Mums, Dads, Meetings & Designs

We have met with parents to share the current designs and layout of our new building. We held two meetings, the first @Eagleswell and the second @llanilltudfawr – both meetings proved successful as opportunities for parents to ask questions and raise any concerns.

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The points discussed include: –

– Safety of children/adults during the construction phase, the delivery of materials to the site and the movement of machines and vehicles.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS CONSIDERATIONS THAT NEED TO BE AT THE HEART OF OUR ORGANISATION AND DECISION MAKING GOING FORWARD.

– Access in and out of the school via small entrance gates that open directly onto a main road. How can we best ensure all, but particularly younger children are as safe as possible?

AGAIN, THIS NEEDS CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND PLANNING ONCE WE HAVE COMPLETED THE PLANNING APPLICATION STAGE AND BEGIN TO ORGANISE THE LOGISTICS AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES.

– Where will parents and children congregate to drop off and collect children? (as the initial intended access point is narrow and open onto the main road).

THE CONTRACTORS HAVE AGREED TO CONSIDER HOW WE ARE BEST ABLE TO SUPPORT MAKING THIS AS SAFE AND AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.

– Where will staff park for the construction phase (YEAR 1)

TBC

– Can we ensure there is adequate cycling and scooter storage to encourage children to still cycle and scoot to and from school?

YES

– Parents themselves said there was a job to be done to encourage all parents to not add to the already challenging traffic situations.

EVERYONE PRESENT AGREED

– Why are there doors between classes?

TO ALLOW THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY FOR LEARNING & TEACHING. THE CURRENT DIRECTION OF EDUCATION PRACTICE AND RESEARCH IDENTIFIES THE BENEFITS CHILDREN GET FROM BEING ABLE TO WORK AS A CLASS, WITHIN A GROUP, AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND AS PART OF LARGER GROUPS TOO. THIS WILL PROVIDE PRACTITIONERS WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAXIMISE THESE EXPERIENCES.

– Are the open plan boys & girls toilets going to cause problems?

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SIMILAR SET UP IN FOUNDATION PHASE PROVISION AND MANY KEY STAGE 2 & 3 PROVIDERS NOW OFFER THESE FACILITIES TOO. INITIAL FINDINGS SHOW THEM TO BE MORE HYGIENIC PLACES THAN SEPARATE TOILETS, INCREASED SOCIAL INTERACTION BETWEEN CHILDREN AND A REDUCTION IN ANY UNWANTED BEHAVIOUR.

– Is the hall big enough?

THE HALL IS THE REQUIRED STATUTORY SIZE FOR A TWO FORM ENTRY SCHOOL.

As you can see the contractors and Mr Golding responded to these questions and shared their experiences and reflections upon all of the above. There are concerns that need further consideration and are being discussed during the ongoing process of meetings between the Head teacher, Contractors, Local Authority and Welsh Government representatives.

Let’s make our badge a ROARING success!

Last week we sent a letter out to all children and parents to begin to gather ideas about our new badge design. Please feel free to email your ideas or send them to school with your child. The Badge Committee have come up with the criteria and it is important that you read these before submitting your design. We haven’t yet considered our school uniform design/colour and will do this after we have our final badge design.

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Dear Parent / Guardian,

The badge committee have agreed upon a number of criteria for our new school badge and would like to ask for ideas from staff, parents and children of both schools in order to come up with our final design.

The badge designs must include:

  • A dragon as the main focus
  • A proud and strong dragon
  • A simple, bold and easily identifiable final design
  • A heart to represent togetherness & friendship
  • A dragon standing on two legs

Two questions that the badge committee considered but would like to leave open to suggestions are: –

  • Will the dragon have wings?
  • What colour will our dragon be?

The deadline for ideas will be Wednesday 11th March. The next meeting for the group will be Thursday 12th March. Please feel free to send your ideas to the badge committee in either school or email your ideas to ysgolyddraig@gmail.com

Yours Sincerely,

Ty Golding

Headteacher

Ysgol Y Ddraig

Design & Ideas

Last week the School Councils from both schools attended a presentation from the design and building contractors for our new school. The children worked within several small groups to discuss the things they liked about the new school building, ask any questions and share any ideas they may have. The ideas were very thoughtful and mostly centred around their learning experiences and the learning environment. They included:

  • Circular Windows
  • Radio Station / Recording Studio
  • Stage
  • DT room
  • New computers
  • 3D Printer
  • Different colours in each class
  • Personal desks
  • Class TV’s / Screens
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Beanbags and Sofas in classrooms
  • Interesting lighting
  • Music room
  • Cinema / Movie / xbox room
  • Sky themed corridors (Wall & Ceiling Designs)
  • Wet play games & movies
  • Chill out area/room
  • Rugby posts
  • Climbing wall
  • Outdoor shelters & tables
  • Indoor and outdoor Maths walls
  • Tree house / hideout areas
  • Drinking fountains (Indoor /Outdoor)
  • New gym equipment
  • Greenhouse & vegetable garden
  • Solar System model/display
  • Bike sheds
  • Apple technology products
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Brightly Coloured Walls (We want lime green)
  • Quiet Corners in classrooms
  • Bug Hotel
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Picnic areas
  • Choices for school dinners
  • Dressing up areas
  • Climbing Frame, Monkey Bars & Swings (Just like a real park)
  • Trampolines
  • Informal Library areas
  • Taekwondo classes
  • Minecraft club and displays
  • Lots of PE lessons
  • Reading Zones indoors and outdoors
  • A Maker Space
  • Dance floor
  • Comfy chairs in classrooms (Not like our old ones)
  • Work out / Exercise spaces
  • TV/Screens in corridors

We also discussed the fact that some ideas were more practical than others, some more important and that we may not get everything we want right away, with some of these excellent ideas being developed within the school after we have moved in. It was a very positive meeting and the School Councils were clearly enthusiastic about discussing and sharing their ideas of how they see their new learning environment developing.

Thank you to both school councils for being a credit to your schools and thank you to all of those involved in the development for making it such a successful and positive meeting.