Friday, 18 December 2015

Junior Christmas Party

Yesterday saw all of the juniors pack into the hall for their Christmas party. It was brilliant fun with the children enjoying lots of games such as musical chairs, pass the parcel, musical statues, the coloured card game and the balloon game (which never fails to make everyone laugh!) Thanks to all the children for being such good sports and such brilliant behaviour. Merry Christmas from the Junior staff!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Merry Christmas Greenhill Manor
Today children from our Junior Department visited our friends at Greenhill Manor to sing some carols and Christmas songs. 

The children were made very welcome and sang beautifully! 
Their efforts were rewarded by the kind gift of selection boxes! A huge Thank You from our children for those! 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Thanks to Anne (Our Cook) and all of our Dinner Ladies who look after us all year! And BIG thanks for an awesome Christmas Dinner!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Big Bad Ben of Bethlehem

We are so proud of all of our infant children who retold the Christmas Story through the eyes of Big Bad Ben of Bethlehem! - Well Done Everyone! 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

...A Christmas Carol...

A fantastic production of A Christmas Carol - Well done to all of the Junior Children and Staff. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Children in Need 2015

Last Friday the school took part in a fundraising day for Children in Need. It was another fantastic day where we raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

Classes 7 and 8 once again set up and ran their own stalls; there was cakes for sale, games to be played, a teddy to be named, lucky dip, raffle and more! There was some terrific fancy dress from the whole school. A special mention to the Y5/6s  who worked extremely hard all day long to raise as much money as possible - they had a great time as you can see in the pictures below!

A massive thank you to all the parents and family members who helped make cakes and biscuits as well as sending in donations for the raffle and lucky dip - without your generosity and effort we wouldn't be able to raise as much money as we did!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Harvest Appeal - Foodbank
We have had s fantastic response to our harvest appeal again this year! A huge thank you to all children and parents who have supported the food bank again this year. The school counicl hope to deliver the food this week and see how the foodbank helps people in our community! 

Friday, 9 October 2015

The Schoolbeat Website

PC Rogers, our very own School Community Police officer, has been in to work with Y1,2, and 3 today. 
In every lesson Pc Rogers has shown children resources, games and activities that children can access on the internet from home and school.
Click on the picture below to visit the site. There is information for Parents also!

 Schoolbeat Website

Friday, 2 October 2015

Abercanaid School Mates PTA
Autumn Disco and BBQ
Sunday 11th October, 4pm - 7pm
@ Hills Plymouth Cricket Club

Tickets are now on sale - £1.00 each
Please See - Sarah Pritchard, Louise Flynn, Lynne Brooks or Claire Scrivens

Or follow the School Mates on Facebook - search for Abercanaid School Mates PTA

More Events to follow this year... 
 Bath Shopping Trip 28th November
 Christmas Disco 17th December
Curry and Quiz Night 30th Jan (Adults Only Event)
Valentines Disco Date TBC

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

House of Joy - A link with Uganda
Fran Richley (a regular visitor to the school in recent years) came to take assembly with his wife Linda before they head off for an Adventure in Uganda next Thursday. 

Fran and Linda are working with a primary school called House of Joy, and hope to help us make some new international links. 
Children at the school are learning English, and we hope that classes will be able to write to tell us what life is like there - and for our children to write to tell them all about life in Abercanaid.
Fran and Linda will be back in December to give us an update.
In the Summer Term we are hoping to arrange a visit from their Headmaster.
We have already found out that school life at House of Joy is very different to our school and we hope to raise some funds to help the children there. 

Abercanaid School Mates
Present School with New Football Kit

Today Mrs Sarah Pritchard (Chair of Abercanaid School Mates) visited the school with Mr Darran Brooks from Brookmans Electrical Wholesalers, who have sponsored the school's new football kit.  The new kit is fantastic! Children can't wait to put it to good use in our inter-school competitions!
A huge Thank You to Brookmans and The School Mates for making this happen! 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Techniquest Light and Sound kit KS2

The children in KS2 have thoroughly enjoyed using the Techniquest Light and Sound kit. There are many different types of activities in the kit which has enabled them to explore science practically. There's been lots of discussion about sonar, the human voice box and shadows to name but a few! Please enjoy the photos below:

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

School Starts Back...
We hope you have all had a great summer break... 
We are looking forward to welcoming children back to school on
Wednesday 2nd September.

School Dinners Prices for 2015/2016
The cost of School Dinners as of Tuesday 1st September will be 
£2.00 per dinner for primary school children.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Tom Evans - Visits School to Encourage Children on last Day.
This afternoon Tomas Evans, grandson of one of our school governors Councillor Harvey Jones, visited the school to share his story with the juniors children. Tom has overcome incredible debilitating illness throughout his life, and when faced with adversity he has never given up! Tom has just graduated from university and what he shared with our children was inspirational!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Sports Day... IS ON!!!
Great weather as forecasted. 

Infants 9.30am
Juniors 1.15pm

Hope to see you then! 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Infant Trip -  Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
Bus is on A470 just passing Castell Coch

ETA - 4:20pm

Please pass on this message to other parents. Thank you!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Cricket: Glamorgan Final

After winning the Merthyr cricket tournament at Hoover's a couple of weeks ago, we were invited to play in the Glamorgan District Final today at Miskin Manor Cricket Club. 

Unfortunately we didn't make it to the National Final, losing to more experienced cricket teams. The children who took part played some great cricket and gave an excellent account of the school however. Mr Bevan is massively proud of their efforts making it this far! Da iawn! 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

London Trip

Hi all. We've just left the M4 and joined the A470. Expecting to be back in Abercanaid at the garages around 10:20pm.

London Trip

Hi all.

Lots of traffic on M4, just leaving the services at Membury. We hope to be back in Abercanaid at around 10:30pm.

