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School News

21st April 2021

Dear Parent, Carer or Guardian,
It is great to be back in school for the summer term. School is feeling far more like normal for us now. The children
have settled back into the routines and are enjoying the learning experiences offered once again this term, the good
weather is also helping too. I’m hoping that during the summer term, we may be able to do more of the things we
enjoy in school such as trips and events. We shall wait for guidance and hopefully things may improve during this
period.

Key messages for keeping safe

Thank you for your continued support with adhering to the rules and in following the guidance. In particular following
the one way system, social distancing and the wearing of masks. Please continue to be vigilante with your practice as
we are constantly reminded that COVID19 has not gone away and that we have a duty to keep ourselves and others
safe.
It is vital that our children and parents continue to adhere to all rules under our tier of restrictions to enable the further
relaxing of the rules. These include:
 Not sending your child to school if they are feeling unwell even if they don’t have the main coronavirus
symptoms
 Keeping your distance in the school yard when dropping off and collecting your children
 Making sure that children are not mixing outside of school, including sleepovers or parties

Inset Days will be Monday 26th April, 2021, Monday 7th June, 2021 and Friday 16th July 2021.

Parent/carer meetings

We would usually have meetings with you to discuss your child’s progress around this time of the year. Due to the
ongoing restrictions and the fact we have been in regular contact with you during the closure, I have decided to
postpone these until May. Therefore the week starting Monday 17th May, is when we will be hosting “Parent
Consultations”. Over the past twelve months we have valued your input and support with regard to your
child/children’s learning. We feel that we will be in a position to share with you how your child has settled back into
school life but to also be able to discuss where we aim to be with your child/children in regards to targets and
progress. Your Child’s class Teacher will send out a letter to take part in a ‘virtual parents’ evening’ through Microsoft
Teams. There will be a help guide with the letter. Please read the letter, provide the email address you wish to use on
the form and install the Teams app on your device. If you are unable to use Teams then a phone call consultation will
take place.

Dates for the diary:

Below are lists of important dates for your diaries.
 12th April 2021 – First Day of Summer Term
 26
th April 2021 – Inset Day
 11
th May, 2021 – Transition morning visit for Year 6 to Cefn Saeson Comprehensive
(New School)
 Week of 17th May, 2021 – Parent Consultations
 31st May – 4th June 2021 – Half Term Week
 7th June 2021 – Inset Day
 15th July 2021 – Last Day for school pupils
 16th July 2021 – Inset Day
 16th July 2021 – Last Day of School Year
 2nd September 2021 – Start of new school Year.
NB dates will be added to this list as and when they are organised.

Free School Meals

Please be aware that Free School Meal payments have now stopped. The school is currently accumulating a large
amount of money owed for the school dinners. This needs to be payed and as such this is a gentle reminder to parents
to remind you that if your child is having a school dinner then this needs to be paid for. If you have still not set up a
‘Parentpay’ account and have any issues in doing so, please contact the school office so we can assist you.
Achievements Assembly and Pupil of the week award.

Last Friday I held a whole school assembly via Teams and re-introduced our Achievements assembly which we hold
every Friday morning. As from this week the children in each class will vote for their pupil of the week and staff
members will chose their pupil of the week. These will be displayed in the school corridor as stars near the school hall.
We are also looking for the children who receive the award to return home with a badge or certificate so that you can
also praise them. School Council are meeting to discuss the design of these stars as mine weren’t up to their
standards.

Neath and Port Talbot Message about School Attendance Video #1

School brings about so many opportunities for young people to gain experiences that will set them up for life.
Whether that’s following in the footsteps of Katherine Jenkins (Dwr-y-Felin) as a world famous Opera singer or Connor
Roberts (Llangatwg Community School) as an international sportsman, school is imperative to the development of all
young people, no matter what career path they decide to follow.

During the pandemic, we spoke with local students and some familiar faces to ask them a few questions about their
time in school. Find out more about how our Education Welfare Service can support parents who may be experiencing
difficulty in ensuring that their children attend school regularly: Here are links to the vidoe.
https://twitter.com/NPTCouncil/status/1384575092257136643
https://www.facebook.com/NeathPortTalbotCBC/posts/3932252730164803

And Finally….

We continue to be overwhelmed by all your good wishes and lovely comments. Suffice to say that the support from
our lovely families has helped us all to keep going during these unprecedented times. We really hope that we have
seen the last of school closures and we look forward to a sunny, happy summer term for everyone,
Rhys Harris
Headteacher