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Friday 10th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a lovely week it’s been! Although the weather has been a bit unsettled, that hasn’t meant the children have had to stay indoors.  For those of you at home we hope you have managed to enjoy your gardens and local surroundings when possible and of course that you are staying safe and well.

School Reports

We hope you have enjoyed reading your child’s school report.  All reports have been given/posted out this week along with a parental questionnaire.


Your views really matter to us so please return your parental questionnaire next week.


Please send your child in with a big bag next week so that we can return all their end of year school books.  Could we also ask that any school reading books are returned to school next week. 

Home Learning

Next week’s activities will be posted on Sunday night/Monday morning but we have set less formal home learning tasks.  Instead there is a list of some lovely activities that you can encourage your child to complete at home.  Don’t forget to upload photographs/work to dojo to share with your child’s teacher(s).

Year 6 Leavers

We have decided to invite all our Year 6 leavers into school on Friday afternoon (17th July) for a socially distanced picnic. 

We wanted to make their last day ever at Henllys as special as possible.  This has been a lovely year group with so many different characters and we will miss them.  For all of them September will bring a new experience at High School and we felt that it was important for them have some happy memories of Henllys to take forward with them.



It has undoubtedly been the most unusual three months, but we are back and looking to be as normal as we are allowed to be!  I hope you are all well and keeping safe.  We are hoping that September will bring a better picture for schools and we are all looking forward to welcoming the children back – we really miss them!   In the meantime I wanted to update you on a couple of things.

School Reports

Next week the children who are attending school will be bringing home their school reports.  We will be posting out the reports for children who are unable to attend.  Also included in the envelopes for Year 4 will be the refunds/payments for the Urdd Sleepover trip which we were unable to complete due to the lockdown.  Thank you for your patience.

Parental Questionnaire

In addition, we will be sending out a Parental Questionnaire for you to give your thoughts on the school’s performance and your views about home learning. We would like these to be returned to the school by the end of this term. The results of these questionnaires will be used to help us plan for September and beyond. Thank you.

Training Days

Please note that the Welsh Government has permitted 6 training days for the next Academic Year.  They will be :-

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Wednesday 2nd September  2020

Monday 4th January 2021

Thursday 6th May 2021

Monday 19th July 2021

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Thank you for all your support during this challenging time.  We have really appreciated your support in home schooling and teachers have been impressed with the work produced by the children under difficult circumstances.  It has certainly been a learning curve for us all!

Kind regards

Mrs Philippa Minto


Friday 3rd April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, we hope that you are all well and staying safe in such difficult times. Most of you have been in regular contact via dojo and we would like to say a HUGE thank you to you and all the children who have sent us some amazing work over the past two weeks. We have been very impressed with your efforts and have loved the videos, photographs and other work that you have been posting. We hope that you have enjoyed all the activities too. As we stated in the home learning packs, we are giving all of you (and us) a break over the Easter holidays. Communication via dojo will begin again on Monday 20th April.

Governors’ Annual Report to Parents 2018-19

This will be uploaded to the Parent’s Area of the website over the next few days. If you require a hard copy of the report, please call into the school office when school reopens.

School Trips/Visits

Following guidelines from the Local Authority, all school trips and visits have been cancelled up until the 31st December 2020. Sadly this affects Gilwern and the Urdd sleepover. All parents will receive a refund of any money that has been paid to date, but this may take some time. Your patience with this would be greatly appreciated.

Blenheim Road Hub

Emergency childcare provision for all key workers is continuing over the weekends and Easter holidays. Please note that this should be a last resort for childcare, as your children are safer at home.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very peaceful and safe Easter. We are really missing all the children and hope that things will get back to normal in the not too distant future. In the meantime, stay safe pawb and take good care of yourselves and your families.

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 engin

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