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Newsletter 10th March - Issue 23

We are proud to say...

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly are:  Charlie and Darsh
  • Stars of the week in Otter are:  Max and Orla
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher are:  Charlie C and Jessica
  • Headteacher awards: Anna, Freya and Che 
  • Best Class Attendance: Dragonfly (98.7%)

A message from Mr Barton

Mrs Patey did plant a seed of worry in my mind at the start of this week.  Her first question, "Are you looking forward to scooter club?" was easy enough.  "Yes!" I replied.  But then she followed this up with, "I've got all the first aid kits re-stocked and ready to use."  

I'm sure(ish) that she didn't mean that there was any connection between the scooters and first aid, but as I heard of more and more children who were keen to come to this new lunchtime club I must admit to being a bit concerned that it could have been a bit too popular!  In fact, I needn't have worried.  It was a real pleasure to see the Dragonfly children enjoying themselves as they scooted around the track in the back playground.

Those who had brought their own scooters used theirs first and then there was an equal opportunity for those who hadn't to use the brand new school scooters.  We had tweeted about these earlier in the week, but in case you missed it here is what they look like:

Football, of course, is another popular lunchtime activity and it has been brought to my attention that Dragonfly's football day is also Thursday.  Therefore from next week Dragonfly will swap their football day with Kingfisher so that they can enjoy both activities. Dragonfly football will be on Wednesdays and Scooter club will continue on Thursdays.  The last thing to say on this, though, is perhaps the most important:

Scooters should not be used in the playground before or after school.

Scooter club is at the back of the school at lunchtime, which is used exclusively for the club at that time.  We would quite rightly receive complaints if we were to allow children to scoot in the busy part of the playground at lunchtime.  In the same way, it is not safe at the beginning or end of the day, so could Dragonfly parents please make sure that your child saves their scooting for lunchtime.

Thank-you and I hope that all our families enjoy a lovely weekend.

Mr Barton

Extra PE lessons on Monday

We are fortunate that, through our use of our PE and Sport Premium, we buy in to the Chew Valley Sports Partnership.  This gives a range of sporting opportunities across the year and a further such opportunity has arisen this week.  We will be joined by a sports coach who can deliver high quality sessions to each of our classes throughout the day.  Therefore please could all children come to school in PE kit on Monday.  This is in addition to the normal PE lessons that they will have later in the week.  Thank-you.

Film Club

Next Thursday's film will be...

If your child doesn't already have a place at film club for the term, remember that you can book places for individual weeks by the Tuesday of each week.  Places cost £5 each and include snacks and drinks.

Red Nose Day - Friday 24th March

This is just two weeks away now.  Don't forget that you can buy Red Noses from the school office.  All children are invited to wear as much red as possible on the day and this includes Years 1 and 2, who will be visiting the Apple Store on that day. Anything goes, so long as it is red.  Provided suitable footwear is worn, these clothes can be worn for PE too in Otter and Kingfisher. We would also like as many parents and children as possible to make or buy cakes to sell at the end of the day, to boost our fundraising for Comic Relief.  Cakes can be brought to school either on Thursday 23rd March or on the Friday morning.  Thank-you in advance!

Pensford Fun Run - Sunday 30th April

Please make sure you have this date in your diary.  It should be lots of fun, with a reduced distance to make it accessible to all children.  Please note the changed start time, too, which brings the fun run closer to the 10k so that it is easier to attend both.  Last year, the funds raised at this event helped enormously in raising enough to provide our school with our new and much-loved library.  This year, funds will go towards development of our playgrounds so please do support the event.

Playground Development - can you help?

We would like to say a huge "Thank-you" to all the parents who have so far contributed to our development of the Reception outdoor area by bringing in items that Mrs Rawlinson asked for last week.  We now have enough breeze blocks, which will help to make a mud kitchen.  Further items we would still like include: unwanted metal or enamel kitchen items (eg pots, pans, bowls, sieves etc), planks of wood, and canes (for growing beans/ sweet peas).

Meanwhile, we are interested in finding out whether the playground at the front near the road does indeed have lower air quality than the playground at the back.  For this purpose, if anyone has any unwanted large, white, cotton sheets please could you bring them in?  Our plan is to hang a sheet at the front and one at the back as a science experiment to discover whether one becomes significantly blacker than the other.  If this does prove to be the case, this will inform the way we use our space.  We would increase the time children spend at the back of the school for their playtimes and decrease it at the front.  Watch this space for the results.

Mothers' Day Lunch - Wednesday 22nd March

All mothers, fathers, grandparents, and carers are invited to lunch on this date.  You can enjoy eating the lovely food that Mrs Cook will have prepared in our freshly-painted dining hall!  Please do make sure that you have completed and returned the forms sent out a couple of weeks ago, so that we know the right numbers to cater for.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.