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Cadwch yn Ddiogel yr Haf hwn

Mrs C Brown says:- "I hope you all have a fantastic summer holiday and come back to tell us all about it. We always want to keep you safe, ( it's one of your Rights in the UNCRC to learn about it) so why not visit the South Wales Fires Services website about "Cadwch yn Ddiogel yr haf hwn" or "stay safe this summer". From camping, BBQ's to suncream it's all there. Read it in Welsh then in English so you can not only learn to keep safe but improve your Welsh language skills too!

So for the summer we will be practicing the phrase and the messages to

"Cadwch yn Ddiogel yr Haf hwn."
"Stay safe this summer."

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Croeso y Banc y Felin means welcome to Millbank in Welsh

UNESCO ASSOCIATED SCHOOL Another First for Cardiff. The award shows that Millbank has an international perspectives and promotes the values of UNESCO, including human rights, peace, tolerance and sustainable development and cultural diversity.UNICEF RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL Another First For Cardiff. We have been teaching children about rights for many years, what they mean as well as campaigning for others with projects like GLOBAL EDUCATION. We received the Recognition of Commitment award in 2011, and the Level One award in 2012 WE ARE A FAIRTRADE SCHOOL The notion of Fairness is something that is really important to us. Like most schools we have been promoting Fairtrade through sustainable development, global citizenship, Children's Rights and even healthy eating. But in 2011 we achieved Fairtrade Status look out for the flag flying at the front of the school.ICT MARK We achieved this in 2010. This national award recognises Millbank's success in developing the strategic and holistic approach to using ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. It 'clearly demonstrates to parents that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology'.ECO SCHOOL. Teaching a respect for the environment is of course in the UNCRC and we have been very active for many years with sustainability and environmental issues. The Eco-schools scheme is an international one linking schools around the world. We achieved the Green Flag Award in 2010 the flag is proudly flying at the front of the school.
No CaptionSUSTRANS BIKE IT SCHOOL. We are really proud to be a bike it school and encouraging our pupils to walk and cycle to school safely rather than use cars. It is not just the environmental, social and health benefits but showing families the fun that they can have. The Junior Road Safety Officers, Green Gang and the Junior Police Community Support Offices support the Bike It club in encouraging cycling at Millbank.INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD We received the first in a series of awards in 2010 from the British Council in recognition of the work we have done to instil a global nature to our teaching. We got the full award in 2013. We have links with many schools around the world and continue to develop these. We have found our work with our friends in Kenya very rewarding and can see how our actions here affect them.The Healthy school award is so much more than just promoting exercise or teaching about healthy food, it’s about promoting a healthy lifestyle and includes issues like sustainable living, wellbeing, antibullying, Fairtrade, Rights, Gardening and cooking. We were awarded level 5 and are working on the next level too!CHILREN COMISSIONER FOR WALES AMBASSADORS SCHEME The school council invited the Children's Commissioner for Wales  into Millbank in March 2009 and started running the Ambassador scheme since then. The children tell the community about the office of the Children's Commission, promote the UNCRC and work with other to help young peopleNo Caption
No CaptionDental Hygeine awardBASIC SKILLS QUALITY MARK is awarded to Primary schools that demonstrate good practice, excellent provision and continuous improvement in teaching the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. We achieved our first Quality Mark in 2002The children have always enjoyed cooking the produce that they grow at school as well as learning about the wildlife. We do not have extensive grounds and so often grow in pots or containers. The older pupils are always keen to share their skills and we often have parent open days.No Caption


Keeping parents informed and involved in their child's education is very important to us, which is why we update the website and produce a newsletter every week. This is the PARENTS' WEEKLY NEWSLETTER for Friday 18th July edition 450.We all hope that you all have a safe happy summer holiday and we are looking forward to seeing you back in school on Tuesday 2nd Sept

As part of Cardiff Council's cost saving measures we are going to loose this website at some point over the summer holiday but hope to have the brand new website with all the information and designs requested by you- up and running before that. The twitter account is unaffected so any information and updates will be there for you.

All parents have had details of how the NATO summit is affecting school across Wales, and that Millbank will be finishing at early at 1:30 on Weds-Fri the first week back. It is very important that parents are at Trelia park to meet the buses & their children at 1:45.

Mrs Rowlands is keen that everyone keeps up their fantastic reading and has of course her Extreme Reading Photo Competition. We'd like all pupils to have a go at the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE a great way to encourage your child in the Library and a much needed FREE activity for parents!

