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Busy start to our new school year

 

   

 A new term is well underway at Stepaside CP School.  Pupils have returned looking very smart in their uniforms and ready to learn.  The attendance and behaviour for the first few weeks has been excellent.  Staff are excited to welcome pupils back and to see new faces in their classes too.  There are exciting topics and activities planned for the term both in school and with extracurricular club and trips.

The infants have booked their outdoor learning sessions at Penderry Woods and the Nursery class have a block of outdoor Thursdays this term, visiting the beach and the forest.

Nursery pupils are also enjoying their Messy Wednesdays where they play and learn in a sensory way.  New pupils in the Nursery were also joined by class pets this year, two friendly guinea pigs called Flame and Roxy.  Pupils in Year 2 are studying plastics pollution, and are hosting a mini version of Bertie the Sea bass as he visits local schools.  The children have written a  persuasive letter home to their parents outlining the problems of using and disposing of plastics.

Dosbarth Wiwer are also planning trips to the woods later this term.

Year 6 pupils have secured funding from Arts Council of Wales to make an expedition to the Egypt Centre at Swansea University where they will take part in workshops and handle genuine artefacts. “This is the second time we have accessed funding for this trip, it is so beneficial to the pupils learning on this topic in our history curriculum.  The Centre is a great resource for us and we are very grateful for the support we have received from Arts Council of Wales to make this trip possible.” commented Mr Richard Adams, class teacher.

Dosbarth Draenog are working hard on their topic of Space and are preparing to teach each other what they have learned from their research.

Afterschool clubs have restarted too with pupils involved in cooking, cross country, Welsh and French alongside ball skills, netball and football.  Our ever popular Buzz Club has gone down well this year with pupils watching reviewing films.

“All in all, a fantastic start to the new school year.  It good to see everyone engaged in their learning and we are delighted with the support we are receiving from parents with regard to uniform and attendance.  We look forward to making the most of the opportunities we have as members of the Stepaside CP school community.” Commented Mr Paul Harries Headteacher

Awards Galore

The end of term has been marked at Stepaside CP School with the presentation of awards to pupils who have worked hard all year.  There have also been presentations to mark the hard work of the school council and presentations to the winners of Tenby in Bloom.

The class awards were presented to: Nursery, Jack Williams and Phoebe Williams.  Reception, Freya Thomas and, Caiden Thomas.  Year 1, Cody Glanville and Lisa Stevens.  Year 2, India Brace and Noah Reynolds.  Year 3 Kristina Ardern and Bertie Hobbs.  Year 4 Sophia Dellaquaglia and Morgan Jones.  Year 5 Jamie Keating and Patience Fraser-Brown

Year 6 awards were presented at their Leavers evening to the following

Carys Wood, overall academic, Jamie Albero, maths, Daisy Hobbs, English,  Rocky Lee, Art,  Jack Jones, reading,  Ryan Cooper, cricket, Lola James, services to school,  Megan Davies, musician, and James Ardern, services to sport.

 

Year 6 were also presented with a dictionary from the Saundersfoot Rotary club and a geometry set from the school.

Tenby in Bloom winners from Stepaside CP School were Scarlett Evans, Mason Riley, Eliza Wood, Lisa Stevens, Jacqueline Dunfee, Gabriel Reynolds, Brooke Shields, Codey Handley, Shaylyn Mason, Sohia Dellaquaglia, Lucy lewis, Jimmy Salisbury, Ashleigh Morgan- Scourfield, Carys Wood, Erin Torres and Rocky Lee

    

 

In the final assembly of the year pupils with 100% attendance for the whole year were awarded medals and the whole school were treated to an ice cream at break time for their excellent attendance this year.  The school has exceeded its attendance target for the third year in a row meaning that pupils are making the most of every day at school.

We were also delighted that one of our year 6 pupils, Cobie Jones, won a competition related to Bertie the Sea bass.  Pupils were asked to guess how many plastic bottles were inside the new Sculpture at Amroth.  Cobie’s guess was the closest and he won a lovely book with was given by Amroth Community Council.

