Oystermouth Primary School
10th February 2015
Since half-term is almost upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to bring you up to date with what has been happening in the school so far this term.
You may have heard on the news that all schools in Wales have been placed in a category determined by the standards and leadership within the school. The category is determined after an extensive examination by a Challenge Advisor of data, the School’s Development Plan and its Self- Evaluation documentation. In addition, the Challenge Advisor examined children’s books and work, spoke to staff and pupils, as well as to Governors. As a result of this intensive scrutiny, the school has been placed in the ‘Green’ category, the highest level achievable and the only primary school in this area to be thus categorised.
Some of our School Council members visited Mayals School recently in order to participate in a ‘Democracy Week’, organised by Mumbles Community Council. The children had to think of two ideas which would improve life in Mumbles and present these to School Council Members, Community Councillors and other guests. The children worked very hard on their presentations and delivered them superbly. After all the schools had given their presentations they were voted on, and I’m very pleased to tell you that, our pupils’ ‘Adopt an Older Person Scheme’ was the clear victor. Well done to Iggy Roche who came up with the excellent idea, and to the members of the School Council who delivered the idea so well to their audience.
The school will be holding a ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ between 23rd Feb. and 8th March. Members of the School Council will be selling Fairtrade items after school. A ‘Fairtrade Forum’ will be held in the school on Thursday, 5th March commencing at 4.00 p.m. You can find out about Fair Trade status, meet people who deliver Fairtrade workshops and assemblies and try some fair trade samples.
As part of the school’s ‘Safer Routes to School Week’, Dr. Bike, a FREE bike mechanic will be visiting the school on Wednesday, 11th February. If you need any general repairs or just a safety check, bring your bike to school. Bikes should not be ridden within the school grounds, should be left in the area behind the Gym and should be labelled with your child’s name and class, please.
Can I also ask you as parents to work with us with regards to the head lice problem that we have in school? Of late, texts have been sent out as this is seen as possibly the quickest way of alerting parents to the problem since letters home are sometimes lost. If you can check your child’s head on the day that you receive the text the whole school population will be done at the same time and, hopefully we will be able to eradicate the problem.
School starts back on Monday, February 23rd and our Eisteddfod celebrating St. David’s Day will take place on Monday, 2nd March.
The school will no longer be selling school uniform direct to parents. Our supplier has asked parents to contact www.bergoni.co.uk if you need to purchase sweatshirts, polo shirts and hoodies. Book bags will still be available to purchase in school.
Mr Eifion Wynne