Will post again when we get onto the A470.

Matilda Trip

Hi all!! 

We've arrived safely in London and are eagerly waitng, ready to go in to watch Matilda! 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Election 2015
Year 5 children have been working hard this past term, forming political parties, formulating policies campaigning hard to gain votes from pupils and staff at the school. Elections have taken place to day. Turn out was excellent estimated to be at 98.7%.  The candidate of the winning party will gain a place on the school council with immediate effect and will continue throughout next year. 

to all of our political parties and their candidates. It has been a well fought campaign...

The results are in... you'll have to watch this slide show if you want to find out the result...

Monday, 11 May 2015

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Please follow the link to find a letter from the local authority regarding your views about Home School Transport for children with SEN and / or medical needs.   <<<<<Click Here>>>>>

If this is an issue which effects you please respond to them directly.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

News Update... End of Spring Term 2015
Lots of exciting things happened at the end of Spring Term that we wanted to make sure that you know about...

Science Week
Science Week was again a fantastic success throughout the school. There was a focus on the environment and ecology. Children learned how properties of different materials are used for different purposes and how many can be recycled to make new things. How chemical changes take places and can be reversible or irreversible. Children explored how to make things pop, fizz and bang... including making volcanoes! A great week was had by everyone, and children are more aware of our need to protect this amazing planet we live on. Special thanks to Dr Claire Price who visited the school to explore elements of Forensic Science with Year 5.

At the end of  Science week... Children at Abercanaid were treated to an out of this world experience!
The Partial Eclipse of the Sun took place at about 9.30am on the 20th March. The children at Abercanaid know that looking at the sun is very dangerous and so were very excited to be able to watch our very own Abercanaid Eclipse streamed live from an Ipad on the infant yard to an Apple TV in the hall.  It was a great whole school assembly!

Abercanaid School Mates: Disco
Our new Parents Group "Abercanaid School Mates" have held their first fundraising event. An Easter Disco was held on the last Wednesday of term at the Cricket Club in Pentrebach. Tickets sold out very quickly and the event was a huge success. Money raised will be used to provide new football and rugby team kits, also for new yard equipment for playtimes. 
A HUGE THANK YOU - to everyone who helped organise or supported this event!

On the last Thrusday of term the Junior Department visited The Roman Ruins and Museum at Caerleon. Children and Staff had a great day exploring the Amphitheatre, Barrack and Roman Baths. They were able to dress up as Romans and experience Roman school life. A fantastic day out, and packed with information for our history topic.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Nursery Children donned their Easter Bonnets for our annual parade around Abercanaid. The standard of bonnets and caps was again very high. Thanks to all parents for working with their children to make their hats!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

CAERLEON TRIP - Thursday 26th March

Children will be dropped off at the garages (on the way in to Abercanaid) 
to help traffic flow...
Our Estimated Time of Arrival is :   4:30pm

National Testing and Teacher Training Dates

The forthcoming Easter Holiday is one day longer for our pupils than previously arranged due to teacher training commitments.
Term ends Friday March 27th and the children are due back in school on Tuesday 14th April
The two further closure dates for your diary are Friday 19th June and Friday 3rd July. 

The National Testing period, when we would hope to have all pupils in school is 
Tuesday 5th May until Tuesday 12th May.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Red Nose Day... 2015
Today we have had a great "non uniform" day to raise money for Comic Relief...  We will update you on how much we have raised next week.
Class 7 have also been working on  joke book (Below)... to spread the joy! Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Traffic Safety Barrier
As you are aware the Governors have been seriously concerned about the car parking issue within the school grounds and the child safety problems that it has evoked.
As a result of these concerns, as with most Merthyr schools now, a barrier has been installed to prohibit vehicles entering the school grounds.
With effect from 16th March the barrier will be closed every afternoon from 2:45pm to 4pm.
We are sorry to have to take these steps but the safety of our children is the overriding duty of the Governing Body.

Crossing at Pentrebach House.
We have been informed that the Pelican Crossing at Pentrebach House will be closed for a week from Sunday (8th March). We have been told that someone will be available to help with crossing, however if your children come to school via this route please could you ensure that you make any necessary arrangements for their safety on this very dangerous stretch of road.

Abercanaid School Mates – Disco
Abercanaid School Mates have organised a fundraising DISCO, at Pentrebach  Cricket Club on Wednesday 25th of March at 6pm, for all children from our school. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tickets cost £1 and are available from after school from the following parents: Sarah Pritchard, Louise Flynn, Lynne Brooks, Claire Denton-Scrivens,  Allyson Price and Gill Davies.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Eisteddfod 2015

A fantastic day of poetry, art, writing, and song! The standard of all the contributions to
the Eisteddfod was very high again this year! Well done to all of our children who took part.

Well done especially to the Ty Coch who won the competition overall! 

Da iawn!

Friday, 27 February 2015

After School Rugby League

Some of our year 5 and 6 pupils went along to Merthyr FC's ground on Thursday to take part in the Merthyr Schools rugby league. They played two games, winning the first game beating a very tough Ysgol y Graig team 1-0 and they then narrowly lost their second game 7-6 to a strong Ysgol Santes Tydfil team. The team played extremely well - especially considering many hadn't played any rugby since before Christmas! Mr.Bevan was very proud of their performance and how they represented the school.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Snow Procedures

With the onset of snow we would like to remind parents of our school closure procedures.

Our aim is for the school to remain open during snowy periods unless weather conditions make it unsafe for children, parents and/or staff to travel to and from the school. 

If the school is to be closed on any given day this website will be updated immediately. 
Decisions will be made before 7:30am.

School closures will also be updated on the official Merthyr Schools Closures Website here.
Please take extra care when approaching the school either on foot or in cars during icy conditions.