We are delighted to be one of the first schools in Newport to offer The Families and Schools Together Project which is supported by Save the Children.


Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an award-winning early-intervention programme that brings parents, children, teachers and the wider community together, to make sure children get the support they need to fulfil their potential at school – and in life. 

FAST poster

- See more at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/united-kingdom/fast#sthash.tjR0oIpb.dpuf

During each session as well as having fun and receiving free advice and support families will receive a free cooked meal for the whole family and the chance to win a £25 hamper.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity parents of children in Acorn and Oak Class are invited to join us for a cup of coffee and a fun information sharing session on Thursday October 9th at 3:30pm or on Friday October 10th at 9am.


Family Learning

September 29th, 2014

With the support of Newport Early Years Team we are delighted to be able to offer 2 fantastic family learning opportunities for parents of children in our new nursery and our reception class starting this week.

family learning poster


Family Learning for Reception Parents – Oak Class

Join Carrie and the Newport Early Years Team in our family learning room this Thursday 2nd October from 1:15 until the end of the school day. Learn how to help your child to learn their sounds – the basics of helping your child to read and have fun!

For more information contact the team on 01633 414692 or email earlyyears@gmail.com


Family Learning for Nursery parents – Acorn Class

Join Rhian and the Newport Early Years Team in our family learning room this Friday 3rd October. Read, sing, play and talk – learn how to help your child to communicate and develop their language skills.

Morning nursery 9:00am-11:30am

Afternoon nursery 12:30pm-3:00pm

For more information contact the team on 01633 414692 or email earlyyears@gmail.com

nursery learning

Attendance Matters at Millbrook

September 26th, 2014

We are so grateful to parents and families for their ongoing support to ensure that every child attends school regularly and on time. Last year our school’s attendance improved to 94% and we have set ourselves a target of 95%. Let’s see if we can smash this target together.

attendance raffle winners

 Millbrook attendance winners

We are well on our way to achieving further attendance success. Well done to our Y6 pupils in Maple class who achieved 100% attendance this week.


Our year 6 pupils were proud to take part in this year’s Bettws Peace and Reconciliation Service which was held in Bettws Shopping Centre.

Our pupils sang with children from other community schools and took part in readings during the service. We are very proud of our whole community.

laying flowers photo readings with old soldier with the mayor




We are delighted to welcome to school all new reception and nursery pupils this week. This is a very exciting week as it heralds the opening of our first ever nursery for us here at Millbrook. Croeso! Welcome!


It was lovely to meet our new pupils and their families during the summer term. Thank you for taking the time to attend our family learning sessions. These were invaluable to help settle your child into school and also to get to know you as a family.

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Our reception class is full and the local authority has a waiting list. There are still a very few spaces in our new nursery. Please contact the school or the local authority for information.


What an exciting first week back in school it has been! The children and whole school community have had the most memorable learning opportunities ever. The children spent the week thinking about peace and resolving conflict. They learned about the work of NATO and this was brought to life by a visit from The Parliamentary under Secretary for the Foreign Office, Tobias Ellwood, who visited the school on Wednesday afternoon. Minister Ellwood was treated to a personal tour of the school by the school council.

Minister ellwood tours millbrook

The whole school then came together in an assembly to present their messages of hopes for peace to the minister.

The children hung their leaves of hope on Millbrook’s Tree of Hope which will serve as our NATO legacy.

tree of hope

Ieuan, in year 6, then presented the Minister with his very own leaf of hope to keep as a souvenir of his visit to Millbrook. This is the message that was given to the Minister written by the children in Maple Class on behalf of the school:

“Millbrook Primary hopes that countries will replace threats with smiles and kind words so that we can hear bird song instead of gunshots and so that peace and love can conquer the world.”


presenting minister ellwood with a message of hope

Minister Ellwood was delighted and very impressed with the children’s knowledge and ideas and in return he presented the school with a coin from The Prime Minister to commemorate NATO 2014 being held in Newport.


a gift from the pm our NATO coin

We are so proud of the whole school! Well done everyone!


As if this wasn’t enough excitement for one week, Noah in Y6 received a very special invitation to attend a NATO reception in the presence of Prince Charles!

Noah acted as a fantastic ambassador for our school, our community and for Newport. He even got to talk to President Obama himself! (Noah’s the blonde boy with a big smile!)

Noah meets president obama

Well done Noah! We are very proud of you!

Back to school

August 31st, 2014

back to school

Welcome back to school for the academic year 2014-2015.

School opens its doors to pupils in years 1 through to year 6 on Monday 1st September for the start of the academic year.

School is closed on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September for training.

We look forward to welcoming our new reception and nursery pupils to their very first day at school on Monday 8th September.

