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Headteacher’s Post 16th February 2018

February 16th

It’s been another busy week in school. We have continued our focus on the ‘Right to Learn’ and ‘Perseverance.’ Our wonderful pupils have persevered both inside and outside the classroom. Year 6 pupils didn’t let the rain stop them achieving during their cycling proficiency. Our cross country team took to the Elba to compete against schools from across Swansea. A superb effort! Our Year 5 netballers were a great example of perseverance during the cluster netball day and their attitude made us all proud.

Miss Horseman’s class assembly taught us all valuable lessons about the ‘Right to Learn’. The delivery, message and enjoyment achieved was fantastic! Diolch!

We have said goodbye to Mrs Melen this week as she begins her maternity leave. We all wish her a restful few weeks before the arrival of her little one. I have no doubt that Miss Morris and Mrs Mcdonnell will give their all for the children in her absence.

Finally I’d like to thank you all for your continued support during another half term and wish you a very happy and safe holiday. See you all on Tuesday February 27th! Diolch yn Fawr!

Headteacher’s Post December 22nd 2017

December 22nd
The Christmas Fayre raised nearly £700 this week. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. The FoW will meet with School Council in the new year to discuss which resources (in addition to the planned literacy and numeracy sheds) have become the new priorities.
Building on their performance at the community carol service earlier this month, our choir made everyone proud with their contribution to the community carol service at Sardis Chapel on Sunday night as well as to the opening of our Christmas Fayre on Monday. A very special celebration took place this Monday when we said a huge “thank you” to Mr Allan Rees for his phenomenal work as Chair of Governors for the past 30 years (well, almost 30 years!). The newly planted cherry blossom tree and the seating area around it will serve as an ongoing reminder of the difference his input has made for generations of learners here at Waunarlwydd.
Our end of term assembly this morning was enhanced by performances from our choir, as well as from our ukulele band and orchestra. Nearly 60 pupils celebrated 100% ATTENDANCE for this term, which is nearly 25% of our school – a phenomenal achievement, everyone!
All that’s left is for us to wish everyone Nadolig Llawen and a peaceful New Year, and to remind you that we restart on January 8th (no INSET day).

Headteacher’s Post December 15th 2017

December 15th
Thank you to everyone who supported us in our Christmas concert productions this week. Nursery performed “The Star Hunt”, Foundation Phase wowed us with their production of “Prickly Hay” and KS2 triumphed with their very special and incredibly rousing version of ‘Aladdin’. A big ‘thank you’ as well to our amazing staff who worked so hard to make sure the children enjoyed experiences they’ll never forget. Our pupils never fail to make us proud but we could never have managed this ambitious programme without your help and support as well.

Headteacher’s Post December 8th 2017

December 8th
Our digital leaders have a proud announcement to make:
“Recently we have been coding, and we entered the DVLA code challenge. Just last week they sent us an email telling us that we won… £400 worth of IT equipment for the school! We are very excited to see what we will spend it on. We are very proud. We have also been running something called ‘coding club’. This has helped a lot of younger students with their coding abilities. We hope to help even more in the future.”

Headteacher’s Post December 1st 2017

December 1st
 Well done to our choir who contributed to the ‘Welcome to Christmas’ event at the village community centre today. They sang beautifully!
Ysgol Fair Funding update: a launch event for this campaign is being held in Gowerton School (Cecil Road) on Thursday, January 11 2018 at 6pm. This is a parent-led campaign and so if you, like other parents across the country, are concerned about how the funding cuts are going to impact on your child over the next 10 years then please come along, join with them and find out what you can do to help….or alternatively, just come along to find out more.

Headteacher’s Post November 24th 2017

November 24th
Thank you again to all at St Barnabas who once again treated all our pupils to a wonderful introduction to Christmas through the ‘Christmas Experience’. Every single class were accommodated and our young learners (not to mention the grown ups) were totally enthralled.
Our football teams are enjoying a great start to their season. Following on from the success of both the girls’ and boys’ teams at the ‘Play Football’ tournament in October, they have played a number of matches with Llanrhidian this month and the girls’ team are looking forward to another tournament in January.
Thanks to those who have asked more about the ‘Ysgol Fair Funding’ information circulated last week. A number of you have asked about ways of helping the campaign progress and so we’ve uploaded to the panel on the right, a number of letter templates which you may find useful.

Headteacher’s Post November 17th 2017

November 17th

‘Ysgol Fair Funding’ is a parent-led campaign seeking to achieve the very best for our young learners. Education hasn’t been exempt from so called ‘austerity’ measures applied over the last few years. We have worked hard to try and protect our children from the impact of increasingly significant cuts to our funding, although the cuts have already resulted in, for instance, KS2 class sizes being larger than we would like, a year on year reduction in the numbers of support staff and the amount of resources we can make available. Unfortunately, the further funding cuts projected for the next three years will without doubt begin to impact on your children’s ‘once in a lifetime’ chance. If you are as concerned about this as we are, please join other parents from all over the UK in making your voice and opinion heard. The letter you will receive next week will help explain how you can do this but in the meantime feel free to find out more by clicking on these links and joining other parents and carers in the cause:!/schools

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Thanks to those who have asked more about the ‘Ysgol Fair Funding’ information circulated last week. A number of you have asked about ways of helping the campaign progress and so we’ve uploaded to the panel on the right, a number of letter templates which you may find useful.

Headteacher’s Post November 10th 2017

November 10th

Welcome back after what we hope has been a lovely half term break for everyone. This month’s core right is the ‘Right to be Safe’. We’re looking forward to exploring this right in lots of different contexts in the coming weeks. For instance,  our involvement next week in Anti-Bullying week as well as Parliament week is going to help us find out more not jut about how to stay safe / respect the rights of others to stay safe but how democracy helps us to stay safe too.
Rehearsals have begun for Christmas concerts. You should have received your letters explaining dates, roles, costume needs by now. If you have any queries, please give us call or pop into the office.