There are of course lots of wonderful learning opportunities in the museums parks and we'd love to know all about them when we get back so encourage your child to keep a journal with drawings postcards and notes.


Highlight for Album: LEAVERSHighlight for Album: UntitledWe have some photos of the leavers service & awards assembly and of the Foundation Phase super hero picnic. We had a lovely visit from the local Librarian Sarah who told all the children about the Mythical Maze this year's Summer Reading Challenge. Class 4 added photos of another trip to Brecon.

White Water RaftingOur MP SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOLKevin Brennan came in to take our buddies up to Westminster as part of this years Send My Friend to School Campaign. Year 6 had an amazing time at the White Water centre both on the surf machine and the rafts.. There are some smashing shots of the building work at the Clarke Street site. Brian the snail popped in to say "Hello" and the ducks said "Goodbye"! Class 5 added some more photos of their pneumatic monsters. there are some photos of Millbank got talent.

SAlLMON RELEASEAfter several months of caring for them pupils released the salmon fry into the river Taff. Class Six had a great week getting ready for their Enterprise Week. This culminated in a sale on Friday. Pupils visited the Connected Communities Festival. Juniors did some great work in a puppet making workshop.

Highlight for Album: DUCKSWe are all excited to see the ducks hatch out, and the children have been doing some smashing work.WALES WE WANTThere are some snaps of the children doing work on the "Wales We Want" project. Then the community event. They have taken even more photos as part of national insect week. Class 2 added some photos of the Buginham Palace. You can see the snaps tweeted from Llangrannog weekend here. Funky Dragon called in to see us and listen to the children's views as part of their work.

Highlight for Album: FOREST FUNClass 4 had a lovely time as part of their trip to Porthkerry County Park and continuing Forest Schools work. Class 2 added some photos of their work on animal habitats. There was a little more independent learning on insects and habitats. We hope to add some photos for Sports Day and Class One Assembly as soon as we can get them.

Class 3 gave us a fantastic assembly about staying Class 3 AssemblyHappy & Healthy. Mr Peter from Kenya told us about the class assemblies at the AMAF school. We have some snaps of our Highlight for Album: Untitledannual fun run. The children have again been taking some great photos of the wildlife in our garden as part of our celebrations for Wales Biodiversity Week.

Highlight for Album: UntitledClass 2 had a lovely visit from PC Sara and Tarian the Dragon to tell them all about keeping safe and what to do in an emergency. There are some photos of our bug hunt in the school. Green Gang added some more photos at their meeting. We had another assembly about our buddies as part of the Campaign for Global Education.

Class 2 make PizzasClass 2 had a fun time at Pizza Express learning about cooking. Class 6 had a Healthygreat time when Boots visited. Class 4 added some photos of their red kite paintings. Class 1 added a few snaps of them working on their Families. Mrs Penfold-Smith told us all about this year's SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOL campaign. We have some snaps of the foodbank donations, and the #BringBackOurGirls photos.

We have some snaps of the snail race, A few of the infant trip to Noah's Ark Fam and Zoo, as part A VISIT TO THE ZOOof their work learning about animals. Class 2 had a tiger come to tea. Making dragonflies, and then making cress and grass heads from recycled bottles.

Highlight for Album: UntitledWhilst we miss all the wildlife in the pond and our garden the children found some caterpillars and some ladybirds in the playground, They made some animal masks from old 4 pint HDPE milk bottles. Class 2 had some fun out in the park. There are some more photos of the children looking at the Salmon as they continue to grow. The termly overviews have been added foe each class in their web galleries.

QUESTION TIMEHighlight for Album: UntitledThere are some photos of everyone having fun keeping fit and then chatting with Olympic athlete Rob Mitchel as part of the Sports for Champions. Two pupils interview Ffion from Meningitis Now about the work of this important charity and Viral meningitis week.

EASTER BONNETWe all enjoyed a visit from Ivor Goodsite who told us all about safety on building sites. The Architect and main contractors who are refurbishing our school came along to answer our questions too. Eat Happy projectThe Infants had their Easter Bonnet Parade, wow there were some fantastic creations. Year 2 visited Tesco to learn about where our food comes from. We also had a visit from Designed to smile to look after our teeth.


There are some photos of the Centenary tree planting at Trelai Park here. Class six did some great work on questions about the memorial screen. A few more of the Salmon EAT HAPPYand Class one's visit to Tesco. There are also a few of the children having their teeth varnished.

