Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome back after a fairly soggy summer holiday! The children have settled really well into their new classes and are already enjoying their topics for this term. You can keep up to date with all their activities by following us on twitter (@craigfelenp) or facebook (Craigfelen Primary School). We will also continue to text you about events and news so please make sure Mrs Bennett has an up to date mobile number for you.

There will be lots of opportunities for your child(ren) to take part in a variety of groups that ensure that our pupils are fully involved in school life. These include school council, eco committee, enterprise troopers, digital leaders, playground friends, safety squad, chicken welfare assistants, Graigos Café staff and Money Spiders bankers. Application forms for junior children for our café and bank need to be returned by Monday 18th September please. Interviews will take place next Tuesday and the new staff and bankers will begin their jobs next Friday 22nd September.

I would like to thank our PTA for all their hard work last year raising funds for school. We will be looking for a new committee to help us plan some exciting activities for our children this year. A meeting will be held in Graigos café next Friday (22nd Sept) to elect a new committee and begin plan for this term.

A warm welcome to Miss Sinnott our new nursery teacher! Miss Sinnott and the nursery staff have done an amazing job ensuring that our lovely children have settled into our new classroom, and

Alphatots are thoroughly enjoying spending their time there in the afternoons. All nursery pupils are welcome to stay for wraparound childcare for £7.50. Please see Miss Bibbs for further information.

Last term our school was selected by Welsh Government to receive a visit from members of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) who have selected our school  as part of their Wales Schools as Learning Organisations Study. The aim of this study is to understand the extent to which Welsh schools have adopted characteristics of learning organisations and identify further development. Our school has been identified as a school that is able to adapt to changes and to try out new approaches so they can improve learning and outcomes for all their pupils. Developing schools as learning organisations is important to Wales to support the ongoing development and implementation of the new curriculum and we are thrilled that our school has now been identified nationally as an sector leading example.

I look forward to working with you again this year. Working together makes such a difference to our pupils and is key to the success of our children’s progress.

As always, my door is always open to you.

Mrs Alison Williams

Head teacher