Fortnightly Newsletter


Fortnightly Newsletter - Friday 15th July 2016

Newyddion Licswm News

Friday 15th July 2016/Dydd Gwener 15fed Gorffennaf 2016

Give the best, expect the best. Rhoi’r gorau, disgwyl y gorau  Twitter @ysgollicswm


Training Days for staff – Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September


School Opens for pupils on Monday 5th September


As this is the last newsletter of this academic year we would like to say a thank you and good luck for the future to the following members of staff who will be leaving us at the end of this term.  Miss Helen Skinner, Teaching Assistant, Miss Lauren Fordwhalley, Support Worker, Mrs Katie Leach, MDSA, as she goes on maternity leave and Miss Alicia Tandy as she starts university.


We also say a big thank you to Mrs O’Neill.  Mrs O’Neill has been a dedicated member of staff who has given her all to the children of this school for many years.  We will all miss her but wish her every success in her new post, as Headteacher of Ysgol Y Foel in Cilcain.


Congratulations to Mrs Henri-Joy who yesterday was appointed, after interview with the governing body, as our new Assistant Headteacher.  We know she is really looking forward to her new role.


We have three new members of staff starting in September.  They are Miss K Cumston who will be teaching full time with year 2 & 3 class and Miss S Jones who will be teaching year 4, 5 & 6 class along with Mrs Howarth.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming these two young teachers with their enthusiasm and fresh new ideas.  We also welcome Ms Maxine Conn who will be the new Foundation Phase teaching assistant.   She has many years of experience in other schools and has done extended periods with us last spring.


Merit Shields

Congratulations to Louisa B in year 1 and Joshua F in year 4 for winning the Merit Shields this year.  This means they have earned the most merits in Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 for their hard work.  Well done on your achievements.


Most Improved Sportsperson

As a leaving present Mrs O’Neill has dedicated a shield to the school. She would like this to be awarded each year to the person who has shown the most improvement in sport over the academic year. This year she has chosen Cai Farrell to win the award for his improved rugby and running. Well done Cai.


Wednesday 20th – Toy Day

On the last day it is great fun to play with the children so if they would like to bring in games that they can play socially with their friends and teachers that would be lovely.


Summer Fair

The Summer Fair raised £633.00 for school funds.  A big thank you to you all for your support.   We would like to use some of it towards buying a projector for our school in Lesotho so they can use the computer we bought for them in the classroom and project the computer screen onto the wall.  This will revolutionise their teaching. We have already had a letter back form the pupils thanking us for the computer saying that other children are moving to their school now as their parents see it as ‘more technically civilised’.  It is a privilege to support a school in such a poor country.  We will use all the rest to buy replacement PE equipment and maths resources for our school and to reduce the cost of trips next year.


Letter from Governing Body – sent home tonight alongside newsletter


Breakfast Club

Following our recent letter regarding the viability of the fee paying Breakfast Club I am pleased to say that we have had enough positive responses to be able to continue to offer the earlier start time of 8.00am.

The charge for a full week is £5 or £1 per day if you wish to arrive between 8.00 and 8.15am. The charge for this first half term is - £35.00 for 35 school days – Monday 5th September to Friday 21st October.  Please send money in an envelope, clearly labelled with child’s name and days you wish to use the club and hand this to Mrs Lewis/Mrs Bellis on first entry.


Message from LAFS Club

LAFS is an independent club for children of Lixwm School. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for every booking. Booking forms are available from the club or from the school reception. Children must be collected by 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and by 5.00pm on a Friday. If your child is booked into LAFS but they end up being collected from school at 3.15pm could you please remember to pop into LAFS to inform us so we know that your child is safe and has been collected.  Late collection will incur a late night charge of £5 per quarter hour or part thereof to pay staff overtime.  Five minutes grace may be considered, dependant on circumstances and frequency. 


Foundation Phase Snack

Please can we ask that snack money is paid at the beginning of the term as it makes it difficult to provide a healthy snack for the children if payment is not made promptly.

This will be £10.50 for the half term Monday 5th September to Friday 21st October.  Please pay as soon as possible and label the envelope with your child’s name.  Please note that this includes Year 2.