We had a special day to remember our friend Ashton and help raise funds and campaign on Meningitis. The children came up with some great ideas. Class 3 grew some cress as part of Waste Week. Remembering AshtonAll the children have been looking at the salmon and doing some amazing work. Class One made some lovely Mothers day cards using Fairtrade chocolate. There were lots of great work as part of Waste week with children planting spuds in Fairtrade coconut compost and old Fairtrade coffee grounds!

Highlight for Album: HAPPINESSAs part of World Happiness Day we asked pupils what made them happy. Reception class had some more Road Safety Messages. There were some photos of Millie and the world cup and Rio 2014 mascot when it visited Cardiff. We also had the Waitrose Weekend article. Pupils have been taking care of the Salmon.

TECHNIQUESTJuniors had a fun visit to Techniquest and using their knowledge of space from Science week are now Space Cadets level III. They explored all the exhibits and had a great day. The Salmon eggs arrived and we are caring for them. PUPIL TRAININGSome of the School Council, Ambassadors and other groups went on a training session to encourage pupil participation. There was some smashing work.

Class 6 Dance team performed at the Sherman Theatre as part of the Cardiff & Vales Schools dance association.

We had a busy week back after half term with the final week of Fairtrade Fortnight. On Pancake day we made some funny Fairtrade fruit faces on the Highlight for Album: PANCAKE DAYpancakes to get our five a day. We leant about this years Stick with Foncho theme. We thought about how we can stop food waste and made WORLD BOOK DAYsome banana bread for parents. We made a giant smiley face from Fairtrade bananas.

World book day is an important event for every school, we all dressed up as our favourite book or comic character and reminded ourselves about just how much fun reading is. There was some super science learning as part of Astronomy week, and a book and science quiz.

St DAVIDS DAYWe had a great St David's day celebration albeit a little early before half term. Pupils helped at the launch of the THE WALES WE WANT"The Wales we want" national conversation at the Millennium Centre with Hollywood actor Michael Sheen. They celebrated St Valentine's Day by showing that they have a big heart and support Fairtrade. The children enjoyed the visit from the lambs and learning all about the changes as they grow. Pupils celebrated Safer Internet Day again by looking at Safer Internet TV and having a presentation from other pupils. We have some photos of the construction work starting at Millbank Primary site.

Highlight for Album: UntitledWe all enjoyed our UNICEF day for Change and Miss Allen told us all about this year's theme of "Schools for All" in which we look at the children missing out in education. Highlight for Album: *TRANSPORTThe infants had a visit from Lieutenant Lynch who told them all about the Royal Navy and the different types of transport they have.

Highlight for Album: NEW YEARClass 2 gave us a lovely assembly on Chinese New years day and the whole school came in Red and Chinese costumes. We all had a lovely time and learnt a lot. Green Gang planted some seeds.

Fairtrade Healthy WELSH CAKESAs part of St Dwynwen's day pupils in reception showed that they really understood love and caring by using Fairtrade ingredients in their heart shaped Welsh cakes. Just to show they want to look after hearts they used a healthy low fat version. They put the recipe in a lovely red box with a card to take home.

we love the ukeleleClass 5 and 6 have been enjoying the Ukelele, on Fridays and have made some great songs. Class One has been really busy with lots of photos in their gallery. They took part in the Big School bird watch again and you can see the photos in the online Echo. Birdwatch SURVEYGreen gang and the infants have been making some simple bird feeders, they used various designs and types to make sure that the birds have got a good healthy meal. They also took part in a traffic survey. and have been sorting vehicles as part of their maths lesson.

Right Here Right Now conferenceWe recycle so much we even recycle the joy of presents on Christmas with our Toy Swap.

Our Ambassadors and school Council went to the Pierhead building to learn about Children's Rights in Wales and even got to question the Minister in a real debate."why were children in posher parts of the city expected to live 10 years longer than us!" strong stuff!

CAROL SERVICE At St DavidsWe have added a few snaps and some video of the infant Christmas Nativity and the Carol Service at St Davids Church too Only the rehearsal for now we'll add more if you send them.. Infants' Christmas NativityThere are a few snaps of class 5's assembly here too. DO NOT FORGET IF YOU HAVE ANY NICE PHOTOS SEND THEM IN TO SHARE.

ROAD SAFETYOur JRSO's had arranged for every pupil to have a Hi-Vis vest as part of their work on road safety. Earlier they had organised their own beep beep road safety day for the infants too. There are a few snaps of Highlight for Album: WEBINARChildren in Need Day and all the lovely fund raising activities. We had to move the visit from the Children's Commissioner video conference on International Day of the child to the S4C offices but we all enjoyed the webinar. The infants visited Cardiff national museum to explore the Infants visit the MUSEUM dinosaur exhibits as part of their work.

