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.

fam learn nursery2

School starts on Monday 8th September – please check your paperwork to see whether your child is attending a morning or afternoon session this week.

We look forward to welcoming you to school on Monday. Mrs Jackaman, Mrs Beese and the rest of the early years team are really excited and can’t wait to work with you and your child.

Nursery pupils should bring their bags created in family learning with an object or objects collected during the summer.


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.

Pupil Voice 2014

July 21st, 2014

Millbrook pupils have been busy electing new groups of pupils to join our team of active students who contribute so much to the development of our school.

New junior members of Millbrook School Council were elected in July. They will take up their new posts in September 2014.

school council


Year 3 pupils applied, were interviewed and were selected to join our fantastic team of digital leaders.


digital leaders


In addition to this a group of pupils in year 1 and year 2 have been nominated by staff to become IPAD Champions. They form a new group of learners called The Millbrook Digibugs.

Well done to everyone involved!

digi bugs

Attendance Celebrations!

July 21st, 2014

We are so proud of the efforts made by our children and families to improve attendance this year. This term over 55 children received 100% attendance awards and 7 children achieved 100% attendance for the entire year.

The children were rewarded with special attendance medals and attendance trophies during assembly on the last day of term.

We also were pleased to award 8 families with £10 gift vouchers as part of the attendance raffle which rewards good attendance.

As a result of everyone’s hard work we have smashed our whole school target of 93% by 1%. School attendance for 2014 stands at 94%. Let’s see if we can raise it even higher next year.

Thank you to the whole school community for your support. Good attendance promotes success.

100 for the year 100 this term infant 100 this term junior attendance raffle medals

During the last week of term Millbrook held its annual Year 6 Leavers Assembly and Summer Disco. There was so much success to celebrate and it was great to share this with families and the wider community. Well done year 6 – we are very proud of you. Keep thinking like champions. Good luck in high school!

Love from

Mrs Watkins, staff, governors & pupils at Millbrook Primary School

Happy Memories!

autographs happy memories parents Y6 disco

We would like to thank all parents and family members of our year 6 leavers for all of their help and support over the years. Thank you! Your support really does make all the difference to our children’s learning.

We would also like to thank The Friends of Millbrook for organising and running The Summer Disco and for the beautiful, personalised autograph book presents for our year 6 pupils.

Open Afternoon 2014

July 12th, 2014

The fantastic partnership that exists between Millbrook Primary and our families was demonstrated beautifully during this year’s open afternoon.

Families turned out in their droves to have a guided tour of their child’s learning journey with the children themselves acting as tour guide. This was a great opportunity to celebrate pupil success and achievement.

Some families were even treated to some great role play in the classroom!

Thank you to all our families for being so supportive. You really do make all the difference to our children’s learning.

family proud families sharing success





Dates For Your Diary


Summer holiday learning opportunities at Millbrook:
Wednesday 30th July 9:30am-12:30pm -Family Morning of Code
Wednesday 6th August 9:30am-12:30pm - Family Morning of Code

Monday September 1st - First day of autumn term for Y1-Y6
Tuesday September 2nd - Second day of autumn term for Y1-Y6
Wednesday 3rd September - Third day of autumn term for Y1-Y6
Thursday 4th September - TRAINING DAY (School closed)
Friday 5th September - TRAINING DAY (School closed)

Monday 8th September - Nursery and reception class pupils start today

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