Summer Term, 2017 Issue 24 – 19/7/17
Head teacher’s Message
Another school year draws to a close and I find it hard to believe that this is our 10th year in our ‘new’ building. Thank you to everyone who celebrated our 10th Anniversary with us and I hope the children enjoyed bouncing on the inflatables, eating cake and taking home their commemorative pencil tin! The building is important but the school is so much more than just a building. Our school would not be what it is without the hard work of staff and governors, the support of the wider community and your commitment as parents and guardians. Most importantly, our school would not exist without the amazing, thoughtful and hard-working children who come in every day. Thank you to everyone for making St Thomas such a wonderful place to be a head teacher. I hope you all have an enjoyable summer!
A huge thank you to everyone who helped raise £1000 to have a defibrillator sited at the school. A special thank you should go to Miss Powe though for making it all happen! The charity, Cariad have now provided the equipment and will be delivering training.
Year 6 completed their Paws b Mindfulness course and have found the strategies helpful in preparing them for moving on.
Nursery Beach Visit
Nursery had a wonderful beach trip and were so sensible! Miss Howarth said it was a delight to take them!
Margam Park Visit children had a wonderful day at Margam, exploring and playing with friends!
Year 3 Crymlin Bog
Children loved the exploratory walks around the area, despite the weather!
Years 4 – 6 Three Cliffs Visit
Children had a fantastic day out. They were able to see features of coastal erosion, which they had focussed on in class and they enjoyed exploring the bay.
Key Stage 2 Llanciach Fawr Visit
During this experience, children were able to bring much of what they had been learning about the Tudor and Stuart period, to life.
Year 6 Senedd Visit
Year 6 had the opportunity to learn about democracy through their visit to the Senedd in Cardiff and also from our local Assembly Member,Mike Hedges, when he came into school.
Ex-Pupil, Rory Thornton
It was an absolute privilege to welcome Rory back to school, to share his huge achievement of receivinghis first cap in his test debut against Samoa. What an inspiration for our pupils!
Cefn Hengoed Cluster Primary Sports
Our pupils did us proud at Cefn Hengoed Cluster Sports. They worked hard and came second overall! What a great achievement!
St Thomas Sports’ Days
We are so proud of all our children, from Nursery to Year 6, for the fantastic effort theyput in to their sports days. Well done!
St Thomas Bowls Club
Year 6 have had the opportunity to develop bowling skills with the help of St Thomas Bowls club. Thank you St Thomas Bowls!
Year 3 Basketball Tournament
Year 3 had their basket tournament this half term and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! All Key Stage 2 children have now had this opportunity, this year.
Reception Local Area Walk
Our Reception children had a lovely walk around the local area and they used this experience to help create maps back in class!
Goodbye and good luck!
Miss Tyler, Mrs Watts, Mrs Goldring and Miss Goss will all be leaving us at the end of this term. We thank them for their contributions this year and wish them all well in the future!
Goodbye and good luck, Mrs Davies!
I’m sorry to say that Mrs Davies will be retiring at the end of this term, after thirty five years with the school. She will be greatly missed but we wish her good luck and a well-deserved rest! Thank you for everything, Mrs Davies.
Goodbye and good luck, Year 6!
It is also time to say good bye to our amazing Year 6 children. They have been a major part of St Thomas and we will miss them all greatly. Thank you all for your contributions and we wish every single one of you the very best of luck in the future! Have a lovely summer!
Attendance Super Raffle – 20th July
Last day for children – Thursday, 20th July, 1.10pm
Children return to school – Tuesday, 5th September
INSET – no school for children – Friday, 6th October
NSPCC Assembly – 17th October
Year 6 Theatre Na Nog visit – Friday, 20th October
Year 5 & 6 NSPCC workshops – Tues, 24th October
Last day before Autumn Half Term – 27th October
Have a lovely summer holiday and we will see you back in school on Tuesday, 5th September, 2017.