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 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!
New Rules To Follow
Since our return to school in September we have enjoyed being back together, learning and growing with our friends. We have lots of new rules to follow to keep each other safe but School is very happy and settled. Please take a look at our Twitter feed @GwenfoCWPrimary for pictures of some of our school activities. Thank you to our whole community for your smiles, kind words and letters of support. It really does mean so much in these uncertain times.
Both Cardiff and the Vale remain areas of local lockdown and we are so thankful for all that our families are doing to keep each other and us safe. In school we remain in our year group bubbles and follow strict guidelines to ensure this. Please help us by replicating this in the community. We are aware of a number of incidences of anti-social behaviour within the village which have been reported to local Headteachers. We urge anyone to phone 101 to log incidences of bad behaviour and have requested that our local PCSO can patrol past the park. We have also reported our concerns to the Community Council. The park is currently one of the few places that families can meet outdoors and it saddens me to see a small number of children spoiling it for everyone.
How to make a journey stick
Have you ever made a journey stick when you are out for a walk? It is a fun way of remembering what you have seen and where you have been. Aboriginal people in Australia used journey sticks to more easily recount their journeys to other people upon their return. They found a large walking stick, collected materials found along the way, and tied them to the stick in chronological order. Native Americans also decorated sticks to recount their journeys and tell about their travels.
You will need a stick that is about 30cm long and quite thick, some coloured wool and a pair of scissors.
As you go out for your walk collect things that you see, such as a feather or a leaf. Each time you find a new treasure use the wool to tie it to your stick. When you get home see if you can use your journey stick to tell someone about your walk
Celebrating Saint David’s Day
We celebrated Saint David’s Day with a wonderful Eisteddfod. It was a day of celebrating super competi-tion entries, including home projects – thank you to all for your wonderful efforts. Greaves were the overall winners and Maddie Coles in Year 6 was crowned as The Bard.
Our choir excelled when they sang at a Barnardo’s Concert in Saint David’s Hall in Cardiff. We really were incredibly proud of them all. A massive well done and thank you also to Mrs Jones, who provides so much musical talent and inspiration.
We were extremely fortunate to have had a visit from the Welsh rugby player, Justin Tipuric. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 enjoyed the opportunity to ask him lots of questions.
Well done to our netballers who played in a tournament at Cadoxton and won all 5 of their matches! Well done to Amelia and Maliah who were awarded Players of the Match. Thanks really must go to Mrs Plevey for her time commitment to our netballers – it is hugely appreciated!
Cardiff Museum Visit
Years 5 and 6 visited Cardiff Museum where they en-joyed viewing the art exhibits and also taking part in a sculpture workshop. They were a real credit to school.
Barry and District News visited school last week; keep an eye out in the local news for photographs of our children happily engaging in a variety of activities.
In Gwenfo school their choir will be going to sing at saint Barnardos church on Monday 2nd of march. Go see Gwenfo school sing it’s worth it and Gwenfo choir has improved massively this month.
On March the 4th Gwenfo will celebrate saint David’s Day by wearing traditional Welsh clothes or red tops for the red dragon. Gwenfo school does competitions for best handwriting, best story, best art, best poetry and best drawing on a flag. Children are divided into houses Greaves, Whitehall, Ballas and Wrinstone. To see who can get the most house points. These houses are so competitive that the hall is like a rugby stadium it’s so loud in a competitive way. When a house wins, they go crazy and they feel happy for their team and their self.
We hope you all have a great half term from Gwenfo School.
Theo & Alex
Start of the Spring Term
Well it’s hard to believe that we are back in school! The Christmas holidays flashed by in a whizz! It was lovely to welcome our pupils back to school for the start of the Spring term. We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
The Spring term is always such a lovely and busy time in school.
In the next couple of weeks, we will be saying goodbye to our students, including six Canadians, who have been with us since the end of September. We wish them every success as they continue their training in different schools and also in their future careers.
Our school chickens have now officially retired! They have gone to join Sam Miller and his family to enjoy their retirement in peace and tranquillity! Thank you very much to Mr and Mrs Miller, Maisie and Sam.
Our value this half term is Perseverance. Vicar Jon led a super assembly last week, showed us his beautiful new stole (which he had for Christmas) and told an engaging action story, which the children loved.
Mrs Ford will be taking a group of children to a Modern Foreign languages conference in which they will be having taster sessions in French, Spanish, German and Mandarin! Tres bien Mrs Ford! Danke schoen!
On Friday, Staff took part in a Bake Off competition for Children In Need. Congratulations to Mr Bean, who came first and to the runner up, Mrs Ure. The children were able to buy the cakes to raise money for this excellent cause. Many thanks to our judges, Mr Sonny, Mrs Flynn, Mrs Hazelton and Nicola, our cook, who had the hard job of tasting all the cakes!!! Pupils also enjoyed wearing their own clothes for the day.
As part of anti-bullying week, last Tuesday, was ‘wear odd socks to school day’! Pupils in Years 5 and 6 also engaged in workshops run by Kidscape.
Parents and carers of prospective Nursery and Reception pupils were invited to an open morning or afternoon last week; they enjoyed a tour of the school with Miss Starke.
It’s this time of year again – the children and staff are busy rehearsing for their Christmas concerts! It is always a very busy and wonderful time of the year! If you pass school, you may well hear some lovely singing as the children practice for their performances.
We are very much looking forward to the run up to Christmas, with theatre trips and festive activities planned.
A Happy Christmas from all the staff and pupils.
First Half Term Completed!
We are finding it hard to believe that we have nearly completed our first half term! They say time flies when you are having fun and that is certainly true for us in school!
Our Reception class have settled beautifully into school life. They are busy learning to read key words and recognise sounds and numbers and we are so proud of them.
Year 1 are enjoying learning in their new classroom: their outdoor space is also completed, with a canopy for shade and shelter.
Year 5 led Worship; family and friends were invited and they enjoyed a super Harvest celebration.
To celebrate Harvest, all the children enjoyed sharing and eating delicious bread.
Year 6 led an information session on staying steady and avoiding falls – this was for the over 55 age bracket. Thank you Year 6.
As we approach half term, we will reflect on the past 8 weeks as a time of new beginnings, filled with exciting new challenges and fun times.
How to make washable chalk paint
You will need:
Mix the water and cornflour in equal parts (try 1/2 cup of each to begin with) then add food coloring until it reaches the color desired. It will dry lighter. You can use the paint on paper, chalk boards or even to paint on your patio – but remember to ask a grown up first!