needed for at least Monday and Tuesday next week and I will update you all on Monday as to what is happening with catering on Wednesday. Please don’t forget that Breakfast Club starts at 8:30 am.

Enjoy the weekend pawb and please stay safe.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto
 

Friday 8th January 2021:

Dear Parents/Carers,
You will no doubt have heard that schools in Wales are now not opening to all pupils on Monday 18th January. The Welsh Government have stated that schools will stay closed to most pupils until February half term unless there is a “significant” fall in Covid cases. This is due to be reviewed on the 29th January.
Whilst we are very disappointed that we will not be able to welcome all pupils back to school as planned, we fully understand the role that school communities have to take to ensure that the risks of catching Covid within local areas are significantly reduced.

Homelearning:
All pupils will have received homelearning via dojo this week and we really hope that you are finding the work enjoyable, meaningful and manageable. If you are experiencing ANY difficulties at all or have any technical issues, please contact us at the earliest opportunity so that we can help and support you. Your children will also have been offered a wellbeing virtual ‘check in’ with their class teachers. Please remember that we cannot invite your child to take part in these sessions unless you have copied and pasted the agreement to his/her teacher via dojo. The agreement was posted on dojo on the 4th January. Our staff really value these sessions and love catching up with all their pupils – I am sure that the pupils really enjoy them too!
From Monday 12th January, you will receive daily homelearning activities for four days of the week. Our teachers are all on a rota to work with pupils in our hubs for one day per week and I am sure you appreciate it would be very difficult to provide homelearning, comment on it and return it to pupils when they are supervising pupils in school. Your child’s class teacher will let you know which day they are working in the hub and not providing homelearning in due course. We are always looking to improve our homelearning and will be trying out different approaches next week, so watch this space!

Hub Provision:
If your child is coming into school next week, you will have received a letter explaining the arrangements. If you have any further queries, please contact me directly.

I hope that we are all able to stay safe during yet another challenging and difficult period. The roll out of the vaccine certainly gives us hope that things can start getting back to normal in the not too distant future. Your children may not be in school but we will do everything we can to keep in contact with them and let them know that we really care about them and are missing them all.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Monday 4th January 2021:
Dear Parents/Carers,
Welcome back everyone – I hope you are looking forward to the Spring Term.
Your child’s class teacher will be uploading homelearning to dojo every day this week. We hope that your children enjoy the tasks/activities that are set. Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need technical support or if you are unable to access the resources.
You will also be sent a link inviting your child to attend a wellbeing ‘check in’ this week. Please note that we can only invite your child to this meeting if you have copied and pasted the following agreement to his/her class teacher:

I………………………..…. give permission for …………..…………… to participate in Video Conferencing wellbeing ‘check ins’ with fellow class members and members of staff. I can confirm that I have read the guidance above with my child and that during the duration of the Video Conferencing session/lesson a parent/guardian will be present at all times.

Signed: …………………………………….(Please type your name) Date…………………….
Relationship to child: ………………………………..…….

Thank you very much for your continued support in ensuring that your child is able to complete his/her homelearning and upload it to dojo. Our staff are very keen to comment on all the work that is submitted, as well as ‘checking in’ with all their pupils via a video conference.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 18th December 2020:

Dear Parents/Carers,
Due to the rising number of cases in Torfaen, the Welsh Government and Local Authority have made the decision to adopt a phased return to school in January. Here are the new arrangements for pupils returning to Henllys in January 2021.

Monday 4th January – INSET day (staff training on the new curriculum).

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th January – Distance/blended learning at home.

Thursday 7th January & Friday 8th January – School open for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers (including school staff).

Monday 11th January – All pupils return to school.

We are sorry that this enforced change is short notice but with the uncertainty over what impact Christmas may have over transmission levels a degree of flexibility needed to be built in to the start of next term.

If you are a critical worker and need your child/children to return to school on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January, please message me via dojo as soon as possible – diolch yn fawr.

In order for your child to take part in any video-conferencing/live lessons during the first week back in January, you must copy and paste the final paragraph of the Blended Learning VC agreement letter that was posted on dojo to all parents on Tuesday 10th November. Please send it to your child’s class teacher via a dojo message.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via dojo.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 4th December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
It was so lovely to see all the pupils dressed up as elves or in Christmas themed costumes today. They all looked absolutely amazing and brought in lots of Christmas spirit and sparkle! We have raised a massive £174.00 for the Alzheimer’s Society and £163.70 for our Friends of Henllys PTA. Da iawn pawb and diolch yn fawr once again for all your support. We really are charity champions!

