School

 

Bontnewydd School is a bi-lingual county school for 3 – 11 old pupils


“ This is a good school with a great deal of outstanding features
that are revealed in all the work of the school.” ESTYN



 

Information

Ysgol Bontnewydd serves the village of Bontnewydd and the neighbouring rural area,  including the villages of Caeathro and Llanfaglan. Pupils also travel from outside the school’s natural catchment-area. The school serves a widely spread linguistically and socially diverse community. No effort is spared to ensure that every pupil feels part of the school family.

The current school opened in 1976, but education has been provided on the premises for over a century.  Use is still occasionally made of the Old School, which accomodates the Nursery School.

The current building has been planned as partly open plan and consists of eight purpose built classes as well as a hall, play area and green land.

The Gwyrfai Unit was opened in 2000, that serves as a satellite unit for Ysgol Pendalar and a Therapy Unit was opened in 2009.

The school received an ESTYN inspection in December 2009. An excellent Report was received in all of the inspection fields. A copy of the Report can be obtained from the school, or click here for an on-line version.

 

Prospectus





To download the 2015 - 2016 Prospectus
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Pupils attendance and punctuality is one of the school’s main priorities. It is recognized that there is a correlation between attendance and educational performance. Consequently, parents are urged to ensure their children’s school attendance is high.

Parents responsibility extends to ensuring that their children arrive in school punctually, be dressed neatly and cleanly, and in a state to learn.

Parents should provide an explanation for any absences, either verbally to the class teacher, through making a phone call on (01286 673880), by letter or e-mail to the school office at AmandaFarrer@gwynedd.gov.uk

When a pupil’s irregular attendance gives cause for concern, assistance from the Education Welfare Officers is sought.

The Governors of Ysgol Bontnewydd allow parents to withdraw their children from school to go on holiday for a period of up to 10 days in any school year.  Before organizing holidays outside normal school holiday periods, parents should obtain the Headteacher’s permission.

A holidays form can be obtained from the school or click here  

pelThe school, in partnership with the home, is responsible for every child’s physical development, as well as his educational and moral development. Therefore, PE lessons are regularly held for the Foundation Phase and the Junior Department in the school hall, on the playground or on the field. The Junior Department also attend swimming lessons during the year.

Our objective is to develop the children’s stamina, control and aestheticism through getting them to be physically active. They will also have opportunities to work independently and collaborate with others and to devise and regulate games themselves.

Depending on the lesson, children are expected to wear suitable clothing. This involves changing from school uniform to shorts and Tee-shirt for gymnasium activities. Jogging trousers, Tee shirt, sweatshirt, trainers or studs are appropriate for outdoor lessons. If a child forgets to bring PE clothing, he/she is expected to wear spare clothing from the school. Please ensure that your child’s name is labelled on every item of clothing. The wearing of rings, ear-rings or watch during a PE lesson is prohibited.

PE forms an important aspect of the Curriculum and is a statutory requirement for every child. If there are medical grounds that prevent a child from participating in PE lessons, parents are kindly requested to notify the school in writing. All pupils are notified at the start of the year on which day PE lessons are held.
Football, net-ball, rugby, athletics and cricket catchment-area and county-based competitions are supported. Annual school sports are also held. Several Swimming Galas are held during the year.

All pupils in the Junior Department have an opportunity during the school year to attend a series of swimming lessons, held at the Arfon Leisure Centre. You will be notified in good time when your child will attend. The lessons form part of the school’s activities, and every pupil is expected to attend the lessons. Parents are asked to notify the class teacher by letter, if their child will not be attending. Parents are kindly requested to contribute £1 towards transport cost.

Sex education and relationships is presented as part of the child’s personal, social and moral education so that sexuality is recognized as a natural and common attribute to everybody whilst, at the same time, recognizing that it has personal, social and moral implications. Sex education also forms part of the Science curriculum.

The subject is sensitively and sensibly handled. Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from formal sex education lessons and that right is respected as far as is reasonably possible. For further information, please contact the Headteacher. A copy of the Policy is available at the school.

If parents are unwilling for their children to receive information on sex education, the Headteacher should be contacted.

estynYsgol Bontnewydd was inspected as part of a national school inspections programme. The purpose of the inspections is to identify good aspects and shortcomings in schools so as to improve quality of education provided and raise standards achieved by pupils. It is intended to hold an inspection of every school within a six year cycle.

