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STEM Week
During this week pupils have enjoyed learning about all the different opportunities science and engineering can offer. They had the opportunity to work with new technologies and find out lots about maths and science in everyday life.
 
Below are a few of the visitors we had in school.
 
 
Aston Martins Visit
 
What a fantastic day to start our STEM week. Aston Martin arrived with the Rapide and DB11 sports car and three apprentices gave a wonderful presentation based on Engineering, the history and life at Aston Martin. All the pupils saw the cars and some lucky ones got to sit inside them.
Rt Hon Alun Cairns, the Welsh Secretary of State also joined us and spoke to the children. It really was a wonderful day for staff and pupils at St Athan Primary.
 
DVLA Workshops
 
Monday the 25th September three men came in from the DVLA and took year 5 into the ICT suite. First we had to read instructions to create a game using Acrobits. We then downloaded the game into a mini-bit. After that we made our own game using blue tack, wires and crocodile clips. We had an amazing time. By Lucy and Chloe Year 5.

Visit from Mathew Davies

Yesterday Mathew Davies, Ward Manager of children’s ward Princess of Wales came into school to talk to Reception and Year 1. He chatted about how technology helps him in his job as a nurse. We were able to try a few of the machines, take each others temperatures and test our oxygen levels.

Workshop by Cardiff University Space and Engineering

Sarah from Cardiff University came in to tell us about asteroids and meteorites. She even brought in some samples

Racing Excitement

What a super morning we have had today with Cardiff University Engineering Department. Member of the student Racing Team made a very interesting presentation about how they design, build and race their car. They are currently the champions of the Formula Student World Championship Competition. The children asked fantastic questions and really enjoyed the whole experience.

 
 

A big thank you to everyone who joined in with Red Nose Day celebrations. We managed to raise over £300!!!! 

 

 

 

 

St David’s Day Celebrations at St Athan Primary School

Pupils at St Athan Primary School enjoyed Welsh activities throughout the day e.g. folk dancing, storytelling, rugby skills and singing as well as using ICT skills to produce Welsh interactive posters.The day ended with the traditional Bardic Chair Ceremony which this year was won by Kathryn Lynch-Wilson.

A fantastic day, well done everybody involved.

 

    

Eco Litter Picking

St Athan ECO committee were joined by Tom from Keep Wales Tidy and Mr Acott, they all litter picked the local church yard, they gathered 3 bags of rubbish. On the litter pick we found this bottle, which we will recycle but also we want to find out how old it is!

Celebrating Success

Following our recent Inspection success, RT Hon Alun Cairns MP came to visit us and meet our super pupils.

        

     

   Lead Creative School Project is underway...

 

     

 

         

We have been selected as a  Lead Creative School and for the next two years will be working alongside the Arts Council of Wales and professional experts to creatively enhance literacy and digital competence for pupils. Year 4 will be the focus this academic year with another year group benefiting from this experience next year. 

Storyteller 

Thank you to M ark Dorey, author and storyteller for coming in to school today and book signing for pupils in St Athan Primary School. It was a great success

Children in Need 

Well done and thank you to everyone for all their support. We had a fun, spotty day and raised £200 for Children in Need. Fantastic effort from all once again. 

Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union Visit

June 28th 2016 we have been lucky enough to have a visit from Mr. Martyn Phillips Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union. Mr Phillips spent the morning with our year 6 pupils. There was a brilliant question and answer session. Well done year 6 and a huge thank you to Mr Phillips.

          

Mr Phillips also presented our Sports girl and Boy of the year trophies.

     

      

He also met our rugby team.

 

 

Eco Committee Celebrations

 
What an amazing year our Eco Committee and Mrs Nicholls has had . They have worked tirelessly to improve Eco in our school, worked in partnership with  the community, linked with a school in Uganda and now achieved t he 3rd Green Flag for our school.
 

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JRSO

 
 
A few of our JRSO's were out in the village with PCSO Fraser and her colleague. The JRSO’s used 2 different types of speed cameras. They had to record the speeds of vehicles and the number plate as the vehicles travelled through the village. The JRSO’s are pleased to say that the majority of vehicles speeds were under the limit.
 

Show Racism The Red Card

Year 5 and Year 6 say YES to treating people equally and being anti-racism role models !

 

Sports Relief

Staff v Children in a variety of races. Raising funds for Sports Relief.

