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The PTA Cake Sale this week raised a wonderful £155! Thank you to all involved!


dragonfly logo iconParentmail 15.12.23

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a wonderful week it’s been!  I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying six parent/carer sharing sessions so far, which have been an absolute joy to watch, as I’m sure you agree.  Warm, wonderful, funny, musical and very Christmassy!  Thank you for supplying costumes and props, and for coming to watch your children performing.  There are three more parent/carer sharing sessions to go, plus year group Christmas parties – please see details about next week below.

If you would like a trip down Memory Lane you can watch the Christmas videos we made in 2020 and 2021, when parents/carers were unable to join us in person due to the Covid pandemic.  Below are the links and passwords for the videos:


Password: Rudolph236!


New Parent Governor

We are delighted to inform you that Mariam Rauf has been elected as a parent-governor and will join the school’s governing body immediately.  We would like to welcome Mariam to the role and look forward to working with her.  Thank you to all who put themselves forward and who voted in the election.


Nasal Flu Vaccine Walk-in clinic – tomorrow (Saturday 16th December)

The School Nursing Immunisation Team have arranged a Flu walk-in clinic for those children (Reception to Year 11) that missed their flu vaccination at school.  Please see the attached leaflet.


Food Bank Donations

Thank you so much for your donations to the Food Bank at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gabalfa this week.  Mrs Street and the School Council delivered the donations yesterday and were able to top up the Food Bank’s stores.  There were some lovely Christmas treats among the donations too, which were put in a special Christmas box.  The School Council thoroughly enjoyed their trip, despite the rain, and were helpful, efficient and very well behaved – as always!  Thank you to them, Mrs Street and Lakeside families for their continued generosity.


Circle of Security group information

Cardiff Parenting are offering Circle of Security sessions for families living in Cardiff which is a relationship-based programme for parents of babies and younger children.  Please see the attachment for information.


Next week

After-school Clubs

There are no after-school clubs next week. 


Donkey and friends visiting Nursery – Monday 18th

On Monday, a friendly donkey and his farmyard friends are coming to school to visit the Nursery children.  Morning and afternoon Nursery children will all have an opportunity to say hello to the animals and Farmer Haydn.




Choir visit to Penylan Care Home – Monday 18th 2pm

The school choir will be visiting Penylan Care Home to share some Christmas songs with the residents there.  Staff will walk the children there and back.  There is no choir after school on Monday 18th, so please collect your children at 3.30pm.  Thank you.


The three remaining Sharing sessions are as follows:


Year Group Christmas Sharing sessions

Day / Date – 9.30am starts, Big Hall

Year group

Tuesday 19th December

Year 4

Wednesday 20th December

Year 6

Thursday 21st December

Year 5



The Christmas parties/films are as follows (please note the change to the Year 5 date):


Year group Christmas party/film

Year group


Nursery (am and pm)

Wednesday 20th December


Wednesday 20th December

Year 1

Wednesday 20th December

Year 2

Tuesday 19th December

Year 3

Wednesday 20th December

Year 4

Wednesday 20th December

Year 5

Friday 22nd December

Year 6

Friday 22nd December

Nursery to Year 2: pupils can wear party clothes/own clothes to school

Year 3 to 6: pupils can wear party clothes/own clothes/pyjamas to school

School will provide snacks for these events


Pantomime – Friday 22nd December

The children will have a lovely treat on the last day of term when they enjoy a visit from a theatre company who will perform a pantomime for them.  Many thanks to the PTA for financing this for us.


Carols at the Crossroads – Saturday 23rd December

Please see the attached leaflet for information on a local Christmas fund-raising event, with carols, donkeys, refreshments and more, at Park End Church 4pm to 6pm on Saturday 23rd December.


Lost Property

Unclaimed lost property will be donated to charity next week.  If you are aware that your child has lost something, please either see the lost property page of the web site or send a message/email to school with a description.  We will do our best to reunited items with owners.  Thank you

Link to Lost Property: 

Wishing you a pleasant weekend.

Best wishes,

Rachel Mitchell, Headteacher

Upcoming events / Term dates

January 2024

  • Monday 8th January – return to school
  • Friday 19th January – Inset Day
  • Monday 29th January – PTA AGM 3.30pm – KS2 Staffroom

Term dates

2023-2024 academic year

Break up for Christmas

Friday 22nd December


Christmas Break


Monday 25th December, 2023

Friday 5th January, 2024

Return to school

Monday 8th January, 2024



Friday 19th January



Break up for Half Term

Friday 9th February, 2024


Spring Half Term

Monday 12th February, 2024

Friday 16th February, 2024


Break up for Easter

Friday 22nd March, 2024


Easter Break


Monday 25th March, 2024

Friday 5th April, 2024

Return to school

Monday 8th April, 2024



Monday 6th May, 2024


Break up for Half Term

Friday 24th May


Summer Half Term


Monday 27th May, 2024

Friday 31st May, 2024

Last day of term

Monday 22nd July, 2024



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