To be the best you can be

Dear parents, carers and children,

The children from Year 2 to Year 6 have all completed the National Tests. Once again I have been so impressed  with  each and  everyone of them. I can honestly say they have tried their very best, even when they have found something challenging. It made me so proud to see one Year 6 pupil had written ‘I did my best’ on the back of one of his test papers and as the children know, that is always good enough. We cannot ask for anything more. I want to say that these tests do not measure how kind and caring they are; their ability to work in a team; how good they are at sports; their performing skills; their respect for each other; their sense of humour; their love of learning; how interesting and interested they are and their individuality. These are the things that make them special and are the essence of our school.

There is some magic happening in Terrace Road at the moment. As you will know, Mrs Castle has started her maternity leave. She gave birth to a beautiful boy – Xavi. They are both really well. We have seen photos but cannot wait for him to visit us in school.  I also have the pleasure in informing you that  Mrs Williams, Mrs Stanhope, Mrs Hall and Mrs Carra are all expecting babies!  They will be on maternity leave when we return to school after the summer holidays. We are in the process of appointing new teachers to cover their classes so I will keep you updated.

The attendance at the moment is the best it has ever been. At the end of the spring term over 130 children had over 98% attendance for that term. Our attendance to date stands at 95.3% which is fantastic. So thank you, I know we can maintain this with your support.

Thank you

Alison Evans

 

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Thank you

Dear parents, carers and children,

On  Sunday 19th March we had a community day – I was overwhelmed with the response from parents, pupils, staff and the local community. Throughout the day we must have had 50 volunteers who were given jobs to do around the school to improve the environment. Our school is a wonderful building with immense character, however it does present some challenges with the upkeep. John our caretaker works so hard but could sometimes do with a helping hand. We managed in the day to paint areas of the school, clear some of the garden areas, throw away clutter and make a very good start on painting the railings around the school. There was a real community spirit that day. Lifepoint Church were a huge help and even set up a football match in the yard to keep some of the children entertained. We had lots of parental support, who were so willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. Thank you. Anything that can be done  to make Terrace Road even better for our children is very much appreciated. If you have been on Terrace Road you will see that we did not finishing painting the railings (the weather defeated us) but we have a plan to complete them and those on Norfolk Street, in the near future. If anyone feels they could help out please come and see me, we do need your help.

Comic Relief was a huge success, as it always is in Terrace Road. All the children and staff wore pyjamas and donated money to do so. The infants decorated biscuits and sold them at the end of the day.  I asked the Year 5 and 6 children if they would like to play a part in the day by organising some events. Their response was fantastic. They worked in groups to set up stalls and activities – we had a tuck shop, cross bar challenge, penalty shoot out, face painting, nail varnish, guess the number, guess the name of the teddy, balloon pop and  a Red Nose decorated biscuit stall, we even had some children doing a sponsored silence. The Year 5 and 6 pupils raised a massive £382. I know you will agree with me that is exceptional, we do have the most caring children. I am so proud of them. The grand total for the day was £680. I am very grateful that Terrace Road has the most generous parents so thank you. This money will make such a difference to children who need some help and support.

The attendance for the year (so far) is exactly 95% – hurrah. This is the first time we have reached the recommended target from Welsh Assembly Government. We need to sustain and improve on this until the end of the school year (July 2017). I have promised the children that if we are 95% or above at the end of the summer term we will have a party (suggested by Kobir). So thank you again for helping us achieve this and let’s really try to make sure the children get their party in July.

We had some visitors this week from Llandeilo Primary School, the Headteacher Mrs Towns,  and some of the staff  came to look at Restorative Practice in Terrace Road. They joined us in our staff Check In and observed some class Check Ins in the Foundation Phase. They then spoke to our RP Buddies about their role in the school and how they feel Restorative Practice helps us in Terrace Road. Again, the children were a credit to our school, they spoke with enthusiasm and incredible understanding which demonstrated so clearly the positive impact Restorative Practice has had in our school. The teachers from Llandeilo were very impressed with our children and so was I.

Can I just remind you again the National Test week is 3rd may 2017 to the 10th May 2017.

Thank you for your support

Alison Evans

Having fun while learning

Dear parents, carers and children,

What a triumph the World Book Day in Terrace Road on Thursday 9th March was. It was such a fun day with promoting the love of reading at the heart. A huge thank you to all the people from our school community that came in to read to the children. The children really enjoyed listening to a ‘different’ voice and it demonstrated to them that reading is important at any age. The number of children who dressed up as a book character was impressive. I saw Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, The Cat in the Hat, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Willy Wonka, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Bo Peep and so many more. There was a real buzz in the school. Not only did the children dress up the staff also came dressed in  a variety of outfits depicting characters from a book. They never disappoint! One of the most successful parts of the day was when the junior children read to the infant children. The staff were really impressed with both the older and younger children. The juniors were amazing, involving the infants by asking questions, using fantastic expression and voices to make sure the story was as interesting as possible. The infants listened very well and thoroughly enjoyed hearing a story being read by another child. We had a book swap, where a child brought in a book and swapped  with one another child had brought in. The day culminated in a parade so we could all see the amazing outfits. Two of our Reading Leaders – Casey and Yusef and Sharon Jones (Curriculum Leader for the Education Authority) were our judges and gave awards for the most interesting outfits. Kev John (who we love ) read a story to the whole school and was, as always hilarious. It was a wonderful day, organised by Mrs Williams and Mrs Roberts who, I know you will agree, did an outstanding job.