Jane Hutt Visiting Breakfast Club

Jane Hutt AM visited our Breakfast Club today and met our children, staff and parents.

 

National Storytelling Week and we celebrated it through theatre productions, storytelling sessions and encouraging our children to tell stories in class.

We also invited all parents to have an opportunity to come in to school and read a story with their child.

We had a fantastic week!

Governing Body

A huge well done to the Governing Body at St Athan Primary School for achieving the Govening Body Quality Mark Broze Award. This represents the commitment and hard work of every member of the governing body and their strong partnership with St Athan Primary School.

Cardiff Blues

Every Thursday we have Matt from Cardiff blues rugby team come into school. Matt teaches us skills to play rugby. We have been learning to control the rugby ball and test our reflexes. We are looking forward to the next few sessions with him. 
 
 

Jehu Year 6

Year 6 went to visit the local Jehu Building site and had a great time learning about building sites and the maths that goes into building a house!

 

Cross Country

20 of our year 5 and 6 children represented our school at Penarth lesiure centre. They all were fantastic!

 

New Gates

As you will all have seen our stunning new gates have been installed, designed by our children alongside the artist Mr David Mackie. A huge thank you to Mr Mackie and a very well done to our children for designing such an eye catching style. 
And of course a big thank you to the Vale Arts Development Team for funding the whole project
 

Welly walk 

Thank you to all that donated to our welly walk we raised an amazing £100!

 

Harvest 

A huge thank you for all your harvest contributions and to Mrs McNamara and Mrs Munro who gave a super assembly for the children on the purpose and runnings of the Vale foodbank.

 

Year 1 Rocket Workshop

We made rockets from paper and decorated them with colours and stickers.
Then we went outside and launched our rockets. We placed them on a special
pump and held the red button as we counted down to ‘ blast off’ . We had to
press the green button to launch the rocket.
The rockets went really high and two of them landed on the roof.
We learnt lots about rockets and had lots of fun. ( by Year 1 pupils)

 

Pyjama Drama for Nursery and Reception

French in Year 5 and 6

  Konflux Theatre

 

 

Kinetic Theatre Visit

On Monday 27th April a theatre called Kinetic Theatre came into our school, and came to do a play about a missing diamond. They also taught us a lot about solids, liquids and gases. Liam, Jake and Jessica G. were chosen to take part in the play. They got to be a character. Jake was the granddad, Liam was the taxi driver and Jessica was the Queens daughter Poppy. My favourite bit was looking at who stole the diamond. Jakes favourite part was when he got to act it out and go back stage. We all enjoyed watching the play.
By Kain Woods and Jake Hayvice
 

Skate-Park Artists

We were very lucky to have an artist work with some of our Year 6 children creating designs to improve the appearance of the local skate-park. The children also had a chance to paint their designs on to the ramps at the Skate-Park.

Twelve of Year 6’s went to the skatepark to meet with Bradley the artist. He had looked at the designs we had come up with for the ramps and had made some final design pictures that would go on the ramps. We would help by starting to put on the background colours which would all be animal prints. First we had to put on overalls, gloves and masks and then we were able to use the spray paint. It was great to be able to use them, although all the pressing made our fingers hurt! Bradley was going to stay on and finish the art work. We can’t wait to see them finished and we are very proud that we were able to help with our ideas and our painting skills. By Year 6

School Choir

Our choir was very busy!

The children sang at the St Athan Christmas Lights Switch On, at the old age pensioners’ party in the Community Centre and as part of the Key Stage Two Christmas service in St Athan Church.

The choir also travelled to the Bro Radio Studios in Barry to record five Christmas songs. If you want to hear them, either tune in to Bro Radio on Christmas Eve between 6 and 8 pm, or listen to the songs on the Bro Radio website (broradio.fm). Simply follow the link for Christmas School Choirs.

We have had lovely feedback from many members of the community and would like to thank all children for their outstanding commitment and hard work over the past few weeks.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda,

Mr Maurer

Choir sings on Bro Radio

Listen to our school choir singing Christmas songs on the Bro Radio official website!

Pantomime time!

It is that time of year again and yet again this year's panto did not let us down all the children and staff loved it!

      

 

Visitors to our school
Year 3 pupils from all the cluster primary schools came to join our lessons. Welsh with Mr Hughes organising fun games, role play activities and ICT sessions. We also shared our wonderful ‘Woodland Wonder’ with the children. A super, successful day was enjoyed by all and a big thank you to Mrs Simkiss and Mr Hughes for organising such fabulous activities.
 

