Welcome to Abercarn Primary School Website

Croeso i Wefan Ysgol Gynradd Abercarn


Achieve, Believe, Challenge 

Llwyddo, Credu, Herio

On behalf of the children, staff and governors, welcome to Abercarn Primary Schools website, we are very proud of our school and have high expectations of what we can achieve together!

    School Announcements

    Newsletter 3 (Friday 17th September 2021)

    by Abercarn Admin -

    Happy Friday everyone! Another week, time is going so fast! I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe. You are all aware that as the days go by, we are having more cases of COVID either with pupils or within families. I am sure this is going to continue for some time.

    The current Welsh Government advice is that if your child is identified as a close contact then they do not need to isolate but you are encouraged to arrange a PCR Test on day 2 and Day 8 (Unless you are told something different by a contact tracer). Some parents are deciding to isolate their child/family and as a school we will support your decision. Please continue to let me know of any positive cases outside of school hours by using the covid@abercarnprimary.org email address. Please include as much detail as possible. Don’t assume I will find out from others, please drop me a message and I can alert parents as soon as I am aware. This will hopefully help to reduce the spread of the virus.

    Breakfast Club Astro Turf

    Please do not walk through the Astro Turf in the morning if Breakfast Club are playing, please just wait a few minutes until they have gone back inside to start walking around the one-way system. Staff will open the gate for you to walk through.  

    Parking

    As we are all now starting/finishing school at the same time parking issues are once again starting to appear! Please Park appropriately when in the housing estate. Please do not park in the bus turning circle and do not park in the bus pull in.

    MacMillan Cancer Support

    We will be participating in MacMillan Cake afternoons during the next couple of weeks. On Friday 24th children will have cake in class and there will be donation boxes outside near the gates. On Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th Mrs Watson will be selling cakes at the end of the day from our Shop.

    Head Boy (Child) and Head Girl (Child)

    Year 6 applications are closed Those that applied are now being recorded and a whole school vote will take place. We will let you know the new appointments shortly!  

    Parent Evenings

    Parent Evening will be video calls again this year, they proved very effective last year. We will be using our online booking system. You can book here https://abercarn.schoolcloud.co.uk/

    You will be able to book from Monday 20th September 2021 at 8am and the system will close on Thursday 30th at 4pm. 

    Please go to: https://abercarn.schoolcloud.co.uk/ . Login in with all the requested details. Please enter your email address as it will send reminders. Follow the onscreen instructions to book an appointment.

    A guide to joining / starting the video call is here:

    Video: Parents - How to attend appointments over video call - SchoolCloud Parents Evening (parentseveningsystem.co.uk)

    Please remember parents cannot join the meeting from different locations. Also, when you book appointments check it is correct and with the correct teacher. To help you with your book classes, teachers and days/times available are indicated below 

    Nursery (Mrs Lewis) - 4th, 5th and 6th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Reception (Mrs James) - 4th, 5th and 6th October 2021 between 5pm and 7pm

    Year 1 (Mrs Harry) - 4th, 6th and 11th October 2021 between 4pm and 5.40pm

    Year 2 (Mrs Parry) - 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th October 2021 between 3pm and 5pm

    Year 3 EJ (Miss Jones) - 4th and 6th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Year 3 SW (Mr Watkin) - 4th and 6th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Year 4/5 RT (Mrs Tavas) - 4th and 5th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Year 4/5 HH (Miss Hodges) - 4th and 6th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Year 4/5 JJ (Mrs Jones) - 4th and 6th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Year 6 (Mr Perry) - 4th, 5th and 6th October 2021 between 4pm and 6pm

    Parents’ Guide for Booking Appointments

    Browse to https://abercarn.schoolcloud.co.uk/

    Step by Step guide  https://bit.ly/2Z6iE1v

    Menu and Menu Choices

    There will be a new menu after half term that will run on a 3-week basis. Menus were sent home this week. PLEASE COMPLETE MENU CHOICES for every day. Please complete the menu choices in detail. Please complete even if your child does not regularly have dinners. Please return to school. Week 2 next week for dinners.

