Many thanks for your understanding this morning with our unexpected closure.
The engineer is here now to fix the fire alarm and is hoping that he will be able to complete the work in time to open on Monday.
Teaching staff have put work online, either via google classroom or seesaw for today. If you are having difficulty viewing the work, please contact your class teacher via seesaw for advice.
Due to a failure of our Fire Alarm System, Ysgol Maesglas is closed today. I will update you when i have more information.
As you know, the children all had their photographs taken this Monday. It was, as always, a busy day! Tempest have updated their systems so that we no longer act as middlemen and take payments and orders. Instead they have taken the email addresses we have on record for parents and have emailed codes out directly to parents. This system, of course, relies heavily on parents email addresses being current. Can I ask, if you have not had the link from Tempest to view and order your photos, that you check any old email addresses you may have used and your spam folders. If you are still unable to find the Tempest link, please contact the office on 01352711497 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org so that the office can then update Tempest with the correct address (and update our records at the same time). Can I politely request you do not contact Julie at Family Support or the Class teachers to arrange this as the office will have the ability to sort the problem and other staff will not. Many thanks for your understanding with this.
We can't quite believe it is the end of the half term and when we get back it will be November!!! It has been a difficult term, trying to adjust to a different new normal and trying to settle children into a change of routines but we are glad to say things are looking up!.
So far this term, we have been able to return to the dining hall for lunch for most pupils (though KS2 are still having packed lunches in class and we stagger the lunch times so we have fewer children mixing in the hall than we normally would), we have also starting mixing the children within the parallel classes, we have had visitors in to deliver workshops and sports training, Father Dominic has been in to deliver some assemblies for the parallel classes and we are planning ahead for a reintroduction of inter-school sports fixtures, Young Voices choir event and residential trips for Year 5&6 in the Spring Term.
We have also been able to celebrate Harvest and thanks again for your kind donation. Pupil progress reports are being sent out this evening, you will have chance to discuss anything that is written on the report, should you wish to, when we have our virtual check ins via video or phone on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th November.
It has been a very long term and both the children and the staff are very tired and deserving of a break. Seesaw has been a wonderful way for us to keep in touch with parents, especially during lockdown, but can I politely remind you that when staff are on a school holiday, they are not able to respond to your messages as they are being asked, by myself and the governing body, to switch off notifications. So please do not get cross or offended if you do not hear a response to anything you send after the close of school today. Any issues and concerns will be picked up once we are back in school.
In the event of you needing to contact someone at school in an emergency, you can do so by direct messaging me on the school twitter account or by email to email@example.com, but also please be aware I will not be checking emails everyday.
We hope you have a lovely half term and look forward to seeing everyone back in on Monday November 1st
October 21st - Harvest celebration - videos released at 10am via seesaw. Donations gratefully received for the church food collection.
October 22nd - Last day of the half term - Autumn Progress Reports will be sent out
November 1st - Start back (not a training day)
November 9th/10th - Parents' Evening/ Virtual check-ins by phone or Teams calls for those who wish to discuss the progress reports
November 12th - Nasal Flu Vaccines for children who have returned forms
November 15th - Tempest School Photographer (We will not be able to invite non-school attending siblings in, but individual and school age family photos will be taken)
November 19th - Children in Need - Sporty own clothes, donations will be collected at the gate
November 29th - School Police Liaison Officer in for years 1, 3 and 5
December 15th - Christmas Lunch TBC
December 16th - After School Christmas Fun Evening 3.15-5.15 (Fund Raising event £5 per child [Family ticket £10 for 2 or more children], Crafts, Film, Snack, Visit from FC, all done within year groups to limit mixing), This is to replace our usual Christmas disco and grotto fund raiser.
December 20th - Christmas Party Afternoon (party food option for lunch if your child is school dinners)
December 21st - Panto and Christmas Jumper day (£1 donation to help pay for the Panto.
December 22nd - Last Day of Term
January 10th - First day of Spring Term (Jan 6th and 7th are Training days - children are not in school)
You will notice we are trying to return to business as usual as much as we can. We have been advised however, that we are still not to plan events that involve large gatherings of adults. For that reason we will not be staging a Christmas Concert. We have plans however to film the pupils and share a virtual concert with you in the last week of term (dates to be confirmed).
Dear Parents and Carers
As we come to the end of a long and tiring half term we would like to say thanks again for all your help keeping our children and our community safe.
We have been able to introduce some visitors and events into the school since we all got back together including visits from the school liaison officer, visitors to discuss topics and we were able to have an Outdoor and Adventurous Activity day for our Year 5 and 6 pupils, which did not quite make up for not having a residential visit, but went some way towards it. We have also welcomed Street Dance and Cheer Leading coaches into school virtually. We have been able to celebrate Red Nose day, have a virtual visit with our Erasmus Twin school in Romania and celebrate Easter with a special virtual assembly with Father Dominic form Holy Trinity. Our Agents for Change have been meeting with children in schools in America and China and are working on joint environmental projects along with all of Year 5 and 6. And we have been able to secure some funding to expand our Forest Schools provision so that all pupils Y1-6 will have had Forest School sessions at some point this year. I think you will agree that in spite of all the restrictions, we have been creative in finding ways to make the school experience the best it can be for the children.
