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Sporting Achievements Feb 2019

Pupils from Stepaside CP School have recently taken part in a number of National and Area sports competitions.

We were delighted with the performance of Kristina Ardern in the URDD National swimming gala held in Cardiff recently, where she won a bronze medal.  Congratulations Kristina.

Our football team recently won through to the regional round of a national football tournament hosted by Swansea City FC.  At the regional competition which was held in Llanelli we played teams from south west Wales.  Our team put in a great performance on the day but were beaten by some strong competition from other schools.

Led by former pupil Aled Waters, our Year 5 and 6 pupils trained in contact rugby in readiness for a Pembrokeshire six nations  tournament.  We represented Italy in the matches played in Carmarthen.  With only a few training sessions under our belt and only 3 club players amongst our team we put in a top performance and managed to win 4 of our 5 games.  This performance was down to the great training we had and brilliant team work.  We are looking forward to more sessions and working on our skills.

Shoe Box Appeal Response



Dear Mr Harries

May I extend our sincere thanks to you and your pupils for the assistance that you kindly gave again this year with our Rotary Shoe Box Scheme. This year our efforts with your help exceeded all previous  years . We were able to send off over 1000 Shoe Boxes .

We are most grateful to you   Thanking you

Kind Regards

Brian Waters  sec

Community Fund Opportunity

We have a great opportunity to raise funds for the refurbishment of the outdoor play area in our Playgroup and Nursery Class.  We  have been accepted into the Co-op Local Community Fund programme and simply by registering to support us you can help raise money every time you shop at the Co-op.  Please keep reading and follow the link to support our cause.


The Co-op Local Community Fund helps to support local projects that our members care about. Since its launch in 2017, Co-op members have raised £39 million pounds for over 12,000 local causes. We’re delighted that Stepaside Community Playgroup will now be able to access this funding opportunity

How the fund works

Every time our members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on Co-op branded products and services helps fund community projects. Members can shop at any Co-op Group stores across the UK to raise money for your cause.

Members can choose which causes to support by signing into their membership account or by calling the membership helpline on 0800 023 4708. Your cause will be available for members to select until November 2019.

Your cause will receive two payments as part of the Local Community Fund. The first payment will be in June 2019 and the last payment in November 2019

Outdoor Development

You may remember earlier this year a couple of news items from Stepaside CP School relating to grants and donations.  The first related to a “bags of help” grant which we received from Tesco.  Parents, family and friends of the school all voted with their little blue discs over the Christmas period last year and in January it was announced that we had won £4000.  We were delighted with this and the opportunities it provided for us to develop our outdoor play area.  However as we started to look around at equipment we realised that £4000 was not enough to achieve what the pupils needed.  We were very fortunate, a couple of months later, to be approached by Denise Burrows and her family with a very generous legacy donation in lieu of flowers at her Father’s funeral.  Later Denise approached us with a further very generous donation from her parents’ estate.

Added together these finances allowed us to plan for a fantastic play area and provision of extra outdoor seating for group work and quiet activities.  The installation of the play equipment is complete and the benches are expected any day to complete the works.

“We are extremely grateful to Mrs Burrows and her family for the generous donations she presented to the school.  We are also very grateful to Tesco, their customers and Groundworks UK for the grant of £4000.  These donations have meant that a previously impossible dream has been realised.  There simply is not the money in school budgets to provide this type of activity centre.  The pupils are enjoying using the equipment as part of their PE lessons as well as during play times.” Commented Mr Paul Harries, Headteacher at Stepaside CP School.