Non-uniform Day – Donations to Shine Cymru

We will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday 20th July for the charity ‘Shine’. We are really proud that Carys Marnell, one of our year 5 pupils, will be climbing Pen-Y-Fan on Saturday for the charity. To show our support, all donations will go towards Carys’ fundraising efforts. Good luck Carys, we know you can do it!

Machen Show

Thank you to the staff, pupils and PTA who ran stalls at the Machen Show on Saturday. The day was a huge success with the year 6 raising funds for their annual Leavers’ Trip – Thank you to everyone who donated. Thank you also to the PTA for your commitment to the school; your support is greatly appreciated and your cakes, as always, were amazing!

Machen Show

Huge thanks to everyone who helped out at the Machen Show. Despite the initial weather at the start of the day, it was fantastic day that raised a lot of money for the school.  We hope to be able to bring you the final total as soon as possible.

Thank you also to the pupils of Gold Class, Mrs James and Mrs Gidden who raised a fantastic £200 on their stall for the Year 6 leaver’s trip.

Bag2School Collection – Reminder

Thursday 30th June will be an opportunity for children to donate any unwanted clothes as part of our Bag2School collection.  All donations will be reused by people in developing countries who do not have access to many of the items which we take for granted.  A money donation will also be given to school based on the weight of the entire collection of bags.

This event will take place again later on in the year.

Rhydri Village Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out or came along to the Rhydri Summer Fair on Sunday 26th June.  I would like to offer my thanks to the PTA who work tirelessly for the benefit of the children in our school community.  Without their hard work, many of the activities that take place in school would not be possible.

New Whiteboard and Projector

This week, a new whiteboard and projector are being installed in the school hall. This will make it easier to show presentations, share song lyrics during assemblies and other meetings.  The money for these items were raised via PTA fundraising.

School Funding – Help Required

As a unique, small village school, allocated funds have to be spent very wisely. Over the last year, funding has been spent on many areas including:

  • the refurbishment of Rhydri Cottage – an additional learning environment for pupils in foundation phase;
  • collaboration with a professional storyboard artist and animator on a short film based around the first meeting between the Welsh and Tehuelche in Patagonia;
  • photography workshops with a local business based around the theme of ‘community’;
  • purchase of additional resources to support our improved literacy provision;
  • Purchase of additional resources to improve the foundation phase environment.

However, we are very reliant on our committed, effective PTA who have raised considerable funds for the school over the past few years. This has included:

  • part funding a variety of educational visits;
  • purchase of football kits for competitive events with other schools and sports equipment;
  • ICT equipment.

Over the next twelve months, the PTA is hoping to raise money to fund the following areas of school:

  • redevelopment of the woodland area adjacent to Rainbow Class. This will be used as an outdoor resource for all pupils;
  • Purchase of additional IT equipment for all classes, including Apple Macs and iPads.

Although very effective, the PTA are reliant on parents/carers to support and help out whenever possible. There are a number of events during the summer term which could prove very lucrative for school funds.  We would appreciate if everybody would offer to give some of their time to help set up stalls, serve, put away equipment at the end of the day.  Parents/carers do not need to commit to a whole day, but if everyone offered some time, this would help tremendously. It would be particularly helpful to have volunteers for the start and end of events.

Along with today’s newsletter, children will be bringing home a list of the events which will be taking place over the next few months. Please could you tick your availability if you are willing to volunteer.  It would be greatly appreciated.