We are delighted to be one of only 12 schools across the UK to take part in educational and commemorative activities in honour of The Centenary of the Battle of The Somme.

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Year 5 pupils will be visiting France in what will be the culmination of their study of France, The Somme and World War I.

Through this project the children have exchanged ideas and learned alongside their French classmates in L’ecole de Courcelles in Amiens. The pupils will meet for the first time next week and will be involved in a special ceremony in commemoration of The Battle of The Somme.


“The Battle of the Somme left a deep mark on millions of families across the Commonwealth. It is important that we never forget what happened on the battlefields, and honour the memory and bravery of those who served and those who fell, for generations to come.The Battle of the Somme left a deep mark on millions of families across the Commonwealth. It is important that we never forget what happened on the battlefields, and honour the memory and bravery of those who served and those who fell, for generations to come.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 2016

The Ceremony

In commemoration of the French and British men who served in the Battle of the Somme, a ceremony will take place at 12pm, on 1st July 2016, at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. This international event is organised by the Ministry for Culture, Media and Sport on behalf of the British Government, the Mission du Centenaire on behalf of the French Government, The Royal British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The service will last one hour and will tell the story of the Battle of the Somme through music, readings and hymns with the participation of Heads of State, senior politicians, the Archbishop of Canterbury, BBC Orchestra, UK and French Choirs, UK and French Military bands and school children from both nations, who will lay flowers on the 600 graves.

Both the service at the start of the vigil and the commemorative service will be shown live on BBC1 and France 2.


Look out for Millbrook pupils on TV on July 1st!

Den Day at Millbrook!

June 19th, 2016

Den Day

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The school was a hive of activity on Friday 17th June as learners, parents, staff and community members worked together to design and make their own dens. The creative work was carried out in support of the charity Save the Children.

The children  donated money to take part helping to raise money to help Save the Children provide aid for children around the world who may not have a safe place to sleep or play. We are grateful to all family and community members for your support in this worthwhile event.

Den day promoOur work also featured in an article in The South Wales Argus. To view the article on line click the Argus logo link below:





At Millbrook we passionately believe in the importance of working in close partnership with families and the community in order for our learners to achieve success. Over the last 2 years we have taken part in action research as part of an Erasmus Plus Project with schools in Wales, Poland and Spain. Our research has enabled us to develop and improve learning opportunities for families and children. This short video highlights the work that we have done as part of this project. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank our partner schools, Emily Daly (international linking officer) and to the families who have supported us with our research in this project. Together we can make a difference.

Click on the photograph below to watch the video.

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Year 5 have been working with retired head teacher and local author Peter Cornelious to learn about World War I. Mr Cornelious’s book entitled “Poppy” is supporting the children’s learning. As part of this work year 5 have worked to help create a reconstruction of a WWI trench within the school grounds. This is helping the children to understand and to empathise what soldiers experienced. The children are very grateful to Mr Cornelious for helping to bring their learning to life.

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This topic is particularly pertinent as this year is the centenary of The Battle of The Somme. The children are learning how Welsh soldiers lost their lives during the battle. Further information about the centenary of The Somme can be found at http://www.somme-battlefields.com/home_centenary

We are so proud of all year 6 learners who have been part of The Lead Creative School Scheme funded through The Arts Council for Wales. Our focus has been to improve communication skills. Millbrook pupils have worked alongside creative practitioner Lynne Clausen developing their speaking and listening skills through a range of drama activities. This culminated in the children’s performance of Jibber Jabber to parents, school and the local community at the beginning of May. Jibber Jabber was a creative production containing elements of Shakespeare and pieces penned by the children themselves. The result was an outstanding performance by every child showing a growth in confidence and an improvement in individual pupil oracy skills. Well done everyone!

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On Monday 29th February we were proud to host a celebratory event to officially launch our Confucius Classroom. Pupils and staff impressed invited guests with their Mandarin, English and Welsh.


Luiza and Ellie-Jay perform a poem in 3 languages!

Click on the picture link below:

Confucius classroom launch argus article

We are proud and deeply honoured to be 1 of only 13 Confucius classes in Wales and only the 2nd primary school to achieve this status.


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Half Term Family Homework Fun!

February 17th, 2016

eisteddfod entries 2014

We are looking forward to receiving this year’s Millbrook Primary School Eisteddfod entries .  Every year we are blown away by the amount of talent, skill, hard work and dedication displayed by Millbrook children & their families.

Each class have been asked to draw/write/make something linked to their class Welsh theme or linked to their own home culture. Entries can be created as a family project or individually. Entries will be displayed in the school hall and should be handed in by Friday 26th February. Entries will be judged during our whole school Eisteddfod on Tuesday March 1st.

Eisteddfod Homework

February 8th is Chinese New Year Day 2016. This year is the Year of the monkey. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year. Xīnnián kuàilè! 新年快乐




Happy New Year from Millbrook 2016

2016 is The Year of the Monkey.


Children in Year 2 & Year 3 were inspired and excited when they met our Polar Explorer friend Antony Jinman. Everyone was so pleased that Antony had returned safely following his recent expedition to Antarctica.

The children loved every minute with Antony and they continued to ask great questions which Antony kindly answered. Thank you Antony!

We look forward to working with you and the Education through Explorers team soon.

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A big thank you to the whole school community for your support in helping us to collect unwanted Christmas cards for recycling. Thanks to everyone’s amazing efforts we won the competition! More importantly we helped the city to reduce waste and to recycle. The school will be presented with its prize before the end of the term. Thank you everyone! The Eco-Committee.

xmas card recycling 2014

Sorting Xmas cards for recycling

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Dates For Your Diary

• Thursday 26th May - after school meeting with Newport High staff for Y6 parents

Friday 27th May – break up for half term

• Half term – Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June

• Monday 6th June – Back to school; Y6 3 week swimming block starts
• Class Photos:
Friday 10th June
• Monday 20th June – Y6 residential visit to Gilwern
• Monday 27th June – Y5 and Y6 transition visit to Newport High School
• Tuesday 28th June – Friday 1st July Y5 residential visit to France
• Thursday 30th June – transition meeting at Newport High for Y6 parents at 6pm

• Training Day:
Friday 24th June

• Class Award Assemblies:
Monday 13th June – Y3
Monday 20th June – Y4
Wednesday 13th July – Y5
Monday 11th July – Reception
Tuesday 12th July – Y1
Friday 1st July – Y2
Tuesday 19th July – Y6

• Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July – My Money Week
• Open Afternoon/ Parent reports out/ Friends of Millbrook Fete/ Mini Enterprise: Friday 8th July

• Sports Day:
9:30am Junior Sports; 2pm Infant Sports on Friday 15th July
• Friends of Millbrook summer Disco:
Tuesday 19th July 4:30pm-6:00pm
• Break up for summer hols:
Wednesday 20th July

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