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National Tests window May 7-14

The National tests in reading and reasoning mathematics start for pupils in Year 2,3,4,5 and 6 next week. The test window opens on Tuesday 7th of May. The test window will continue until the 14th of May on the following week.  We would be most grateful if you could ensure that your children attend during the test week. Thank you.

News letter

03rd April 2019.

Dear Parent/Guardian,




You are invited to attend a Parents’ Forum on Wellbeing next Tuesday evening, 9th April at 4:30pm at the school. As you may be aware from the media, there is a big focus currently on wellbeing and young people’s mental health. In the forum, you will have the opportunity to hear what activities we have carried out in school to promote pupil wellbeing and how health and wellbeing is going to be a key area of learning and experience in the new forthcoming curriculum. You will also be able to have a taster session of Mindfulness and hear from Cwmni Iach – a charity based locally at the DOVE involved in improving wellbeing and mental health in the local area. You are all very welcome to attend.



The deadline for the Easter competition this year is next Tuesday 9th April. Pupils have been asked to design an Easter bonnet or a 3D model of an egg. Please could all competition entries and Easter raffle tickets/money be handed in no later than next Tuesday. Thank you.



We will be having a Staff training day INSET on Monday 29th of April. The pupils will therefore return to school following the Easter break on Tuesday 30th April.

Due to the uncertainty regarding what is happening regarding Brexit, I have this morning been contacted by the Electoral Commission to ask for the school to be used as a polling station on the 23rd of May, were the country to be involved in electing members for the European Parliament. This is only a provisional arrangement and as soon as it becomes clear whether we will need to close or not for this election, I will pass on this information to you.









Mrs. K. Winston


Open afternoon


Dear Parent / Guardian,



Open afternoon – Friday 20th July



We would like to remind all pupils and parents that we are holding an open afternoon next Friday to celebrate the successes of the school. We are very proud that we are now a yellow school. Therefore we would like to invite all pupils and parents to wear something yellow on this day.


We will be opening the doors to parents and visitors at 2pm. You will then have the opportunity to have a see a range of timetabled events in different classes.


In memory of past pupil Brand Sholvar, we will be selling cakes to raise money for Latch. Therefore we are asking for donations of cakes that can be sold. Cakes, tea and coffee will be sold in the hall during the event.



The Y6 leavers assembly will be taking place in the morning, parents and family of those children leaving us are invited to attend at 9:15.


We look forward to welcoming you to the school next week.





The Staff & Governors of Maesmarchog Primary School


Teaching Post Vacancy

To commence on 3rd September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter:

The Governing Body, staff, and pupils of Maesmarchog Primary School seek to appoint an enthusiastic, committed class teacher who can support the educational vision of the school.

The successful candidate will:-

– be a high calibre, inspiring teacher with excellent classroom practice
– be an excellent classroom practitioner with a deep understanding of how children learn successfully
– be able to provide high quality learning experiences through an imaginative approach to skills based learning.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:-

* Sound knowledge of how children learn
* Good knowledge of the Digital Competence Framework
*Good knowledge of ICT within the context of teaching and learning and be skilled in the use of a range of digital technology.
* Good knowledge of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework
* An ability to lead by example and develop initiatives.

The school can offer:-

• A hard working team who are committed to the school
• warm, welcoming, friendly and supportive staff
• Pupils who are keen to learn together in a supportive environment
• Support for continuing professional development

This full time and temporary post is initially until August 2019 and has the possibility of extension into the following academic year.

The post requires a qualified teacher status and registration with the Education Workforce Council.

Neath Port Talbot Council is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our schools are equally committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and young people and will take action to safeguard their wellbeing.

The recruitment process for this post will be underpinned by rigorous safer recruitment assessment to ensure that children and young people are protected.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure & Barring Service (Child’s list).

Welsh not required.



Further information including how to apply on the eteach website –

Miles for Maesmarchog

Miles for Maesmarchog / Sponsored walk will take place next Friday (15.06.18) at Banwen RFC.

Nursery pupils can choose to attend either the morning session in school OR attend the sponsored walk supervised by an adult at all times going straight to Banwen RFC.

Please find a copy of the sponsor form below.


Miles for Maesmarchog


Rags 2 Riches

Whether you just cleaned out your wardrobe, your kids have outgrown their clothes, and you want to help raise money for our school please help us by making some donations.


Collection date: 13th June

Walk to school week

Starting on Monday 21st May we will be celebrating Walk to school week.


There are two available routes;


1 – Starting at Roman Road

2 – Starting at the YMCA


Please remember to walk with us you will have needed to hand in a consent form. Younger children in class 2 are welcome to walk with us as long as they are under the supervision of an adult.

The walking bus at both routes will leave at 8:30 to ensure we arrive in school on time.