News For November

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Gwenfo School News For November


At Gwenfo we’re buzzing to be back for a very exciting half term. Preparations for Christmas are well underway with lots of fun planned.

This half term our value is Trust. We have been talking about what trust is, who we trust and how we can put our trust in God when we are finding things difficult.

Our November Action for Happiness is Exercise and the children are exploring the benefits of exercise and movement for making us feel happy.

Our Nursery and Reception classes are exploring their Sparkle and Shine topic. In Nursery the children have been busy learning all about exciting celebrations like Diwali, Bonfire Night, and will be learning the Christmas story. They had an exciting time holding sparklers for Bonfire Night. Reception have created an amazing party role play area and are learning all about celebrations like Diwali, Remembrance Day and birthdays. They invited some animal friends to a party with lots of decorations and party food.

Year 3 and 4 have a wonderful geography-based topic this half term called Misty Mountains, Winding Rivers. They have been learning to use an atlas to find out where some famous rivers are.

In Year 5 and 6 their topic is called Roses and Royals and is all about the Tudors. They have started by learning about Henry VII and are writing their own biographies. They have even mapped the route Henry VII took before the Battle of Bosworth.

Year 6 made a poppy wreath for Remembrance Day on which they wrote their wishes for the future. Some of Year 6’s wishes included an end to climate change, no more wars and an end to suffering across the world. The wreath was placed at the War Memorial at a special service on Remembrance Day. Huge thanks to Parry for leading the service and talking to the children about the significance and history of the memorial in Wenvoe.

 



 

Playgroup News And Events

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WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS


Oh my days, how time is flying! By the time you are reading this our Committee will be holding their Dickensian Fayre to raise much needed funds, in hope to improve our garden space. We hope that you will all pop along and support! Father Christmas will be there sipping his mulled wine – sorry, I meant cup of tea – alongside many stall holders who will be selling their wares. It’s sure to be a fun filled few hours. Doors open at 1pm. Please wear a face mask, unless of course you are exempt. You may remove your face mask when you are sitting down to eat and drink. Refreshments available.

Information on our Committee’s next fundraiser on 18th December, ‘Santa’s Fun Run’ is here and will also be on display at the Fayre. For more information contact Louise on 07912 781497.

We hope you can support the above two fundraising events to help raise much needed funds. Thank you on behalf of the Committee.

Our Playgroup is now full until September 2022. We have waiting lists for September 2022 and September 2023 started, so please don’t think it’s too early to put your child’s name down. Do it soon! Please email wenvoeplaygroup@btinternet.com as our waiting list is based on date of enquiry not where you live. If you would like to view some of our photos or find further information then please visit our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk where you will find everything you need to know.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that you all have a lovely time celebrating with family and loved ones this year

 

 



 

Gwenfo School News For July

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Gwenfo School News For July


Another wonderful busy month at Gwenfo. This month our Action for Happiness theme is Relating. We’ve had lovely assemblies thinking about how to connect with each other. Next month we’ll be talking about the importance of Exercising and taking care of our bodies.

Foundation Phase had a wonderful Superhero Day as part of their topic. It was lovely to see them all dressed up. They are learning about the power of good deeds and being kind. Reception watched the story of the Rainbow fish to help them with this.

Year 3 and 4 end the half term with their own Roman dress up day. They’ve been learning a Roman numerals song and writing diary entries as if they were Roman children. Year 3 and 4 also enjoyed a virtual music lesson with Rocksteady Music School. On Fridays Year 3 and 4 enjoy ‘My Day Friday’. They’ve created Disney characters, drawn Dinosaurs and learnt about Space!

Year 5 and 6 have been working hard creating Potion bottles out of clay and looking at the solubility of different substances. They’ve been looking at significant children’s authors such as Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl and creating story maps for their favourite Roald Dahl books.

As a school we celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 8th by wearing yellow and thinking about how to look after our and others mental health.

We’re extending a huge Gwenfo welcome to our new PGCE students who begin their first teaching placement with us. We’re delighted to have them and hope they enjoy their time here.

We had a bittersweet afternoon saying goodbye to Vicar Jon. Each class sang a hymn and as a school we sang ‘Goodbye Vicar Jon’ which Mrs. Jones very kindly wrote to mark the occasion. Vicar Jon will be very much missed at Gwenfo. We are all so grateful for everything he has done for us and we wish him well at his new parish. They are very lucky to have him.

 



 

Wenvoe Scouts Christmas Post

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WENVOE SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST


Sadly, the Scout Post has had to be cancelled again this year. We are sorry about the inconvenience to you all, as we know many of you use our Post both to support our Scout Group and to stay connected with friends during the festive season while spreading some cheer. Unfortunately, some parts of Cardiff and the Vale felt they could not commit to sorting and delivering the mail due to some ongoing Covid restrictions. Unless the area is covered fully the scheme is not viable. Plans are currently being developed to resume the Post in 2022.

Despite Covid, Wenvoe Scout Group has been holding meetings during the year. The Beavers and Cubs had regular meetings via Zoom and their leaders set them challenges, so they continued to earn badges. Thanks to the school allowing us to use their playground all the sections were able to meet outdoors in the summer term and September. They are now back to meeting in the Community Centre and even planning camping weekends. The Youth Associations governed how we resumed meetings with some ongoing restrictions, social distancing and mask wearing. Everything is risk assessed increasing the work of our wonderful volunteer leaders and helpers.

