Fortnightly Newsletter


December Newsletter / Cylchlythyr Rhagfyr

Cylchlythyr Rhagfyr / December Newsletter

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


Dates for the diary

Wed & Thur 12th & 13th December – Christmas Play

Children are to come to school at 5.30pm (no earlier please) to get ready for the evening performance that will start at 6.00pm.  It would be helpful if the children could come dressed in something that is easy for them to take off and put back on, perhaps in a onesie.  Please make sure these are clearly named.  Please hand in your admission tickets as you take your seats.  Raffle numbers for the Christmas Hampers will also be sold on the door, at the cost of £1.00 a number.  If your child is in LAFS and would like to stay in school, you can pre-order tea (packed sandwiches) from Heather at the usual cost of £2.20.  Please send this request in to school in a clearly marked envelope with choice of sandwich filling. 

Christmas Hampers Raffle

Please sell and return all tickets/numbers for the Christmas Hamper Raffle by Wednesday morning.  The draw will take place on Thursday evening at the performance of play.  They really are lovely and well worth winning.

Tue 18th December - Christmas lunch – Reception to year 6

Christmas Dinner will be served for those who have pre-ordered one.  No other menu choices available, please bring in a packed lunch from home if you are not having Christmas Dinner.

Thur 20th December - Pantomime (Reception – Yr6)

We will leave school at 1.15pm and return at approximately 4.45pm.  All children will need to wear school uniform.  Heather will be serving party food at lunch time (£2.20).  Nursery children are to be picked up at 12.30pm if they are staying for the party food, otherwise normal finish time of 11.30am. (Please log on to School Gateway and pay £2.20 in the Dinner Money Request).

Friday 21st December – Last day of term – Toy Day

All children are welcome to bring one toy to play with.  Games to play in a group would be lovely.  No electronic toys please.  Please make sure all toys and accessories are named and children must be responsible for them. 

Tuesday 8th January – School re-opens


Please be considerate to our neighbours Mr & Mrs Abbott and not park in front of their house when collecting or dropping off pupils.

Also please don’t stop on the zig-zags as this is a very dangerous corner and parking there may cause a head-on collision.  We have had a few near misses over the years!!  Also you are very likely to lose a wing mirror to a tractor – we have lost a few of those!!



Miss Cumston / Mr Phillips

Year 2/3 parents have already had a letter last Wednesday, but just to let everyone else know, Miss Cumston has been accepted onto the Welsh Government sabbatical scheme to learn Welsh and will be away for 11 weeks from January until two weeks before Easter.  This is particularly important for our school as almost all of the staff are ‘learners’ rather than having Welsh as a first-language, and the expectations on schools are rising all the time.  Schools are required to allow their staff to attend these courses.  We have engaged a highly regarded teacher – Mr Phillips – to teach Year 2/3 in Miss Cumston’s absence.  He has worked with the class during the Autumn term on supply and was a huge hit with the pupils.  They were very excited when we told them he was coming back!

Parental Engagement

Interesting Fact! - A child’s brain doubles in size in the first year and by the age of 3 it has reached around 80% of its adult volume.  It is vital that we talk to our children as much as possible.

Closing the gap! – A child who is not at the expected standard in language at 5 is 11 times less likely to achieve the expected level in maths at age 11.

Library Van

The library van will be here on the playground on Tue 18th December from 3.20pm to 3.50pm.

Keep Fit

The classes will run on the following dates

  • ·         Pilates - Tuesday at 6pm – 11th December (begin again on 8th January)
  • ·         Yoga – Thursday at 7pm – next class 10th January 2019


School Dinners to be paid on Monday 17th December for the coming week and any outstanding debt cleared please.

DVD’s of the Christmas Play to be pre-ordered on School Gateway by Friday 14th December (£3.50 each).  Late orders cannot be processed.

After school Clubs

No more Homework club in December due to Play night and pantomime.

January -  new clubs will begin in the second week.  All details will be on the website and front door of school. 


We wish you a wonderful Christmas full of quality family time to enjoy these wonderful children that we have the pleasure of spending our days with.

Nadolig Llawen i gyd

Mae’r ysgol yn agor - Dydd Mawrth 8fed Ionoawr

School opens on Tuesday 8th January 2019