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New Inn

Primary School

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April/May 2022

As Covid restrictions begin to ease we have thoroughly enjoyed having the children back in the hall for assemblies and I know that the pupils have loved playing with children from other classes on the yard. We have certainly started the summer term in a better place than when we started in January. Class topic trips have been a huge success and we're delighted that transition activities for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils have been able to go ahead. Sporting events are filling up our school diary at a rate of knots and we have enjoyed welcoming a host of visitors into school for curriculum enhancement and enrichment activities. We look forward to ending this half term on a high as we come together to enjoy a Platinum Jubilee Celebration day on Friday 27th May. We have so much to look forward to as life finally begins to return to normal for us all!

 

March 2022

After the long winter both pupils and staff have thoroughly enjoyed the good weather again. Classes have been participating in a wide variety of outdoor learning experiences and we're delighted that topic themed trips have begun again. As you may be aware, there has been a noticeable increase in positive Covid cases across schools in Wales. Unfortunately, positive cases are having a significant impact on staffing levels at our school and whilst we have managed this far, we need to make parents & carers aware that if staffing levels deteriorate further we may have to close on health and safety grounds. Of course, we will do all we possibly can to avoid this and will provide as much advance warning as possible if this is the case.

 

February 2022

We are feeling very positive about spring term and so hopeful that we can deliver a wide range of exciting experiences to support our children's learning.  We are finally seeing some good weather and bright evenings returning after a dark and rainy few weeks. It has been wonderful to see some new flowers growing around the school and the pupils enjoying outdoor learning on a regular basis. 

 

January 2022

The new term began well, with children actively engaging with their new curriculum topics. Pupil voice has generated some excellent focus points for the coming weeks and teachers are busy planning a spring term trip for their class. We have uploaded topic overviews and homework grids to all Google Classrooms and also to the school website ~ we hope you find this information useful.  This January we extend a very warm welcome to our rising 3 children and their families. Throughout the rest of the school we have had a very positive start to the new term. Attendance is improving and we continue to do all we can to keep classes open, despite the spread of the Omicron variant.

 

December 2021

Despite the challenges of this year, we tried to make December as fun and exciting as possible for both pupils and staff. The festivities began with Christmas Decoration Day. We also enjoyed a beautiful Christmas dinner before all classes settled down for a Festive Film afternoon. Christmas jumper day saw some wonderful outfits and we were treated to Christmas performances by all classes who shared the recording in Google Classroom. In addition to these activities pupils also made Christmas cards and calendars and the PTA kindly purchased craft activities for all pupils too. Nadolig Llawen!

 

November 2021

It has been fantastic to welcome all our pupils back to school following the half term break. Everyone seems full of energy and keen to get back to their learning. Thank you for following the new guidelines regarding self-isolation, keeping children at home and requesting tests when needed. School photographs took place this month and all parents/carers were given the opportunity to book a parent consultation with their child's teacher. Working in partnership helps us to meet your child's needs successfully, so if you haven't already made an appointment please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

October 2021

Well, a busy and fun-filled half term ended on a high with the PTA non-uniform day. Lots of smiles and laughter filled our school and we thank you for providing such wonderful outfits and generous donations. Since September, we have done our very best to keep the school running, whilst experiencing a high number of staff absences across our school, not all Covid related. The office has been extremely busy dealing with pupil Covid cases and TTP, alongside normal day-to-day business. New Inn Primary staff have worked incredibly hard in very difficult circumstances to ensure that our pupils continue to experience high quality learning. the pandemic has brought immense pressure and therefore, I thank each of them for their unwavering commitment and dedication to our school. I'm sure you'll join me in wishing them a well-deserved rest over half term. 

 

September 2021

Welcome back to the new school year. A reminder that staggered start and finish times have ended and we've returned to normal (pre Covid) school hours. Juniors 9am - 3.30pm (doors open at 8.50am) and Infants 9.10am - 3.20pm (doors open at 9am).  We extend a very warm welcome to our new Nursery and Reception pupils, as well as those joining us throughout the school.  We also welcome Mrs Hyde as our new Year 4 teacher.  