 HANDWASHINGWe had the answers to the interview questions from the DFID in Kenya. Pupils did some lovely work to celebrate Global handwashing day again this year. There are some photos of the juniors at Caerleon and class two organising their own Christening at St Davids.

Highlight for Album: DINOSAURSWe had a visit from the Fire Service the infants organised their own dinosaur exhibition. Pictures from Kenya will be added here. There are some photos of Class 4's wonderful harvest festival service and a visit from the dentist.

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Reception enjoyed their visit to Trelai park, and we had a visit from our friend Ian at Cardiff Foodbank. We got a few shots of dance club. As part of World school milk day some pupils made a strawberry milkshake and smoothies. there are some photos of the infants brushing their teeth. The librarian came in to present medals & certificates for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Highlight for Album: *DEMOCRACYWe have some snaps of the election day and announcement of results when Eluned Morgan (Baroness Morgan of Ely) came in to announce the results & tell us a bit about Democracy. We have some snaps of school council, and some of our Super Ambassadors. Learning about NUTRITION for EYE HEALTH WEEKShe also helped us make some of the peace flowers from recycled school milk bottles. We also did some work to promote Eye Health Week and another quick litterpick as part of Keep Wales Tidy Week.

Highlight for Album: UntitledWe put a few snaps of Class 4 reading their Flat Stanley Books, Peace day videos, Roald Dahl Day dressing up and having fun.Highlight for Album: UntitledThe juniors had a visit from two Archeologists and class 3 pupils made some cheap healthy fish cakes full of goodness whilst looking at reducing food waste wow! Pupils have been making some little videos as part of their peace day work. We got some snaps of Miss Allen handing out water bottles to every pupil.

Highlight for Album: SMOOTHIESWe have some snaps of the reception class enjoying their first week in school. A few snaps of children enjoying lunch and exploring and recording the creatures in our garden. Pupils also had a go at making fruit smoothies as part of zero food waste week. Also some of y6 receiving a letter from the government about Global education

there are a few snaps of class 5 enjoying their work on electric circuits.

Infant Trip to Bristol ZooLEAVERS SERVICEThe leavers' service was a tearful event as we gave out the awards and remember year 6's time at Millbank. You can also see them having a laugh as Mr Pickles the budgie visits There are some photos of the last assembly of the year with the 100% attendance awards and pupil achievement. . There are a few snaps of the leavers' disco. Pupils did a litter pick and wrote some letters as part of our annual Mandela Day celebration. You can see some snaps of the infant trip to Bristol Zoo.

Reception class assemblyReception Class had a lovely assembly all about Friendship very appropriate as our friends Mr Peter & Teacher Gaudy returned to AMAF in Nairobi. Class 5 had some photos of their trip with Mr Peter to St Fagans, as well as some art work inspired by their London Trip. The Junior trip to London is here. there are some photos of the last infant football club training session. The infants love growing and harvested the strawberries and blackberries to make lots of healthy deserts for Mr Peter and themselves. They also planted the last of the runner beans that they had harvested in the Autumn term.

DunesClass 2's assembly on Handa Surprise kicked of a fun Africa Day celebration. There are some snaps of the Summer Fayre and Millbank's got Talent, Class 3 have photos of their visit to Merthyr Mawr and baking some yummy bread. Miss Sparkes put some photos of the Health and Fitness Club online. Class 5 had a visit from PC Julia. A few last photos of the chickens as they left.

JAMBO or Welcome Mr PeterWe added a few photos of Mr Peter arriving at the school and the AFRICAN ADVENTURE musical drama. There were a few photos of quick visit to the Foodbank, andHighlight for Album: Sports Day of the children planting beans and a few more of the chicks growing. There are the winners of our Child Safety Week competition here.

We have some snaps of Sports day and mini Olympics (including some fab photos by Mr Duxbury) at the sports field belonging to Glyn Derw. We also have some photos of the FUN RUN and some for Recycle week. Also a few more photos of the chicks growingCHICKENS

Highlight for Album: BMXThe lovely dental team visited the infants and we have some top dental tips as part of national Smile month. We have a few snaps of professional BMX flatland stunt cyclist Matti entertaining the school with his skill. The Chicks have hatched and we will be adding more photos as they grow. Class 3 had an early Christmas as they helped the Royal Mail launch Stamp competition launchtheir stamp competition on the ITV Wales news, and more on the kerbraft album too. As part of Biodiversity week we had lots of activity in the school garden. Class 6 had a visit from PC Julia to talk about internet safety.

