Mr Bates’ Blog – October 2016
Here’s my update this month….
For some strange reason (I suspect Mrs Rowlands!) we have had a countdown to Christmas on the staffroom planner ever since we came back in September. We are now down to 67 days (nine weeks on Sunday!) and the Christmas plays have been ordered! It seems to start earlier every year!
52 of the 58 Year 6s headed off with 6 staff a couple of weeks ago for the annual school residential. We tried Llangrannog last year but, on reflection, and after feedback from parents, we decided to head back to our local centre at Gilwern. It doesn’t offer the headline quad bikes and trampolines of West Wales, but it is a much more personal and friendly set up where we as staff are more involved with the children and, as a result, can get to know them better. A highlight for me was on the first day getting them all to the top of the Skirrid; the views were amazing, as it was a crystal clear day, and we could see clearly over Newport to the islands in the Bristol channel and beyond. I think that the children’s overall favourite was gorge walking; it always amazes me just how much fun can be generated from the simple things in life, like some rocks to scramble up and some running water to dip your head in! The children were fantastically behaved and a credit to their parents and the school.
Croesy News Flash!
This is the title of the brand new paper to soon hit the streets of Croesyceiliog! Sports, news, interviews, puzzles aplenty to keep you informed and entertained. Opening publishing date Friday 9th December. News team below:
What a committed bunch they are and I’m sure you’ll love the first read in December!
Wear it Pink
As a team, we will be supporting the breast cancer charity this coming Friday (21st Oct) by simply donning something pink and putting some money towards this good cause. I have noticed that a lot of the American footballers are supporting this during October, and if you would like to contribute, just send you child(ren) in with a pink outfit or badge / ribbon etc on Friday.
I’ve had no feedback on the idea that all the pupils that pass through the school should have certain ‘life’ experiences; perhaps going to a beach, flying a kite, going to a sporting fixture, climbing a mountain etc. Many of the children will experience many of these things already with their parents / carers and we’d really like to provide this for everyone. Good idea? If so, what would you include? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will start to progress this idea into a firm plan soon. Alternatively, join us in the staffroom at 5.00p.m on Wed 9th November to discuss this and any other school issues that you would like addressed or discussed at the Annual Parent Governor Meeting. You’re very welcome to come along!
If you want a copy of the School Improvement Plan, I will happily send it to you as an attachment. Likewise, any clever ideas for school improvement are always welcome.
Wow – what an amazing assembly this morning by Year 3! – thought-provoking (Somalia, food bank, rights of the child), fantastic speaking, acting and singing, amusing (Googlebox and anagram of Harvest!!) and, as for the ‘Rockenspiel’, truly fantastic! Well done all involved, particularly the Year 3 pupils! Thanks to Pema and Sainsbury’s and to all the parents that turned up helping to create a lovely inclusive atmosphere.
On a personal note…..
…I am mixing up my road cycling with mountain biking currently and dusted off my old nail of a bike (Trek circa 1999). I have been out a couple of times with my nephew Ted and son Ethan in the Wye Valley and to the ‘Bike Park Wales’ downhill set up in Merthyr. Both my son and Ted have new mountain bikes …… and there are only 67 days until Christmas….. Let’s hope Santa calls (but don’t tell the wife!).
All the best, and I hope you enjoy the half term break and remember, no school on the Monday 31st, so back on Tuesday 1st!
– SB (19/10/2016)