St Mary's Catholic Primary Ysgol Gynradd Santes Fair Weekly Newsletter- CYLchlythyr wythnosol - 9th february 2024 (Issue 19)

Welcome to our St Mary's Weekly Newsletter!

Let us Pray- Gweddiwn

Start of Lent 2024

Ash Wednesday - 14th February

St Valentine's day- 14th February

Shared Year Group Family Mass- Y3 & Y6-

On Thursday, our Year 3 and 6 classes joined together with Fr Nicholas and Deacon Michael to celebrate Mass in the cathedral. It was very special to welcome families to join us and we are very grateful for your continued support in the Catholic life of our school. Da iawn to all the children who had a special role to play in the Mass- readers, servers, those who brought up the offertory procession and thanks to everyone for the beautiful singing! Well done pawb!


This week, I received a very BIG surprise email from the Leader newspaper. It read...

Apparently, some of our AMAZING parents have nominated our school for PRIMARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR in the Leader Education awards! We are all delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted for this wonderful award, and are very touched by your kindness and unfailing support for our school and staff. Even if we are not successful in winning this award, we are truly honoured to be regarded in such high esteem by those who mean the world to us! DIOLCH O GALON! Heartfelt thanks to you all. The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 14th March so we will all keep our fingers crossed until then!

Children's Mental Health Week-Your Voice Matters

5th-11th February

A huge thank you to our Eco Team and School Council for organising such an amazing Children's Mental Health week! Special thanks to Miss Davies, Mrs Robertson and Miss Edwards. We have all learnt that OUR VOICE MATTERS! Da iawn pawb!

Thank you to everyone for donating money to break the rules today! I must admit I thought I was in the wrong school this morning! Crazy hairstyles, coloured hair spray, tattoos. face painting and no school uniform! Shocking behaviour... but LOTS OF FUN!! Thank you to Miss Davies and everyone who helped organise such a wonderful week, promoting the use of our voices to express ourselves and make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of those around us! Da iawn pawb!

Cuts to School Budgets- Letter from Wrexham Primary Headteachers' Federation letter shared via email and Seesaw

Link to letter here

School Budget Letter from Mrs Bennington- Chair of Governors shared via email and Seesaw

Link to letter here

Eco Team News

End of Term Discos- postponed until Thursday 21st March (due to weather)

Diolch to DJ 'Tooley Tables' for organising mini- discos for children today and to the School Council & Mrs Robertson for organising a fantastic themed tuck shop! Ardderchog pawb!

Craft Event in Ty Pawb

Attendance Matters

Please note school starts 08:55 and finishes at 15:15.

St Mary's Attendance Race 2023-24

Please remember, children should not worry about having to stay off school if they are poorly. Children should only attend school if they are fit and well enough to do so. Routine appointments, holidays during term-time, days off for birthdays however, are not valid reasons to stay off school.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding with this very important matter.

Foundation Phase winners this week are:- Tulluanod with 97.7%

Dosbarth Palodau-96.9% Dosbarth Parotiaid-88% Dosbarth Pengwiniaid-91%, Dosbarth Robin Goch- 93.2%, Dosbarth Tulluanod-97.7%. Dosbarth Dryw- 95%

Key Stage 2 winners this week are:- Gwenfro with 97.6%

Dosbarth Clywedog-94% , Dosbarth Conwy-94.2%, Dosbarth Alyn-92.8%, Dosbarth Dyfi-97.2%, Dosbarth Gwenfro-97.6%, Dosbarth Dyfrdwy-92.1%, Dosbarth Gwaun-94.6%


WHOLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE- 94.1% - 1.7% improvement on last week- well done.

Please help us achieve our target next week!!

School Dinner orders

Please ensure that school dinners are pre-ordered at home. Teachers should not be ordering meals in school, as previously advised by WCBC. Thank you

Patrwm Yr Wythnos

The Criw Cymraeg’s ‘Patrwm yr Wythnos’ (Phrase of the week) this week is: 'Ga i chwarae efo ti? Can I play with you?

See FIDIO link

Makaton Sign of the Week

This week's sign is children

Click on the LINK

Class Assemblies 2023-24

Next class assembly after half term- Dosbarth Dryw Friday 23rd February

Please see the list of class assembly dates for the school year ahead below:-

Penblwydd Hapus i ti!

Happy birthday wishes to ...