An inspection of Ysgol Bontnewydd was held in December 2009. The following grades were awarded:

How well do pupils achieve? - Grade 1
How effective is the teaching, training and assessment? - Grade 1
How good are the learning experiences? - Grade 1
How good is the care, guidance and support? - Grade 1
How effective is the strategy leadership and management? - Grade 1
How well do leaders evaluate and improve upon quality and standards? - Grade 1
How effective are leaders and managers at using resources? - Grade 1

To read the full report click here

It is mentioned in national guidelines, that one pupil in every five has SEN during his school career.  In this respect, the school follows a Special Needs Policy based on legislative requirements and Gwynedd Education Authority Implementation Guidelines.

The Headteacher has ultimate responsibility for the policy and is also the school's Additional Educational Need's Co-ordinator.

Children with special needs are placed on the school’s SEN Register.  Depending on the level of intensity of their needs, pupils are placed on a range of stages. The different provision for them varies from classroom support, individual or small group support outside the class, advice from the Educational Psychologist, specialized support provided by the LEA at the school or a placement at a unit off the school premises. Every provision will be discussed and agreed with parents prior to implementation.

The school’s objective will be to provide guidance and provision that will be compatible with your child throughout his school career.  If you have any concerns about your child’s development or the administration of the Special Needs Policy, you are urged to please contact initially your child’s teacher or the Headteacher.

In compliance with Foundation Phase and National Curriculum requirements, a detailed method of assessment and reporting to parents has been planned. The children are continually assessed in all Foundation Phase/National Curriculum fields and subjects. Detailed records will be kept of the assessments and will be available to the teachers. Parents receive a comprehensive report on the pupils entire work programme at the end of the school year.

In accordance with statutory requirements, teachers in the Reception class will assess all Year 0 pupils within six weeks of starting the Reception class. This will form a baseline assessment for each child.

In accordance with statutory requirements, the end of Foundation Phase (Year 2) teacher assessments will be held and level of attainment of every pupil in the following fields will be recorded

Personal and Social, Cultural Well-being and Diversity
Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
Mathematical Development

In accordance with statutory requirements, end of Key Stage 2 teacher assessments (Year 6) will be set and levels of achievement of every pupil in the following core subjects will be recorded

Welsh
English
Mathematics
Science

bocs bwydAll pupils are encouraged to take school meals from the beginning of the Reception class. The food provided is well-balanced and healthy.

If you do not wish your child to receive school dinner, he/she can bring a packed lunch to school. The children all eat under supervision either in the hall or the classroom. Please ensure that the contents of lunch boxes complies with our Healthy School policy i.e. no fizzy drink, no sweets, not too many sweet things.

If the school had to close in an emergency, the staff will do their utmost to contact you directly. It is crucial that you notify the school if your contact details such as telephone number changes.

In an emergency such as a fire, the emergency assembly point is the Village Community Centre.

If the school has to be closed due to severe weather, you are asked to keep an eye on the school web-site or Gwynedd Council web-site through following the link...or by listening to Radio Cymru news or Heart.

bwydlenAll pupils are encouraged to take school meals from the start of their period in the Reception class. The food provided is a balanced and healthy diet. If your child is allergic to various kinds of food, the information should be included on your child’s admissions form or through contacting the Headteacher. The information will be transferred to the cook.

All the children eat under supervision at the hall.

We ask that you follow the same eating arrangements for the week. School dinner costs £2.50 a day / £12.50 for the week. Dinner money is collected on Monday morning and Friday morning. You are kindly asked for prompt payment. The Clerk collecting Dinner money to whom any enquiries should be addressed is Mrs Gillian Jones.

Pupils who bring lunch pack have the opportunity to join the school dinner group on special days such as Christmas Dinner, St David’s Day Lunch and International Dinner.

For information about the menu, click here.

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The Welsh Assembly Government has made a commitment to provide an opportunity for every child of primary school age to receive free breakfast at the school daily.

 

The aim is to assist to improve children’s health and ability to concentrate, to assist to raise standards of learning and achievement.

A Breakfast Club is held at Ysgol Bontnewydd. It is a free club for children of school age. The Club is open between 8:00 and 8:50. Breakfast is served between 8:00 and 8:30. Special arrangements are made for pupils who travel to school on the Caeathro bus.

There is a choice of cereals, toast, fruit juice and milk. The food is provided by Gwynedd Council Provider Department.  

Breakfast assistants supervise pupils at the Club.