Mr Harries, Stepaside CP School Headteacher, is delighted with how the year has gone at School, commenting, “We are exceptionally proud of all our pupils, they work very hard in school and we are often complimented on their behaviour when they are on offsite visits.  We wish our leavers all the very best in their various secondary schools.  We are looking forward to making a new start in September and welcoming some new pupils to join us at Stepaside CP School.  We know that parents will continue to support us making sure that their children are in school at every possible opportunity.”

BMX Flatland Display

As a prize for taking part in the SUSTRANS Big Pedal event this year, the pupils at Stepaside CP School were given the opportunity to have a visit from Matti Hemmings and Yinka Thomas.  Matti and Yinka entertained the whole school with their BMX Flatland display.  The weather was a little windy for some of the tricks but the sunshine meant the whole school could watch together outside.  Mrs Blewitt and Mr Adams both had a go a performing a trick too.  The display was organised by Sustrans and funded by Pembrokeshire County Council.  “We are very grateful to PCC and Sustrans for the provision of this excellent display.  It’s great for the pupils to be rewarded for their efforts and also to be inspired by what practice and commitment can achieve.” commented Mrs Williams, school admin officer, who coordinated the visit.

 

 

Cheque Presentation

Staff and pupils were delighted to welcome Mrs Denise Burrows and her husband Ian along to a special assembly today.  Mr and Mrs Burrows brought along past and present governors of the School Mrs Jan Holt, Mrs Joyce Lewis and Mrs Rosemary Tippet- Maudesley.  The presentation was in honour of Mrs Burrows’ late parents Mr and Mrs Godfrey Jones of Stepaside.  Mr and Mrs Jones had a passion for the importance of education.  Mr Jones passed away earlier this year and his wish was for a donation to be made to the school to help  continue to develop the great learning environment at Stepaside CP School.  Mrs Burrows spoke to the Junior pupils in their assembly about how education gives you choices.  An opinion which she and her two brothers hold dear, as past pupils of Stepaside School they have gone on to careers in micro biology, engineering and English lecturing.

The donation of £2055 will be put to very good use as a group is formed in the school to plan a development to the schools outdoor facilities to enable staff to continue to deliver its range of learning activities on site and to give pupils areas to be active and areas to be still.  “We look forward to working with parents, friends, governors and pupils as we develop the school grounds to benefit the entire school community” commented Mr Paul Harries, Headteacher.

Trenches Experience

Dosbarth Draenog visited the Trenches Experience at Morfa Bay this week.  The weather was beautiful and the children had a fantastic day.  They learned so much about the first world war and they have been able to use this back in the classroom.  The whole class were able to have a go on the zip line too!!

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Bug Hotel

Haydn Garlick , Ranger from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, has been joining pupils in the Buzz Club at Stepaside CP School ovr the past few weeks to help them with their latest project.  The construction is a bug hotel for insects to make their home in the school garden.  The frame was built by Haydn earlier in September as part of the work he completed with pupils for the School’s prize in an outdoor schools competition.  Mrs Williams, Buzz Club leader, contacted National Parks about the possibility of support to fill the frame and Haydn was only too pleased to come along and help.  He led the children through safety instructions on using the tools and together with Mrs Claire Jessop, a volunteer leader, the pupils worked outside in the cold weather to fill the compartments.  “It really is a work of art.  The children greatly enjoyed the new skills they learned as they worked together to create the hotel.” commented Mrs Williams.   Pupils in the Buzz Club welcome visitors from the community to inspire their projects.  They work together to complete projects in the school grounds as well as enterprise projects.  The Buzz Club operates as part of Into film Cymru and the other main focus of the club is to increase pupils access to film and to address topics through the use of film.  With a termly theme which Mrs Williams selects from the children’s film wishlist, she adds in visits and links to the curriculum.  A recent comment, relating to the bug hotel, from film club Cymru on Twitter stated “Oh to be a member of @StepasideCP Buzz Club ! Once again showcasing the cross-curricular potential of film and how it can support learning about all aspects of life”

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