Events and News


CoronaVirus Updates:

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Summertime Activities

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Letter To Parents Carers and Family Members

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Safety Leaflet for Parents and Carers

re: Return To School September 2020

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Letter from Portfield Vice Chair of Governors

on behalf of the Governing Body for Portfield School….

 

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Message From Head, Mr P Hughes

Regarding Return to School in September

Dear Parent and Carers,

You will be aware that Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary, has announced plans for the return to school in September. We are waiting further guidance from the Welsh Government and we are working closely with the local authority to put in place our plans to meet the expectations on the school. As soon as we have finalised our plans we will share them with you all.

I would like to thank everyone for your cooperation with our plan for Check in, Catch up and Prepare. We have had a very successful two weeks. The children who have attended have enjoyed being back at school and we have enjoyed seeing them back as well.

The school will continue to send out information via SCHOOP, our Facebook page and our website. Please ensure that you look out for further updates over the coming days.

Yours sincerely

Paul Hughes

Headteacher

Portfield Special School

 

 

Please see information below regarding Key Worker childcare provision

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Curriculum and Assessment Bill for Wales Overview

Please take a moment to watch the video on the new curriculum arrangements for all learners aged 3 to 16.

Click below to take you to the website.

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Sensory Integration Education

Please take a moment to read the newsletter from Sensory Integration Education. There are some very interesting articles regarding understanding sensory processing, supporting picky eaters, deep pressure, improving visual processing and more. This newsletter is worth a read…

https://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/page-19082

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Working with children with behaviors that challenge can be very tricky, but there are a few things to remember…

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Thank you to everyone for supporting us this week and making sure that it was a smooth and safe start for pupils that have returned to school – you have all really helped us in following guidance that we have sent out and we really appreciate this.
It has been lovely to see so many of our pupils returning with huge smiles on their faces and ready to learn.

We are looking forward to seeing next weeks groups of learners and if you are in any doubt how things will look or what we will be doing then please visit the ‘Working From Home’ section of our school website where you can see videos of how school will look, explanations of when we might wear PPE and also what staff will look like wearing this – it’s been very useful for pupils to see all of this before they return.

Well done to all those who are completing working from home activities and uploading photos to J2e – we have enjoyed seeing what you are all doing.

We are delighted to be back open as a school and we look forward to seeing more of you over the coming weeks.

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Important Message re: School Phone Systems

Dear Parents and Carers,

Due to a need to complete essential work on our communication systems at the school. We will not be able to use our landline telephone system after 12.30 pm on THURSDAY 2nd JULY 2020.

To ensure that you are able to communicate with the school should you need to, I have listed the school emergency mobile number below.

07816 527 330

We anticipate that the school phone system will be back in service by late afternoon.

Yours sincerely

Paul Hughes
Headteacher

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A reminder for parents and carers regarding returning to school….

We can’t wait to see you all but please just have a quick read:

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Parent Partnership Service Update

The Parent Partnership Service has continued to offer support, information and advice to parents/carers throughout lockdown, and are now also endeavoring to support parents as we proceed into the ‘new normal.’

The Parent Partnership will be hosting their first online Parent Network Group meeting, the theme reflects the Welsh Government’s objective in re-opening schools for pupils to: “check in, catch-up and prepare for summer and September.” The Parent Partnership would like Pembrokeshire’s parents/carers to also have an opportunity to “check in and catch-up” through this online meeting.

Please see further details in the posters attached.

 

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We have had the following message from Kerry from The National Deaf Children’s Society:

I hope you are well and staying safe in these difficult times.

With our face to face visits being on hold for the moment, we have been looking at ways that we can continue to provide a service for professional that work with or support deaf children and young people and we are excited to let you know that we are offering a range of free online information and advice sessions

During these live sessions, you’ll be able to:

learn more about supporting deaf children and young people, particularly during the current COVID-19 situation

join discussions with other professionals

ask questions to our experts

The first of these sessions will be held on Friday 3 July at 4 – 5pm, and we will be joined by our Head of Policy and Influencing for Wales, Debbie Thomas.

Due to COVID-19, there have been huge changes to how children are educated. In this session, Debbie will be giving an overview of the national picture in Wales.

This will cover:

– what we know about the current support available for deaf children in Wales – in particular, the impact on children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

– our policy response and advice for professionals

– the implications for deaf children in Wales with plans for the autumn term.

You can register for your free place on this webinar here https://us02web.zoom.us/…/4715925…/WN_lj_l87pmS2WQ9Q2rw2rHmA or for more information, visit the website here: https://www.ndcs.org.uk/…/webinars-for-professionals-suppo…/

As always, please do let me know if you have any questions and feel free to pass the invitation on to any colleagues who you think might be interested in attending.

Kind regards

Kerry

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Staff Putting on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

 When children return to school they might see adults wearing PPE. Adults will only be wearing this sometimes but we would like to show you what this will look like as it is different to what pupils will have seen before. Please watch this short video with your child in preparation for them returning to school.