 

January 2021

At the start of January the Welsh Education Minister decided to move all learning online until virus rates fell significantly. All classes moved to Google Classroom and our blended learning provision was enhanced by the inclusion of live streaming, pre-recorded video and voiced-over teacher instruction.

 

December 2020

Undoubtedly 2020 has been an extremely challenging year for everyone and these challenges have tested us both personally and professionally. Every single person who works at New Inn Primary has played an integral part in making the school a happy and safe place for our children since school return. Not only am I proud of all our staff, I am also extremely grateful for your cooperation and support during such difficult times. We all dread receiving the school message that a class needs to isolate, and many of us are juggling work with childcare as well as other family commitments. So, we cannot thank parents & carers enough for their swift response to isolation phone calls and the kindness that has been shown to staff. Christmas might be a little different this year but we are determined to bring as much fun and excitement as we can into school.

 

November 2020

As the first half of the autumn term came to a close we entered the two week firebreak introduced by the Welsh Government. A special thank you for all our staff for working tirelessly in very difficult circumstances. They have had to adapt to numerous changes at school whilst balancing the needs of their own families with the new restrictions in place. However, despite all of those things, the high quality interactions, positive relationships and fun & engaging activities have remained in place at our school. Staff have prioritised pupil wellbeing and learning and ensured our school remains a safe and happy place for all.

 

October 2020

Well 2020 has certainly not been the year that any of us expected. Despite the challenging and disruptive circumstances brought about by COVID 19, we successfully navigated through the first half term with the whole school fully open. The determination and hope shown by our pupils really motivated staff and we remain fully committed to doing everything in our power to safeguard the learning and wellbeing of all our children. Our sincerest thanks for your patience and consideration whilst the school has adapted its operations to ensure increased levels of safety. We ended the half term on a high with a fun fancy dress day - take a look at our photos on Twitter!

 

September 2020

We're back!  We were delighted to gradually increase the school to full capacity in September. It has been so lovely to move through the school and see the children engaged and enthused in their learning.  We are now in the 'recruit, recover and raise standards' phase with Welsh Government providing funding to schools to books support for learners at crucial stages in their education. 

 

July 2020

It has been wonderful to welcome back so many of our children for the 'check in, catch up, prepare' phase.  We have missed everyone's laughter and sunny smiles! 404 pupils attended during week one and this steadily increased throughout July. It was clear from our conversations with children and parents that the sessions were thoroughly enjoyed.  For those who didn't return before the summer please remember that you are still part of our New Inn Primary family.

 

June 2020

A new month brought with it lots of changes. New Inn Primary hub opened on 8th June for the children of keyworkers and the Minister for Education announced that schools would return to school on 29th June.

 

May 2020

The community spirit and teamwork shown by the New Inn Primary family since lockdown has been incredible. All classes from Reception to Year 6 have a Google Classroom and work is posted weekly, with everything also posted on the school website.  We have introduced wellbeing phone calls and we are also arranging regular Google Meet opportunites for pupils to interact with their peers and class teacher. We have been astounded by the work being completed by pupils and we are so grateful to family members for supporting them at home. Please visit Twitter regularly to see examples of work from all classes. We have really enjoyed seeing some of our pupils at the George Street Hub and we look forward to opening the New Inn hub in June.

 

April 2020

School closed on Friday 20th March 2020 due to Covid-19. Home Learning was issued to all pupils and a Learning tab is available on this website. Please also see the Coronavirus section in the Information tab for letters relating to school closure and organisation.  The team and I have been so grateful for the many kind messages of support during the past few weeks. It has been a difficult, unprecedented and challenging time for our whole community but we have responded quickly to rapidly changing advice. The overarching objective was and remains to keep everyone safe and well and to do so in a calm way - keeping the wellbeing and health of the children at the fore of everything. You have my commitment that both myself and the team will do all that we can in the following weeks to ensure we provide continuity in learning and support the wider community. Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.

