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Marlborough Newsletter June 2021

Dear Marlborough families,

I hope that you all enjoyed the half term break. The appearance of the sun was certainly very welcome. It has been so lovely to welcome the children back today for the final half term of the school year.

We have a great half term planned, with our very own version of Glastonbury and a day on the Marlborough beach. Let's hope the sun continues to shine.

We are still very much working within Covid-19 restrictions. Please continue to help keep our school community safe by ensuring that all pupils do not attend school if they:

  • feel unwell, have any of the three classic​​ COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change of taste or smell) or they have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 10 days
  • live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 10​ days

Please also continue to wear your mask on the school playground, use the one way-system and continue to socially distance.

my best wishes for a happy and safe final half term,

Geraldine Foley (Headteacher)

Sports Day 2021

The final week of the half term in May saw our wonderful week of sport. The staff team, led Mr. Goodman and ably assisted by Mr. George and Mr. Lisboa, ensured that whilst a trip to NIAC was out of the question, the children had a wonderful sporting experience here on the school playground.

The pupils, (as always!) rose to the sporting chllenges, competing for their houses in a variety of events including relay races, sprints, javelin and navigating obstacles.

The points were counted up and ...

  • In first place was Pen Y Fan (yellow) house
  • In second place was Snowdon (red) house
  • In third place Cader Idris (green) house

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the You Tube livestream. The videos are still available on the school's YouTube channel.

Bringing the trips to Marlborough

Last half termsaw our 'trips' to the Marlborough Farm and Sports day. We have two further trips planned this term - Marlborough Festival and Marlborough Beach day. Please see message below from the staff team working on the festival:

As you will know, scheduled for Friday 25th June is our very own Marlborough Festival.

Under normal circumstances we would have several opportunities to showcase the talents of our pupils in school throughout the year but understandably, this year has been different.

We would like to give the opportunity for children to perform as part of our festival celebration.

If your child has a particular talent that can be ‘performed’ such as: playing an instrument, singing, dancing, martial arts, creating art works we would like to have a video of their performance to put into a video that will be played in classrooms on the day.

The video will be put on to YouTube later, please indicate if you give permission for this in your email.

Videos will need to be sent in by Friday the 11th of June by 4pm at the very latest. Entries received after this time will not be included.

Videos will need to be:

  • No more than 1 minute long.
  • Filmed in landscape view.
  • Sent to the following address: Talentclip5@Hwbcymru.net

Curriculum for Wales 2022

The start of this next half term will be mainly focused on one of the Four Purposes of the Curriculum for Wales,

to support the growth and development of Ethical, informed citizens who;

  • Find, evaluate and use evidence in forming views.
  • Engage with contemporary issues based upon their knowledge and values.
  • Understand and exercise their human and democratic responsibilities and rights.
  • Understand and consider the impact of their actions when making choices and acting.
  • Show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet and are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

There are two important days that are being marked throughout the world this week,

World Environment Day 5th June and World Ocean’s Day 8th June which coincide very well with the launch of our summer sustainability project.

Each year group has planned immersion and dressing up opportunities into the first day back to start the half term with a colourful and thoroughly engaging day. Teachers will pose thought provoking questions to collect prior knowledge and harness Pupil Voice.This will then help them plan the direction of the topic while using the following Statements of What Matters from the Expressive Arts AoLE and the Science and Technology AoLE.

This project with have an Expressive Arts focus with a Science and Technology bias. We will be investigation biodiversity and nature’s own solutions to overcoming problems caused by climate, landscape and predators. We aim to develop children’s curiosity about the natural world and work together to explore creative solutions to sustainability, by looking at nature’s own designs.

Flourishing School Community

This month's webinar by the wonderful Sally Evans focuses on harnessing positive emotions for a happier life.

Staff News

We said a sad farewell to Nic Coughlin at the end of the may half term. Nic worked in the School Office and been part of the Marlborough family over the past 17 years. We will miss her enormously and wish her well in her new post.

Huge congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Towler. The lovely Jess (Derbyn Melyn TA) married Dai over the half term break. We wish them every happiness together.

We send our best wishes to Mrs. Sarah Stephanakis who, having reached week 28 of her pregnancy, will work from home for the rest of this term. We very much look forward to meeting the new addition to the family.

Marlborough Wellbeing theme for June ‘Get Snappy’

Following our successful ‘100 miles in May’ challenge where our whole school community took on the challenge to improve our mental and physical health, this month we are going to get creative!

Linked to ‘Appreciation of Beauty’ one of our much-loved character strengths each member of the team is invited to take photographs of anything that strikes them as beautiful or moving. Mr Gough, one of our parents who is a photographer, has kindly agreed to judge the winning photograph at the end of the month! So, if you would like to join us and share any beautiful photographs you and your family take during the month of June when please feel free to share these with us at on twitter @MpsWellbeing.

So let’s get snappy!

Y Galon - Specialist Resource Base

We are proud to announce that we have been asked by the Local Authority to extend our Specialist Resource Base. We currently have 20 children between our two classes within the resource base which will now be extended to 30 children between three classes.

In September we will not only welcome new pupils but we also welcome two new members of staff. Mrs Justine Ryland and Mrs Rebecca Lewis are joining our team. They have already spent a day in class meeting all the children and staff and joined us for our INSET day on May 28th . We are also eagerly awaiting the development of two new sensory rooms which will be a wonderful addition for all our children to use.

As I am sure you will agree the Specialist Resource Base really is at the heart of Marlborough so from September onwards we will be renaming the Resource Base as ‘Y Galon’ which means ‘The Heart’ in Welsh. Exciting times ahead

Celebrating 10 years!

We are coming up to a significant milestone in the Marlborough story. Septermber 2021 will mark the 10th anniverary of Marlborough Primary following the amalgamation of Marlborough Infant and Junior schools. What a remarlkable 10 years it has been!

As staff we used the Inset day on May 28th to celebrate, evaluate and shape the strategic vision and direction for the next 10 years.

I remember so vividly joining the wonderful Marlborough family as Headteacher ten years ago. I remember feeling so priviliged and full of excited anticipation at the adventure we were about to embark on together. Joining Marlborough was, and remains, my dream come true. Here's to the next ten successful years!

Reporting to Parents

At present, all class teachers are busy writing end of year reports for every child in Marlborough. We anticipate that reports will be ready to share with our families and carers before the end of term. A pdf version of the report will be uploaded onto the Seesaw platform. Please let your child’s teacher aware if you are having issues accessing your child’s Seesaw account

Marlborough in Bloom

A huge thank you to one of our wonderful neighbours at Thomas Court for an incredibly kind donation to purchase bedding plants. Also, to Bute Park Nursery for supplying us with some spring bedding plants, to brighten up the Blenheim Road side of school. The Nursery children loved helping Mrs. Begum and Mrs. Lloyd plant them up at the end of last term.

Dates for your diary

  • Inset Days - Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th July - days taken in lieu of additional staff development hours worked throughout the academic year.
  • Friday 16th July - last day of the summer term

Credits:

Created with images by Peggy_Marco - "heart balloon sky" • Uschi_Du - "klatschmohn flower red"