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Notice From Transport Service

Transport have been working very hard to try to arrange routes for as many pupils as require it. It is very difficult in the current circumstances. They have asked us to inform parents that their children may have to be transported on different routes with different staff/vehicles during this very difficult period. This is unavoidable, but Transport wanted to give parents time to prepare the children for this, or to make alternative arrangements. If you decide as a result of this that you DO NOT now want your child to travel on transport please inform Portfield School by 12pm on Friday 19th June.


Notice from Len Mullins, Press & Public Relations Manager

re: School Transport

 

Len Mullins

01437 775387

18th June 2020

 

PEMBROKESHIRE SCHOOL TRANSPORT GUIDANCE

 

Parents and carers are being urged to travel with their children to and from school when education resumes in Pembrokeshire on Monday, 29th June.

Guidance issued by Welsh Government also encourages families to use ‘active travel’ wherever possible.

It recommends that school transport should only be used when parents have no other means of transport.

The request is being made because the limited capacity on school transport provision – due to social distancing requirements – should be made available for those children unable to attend school without it.

Bus timetables will run as normal. If there are any changes the relevant parents will be informed.

 

Those parents and carers utilising private transport are also asked to park away from school entrances so as not to infringe on social distancing.

Families should ensure that they comply with the current advice on face coverings and should check their school website for the timings for their child’s individual learning sessions.

Links to each school’s website can be obtained via this County Council webpage:

www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/schoolsreopening

 

For further information contact: Len Mullins, Press and Public Relations Manager, on 01437 775387. The Council’s press releases are also available on the Authority’s website: http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk


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Soundabout Early Years

Soundabout today at 2p.m – this is a great session to join, please take go to the Soundabout page and familiarise yourself with how to join at 2 p.m. click below to take you to there:

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Please see attached a letter regarding transport.

We will be sending a form out via Schoop that will need to be returned by Monday 15th June.

If you are not on Schoop we will be contacting you via phone.

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Refugee Week 2020

Refugee Week 15th – 21st June 2020.

Join to celebrate the contributions of refugees. Here are 6 ways you can get involved:

https://refugeeweek.org.uk/6-ways-to-get-involved

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Latest Information From LA re: Corona Virus June 2020

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This is a great resource for children who we would like to get vocalising more. It’s a visual resource that can be put onto iPads, tablets or phones and can be used to encourage pupils to vocalise. As pupils vocalise the balls bounce, and to make it even more fun the balls can be changed to emojis eyeballs or bubbles.
And if you have youngsters that are vocalising too much (shouting and being noisy) you could use it as a way of positively encouraging quiet time.

https://bouncyballs.org/

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Information From Tees R Us Regarding Uniform Supplies.

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COVID-19 Update – Secondary School Uniform Shipping from 12th June.

First of all, we would like to thank everybody for your continued support and understanding throughout these uncertain times, and we hope that you are all keeping well.
Stores & Online Ordering

Following government guidelines, our stores in Pembroke Dock & Haverfordwest will remain closed this summer with our New Hedges store fully operational for production as normal.

Due to social distancing measures, our stores will not cope with the usual ‘Back to School’ demand and we are potentially expecting a 1 in 1 out system and very long queues. Unfortunately due to the current Government Legislation, pupils are no longer allowed to try garments on, and this is another factor we have to take into consideration along with possible quarantine measures.

We would like to take this opporunity to announce that ALL Secondary Schools we supply are now available online for parents to order with home delivery and a Click & Collect service available from our New Hedges Store the safest option. Primary Schools will be added, and we anticipate these to be online within the next 7 days.

Due to both stores being closed, we are expecting an exceptionally large volume of web orders this summer. Can we please ask you to help us flatten the ‘Back to School’ curve, by ordering online as soon as possible. This will give us the best chance to make sure all children have their uniform in time for the return in September.

Please allow up to 14 days for items to be delivered safely.

Cut off date for September uniform order will be the 31st July.

We’re here to help as much as possible, so please don’t hesitate to reach out via email with any questions.

You can also reach us on our dedicated School Uniform Order Number – 01834 845253, should you have any queries.

Thank you all for your patience & support during this difficult time.

Kind Regards,

Rory O’Hanlon & Family

https://www.teesrus.co.uk/…/haverfordwest-high-vc-school-b…/

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‘Multimodal’ Communication

We often talk about ‘Total Communication’, this is also known as ‘Multimodal Communication’.

Providing different ways to communicate is vital to supporting effective communication.

 

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New counselling service for children and young people

A new online and telephone counselling service for young people aged 10 to 19 is now available from the School Counselling Service – Pembrokeshire. To find out more about the service, obtain referral forms and request promotional materials please email: school.counsellor@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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‘Real PE at Home’ – Free School and Parental resource

‘Real PE’ at home is a FREE resource, including an online programme, which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme for children in Early Years and Foundation Phase with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and 1000s of hours of fun activity and learning. For children in Key Stage 2, there are carefully selected personal best challenges, skills and games designed for the home and garden.

Both programmes are fully supported with intuitive, daily and weekly guidance in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities. Even more video, audio, imagery and interactive elements content will be added over the next couple of weeks too. All schools can sign up to ‘real PE’ at home for FREE during school closures. To sign up for FREE, simply complete the form here.
https://home.jasmineactive.com/enquire

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 Active Learning for PMLD & Complex Needs

This is a whole series of sessions aimed at youngsters with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Complex Needs.
These sessions are based on ‘Active Learning’ a concept developed by Lili Nielsen. These sessions are very easy to follow and they encourage pupils to get involved and most importantly to be as independent as possible in their learning.

