Car Park Rules

Following a health and safety audit we need to reinforce the rules surrounding the use of the car park outside the school’s office. Vehicles should enter the car park with their hazard lights on and should travel no more than 5 miles an hour. Vehicles should reverse into the parking bays also. The car park is a no drive zone (except for taxis) between 8:30 and 9:15 and between 3:00 and 3:45. Please be reminded that no vehicles should be parked on the zig zags or yellow lines outside the school.

Summer Holiday Work

You might have noticed that the school has had a lot of improvements made to it over the summer holidays. Probably the most significant change was the nursery extension. This new learning space not only gives the nursery pupils more space but allows staff to enhance provision further. Please keep an eye out for all the new furniture and enhancements made to the environment over the next few weeks. The PTA were busy with the Quad SOS project and fitted a brand new window unit in readiness for a canopy to be installed in the reception quad which will make it a usable space come rain or shine. They also had a painting party and painted the whole quad! The PTA also kindly donated funds to reception to purchase wet weather gear for all the pupils to use. The junior side of the school was improved with artificial grass laid outside a number of classrooms and banking. More recently the fence alongside the foundation phase has been set back to accommodate a new sensory garden which we will be creating for pupils to enjoy and use.

Summer Shenanigans!

What a busy and eventful final term we had! We had to bid our lovely Year 6s a fond farewell and we wished them all the very best in their new schools. They celebrated their final year in Parkland in style – visiting London and getting to do many different ‘touristy’ things like visit the Natural History Museum, Tower of London, London Eye and Tower Bridge. They also took a boat trip down the Thames and delighted in seeing Matilda the Musical. Other events of particular note were:

  • the orchestra playing beautifully to a packed crowd in the Grand Theatre.
  • the year 6s showing great stamina and determination when climbing Pen Y Fan
  • our Digital Heroes visiting the Sony Center and getting to grips with Raspberry Pi
  • our choir performing to a brilliant standard in the National Eisteddfod
  • Mal Pope visiting and watching year 3 and 4s perform a dance (inspired by mining) to his music from his new musical Calon Lan
  • every class raising money for the school through their entrepreneurship theme ‘You’re Hired’
  • a gloriously sunny summer fete with a whole host of activities – a HUGE thank you to the PTA for their continued support
  • the London Conchord Ensemble visited and wowed all the pupils and staff
  • year 4s working with pupils in Olchfa creating fair trade recipes as part of an entrepreneurship project

The summer was ended in style with every member of our school, from nursery to reception, performing in the Brangwyn Hall. Each year group performed their own number alongside the school’s orchestra and choir. It was an unforgettable night and thank you to all the parents, guardians and other family members who supported the school. A huge congratulations to the pupils who performed amazingly and did the school very proud indeed.

Urdd Regionals

What a brilliantly successful day we had at the Urdd’s regional competition on Saturday. I was super proud of both entries who performed to an exceptionally high standard – Anastasia came third for her poetry recitation and the choir came first! They will join Sully during May half term and compete in the National Eisteddfod – good luck all! A big thank you must go to the parents for taking their children to Port Talbot on Saturday and especially to Mrs Davies and Mrs Norbury too.

Cylch Eisteddfod

Yesterday a number of our pupils competed in the cylch Eisteddfod. The school was brilliantly represented by all those involved and there were many success. Malena came 3rd in the solo singing competition, the choir came 1st and for the boys recitation; Taran came 3rd, Sam cam 2nd and Sully came 1st! Well done to all those involved it was wonderful to see yet more talents on show. Thanks to all the staff for their hard work behind the scenes too.

Residential Visits

Both year 4 and 5 have been on residential visits this half term to Llangranog and Margam Park respectively. I hear from the pupils and staff that they all thoroughly enjoyed and learnt lots of new skills. The children were very well behaved whilst away and were great ambassadors for our school. I was also reliably informed that the weather was good for most of their time away.

Big Art Sale

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended Year 2’s Big Art Sale. It was lovely to see how many turned up to make a donation for year 2’s chosen charities – WWF and the Size of Wales. We also used the opportunity to share a Welsh poem and all the work that we had completed in the lead up to this event. Look out for further information about how much we raised altogether.

Welsh Week

Following on from St David’s Day the children continued to learn about Wales’ heritage during Welsh Week. During this time the pupils learnt traditional stories, investigated national emblems, appraised music written by Welsh composers and there was even a smell of cawl and Welsh cakes in the air! We all really enjoyed.

Shwmae Day

Even more Welsh has been going on last week with Shwmae Day! During the morning event Criw Cymraeg shared useful Welsh apps with the guests as well as running a range of competitions. Learn Welsh Swansea Bay shared information on Welsh courses and our school’s orchestra and choir thrilled us all with their performances. Our guests also enjoyed rain forest alliance refreshments and a biscuit or too all served in ‘compostable’ cups. Thank you to all those who were able to attend and support the school.

Eisteddfod and St David’s Day

The pupils had a wonderful time during our school’s Eisteddfod back before half term. The standards seen across the competitions were staggering! What talented pupils we have in our school. It was fantastic to see such a mixture of talents on display from singing, playing instruments, art and design, photography, performing, dancing and many, many more. The best dressed leek competition was as strong as ever with many creative and funny entries. Criw Cymraeg led the events brilliantly and were a credit to the school. It was also fantastic to see all the other pupils reveling in the success of their peers. What a proud member of staff I was! A big thank you to all those involved namely Criw Cymraeg, Mrs Norbury, Mr Jeffereies, Mr Mayhew, Miss Longman, Mr Davies and, of course, Mrs Davies.