Mrs Carys Porter – Senior Breakfast supervisor
Mrs Christine Jones – Breakfast supervisor
Mrs Rhian Hall - Breakfast Supervisor
Mrs Lilia Owen – Kitchen Staff

If your child wishes to receive his breakfast at the Club, please complete the relevant form and return it to school.

Click here for a form

The Governing Body, in compliance with the requirements of the 1988 Education Act, accepts that charges cannot be raised for the following:

• School admissions
• The education provided during school hours
• Materials and equipment for lessons held during school hours
• Activities held during school hours

It is envisaged that some trips may be organized during school hours that do not form an essential part of the coursework, but will prove to be a beneficial experience for pupils. According to the Act, although the school is not entitled to charge for such trips, there is an entitlement to:

• Seek a voluntary contribution towards the cost of organizing such a trip
• Ask an outside agent to organize the trip  

Unless such contributions are received, it is possible that the activity will not be held. The Headteacher has a right to cancel an organized activity if low contributions lead to a substantial loss for the school.   

The Headteacher is authorized to request payments for the following:

• Individual music lessons
• Activities held outside school hours in accordance with the terms of the Act
• In instances where damage is caused to any section of the school buildings as a consequence of pupils behaviour
• When a pupil loses or damages a book, equipment or property that is school property, that of a staff member or another pupil

The school does not have any direct or formal denominational links, but ministers and local priests visit the school occasionally to lead collective worship.  

A daily period of collective worship is held by a department or the whole school every Monday and Friday and in classes on other days.  The Christian faith is mainly presented during this worship and pupils have an opportunity to regularly participate.

Parents are entitled to ask the school to exempt their children from RE lessons and collective worship.  Parents wishing to do so should discuss the matter with the Headteacher.

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Dogs (except for guide dogs) are prohibited on the school grounds when collecting or sending children or to any school organized activities.

 

 

The Governing Body has also adopted a policy regarding the system to follow when complaints associated with the school, are received.

In each instance, the school should be contacted to make an appointment to discuss any complaint with the Headteacher in the first instance, or contact the Chair of Governors if the complaint is about the Headteacher.

It is stressed that many complaints can be rapidly and effectively handled through informal consideration based on discussions with the Headteacher. This is the first reasonable action to take,  and the Governing Body expect this step to have been taken prior to formal presentation of the complaint in exceptional cases.

Our objective at Ysgol Bontnewydd is to provide all pupils with a comprehensive education and broadly based curriculum. We trust that we enable every pupil to develop to his full potential.

A core element of our work is to ensure that every child develops the necessary skills for lifelong learning, and becomes a well-rounded member of the community. We put pride of place on securing bilingual skills for every child, including a knowledge and understanding of the Welsh heritage.
Seven Foundation Phase curriculum fields are followed with the pupils between 3 and 7 years old.

• Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
• Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
• Development in Welsh
• Mathematical Development
• Global Knowledge and Understanding
• Physical Development
• Creative Development

National Curriculum 2008 is followed with 7-11 year olds.

• Core Subjects  – Welsh, English, Mathematics and Science
• Foundation Subjects  – History, Geography, Religious Education, Music, Art, Design and Technology, Information Technology and Physical Education.

In both key stages, Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks, Skills Framework requirements are followed as is the Framework for Personal and Social Education.

“The school provides an enriching and stimulating range of learning experiences. This is an outstanding feature in the provision” ESTYN

The school’s objective is to:

• Ensure that all pupils receive equal opportunities, irrespective of their social background, equal opportunities for boys and girls, for very gifted children and less gifted children.  
• Nurture positive attitudes regarding race, and religion and gender.
• Avoid conditioning and stereotyping, especially as regards the curriculum.

The school implements a range of policies on promoting the inclusion of different pupils. The Accessibility Policy refers to the arrangements to facilitate access for disabled pupils. No effort is spared to avoid discrimination.

A strong Parent Teacher Association exists at this school which consists of several hardworking and enthusiastic parents. The association always welcomes new members and is grateful for any assistance.

Various activities are held during the school year to raise money and the school is extremely grateful for the support of the PTA.

An annual general meeting is held at the beginning of the academic year to elect officers and to arrange activities for the following year. As a rule two activities are held each term.

Datganiad GAD 2016-2017 (Welsh Only...)

To download the statement - click here

The children are expected to behave respectfully and courteously at all times. The school implements a Policy on Promoting Good Behaviour that can be viewed at the school.  