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Online Attention Autism Training

Please take a look at the website below, this is a great opportunity for training.

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Weekly virtual youth clubs for young people aged 11+

Pembrokeshire Youth’s Community Team are running a number of weekly virtual youth clubs for young people aged 11+. Youth workers are facilitating a wide range of activities to engage young people and encourage active participation. Activities include quizzes, home based scavenger hunts, Lockdown Olympics, baking competitions, virtual walk of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and weekly challenges to promote health and well-being.

For further information please contact Liz Griffiths: liz.griffiths@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or phone 07990781360

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URGENT FOR PARENTS AND CARERS:

A message was sent out regarding shielding letters to all parents/carers via Schoop on Friday 6th June. Please can everyone make sure that they reply to this message, there is a form that can be completed and returned. If you are struggling with Schoop or you are not yet signed up to it, please phone into Portfield Reception to discuss. Thank you.

 

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Rainbows are leading the way to Portfield School!

Rainbows are leading the way to Portfield School.

These rainbows have been made by pupils of Portfield School with the help of our wonderful caretaker staff.
These rainbows are wishing everyone a brighter tomorrow during this time.

 

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Penguin ‘Dream Big’

Get your free Puffin Festival of Big Dreams event kit – there’s lots going on between 8th – 14th June.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/dream-big.html

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Portfield in Bloom!

Pupils who attend the Portfield hub have been busy making flowers of all different shapes and sizes. We have created a curtain of flowers – the flower show decorating reception is beautiful!

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Design to Smile Programme Update

Please see the update below from Designed to Smile the tooth brushing programme that takes place in schools.

 

English Version

 

Welsh Version:

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Letter to parents/carers from Mr P Hughes Regarding the Current School Situation


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We hope that you are all having a lovely half term and enjoying the sunshine.

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Oily Cart Group for Families

Jo Grace has shared the following message from her Face Book page, Jo has visited Portfield School and met with staff at her training several times over the years. Please see the following message as this is a great opportunity for many of our families and learners…..

Oily Cart have a new group for families. They are looking for members who have a young person who relates to the world in a sensory way. They will be offering lots of sensory activities and ideas that can be done at home, as well as sign posting to different resources and organisations and being bit of a support network. Please pass this link onto anyone you think might be interested, from anywhere in the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OilyCartFamilies/

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Please take a moment to watch this message from Kirsty Williams,

Minister for Education for Wales.

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A Big Thank You to Our Nursing Staff

Portfield School sent some lovely messages to thank Anne-Marie and Jess and all the staff working at Withybush helping everyone to be well.

We have had a lovely message through this evening from our wonderful Community Children’s Nurses who under normal circumstances would be with us at Portfield most of the week…..

Hello all,
Thank you so much to the pupils at Portfield School for the fantastic pictures to brighten up our office! We love them!!

Thank you Anne-Marie and Jess, we can’t wait until things are back to normal and you are both back with us at school – stay safe and well in all you do.

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The Kindness Project: Span Arts Club

We have had the following information through and been asked to share it with parents and families at Portfield School.
Your young people and their families are being invited to be part of a new project that has been launched in response to the current public health crisis. The Kindness Project: Show it Share It.

Please see details below which describe the project, and how to get involved.

If you are happy to go ahead, we would be grateful if you could send the information by email to the children’s parents /guardians, ideally before half-term.

The Span Arts Clwb Digi Cares project is funded by West Wales is Kind Fund, from the West Wales Care Partnership and is closely linked to the Connect to Kindness Campaign for Pembrokeshire, which Wyndham Williams Community Connector Plus, Pembrokeshire Development Officer is rolling out regionally.

The Kindness Project : Show it Share It.

A creative project which seeks to digitally connect children and young people with older isolated people in their homes, as well as to people living in Residential Care Homes, to showcase creative ideas to help people feel better.

Span Arts are inviting children, young people and their families to make an instructional video that shows how to make something that spreads a little kindness.

The digital act of kindness can come in many forms all you have to do is think of something you can make that brings happiness. This could be an origami bird, an animation with a special message, or a spaceship made from egg cartons, the list is endless, and it is entirely up to you!

Once you have decided what you want to make, we are asking you to create an instructional video on your phone or tablet of how to make it, your video will be a gift to help someone else feel better.

The act of kindness is in the sharing.

Visit https://vimeo.com/user111240638 for an Introductory video about the Project or the Span website www.span-arts.org.uk for more information, and a Permissions Form.

This is a unique opportunity for children and/or young people in Pembrokeshire to be part of a digital creative community which will reach out to people of all ages who are socially isolating, both in the community and in residential settings

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SCHOOP Update

SCHOOP is the communication system that we use with parents. Please take a moment to read the info below.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who have joined our communication app, Schoop.

Please can you make sure you complete your contact details and the child’s name form so we can allocate it to your account. You can find this in the “My Schoop” section of the APP. Then click on Portfield School and then the pen or pen and paper icon to complete your details.

