Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome back and I hope you had a wonderful summer holiday!

The children have settled really well into their new classes and are already enjoying their topics for this term. Further information about their learning can be found in this booklet, along with important dates. 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 (which we are currently in the process of revamping) and Money Spiders bankers.  Over the coming weeks pupils will have the opportunity to apply for roles in these different groups.

A warm welcome to Miss Copplestone our new nursery teacher! Miss Copplestone is well known to the children and will be teaching a range of classes in the afternoon. A quick reminder that Alphatots is available in the afternoons in the Nursery classroom. All nursery pupils are welcome to stay for wraparound childcare for £8.50. Please see Miss Bibbs for further information.

After being selected as a case study by the OECD, last term our school was invited by welsh government to present at  Wales Schools as Learning Organisations Study Conference Launch Event. The aim of this event is to present good practice in which we 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.

Another piece of good news from the Summer Term was the publication of two case studies of excellent practice by Estyn following our recent inspection.  The case studies are called Enhancing Pupils Entrepreneurial skills and Improving Standards and Achieving High Standards Through Pupil Wellbeing. The case studies are available online to read. This is a fantastic recognition of the hard work of all of our staff and school community.

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