On Sunday 19th March we are having a community day. The aim of this day is to make Terrace Road even better and brighter. We want to paint the railings, tidy up the garden areas and yards and paint areas inside the school, which is ambitious but with enough volunteers we can do it. So if you can give some time on that day we would we very grateful. We are starting at 10 o’ clock in the morning and hoping to finish around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. If you can help out, even for an hour, please could you let us know so we can organise the day. A letter has gone out with the children with a reply slip. However, if you haven’t seen the letter just give the school a ring or speak to one of the staff if you are able to help. Lifepoint Church are bringing their football team and will be organising games in the yard for the children.

Just a reminder that the National Tests are approaching  – these are the tests set by the Welsh Assembly Government for all pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 in primary schools. There are three separate tests – Reading, Maths Procedural and Maths Reasoning and are to be administered from the 3rd May 2017 through to the 10th May 2017. I would ask parents to make every effort to ensure their children are in school for those dates.

Again I thank you for the support to give to the school.

Alison Evans

 

 

 

It is good to be back

Dear parents, carers and children,

After being away from Terrace Road for 6 months it is lovely to be back. It was such a pleasure to see the children again and some of them have grown so much in that short space of time. The prefects that were appointed in September are doing a very good job in ensuring that movement around the school is calm and orderly, I have been very impressed with how responsible they are. They are very good role models for the rest of the children in the school.

I was pleased to see so many of the children looking smart in their school uniform, thank you. It really does make a difference and the children feel they are part of the Terrace Road team. There are also many new faces, as a school we are exceptionally good at welcoming new children and making them feel happy and secure.

Our value for this month is Love. The junior children suggested that these are the behaviours that show love in Terrace Road.

Love is:                                                                                                                                                           Making someone smile.                                                                                                                                 Making yourself and others feel safe.                                                                                                         Being kind and caring.

These behaviours are written on a poster and displayed in all the classrooms and around the school. When a child shows these behaviours they are given a leaf which is placed on our value’s tree in the junior hall. The value for February is Friendship. I will keep you posted on the behaviours chosen by the children that show friendship in Terrace Road.

 

On Friday 2nd February we had an NSPCC Number Day. The children and staff wore clothes with numbers on, I wore a rather fetching Numicon crown. We also carried out number based activities throughout the day. We raised £125 for the NSPCC so thank you. It never fails to impress me generosity of the parents and children of Terrace Road.

This coming Friday 9th February we will be having a day to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, organised by Mr James. His father is very kindly supporting the day by sponsoring a bouncy castle and Mr James is organising a Dodge Ball tournament with the junior children. There will even be a staff team!

If you have been in the school you will see that we have new carpets on all the stairwells. they look a lot brighter and smarter. We have also made some changes to the infant gates. The old ones have been replaced and there is now a much wider opening for easier access into and out of the yard. We are working on improving the garden areas in the infant yard, Mr Davies our site manager has been working hard on building new planters. If you can give some time to help us make these improvements we would be very grateful.

I am very pleased to say that we are a ‘Green’ school for the second year. This is testament to the very hard working staff who always give their very best to ensure the children of Terrace Road are happy and reach their potential.

Thank you for your continued support.

Alison Evans

 

 

 

 

Nadolig Llawen 

Well I can’t believe that it is the end of another term already! 

During the final week of term our KS2 children got to perform in front of many parents and friends of Terrace Road on Wednesday. It was a packed out Junior hall and it was great to see so many people smiling and having a really good time during another successful panto! Our staff worked tirelessly to coordinate such a successful show and I’m sure that they are looking forward to a well deserved break over the holidays.


The PTA have raised over £1000 this week to various excellently organised activities. We hope to see the benefits of this fundraising next summer with plans to remodel our key stage 2 playground. I would like to thank the PTA for their continued hard work and dedication. I can assure everyone by that the money will be well spent benefit the pupils of Terrace Road.


In other news, our new foyer is now complete. Mrs Dowle and Mrs. Lloyd-Owen, our office manager and pastoral officer, will be working with you through our new and improved glazed opening that I’m sure you will agree is more welcoming than the ‘old hatch.’


There will be some maintenance going on out throughout the Christmas holidays including new carpets in many areas of the school that will give our beautiful Victorian building a well needed lift. The school council, head boy and head girl gave their recommendations on carpet colours and vinyl flooring for the toilets in our Junior department and I’m sure they will be happy to see the results in the new year.

