Dear Parent,
Like many of you, we have been moved by the news and pictures coming to us in the past week about the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

On Friday, the School Council met with Mrs Davies, and they came up with a plan to help those families affected.

This is a message from them:

To all the St Woolos School

We would like to raise some money and collect items to help people in Turkey and Syria. We would like donations of tinned food, gloves, toiletries, blankets, plasters and wet wipes, which we will collect this week. If you would like to donate money then on Friday 17th February we are going to have our own clothes day, so you can wear your own clothes to school for a small donation. If you would like to donate something then please do, but don’t worry if you can’t.

Thank you

School Council

If you are able to help us in some way, that would be great. The items to be donated have come from a list supplied by a Turkish charity. We’d originally planned to take items collected to a separate collection point but have been informed that the Stow Hill Mosque has a collection this Friday, so we are hoping to collaborate with them.

The School Council’s request for an own clothes Casual Day on Friday will further support the collection of items. You are welcome to send in any donation, or none. Just by wearing their own clothes, children will be showing that they are thinking of others in another part of the world.

We know that some of our families have relatives who have lost their homes as a result of the earthquakes, so it is very close to our hearts #stwoolosfamily.

This Week
We’ve got a very busy week ahead with some special visitors joining us.

The Swimming Course is in its third and final week. We are so very proud of the children’s determination to do well and by huge improvements that they are making!

Dragon Rugby took place today for children in Year 3.

Tomorrow morning, we are being visited by Councillor Deborah Davies, who is the Cabinet Member for Education. It will be lovely to welcome her to our school.

Councillor Davies’ previous visit was at the Opening of the Cadog Hall in September and she expressed a wish then to come and see the school and meet the children at a later date. I know that she will love meeting our children. They are so very caring and polite, and are a real credit to you. 😊

On Wednesday, Ruth Jones MP, will be visiting Class 5/6G to see the County in the Community Move and Motivate programme in action. She will be accompanied by representatives of the English Football League and their sponsors, Ferrero.

We are so pleased that our children were chosen to be the ones to demonstrate this great project. 😊

The dental team from the Design to Smile project will be in school on Wednesday to see how toothbrushing in the Foundation Phase is going on.

The Casual Day for the Earthquake Appeal is on Friday and items can be brought in at any time throughout the week.

Cars on North Street
Thank you very much for working with us during the past week to make North Street, at the rear of the school, safer.

There has been a definite improvement.

However, to keep everyone safe, please continue to follow the points below to continue to keep everyone safe:

  • Drive along Jones Street and down North Street to keep a constant flow of traffic
  • Do not leave a child unattended in a parked vehicle
  • Keep the dipped kerb space by the Nursery entrance clear
  • Keep the disabled space and safety rail clear by the Y1/2 entrance
  • Check the road between cars before walking across

Advance reminder of some dates this half term:
Fri 17th Feb – Schoop booking form for Parental Consultation released
Fri 24th Feb – Last day for booking a date for Consultations

Information about World Book Day will come out by Friday.
School breaks up for half term until Monday 27th Feb

Weds 1
st March- Eisteddfod
Thurs 2nd March – World Book Day and also possible new date for industrial action.

If this industrial action takes place, then World Book Day will be celebrated on Friday 3rd March instead. (I’ll let you know about this as soon as I can.)

The Pantry is open from 3.15-4.00pm in the Family Room near the Nursery entrance this Thursday.

Please bring your tokens with you. If you find yourself in crisis, you are welcome to come along and sign up for tokens. The pantry will be open in the half term break next Thursday from 10.00-11.00am. We also have some spare uniform so this morning session might give you more time to have a look for things that you might need.

I hope that you have a lovely half term break!

Very kind regards,

H L Vaughan

PS. I’ll also resend the Diary dates sheet with final corrections on! I’m sorry about the changes.