Thursday, March 20, 2008
The children listed below have achieved special recognition from their teachers for outstanding contributions to school life through the term. Well done all - Llongyfarchiadau bawb.
Nursery and Reception - Miss Mathias and Mrs. Davies wish to nominate the whole class for excellent work all term and in particular the Easter bonnets made for the parade.
Joel Evans and Emmie Jones - for their hard work every day, always listening first time and completing their work.
Lucy Thomas for showing improvement in her reading, spelling and number work.
Ryan Griffiths for showing improvement in his reading and spelling work.
Kadie Lane - for being kind and helpful.
Jordan Gammon - for always giving 100% effort.
Gabriel Adams - for excellent work, behaviour and attendance.
Keeley Ward - for excellent behaviour and attitude in school.
Callum Rooke - for trying his best in all subjects especially science and always being cheerful.
Shauna Edwards - for being a hard working member of Year 5, always finishing her work neatly.
Jessica Davies - for being an excellent role model who gives 100% in all activities.
Carwyn Edwards - for making excellent progress in his assessments.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
After a long day of evidence gathering and interviews the staff of Gelli Primary were informed that they had maintained their Investor in People status.
The Investors in People Standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their people
Employees in organisations that have achieved the Standard see benefits such as: a good working environment; recognition and development; pride in being part of a successful organisation; good quality training when required; improved job satisfaction; better communication; skill and career development opportunities; increased responsibility and involvement and health and safety gains.
We in Gelli Primary School believe that to ensure the best quality teaching and learning for our children we should invest in the development of all our staff. Thank you to Mrs. Cheryl Gill Jones, our assessor for undertaking her task so professionally and assisting the staff in presenting the evidence to her. Additional thanks must go to Mrs Arlene Wilcox for the advice given in preparation for the review. Well done staff, Llongyfarchiadau.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Many of those children who filled in forms in November have enjoyed the experience but what about the rest of you?
To register just call into the admin office and ask Mrs. Thomas for a form.
Please can you make sure that each child completes a form to registrer.
Remember that once you are five years old you can register and attend breakfast club. What a wonderful birthday present. Come and celebrate.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Staff at Gelli Primary School nominate two pupils who have contibuted "that little bit extra" during the previous week.
This Friday Mr. Jones announced the award winners and the children were presented with their stickers by Mrs. Lee in our whole school assembly.
Laila Rees - for making an excellent start to her new school
Jamie Davies - for working hard at his treasure map.
Rhydian Sparrow - for working hard on his number and shape work.
Poppy Smith - for improving her speaking and listening skills in our Teaching Talking group.
Libby Pritchard - for excellent reading and neat handwriting
Josh Wigley - for always listening and undertaking tasks given.
Keelan Davies - for helping Mrs. Lee with her laptop for the Smart board.
Catherine Mullins - for helping Mrs. Lee in class all week.
Miss Carly was attending a football tournament and will make her nominations soon.
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Tommy-Lee Gough - for always completing his work on time.
Stephanie Exell - for excellent behaviour and attitude to work.
Jack Jones and Holly Jones for working really well together in ICT by sharing their laptop.
Josef Macey - for great improvements in all areas of his work
Caitlin Jones - for her enthusiasm in creating a new club.
Llongyfarchiadau bawb - Congratulations everybody.
The School Council and Mrs. Dyer have been busy working with the Canteen staff and representatives from Catering Direct to help us to review our school catering provision.
The children devised a questionnaire which was filled in by pupils. Once the responses were analysed, the Catering Direct staff are working with us to implement the actions. There is now greater choice given each day and children who visit the salad bar have choices of baguettes and jacket potatoes.
Easter Bonnet Parade
As part of our commitment to make Gelli Primary a healthier school, we are participating in a sponsored event for the British Heart Foundation. They have given us over £300 worth of skipping equipment and in return we have agreed to hold a sponsored event where a percentage of the money collected will be given as a donation to them. Sponsor forms will be circulated later this week. This event will take place on Monday 14th April so could we make sure that the children get as much sponsorship in over the holidays. This will be the only sponsored event that we will hold this year. Proceeds will go to buy additional equipment for the children to use in the yard at break times and lunchtimes. This is a cluster event where all schools feeding Treorchy Comprehensive School will take part to support the P.E. in School Sport initiative. More information will be provided on the letter accompanying the sponsor form
Meagn gave a beautifully crafted rendition of "Whistle down the wind" the title song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber box office hit from the West End. Megan has appeared in many lead roles during her time with us at Gelli Primary, most recently Gabriella in last summer's High School Musical production.
All 27 finalists gave wonderful performances and the judges had the most difficult of tasks to narrow them down to two winners. They all received a commemarative shield, a certificate, and a trip to the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End to see The Lion King.
We are very proud of their achievements not only in their performance last night but for being fantastic role models. Well done girls!
Look out for another article featuring the girl's thoughts on their experiences soon.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
On the menu is a bowl of cereal, toast and a cup of orange juice.
The year 5 and 6 boys were a little disappointed.
"Can we have a cooked breakfast?" asked one
Please will children arrive in school at eight o'clock. Breakfast is served until twenty five past eight.
After this time children can play board games quietly in the hall before returning to the yard in readiness for the bell.
Mrs. Alison Philip from Catering Direct said "I'm really excited that the children of Gelli Primary School can have a really healthy start to the day. I hope that more children take advantage of this initiative."
Thank you to Mrs. Philip and Catering Direct for their assistance in organising this.
Look out for more details of breakfast club activities on this blog.
Friday, March 7, 2008
For their preparations for St David's Day
All Key Stage One and Early Years.
Llongyfarchiadau i bawb.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I am delighted to tell you that Breakfast Club will begin on Monday. Those children who have filled in forms are requested to arrive in school by 8.00 a.m. and enter the school hall via the side entrance. My supervisors will be able to explain the routines to the children during this first week. As the children will remain in breakfast club until 8.45 please can I ask you to bring in any unwanted board games or other items that may keep them entertained after they have finished eating. Bulletins will be updated on the blog.
Thank you for your support for our concerts to celebrate St David's Day last week. Both concerts were very well attended and your generous donations will go to the school fund. I was very proud of the children's performances and would like to thank all the staff for their hard work in preparing the children. Diolch yn fawr!
Please can I thank parents in Early years and KS 1 for your response towards the trip last week. There was some confusion regarding the request for a voluntary contribution which I will need to clarify in a specific newsletter next term. I will outline the current school policy on charging for educational visits and inform you of some new guidelines that we have received from the Welsh Assembly Government regarding off site trips. I am sure that once this information has been communicated to you any misunderstandings will be avoided in the future.
A meeting of the Parents Association will take place at the Ton Pentre Football Club on Wednesday 19th March at 7.00 p.m. We need to discuss arrangements for the Summer Fate and beyond. Please will parents make every effort to support the PTA in their work by attending meetings. We always encourage our newer parents to join the association.
We are approaching the end of the Spring term which has flown this year due to the early Easter holiday. School will end on Thursday 20th March and children will be back in school on Wednesday 9th April. The staff will receive in service training on the 7th and 8th.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
World Book Day is celebrated at Gelli Primary School on Friday 6th March 2008
Children in Gelli Primary will celebrate World Book Day on Friday 6th March by undertaking literacy activities in class, dressing up as their favourite fictional character from a book, film or television series. There will also be a book swap. Look out for an article in our local newspaper and another post on this site.