BIKE RIDE to St FagansThere are some photos of the bike ride to St Fagans, as well as some of class 3 brushing up on their cycle skills. There are a few snaps of the Kerbcraft project being run in Infants. Highlight for Album: *NEW SCHOOLYou can see when the School Council and Green Gang met the Architect for our new nursery school refurbishment.

There are some snaps of the Tag Rugby tournament at Cardiff Blues. Michael Gidney, the CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK answered the children's questions here.

encouraging a Healthy LunchboxThe Infant Easter bonnet parade photos are here. A big thank you to the governors who came along to support the parent's evenings this time promoting Healthy Eating along with some of the pupils. Earlier pupils from the SNAG had visited Trelai to see how their food was cooked. You can see some more of the infants work on pirates. Also some photos of the family clay club.

Big Pedal BreakfastWe had a fantastic time at our "Big Pedal Healthy Fairtrade Breakfast" event. There are photos of our Eisteddfod on WORLD BOOK DAYSt Davids Day. The Juniors continued their work on Fairtrade in Cardiff and visited the local Co-op to check on the prices and availability of products. We had great fun on World Book Day.

There are photos of the JRSO conference and a few shots of break dancing transition project Class one had fun doing PE..

Highlight for Album: ON TVThere are some photos and video of the Launch of the ActiveTravel (Wales) bill in which SALMONthe Minister came into the school to see the children's presentation. You can also see the children working on the cycle route and their presentation with Sustrans here. There are lots of photos on our Chinese Fun day. Class Five have been learning about the Atlantic Salmon as part of an exciting project. You can also see Class 1 enjoy a visit from a frog and learning about the frogs lifecycle.

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There are some photos of the Healthy Schools Award Ceremony in which Millbank won 3 awards for excellence. There are some photos of parents and children working with Clay. Highlight for Album: *FAIRTRADEYou can see some pupils at the Senedd with their work on Fairtrade. Roxanne & Rob from SUSTRANS came in to teach the children about maps and safer routes to school.

Highlight for Album: *FAIRTRADEThere has been some great work in looking at Cardiff with juniors dressing up as soldiers in the Cardiff Story. Some pupils did a survey on Fairtrade on St Dwynwen's Day giving out Roses in exchange for a pledge. Around Britain cyclist Anna Hughes came into school.

WHighlight for Album: Untitlede had a great time when there was a little bit of snow in Cardiff, it gave us a great chance to do some scientific studies and of Highlight for Album: UNCRC 21course have lots of fun too. We had some snaps of us having fun on the frames and some lovely Birthday Wishes as the UNCRC reaches 21 years. Class 3 had a session with Simon from Show Racism the Red Card.

We started off 2013 with a visit from Free the Children who are working with the pupils to help make a positive difference in the world.

Highlight for Album: UntitledThere are some photos of the Christmas Carol Service at St Davids Church, the Infant Nativity, and Christmas Parties, including the whole school visiting to the Pantomime.

Highlight for Album: UntitledWe want everyone to cycle to school and Roxanne from SUSTRANS came in to help judge our own FESTIVE BLING YOUR BIKE. As part of our teachings atmaking MY VOICE COUNT Christmas, pupils took the donations they had collected to our local FoodBank to help those in need. Human Rights Day is always an important event at Millbank and this years theme is "My voice counts!" and the children have been very active organising PACT meetings to discuss local issues and try and resolve problems. Fireman Sam visits the infants.

The infants have been giving up their own time to do a few litterpicks.

Click to view UNICEF Rights Respecting School AwardThere are photos of the school receiving the UNICEF Rights Respecting Award from the Deputy Minister Gwenda Thomas AM.

ORoad Safety Weekur JRSOs were extra busy during Road Safety Week and organised competitions prizes and reminded the infants how to cross the road. They also looked at new campaigns and consultations, how fantastic that they take their role so seriously- bendigedig!

The Children's Commissioner Ambassadors have been busy with their" I am Malala petition" about the Right to education and equality for girls and had an e-mail from Gordon Brown.

Class 5/dosbarth Roald Dahl have been having lots of fun learning about sound. Dosbarth 3/Tanni Grey PCC ELECTIONThompson had a visit from the local Fire and Rescue service. The infants have been having fun making fairtrade gingerbread men. We are always keen to encourage good citizenship and so we visited the poling station to learn about the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

We had lots of fun on the BBC's Children in Need Day, with everyone dressed in their pyjamas.