 

March 2020

Members of our dance club took part in the Newport Dance Festival and had the pleasure of meeting Dame Darcey Bussell. We are incredibly proud of their performance and were delighted to hear of their impeccable behaviour throughout the day. Special thanks to Miss Rees for all her hard work and to Mrs Jones and Mrs Misljen for helping out on the day. This month we entered the second year of our intergenerational work with St David's Foundation Hospice Care(Panteg Hospital). We are more proud than ever of our very kind and caring pupils. On the most recent visit there was an enjoyable afternoon of Welsh craft, fun games and lots of friendly chat. Special thanks to Mrs Knight for her organisation and liaison work and Mrs Pugh for designing such fun, creative activities.

 

February 2020

Our recent 'Stay and Play' sessions in Foundation Phase and 'Parents and Children Together' PACT sessions in key stage 2 have proved very successful. They were introduced following feedback given in the annual parent questionnaire. We were very keen to increase the number of opportunities available for parents/carers to be welcomed into school and we hope to build on these in the future. This month both pupils and staff enjoyed working with a large number of visitors for STEM week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These included Nightingale HQ (data science), University of South Wales (forensic science), Greenmeadow Farm (genetic modification), Digital Communities Wales and Donna Dunn (stem cell donation) to name just a few. We celebrated our pupils' work at the end of a very enjoyable week with a STEM Showcase for parents and carers. We were absolutely delighted that so many family members were able to attend. It was clear to see how much everyone enjoyed speaking to our wonderful pupils about their exciting work.

 

January 2020

Happy New Year! This month our pupils came back to school super enthusiastic and ready for the new year ahead.  All classes began new topics and pupils were keen to share their thoughts and ideas on what they'd like to learn in the coming weeks. Remember to look at the parent topic overview to see what your child will be studying.  The flu vaccines finally happened after a month's delay due to supply and we had an Estyn remit visit to look at our work on emotional wellbeing and mental health. All in all, a very busy but exciting month.

 

December 2019

As always, December has been a very happy and exciting time in school. Fourteen Christmas concerts were held in total and the children were outstanding. Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and support them. They really enjoyed performing in front of an audience and we greatly value your support. The pupils sang beautifully and the costumes that you provided were outstanding. A special thank you also to the staff for their hard work, not just for the concerts but throughout the year. In addition we thank the PTA for organsing the raffle. This month our school choir has been out and about entertaining the community at Christmas time. They sang for our friends at St David's Hospice Care (Panteg Hospital) and their performance was incredible when they took part in the BBC Cymru Wales Carol Concert at St David's Hall; what a talented bunch! Many of us enjoyed listening to them on BBC Radio on Christmas Day. Special thanks to Miss Hughes for her hard work throughout the project & to Mrs Cook and Mrs Bartlett for helping on the day.

 

November 2019

We did it! We retained the Eco Platinum+ flag for the 3rd time. Mrs Giles & our Eco Committee worked tirelessly to showcase all of the great work at New Inn Primary. Our Charity Ambassadors were also busy again this month, collecting £233.73 in support of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. In addition, we have continued our intergenerational work with St David's Hospice patients at the County Hospital. This month our Digital Leaders became Digital Heroes thanks to DigiCommunitiesWales and a selection of year 6 pupils trained with Torfaen Sports Development Officers to become Playleaders. Christmas concert rehearsals are now underway and we are so excited to welcome our families to watch in December - you are in for a treat! 

 

October 2019

This month our Harvest Festival was a great success, with over a quarter of a tonne of food donations given to the Eastern Valley Foodbank. HelloYellow, in support of YoungMinds, was also well supported with our Charity Ambassadors collecting donations totalling £372!! We are so grateful to you all for your generosity and support with these events. Our new school council representatives were democratically elected for all classes from year 2 to year 6 . Also this month, after consultation with our pupil voice groups and in the interests of sustainability, we decided that we would no longer send out paper versions of our monthly newsletter in future. Instead, we will send a link to the newsletter on our school website and put some copies on noticeboards around the school. Our school has been working with Eco Schools Wales for many years. We have been an Eco Platinum school since 2008 and currently hold the Platinum+ award.