Congratulations to our CSI winners!

Following on from our CSI afternoon at Llantwit Major School, the children did some follow up work to identify the criminal. These were entered into a competition which was judged by the Lions and Llantwit Major School. The winner was Tesha Jones, with Isabelle Phillips coming second and Ben Gifford third. Well done!

Ten Pieces Cinema Trip

On Friday 3rd October, Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to go to the Odeon in Cardiff Bay to watch a film created by the Welsh National Orchestra. We watched the premier screening of their film, called ‘Ten Pieces’. It was called Ten Pieces because it included 10 different classical pieces of music, some of which include Beethoven’s 5th symphony, Holst, Grieg and Mozart. There were many famous faces in the film, such as Dick and Dom, Claudia Winkleman and Katy B.

In the cinema, there were two other schools, as well as the conductor and musicians of the Welsh National Orchestra. We also had an opportunity to be interviewed by BBC Radio 3. We spotted ourselves on the BBC Wales news on Monday. We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Maurer for organising this opportunity.

 

By Jake Hayvice and Jessica Wilbond Year 5 

 

Macbeth Play In a day

Last Wednesday year 6 worked on a play in a day. It was the story of the murderous Macbeth, who with his assassins murdered King Duncan. Lady Macbeth gave some guards drugged wine to make them fall asleep, then Macbeth strikes killing the guards and King Duncan. Everyone had a part. There was a big battle at the end and a lot of soldiers died including the murderous Macbeth. We really enjoyed it.     

By James Williams

 

Congratulations to our Kitchen Staff

Well done to Mrs Bradley and her team for achieving a top grade 5 in their latest Food Hygiene Standards Assessment

 

Football Success

St Athan played in the football tournament at Eagleswell Primary School. Our team played four and won all four games, even though the weather was very wet. We now are the proud owners of the trophy. The trophy will be on display for a year.

Book Fair

Our book fair before Easter was a great success. Thank you to all parents and pupils who supported this event. We raised £326.37 worth of books. Also we would like to thank Miss Bradford, Mrs Cornick, Miss Hanson and Mrs Lynch-Wilson for manning the book fair.

Easter Fayre Parade

The Easter fair was a great success fun was had by all, a huge thank you for all your donations, and thank you to all whom helped make it a great time we raised a huge £277, this will help towards giving the year 6 a great send-off thanks again for all your support.     

The PTA also raised £359 towards Mackenzie’s trip to Los Angeles to join team GB in the under 12 division in line hockey.

100% Attendance

A huge well done to those children with 100% attendance this term

Sports Relief

An amazing turnout for Sports Relief. Lots of activities are planned today for all the classes. Also during the day we will be fundraising for our superstar Mackenzie who has been selected for the Team GB Hockey Squad. However with this great honour comes great expense as Mackenzie has to fund her own travel, accomodation and training kit. We are going to try and lay a mile of coins around the school to support her.  

  

St Davids Day Celebrations

 

visitors to school

Pandemonium Theatre and The Gregory Brothers.

  

SCAN Project Year 4

In October Year 4 planted Crocus and Daffodils. It was the class responsibility to monitor the plants growth and gather data from  measuring the growth, a water Gage and thermometer. The data has been sent to Cardiff as part of an international project that monitors global weather.     

Susie Grindey Visit

This week the year 4’s and year 5’s were lucky enough to talk to the famous artist Susie Grindey. She talked about the steps she used to have to complete painting. She even showed the children her disgusting paint pallet which she kept adding new paints to! Susie let us see some of her art but she really liked the one with a camper van on because it reminded her of her holidays. The children were very lucky because they even got to see some of Susie’s original paintings. Some children were even luckier to have an autograph of Susie Grindey!

By Alex and Megan Class 4

If you would like to look at her website here is the address Susie Grindey

Year 2 First Recorder Performance

Year 2 have been learning to play the recorder. We have a sneak preview of their first perfomance.

Just a taster of what is to come in the Summer Term when Year 2 will give their first Live performance!