Looking forward to next half term, we are trying to keep things as ‘normal’ as possible. We currently still have to work within the guidance on bubbles, maintaining separate start, break, lunch and finish times. We would expect updated guidance in the next few weeks and will inform you if we are able to make any changes.
Normally during the summer term, we would have a Sports Day – whilst we will not be inviting parents along, we will have a week when the children will do Sports Day activities within their groups and we will have a presentation class by class. Also during the summer term, we would normally have a week when we talk about Relationships, and for our 5/6 pupils, puberty. We will also do this next term in the week commencing 21st June (a leaflet detailing our plan and resources we will use will be sent out via Seesaw prior to this taking place). We also have a money week planned for the week commencing 14th June.
With regard to Year 6, we have been told that most of the transition with high schools will be done virtually, rather than have taster days as we might usually do. However we will be welcoming visiting teachers from some of the high schools in to meet with their new pupils in a socially distanced way.
We are unlikely to be able to have a Leaver’s Service with full attendance with parents and grandparents etc, but we will do something to mark their moving on from us, whether it is a virtual service or a video.
Equally we usually have a celebration of some sort to mark their leaving and the end of the school year for all, and again we are awaiting updated guidance to see how we can arrange this.
Other notable dates for your diary are
Start date – Monday June 7th
Reports out- Friday July 2nd
Parent/teacher phone calls-video calls to be arranged week commencing Monday July 5th
Last day of term –Friday July 16th
First day of new school year – Thursday September 2nd (1st is a training day)
Again, it has been a long term for the children (and staff!) as they are settling back into the routine of daily school, getting up early and getting on with things, but the children (and again, the staff) have been amazing and have adapted so well to all the changes we have made. Some of these changes have been so successful we would like to keep them as we move into the next school year. Please be on the lookout for a link to a questionnaire in the first week back as we seek your opinions on matters such as coming into school dressed ready for PE, Outdoor Education and virtual rather than face to face parent/teacher meetings etc.
And before I go, Mrs Hiller is restocking her sensory walk – if you have any pebbles, slate or bark left over from a garden project you are doing this bank holiday, she would be very grateful for the donation. She would also really appreciate it if anyone goes to the seaside and collects some sea shells for her as they make a great crunch for her walk!
I hope you all have a lovely and restful half term and we can’t wait to see the children back with us for the final half.
Reminder. Closing date for Year 5 and 6 pupils to register for our SHEP programme this summer is this Friday. So far we have the following enrichment sessions booked:- Parkour Session, Forest Schools sessions, a mobile Planetarium, Samba Drumming and Circus Skills (more to follow). As well as daily sports sessions. Please let Julie know on the school mobile (07930499657) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As you will be aware we have been working with Laura at Deeside Community Trust to find courses that would help you and help your children too. We have come up with a project based in our Forest Schools area. Many of you will have seen how much your children are enjoying our Forest Schools sessions this year and we would love to continue with that as we move forward. To do so, we would like to make some improvements to the Forest School area including reinstating a willow arch, improving the garden area and general gardening work. Deeside Community Trust are preparing a course to be run at our school which will include developing skills such as gardening and working in the outdoors and will also include elements of helping children learn through play in the outdoors (great if you are planning to look for a job working with children, but also if you would just like some advice on how to help your child's development). We are also hoping the course will have a First Aid element within it too. In order for them to find funding, I need to know numbers of people who might be interested. The course will run for 5 weeks starting the week beginning June 7th (days to be confirmed) and will be roughly a half day a week. In the first instance can you email me at email@example.com (or message the school mobile number - Julie Reece 07930499657)by Wednesday 5th May to say that you would be interested in taking part . Once we have some numbers, we can firm up the plans and let you know the timetable. Thanks as always for your support. This course may give you a chance to develop some great skills, but it will also greatly benefit our pupils!
At the end of this current term, the term of office for one Parent Governor is at an end.
I am writing to ask for an expression of interest from any parent/carer of a pupil of Ysgol Maesglas who seeks to join the Governing Body.
Please email me with an expression of interest, in the first instance, by Monday 22nd March.
Once we have ascertained who is interested, we will arrange for the applicants to present their credentials to you and for a vote to take place.
School Meal Price Increase
We have just been informed Newydd, the school meals provider, are increasing the cost of school meals for all primary aged children to £2.30 a day effective from April 1st.
Now might be a good time to remind you that you may be eligible for Free School Meals (even if you choose not to claim them) and you can contact Julie Reece (Family Support Worker firstname.lastname@example.org) for help with claiming school meals.
Even if you choose not to take them and provide your own packed lunch instead, the school and therefore all the children, benefit financially if you have registered for them, so please consider doing so.
Mr Cass, Headteacher