 

September 2019

What a fantastic start to the new academic year. Our new pupils settled very quickly and are very happy as part of our school family. Pupils have filled the classes with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Reception classes were painted and carpeted during the holidays and what a transformation! Nursery was also painted and a new mural was painted in the Nursery entrance. We had 2 new boilers installed and a new wet room/ changing area fitted in Reception, as well as taking delivery of 32 new Chromebooks. We are thrilled that this takes us up to 5 sets of Chromebooks in total.  Our training day on 27th September was with Outdoor Wales as we focus further on outdoor learning. As part of this, we are excited that the outdoor classroom will be installed at October half term.  As if all of that wasn't enough to get excited about, we're also proud to share the news that our bid for a collaboration project with Llantarnam Grange was successful and we have been awarded a grant from Arts Council Wales for £25, 000...watch this space!!

 

July 2019

School Council have worked tirelessly throughout the year to promote and develop the understanding of the rights of the child across the whole school community and even presented to governors. They were delighted to be informed that we have achieved Bronze status: Rights Committed. Following this success, Criw Cymraeg were thrilled to find our that they had successfully achieved the Cymraeg Campus bronze award. This follows a year's hard work, focusing on the ten main targets of the scheme.

 

June 2019

Our intergenerational partnership with @SDFHC continued this month. Pupils and St David's Hospice patients enjoyed a sociable / creative afternoon painting rocks and chatting together. The feedback from the pupils was extremely positive and we received so many compliments about our pupils. We were delighted to host a good practice event about our KiVa and healthy relationship society and enjoyed sharing our work with schools from Caerphilly. Mrs Kelley from Dwr Cymru taught us about keeping safe when at the reservoirs this summer and Spectrum taught us how to stay safe in our everyday lives. Also, the Digital Leaders were deligted to received a collection of Edison Robots from the PTA. Our girls cricket team thoroughly enjoyed the Cricket Wales tournament, coming a close second (3 runs off 1st place!) and our Year 6 pupils did well in the Pontypool environmental quiz. Nursery raised an amazing £271 by hosting a cupcake day for Alzheimer's Society Cymru and we ended on a high with a fabulous 'Healthy Week'. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to see photographs.

 

May 2019

This month we have had lots of visitors at New Inn Primary. Torfaen Council delivered safe cycling sessions to our Year 6 pupils. Bromley from Keep Wales Tidy showed us how our seas and rivers are polluted by the things we throw away. In addition PC Champion came and spoke to Reception about the emergency services and Rosie and her Mum brought her young rabbits into Nursery for the pupils to see. All pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 showed real resilience and determination when completing national tests. Finally, pupils involved in the Pontypool Relay on 29th - 30th June wore their relay t-shirts to school to raise awareness of the event. So far £36, 653 has been raised in 2019 by the relay teams. At the end of May we launched our new Little NIPstars event, welcoming babies and toddlers into school  with their parents, grandparents or carers. We all had a wonderful time and look forward to the next

 

April 2019

We were very pleased with a turn out of 95.18% of parents for consultations in the spring term, a slight improvement on 94.05% in the autumn term. Don't forget, if you haven't made an appointment yet, we'd love to see you. This month we were thrilled to began our intergenerational partnership with St David's Hospice at Panteg Hosptal. Our charity ambassadors visited at Christmas when our choir sand Christmas songs and were delighted to revisit with games and stories to tell. We've also worked closely this month with PC Champion, our Police Liaison Officer on the SchoolBeat programme. Our April newsletter gave information on the new Strategic Equality Plan which can now be found on the website (information section ~ policies subsection).

 

March 2019

We celebrated lots of school success this month. A number of our pupils took part in the Pontypool Community Council Eisteddfod. Foundation Phase came joint 1st and Key Stage 2 came second.  There was also sporting success as we won the Torfaen Schools netball tournmanent, going through to regionals (Y5/6 team). We are immensely proud of all pupils involved and we are also extremely grateful to our staff for their hard work, preparing pupils for both events. Thank you to Miss Botting, Mrs Morgan, Miss Haftowski, Mr Waters & Miss Hughes.

