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16th September 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

We're proud to launch our brand new Gwyn Jones website.  We hope it will be a really useful source of information for you and a good tool to help us improve our communications with our school community.  You can find the homepage here (or at the top of this page).  Please take a look around.  We've tried to make it easy to use whether you're accessing it from a computer or a phone. There's all the usual info (e.g. calendar, admissions, newsletters etc) as well as some new content to help you stay in the loop with our school community (e.g. our new twitter feed) and to support your child (e.g. links to learning ladders info and brand new year group pages - blogs coming soon!).  We hope you like it.

Below you will find information about next Tuesday's Harvest Festival, the upcoming Parents' Evenings, Parent Governor Elections, our 40th Birthday Celebrations, our prospective parent meetings and our recent Apple Day.

Toni Moore

Key Dates

For our full school calendar and term dates please take a look at our Dates page

19th & 20th Sept: Harvest Festival.

20th Sept 9:15 & 21st Sept 4:30:  Reception parents' information sessions about the curriculum and ways you can help your child.

22nd Sept at 9.30 and 4.30:  Prospective parents' meeting.

28th Sept 9:15 and 2:30: Nursery parents' information sessions.

30th Sept: School’s 40th Birthday Celebrations.

October (various dates) - Parents' Evenings - See below

Fri 21st Oct: School closed for Inset Day. Followed by half term.

Mon 31st Oct: School re-opens.

Wed 21st Dec: School breaks up for Christmas.

Harvest Festival

On Tuesday 20th September 2016 we will celebrate Harvest festival in school. Our Harvest assembly will be a chance for the children to hear someone from Branches charity who our collection supports. Branches is the Night Shelter which provides meals every night for people in Leytonstone and Walthamstow. 

If you would like to contribute, please send your donations in from Monday 19th September. The following items are most needed:

  • Sugar
  • Tins of food/fruit
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee
  • Soup
  • Dried fruit and other nutritious foodstuff suitable for storage
  • Toiletries
  • New/unused flannels and sponges

Please ensure food is within the sell by date.

This year the children will also be donating some of the fruit and vegetables grown in our school garden.

Parents' Evening

Our first Parents' Evening is nearly upon us. You will recieve a letter closer to the time but the dates are as follows:

RM, 1M, 2M, 4S,4M, 5M and 5S:

Tuesday 4th October  4:00pm-6pm and Wednesday 5th October 3:30pm-7pm

RS, 1S, 2S, 3M and 3S: 

Monday 3rd October 3:30pm-7pm​ and Tuesday 4th October 4:00-6:00pm 

6M and 6S:

Wednesday 19th October and Thursday 20th October

40th Birthday

Gwyn Jones is 40 years old and on the morning of Friday 30th September the children will be having lots of fun activities and at 2pm there'll be a celebration assembly.  Past members of staff, ex-pupils and our local MP will be joining us.  You are all very welcome to attend.

ParentMail / Dinner Balance

As you may know, ParentMail is our main way of contacting you. Please speak to the office if you need any help accessing it.

More information can be found here.

Apologies to any parents who received an incorrect message about dinner money owed yesterday.  We are working with our ParentMail supplier to try to prevent these rather frustrating automated messages.


A reminder of the link if you would like to buy embroidered uniform: http://www.tesco.com/direct/gwyn-jones-primary-school/6673.school

Parent Governor Elections

Nominations are open for a Parent Governor. There is a letter on our Governors page which explains the important job that governors do. Nominations are open until Friday 23rd September.


Our Assistant Head Teacher, Margaret Woodley is our new Special Educational Needs Coordinator.  You'll find a letter introducing herself on the SEN page of our new website.

Apple Day

Many of our key stage two children are currently studying science topics like plant lifecycles and digestion.  Organic Lea visited the school yesterday and years 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed apple workshops where they harvested and pressed apples to make juice.  

Prospective Parents

If you have younger children and would like to take a look around; our New Parents Meetings are on Thurs 22nd September at 9.30 and 4.30.

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