Documents for Parents
Posted update - re returning to school (03.09.20)
Welcome back to what is going to be both an exciting and challenging year. Never before has the need for the school and parents to work together. A fine line between overload of information and being kept informed is going to be critical. Please use Dojo and the website for updates.
Gilwern will partially open this week to learners on Thursday 3rd Sept ( Yr 1, Yr4, Yr5 ) and Friday 4th Sept (Yr2, Yr3,Yr6). All pupils Yr1 to Yr 6 returning full time on Monday 7th September.
Our new Reception Class will commence a phased entry starting on Monday 7th September and Mrs Edwards will keep parents informed of pupil’s times of attendance during this transition period.
My mantra to staff has been to ensure all learners are Safe, Happy, Occupied and Purposeful during this period of transition back into full time schooling. Where specific need is identified then each will be considered individually to ensure success. The enjoyment of being back in school is the number one priority.
The school will operate a staggered start and end to the day with all pupils allocated a specified arrival and departure time. It is important that all stakeholders respect the social distancing and parents will be asked to drop off and go in the morning and likewise pick up at the end of the day. A short video will be posted later today to reinforce and explain this procedure.
Please be mindful that building work is still underway in the school. The Year 2 class will temporarily be using the hall exclusively as their classroom. The new build is likely to be completed by half term and will be an excellent additional resource.
The school has decided that it will commence Breakfast Club on Monday 7th September and will also offer a reduced capacity After School provision of 20 pupils. We apologise for the disruption and delay in the online booking system and have been assured it will be ready before Monday 7th September.
School dinners provided by the canteen will all be in a “Grab and Go” style, served in bags and eaten outside weather permitting or in the classroom.
School uniform is required with suitable footwear as greater emphasis on outdoor learning will be prevalent. Labelling of clothes will also be essential especially sweatshirts.
It is important to remember that we are in the midst of a world pandemic and although every step will be taken to reduce risk, we will all need to remain focused on safety. There are going to be many frequently asked questions. To ensure consistency if you have a question please use Dojo to contact your child’s class teacher and they will forward your question to the school’s leadership team. All answers will then be posted anonymously on school story.
I believe that Gilwern School is in a strong place to thrive over the next term. I know all staff are eager to welcome back learners and engage in the new curriculum. We have spent many hours preparing and considering the safety of all and believe at this time school is a safe place. The only caveat is that things can change and families need to be aware of current Welsh Government guidance which the school will follow. I sincerely hope that we work together as a community to keep us safe and meeting fully the needs of all our learners.
Risk Assessment 2020
Returning to School - Autumn Term
I am sure you’re all building up ready for the return to school, I just wanted to remind you of the key information shared prior to finishing for the summer...
Uniform: school jumper, white polo T-shirt, black/navy leggings, jogging/tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Learners will be spending a large amount of time outdoors please send in a water proof coat. Please take time to label uniform and belongings.
Lunch: school dinners will be available in the form of a packed lunch grab bag these are to be booked through parent pay as normal. Learners will eat in their class rooms or outside weather permitting.
Breakfast club: breakfast club will start on Monday 7th September from 8am - last drop off is 8:30am. The breakfast options are limited for the time being.
After School club: we are still in the process of going ‘live’ with our online booking system. Please see the below link to view how to navigate the new system and set up your account ready to book. Currently there are 20 spaces available. You will need to pay for sessions in advance sessions are now £7 with club ending at 5:15pm.
Returning on week 1: 1st and 2nd September are school planning days - Thursday 3rd years 1,4&5 return for a full day
Friday 4th years 2,3&6 return for a full day
Monday 7th September years 1-6 full time Reception will begin a phased return from the 7th. The whole school will be at full capacity by Monday 21st September.
9:10am years 1,4&5
9:20am years 2,3&6
3:10pm years 1,4&5
3:20pm years 2,3&6
A route to school video will be shared prior to starting in the first week.
The new classroom: the new year 2 unfortunately is behind schedule and as a result year 2 will start the term with the hall as their classroom. We are collaborating with the builders to get this completed promptly.
Thank you for your continued support we are so excited to get all our learners back to school
Home and Blended Learning
Packed Lunch Menu - September 2020
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Leave of Absence - Holiday Form
GAP (Gilwern Association of Parents)
Gilwern School continues to be supported by an active Parents’ Association during the academic year.
G.A.P. is a friendly organisation which works with the school to develop community life and raises additional funds.
Regular events include Easter Fayre, Summer Fete, Christmas Fayre and other social events.
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The proceeds from these help towards the cost of school equipment and facilities.
For more information contact the school office as new members and ideas are always welcome.
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