If you are not receiving notifications:-
Make sure notifications are on.
Go to the settings tab at the bottom right of the screen and renew your subscription.
If that doesn’t work, please either email support@schoop.co.uk or call them on 029 2078 297.
Thank you for your continued support.

 

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Aldi’s Home Learning Hub

Take a look at the Aldi website below – there are lots of good ideas and resources for eating a healthy balanced diet, planning balanced diets and getting as active as possible.

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A huge THANK YOU to Clodagh Llewhellin for the lovely delivery of fruit and goodies!

 

Clodaugh is running online fitness classes with part of the proceeds going towards the delivery of fruit to Key Workers – thank you ever so much Clodagh the deliveries are really appreciated by all.

Please see the information below regarding the fitness sessions – several members of staff have now signed up and can testify that it’s a great workout that is easy to access….

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Can you do The 6 Week Challenge?

Please take a look at this challenge – there are lots of prizes to be won.

The website link is below, you can also follow on Face book and Twitter.

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Information regarding Free School Meals in Wales….

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Here is a great idea from our friends at peeple.org.uk that you can do at home.

A talking box is easy to put together – no special materials needed, and it is a great starting point for conversations with your child. You can keep it exciting by using different boxes and changing the items regularly. Enjoy!

 

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International Nurse’s Day

12th May 2020 is International Nurses Day – We just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all our Nurses for everything that they do to look after us all and keep us safe. We know how much Nurses up and down the country and all over the world are doing now and always to selflessly look after everyone.
Thank you so very much from everyone at Portfield School #staysafe #internationalnursesday

 

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We keep hearing about how many activities you are all doing – well done and keep up the good work!

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Victory in Europe Day – VE Day

Pupils at the Portfield Hub have collaboratively created a piece of art to commemorate VE Day.

Well done to all – it looks amazing hanging in Reception.

 

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With VE Day celebrations taking place tomorrow here are some art ideas that you might like to try. The light up bottles would look lovely on doorsteps and mantle pieces for VE day.
Please remember when making the VE day light up bottles to use a battery operated candle or a torch.
DO NOT USE FLAMMABLE CANDLES.

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Mr Urdd is celebrating red, white and green day

– join in the fun and help Mr Urdd celebrate.

#cyrmu   #Urdd

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Spring has sprung! Come and join us for a very special Soundabout LIVE! today when Emma will be singing about buzzy bees

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Thankyou!

We want to say a BIG Thank you to all our School staff – you are all amazing and have continued to go above and beyond during this very difficult situation. THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!

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FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Please follow this link as there have been change to Free School Meals payments.
If you need help with getting this sorted, please phone us at school as we can help you.

https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/…/reminder-of-important-ch…

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Sensory Food Aversion, The Truth About Refusing Textures

↓Please click below for some excellent advice and information↓

 

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Auditory Sensitivity Things to Know

↓Please click below for some excellent advice and information↓

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ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder

↓Please click below for some excellent advice and information↓

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Thinking about early communication then this is great to try….

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A great opportunity to find out a bit more about “Core Words”.

Please take a look and sign up for the sessions….

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 Message from Portfield School Staff

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Richard Hirstwood is a friend of Portfield School and staff have had several training sessions with him over the years. Please take a moment to have a look at the free online courses, he has so many good ideas, and most of the resources are sensory and aimed at children with multiple learning needs. Take a look…..

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Important Messages from Steven Richards-Downes

(Acting Director for Children and Schools)

Regarding Childcare Arrangements from Next Week onwards

Dear All,

Thank you for all your support in providing childcare to families of critical workers over the course of the last week. I am very much aware that this has been difficult for everyone. I applaud the willingness of all our staff to respond to the crisis we are facing.

From next week will be providing childcare from a series of hubs only. We will be standing the rest of schools down in terms of providing childcare at this time  The full list can be found on the council’s website and families will need to do this via an online booking system or by telephoning the number provided.

We except the families of critical workers to be dropping learners of in most instances on their way to work and those learners being collected by a family member.

Vulnerable learners will also be prioritised and information will be supplied directly to hubs regarding those learners. Please can you work with the headteachers of those hubs by asking your staff to support them over the course of the next couple of weeks. We will need to make sure that by the 20th of April we can man all the hubs from 7-6 with two daily shifts in each.

For the next couple of days I will be working directly with the hubs to make sure that they are functioning fully next week. If you have staff who can support for next week please can you email Katherine.Pearce@pembrokeshire.gov.uk and she will organise the staffing of the hubs for me. Please email Katherine this week by 12pm Friday 27th March

I thank you all and your staff for continuing to work with our learners at this very difficult time.

Please can you all replicate the statement from the council website on your own school website. I attach the draft statement here. The final statement will have the details for bookings. Please find the email address below. Covid19childcarebookings@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Please do not use this email address for anything other than childcare bookings. Telephone number  01437776350. Please pass on the details to parents as soon as you are able to.

Regards

Steven

Annwyl bawb,

Diolch am eich cefnogaeth i ddarparu gofal plant i deuluoedd gweithwyr critigol yn ystod yr wythnos ddiwethaf. Rwy’n ymwybodol iawn bod hyn wedi bod yn anodd i bawb. Yr wyf yn cymeradwyo parodrwydd pob un o’n staff i ymateb i’r argyfwng yr ydym yn ei wynebu.

