It’s been an incredibly busy half term here at Ysgol Iolo and we are rapidly approaching the end of the spring term!  Please find below items of news, notices and important dates for the summer term.

Non Uniform Day

There will be a non-uniform day on Friday, 7th April – £1 donation to ‘Winston’s Wish’ charity.

INSET day

Monday, June 26th will be an INSET day for staff.  As a result the school will be closed to pupils.

Lunch Money

The cost of school dinners will rise from Monday, April 3rd onwards to £2.25 per day.  Remember to ensure that there is sufficient credit on their Parentpay accounts in line with the new No Debt policy.  Otherwise please ensure that they bring sandwiches in for lunch.  Don’t forget that you may be entitled to free school meals.  The following link will take you to the Vale of Glamorgan website and the relevant application form. http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/working/education_and_skills/schools/school_meals/Free-School-Meals.aspx

Urdd Eisteddfod

A heartfelt thank you to all pupils who competed in the Dance, Instrumental, Cân Actol, CogUrdd,  Cylch and Sir Eisteddfod and also the Art and Craft competition which will be judged after Easter.  Many congratulations to the winners and we wish them well as some now progress to the National Eisteddfod in May.

Urdd Art and Craft

The closing date for returning any art and craft items for the Eisteddfod is Monday, April 24th.  An ideal opportunity to create some masterpieces over the Easter holidays!  Remember to include the name, age, school, number and title of the competition clearly on the back of each submitted piece.  A full list of the competitioans and categories can be viewed on the Urdd website – http://www.urdd.cymru/en/eisteddfod/competitions/syllabus/

Volunteers

Thank you to parents and friends of the school who help at the school and support our children with their reading.  We would like to encourage new parents or friends to contact us if you have a little spare time to listen to children reading, play maths games or to help with any other aspects of school life.  Your service is invaluable and much appreciated. Please get in touch!  Remember, if you intend volunteering at the school or assisting with school trips, you will need to present two letters of reference or complete a DBS form. Contact the office if you require a copy of the reference template or a DBS form – it’s a relatively easy process.

Parking

We continue to receive complaints from our neighbours and parents regarding parking around the school.  Many still park illegally and indiscriminately in the vicinity of the school, thereby causing problems and placing the safety of children at risk.  Please park safely away from the school, ensuring that you do not block access to any properties or park across junction corners.  Traffic wardens will be keeping a close eye on the situation intermittently!  It is imperative that we do not endanger the lives of our children and the public with reckless parking.

Punctuality and Attendance

The school’s attendance is always being monitored closely by the Local Authority, including children who frequently arrive late. We kindly ask you to ensure that your child arrives in school by 8.50 am and that you inform the office of any absences due to illness or any other reason immediately.  We will continue to send information home about your child’s attendance during the course of the term. The school target for this year is 96.3%.

National Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Advance notice – the tests this year for Year 2-6 will be administered between 3/5/16 and 10/5/16.  Please make every effort to ensure that your child is present during this period unless unwell.

Jewellery and trainers 

For health and safety reasons, we would like to remind you that no jewellery should be worn to school, including earrings.  Should you be considering having ears pierced, we would encourage you to do so at the start of the summer holidays, so that they can be removed safely for September.  In the same way, a gentle reminder that black/navy shoes should be worn to school and not colourful trainers.

REMEMBER: MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY 01/05/17 – SCHOOL CLOSED