Tae Kwondo Assembly

A massive thank you to Jstkd school of Tae Kwondo and their volunteers who carried out an amazing demonstration assembly for the whole school. The children and staff really enjoyed it and hopefully some will take up the opportunity to attend the classes offered by the taekwondo school

Team GB for our Mackenzie

St Athan Primary School can claim their first In-line Hockey member of the Team GB this year. Mackenzie Whilding (Year 6) has been selected to join Team GB in the under 12 division in-line hockey, to be held in Los Angeles later this year. She is the ONLY Welsh representative in the squad.

We are immensely proud of Mackenzie and her achievements and will be supporting her all the way. GO MACKENZIE!

School Choir     

The Choir have Sang at several locations over the Christmas period including Bro Radio, Community Centre and our School Fayre.

Christmas Fayre

Friday 6th of December. Thanks to all who came and joined in our festivities. We raised a fantastic £848. 

Crib Service

Our Foundation Phase classes visited St Athan Church for our annual Crib Service. Reverend Simpson welcomed us and told us the Nativity story, whilst the children sang a selection of Christmas songs. Thank you to all the parents who joined us for another memorable experience.

Children in Need 2013. 

Brilliant day at St Athan Primary School celebrating children in need. We raised £165 wearing our pyjamas and going spots mad.

WOW! Football Success

Can I thank everyone who took part in our Football First Fundraiser. It was a real pleasure to see the children and staff enjoying the experience and cheering each other on. Well done. Can I also thank all parents, friends and family who supported the event by sponsoring our children.

We raised a massive £2,155.15!

That is an amazing total and the school will benefit hugely.

School Fair

Wow! The weather was superb, we managed to organise the majority of stalls and activities outside, the children were very excited and the parents supported us in droves. Friday’s fair was a huge success thanks to you all. An extra big thank you to the parents/PTA and staff who worked tirelessly to ensure everything went well.           

Not only did we raise £ 755 for our school fund but we also had a lot of fun and the atmosphere around the school was extremely positive. Look at the photos below and see if you spot anyone you know.

Driftwood Project

Year 2 went on a visit to Porthkerry Park to develop literacy skills. They worked alongside Theatre Iolo.

“It was really fun because we went on an adventure. It was exciting because we found cool clues and we met a pirate called Tomos who told stories and Ann who lived in the forest. It was an amazing and fabulous trip.”  by Dylan Lewis

Health and fitness week

 We had another successful week of events for the whole school. Well done everybody! This included Taekwondo  for the whole school.    

Sponsored Walk 

A huge thank you to all pupils and parents for the amazing amount of money raised by our fancy dress walk. A staggering £559.15 was collected by you all. This money is going towards new, bigger, play equipment for our children and the development of the playground area. Thank you to you all.

Congratulations Year 4!

Year 4 have taken part in a competition run by The National Museum for Wales, where they had to plant daffodils and record the hight, the first shoot and the first flower, as well as recording daily temperatures and rainfall in our school grounds.

Year 4 got a highly commended for all their hard work! Well done!

Choir Success Again!

Last night I sat in St David’s Hall, Cardiff, as the proudest Head Teacher in Wales. Our children as part of the Llantwit Major Cluster Primary Choir sang with such enthusiasm, to a large audience on a huge, daunting stage. They were superbly behaved and sang beautifully. A massive thanks to all the parents who supported us by attending the concert or by ensuring their children were there to participate. Thank you also to the staff involved in making the evening such a success, especially Mrs Humphreys.

Well done St Athan!

Charity of the Term - Mothers of Africa

This year we are supporting Mothers of Africa. It will involve our children designing and creating their own material patch. A huge thank you to Mrs Culliane and the school of Art and Design for making this possible. The charity would ask that each child is sponsered a small amount to create their patch. There is also a website available for donations www.justgiving.com/moaquilt

We look forward to taking part in this charity event and all the money will go to a very good cause.

 

Crib Service

All of the children in Foundation Phase had a great time at the church, and listened really well to the special Christmas story that Reverend Prince shared. All the children enjoyed joining in with the songs and some were even chosen to help Reverend Prince with the story.

A big thank you to all of the parents who came to walk the children down to the church and who attended the service.

Tufty came to town (Road Safety Visit)

      

Tufty came to visit our Foundation Phase classes. The children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 learnt lots about road safety in a fun and exciting way.

Pantomime Time Hurray! Boo!

What a fun panto this year, the noise coming from the hall was tremendous with Boos for the baddies and cheers for the hero and heroine. Thank you to all the children who behaved amazingly well and displayed excitement and fun throughout the whole performance. Roll on next year