Year 6:
Unfortunately, our all Year 6 pupils have to self-isolate until Friday 18th December. We sincerely hope that they all stay healthy and well and will be providing them with lots of home learning over the next two weeks. Please note that this does not affect any other year groups.

Tree Planting:
We have nearly finished all our tree planting. In total we will have planted 130 trees –
15 Field Maples
15 Alders
30 Silver Birches
40 Hazel trees
15 Crab Apple trees
15 Rowan/Mountain Ashes

It will be so lovely to see them grow over the next few years. Thank you so much to Chris Partridge from the Local Nature Reserve for sourcing the trees and to Tree Appeal for their generous donation.

End of Term:
There has been some speculation about bringing forward the end of term by a week. I can confirm that the Local Authority has decided NOT to bring the end of term forward, so we will be finishing on Friday 18th December as planned.

Enjoy a rest over the weekend and wrap up warm as it is going to be a cold one.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 27th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
Well it’s beginning to feel a little more like Christmas here at Henllys (and it is not just due to the cold weather). Our Christmas decorations are starting to go up, advent calendars have been sent out and we are busy practising for our end of term services and foundation phase concert. We also have Elf Day next Friday which we are all looking forward to. Please read the poster above for further details. Da iawn Harry in Year 4 for the super design too!

Christmas Cards:
The children are more than welcome to bring in Christmas cards for their class mates this year. All cards will be placed in special boxes in each of the classes and handed out ‘en masse’ on Wednesday 16th December. Please note that the last date for Christmas cards to be brought in to school will be Friday 11th December.

Pokemon Cards/Toys:
We have noticed that some children are bringing cards and small toys into school. Please can you stop your children bringing them in. Not only are they causing arguments between pupils, but they are also a health concern in this current climate. Diolch yn fawr for your cooperation.

Parking:
It has been brought to my attention that cars have been pulling in or parking opposite the islands outside the school. This is a dangerous place to park as it means that cars have to go on the opposite side of the road to pass by. Please show consideration for others and always pull up or park in a safe place.

Canteen Cashless System:
We have been asked to send out more debt letters to chase up the payment of school dinners. Please can you ensure that your payments are up to date at the end of each week – thank you.

National Tree Week:
Year 3 were busy planting trees around our Forest Schools area today. We have planted 20 trees so far and have another 80 to plant. All other classes will have the opportunity to plant trees next week which is National Tree Week. Your class teachers will let you know which day this will be on Monday.

Children in Need:
A huge thank you to everyone for your donations on Children in Need Day. The school raised a huge £166.55 in total. Da iawn pawb.

Enjoy the weekend everyone. Wrap up warm and enjoy doing some Christmas shopping. I would like to say enjoy the rugby too!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 20th November 2020
Dear Parents/Carers,
The pupils have produced some excellent work this week with regards to anti-bullying. We have also had some very good discussions about the importance of e-safety and accepting that we are all different and unique (typified by Odd Socks Day on Monday). I also delivered special N.S.P.C.C. assemblies highlighting how important it is for all children to ‘Speak Out’ and ‘Stay Safe’.

Colorfoto Photographs:
We have managed to book Colorfoto photography to come into school on Tuesday 24th November to take individual photographs of all the pupils. Unfortunately, they will not be able to take family photographs this year, as bubbles cannot be mixed in school. Please can all pupils wear full winter school uniform on this day – they will all look very smart I’m sure! All photographs will need to be ordered online and the company have assured me that they will be ready in time for Christmas. The details about how to order your prints etc. will be sent home with your child on Tuesday.

Governing Body:
The governors have written their Annual Report to Parents for 2019/20. You can find a copy this site. If you require a printed, hard copy please contact us and we will print one off and send it home for you. The Governing Body has recently appointed Reverend Kerl as the Chair of Governors and Reverend Nick Perry as the Vice Chair of Governors. Welcome aboard Reverend Kerl!

Sex and Relationships Education:
I know that there has been some discussion about a new Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum and that some parents are concerned. I can assure you that S.R.E. at Henllys C.I.W. School is very age appropriate and focuses on healthy relationships, parts of the body and changes to the body (upper KS2 only). A full copy of our S.R.E. policy can be found in the policies section of this site.

Attendance:
We recently had attendance figures from the Local Authority and I am very pleased and proud to announce that Henllys currently has the highest attendance figure in the whole county (96.5%). Da iawn pawb! Let’s hope and pray that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy in the run up to Christmas.