All pupils are expected to contribute towards creating a civilized community through:

• Being considerate, kind and courteous in his/her relations with other pupils, entire school staff and any visitors. 
• Not cause wilful damage or interfere with others property; not to use foul language or be discourteous and answer back.
• Make every effort to keep the school and its environment tidy and place litter in the bins.
• Not bring personal items to school e.g., toys, unless requested by the classroom teacher.

The disciplinary system is based on a policy of commending and praising the desired behaviour.Every teacher is responsible for his/her own classroom’s behaviour, but if required, a pupil can be referred to the Deputy, Head of the Foundation Phase or the Headteacher. In certain instances of misbehaviour, the child is detained as a punishment during play time. If a child persistently or seriously misbehaves, the parents are asked to visit the school to discuss the matter with the Headteacher. The school promotes Webster Stratton principles on maintaining good behaviour.

The school strives to teach the pupils to discriminate between day to day quarrelling between friends and peers, and bullying. Bullying represents a wilful and threatening act that is a misuse of power.  No kind of bullying is tolerated at the school.  Guidelines are stipulated in the Disciplinary Policy and if any bullying occurs, the matter will be dealt with in accordance with those guidelines.
The school implements a Policy on Use of Reasonable Force that is implemented by staff under special circumstances in order to maintain an acceptable level of safety.

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The Bontnewydd School Council has been up and running for several years and has a very positive impact on the school’s everyday life.  

 

Years 2 to 6 classes have a Classroom Council, and during the year, several meetings are held where all pupils have an opportunity to express an opinion about the school’s procedures and suggest ideas on possible improvements.

A vote is held at the beginning of every school year, where every Classroom Council elect two pupils to represent them on the School Council. These members meet at least twice a term to discuss the Classroom Council’s ideas before priorities and action programme are decided upon. Representatives are expected to report to their class following each meeting so that they understand and are aware of the decisions made.

The Classroom and School Councils provide pupils with an opportunity to express an opinion and collaborate with Staff and Governors to make improvements to and develop the school for everybody’s benefit. It also provides an opportunity for the pupils to develop numerous skills including communication, listening, expressing an opinion, problem-solving, decision making and reflection. As they keep records, receive a funding allocation, prepare a balance sheet and communicate with others in different ways they also develop various literacy, numeracy and ITC skills.

Click here to visit the School Council page

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Ysgol Bontnewydd is a ‘Green School’ and has participated in the ‘Eco-Schools’ Scheme since May 2009 and the ‘Green Schools’ Scheme since September 2010. We take pride in our collaboration as a team to raise awareness of the need to preserve the environment and take measures to develop it.

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So far, we have been awarded the Bronze, Silver and Green Flag Eco-Schools awards twice and the Bronze, Silver and Gold Gwynedd and Môn Green Schools awards. We are currently in the process of implementing strategies to keep the current standards and also working towards achieving the grades required to gain the next award.

At the start of every school year, years 2 to 6 pupils elect two representatives to serve as council members. The Eco Council/Green Group then hold an Environmental survey involved with:
• Waste Reduction;
• Energy saving and natural resources;
• Reducing and preventing pollution;
• Preservation of the local and global environment;
• Prudent Travel
• Healthy Living
Following the survey, they set priorities for the year, prepare an action plan and, with the support of all pupils, staff, governors and friends of the school, implement them to achieve the targets. The council holds very regular meetings to monitor and reflect on the developments and decide on the next steps.

Click here to visit the Green Schools / Eco Schools page

Ysgol Bontnewydd is a Healthy School

logoGwynedd’s 'Healthy Schools' initiative is funded by the Welsh Government via the Public Health Wales. It is operated in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Gwynedd Council. The scheme enables us as a school to contribute positively to the health and wellbeing of pupils, teachers and the wider community through the development of health-promoting environment.

The Healthy Schools Scheme introduces health and welfare issues by way of:-

• National Curriculum
• Extra curricular and Ethos of the school
• Developing the partnership which exists between the school and home as well as various other agencies.

We have been awarded PHASE 1, 2 and 3 by the Gwynedd Healthy School's Scheme. We are now working towards PHASE 4.

Click here to visit the Healthy School page

Cyngor Siarter Iaith / Welsh Language Charter Council

logoThe Welsh Language Charter Council's aim is to positively influence children's use of Welsh socially. In short, to get the children to speak Welsh naturally among themselves. Since the launch of the Gwynedd’s Welsh Language Charter in primary schools, very good work has gone on in our school. The Welsh Language Charter requires the involvement of all members of the school community - the School Council, the pupils, the workforce, parents, governors and the wider community in order to ensure full ownership of it.