O’r wythnos nesaf, byddwn yn darparu gofal plant o gyfres o ganolfannau yn unig. Byddwn yn sefyll gweddill yr ysgolion o ran darparu gofal plant ar yr adeg hon gellir gweld y rhestr lawn ar wefan y cyngor a bydd angen i deuluoedd wneud hyn drwy system archebu ar-lein neu drwy ffonio’r Rhif a ddarperir.

Rydym ni, heblaw am deuluoedd gweithwyr critigol, yn gollwng dysgwyr o’r rhan fwyaf o achosion ar eu ffordd i’r gwaith a’r dysgwyr hynny sy’n cael eu casglu gan aelod o’r teulu.

Bydd dysgwyr sy’n agored i niwed hefyd yn cael blaenoriaeth a bydd gwybodaeth yn cael ei darparu’n uniongyrchol i ganolfannau am y dysgwyr hynny. A fyddech cystal â gweithio gyda phenaethiaid y canolfannau hynny drwy ofyn i’ch staff eu cefnogi yn ystod yr wythnos neu ddwy nesaf. Bydd angen i ni sicrhau y gallwn ni, erbyn yr 20fed o Ebrill, wneud pob un o’r canolbwyntiau o 7-6 gyda dau shifft dyddiol ym mhob un.

Am yr ychydig ddyddiau nesaf, byddaf yn gweithio’n uniongyrchol gyda’r canolbwyntiau i wneud yn siŵr eu bod yn gweithredu’n llawn yr wythnos nesaf. Os oes gennych staff sy’n gallu cefnogi ar gyfer yr wythnos nesaf, anfonwch e-bost i Katherine.Pearce@pembrokeshire.gov.uk a bydd hi’n trefnu staffio’r canolbwyntiau i mi. Gallwch ebostio’r Katherine tan hanner dydd 27fed Mawrth am yr wythnos hon

Diolch i chi gyd a’ch staff am barhau i weithio gyda’n dysgwyr yn ystod y cyfnod anodd hwn.

A fyddech cystal â chopïo’r datganiad o wefan y Cyngor ar eich gwefan ysgol eich hun. Amgaeaf y datganiad drafft yma. Bydd y manylion ar gyfer archebion yn y datganiad terfynol. Gweler y cyfeiriad e-bost isod. Covid19childcarebookings@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Peidiwch â defnyddio’r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn ar gyfer unrhyw beth ar wahân i archebion gofal plant. Rhif ffôn 01437776350. A fyddech cystal â throsglwyddo’r manylion i’r rhieni cyn gynted ag y byddwch yn gallu.

Cofion

Steven

 

Regards

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Acting Director for Children and Schools

Cyfarwyddwr Dros Dro Plant Ac Ysgolion

Children & Schools Directorate / Cyfarwyddiaeth Dros Blant Ac Ysgolion

Pembrokeshire County Council / Cyngor Sir Penfro

Telephone/ Ffon: 01437 775350

Twitter@schoolspembs

 

 

 

20200326: Pembrokeshire County Council Childcare arrangements

 

Pembrokeshire County Council Childcare arrangements

 

Pembrokeshire County Council is introducing a Childcare hub-based model for critical workers and the families of vulnerable learners.

 

The move follows the UK Government’s restrictions placed on movement this week and the need for greater social distancing measures.

 

From 30 March 2020, Childcare will only be available to eligible critical workers and at specific locations within the county.

 

Places must be booked online – and children from vulnerable families will be contacted by a key worker and offered places.

 

Each setting will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm until 20 April, after which time all settings will be open from 7:00am – 6:00pm. The online Childcare booking applications will be processed centrally on a weekly basis.

 

There will be no option to turn up without a confirmed booking as most critical workers will know their shifts in advance.

 

The advice remains to stay at home wherever possible in order to maintain social distancing.

 

Each setting will have a maximum number of places.

 

Children 3 -11 can attend the primary settings below:

Pembroke Dock:

Templeton:

Monkton:

Tenby VC:

Prendergast:

Milford Haven Community Primary meads site:

Gelliswick:

Glannau Gwaun:

Y Frenni:

 

Special Settings for pupils who currently attend those settings:

Portfield for Special Pupils

PLC

 

The demand for secondary places has been low and learners aged 11-14 can attend the settings below:

 

Secondaries:

HHVCS:

Greenhill:

 

For children 0-3 childcare is payable and operates from the following settings:

Happy Days Milford

Playdays Fishguard

Tiny Treasures at Tenby VC.

Golden Manor Pembroke

Jolly Jumpers Haverfordwest

ABC Haverfordwest

Withybush Hospital Day Nursery Haverfordwest.

 

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Important Message from Steven Richards-Downes

Regarding Free School Meals

 

Good Afternoon All,

The provision for the  free school meals will remain the same as it is for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. From Wednesday All families who have free school meals will have received vouchers from Tesco in the post or electronically for Free School Meals.  After Tuesday meals will only be provided for those learners who are in hubs and present for childcare.