National Tree Week:
We have nearly 100 trees being delivered next week in preparation for National Tree Week which commences on the 28th November. Keep an eye on dojo to see which day your children will be tree planting.

Have a lovely (if a little wet) weekend pawb and see you all on Monday morning.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 13th November 2020,
Dear Parents/Carers,
The children looked fantastic in their costumes today! We had a wide variety of outfits and it was a privilege to hear all their hope and dreams for the future. Diolch yn fawr for all the money you donated to Children in Need. What a fantastic cause! We will let you know how much money the school raised in due course.

We raised a massive £148.80 for Shwmae Su’mae Day which we will use to buy whole school Welsh resources. Thank you once again for your support.

Anti-Bullying/E-Safety Week:
Next week is Anti-Bullying and E-Safety week so the children will be doing a lot of activities around these very important topics. We are launching the week with ODD SOCKS DAY which is on Monday 16th November. All the children need to do is wear odd socks to school. It’s a great way to celebrate what makes us all unique in Anti-Bullying Week!

Dates for Christmas:
Wednesday 16th December – Christmas dinner day.
Thursday 17th December – Christmas party day
Friday 18th December – Special Christmas Services (in school)
The children are invited to wear their Christmas jumpers on Wednesday 16th December, their party clothes on Thursday 17th December and school uniform on Friday 18th December.

New Reception Intake:
We will be sending out letters to all prospective parents of children who are eligible to join our Reception class in September 2021 next week. We have also produced a virtual tour of the school which will also be available soon. Watch this space!

Have a wonderful weekend pawb. Let’s hope Wales perform better tonight! See you all on Monday morning.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 6th November 2020,

Dear Parents/Carers,
I drove through Henllys last night and was amazed by the splendid view of fireworks in the area. The children all seemed to enjoy them too and thankfully everyone stayed safe.

Friends of Henllys PTA:
We said a very sad goodbye to Mrs. Diana Turner (Chairperson) and Mrs. Sian Chantry (Secretary) who can no longer stay on the committee, as their children have moved onto secondary school. Both have worked tirelessly over the years, raising large amounts of money and we will always be so grateful for everything they have done for our school.
Thank you so much to all the parents who attended the virtual AGM meeting on Wednesday evening. I am very pleased to announce that the following committee members have been confirmed:

Chairperson: Mrs. Chantel Roberts
Secretary: Mr. Richard Barton
Treasurer: Mrs. Kate White

The PTA are already busy planning ideas for Christmas so watch this space!

Remembrance Service:
We will be holding special Remembrance Day Services in our classes this year. Year 6 are having a special visitor to their Remembrance Service – Bishop Cherry. We have been unable to sell poppies and the usual stationery in school so please can we ask you to encourage your children to all wear poppies to school on Wednesday 11th November. The children are also busy making poppies in school to display on the classroom windows. We will tweet photographs of them next week so please make sure you are following us on twitter:

@Henllys CIW or @MrsMintoHCIW or your class teacher’s twitter account.

Children in Need Day:
We will be taking part in our usual fundraising activities for Children in Need Day on Friday 13th November. This year is the 40th year celebration so we have decided to make the theme as follows:

What do you want to be in 40 years time? Pupils can dress up to represent their hopes and dreams for the future. Have we got any budding footballers, astronauts, doctors, dancers, pop stars, racing drivers or even superheroes? All we ask is that your children bring in at least £1 donation towards this great cause. The pupils will also be involved in cooking, drawing, playing games and other fun filled activities to mark this special day.

Christmas Celebrations:
We are busy sorting out dates and activities to replace our usual Christmas celebrations and will share these with you all in due course.

Enjoy the weekend pawb and see you all on Monday.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 23rd October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
Firstly, thank you to everyone who completed the parent questionnaires and provided feedback about the school. We really appreciated all your kind comments and positive messages. We also hope that you enjoyed seeing a sample of your children’s work from this half term. They have certainly been busy!

Attendance:
Overall, our attendance has been excellent with our daily attendance between 92% and 100% throughout this half-term. Da iawn pawb! Thank you also for letting us know why your child is unable to attend. It is really important that this communication continues after half-term.

Homework:
We feel that the children deserve a well-earned rest over half-term so we have not set any formal homework. However, we would really appreciate it if you would continue to:

1) Hear your child read on a daily basis or help them learn their phonics/high frequency words.
2) Read to your child regularly too.
3) Help them learn their spellings by logging into Spelling Shed.
4) Read and write numbers to 10 (Reception), 20 and 100 (Y1 & Y2).
5) Help them learn their times tables (KS2 only).

