Schools from 1st June

Although I am sure that most parents are aware of the different education situation in England and in Wales I just wanted to make sure that it is absolutely clear what is happening next week. English schools have remained open to key workers children and vulnerable pupils since ‘closure’ and a decision has been made that English schools will be extending their provision to further identified groups of pupils from 1st June 2020. HOWEVER, THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO WELSH SCHOOLS.
In Wales, since schools closed childcare has been available, largely on a hub basis in rural areas, for key worker’s children and vulnerable pupils, where there is absolutely no alternative possible. Learning for all pupils has been through distance learning provided by schools in a variety of ways. Schools in Wales will remain closed until the Welsh Government decide that the situation is suitable for any sort of return. Any decision in Wales will be communicated to Local Authorities and schools by Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Education minister, and as soon as we have any further information we will let you know. The current thinking can be found here.
Please note that if you are a Powys resident with a child in a Shropshire school please follow the guidance from your child’s school.
Until a decision on reopening schools in Wales is made school staff will continue to plan learning opportunities for pupils and to ask for parental support for that learning. Thank you for all you are doing to ensure the continuity of your children’s learning and please be assured that Churchstoke staff will continue to be available to support you and your children as far as we are able to in the current situation.
Just to reiterate, much as we would love to get back and see everyone again, Churchstoke CP School will not be reopening on 1st June.


Early Congratulations for the Bank Holiday, so settle down and stop talking at the back please!
I’ll start with Brooke and Dylan for their gardening and weeding. Well done for getting that done as well as all your other work (see below!)
From Miss Morris, congratulations to Parker, who has been really busy again and keeping up the good effort. He has completed lots of different activities this week. Also to Millie, who has worked hard on lots of different activities as well, particularly maths work on negative numbers, sharing her work on the teams group. Finally to Miles, who has been out in the garden making 2D shapes and finding different natural materials to make music with. He also wrote a great book review and shared some photos on our teams group.
From Miss Hilliard, congratulations to Ella and Libby for their video diary entries on being on Mars, to Riley and Logan for their video explanations of the phases of the moon using Jaffa cakes (now there’s an idea I might try myself), to Dylan and Brooke for their phases of the moon diagram also with Jaffa cakes, and to Rosie for her design of her Mars Rover.
A big round of applause to you all 👏👏👏.
A big joint penblwydd hapus i Miles🎂 a Olivia🎂 for Tuesday. Have a great day!


It’s Friday, so it’s congratulations time!



Parker for amazing effort this week. His mum has sent in so many pictures of his work.  He’s been out in the garden doing some counting, grouping, finding out about plants, labelling different parts of the plant and working on his sound of the week. Plus some pages out of his maths booklet!

Miles, because not only has he been doing his work, and getting it on Teams, but he has been doing some of Libby’s as well!

Glyn has been busy on Teams as well, with Oxford Owl and science.



Orla for her punctuation work

Brooke and Olivia for their international space station models.

Ella and Riley for their day and night videos

Logan too for helping his brother.

Libby and Olivia for making their worry dolls.

Well done to all of you!

Finally, Penblwydd Hapus i Wayne from this week, a i Dylan for Monday. Penblwydd Hapus  Iawn to you both.

After School Club

I am excited to be able to tell you that Churchstoke Little Explorers are hoping to start an afterschool club in September, and that this facility would be available to the children of Churchstoke School. This would be a fantastic asset to the playgroup, the school and the community as a whole and would have the wholehearted support of the school.
At this stage we are enquiring as to whether this is something families would use and if so what days and how many children would be involved.
The afterschool club would probably run until 5.30 p.m. and the expected cost would be around £4 per hour. This would include a snack of some description.

I would be grateful if you could please let me know by email (  if you would be interested and if so how many children would use afterschool club and on which days so that Little Explorers can determine the viability of the idea.

Many thanks.


Every Friday in school we have Congratulations Prayers, and why should it be any different just because we can’t all sit in the hall together?
Infant congratulations:
Miles, the first to get using Microsoft Teams ( well done Miles, quite a few Governors struggled with that one!) Also, for getting onto Hwb and creating a chart in JIT5 about his families favourite animals. Great work Miles.
Well done to Glyn and Millie for getting onto Teams as well.
Well done Glyn for getting down to his work every day, and for using his snack shop to practice his shopping.
Carly, for her writing about her favourite book. I’ve seen it and it’s great, well done Carly.
Finally, Toby, for learning to ride his bike this week! Even in lockdown, he can learn new skills.
Well done all of you!
Junior congratulations:
Orla, Ella, Seren, Iwan, Riley and Logan, all of who have uploaded work on a variety of subjects. Well done to all of you.
Finally, I suspect congratulations are due to a number of parents, who have worked as hard as the children in making sure they have the chance to carry on with their learning. Thank you for your support.
We always end with birthday congratulations and we have missed one or two whilst we were away for the extended Easter break, so Penblwydd Hapus i Theo a Logan🎂🎂 . I hope you had a good time and managed some sort of party!
Keep working hard, look after yourselves, and don’t forget, if you need help please ask.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services in Powys


Central Contact Information for Children, Young People and Families

School Nursing 01547 521207

CAIS (Young Persons Substance Misuse) 03007772258

Youth Intervention Service (South and Mid) – Mary Evans (North) – Simon Titley Detached Youth Work Team – contact the team at

Open Access Youth Service 01874612226 Helen Quarrell – 07805024126 Rhodri Jones – 07909882525 Facebook page – Powys Open Access Youth Workers Instagram – powysopenaccessyouthworkers Twitter – Powys Open Access Youth Workers – @PowysOAYW Email – Brecon Youth Club – Penrhos Youth Club – Newtown Youth Club – Llandrindod Youth Club –

Xenzone and Kooth Louise Greenwood – 07975590119 or Referral link for professionals – Kooth website –

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 01874 615662

Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Mike Wheeler – 01597 826 281 or

Educational Psychology Alun Flynn – 01686 614044 or Caroline Rees – Hayley Smith – 01597 826705 or

Tros Gynnal Plant (Advocacy service) Phone – 01545 571865 Email – Website –

Credu (Young Carers) Phone: 01597 823800 Email: You can still get support over the phone by ringing your outreach worker or the office and via social media. Please do not hesitate to contact us about anything that is concerning you and your family. If you are not registered with Credu and Care for someone in your family, please get in touch with the office.

Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre Phone: 01686 629114 Email:

Calan DVS Phone: 01874 625146 Email: Live Fear Free: 0808 801 0800

Windfall Centre Phone: 01597 829346 Email: Support, advice and a listening ear for parents, foster carers and children and young people who may be feeling under stress and need to talk.

Powys Front Door Service To make a referral to Children’s Services or to request information, advice and assistance:

Phone: 01597 827666 (Option 1, Option 1) to speak to a member of staff if you have concerns about a child or young person and their family which you need to discuss with a Children’s Services representative