 

February 2019 

We are delighted to inform you all that our school has been officially categorised as GREEN by Welsh Government, in the latest annual school bandings. National categorisation has four colour categories, ranging from red (most in need of support for improvement) to gree (highly effective). Our improvement journey has taken New Inn Primary School from amber in 2015, yellow in 2016 and on to green in 2019.  Being categorised as green means that our school is highly effective. Indicators include a well run school with strong leadership, clear priorities for improvement, a track record of raising standards and the capacity to support other schools to do so. I know that you will share my enormous pride in our staff and in our learners - your children. Also in what we can achieve together as a learning community. With all stakeholders working together we are confident that our school will continue to go from strength to strength. We greatly value your help and support in making our school the best it can be.

 

January 2019

This month our Charity Ambassadors are in the process of arranging some intergenerational work with St David's Hospice. This is a very exciting project and builds on the success of the Harvest Foodbank appeal, Children in Need and the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal this year.  Our School Council have been busy carrying out a learning walk linked to The Rights of the Child and the Eco committee have been celebrating the news that we have retained our Platinum Eco-School status for another year.  We are all delighted that recognition has been given to the high standards we have upheld and the school improvement work that has been undertaken in the last year. All of this and we're not half way through the year yet! What a wonderful school we have.

 

December 2018

Our attendance this month is currently above our target of 95.5%.  Great news everyone - keep up the good work. We were delighted to welcome so many of you to our Christmas concerts. There were 14 in total throughout the school and we greatly appreciated the support of all those who were able to attend. We were so proud of the children and would like to thank you all for providing the wonderful costumes and for helping children to learn their lines / songs etc. Christmas parties are planned for next week and we look forward to getting into the festive spirit with pupils.

 

November 2018

It was a pleasure to welcome parents to consultations this month, with a few appointments carrying over past half term. Our Charity Ambassadors contined their excellent work in November, working tirelessly to support the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. We raised an outstanding £604.26. They also co-ordinated the Children in Need fundraising day which raised almost £600 too. Well done to Cerys, Ethan, Kate, Logan & Rosie. This half term we are in the process of organising a baby and toddler club for siblings of our pupils. Therefore, we are requesting donations of used baby and toddler items in good condition. More details to follow after Christmas. We also extend a warm welcome to parents & carers with children in Reception & Year 1 to attend our reading workshop.

 

October 2018

The Eastern Valley Foodbank has sent a heartfelt thankyou for your very generous Harvest donations. They were staggered by the amount of food collected and they plan to come into school before Christmas to thank the children. We were delighted to support the local community in this way.  Also this month, we were delighted to welcome so many of you to parent consultations. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher if you have yet to make an appointment; we'd love to see you.  In response to parent feedback, we have organised a Reading Workshop for parents/carers of Reception & Year 1 pupils.  This will take place on the 13th November at 5pm in the infant hall. We will be covering our school approach to reading as well as explaining the Read Write Inc initiative. This month saw our first fire drill of the new academic year. The children responded extremely well and the school building was evacuated safely in 3 minutes. Also, a selection of junior pupils attended the Torfaen Sports Development Junior Cross Country event and were a credit to the school. Well done everyone! #healthyconfidentindividuals

 

September 2018

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new children and families in Nursery and Reception as well as those throughout the school. We hope that you all settle in well and that you will be very happy here at New Inn Primary. As the new acaemic year beckons we welcome Miss S Evans (Reception), Miss K Matthews (Y5), Miss R Haftowski (Y5/6) and Miss J Hughes (Y6). This week, many people have commented on how smart the children look in their new uniform and shoes. We are very proud of how well you have prepared them for school and thank you for supporting our high expectations of pupils' appearance. Thank you also for remembering about healthy snacks for break time as this will help us greatly as we work towards national accreditation as a healthy school.

 

June 2018

A real highlight of this month was our Science and Technology enhancement week, organised by Mrs Kelley and Miss Rees. The week started with a bang, thanks to Dr Johnny Furze from the University of Bristol. We also enjoyed visits from Space expert Ray Cassar and parent Dan England who spoke about renewable energy and power stations. We celebrated our pupils’ work at the end of a very enjoyable week with a Science and Technology Fair for parents. A large number of parents attended and enjoyed speaking to pupils about their exciting work. We were very fortunate with the weather in June and so both sports days went ahead with great support from parents and wider family members. We were also extremely proud to win the Torfaen Environmental Science Quiz 2018.