The Scout Post is our main source of income and we need your ongoing support, so as we wish you a wonderful Christmas, we hope you can support us by giving via this web page and naming Wenvoe Scouts. https://localgiving.org/appeal/Scoutpost2021/. I know some people do not like to use such websites so if you want to donate, please give us a cheque made payable to Wenvoe Scout Group and pop it in an envelope marked Scouts.co What’s On and leave it in the What’s On box in the Village shop or the library. You can gift aid the donation by adding a note saying the donation is gift aided to Wenvoe Scouts, stating you are a UK taxpayer, signing it and adding your name and address including post code.

Season Greetings

Jane Fenton-May, Chair Wenvoe Scout Group

 



 

Dickensian Fayre

 

DICKENSIAN FAYRE

Wenvoe Playgroup are organising a Dickensian Fayre at the Village Hall on Sunday 5th December, to raise funds for the playgroup. The fayre will feature Father Christmas and the Salvation Army Band. There will be stalls featuring local small businesses. So if you make cakes, crafts or sell produce we would love to have you there.


 

CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS FUN RUN FOR 2 7 YEAR OLDS

Wenvoe Playgroup are organising a Christmas Fun Run on Sunday 19th December in the village. All children between the above ages are welcome to enter. All will receive a tee shirt for taking part. If you would like to sponsor the event or help out on the day we would love to hear from you.

 

For information please contact Russell Godfrey info@russellgodfrey.co.uk or Tel: 07724827496 or Louise Williams louisewilliams28@hotmail.com

 

 



 

The Playgroup Continues

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The Playgroup continues to have very high numbers, with waiting lists open to September 2023. We have a waiting list for 2021 – 2022 which may see us full by January. Due to popularity, if you are thinking of coming to join the Playgroup in the next 2 years, it is never too early to email us. We need your child’s first name and date of birth to join our waiting lists.

We support children from the age of 2 years 4 months to 4 years 11months. We offer ‘Wrap around Care’ with the nursery and offer a breakfast club for those up to age 6 years, from 8am and onto school. For further information please email us

 

wenvoeplaygroup@btinternet.com

or view our website

www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk.

Please see our Statement of Purpose and Admission documents for hours and pricing.

The supports the Welsh Government’s Tax Free Childcare along with the 30 Hour FREE Childcare Offer. You will find links on our website to support information on the 30 Hour FREE Childcare offer. As a Registered Charity (not for profit), supported by a Voluntary Management Team, we act in the best interest of the community and our families.

Our Committee are busy arranging a Victorian Fayre (see page 11) and other fun events to raise some much needed funds for the little ones to enjoy the outside space in the Autumn/Winter weather.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who Volunteer to support the Playgroup, allowing us to continue operating as a Charity and especially thank all our friends in the community for supporting our fundraising and raffles. We really do appreciate all the support shown. Thank you.

 



 

Wonderful to Be Back

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It’s wonderful to be back together as a school after a lovely break.


The children are settling in well. Welcome back to all our children, and a special Gwenfo welcome to our new children and their families.

It’s been a busy start to term already. Year 4 are learning all about the outdoors with Forest Schools. They have been enjoying time in the mud and have been making potions, and exploring the outdoor space that Wenvoe has to offer. Year 6 will be working with Cardiff City Foundation for a PE session every week. They are looking forward to some fun team games.

We are delighted that Vicar Jon and Goldie continue to join us virtually for assembly.

This half term our value is Thankfulness. We have talked about the importance of saying thank you for the little things, like our adults waking us up for school or making our breakfast. As a school we are learning all about how to be happier with Action for Happiness. Our Key to Happier Living for this month is Giving. The children have been learning why it is important to do things for others and how this makes us feel good.

 



 

Journeying Into High School

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Journeying Into High School


We would like to wish our Year 6 pupils every happiness and success as they continue on their journey into high school. They recently had a super day together in the park, playing games together and enjoying hot dogs and ice cream. They also shared a lovely assembly, in which they reminisced about their memories at Gwenfo.

Last week, we had a special outdoor ‘Songs of Praise’ assembly for, Mrs Claire James, who will be retiring at the end of term. Each class sang a hymn for Mrs. James; it was a very beautiful and moving service. Mrs. James has taught in Gwenfo for over 25 years, with so many pupils benefiting from her dedication and commitment to providing the best possible opportunities and learning experiences for all. She has also been a wonderful colleague and we would all like to wish her all the very best for retirement, including spending precious time with her family and grandchildren.

Last week, staff and children alike dressed in Welsh colours to celebrate a very special Welsh week- good fun was had by all. Thanks must go to Mrs. Crouch for her very hard work in the organisation of it.

We would like to say a very big thankyou to the Cubs and their leaders who came and weeded the school grounds this week. It is hugely appreciated.

Many Year 6 children completed a shortened version of their cycling proficiency with all pupils passing their Level 1 award. Year 2 have also taken part in kerbcraft sessions, in which they learnt how to cross the roads safely.

We cannot believe we have come to the end of the academic year! The time has simply flown! We would like to say a heartfelt thankyou to our pupils and their families for their wonderful support during the challenges of this past year.

Wishing you all a very happy summer with hopefully lots of sunshine

 



 

Gwenfo News Again!

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GWENFO SCHOOL NEWS FOR JULY


It is lovely to be writing our school news for the Gwenfo News again!

What a year, but through it all, we have continued to thrive and flourish as a team and learning community.

During lockdown, our ICT skills grew immeasurably!!!

It was absolutely lovely to welcome the children back to school when they returned during the Spring term; they all settled back in quickly and beautifully.

Time passes so quickly and it is hard to believe that we are now in our final half term before the summer break. Although things still look very different in school with regards to social distancing and keeping in our bubbles, we have many lovely activities planned, including theatre workshops and Gwenfo Book Day.

We look forward to keeping you updated with our news.

Best wishes from all of us at Gwenfo Primary!

 



 

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