Please can you ensure that your schools remain open until Tuesday for access to Kitchens for free school meals and to those people from James White’s teams who will be delivering meals to those in isolation and shielding.

Regards

Prynhawn Pawb

Bydd y ddarpariaeth ar gyfer prydau ysgol am ddim yn aros yn ddigyfnewid ar gyfer yfory, dydd Llun a dydd Mawrth. O ddydd Mercher bydd pob teulu sy’n cael prydau ysgol am ddim wedi cael talebau gan Tesco yn y post neu’n electronig i gael prydau ysgol am ddim.  Ar ôl dydd Mawrth, dim ond ar gyfer y dysgwyr hynny sydd mewn canolfannau ac yn bresennol ar gyfer gofal plant y darperir prydau.

A fyddech cystal â sicrhau bod eich ysgolion yn aros ar agor tan ddydd Mawrth i gael mynediad i geginau ar gyfer prydau ysgol am ddim ac i’r bobl hynny o dimau James White a fydd yn darparu prydau bwyd i’r rhai sy’n eu hynysu ac yn eu cysgodi.

Cofion

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Acting Director for Children and Schools

Cyfarwyddwr Dros Dro Plant Ac Ysgolion

Children & Schools Directorate / Cyfarwyddiaeth Dros Blant Ac Ysgolion

Pembrokeshire County Council / Cyngor Sir Penfro

Telephone/ Ffon: 01437 775350

Twitter@schoolspembs

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Hello,

Everyone at Parent Zone hopes you are well. We wish you all the best whether you’re working from home, awaiting school closures or self-isolating.

As an organisation our focus has always been on helping families flourish in a connected world. Our task seems particularly relevant right now.

For the next few weeks (possibly months), families will be stuck at home. Children and teenagers will inevitably turn to the digital world for entertainment and escapism as well as for learning and staying in touch.

That offers tremendous opportunities for innovation and creativity, but inevitably new levels of risk.

We want to do everything we can to support our community – and one of the most practical and immediate things we can do is to offer a free three-month Parent Zone membership to all schools and organisations that work with families.

Parent Zone member resources

We want to help you support the parents you work with and membership is packed with ways in which you can do that.

We know parents turn to schools for help when things happen online and that won’t be as easy for them for a while – but schools can still provide support through membership.

Membership gives you access to a wealth of resources you can share with families to help them be more digitally resilient.

The Digital Schools Members’ Area includes free access to an online advice and learning hub for your school’s parents, plus a range of resources for teachers including lesson plans, policy documents, training videos, classroom posters and briefings. “The vast array of resources is benefitting the pupils, older students and their parents whilst enabling staff to stay up-to-date with current trends in the technology world,” says one of our members.

The Digital Resilience Members’ Area offers an extensive selection of resources to assist local authorities, youth workers and family professionals in helping families stay safe online.

The Parent Lounge is our specialist area that your parents can access, packed full of resources to help families boost children’s digital resilience, and keep them safe online. This includes our groundbreaking Parenting in the Digital Age and Resilient Families online courses as well as access to our expert Helpline.

We’ll be adding lots of content specially for members, to help families cope with self-isolation, with plenty of practical advice on how to navigate and make the most of our increased reliance on digital platforms and communication.

We’ll also continue (of course) to publish articles on Parent Info, our free service providing support and guidance on a range of subjects on schools’ own websites, and on the Parent Zone website.

How to access the Parent Zone Members’ Area

Click here then choose either Digital Schools or Digital Resilience. Click the Add to cart button then complete the membership form.

On the payment screen, you’ll see a box labelled Coupon code, into which you can enter your free three-month membership code: Free219June for Digital Schools and Free-19June for Digital Resilience. Please enter the code and click the ‘add coupon’ button.

When returning to the Members’ Area in future, simply login by clicking here or following the details on the Parent Zone homepage, then enter your login details.

Forgotten your details? Don’t worry – you can email dshelp@parentzone.org.uk or call us on 0207 686 7225 with any membership questions.

We’ll continue to update you regularly about the great new resources we’ll be publishing and would welcome suggestions as to what content might be most useful for you at this time.

Become a Parent Zone member for FREE
Regards,

Team PZ

 

 

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Letter from Lee Day re: schools opening:

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Mother’s Day Event Cancelled

Friday 20th March 2020.
Just to let everyone know that we are having to cancel this event on Friday.

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Hearing Bus Cancelled

THE HEARING BUS HAS BEEN CANCELLED ON THE 18TH MARCH 2020.
We are sorry to say that this has now been cancelled due to advice that we have been given.

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Hearing Bus Visit

The Hearing Bus is coming to Portfield School. Please see the information regarding the Hearing Bus. You will need to book and this will be done on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Sam Harries for further details….

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Wellness Wednesday

3 Ways to Create a Heart Shape in Adobe Illustrator - Every-Tuesday

Please take a look at the link below – looking at after yourself and being aware has to be top priority.

https://hwbwave15.sharepoint.com/…/Wellness-Wednesday-Lles-…

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Please take a moment to have a look at the details of the new curriculum that is currently being implemented in Wales and changing the way that young people are learning.

https://hwb.gov.wales/…/016a7…/a-new-curriculum-in-wales.pdf

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{Please take a look at the link above to find out what is on in your area}

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CoronaVirus Update for Schools

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[The above letter was issues by the Head of HWH}

Please see the following links for guidance and updates on Corona Virus for schools….