At the beginning of each school year, pupils in all KS2 classes vote to elect two pupils to represent their class on the school Welsh Language Charter Council. These members then meet at least twice a term to discuss the ideas of the Class Councils, or any data collected, before setting priorities and a program of action. Delegates are expected to report back to the class after each meeting so that they understand and know what decisions have been made.
The Class Councils and Welsh Language Charter Council give pupils the opportunity to express their views and work together in partnership with staff and Governors. It also provides an opportunity for pupils to develop numerous skills including literacy, numeracy, personal and social.

So far we have received the Bronze and Silver Siarter Iaith Gwynedd awards (Gwynedd’s Welsh Language Charter award). We are now working towards reaching the levels required for winning the Gold award.

Click here to visit the Language Charter's page

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Parents are urged to take an interest in their children’s education, promoting a mutual relationship between the home and school. Parents meetings are organized each term, and parents are invited to the various school organized activities. A parent can arrange an interview with a particular teacher, by prior arrangement.  

The Home School Agreement is introduced during the first year of a child’s statutory education. The agreement is based on the school-parents partnership in their children’s interest.

Click here to see the Agreement

ARRIVING AT THE SCHOOL
The school is responsible for the children for 10 minutes prior to and after every lesson.  The parents are regularly reminded that teachers are not officially responsible for the children until 8:50 a.m. and that children should not arrive in school before then.  Breakfast Club staff supervise Club members until 8:50.

LEAVING SCHOOL
Parents should meet the children at the school gate and the teachers will escort them there safely. Should a parent happen to be late collecting a child, the teacher will escort him/her safely back to the classroom.  Parents who arrive late are asked to come in to collect the child.

Of course, a Foundation Phase child is prohibited from leaving the school premises without permission and without an adult to collect him/her.

Please remember to notify us at the school, as well as your child, if there are any changes in the usual arrangements for picking up children from school.  When families split up, and one of the parents has custody of the children, it is important that we are notified of the arrangements so as to avoid an unpleasant situation.
A child cannot leave the school early unless a parent comes to collect him or that a written request has been received requesting that we send the child home at a specific time.

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The school and its grounds are a no-smoking zone.   Smoking on the school grounds is prohibited.

 

 

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Through using Information Technology at the school, the pupils have an opportunity to use the Internet. Using computers and obtaining information from it, such as off the Internet, forms part of National Curriculum requirements for primary school children. Much of it is useful information and assists the pupils work. Pupils can also E-mail to send messages to other users at the school and throughout the world.
Unfortunately, however, some of the Global Internet material is illegal, obscene and unsuitable for children.  The Authority therefore has installed the Cyber Patrol programme on the system that links schools to the Internet. This software filters and blocks access to sites known to be unsuitable for children with the ‘blocking’ being regularly up-dated as new sites are created.  Although highly unlikely, an assurance cannot be given that pupils will not accidentally access inappropriate sites. However, the school is of the view that the advantages gained from Internet use far outweigh the disadvantages.  

To try and ensure that pupils do not visit unsuitable Internet sites, teachers supervise pupils’ use of the Internet during lessons, leading pupils towards suitable resources. The older pupils also need to grasp and comply with the school guidelines for home Internet use. 

mynediadThere is a security system at this school. There is no admission to the school through the Foundation Phase/Junior Department entrance after 9 a.m. Parents are asked to ring the bell at the main entrance, if you require admission to the school.

All reasonable and practical steps are taken to ensure the safety of all individuals who use the school’s buildings and grounds.   

A health and safety policy is implemented and procedures are regularly reviewed. All visitors/workers must sign in when entering the school, and familiarise with the school’s fire regulations and safety rules.

Hwb Online Safety Resource - click here

You are entitled to see several documents such as Education Authority Policies, Governing Body’s Policies, HMI reports on the school, syllabuses and the Governing Body’s annual report. Arrangements can be made with the Headteacher in this regard.

The School has a Freedom of Information Scheme.

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We take pride in that parents and visitors recognize the sense of friendship and order at the school, and how new pupils happily settle down.

There is a motivating and hard-working ethos in the classes, based on mutual respect and care.  This enables pupils to develop self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning. A high standard of behaviour and commitment is expected at all times. There is a good sense of collaboration and every pupil is encouraged to accept and share diverse responsibilities.

