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


dragonfly logo iconParentmail 29.9.23

Dear Parents/Carers,

PTA news

A PTA meeting took place on Friday morning and many thanks to those who attended.  It was especially nice to welcome new parents/carers to the group.  We can look forward to another fun-packed year of PTA events, which start today with a Cake Sale in aid of the DEC Appeals.  We look forward to seeing you there!


As there are several new parents/carers who have joined the school and the PTA, here’s a reminder of what the PTA did last year.  The video is in the process of being updated with recent PTA-funded additions – watch this space!


Link to video


PTA Spooks and Sparkles Disco Thursday 26th October

Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Disco is at 5pm till 5.45pm

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Disco is 6pm till 7pm


First Aid training for parents – Nursery to Year 2

Thank you to Lisa Williams, paramedic and St John Ambulance trainer, for delivering two Child and Infant First Aid Awareness sessions for parents/carers of pupils in Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2.  She also delivered training sessions in both Year 6 classes on ‘DRS ABC’: Danger, Response and ‘Shout!’, then Airway, Breathing and Circulation. They also practised putting someone into the recovery position and how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.  Thank you to Lisa and St John Ambulance for making this possible.

St John’s Ambulance Non-uniform Day – Friday 29th September

Thank you to all of you for joining in our St John Ambulance fundraiser by sending your children to school in casual clothes and donating on the gate.  An excellent £343.43 was raised!  Thank you for your generosity.


Harvest celebration: Wednesday 4th October

From Monday 2nd October, we are collecting donations of non-perishable food for a food bank as part of this year’s harvest celebration.  Below is a list of preferred items, but all non-perishable donations are welcome.  Following our Harvest assembly, members of the School Council in Years 5 and 6 will deliver the donations to the food bank.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Items needed by Food Banks:

Savoury Snacks

Sponge Puddings

Tinned Potatoes

Tinned Fruit

Rice Pudding

Fruit Juice (Long Life)

Tinned Custard




Please complete the e-consent form for your child if they are in Reception to Year 6. There is an option to refuse the Spray Vaccine if you wish as well.  If they have not received consent by Wednesday 4th October, they will not be able to administer it.  The letter is attached with the link/QR code in case you have missed it.


Curriculum meetings

Thank you to parents/carers for attending our year group meetings to date.  Only one remains: the Reception Reading meeting, which is on Friday 6th October at 2.30pm in the Small Hall.


Mental Health Day and Shwmae Day

The week after next – 9th – 13th October, we have two dressing-up days at Lakeside! 

Tuesday 10th October pupils and staff are invited to Wear Yellow for Mental Health and will be collecting donations for Bronwen’s Wish, a charity very close to our hearts here at Lakeside and which is financing the Wellbeing Pod being built in the school grounds at the moment. 


Then, on Friday 13th, we will celebrate Shwmae Day by wearing red or anything Welsh and enjoying some Welsh-themed activities provided by our Criw Cymraeg pupil group.


Children in Need – Friday 17th November

This is a non-uniform day and pupils and staff are invited to come to school with CRAZY HAIR!!! 


Lost Property

There are photos of lost property on the school website: Parents > Lost property, or via this link  If your child has mislaid something please take a look at the photos and let us know if you recognise anything.  Thank you.


Wishing you a pleasant weekend.


Best wishes,


Rachel Mitchell, Headteacher



Upcoming events / Term dates

October 2023

Thursday 5th October – flu vaccinations

Friday 6th October 2.30pm FP Hall – Reception curriculum meeting for parents/carers

Tuesday 10th October – Wear Yellow for World Mental Health Day

Friday 13th October – Wear Red/something ‘Welsh’ for Shwmae Day

w/c Monday 23rd October – Parents’ Consultations

w/c Monday 23rd October – Outdoor Learning Week at Lakeside

Thursday 26th October – Spooks and Sparkles Disco

Friday 27th October - Break up for half term


Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November – half term break

Friday 22nd December – Break up for Christmas


Term dates

2023-2024 academic year

Additional INSET days TBD

Break up for Half Term

Friday 27th October 2023



Autumn Half Term


Monday 30th October, 2023

Friday 3rd November, 2023

Break up for Christmas

Friday 22nd December



Christmas Break


Monday 25th December, 2023

Friday 8th January, 2024

Return to school

Monday 8th January, 2024



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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