 

May 2018

Pupils conducted themselves admirably during national test week. They showed great resilience and a phenomenal amount of effort. We celebrated with a wonderful performance of The Railway Children by M & M Theatre Productions.  This month we welcomed governors into school for our annual Governor Engagement Day.  They observed lessons by Mrs Livesey (demonstrating Growth Mindset) and Mrs Mann (demonstrating use of TAPAS maths) and then they saw Read, Write Inc groups in action throughout the morning.  During the afternoon they met the Healthy Relationships Society and were treated to a Kiva lesson. They then combined book scrutiny with listening to learners at the end of the day.  Governors were extremely impressed with everything they saw and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the impact of our school development plan. The month ended on a high with the PTA fancy dress run of the equivalent distance from New Inn to Windsor Castle (in celebration of the royal wedding). The youngest puils in Nursery took part in a Royal Bounce at the same time. 

 

April 2018

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. Congratulations to five of our pupils who played in the DC Thomas Rugby Cup Final this month and won. Cameron Tovey, Cameron Stewart, James Davies, William Morgan and Rhys Bollen had the wonderful experience of playing at the Millennium Stadium and were a credit to the school. We are so proud of them and their wonderful sporting achievement. This month we had lots of visits from Spectrum, as part of our wellbeing work and we were delighted to host Kiva anti-bullying training for other schools. All of this exciting work forms part of our new anti-bullying strategy as detailed in our 'School Development Plan Synopsis for Parents 2017-18'.

 

March 2018

Who would ever have thought that we'd be closed due to snow in March!! Unfortunately the 'Beast from the East' hit Wales hard and this saw our school close for three days. I was extremely grateful to the volunteer helpers who cleared huge volumes of snow with me on Sunday 4th March. Thankfully, St David's Day  celebrations went ahead the following week and New Inn Primary was immersed in poetry, song, art and music. World Book Day was also rearranged and a reading related day of fun was had by all.

 

February 2018

Before half term we held a very successful curriculum enhancement week, focusing on the expressive arts. Activities for pupils included art, dance, drama and music and there was a very interesting collaboration with Llantarnam Grange. An artist in residence worked with key stage 2 pupils to plan, produce and evaluate ten pieces of batik artwork, which will shortly be on display in our school. Other links included a 'Stomp' workshop provided by Gwent Music, infant workshops held by Vibe, StreetFit classes held by Amanda Ellis and two West Mon pupils (Max and Jake) worked with classes on singing and performance. We are very grateful for the support provided by everyone involved. 

 

January 2018

This January Torfaen County Borough Council launched the Strive for 95+% attendance scheme. A key part of this attendance strategy is to effectively monitor and address patterns of school attendance through the traffic light approach. This is fully explained in the parent leaflet that can be found in the information section (under letters).  In school we continue to use SAM (School Attendance Matters) and OTIS (On Time & In School) bears. These are presented to the winning class each week in assembly. This month we have been very proud of Katie, Lucy & Megan who are part of the Youth Committee for the Pontypool Race for Life and sold unity bands to raise funds. The 2018 event will take place on the weekend of 26th - 27th May at Pontypool Park, with teams walking around the pitch for 24 hours. We hope you can support this very worthwhile cause.

 

December 2017

Well, the snow took everyone by surprise and we closed for 2 days. However, we successfully managed to rearrange Christmas concerts and fit in enough rehearsal time before the concerts began.  Fourteen concerts took place over 2 weeks and the chidren were outstanding! Christmas dinner was enjoyed by many pupils and staff and our attendance at the end of term was 96.4% which is above our target of 95.5%. As the autumn term draws to a close I must say what a wonderful term it has been. Since September the children have worked so hard and I am very proud of each and every one of them; what wonderful young people they are! I would like to thank all of the staff and governors at our school for your continued tremendous hard work and commitment to the pupils of our school. I also thank you for your continued support as we work together to offer the very best learning opportunities and experiences for your child. On behalf of everyone at New Inn Primary School, we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 8th January 2018.