THighlight for Album: CLASS SIXhere are some photos of class 6 assembly in which they performed a mid-summer nights Highlight for Album: Untitleddream. You can also see some of the Halloween costumes that the children wore just before we broke up for half term.

We were all delighted to see the photos of the hand washing facilities we funded at the AMAF school in Kenya. Highlight for Album: UntitledWe had been celebrating the importance of Global Handwashing Day and all the benefits that simple handwashing can bring. We learnt a lot about the Tudors when we had a visit from the theatre.

Germaine from Cardiff Road Safety came into teach the infants about Road safety.

Highlight for Album: UntitledClass 2 visited our local church and organised their own christening. they designed invitations.

Every year we hold elections for the important posts in theHighlight for Album: Untitled school, the Children's Commissioner and of course School Council. We use the same ballot boxes and polling station that are used by our parents in important elections. We had visited a polling station last year to see the elections for the council and Cllr Bradbury visited the school on International Democracy day to help us learn about democracy and what it means to be an elected representative.

We started off the year by the pupils who had acted as Flag bearers atthe Olympic football matches being presented with certificates and telling us all about their adventures. Many of us had seen Highlight for Album: them on TV- as had people around the world- What a great honour and a great example of volunteering to inspire us all.

Highlight for Album: OLYMPICSHere are the photos of the children at the opening games of the 2012 Olympics, we are so proud of them. There are photos of the Le avers Assembly and the school Awards ceremony.

Highlight for Album: UntitledThe Children's Commissioner for Wales came into chat with our Rights Leaders. We also had the Talent show and a visit from some lovely puppies. Of course we are always excited to see the ducks hatch out and then grow.

Highlight for Album: SPORTS DAYThere are a few shots of World Sports Day Olympic event and the Marathon fun run. We also had a few shots and video of Glee Club who entertained us and their parents.

Highlight for Album: OLYMPIC TORCHWe added some photos of class one's Pumpkins. Lots more photos every week in the Garden with some of the swallows and the frogs. We had a great time when the Olympic Torch visited the school and we all had photos taken. Highlight for Album: GLOBAL EDUCATIONThe individual shots of children holding the torch are just £1 each( for AMAF school) but class shots are online. We have Highlight for Album: Untitledalways been active in supporting the Campaign for Global Education and this year the theme was based on the Olympics so the children made lovely medals from recycled tin can lids and scrap foil. We have also being learning about the Rio+20 conference and the theme "The future we want!" As part of that we had books to give away to every junior to help start their library at home.

Highlight for Album: UntitledHighlight for Album: UntitledThere are some photos of the Jubilee and our 110th Birthday celebrations here, including the Royal Oak planting. There are a few snaps of some reception children showing us how easy it is to include Fairtrade when cooking for this party. Reception also planted out more seeds that they had harvested. There were lots of activities as part of the Highlight for Album: FOOTBALLThird Welsh Sustainability Week from an extra effort to plant the seed swap to letter writing and campaigning. We finally managed to get hold of some photos of the Football team.

Reception class gave us a wonderful assembly, all Highlight for Album: ASSEMBLYabout the Olympics as the torch arrived in Cardiff. Class 2 enjoyed their trip to Techniquest and even managed to squeeze in a trip to the Moon! Highlight for Album: UntitledOn the21st May the Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan visited the school to see the Dorothy.com resources being used. Millbank was designated a Flagship school.

VOLUNTEERS FROM BT HELP THE CHILDREN TO GROWWe had volunteers from BT call in to help us and the children did some more gardening. A few photos of another Litterpick. and some work on Dental health. We all learnt about the need to wash our hands with the glitterbug.

We enjoyed celebrating World Fair Trade Day with a nice breakfast. We visited our local polling station and learnt about why we should vote. Highlight for Album: *POLLING STATIONWe all enjoyed our visit from Author John Highlight for Album: UntitledDougherty who read us his books and answered our questions. We have done more work on the Campaign for Global Education and also took part in the BBC's World Biggest Assembly. We have started doing work on the Olympics.

We all dressed as characters from our favourite book as part of Book Highlight for Album: UntitledWeek on the last day of term. In the morning we enjoyed Class2's Assembly and in the afternoon all the pupils did a survey to say what they thought about school. Easter Bonnet Parade. More photographs of our gardeners and some photos of the children exploring the wildlife in our garden with the microscope. We added some pictures of Venture Week. Highlight for Album: VENTURE WEEKand some of the dancers performing at the Sherman.