Harvest Service:
The children sat and listened beautifully to Reverend Kerl’s special Harvest Service yesterday – da iawn plant. We are also delighted with all your donations – thank you very much for your generosity, especially during this very difficult period.

School Uniform:
We switch to our winter school uniform after half-term, which is a shirt and tie for all pupils. Your child can still continue to wear their polo shorts or house t-shirts to school on their P.E. day.

Enjoy a lovely (if very rather limited) break over the half-term period and we welcome all pupils back to school on Wednesday 4th November.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

 
Friday 16th October 2020
Dear Parents/Carers,
It was lovely to see all the pupils dressed up for Shwmae Su’mae Day yesterday. Congratulations to the pupils who won awards and also thank you so much for all the money you sent in. We have had to leave it for 72 hours before we can count it but I will let you know the final amount next week.
 

Friends of Henllys PTA:
We are delighted to announce that the AGM for our PTA will be held virtually on Wednesday 4th November at 7:30 pm. We desperately need volunteers to support our PTA so PLEASE can we have as many parents as possible attend the AGM. All you need to do is send your e-mail address to Diana Turner at:

diturner@hotmail.co.uk

The PTA have raised SO much money over the years and funded books, ICT resources, outdoor resources and much more. We really need your help to fund other exciting projects in the future.

Pupil Questionnaires:
This week, we asked all the pupils in the school to complete a short questionnaire to gauge their thoughts and feeling about being back in school. Here are the whole school results:

97% of the pupils are happy in school.
93% feel that they are able to talk to a teacher if they are worried about anything.
92% feel that their friends follow our safety rules to help them stay safe in school.
98% understand what to do to keep themselves safe in school.
92% enjoy the addition of daily exercise in the school day.
79% feel that they learn outside the classroom more than last year.
90% enjoy using Dojo for home learning.
In total the children rated the school 4.4 out of 5.

As you can imagine, we are delighted with these results and relieved to hear that nearly all of our pupils feel happy and safe in school.

School Reports:
All school reports will be sent home on Monday 19th October. We hope that you find the reports useful and informative. Please read the letter that accompanies the report, as it explains what you can do if you have any further concerns about your child.

Cashless Catering Payment System:
We have been sent the first report regarding this from the Torfaen Catering team. Can you all please ensure that you are up to date with your payments for this half-term by Wednesday 21st October at the latest. We are trying to avoid having to send out any debt letters! Diolch yn fawr for your cooperation. Also please find attached the Winter Menu which comes into effect after half-term.

Menu AW ENGLISH PROOF Nov 2020

Harvest Service:
Please don’t forget to send in donations for our Virtual Harvest Service on Thursday 22nd October. We can also accept donations on Friday 23rd October too. We can accept tins and packaged food (as long as they are in date). All food will be collected and taken to a local food bank.
Have a fantastic weekend pawb.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

 

Friday 9th October 2020
Dear Parents/Carers,
We have had a lovely week this week, with many classes using the school grounds to its full extent. Reception made leaf crowns and spent the afternoon in our Forest Schools area, Year 1 planted a herb garden and Year 6 planted lots of daffodil bulbs on our banks. If you follow us on twitter, you will have seen all the lovely photographs. We have also tied rope to our new posts and created an outdoor adventure puzzle (see the photograph attached).

Shwmae Su’mae Day:
We will be celebrating this on Thursday 15th October. The children can come to school dressed in red, white and green or wear Welsh themed shirts. We ask for a donation of £1 which will be used to purchase Welsh resources for the school. Diolch yn fawr for your support.

Special Harvest Service:
As many of you might be aware, we usually host a special Harvest Eucharist this time of year. Unfortunately, this is not possible this year but Reverend Kerl will be doing a virtual Harvest service for the children at 2:15 pm on Thursday 22nd October. Please can we ask you to donate tinned or packaged food items and send them into school on the 22nd or 23rd October (and not before these dates). They will be left for 72 hours and then collected over half term and given to a local food bank. Thank you very much.

Parental Consultations:
Due to the current restrictions, we will not be able to host parental consultations this half-term unfortunately. Instead, we will be sending out written reports updating you as to how your child has settled back in school and how they are getting on in all the core areas. We hope that you find them useful and informative.

Dogs on Site:
Please note that due to health and safety concerns, no dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed on our site.

