Date: 7th Jun 2017 @ 11:32am

As we are now in June I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on what has been a busy and productive year.

Thank you to all the parents and children who returned questionnaires; they are a valuable source of information and do help to make your school a better place. 

Thank you also to our new Friends of St Anthony's who have been very proactive in bringing our community closer together . The spring fayre was lovely and parents staff and children alike all had fun .

We are currently working together to improve the outdoor facilities for the children . Mrs Edwards has been very successful in gaining a large donation from MBNA towards the overall cost. At the time of writing we are busily dealing with the detailed specifictions and costings so that we can achieve the very best for our children at the best price!.

The school does look considerably better after the redecoration programme that took place during the Easter holidays. The revamp in the Nursery has made that area so much more inviting for the youngest members of our family,which was important.

Tomorrow is our Open Day for our children into our Reception year . I am pleased to say that in the Foundation phase we are very close to being at full capacity but  we do have a few spaces available in Key Stage 2. 

Our collective acts of worship on a Monday always brighten up the day and kick start our week onto the right path. They are an ideal opportunity for the school community to come together and follow our mission statement , "Learning and Growing together with Jesus." The arrival of our new Parish Priest Father Abraham has made a huge difference to our community and to myself knowing that there is somebody I can share my thoughts with if need be in private. 

The Governors of your school are very supportive and do want the very best for the children . Mrs Franklin Chair of Governors is in school on a regular basis and recently one of our Governors donated a very generous £1000 for the defibrillator attached to Oddfellows Hall. 

Our major purpose is to educate children and therefore it is very important that we continually strive for high standards. I do want every child who leaves the school in year 6 to have good literacy and numeracy skills that they can develop throughout life, together with a love of learning.

Quite often people say to me we do not go on school trips -well I hope that impression will change. This week all  of Key Stage 2 on different days have been working in Llyn Brenig. Trips to Llandudno and Techniquest in Wrexham are also on the horizon .

Our Athletics team will be competing in Colwyn Bay . Rangers from Chester Zoo are coming into school to work with the children for a day. This is a busy community! Please do  keep checking the calendar and the events page to see what is coming up next. 

The Staff in the school work hard and are approachable . If you need to share your ideas or give positive criticism , we do listen . At times it is good to reflect on the many good things that happen in your school . Most importantly over 85% of children in our recent children questionnaire said they were happy in school . However our job is now to help those children who said they were not happy to become happy in school . smiley


John Morgan , June 7th 2017

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