 “There is a caring and inclusive ethos at the school and all the adults appreciate and support the pupils”. ESTYN

Every child is placed in the care of a class teacher, but the entire staff protects the well-being of all pupils.  This school encourages children to be self-disciplined, show responsibility towards and respect others. We know that we will have parents support in this respect.  Pastoral care is an element of every teacher’s service provision, and these responsibilities include:-

• Registering their groups to monitor punctuality and attendance.
• Notifying the Head of any concerns regarding school work or behaviour.
• Providing all necessary information and letters for the children to take home.
• Meet the parents during Open Evenings. 
• Provide parents with reports at the end of a school year on their children’s development.

Regular information is provided on the term’s activities through individual letters, calendar of termly events and the Term Newsletter. All correspondence is issued bilingually. You are kindly requested to carefully read all correspondence. We will send correspondence to every family, giving the letters to the eldest child. If your current circumstances prevent you from receiving the information, please contact the Headteacher to make further arrangements.

Our objective is to ensure the children’s safety and ensure a satisfactory standard of order and control.

The children are supervised by teachers and assistants during the following periods:

• Before school begins (8.50 – 9.00)
• Morning break
• Afternoon break  
• At the end of the afternoon  (3:00 – 3:10 or 3:20 – 3:30)

a) Arrangements during Dry Weather
Supervision is through a daily rota system.  The on duty staff supervises the playground all the time.  Supply arrangements are made when a staff member is absent.

b) Arrangements during Severe Weather  
During periods of severe weather, it will be the class teacher’s responsibility to prepare an activity for the children with the staff being on duty to supervise them during break time.

c) Dinner time arrangements
Children are supervised by three supervisors.  After the children have finished eating, lunch time supervisors supervise pupils on the playground until it is time to come indoors. They are assisted by Foundation Phase assistants and ALN assistants. During severe weather, children are supervised in their classes.

Grants

Grant Gwella Addysg 2016-17 (Welsh only available)

Derbyniodd Ysgol Bontnewydd grant GGA o £10,950.

Mae’n ofynnol ar ysgolion bellach i adrodd ar eu gwefan defnydd ac effaith y grant uchod. Defnyddiwyd grant 2016-17 fel a ganlyn :

• Darparu Cynllun cefnogaeth Llythrennedd a Rhifedd (£7,250)
• Darparu cefnogaeth er mwyn torii cysylltiad rhwng anfantais a chyrhaeddiad addysgol (£3,700)

Cafodd y grant effaith positif ar yr unigolion hynny fu’n mynychu’r cynllun cefnogaeth


Grant Gwella Addysg 2015-16 (Welsh only available)

Derbyniodd Ysgol Bontnewydd grant GGA o £10,437.

Mae’n ofynnol ar ysgolion bellach i adrodd ar eu gwefan defnydd ac effaith y grant uchod. Defnyddiwyd grant 2015-16 fel a ganlyn :

• Darparu Cynllun cefnogaeth Llythrennedd a Rhifedd (£6,237)
• Darparu cefnogaeth er mwyn torri cysylltiad rhwng anfantais a chyrhaeddiad addysgol (£4,200)

Cafodd y grant effaith positif ar yr unigolion hynny fu’n mynychu’r cynllun cefnogaeth.


School Improvement Grant 2014-15

Ysgol Bontnewydd received a School Improvement Grant of £14,637.

School's need to report on their websites the use and effect of the above grant. The grant for 2014-15 was used as follows:

• Support for Literacy and Numeracy (£4688)
• Support to break the link between disadvantage and educational attainment (£4200)

The grant had a positive effect on individual's attainment who were part of the project.


School Deprivation Grant 2013-14

Every school in Wales received the above grant from the Welsh Assembly Government with the aim of closing the gap caused by deprivation.

The grant is allocated based on numbers of pupils who receive free school meals.

Ysgol Bontnewydd received a SDG grant for £4,500 for 2013-14.

Schools are obliged to report to parents through the school websites on the used and effect of the above grant. The 2013-14 grant was used on the following:

• 4 i-pads and training on their educational use
• Literacy support sessions for pupils (20 sessions)
• 2 members of staff to attend a catchment learning community group focusing on raising pupils reading, writing and numeracy skills

The grant had a positive effect on those pupils who received the literacy support sessions.

Pupils have gained new skills from the technology bought which are used regularly in class.