Enjoy the weekend pawb and see you all again on Monday. Stay safe and take care.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 2nd October 2020,

Dear Parents/Carers,
The week certainly didn’t end too well weather wise and I hope you didn’t get too wet picking your children up this afternoon. Let’s hope for better weather next week so that the children can get outdoors more.

Flu Immunisation:
The nurses from the NHS immunisation team were very impressed with the behaviour and maturity of all our children yesterday. Da iawn plant for being SO good and making such little fuss. We are proud of you all!

PTA Rags2Riches fundraiser:
Thank you so much for all your donations of clothes. We must have had over 40 bags altogether. In total we raised £69.60 which will go to the Friends of Henllys PTA. this money will be invaluable, as we continue to develop our outside areas.

Cashless Catering System:
We had a meeting today with Torfaen Catering to discuss the new cashless online payment system. We hope that you are finding it easy to use. They want us to let you know that you do not have to pay online everyday. You can add money to the account on a weekly basis if you prefer. If you have any queries about the system, please contact the school.

Seven Day Family Gratitude Challenges:
This has been sent to me by the HappySelf Journal Company so I thought I would share it with you all. With the local lockdown restrictions, families are going to be spending a lot of time together so I thought it might be a useful resource for you.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0139/8708/6394/files/HappySelf_Weekly_Challenge.pdf

Spelling Shed:
We have noticed that some of you are not logging onto spelling shed to access your child’s spellings each week. Please help your child at home to learn their weekly spellings. We have our league table up and running again, so watch out for the winners each week.

Enjoy the weekend pawb – stay safe and well. See you on Monday morning.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 25th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
The week seems to have flown past and the children have been very busy. I have seen some super work from all year groups, so keep up the good work plant!

Flu Immunisation:
All pupils are due to have the nasal spray flu immunisation on Thursday 1st October (next week). Please can you return all forms to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. The forms need to be returned even if you do NOT want your child to have the spray. Diolch yn fawr.

Behaviour:
Due to the current restrictions and the fact that contact groups or classes must be kept separate, we have had to temporarily revise our behaviour summary sheet. The children will still be rewarded for having a ‘Good to be Green’ week by taking part in Fun Time Friday, but the activities will be class based for the time being. Please read the attached document for further details of the changes.

Behaviour summary sheet Covid 2020

Homelearning:
I hope that you have all been able to upload your children’s homework to dojo portfolio this week. If you are having any IT issues, please contact your child’s class teacher. We are in the process of writing a Blended Learning Policy which will incorporate a mixture of face to face teaching and homelearning. The policy will outline what the school will do in the event of another lockdown or if any pupils or staff have to self-isolate for any reason. The policy will be shared with parents once it has been approved by our Governing Body.

Rags2Riches PTA Funding:
Prior to lockdown, the PTA had sent out details of a ‘Rags2Riches’ initiative where the school get money for collections of unwanted clothes. We received quite a few bags already but the deadline has been extended to Friday 2nd October. Please can you bring any donations to school on either the 1st or 2nd October and leave them by either the main gate or incline gate. The bags of clothes will need to be in plastic bags tied at the top (just in case it is raining). Diolch yn fawr for your continued support.

Lost Property:
We have already had quite a few lost items handed in which unfortunately have no names on. Please can you ensure that all school uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name so that we can return it to its rightful owner.

Have a lovely weekend pawb and enjoy spending time with your family and friends.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

Friday 18th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
We have taken full advantage of the lovely weather this week and the children have spent a lot of time outside. Key Stage 2 have been planting bulbs, sketching and taking nature photographs and our Foundation Phase have spent time in our new ‘Forest Schools’ area which was kindly funded by the PTA and built with the help of Chris Partridge and the Friends of Henllys LNR.

Homework:
All homework books have been sent out today. Inside you will find log in details for Hwb, Purple Mash, Spelling Shed and Oxford Owl. We ask you to keep a record of your child’s reading at the back of their homework books. All homework needs to be sent in via dojo.

Dates for the Term:
Usually at this time of year, we send home all the dates for the diary which include Eucharist Services, class assemblies, school trips etc. Unfortunately, we cannot schedule any of these at present but here are some of the important events and exciting activities we plan to carry out in school this term:

October 2020 – Black History Month
Thursday 1st October – Flu immunisation for all pupils
Tuesday 6th October to 1st December – Confirmation classes (Year 6)
Thursday 15th October – Shwmae Shwmae Day
Week beginning Monday 19th October – Parental feedback week (details tbc)
Monday 2nd November – INSET day
Tuesday 3rd November – INSET day
Wednesday 11th November – Remembrance Service (class based)
Week beginning Monday 16th November – Anti-bullying/E-safety Week
Friday 13th November – Children in Need Day
Week beginning Monday 7th December – Numeracy Week

Please note that our other INSET days are as follows: Monday 4th January, Thursday 6th May, Monday 19th July & Tuesday 20th July.

