This week, we celebrated Careers Week. This event was taking place across all Ysgol Eirias feeder primary schools (Pen y Bryn, Cystennin, Llandrillo yn Rhos and Nant y Groes). In our school, it was organised by our Year 5 teacher, Mr Weigh and what a superb job, he did. There has been great enthusiasm from the pupils all week and most importantly lots of chatter about what they want to be when they grow up.
Throughout the week, we have been delighted to welcome a host of parents, grandparents, friends of the school, friends of friends and many others, who have come in to talk to all classes about their job. For each session, the children have been preparing questions and have completed a wide variety of work related activities. At the same time, all classes have been learning the essentials about managing money, in an age-appropriate manner.
The week culminated with children invited to come in dressed for the career they hope to have when they were older. (I’m not so sure it’s the greatest news that several members of staff came dressed for alternative careers!)
A massive thank you to Mr Weigh and the staff for their hard work in organising this event. And an even bigger thank you to everyone who gave up their valuable time to come in and inspire our children to think about the jobs they would like to do. This week many children may have taken the first step towards a happy and fulfilling career.
Mr J Wilkinson
CAFOD Community Walk
This is what community looks like.
On Saturday we came together for a Lent walk to raise money for CAFOD. The event was organised by Miss Copp, with the support of Governors, PTA and Parish.
It was attended by children, staff, parents, grandparents, parishioners, our Parish Priest, members of the PTA, School Governors, babies and dogs.
I’m coming together, our community raised over £500 to help CAFOD support other, less fortunate communities, overseas.
A slight error in diary planning meant Comic Relief, Science Week and a Family Sharing Assembly collided. The result? Wacky Science Hair Assembly Day. It was busy.
The day featured a wide range of exciting Science activities, with pupils rotating around various classrooms (more pictures to follow). Our staff were joined by Science staff from Ysgol Eirias and Mr O’Kelly, a school Governor and retired surgeon, in planning and delivering learning to celebrate National Science Week.
Of course there was also a variety of interesting hairstyles and wigs on display (pupils and staff), as we celebrated Wacky Hair Day for Comic Relief. Thank you for all your donations - we will let you know how much was raised asap.
Finally, in the afternoon, we opened our doors (eventually) for a first Family Sharing Assembly since before CoVID struck. There were queues around the corner to see each class share a small part of their week’s learning. The highlights (as is often the case) were the sheer joy on so many pupil and parent faces plus the confidence of our young people (big and small) to perform in front of an audience. Thank you to all who joined us and to the PTA for refreshments afterwards. If pupil voice says ‘yes’, we’ll have another one very soon!
So, we might not have planned to pack so much into one day, but it certainly felt worthwhile at 3.30pm. A big thank you, tonight, to a rather tired staff team.
Mr J Wilkinson
Food, Glorious Food
Last Thursday was ‘International School Meals Day’. It is sometimes easy to forget how fortunate we are to have such lovely meals, cooked for our children, by a great team. Also, to appreciate that, by September, all children in Welsh primary schools will receive these meals for free. As you as parents/carers will know full well, it’s not always easy to persuade our children to eat a wide variety of foods and to clear their plates but the kitchen staff and lunchtime supervisors work really hard to encourage pupils to eat well.
Continuing the cookery theme, next Tuesday ‘Can Cook, Well Fed’ will be starting a series of slow cooking workshops with a group of parents. We are delighted to participate in this initiative and hope it is a great success.
For anyone struggling to put meals on the table, St Joseph’s Church continues to offer their ‘Food Hub’ on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 12.30pm, or by appointment (email email@example.com). Donations of food, Slow Cookers, electric blankets and hot water bottles are gratefully accepted.
Finally, why not help cut food waste by visiting the ‘Zero Waste Fridge’ in St Joseph’s Community Centre on Thursdays (11am-12.30pm) and Fridays (9.30am-12 noon)?
…..and a cup of tea too!
There was so much going on this week, it was hard to keep up.
On Wednesday we celebrated Dydd Gwyl Dewi with Eisteddfodau for Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 plus Year 5 and 6 joined the Annual Colwyn Bay St David’s Day Parade and service in St Paul’s. The day was full of beautiful singing, poetry recitals, dawnsio gwerin, Welsh themed activities in class and handwriting and art competitions. We were joined, at the Eisteddfodau, by many parents in the morning and afternoon who, beforehand enjoyed a cup of tea, chat and a chance to view children’s work.
On Friday we celebrated World Book Day. There were lots of wonderful costumes, including probably the best staff entries for many years! Children were read stories by different teachers from across the school and completed a range of reading activities during the day. Foundation Phase pupils visited the Reading Cafe and were joined by parents and grandparents. This was a brand new event, this year, organised by Mrs Roberts. With the shared books there was, once again, the chance of a cup of tea and chat.
The week ended with our assembly, where we were joined by School Governors, Mr Mulholland and Mr MacClean. They presented certificates to all who entered our ‘Reading in Unusual Places Photo Competition’ as well as Book Tokens for the winners and runners up.
It was certainly a busy week. We hope you and your children enjoyed it as much as we did. I’m off to put the kettle on.