Staff who attended the learning communities produced learning packs to develop pupils reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Reading
A Home/School reading scheme is run from Year 1 – Year 6. The purpose of the handbook is to promote a partnership between parents and their children and a pupil and their teachers.  Your collaboration to promote reading is appreciated.
Will you please ensure that your children return the books read weekly as well as the red reading record book. You are asked to provide comments in the book and sign it.

Homework
From time to time, homework is set at the Foundation Phase.  Weekly homework is set in the Junior Department. Hopefully, you as parents will collaborate to promote your children’s homework.

Occasionally, a particular activity will demand information from parents and relatives and neighbours, or require the children to enquire and discover information. It is recognized that the home is responsible for the child during these hours and that parents will consent or not consent to collaborate in light of that.
Occasionally, a teacher may ask a child to do additional work so as to strengthen a particular field or focus on a particular aspect of the work.

On such occasions, we trust that the home will collaborate and encourage the child to do the work.  

The school believes strongly in nurturing and developing creative gifts and this is promoted through holding concerts and competing at Eisteddfodau. The school always strives to support all kinds of local activities.

Opportunities are also provided to compete in PE activities - they are often held at the weekend or in the evening. These activities are open to all the pupils whom the Headteacher deems to be mature and ready to participate responsibly.

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Instrumental lessons are offered in partnership with William Mathias School Service.

The partnership aims to enable pupils to receive training from specialist tutors during lesson hours. 30 lessons are provided within a school year. 

The tutors assist with concert rehearsals, examination work and Urdd competitions.

Currently, years 4, 5 and 6 pupils are offered instrumental harp and brass instrument lessons.

The annual cost of the lessons will be £120, to be paid at the start of the term. There will be no reimbursement if your child decides to give up lessons during the year.

Link to instrumental lessons letter

SCHOOL UNIFORM

You can buy your school uniform through the Parent Teacher Association.

School Uniform Order Form - click here


This school has an official uniform, you are urged to ensure that your children wear the following clothing. 

• A yellow polo shirt with the school logo embroidered on it.
• A navy blue sweatshirt containing a similar logo.
• A blue gingham dress / black trousers.

These can be purchased at several shops in Caernarfon.

May I emphasise that no pupil is compelled to wear these. However, the children are expected to be cleanly and attractively dressed, and that the clothing is appropriate to wear in school.  Please ensure that your child’s name is clearly labelled on every item of clothing.

 

ffrwythauMilk is offered free of charge for the under seven’s. If your child does not drink milk, he/she is offered water. Water is available to Key Stage 2 children or they can bring a water bottle to school.

Most of the children bring fruit to eat during play time. If you send fruit in a box, please label it clearly with your child’s name.

In compliance with the school's policy, parents will be notified if lice have been seen in their child's hair. We ask parents to inspect and treat their children's hair. Through such co-operation, the aim is to reduce and eliminate instances of head lice at the school.

asthmaParents are expected to notify the school of any medical or clinical condition that could impact a child’s education.  

If it is essential that a child takes medicine during school hours, the matter must be discussed with the Headteacher, and an appropriate form must be completed and signed. Click here for the form.

Any medicine is stored in a cupboard under lock and key. Children should not bring medicine to school.

There are appropriate entrances to admit disabled pupils, parents or visitors through the school’s entrances and Gwyrfai Unit.  There is a suitable toilet for the disabled within the building.  There are designated parking places for the disabled in the car park.

There is equal pastoral and academic support for disabled pupils within the school’s usual framework.

There is a Therapy Unit on the school premises to cater for physically disabled pupils within the school’s mainstream.

Vision
• Build on the current robust foundations, ensuring improvement in the main teaching fields. Lead the school to be a motivating and dynamic establishment that can confidently face the challenge of education in the 21st Century.

Aims
• Create a happy, stimulating and hard working ethos in which every pupil can grow, develop and mature into a confident individual, who is aware of the well-being of others, and be a responsible member of the community.
• Provide education of the highest quality, nurturing enthusiasm and eagerness to learn that will form the basis for developing lifelong learning skills.
• Provide access to wide-ranging experiences and activities that inspire the imagination and promote motivation and independence.
• Promote a real partnership between the school and the home and maintain an inclusive relationship with the community.

Objectives
• Enable every child to fully achieve his potential through acquiring skills, knowledge, understanding and aspects, including personal, social and emotional skills, to ensure that he develops robust lifelong learning skills.
• Enable every child to become fully bilingual.
• Provide a broad and inclusive curriculum for pupils that motivates them to learn and achieve high standards in all aspects of their school work and achieve their potential.
• Promote a culture of social inclusion and respect towards diversity, especially through developing pupils well-being, tailoring the learning to the individual’s requirements.
• Establish a robust professional learning community where practitioners can develop and share information on a professional level about learning and teaching.
• Provide a robust learning community for everybody associated with school life, including children and their families, governors, teachers, staff and adults who are training to work at the school.
• Be a key partner with other providers when planning and providing additional services for children to improve their well-being and learning.