School is now officially closed for the summer holidays.

School re-opens to pupils in years 1 to year 6 on Monday 1st September.

Please note that Millbrook is closed for training purposes on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September.

School opens to new nursery and reception pupils and to the rest of the school on Monday 8th September.

We look forward to working in continued partnership with pupils and parents in September.

lets have a great summer

We wish all our children and families a happy, healthy and safe summer break.

The 2014 Summer Learning Challenge

summer learning challenge

Think like a champion. Rise to the challenge of doing some learning over the summer holiday period. There is still plenty of opportunity to improve learning during the summer break. The main thing is to stay active, stay healthy and stay safe. This can be done in a number of ways:

- Take the Summer Reading Challenge (see below)  Completely FREE! – pop along to Bettws , Malpas or Newport Library

- Join Mr Johnson’s morning of Code on Wednesday 30th July and Wednesday 6th August. 9:30am-12:30pm Completely FREE!


- Challenge yourself to do some maths fun by playing on Mathletics or  on one of the recommended websites – again FREE!

- Challenge yourself to write a diary of your summer holiday – completely FREE!

- challenge yourself to get fit and healthy – have a look at what’s on at The Active Living Centre, Bettws

- do some research on NATO and bring it back to school with you in September – FREE!

- take some photographs or draw some pictures of the favourite things that you do over the summer break then tell us all about it in September!

- have a look at What’s on in Newport this Summer by clicking the hyperlink below:

newport summer fun

 Have fun over the summer break! We look forward to hearing all about it in September.

Summer Reading Challenge!

July 21st, 2014


What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.

And now, all year round, the Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading, find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.


Get Involved

Visit your local library from 12 July (local variation applies) to sign up to the Challenge in England and Wales. You can already sign up in Scotland.

Children can visit the Summer Reading Challenge website to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter which already offers over 300,000 peer to peer children’s book recommendations in child-friendly categories.


bettws festivalMillbrook Primary was pleased to support this year’s first ever Bettws Festival. On 11th July The Summer fete was opened to the whole community and was a resounding success. The whole community had great fun and were entertained by Newport City Radio. On Monday 14th July Millbrook pupils performed a medley of songs at The Bettws Festival Musical Extravaganza which took place at Newport High School and on Friday 18th July Millbrook pupils sand Canon Lan together with other local school choirs as part of the festival closing ceremony. Well done to all pupils and staff involved! What a great community we have!


Millbrook Primary would like to thank the whole community for their  support this year. We look forward to working in continued partnership with you in September.

Dates For Your Diary

Week beginning 22nd September:
-Parent Consultations
-Scholastic Book fair
- FAST training for staff, parents & community members

Tuesday 30th September:
Individual photographs by Colorfoto

Monday 6th October:
Healthy lunchbox workshop for Y2 families
Tuesday 7th October:
Healthy lunch box workshop for Y3 families

Wednesday 8th October:
9am Friends of Millbrook meeting

Thursday 16th October:
Parent Council meeting at 9am
Families & Schools Together programme starts today

Friday 24th October:
Harvest Festival - please bring in tinned or dried food donations
Break up for half term today

Monday 27th October-Friday 31st October:

Monday 3rd November:
School closed to pupils - TRAINING DAY

Tuesday 4th November:
BAck to school

Tuesday 11th November:
Y3 trip to Caerleon

Tuesday 2nd December:
2pm Infant Xmas Concert - Reception class
Wednesday 3rd December:
2pm Infant Xmas Concert - Y1 & Y2 classes

Thursday 4th December:
To be confirmed - Reception, Y1,Y2 Xmas trip

Tuesday 9th December:
1:30pm Junior Xmas Concert Year 3 and Year 4

Wednesday 10th December:
1:30pm Junior Xmas Concert Y5 and Year 6

Thursday 11th December:
Families and Schools Together Graduation Event

Friday 18th December:
1:30pm Pantomime for Reception to Y6 pupils

Friday 19th December:
Break up for Xmas holidays

Monday 22nd Dec - Fri 2nd Jan - XMAS HOLIDAYS

Monday 5th January 2015:
Back to school

Friday 13th February:
Break up for half term

Monday 16th-Friday20th February - HALF TERM

Monday 23rd February:
Back to school


Friday 27th March:
Break up for Easter holidays

Monday 30th March - Friday 10th April - EASTER HOLIDAYS

Monday 13th April:
Back to school

Friday 22nd May:
Break up for half term

Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May - HALF TERM

Monday 1st June:
Back to school
Y6 swimming starts for 3 weeks

Wednesday 24th June - Friday 26th June:
Provisional dates for Y6 Residential trip

Friday 17th July:
Break up for summer holidays

Monday 20th July:

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