Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Arrangements for Friday 7th February 2014

There seems to have been some confusion regarding the arrangements for next Friday. It is a non-uniform day in support of nominated charity this term and subsequently pupils will be invited to donate a small amount of money to help this cause. In addition the Rhondda Leader photographer will be in school to take photographs for the St David's Day edition of the paper. If you wish you may either send your child in a red or Welsh costume or in normal clothes that's fine. I felt that it was more appropriate to combine the two occasions so that those pupils not wishing to dress up in Red would not feel left out. The donation for not wearing school uniform, as you know is, a way of publicising and raising awareness of the initiative. We will have a representative from the Book Bus in assembly on Friday to share this with the pupils. I hope this clarifies the situation.

Non uniform day to support the Book Bus initiative in Africa.

On Friday 7th February we are holding a non-uniform day to raise funds for a journey to Zambia to fund a volunteer on the book bus. The Book Bus was founded by publisher Tom Maschler with the aim of supplying books and making them accessible to children. In 2008 the Book Bus began delivering books to schools in Zambia and working with children to inspire them to read. Five years on and Girlguiding Cymru has opened reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi, Ecuador and India where over 5,000 children now have books that are relevant and accessible to read. Gelli Primary School has been asked to assist with this venture and we look forward to continuing the reading schemes in 2014 with the aim of reaching a further 10,000 children by 2015. School uniform will not be needed to be worn for the children on that day in return for a small donation to the appeal.