Parking on the school playground or in the bus bay is prohibited. The school car park is for the use of staff, the disabled, taxis and Pendalar bus. Parents are kindly asked to park in compliance with the highway code without causing an obstruction either on the crossing or the neighbouring houses.

E-Safety Policy

Click here to read the policy

Overall Aims

• Nurture a positive attitude towards both languages
• Develop linguistic ability in both languages
• Nurture interest in various literary genres
• Create awareness of the value of the Welsh heritage 

The main aims of the Foundation Phase will be to provide every child with sound foundations in Welsh.  As it is during this early stage that a child is most receptive to absorbing a language, it is important to provide them with diverse stimulating experiences.

In year 1 and 2, the foundations laid for Welsh are built upon, to enable the child to achieve bilingualism in due course; confirm and develop the mother tongue of a Welsh learner child and extend children from Welsh speaking homes grasp of English.

At Key Stage 2, there will be confirmation and further development of Welsh and English of every child, so as to ensure that he/she can converse, read and write in both languages fluently and confidently when transferring to Secondary school.
Arrangements are made for latecomers at Key Stage 2 to attend the Catchment-area Language Unit where there are facilities to present intensive specialist courses to learners. The learners will transfer back to the primary school within a term.

So as to promote the school’s Welsh ethos, it is expected that Welsh will be used for informal conversation in the classroom and on the playground.

Pupils are admitted to the school in compliance with the Authority’s Admissions Policy.

School Admission Arrangements 2015/16 - click here

In compliance with that policy, Nursery pupils (part-time), are admitted in the September following their 3rd birthday. 

Reception class pupils are admitted full-time to school in the September following their 4th birthday. - click here

Feel free to contact the Headteacher to discuss and arrange a visit.

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Pupils’ attendance and punctuality is one of the school’s main priorities.  It is recognized that there is a correlation between attendance and educational performance. Consequently, parents are encouraged to ensure their children’s attendance.

Parents’ responsibility extends to ensuring that their children arrive in school punctually, neat in appearance, and in a state to learn.


The doors to the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 will be closed at 9:00. Pupils who are late are expected to enter through the main entrance.

Illness
Occasionally children suffer from illnesses at school. To lower the risk of infection spreading throughout the school, we remind parents of the Policy ' Returning to School following Illness' which is based on recomedations by the local Health Board. Pupils should not return to work for 48 hours following sickness or diarrohea.

POLICY AND GUIDANCE: Returning To School Following Illness (Pupils) - click here

ysgol syr hughMost pupils from this school transfer to Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen. Arrangements are made to bridge and ensure that the transfer is smooth.  

Year 6 pupils attend a visit to YSHO during the Autumn and Summer term and staff from YSHO visit year 6.  The Year 6 teacher will visit year 7 pupils approximately 6 weeks after the transfer.

Pupils are transferred to secondary school in compliance with the Authority’s Admissions Policy.

Parents who intend to send their child to any other secondary school are requested to arrange their own visit.  We will of course, facilitate any visit whenever possible.

cameraOccasionally, photographs will be taken of the children participating in activities with the school.  Some of these photos may appear in the newspapers, in publications or on the school’s web-sites, Gwynedd Council or other establishments with whom we collaborate.

If you do not wish your child to appear in similar photos, please inform the head teacher in writing.

If a letter is not received, it will be assumed that you have no objection.

eiraIf the school has to be closed due to severe weather, you are requested to keep an eye out on the school web-site or Gwynedd Council website by clicking here ...Or through listening to Radio Cymru news or Heart.

 

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A new innovative unit was opened on the Ysgol Bontnewydd site in January 2000. The Gwyrfai Unit was one of the first units of its kind in Wales where children with intense educational needs are taught at the local primary school.

The Gwyrfai Unit is a partnership between Gwynedd Council, Ysgol Pendalar and Ysgol Bontnewydd. Between 6 – 8 primary school pupils aged between 7 -11 are taught there, supervised by a teacher and assistants from Ysgol Pendalar. There is a system of integration between the Unit and the mainstream so as to enrich pupils educational and social experiences