Week 35 - Friday 21st June 2019

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School Council Sponsored Event

Our children have all taken part in the School Council Sponsorship event this week. The children have all enjoyed taking part in various activities including:

    • Number of balls kicked in the goal in a minute
    • Number of words read in a minute
    • Number of words typed on a Chromebook in a minute
    • Complete the hopscotch without missing a step
    • Number of laps on the sprint track
    • Use a mini cycle to go round the track (nursery only)

We are delighted that so many children, parents and grandparents have got involved in the sponsorship fundraiser and we are pleased to tell you that we have raised £1957 towards the re -development of the internal and external canteen. If you have any outstanding sponsorship money please send in as soon as possible.

PTA Summer fete

The PTA Summer fete will take place on Saturday 22nd June from 11am to 3pm.

The PTA have an exciting day planned and we hope you are able to support the event. Come along and join in the fun! Here is a taster of what's happening in the day ......

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Refreshments
  • Sweets stall
  • Candyfloss and Slush Puppy machine
  • Tombola
  • Face Painting
  • BBQ food and pizza
  • Bang on Brewery and Pimms
  • Musical performances from the school choir, recorder group, piano and singing recitals, and the Oldcastle Rock Band!
  • Dance Group performance
  • Craft activities and games

Musical performances will take place at approximately 12.30pm.

The PTA are also running a cake off competition - if you would like to enter please complete the attached form (also available from reception) and ensure your entry is at the school before 11am on Saturday 22nd June.

The PTA are also looking for more volunteers on the day - please do let the school or the PTA know if you are able to help at all even if it is only for an hour.

Please can all the musicians arrive at 12pm and the choir arrive at 12.15pm.

Sports Day

Sports day for children in years 1 to 6 will take place on Friday 5th July and parents are invited to come along and watch the events. The events will start at 10am and we hope they will be completed by 3pm. We are delighted to let you know that we will have an Olympic medal winner attend the morning session. Persimmon Homes have arranged for Dani Rowe, Olympic track cyclist to come and support our event. Dani will be taking part in our event warm up, and help with events throughout the morning. We will also be able to see her winning Gold medal from the London 2012. We are excited to have an Olympic medal winner at our sports day this year.

Nursery and reception children will take part in their sports day on 12th July when we visit the Bridgend Show. The event will take place in the main arena and parents and grandparents are welcome to attend.

The PTA have made arrangements with Cheeky Baby Tees to enable parents to purchase t-shirts for sports day. Please click on the link for further information. If you place an order please add a note on your order with the class name. All t-shirts will be delivered to school and distributed by the PTA. Please note t-shirts from Cheeky Baby Tees are not compulsory for sports days

Oldcastle Holiday Club

Places are filling up fast in our children's summer holiday club - if you wish to make a booking we would suggest making the booking as soon as possible. The holiday club will operate from Monday 22nd July to Friday 23rd August from 9am to 3.30pm. at a cost of £18 per day. We are pleased to offer add ons to the core time with a breakfast club from 8am to 9am at an additional cost of £4, and a late club pick up option upto 5.30pm for an additional cost of £7.50. Children from the age of 5 years to 12 years will be able to attend the club.

Children will be able to participate in a range of exciting sports, and arts and crafts activity sessions throughout the day provided by our qualified staff. The Club will operate in the main hall of the school and utilise other areas as required. Children will be provided with toast and fruit in the breakfast club and late club options. Children will need to bring a packed lunch and water to drink throughout the day. Please complete a booking form for each child.

Once your booking form has been received we will issue a Parent Pay invoice to you. Bookings and payment must be received by Friday 12th July. Discounts are available for sibling and weekly bookings.

Please contact the admin team on 01656 815790 or by email holidayclub@oldcastleprimary.co.uk if you have any questions.

To book a place please complete a copy of the Booking Form by clicking this link https://forms.gle/xyZoz9NNNj9gjBgK9 or by clicking on the link on our website https://bit.ly/2DKQFHa

Bridgend Show

Following the success of last years event, we plan to hold a whole school trip to Bridgend Show on Friday 12th July. There will be no charge for the trip and all children from nursery to year 6 will be part of the trip.

All children will need to wear school uniform and wear weather appropriate clothing / shoes. Children will need to bring a bottle of water, a morning snack and a packed lunch. If your child has free school meals and you wish a packed lunch to be provided please let the office know at least 3 days before the trip. Please speak to your class teacher is you are able to help on the day, all parent helper places are allocated randomly. Nursery children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our year 6 children will have a range of products available to purchase as part of their Enterprise Project. We look forward to providing you with more information soon.

School Savings Club

As we enter the summer term, children are given the opportunity to withdraw from their savings. As always, we offer the option of cash (up to £100) and/or Bank Transfer. Your child does not have to withdraw any of their savings as we will continue to run the scheme until the end of term, before starting again in September.

In order to make a withdrawal through school, we kindly ask for 1 weeks’ notice and require a completed withdrawal consent form. Withdrawal Forms are available here

For any queries regarding your child’s account, please contact me by email at damianf@blscu.co.uk or through the main Bridgend Lifesavers office.


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Nut free school

Reminder - as a school we strive to be 'nut free'. Please can we ask that food containing nuts is not included in children's lunch boxes. We have a number of children with an intolerance to nuts as well as a few children who have a severe allergy who may experience an anaphylactic shock as a result of coming into contact with nut products. Please can we ask that you consider the products being put into lunch boxes and check whether these items contain any form of nuts. For example Nutella or peanut butter etc.

School Photos

Year 5 undertook a beach clean this week and learnt all about beach pollution.

We had a fantastic display by Fusion Extreme this week. The whole school enjoyed seeing the display which was provided as our prize for being the top performing school in the Big Pedal 2019.

Bridgend Life Centre visited our assembly today with their mascot Lion to talk about water safety. Children were able to join in with the assembly whilst they learnt about keeping children safe around water.

Bridgend Life Centre are looking for a name for the Lion and would like Oldcastle pupils to think of a name. If your name is chosen you can win a free children's party at Bridgend Life Centre

Headteacher Award

Headteacher Award

A headteachers award assembly did not take place today as we had a visit from Bridgend Life Centre who talked to the children about water safety.

Diary Dates

Diary Dates

  • Saturday 22nd June - PTA Summer Fete
  • Monday 1st July - Rest Bay Tag Rugby
  • Thursday 4th July - Year 6 Brynteg Transition Day
  • Thursday 4th July - Move up day - children meet their teacher for next school year
  • Friday 5th July - Sports Day years 1 to 6 at the Athletics track, Newbridge Fields
  • Tuesday 9th July - Year 6 Robin Hood Production at 1.30pm and 6pm
  • Wednesday 10th July - PTA Disco
  • Thursday 11th July - PTA Disco
  • Friday 12th July - Sports Day Nursery and Reception at Bridgend Show
  • Friday 12th July - whole school trip to Bridgend Show incorporating nursery and reception sports day
  • Tuesday 16th July - Reception trip to Seaquest, Porthcawl
  • Thursday 18th July - Year 6 Leavers Assembly at 1pm
  • Friday 19th July - School Term Ends
  • Inset Day - Monday 22nd July 2019

Inset Days 2019/20

  • Monday 4th November 2019
  • Tuesday 5th November 2019
  • Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June 2020
  • Monday 20th July 2020