 

November 2017

This month we welcomed Pudsey Bear and Blush Bear to kick off our fundraising for Children in Need.  Mufti day donations, biscuit sales and a raffle raised a staggering £638.43.  Members of our Eco Committee attended the National Eco Conference in Tredegar and the Year 6 visit to Gilwern was a huge success. Many thanks to the kind words from so many parents in relation to this trip: the staff loved it as much as the children!  Pupils were treated to a performace of Beauty & the Beast from M & M productions and our Read Write Inc parent workshop was very well attended. Many thanks to those parents who were able to attend; we hope you found it useful. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to St Fagans and their impeccable behaviour was commented on by many people on the day. Da iawn blwyddyn 3!

 

October 2017

October has been a busy month here at New Inn Primary School.  Pupils from Reception to Year 4 received their flu nasal spray and Design to Smile staff observed all pupils in infants brushing their teeth (all sparkly white!)  We had our last visit from PC Hayward before his retirement - an assembly on fireworks night & appropriate behaviour. We also welcomed South Wales Fire & Rescue Service into Year 2 & Year 5 for fire safety work.  Parents evening was very well attended and we have a wonderful Harvest service with your generous donations being given to the Eastern Valley Foodbank.  They were overwhelmed by your kindness and astounded that the donations totalled 147.2kgs - Wow!

 

September 2017

On behalf of the staff and Governors at New Inn Primary School, may I take this opportunithy to welcome you all to a new school year.  Thank you for your support in ensuring the children come to school looking very smart wearing their school uniform. As the new academic year beckons we welcome Miss Botting (Reception/Year one) and Mr Alston (Year 6) to the teaching staff. As with the rest of the staff, they were in school during the holidays getting everything ready for the children and we are all very much looking forward to the school year ahead.  I also welcome all the new families who have joined the New Inn Primary learning community; not just in Nursery and Reception but throughout the school. We hope your child/ren will soon settle into our school family. 

 

23rd June 2017

 What a lovely warm welcome I had upon my return to school. Thank you all for the well wishes during my absence.  This month our Governing Body spent the day in school, visiting our Nurture provision and meeting with The School Council & Eco Committee.  They were very impressed with what they saw and commented upon how well our pupils conducted themselves.  We also held two successful sports day.  The gazebos provided welcome shade for junior pupils and the cloud kept temperatures down for infants. We are extremely grateful to the PTA for providing a bottle of water for every child.  We also held three induction evenings: Nursery, Reception & Year 3.  Many thanks to all that attended and we look forward to next year with your child.

 

April & May 2017

As you have been made aware, I will be absent from school until the start of June. During this time I leave the school in the capable hands of Mrs Hooper as Deputy Head teacher and Mrs Minto as Assistant Head teacher.

 

24th March 2017
What a successful month March has been!  Many thanks to all parents and carers for providing the children with such lovely Welsh outfits and World Book Day costumes. The children looked wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a range of activities as part of the celebrations.  This month our Year 6 Bronze Ambassadors Madison Cook and Evan Minto took part in Torfaen Council's 'The Big Idea'.  They beat off strong competition from many other schools to win FIRST place and £250 for the school. Finally, our congratulations go to Mrs Appleby who won the 'Primary Teacher of the Year' award in the South Wales Argus Gwent Schools Award. We are so proud of our school and of all our pupils and staff.

 

27th February 2017

 

Our Bronze Ambassadors were invited to be involved in Torfaen Council’s ‘The Idea’. Year 6 pupils, Evan & Maddison, created and presented their idea of how they felt they could increase participation of physical activity within our school.  They prepared well and consulted a large number of pupils before presenting to a panel of judges. They beat off strong competition from many other schools to win first place (£250).   Later that day more exciting news followed from the South Wales Argus. Maria Appleby, Nursery teacher, has been nominated by parents for a teaching award.  She is in the final three and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony on 10th March.

