It was great to see everyone back today. The children were full of enthusiasm and energy - the snow certainly helped! I hope you all had an enjoyable half term with your children and managed to avoid ‘Storm Doris’.
We had a very busy last half term and there are several events and activities planned for this coming half term. We start with a busy week ahead, so here are a few updates and reminders for you.
Last term, the children showcased their talents during the wonderful 'Whitford's Got Talent', organised by the School Council and Mrs Davies. We will begin this term with our school Eisteddfod on Wednesday 1st March where I'm sure many children will demonstrate some more hidden talents. This year, we will be asking some of the older pupils to lead the event. The school Eisteddfod will take place on St. David's day and the children can come to school wearing traditional Welsh clothes/costumes, Wales rugby/football shirts or house colours (as they will be competing for their 'House' during the day). Each class will be performing a song, dance or recitation and some of our musicians will also be performing. In between the different performances, we will announce the children who came first, second and third in the handwriting and art competitions for each year group.
We have the Marie Curie Daffodils available in school for a suggested donation of £1 each.
Starting on Wednesday 1st March, I will be asking for volunteers from each class to help carry out a litter pick. To support 'Keep Wales Tidy', we will be litter picking for 5 days around the school grounds and in the local community. The younger pupils will help inside the school grounds whilst some of the older pupils will join me in the local community. Look out for pictures on Twitter #SpringCleanCymru
After school on Wednesday, we will be holding a Nant BH information session from 3.30pm for those pupils attending Nant BH this year. You will meet the staff who will be accompanying them on the trip, find out about the sort of activities that they will participate in and have the chance to ask any questions. Please don't worry if you are unable to make the session as all information will be sent out beforehand and you are more than welcome to contact the school office or teachers with any questions.
We will be celebrating World Book day on Thursday 2nd March. The children and staff may like to dress up as well-known book characters or authors but this is not compulsory. The focus will be on books and developing a love of reading. In the afternoon, junior classes will participate in poetry and illustration sessions led by Mr Blakesley. He will be showing some of his work (stories and illustrations) and pupils have the opportunity to purchase his books for £6 on the day. After school, Mr Blakesley will be available to sign any purchased books and he would also like to offer parents the chance to purchase a book of his comic/adult poems where all proceeds will go to North West Cancer Research.
On Thursday 2nd March, the Friends of the School committee (FOYL) will be meeting and everyone is invited to come along to support them. The meeting will begin at 2.15pm in the school hall. I would like to thank the PTA for working ever so hard to raise funds for the school with events such as our Valentine's disco on the last day of term.
Following on from the World Book Day celebrations, our school has been invited to the Holywell Library launch day on Friday 3rd March. Some year groups (information to follow) will be going to the Library to take part in a number of activities before the official launch. On Friday 3rd March, Class 2 will continue to work with an artist in school - this is all possible due to a Lead Creative Schools Grant.
In the following week, we have our second parent’s evening of the year on Wednesday 8th March. During the evening, you will receive updates on your child(ren)’s progress and have a chance to look through their work and ask any questions. Information will be sent out shortly in relation to this.
Many thanks for your continued support