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County’s male voice choirs unite in aid of National Eisteddfod

Monmouthshire County Council

Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth Male Voice Choirs will join forces at Caldicot Castle on Saturday 18th June for an evening of entertainment in aid of the Monmouthshire & District National Eisteddfod.  The choirs will be joined by the acclaimed Welsh tenor Wynne Evans, who will host the concert.

The choirs will perform separately before joining for a grand finale, bringing them together for the first time in over thirty years.  All money raised will go towards funding the 2016 National Eisteddfod, which will be held in Abergavenny from 29th July to 6th August - a festival that is expected to attract over 150,000 visitors to the county.

County councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for the Welsh language said: “This evening with the county’s male voice choirs will be a wonderful occasion and will celebrate the community’s musical talents in an iconic and atmospheric venue.  It will build on the celebrations that are already taking place in Monmouthshire in the approach to the National Eisteddfod.  Why not bring a picnic for maximum enjoyment!”

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Council publishes video to celebrate Monmouthshire’s new delicious school menu

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council has released a video promoting its new primary schools meal menu and celebrating all that’s great about the food served to the county’s young students.

The video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTQldIIiKjw –highlights how the new menu launched during National Schools Meals Week on November 2nd accentuates fresh ingredients and special dietary needs while meeting government nutritional guidelines.

It follows another video issued by the council on October 21st featuring a flash mob of Monmouthshire primary pupils: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W59yLPtB67Q.  The light-hearted approach with children performing a dance to the early sixties hit “Monster Mash” illustrates the benefits of nutritious and delicious food.

Councillor Phil Murphy, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for school meals said: "School meals are delicious, nutritious and fantastic value.  Parents leading busy lifestyles can be assured that today's school meals are far from being convenience food – they're genuinely good for your children's health, education and well-being and it would be difficult to find a better deal elsewhere.”

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Monmouthshire parents advised to meet 27th November deadline to apply for secondary school places

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council is alerting parents and guardians of children due to start secondary education next September that the closing date to apply for school places is looming.

Children attending Year 6 at primary school will transfer to a secondary school in September 2016, and parents are urged to complete their applications before the 27th November closing date.  This will give them the best chance of ensuring that their child attends their preferred school.  Parents resident in Monmouthshire must apply to the council even if their preferred school lies outside the county’s borders (excluding schools in Newport where applications are to be made directly to the city council).

Parents may apply using the council’s online application system.  For more information, visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk

Alternately, parents may request an application pack by telephoning the council’s admissions team on 01633 644508 or emailing: schoolandstudentaccessunit@monmouthshire.gov.uk

The completion of an application form expressing written preference for a school is a legal necessity set out in the School Admissions Code of Practice.  In addition, while each school within the county serves a specific catchment area, parents or guardians can not assume that their children will automatically gain entry.  Parents who submit application forms by the deadline on 27th November 2015 will be informed which school their child will attend no later than 1st March 2016.

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Monmouthshire parents advised to meet 15th January deadline to book 2016 reception class places

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council is alerting parents and guardians of children due to start primary education next September that the closing date to apply for school places is 15th January 2016.

Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 are eligible to start reception classes in September 2016 and parents are asked to complete their applications before the 15th January 2016 closing date.  This will give them the best chance of ensuring that their child attends their preferred school.  Parents resident in Monmouthshire must apply to the council even if their preferred school lies outside the county’s borders (excluding schools in Newport where applications are to be made directly to the city council).

Parents may apply using the council’s online application system.  For more information, visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk .  Alternately, parents may request an application pack by telephoning the council’s admissions team on 01633 644508 or emailing: schoolandstudentaccessunit@monmouthshire.gov.uk

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Council seeks care workers to provide support for people with dementia

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council is seeking two care and support workers to help people with dementia enjoy safe and fulfilled lives.  Successful applicants would work in the Monmouth, Raglan and Usk areas of the county.

Duties include providing care that focuses on the person - and what matters to them - as well as helping them regain skills they may have lost.  These jobs also involve giving appropriate support to people with all aspects of daily life and promoting social and emotional well-being.

A full training package will support successful applicants to carry out their work effectively.  Also offered is job satisfaction, an attractive pay package, pension entitlement and contracts of up to 35 hours per week.

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Campaign highlights new menu in Monmouthshire schools: much more than mash ‘n chips

Monmouthshire County Council

>Monmouthshire Council has launched a campaign to promote its new primary school meals service through highlighting that the meals are tasty, nutritious and excellent value for money.

Food served by Monmouthshire’s meals service for primary school students is imaginative, locally sourced, cooked on site and excellent value for money.  A two course meal costs no more than two pounds!

The council’s campaign was launched on Wednesday 21st October when a film featuring pupils from Monmouth’s Kymin View Primary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W59yLPtB67Q

was released on social media channels.  The film shows children performing a dance to the early sixties hit “Monster Mash” with a slight twist.

The council has also produced a video promoting the new menu and this will be released during National School Meals Week – a celebration of all that is great about school food – starting on Monday 2nd November.

 

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