There are some photos of the dance club, before they performed at the Sherman Theatre. Highlight for Album: UntitledClass 1 had visit from PC Julia. Class 3 gave us a fantastic assembly all about Children's Rights Fairtrade and the environment, which included work on their litter survey. Class 4 inter vi wed Rebecca Mathews the Director of British Council Cymru. They were also on the ITV news again about the schools work on anti-smoking. Highlight for Album: BRITISH COUNCILWe attended the launch of the School Council Questionnaire at Techniquest one evening, they also gave us an assembly about Rights and organised a fun Sports Relief day for Kenya. We visited the River Ely to collect Highlight for Album: THE BIG PEDALsome samples. There are a few snaps of the Big Pedal event. Science week fun with Mad Science. Highlight for Album: FAIRTRADE 2012You can see Fairtrade Fortnight. We have a few photos of St Davids day. Cardiff's JRSO conference and a visit from Jugglestruck about Road Safety.

Highlight for Album: UntitledThe infants had a great deal of fun making Funny Fairtrade Fruity Faces on pancake day. Highlight for Album: SALMON EGGSThe Salmon Eggs have arrived and we are taking care of them. We managed to get some snaps of another litter pick. On Friday we celebrated all the environmental work that goes on at the school with Green Gang being presented certificates from Funky Dragon by our AM and MP.

The JRSO's were busy teaching the infants about the importance of wearing a seat belt. Highlight for Album: TOP OF THE POPSThe school Council was very busy this week and you can see their surveys and a visit to the Grand School Council Meeting. The Juniors really enjoyed showing the rest of the school and their families all about what they had learnt about the 70's.

Highlight for Album: *SALMONWe have a few photos of Class 4 learning about Salmon. Reception were cooking again on St Dwynwens Day and we all enjoyed the Friday Funday for Kenya. Highlight for Album: UntitledThere are a few photos about the Send My Sister to school Campaign in Westminster. The RSPB's Birdwatch and some of Class 3 making Welsh Cakes. Roald Dahl Dress Up day, Green Gang's Litter pick and Toy Swap.

Highlight for Album: CHRISTMAS CONCERTThere are some snaps of the Christmas Concerts with some videos of the children's songs. Highlight for Album: UntitledMiss Newing Took some nice shots of the Christmas Carol Service at St Davids Church. There are a few of the Xmas parties and games. With all the fun and festivities we still managed to celebrate Human Rights Day and the new logo. As well as those of the children planting some last minute bulbs around the school, Highlight for Album: *XMAS ECO-TIPSfollowing a request to the School Council. The Christmas Eco Tips are here.

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We really enjoyed Africa Day at the school. and there are some photos of the tree planting and the Thanksgiving Service as Mr Peter said his goodbyes.

There are photos of Class 4 visiting St Fagans, Class 1 at the Bear Factory and Central library. We Highlight for Album: Untitledare adding more shots to the London Trip so keep checking. Mr Peter and the Pupils visit the Fairtrade shop. The School Council have been meeting with Cardiff Primary School catering to represent the views of young people, whilst Green gang are consulted by Funky Dragon on their work too.

Highlight for Album: MR PETER VISITSWe had a great time welcoming Mr Peter the head teacher from the AMAF school in Kenya to Millbank. Highlight for Album: FIREMEN VISITLots of songs dancing and -as ever- lots of fun too! In fact we had a special FUNd raising day for Children in Need and our Kenyan food fund. You can see Mr Peter in with class one teaching them about Kenya and with class six to learn about Fairtrade with Katarina from Sweden. We also had a visit from Techniquest. Class 5 also took some photos of their visit to the Crucial Crew. The Fire service came in to give important safety messages to pupils.

Highlight for Album: UntitledClass two had a great time in Fforest Fawr exploring the sculpture trail drawing with charcoal jumping in muddy puddles and having lots of fun.

Highlight for Album: HALLOWEENHalloween is also a great excuse to dress up and have lots of fun. The infants love cooking and have been busy designing healthy fruit *bleep*tails, Pumpkin Soup as part of the fun Halloween theme. They also cooked a yummy Apple Pie Highlight for Album: GROW IT - EAT ITas part of the fun RHS's "GET YOUR GROWN UPS GROWING" event which we all enjoyed.

The School Council had been busy on training sessions and represented the views of the pupils on the consultation for the long awaited nursery at Millbank. Of course you can see some of the School Councillor of the week and other activities on their page.