In January, we welcome back Mrs Evans as headteacher and I will be back in class with my wonderful Y3/4 children. We won’t be saying goodbye to Miss Morris as she will be staying with us to work with our Y2 and Y6 as writing interventions teacher.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone associated with Terrace Road Primary School a Merry Christmas and have a very relaxing new year. Thank you all for your support continued support this term and look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

HT Blog – 09/12/16

It has been a very busy couple of weeks at Terrace Road with hundreds of you flooding through our doors to see our talented actors, singers and dancers in the variety of Christmas concerts that we have offered you.

We started this week with a Food Safety Day organised by Miss George, our healthy school leader. This was a massive success and children loved the whole school assembly, including the singing and dancing. 


We had a group of year 5/6 pupils visit the new Swansea University Bay Campus yesterday for our entrepreneurial project.  They were lucky enough to present their to 9 other schools as well as representatives from Gower college and even a candidate from the television show ‘The Apprentice’ named Adam Corbally. The children came out of the day full of creativity and raring to go for their next moneymaking project. Look out for Cariad Candles and Perfect Purses at next week’s school fayre, on Tuesday 13th December.


Next Thursday it is PARTY DAY!  Children are going to be have a fun filled day to end the term and they are all invited to wear their festive jumpers and Christmas colours to school,so it will be a non-school uniform day. We will invite children to donate to see the children as part of being able to wear Christmas jumpers. A letter will be sent out in the next few days from your class teacher.

Next week we have our junior panto, Cinderella Rockefella. This will take place on Wednesday at 1pm and Wednesday evening at 5:30pm. Parents are reminded to use the top entrance for the 1pm performance but can only use the bottom entrance on Norfolk Street for the 5:30pm show. I’m sure it is going to be fantastic show as the children have worked their socks off to entertain you, and I know they will! There are still tickets for sale but they are going fast! Get to the office to purchase yours, before it’s too late!

In other news, we have been very lucky to have Swansea council kindly renovate the old boiler room with a total cost close to £100,000. This has not come out of school budget so we are very lucky to be chosen for these upgrades. I have attached some before and after pictures for you to see how great it looks. Mrs Stares has suggested that we use the room for Read Write Inc…. but I’m afraid that isn’t possible. If only! Ha!



Next week is the last week of term and last week that I will be serving you as acting headteacher. We will be welcoming Mrs Evans back to Terrace Road in January and I know from speaking to her already that she is raring to go for the new term. Here is Mrs. Evans, the handsome Jude Evans and our Chair of Governors, Erika Kirchner whilst visiting last week.


I will be back in class in January with year 3/4 and can’t wait to get back to teaching. This goes that saying that Miss Morris has done an excellent job doing the autumn term and we thank you her for her outstanding efforts this term to settle into the school. 

We end the term with attendance at 94.67% which I’m very pleased with. It is higher than our target of 94.4% for 2016/17 and with your help, I know we can keep improving throughout the year.

If you need absolutely anything in the final week of term please don’t hesitate to visit the school. 

I will be doing my final blog next week reflecting on this busy term, so until then, HWYL FAWR!

Mr. D!

HT Blog 28/11/16

Good evening everyone! Noswaith dda!

We are gearing ourselves up for a busy few weeks at Terrace Road! It is the run up to Christmas and of course, our diaries are jam packed with exciting events.

A newsletter will be sent out on Thursday 1st December to remind you of each date to save in your diary. 

This week kicks it all off with our Nursery/Reception children performing their concert. If you haven’t already, please get your tickets from the office as they are selling fast! I watched the dress rehearsal this afternoon and it is looking brilliant! I love the way that some childre shine when in front of an audience! It could be the very beginnings of the road to stardom. I’ll be getting my autographs early as they may be worth a lot in future!!


Later this week, we also have our Y1/2 performing ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsals and I know that you are all in for a real treat! Furthermore, purchase your tickets from the office! It could be a sell out. 

Please keep checking our Twitter feed as we like to keep you updated as exciting events and lessons unfold.

As the weather turns colder and wetter, I would kindly remind parents and guardians not to park on the zig zag lines on Norfolk Street during the busy morning drop off times and at the end of the days. It really does make a difference to the flow of traffic if there are no vehicles blocking the way and I know that our local PCSO Dave Moore is keen to enforce fines on those parked on yellow zig zags so please plan your parking before and after school. 
I know that it is difficult as we have staff who struggle on a daily basis to squeeze into tight spaces on Terrace Road and Norfolk Street. Recently, I had a £35 fine for being 2 inches onto a yellow line on Terrce Road so please be cautious.

On a separate note, please continue to keep in touch with the office staff on a daily basis regarding pupil absences, lateness due to appointments and dinner money. We appreciate your help and honesty and it makes the lives of the office staff so much easier when you keep us regularly updated. Also, if you have changed your contact details such as phone number, please update our staff as it’ll be easier to get hold of you in an emergency. 

We did a #getcaughtreading challenge last week, very well organised by Mrs. Williams. Here is what happens when #getcaughtreading goes wrong!!! I don’t think he was keen on the book!!!


Well I hope to see many of you this week for our concerts, you are in for a treat!

All the very best! Diolch i chi am ddarllen!

Mr. D