Friends of Henllys PTA:
We have an amazing PTA who work tirelessly to raise much needed funds for the school. Over the years they have funded:

New ICT equipment
Our Forest Schools area
Outdoor equipment
Buddy Benches
Play equipment
Sports equipment
Sports kit
Reading books
Library books and much more…

Unfortunately, many of the PTA members are unable to continue in their roles as their children no longer attend the school. This means that the PTA need willing volunteers to take over these key roles and also help run special events. They will be hosting a ‘virtual’ AGM shortly and we would be very grateful to ANY parents/grandparents who can attend the AGM and put themselves forward to help out in any way possible. I know that some of you have already contacted Diana Turner via Facebook but if there is anyone else interested in helping out, please contact the school or Diana Turner by e-mailing her at: diturner@hotmail.co.uk

Outdoor Play Equipment:
We are very lucky that we have some lovely outdoor play equipment which the pupils can use during break times and lunch times. Please can you ensure that the children stay off the equipment at the beginning and at the end of the day (especially the little ones) as we do not want anyone to get hurt. Thank you for your cooperation.

Enjoy the weekend pawb and I hope the sunshine continues. Stay safe and take care.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto

 Friday 11th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
It has been so lovely to have all the children back in school for their first full week in quite a while. A special mention must go to our Reception class who have completed a full week in school for the very first time – I am sure they will sleep tonight – da iawn plant!

Attendance and Covid-19:
If your child is not in school, you must let us know the reason for their absence. We have to keep an accurate record of attendance at all times. I have tweeted some very good advice from the Welsh Government regarding how and when to get your child tested. I have also tweeted really useful advice as to whether your child is showing the symptoms of Covid-19 or cold-like symptoms. Here are the links to both tweets:

https://twitter.com/wg_education/status/1303377633565118464?s=21

https://twitter.com/wg_education/status/1303287158812409856?s=21

Alternatively, please read the tweets on my twitter page which is as follows:

@MrsMintoHCIW

Breakfast Club:
You will all have seen the arrangements for Breakfast Club which recommences on Monday 14th September. A full risk assessment for the provision can be found in the Parents’ Area (Newsletters) section of our website. Please remember that anyone new to the club must fill in a registration form prior to attending. If you registered your child last year, you do not need to re-register him/her. Plensure that you are all socially distanced. Diolch yn fawr.

Homework/Reading Books:
Homework books will be sent home with all pupils next week. Because of the restrictions of Covid-19, we want all home learning to be uploaded to dojo in the same way as it was during lockdown. Homework will be set on dojo by the class teachers every Friday and it will need to be uploaded and evidenced in pupils’ portfolios by the following Wednesday. Class teachers will acknowledge receipt of the homework. In your child’s homework book there will be their log in details for Purple Mash, Hwb, Spelling Shed and Dojo Portfolio. Every week, the children will be encouraged to complete the following:
1) Spelling activities using Spelling Shed.
2) Online reading (further details to follow).
3) Reading tasks (which will be stuck in the back of the homework books).
4) Homework tasks linked to the curriculum.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
Unfortunately, we are unable to start any extra-curricular activities at present, as we have to keep all ‘contact groups’ separate.

Gardening Equipment:
We are trying to develop our garden area outside. Every week, a class will be responsible for weeding and tidying up an area or planting bulbs and flowers around the grounds. In order for all the children to take part, we need donations of gardening gloves and tools please e.g. trowels/forks. These will be stored in a central location and left for 72 hours before being used by another class. Any donations would be very gratefully received – diolch yn fawr.

Health Snacks at Breaktime:
We are in the process of trying to achieve our Healthy Schools Award (Phase 6). Here is a reminder of what is allowed as a healthy snack or drink:

Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables
Plain dried fruit e.g. raisins
Water
Milk
Sugar free squash (lunchtime only)

Please note that the following items seem healthy but have a high sugar content so are not allowed:

Fruit winders
Yoghurt coated raisins etc.
Cereal bars
Fruit juice

The weather looks good for the weekend and beyond so enjoy the sunshine pawb. See you all next week.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Philippa Minto