Highlight for Album: *WATER TESTINGPupils took more water samples and learnt about the environmental aspects of Cardiff Bay. They have been busy learning about WW2 during our integrated afternoons. WE had lots of fun on the MACMILLAN world's biggest coffee morning event.Highlight for Album: PDSA Class one had lots of fun exploring the park and reading a book under a Highlight for Album: PARK VISITspreading oak tree. The PDSA came in to talk to us all about taking care of pets and we also saw a gorgeous puppy. Ysgol Judo put on a fun display for the children. The local library presented the children who had completed the Summer Reading Challenge with certificates and a medal.

Highlight for Album: UntitledClass Four told us all about the dual problems we have in the world of obesity and hunger as part of our Harvest Festival Service. They collected lots of food and visited the Cardiff FoodBank to see how it will be used to support those in need in our community.

Highlight for Album: PEACE DAYAs part of our celebration of the 30th World Peace day the children planted an Olive tree. The theme this year is linked to Highlight for Album: *DEMOCRACY DAYDemocracy day and was 'Make your voice heard' which was very apt given the work promoting the pupils voice at the school. We held the School Council and Children's Commissioner Ambassador elections on World Democracy Day, with pupils voting in a proper ballot box.

On Highlight for Album: *WATER TESTSWorld Water monitoring Day the children took part in the world's biggest Chemistry experiment by testing the River Ely, they took some samples of shrimps back to look at the microscope. They revisited the river bank on the UNEP clean up your community weekend to Highlight for Album: *BUTTERFLIEScollect 2 bags of waste

The leavers Assembly is here.Children have done another survey in the school Garden, this time it was counting the butterflies. They had also made a giant butterfly as part of the infants display. The children did a bit of cooking the food harvested from our garden. Our We celebrated Global education weekMP came in to tell us about the importance of Global education and the we got a letter from 10 Downing Street too!

We have a few snaps of class one doing their Assembly as well as playing "in and out the dusty bluebells" with Miss Newing. Highlight for Album: *TEACHERS VISITThe Rev Jan Gould came in to chat about a lovely summer playscheme around music. There are a few of the BikeIt breakfast, and our visit from European Teachers who told us all about Children's Rights in their schools. A few snaps of the Summer Fayre which included the 'Millbank's got Talent competition'.

The Ambassadors celebrated 10 years of the Children's Commissioner for Wales. The elusive French club have a few photos. Highlight for Album: SUN SAFETYThe reception Highlight for Album: CANOE at COSMESTONchildren went paddling canoes at Cosmeston Lakes. We had Enterprise week and we also celebrated Eye Health week with a free pair of sunglasses for every child at the school. There are some snaps from the launch of Highlight for Album: *TRAINING DAYhe Thomas the Tank Engine stamps.

Highlight for Album: *GREEN BRITAIN DAYGreen Britain day is really important to us for recycling and saving energy. We also took part in the Launch of the Wales Sustainability week event at Chapter. Another important event is Global Education. The Children have been busy photographing all sorts of insects and wildlife visiting our garden. Some of our own elected members such as Highlight for Album: *ELECTION SPECIALSchool Council and our Ambassadors went over to the polling station to learn about elections.

Highlight for Album: UntitledThere are some photos and the ITV Wales news story of the Save the Children's Group launch of the animation on smoking. There are some snaps of Nick the pilot's visit to the infants to talk about his work. The fantastic stunt cycle team display we won as part oft he UK's PEDAL POWER competition. Highlight for Album: RED NOSE DAY

There photos of RED NOSE DAY, including the staff netball match and fashion parade. Class Four learnt about Children's Rights with Save The Children down the bay. Highlight for Album: 'FAYRE-TRADE'There are lots of Class Fives Assembly, and the JRSO's events.There have been a few for cycling such as BLING YOUR BIKE and DR BIKE and lots of fun for Fairtrade Fortnight including the Pancake Day and the BIG HAND FOR FAIRTRADE BANNER WRAP.


Click to visit the old websiteWe set up our first website as prior to the schools centenary celebrations over 10 years ago in 2002. It has been a really useful tool in communicating with parents actually showing them some of the activities that go on everyday at the school. We have received compliments from around the world on the 'quality & friendliness' of our school, the pupils really appreciate this. We were really delighted that so many past pupils sent in stories and photos about the schools long history. Why not take the time to explore our old website by clicking the monitor opposite

Sadly the Council's school IT service just took the website down one day. We do not have any say in such matters, so can only apologise to those who had kindly contributed to the original website.


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