Foundation Phase children- Katlyn, Luka

Key Stage 2 children-Rene, Joia, Evan, Filip, Nuria, Martha

Early Years- Harri got a trophy from his football club, Sam is going skiing to Andorra, Isabella is going to Center Parcs, Enzo is going on holiday on an aeroplane, Emilia is going to gymnastics, Oliver is going to Man United stadium tour, Lennon is going to the caravan and Nathan is going to Banana Ben's.

Years 1 and 2-Erin is starting swimming lessons, Amelia W passed Wave 3 and Oyintaena's aunty has had a new baby, Maria has got her yellow stripe intaekwondo, and Zaneta is starting swimming lessons. William had fun celebrating his birthday at Round the Twist, Katlyn also had a great party at Round the Twist and Lily Rose is going to see a pantomime

Years 3 and 4-Zion has started swimming lessons, Grace has moved up to swim challenge GOLD, Max has joined Wxm library and Niamh is trialling for two swimming galas.

Year 5- Ella is joining Sophia's dance group this week, Gracjan is going to Spain, Annabelle is having a sleepover party with Ella, Ivy and Sophia, Sophia's aunty Caroline is coming to stay and Sophia is going to Britain's Got Talent. Jian's mum has turned 38, Zuzanna's mum has turned 41, Evie & Ivy might be having a sleepover, Tomasz is getting an Xbox and is very excited and Matilda's nan is going to India.

Year 6- Issy G is going to Manchester for a fencing competition

Staff Training (INSET days 2023-24)

Friday 1st September 2023

Friday 27th October 2023

Friday 22nd December 2023

Monday 8th January 2024

Monday 8th April 2024

Monday 3rd June 2024

Local Support for Families

At this difficult time of austerity, please see some information about local services that are available to provide support to families in need.

Please contact school if you find yourself in a difficult situation and need some help/ support to signpost you to an appropriate service. Your requests will be handled in confidence and with sensitivity. Diolch. Mrs Acton.


If you need help from our foodbank there are a few simple steps to follow. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS TO GET A FOODBANK VOUCHER.

In order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis. Agencies we work with include: Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, social services and some local charities.


If you call or email our foodbank we can talk through your situation and put you in touch with a relevant local agency.


They will discuss your situation and supply you with a foodbank voucher where appropriate.

If you can’t afford food, you can call 0808 2082138 (freephone) to speak to a trained and independent Citizens Advice agent (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm). Please note this number is for people who do not have enough money for food – if you are a local organisation or charity that works with people who might need the food bank, please contact us directly.

Alternatively, please call 0300 330 1178 to speak to Wrexham’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau, who will be able to issue you with a food bank voucher if necessary.


You can find a list of our local centres and opening times here. When you arrive, we’ll welcome you with a warm drink and our trained volunteers will chat with you about your situation. We’ll also discuss any dietary needs you may have and exchange your foodbank voucher for a parcel of three days of emergency food. We’ll also help to support you in any other ways that we can. Most of our foodbank centres offer a cafe style environment and our aim is to provide non-judgemental support at the point of crisis.

If you have any further questions our FAQ’s page may help, or feel free to give us a call.

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Please get in touch by emailing:-

Pupil Development Grant

The Welsh Government funded Pupil Development Grant is available to help towards the costs of a child’s school uniform and equipment, for those on a low income. Any child eligible for free school meals in the year groups listed below are eligible. However, those receiving free school meals due to transitional protection arrangement would not be eligible.

Depending on the school year your child will be entering in September 2021 you could receive a grant of £125 or £200. Link

Anyone eligible for free school meals and in the following year groups will qualify for the grant: Entering reception class in primary school, Entering school years 1 to 11, In a special school, special needs resource base or pupil referral unit and are aged 4 to 15.For any looked after children of compulsory school age who are not receiving free school meals, please email for an application form.

Welsh Courses for Parents

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer in school?

Here at St Mary’s we are very keen to involve parents, grandparents and family members in the life of the school. We are always looking for volunteers to help out a wide range of activities such as school trips and walking the children to sporting events. We are also very happy to invite volunteers to share special skills, interests or experiences to enhance the children’s opportunities or provision e.g. gardening, sewing, sharing job skills/ experiences etc.

If you would like to be involved in any volunteer work for the school, please click on the link and complete and return the forms attached.

Please note:- All volunteers will be subject to DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance. Thank you

Many thanks.

Welsh Government Announcement

Physical punishment of children is now illegal in Wales. Children have the same protection from assault as adults. This is to protect children and their rights. To find out more visit:

Support the Friends of St Mary’s

to raise much needed funds for the benefit of all our children Friends of St. Mary’s School are now registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself!

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