Welcome back to a new school year. I hope you managed to enjoy the wonderful sunshine over the break! The new pirate ship has docked in the adventure playground and the children have been very excited to set sail on it. We have also had installed a beautiful wooden dragonfly seat/ balance beam, bought with the kind donation from the Safari Supper in memory of Kate Randall. Kate was an ex-parent who was a huge advocate of the environment; she was the lead on redeveloping our Wild Garden and pond. Thank you to Mr Nunneley (Mrs Voce’s Dad!) who very kindly installed it for us.
Thank you to Mr Ben Dix of Southcombe Garage for another year’s servicing & MOT of the minibus over the summer.
We welcome Miss Mayall as our maternity cover teacher in Reception.
John Owens has received a special award for the excellent job he is doing as our caretaker. He has worked incredibly hard to make sure the school is sparkling for the new school year. The hall floor looks like new!
Silver Jubilee Celebrations: Next week we are celebrating 25 years since the school opened on its new site. There has been many changes in that time and we would like to celebrate with the whole community, present and past pupils, governors, parents and staff. On Thursday 13 September 6-8pm in the hall there will be an exhibition of artefacts, memorabilia and photographs from the last 25 years, with wine and nibbles. Please do come along to meet old friends and pass on the invitation to anyone who may be connected to the school in some way. Year 6 pupils will be acting as guides to show people around the school.
On Friday 14 September we will be having a Pirate Day where the children are invited to dress up for a suggested donation of £1, which will be put towards the cost of our wonderful new pirate ship.
Pirate Picnic: There will be a pirate picnic at lunchtime, so let’s hope the weather is good!
The kitchen will be preparing a picnic for the children instead of the usual lunch on Friday 14 September; they will be able to choose either Ham, Cheese or Tuna sandwich on the day, usual price of £2.20 for Nursery/Key Stage 2, or of course children can bring in their own packed lunch.
Friday will also be Circus Skills Day, with classes having a circus skills workshop by Splats Circus.
SEN : A reminder that if you wish to meet with our SENCo, Mrs McQuail, she is available on Thursdays and alternate Fridays. Her role is to co-ordinate Special Educational Needs and advise teachers on strategies and intervention programmes.
You can email her directly on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please could you ensure that uniform, especially sweatshirts and cardigans, are named.
A reminder that no jewellery is permitted apart from a watch and small stud earrings.
Footwear: our uniform policy states ‘Flat, sensible, safe shoes, in plain black, brown or navy’
PE: A reminder that children should not wear any jewellery for PE activities (including swimming). Stud earrings will need to be removed beforehand (teachers cannot remove them). Please ensure that children have their PE kit at school at all times, with everything named!
Swimming: Swimming starts for Y5 on Tuesday 18 September – please see separate letter and remember swimming kits!
Parent/Class Information Meetings: 2018-19
Once again we will be holding group Class Meetings for parents/carers (children are welcome to attend) in September, where the class teachers will give an overview of the work children will be covering over the next academic year, as well as giving out other relevant school information, diary dates, etc. These meetings will take place in the classroom on the dates outlined below (there will be individual parent/teacher consultations later in the term to report on progress):-
Year 6 – Mrs Peters – Tuesday 11 September, 3.15pm
Year 5 – Mrs Crouch – Monday 10 September, 3.15pm
Year 4 – Mrs Walker – Wednesday 12 September, 3.15pm
Year 3 – Miss Crooker – Thursday 13 September, 3.15pm
Year 2 – Mrs Voce, Mrs Vint, Miss Quartermain –Monday 17 September, 3.15pm
Year 1 – Mrs Voce, Mrs Vint, Miss Quartermain – Tuesday 18 September 3.15pm
Extra-curricular activities : Clubs: Start w/c 17th September. The Dance Club (an external club that is not on Parentmail) is now open to Years 1 and 2 – please see paper copy being sent home with the children Monday together with details of the Bright Sparks Science Club starting after half term. Please follow the instructions on each letter to book direct with the providers.
Musical Instrument Taster; Another opportunity to come and try out a range of musical instruments with a view to tuition with our Woodwind Hands On Session in the Hall – Tuesday 11/9/18 at 3.15pm.
FOHNS AGM : Tuesday 25 September 7.30pm in the Study Centre – all parents/carers welcome. Please come along and get involved!
Butterfly music, is a friendly music group that runs after school drop off on Monday mornings for children ages 0-4 years, in our Study Centre. Any more details please contact Louisa-Anne Houseman 07870936278.
Pilates, friendly weekly classes take place on Mondays, 6.45pm in the Study Centre run by Fran Kirk, starts Monday 10 September – contact Fran on 07950 424037 or email@example.com.
Well Done :This week we have said well done to all year groups on their brilliant start to the new school year.
Out of School achievements: Swimming: Freya Papenfus Stage 2, Annabella White Stage 1,Alex Lewis Stage 7 and Personal Survival Stage 1, Ewen Rutherford Stage 8, Teddy Rutherford 20 m, Tommy Burge Stage 2,Hannah Newby 100m.
We have reviewed our values and will now be using our school motto ‘Live Love Care Think Learn Dare’ as the basis for our values. Each term we will be exploring one of the words from a moral, ethical and spiritual point of view, all linking in with British and Christian values. This half term we are exploring ‘Live’.
We have talked about the phrase ‘living for today’ in Collective Worship.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”.
Mrs S Belgrove