 

 

 

 

 

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Very interesting information about how a traumatic event can affect someone’s mental health.

https://mind.turtl.co/story/mindwork-february-2020/page/4/1…

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Please see details of a parent/carer workshop on Specific Learning Differences (SPLD).

This is a great opportunity to gain more information about SPLD.

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Autism Wellbeing CIC Survey

Hello!

Autism Wellbeing CIC are asking autistic people and parents of autistic children to tell us about the sort of services they would like us to provide.

If you are autistic or the parent of an autistic child and would like to take part in our survey, we would love to hear from you.

Here is the link to our survey, there are ten questions, it shouldn’t take you more than five or six minutes to complete:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZN2552W

Thank you for your support with our survey.

 

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Attention All Fans!

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We have a family set of tickets (4) available for the Scarlets v. Dragons match on Saturday 28th March 2020 at 3pm at Parc Y Scarlets. We will be holding a draw for the tickets, if you would like to be entered into the draw please let Sarah (U/S Reception) know by Friday 7th February (pop a note in the home-school book or call Reception). Many thanks

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who has kindly donated Lego for our pupils use. It has been amazing to have such great donations and a special thank you to Mr & Mrs Cavanagh and to Tina Curtis for huge donations. We use Lego to help teach communication skills and to help pupils to manage their emotions so it is a really valuable addition to our equipment supply. Thank you!

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Careers Wales are moving to a new web site

Please have a look as there is a lot of useful information for pupils, parents and carers.

Careerswales.com will be decommissioned the week commencing 27th January 2020, they will be switching over to the new site Careerswales.gov.wales

The new website has improved design, content and navigation as well as working across all devices. There will also be some changes to content and resources that will affect schools.

Visit our website to familiarise yourself with these changes.

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Lego Donations

 

We are looking for donations of Lego.

If anyone has any Lego they would like to donate to Portfield School it would be very much appreciated.

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Parent Partnership Information

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Tysorau’s Guess The Amount of Sweets Winner

The winner of Guess the Sweets was Eleri Edwards from Y Porth Satellite Class.

Eleri correctly guessed that there was 157 sweets in the container.

Well done Eleri, we hope you enjoy your sweets.

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Merry Christmas All!

Enjoy your holidays! There is an inset day on Monday 6th January 2020 and pupils return to school on Tuesday 7th January 2020

 

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Christmas Tree Bid

 

These are our Upper and Lower School Reception area Christmas trees.

{Upper School’s 7ft Real Tree}
{Lower School’s 6ft Real Tree}

They are both real trees and if anyone would like one or both of them we accepting bids. The highest bidder will be able to collect their tree on Friday 20th December…… And just to say both trees are beautifully full trees and have not dropped.

Please share as these would be lovely in any home and all money raised will go straight to Portfield School Funds……HAPPY BIDDING!!!

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Happy Birthday Trysorau!

 

Our School Charity Shop Trysorau enjoyed its 3rd Birthday over the weekend. Thank you to The Friend’s of Portfield School and everyone who supports the Charity Shop in Haverfordwest, it is only made possible by the continued support from everyone who volunteers and donates.
Trysorau is a wonderful asset to Portfield School, our older pupils enjoy working in the shop and develop a range of skills that will support them in future workplaces.
Thank you!

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Trysorau’s ‘Guess How Many Sweets!’

£1 per go – Winner takes all
To be Drawn on 14th December – our 3rd Birthday in Trysorau Charity Shop
Pop in on your way round town!!

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With Christmas fast approaching it is important to remember that not everyone enjoys it. Here are 12 tips that might help families to have an autism-friendly Christmas. Please feel free to share as some of these tips might help friends and family to understand how to be more ASC friendly.

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Always a lovely evening please come along!

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A Big THANK YOU!

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Our grand total for Children in Need is £184.13!!

Thank you to everyone for supporting us in raising money for Children in Need

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Roll up, roll up!

This week in our Charity Shop pupils have been busy sorting, pricing and displaying Christmas gifts.

We also have Christmas jumpers for sale – but be quick as they are selling fast!!!!!!

 

Just some of the things that are on sale at our Charity Shop in Haverfordwest….

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A Big THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who sent money in for Children in Need.

We had a fantastic day with lots of fun across school.

So far we have raised £166.00 and the money is still coming in…. Final total to follow…

Well done and as always thank you for your support!

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School Photos Reminder

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Please return any outstanding photo order forms to school tomorrow (20/10/19) as they will be posted that afternoon.

Online orders can be made after this date. Thank you. 

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Additional Learning Needs Transformation

 

Please take a minute to read through this document, this is an overview of the Additional Needs Transformation.

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This will hopefully help in explaining the changes that are underway.

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Charity Shop Window Display

for Children in Need

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Please pop into Trysorau Charity Shop in Haverfordwest.

This week the window has been dressed by Nolton Class ready for Children in Need!

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Always a lovely evening please come along….

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Children In Need is Friday 15th November- pupils are welcome to wear non-uniform and bring a donation of £1.

