St. Julian's Primary Win Parliamentary Competition
In April last year, Mr Mansfield’s class entered a competition, set by PITCOM (Parliamentary Information Technology Committee), where they had to show ways in which they pass their ICT skills onto other people. The class all worked together to create a series of short ICT tutorial videos teaching basic ICT skills. They then uploaded these videos to their school web page to share with other people both locally and across the world. Some of the class took computers to Glyn Anwen, a residential home for the elderly, to get them watching the videos and learning computer skills. They also sent a number of old laptops out to our partner school in Rwanda, and helped them to watch our videos?
On Thursday 10th March, both of our school choirs joined forces with Caerphilly Male Voice Choir, to perform in a concert to help raise money for one of our partner schools, 'Gihogwe School', Rwanda, Africa. It was a fantastic evening and the upper school hall was packed! Caerphilly Male Voice Choir, lead by Hazel Matthews, started the evening with a piece called 'Rachie' and two traditional Welsh classics 'Men of Harlech' and 'Cwm Rhondda'. They were followed by our Junior Choir, lead by Mr Peter Banks, and our Infant Choir, lead by Mrs Tucker and Mrs Gabica.
Elinor, a year 6 pupil in Mr Mansfield’s class, had a wonderful surprise when she opened the South Wales Argus on Wednesday (2nd March) to find that a piece of her artwork had been published on one of the pages.
Year 5 & 6 have been studying a topic entitled ‘Secrets of the Deep’ this term, and as part of the topic, children had to sketch a sea creature in an art lesson. Elinor enjoyed doing this so much, that she then went home and turned her picture into a collage. She cut lots of different shapes out of coloured paper and then stuck them onto a blue background to create an ‘Under the Sea Collage’.
On Thursday 3rd March, classes from year 6 went over to the library to meet with children's Illustrator, Hayley Acreman. Hayley is a freelance, illustrator who lives in Newport. She has illustrated for a range of childrens books, including Tai and the Tramorfa Troll.
The children spent a session with her, learning about her job as an illustrator, reading some of the story books she’s illustratred for and they also got to have a go at doing some illustrations themselves.
Hayely asked the children to come up with a mythical creature who lives at the bottom of their garden. First they had to describe their creature’s appearance and then went on to illustrate it.
Hayley was really impressed with lots of the artwork which the children produced and everyone really enjoyed the session with her.
On Tuesday 1st March, we held our annual Eisteddfod. All children arrived at school dressed in Welsh dress ready to celebrate the life of St. David – the Patron Saint of Wales.
The Eisteddfod kicked off at 9:30 with a song all about the life of St David. There were then various competitions throughout the day, including: singing, instruments, poetry, art, handwriting and design & technology.
At the end of the day, the poetry competition was judged by Mr Rees, who chose Nia’s Poem about Cardiff Bay as the winning entry. Nia was then crowned Bard of the 2011 Eisteddfod. She was cloaked and escorted onto stage by Iona, one of the runners up, where Mr Mansfield then crowned her.
Every Year, in December, we at St. Julian's Primary enter Newport's Annual Christmas Card Competition. Every child in the school is given an A5 piece of paper and asked to be creative and turn it into a christmas card! We always get hundreds of fantastic designs from our pupils, but one clearly stood out to the judges this year, and that was Nia William's design!
On Friday 26th November 2010, we held our annual Christmas Bazzar here at St Julian's Primary School! The PTA worked hard to host many stalls, including chocolate fountains, bric-a-brac, games, a Fair Trade tuck shop and lots more!
Year 6 Pupils Visit Gilwern Outdoor Activity Centre
On Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd of November, our year six pupils went on a school trip to Gilwern Outdoor Activity Centre. The morning started with a talk from Dave, one of the centre staff, about the importance of team work. Then throughout the day, pupils took part in a number of different activities which developed and encouraged team building amongst pupils.
St Julians Primary School recently won an Apple Mac laptop, for making this short video about how we use ICT to support our learning in school. You can see Mrs Orford (Pictured Above), accepting the prize from Prof. Stephen Heppell at the Newport ICT Conference at the Hilton Hotel.
St Julian's Primary Chosen to Host Ryder Cup Education Pack Launch
On Tuesday 23rd March 2010, St Julian's Primary School was chosen to host the official launch of the 2010 Ryder Cup Education Pack. The education pack, which was produced by Newport LEA and various teachers across Newport (including our very own Mr Mansfield), is a scheme of work which is designed to teach all the curriculum skills using the Ryder Cup as a theme for all subjects.