    Newsletter 2 (Friday 10th September 2021)

    by Abercarn Admin -

    Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a really good first full week back in school! It’s been great seeing everyone and having a catch up in the mornings.  What beautiful weather to start the term. The children have settled back into things really well and a big thank you to everyone for following all the procedures we have in place to protect everyone as much as possible. Thank you for wearing masks and for following the one-way system, it is greatly appreciated. COVID is still with us and will be for some time. We do need to be cautious as even though many adults are vaccinated our children aren’t and vaccination does not offer 100% protection. Even though restrictions will be easing we will be taking a cautious approach here in school and across the Local Authority especially during the winter months. It is important to protect everyone as much as possible and ensure we have as little disruption as possible too. Even though we do not need to social distance, please try and keep distance from others and respect those that may want to socially distance when waiting on the yards. Please read the information regarding changes to self-isolation and track and trace that I have summarised below. Although we have relaxed things slightly in school e.g. breakfast club restarting, bigger contact groups and looking to start after school provision later on this term, we will be keeping some restrictions in place especially during winter so we can keep everyone safe.

    Positive Cases

    Just so you are aware, If I am informed of a positive case either by Test Track and Protect (TTP) or via our email covid@abercarnprimary.org this is the process I will follow.

    1: I will inform the class with the identified case via text. This is so you are all aware from the moment I am informed. If you do want to collect your child and isolate, please telephone the office for further information.  If it is on a weekend then you can decide what you want to do at home.

    2: A letter will be sent home that contains further information about being alert etc

    3: When TTP contacts the school and works with us to identify close contacts we will then send another letter to the identified close contacts only. The letter will explain that you can send children to school (current guidance) but you need to vigilant for symptoms and go for a test if you are unsure.

    School Start Time

    Just a reminder that school starts at 9am and our doors open at 8.50am, the law has now reverted back to pre-covid times. In wet weather staff may open the doors a little before this time but it will only be a few minutes. Please do not arrive round 8.30am as we cannot open our doors that early.

    School Photographs

    Thursday 14th October 2021, Individual and Sibling will be taken on the day.

    Changes to Self-Isolation and Contact Tracing from September 2021 sent on behalf of Welsh Government

    As we return to school, there are some new arrangements in place when someone tests positive for COVID-19. These changes have been made possible by the vaccination programme and the significant reduction in numbers being hospitalised and suffering severe illness due to COVID-19 over recent months.

    If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, and for contact details if you know them of the individual or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice. The school will no longer do this.

    Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts although you will be contacted and notified of being in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Your child will be offered two PCR tests and you will be provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread.

    If your child is identified as a close contact, he/she can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. The school does understand if you wish for your child to self-isolate for the period. Please continue to let the school know if your child tests positive at any point by using covid@abercarnprimary.org. If your child tests positive they must not to attend school and must self-isolate.

    If a child tests positive, only a minority of their classmates will be identified as close contacts. But if there is a pattern of cases TTP may ask us to update you on the situation and remind you of key steps, including advising you to keep an eye out for new symptoms your child may develop, and to stay away from vulnerable family and friends in the short-term.

    We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks, but this does not necessarily mean that COVID-19 is spreading within the school.  Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or by calling 119.

    Anyone with symptoms, a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste, should remain in self-isolation until the test result is known. You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at www.gov.wales/selfisolation.

    We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families have had to make. Thank you for everything you have done to support your child and our school.

    Abercarn Primary School shop / cafe

    Over the next few weeks Miss Hodges will be taking the lead to start our shop / café. Mrs Watson will also be using it for McMillan Coffee and cake days towards the end of September. We do not have a name for it at the moment, PLEASE HELP US. Can you and your child think of a great name for our shop / cafe? Please comment below with your idea and your child’s name, we will then have a whole school vote and name our shop. Thank you!

    Lost Property

    Already we have a considerable amount of missing items. Please can you check you have the correct clothing at home and send back anything that does not belong to you. Please ensure all clothing has your child’s name on it. Items that we are finding in school have no name!

    Breakfast Club – Astro Turf

    Please do not walk through the Astro Turf in the morning if Breakfast Club are playing outside, please just wait a few minutes until they have gone back inside to start walking around the one-way system. Staff will open the gate for you to walk through when it is safe to do so.   