There will activities in classes.

As always if pupils want to continue wearing there normal uniform that’s also fine with us!

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School Photos Reminder

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Just a reminder that order form for school photos has to be in to School by Friday 14th November.
You will still be able to order photos online after this date – Thank you.

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Portfield School had very special visitors on Tuesday 12th November 2019!

One of our Sixth Formers has completed a piece of writing to let you know who came to visit our school!

Take a look at the following piece of work ‘A Visit from The Director’:

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Portfield Charity Shop

Remembrance Day Display

 

Please pop into our Charity Shop Trysorau – in Haverfordwest.

Last week the window in the shop was dressed by pupils from Nolton Class and Y-Porth our Satellite Class at Preseli School. The window was dressed in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.

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With the Estyn School Inspection approaching we are offering parents and carers the opportunity to come into school to complete the Estyn questionnaire in confidence. Computers and refreshments will be available as well as any support necessary in accessing the questionnaire.
The following times are available for cares and parents to drop in:
Monday 4th November 10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday 5th November 10 am – 2 pm
Thursday 7th November 10 am – 2 pm

We look forward to seeing you.

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Estyn is inspecting us on 18th November 2019 and they want parents’ views and carers’ views. Please share yours in confidence at:
https://vir.estyn.gov.uk/questionna…/pages/ParentLogin.aspx… by November 7th 2019.

You are also invited to meet the inspectors at the school at 5.00 pm on 18th November 2019 to give your views.

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Please click above to check out the updates on our safety page for parents and carers.

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Harvest Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated food for our Harvest Collection. All items have been collected by The Trussle Trust and they will be distributed in their food banks across the county over the coming weeks. Thank you ever so much your donations will make a difference to families in Pembrokeshire!

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School Photographer Visit

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Reminder – The school photographer will be in school on Friday 25th October to take individual photos. (Backup date for photos is 5th November).

If you have more than one child in school and would like sibling photos please notify your children’s classes.

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A fantastic opportunity for our +16 year olds….

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Estyn Inspection Survey

Please can as many of our parents and carers as possible take time to look at the following link and respond.

Pembrokeshire LA would like your views on how well schools and youth services are supported.

https://www.estyn.gov.wales/inspection-survey-pembrokeshire

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Students from Portfield School performed “Much ado about nothing” at the Torch Theatre as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival on Thursday 10th October.

The cast worked extremely hard during rehearsals and gave the performance their all. Their hard work and dedication paid off with an outstanding performance for which we have received some great reviews. The cast members were praised for their great behaviour at the Theatre and are all a real credit to Portfield School!

Many thanks to all the cast and to our Teacher Director Mrs Jenkins and her staff Mr Morgan, Mr Evans, Mrs Simmons and Miss Rowland for coaching and supporting the students to such a successful night.

Really well done to all.

Caroline Ball

(Deputy Headteacher)

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Protecting Your Information Video

Please take a moment to watch the video below:

It is all about the information that school holds on your young person and why we need to collect this information.

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Charity Shop Halloween Window

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The students have been busy decorating the window for Halloween.

They have done a fabulous job choosing and displaying the outfits.

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Independent Living Skills

Thinking of Pembrokeshire College for your young adult post Portfield?

Please take a look at this video below for some of the things that go on.

Look carefully as you might spot some of our past pupils!

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Harvest Festival Food Collection

We will be collecting tinned and dried food for Harvest.

We will be collecting for the Trussle Trust food bank.

Please could you send all donations into Portfield School ready for our Harvest table.

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Thank you to the Fair that is visiting Haverfordwest for donating

tickets to all of the pupils of Portfield School.

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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Macmillan coffee morning last Friday

You helped us to raise a fantastic £103.

THANK YOU!

 

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

 

Friday 27th September 2019 10:00 – 11:30am  at Portfield School.

Please join us to raise money for a wonderful cause!

Any donations of cakes are most welcome!

 

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Parent Carer Workshops

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Jeans for Genes Day

It’s Jeans for Genes this Friday, pupils are invited to wear their jeans and donate £1.

All proceeds will be donated to the Jeans for Genes charity.

As always if your young person does not want to wear jeans for any reason then we completely understand – normal school uniform will be fine.

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We’re collecting stickers for kit, if you could help us collect that would be great.

Please send any Aldi kit stickers in to Portfield a School.

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Parents Evening

Letters and info will be sent out in the next day or so.

Please fill in and return to school as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at parents evening.

Lower School – Tuesday 17th September 2019
Upper School – Wednesday 18th September 2019

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We have had the following information from The Sports Disability Officer for Pembrokeshire. They have just launched a Sport and Physical Activity Consultation Survey to try and identify the gaps of inclusive sport in Pembrokeshire. Please could you take a minute to have a look and complete the survey – also if you could share this post that would be great.

Sport Pembrokeshire Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity Consultation
This is your opportunity to help shape disability and inclusive sport locally. We would love to hear your views and find out the best way to;
• Highlight what we currently have on offer
• Develop new, appropriate opportunities
• Identify and remove any barriers
Alternative formats of this form are available on request from angelamiles@pembrokeshire.gov.uk
To access the survey please click on the link above

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