 

20th January 2017

We were delighted to be 'School of the Week' in the South Wales Argus yesterday.  The children thoroughly enjoyed showing the reporter and photographer around our school and we were pleased with the postive response from parents.  The school categorisation data will shortly be published and we continue to show improvement throughout the school.  This term promises to be an exciting one and we will continue to tweet photos to share the childrens' learning journey with you.

 

16th December 2016

What a wonderful, fun-filled term we've had at New Inn Primary.  Each of our twelve Christmas concerts were well attended and the children performed brilliantly! What a school of superstars. The choir sang at New Inn Nursing Home and New Inn Congregational Church and were praised for their singing and exemplary behaviour. Many thanks to them all and of course, Mr Waters for leading them.  We end the term with very happy children and staff and look forward to the Christmas holidays.  Very best wishes to you all for a merry Christmas and a happy & healthy new year.  See you in 2017!

 

21st November 2016

Today staff have had a very exciting training day with Value Added Education, working on developing ICT and the Digital Competence Framework as part of this year's school development plan.  Tomorrow our digital leaders will be working with VAE to develop a digital prospectus - watch this space!  We have a fun few weeks ahead with the Aladdin pantomine on Thursday as a pre Christmas treat and then mufti day on Monday 28th, with all donations accepted for the PTA Christmas fete.  We hope you see you there.

 

21st October 2016

This half term has flown by in a flurry of success! Multicultural week was fantastic with staff and pupils learning so much about other countries and their cultures.  Pupils' cosumes were absolutely amazing and we thank parents for providing such excellent outfits. This week the Eastern Valley Foodbank collected our Harvest donations and they were staggered by the amount of items donated. Thank you to parents for being so generous.  Almost all parents attended parent consultations or have booked an appointment for the near future.  Furthermore, a large number of parents have expressed an interest in attending Nursery parent workshops run by Families First.  This month we sent parents a synopsis of the main focus of development this year for our school.  In addition, we explained the introduction of a values based curriculum. What a busy half term - have a well deserved rest this half term everyone. 

 

30th September 2016

What an exciting few weeks we have had here at New Inn Primary School. Today we announced our School Council Representatives, following the electoral ballot.  We also have the Criw Cymraeg and Learning Squad helping us with school improvement. Next week we start the application process for Eco Committee members and then 'pupil voice' will be leading the way at our school. We look forward to sharing their news with you in coming weeks.

 

September 2016

 Dear Parent and Carer / Annwyl Rhieni,

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to the new school year.  We are all  excited to have pupils back in our classrooms, filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help each child feel welcomed, connected and a part of our school family. Additionally, we strive to challenge each pupil to grow in his or her academic abilities. 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new children and families in Nursery and Reception as well as those throughout the school. We hope that you all settle in well and that you will be very happy here at New Inn Primary. 

Many people have commented on how smart all the children look in their new  uniform and shoes. We are very proud of how well you have prepared them for school and thank you for supporting our high expectations of pupils’ appearance. Thank you also for remembering about healthy snacks for break time ~ fresh fruit and vegetables only.  This will help us greatly as we work towards national accreditation as a healthy school.

This year promises to be full of successful experiences for all of our children.  Teachers have been busy planning and preparing their classrooms for the new  academic year.  In addition, we have undertaken a number of building maintenance projects throughout the summer. These include painting, outdoor safety flooring in Foundation Phase and replacing the majority of all lighting in school with energy  efficient light fittings; helping us to be more environmentally friendly and also saving money in energy bills.  Unfortunately, essential maintenance on the junior canteen is incomplete and we have been informed that the canteen will be closed until half term. In the meantime, Torfaen Catering are operating as normal with hot food being served in the infant hall and packed lunches being eaten in the junior hall. To ensure a smooth start to school life, our Reception pupils will all eat together in the infant hall.

 

Year group information letters will be available in the next week. These contain  information about the curriculum and general classroom organisation matters. We hope you find them useful. Furthermore, we will also send an overview of dates for the year which we hope will be useful to parents and enable you to plan ahead.  Two  further INSET days are planned for this term. School will be closed for children on Monday 31st October and Monday 21st November.  

 

I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.

Warm regards / Cofion cynnes,

Mrs Kate Prendergast

 
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