    Online Forms and Breakfast Club Forms

    All forms must be completed on our website in the “Virtual Office” section e.g. holiday forms, reason for absence, change of details, consent forms, password requests etc.

    Please note: We will be using the consent for photographs, videos, GDPR, medical etc that you provided last year until your child leaves our school. If you want to change the consent we currently have, please complete the online “change of consent” form that can be found in the “Virtual Office” section of our website.

    Head Boy (Child) and Head Girl (Child)

    Year 6 have been told how to apply for these exciting roles this year. Application forms for Year 6 children are online and can be found here https://hbhg.abercarnprimary.org . Application close on 14th September 2021. We will shortlist the application and ask the shortlisted children to produce a video. The whole school will then vote.

    Parent Evenings

    Parent Evening will be video calls again this year, they proved very effective last year. We will be using our online booking system (https://abercarn.schoolcloud.co.uk/) to book the appointments and also to run the video call – further details will follow about how to book and how to log in to the video call.  You do not need anything special to run the video call – you simply log onto the system that you booked the appointment on. Some parents know this system and know how to log in – please do not do this until the system opens.  You will be able to book from Monday 20th September 2021 at 8am and the system will close on Thursday 30th at 4pm. Details will follow. Please remember parents cannot join the meeting from different locations.

    Who is Who and Who do I contact?

    Below is a summary of school staff and their responsibilities so all parents are fully aware of staff, senior staff and managers, who to go to if you have concerns regarding a particular issue and who is in charge of certain areas etc. I will always speak to parents and have done so since I’ve been at Abercarn Primary. However, on some occasions I may not be the right person.

    If you have concerns or questions regarding your child, the first person to talk to is the class teacher.

    Please be aware that Mr Roden is the Designated Safeguarding Officer and Mrs Tavas assumes the responsibility in his absence. If both Mr Roden and Mrs Tavas are absent then Mrs Parry will assume the responsibility. If all Senior Leaders are absent there is a clear protocol in place that all staff are aware of. If the school has concerns about your child or if your child makes a disclosure, we will aim to talk to you first although please be aware we can refer to Children’s Services without your consent in order to ensure the safety of the children in our care.

    https://abercarnprimary.com/whoswho.html

    PTA

    The PTA is keen to hear your ideas and make a great start for the new school year.  If you would like to help, please make yourself known to the PTA. They have their own Facebook page and there is a link to this page at the bottom of our school website. A big “Thank You” to the PTA for helping to organise a wonderful prom for our Year 6 leavers in difficult circumstances and for the great donation so we can start our “shop” and chickens in the next few weeks.

    https://pta.abercarnprimary.com

    Expressive Arts Theme During Autumn Term

    It is the Expressive Arts theme this term. We may be showing clips / films that are PG rated. If you have any concerns then please let them be known to the staff in the school office by 13th Sept 2021. The themes / movies for each class are:

    Nursery – Peter Rabbit 2

    Reception - Moana

    Class 1 – – High School Musical

    Class 2 – Madagascar

    Class 3EJ – The Lion King

    Class 3SW – The Lion King

    Class 4/5H – BFG

    Class 4/5J – Honey I Shrunk the Kids

    Class 4/5T – Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom

    Class 6 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    Provisional Christmas Dates

    Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Nursery (am) Reception (pm)

    Thursday 2nd December 2021 - Nursery (am) Reception (pm)

    Friday 3rd December 2021 - Year 1 (am) Year 2 (pm)

    Monday 6th December 2021 - Year 1 (am) Year 2 (pm)

    Tuesday 7th December 2021 - Year 3 (pm) and (eve)

    Wednesday 8th December 2021 - Year 4/5HJT ( pm) and (eve)

    Thursday 9th December 2021 - Year 6 (pm) and (eve)

    Monday 13th December 2021 - Nur, Rec, - am / Y1 and Y2 – pm - Markets

    Tuesday 14th December 2021 - Y3 – am / Y4/5 and Y6 – pm - Markets

    Wednesday 15th December 2021 - Christmas Dinner and Class Parties

    Thursday 16th December 2021 - Carol Service

    Friday 17th December 2021 - End of Term – 1.30pm

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