Newsletter - 10th Nov 2017
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
Our school development strand around personal development, in which we are working hard to "develop pupils' knowledge of the wider world, and to develop them as young citizens" is moving forward rapidly this term. The current theme is 'Independence' and there have been some lovely examples of that taking place across the school. The younger children, for example, are being encouraged to use "3 before me" - a strategy in which they do 3 things to help themselves with their work before asking the teacher. This might mean talking to a friend, or using a resource such as a numberline or word-list before asking the teacher a question. Further up in the school some Year 6 children have eagerly gone with the suggestion of setting up their own lunchtime computing club, and are helping children in Otter class to develop their coding skills (pictured below).
Also, teams of pupils are developing their independence and leadership skills. As well as The Eco-Team, which I mentioned last week, the School Council are making a difference to school life. We are fortunate that bullying at Pensford is not something I have had to focus on but we are never complacent about the excellent standards of behaviour and pupil relationships that we enjoy. That is why the School Council will be leading an assembly at the start of Anti-Bullying week on Monday and reminding all the children of the processes we have in school to support their Happiness. (Yes, with a capital 'H' as this is of course our first school value!) The week will be marked on Friday with a 'wear blue' day on which all children can come dressed in as much blue as possible and bring some money to support an anti-bullying charity, BullyingUK.
Of course, we are aware that two national campaigns are running at the same time next week, because as well as Anti-Bullying Week it is Children in Need. So as well as wearing blue on Friday, please feel free to add some spots! We will split the donations between the charities.
We're also looking forward to another good week ahead, with Forest School sessions starting today and continuing through next week.
Enjoy your weekend,
Thank-you so much to all our parents who made contributions to the African Drumming workshops. These went very well and were really enjoyable. The children also learned a little about Africa itself, and how some of the musical culture there has been shaped by the natural resources. They also got to try on some clothes from West Africa, as you can see below. Our children responded superbly to the workshops and the instructor was very complimentary about them, leaving at the end of the morning with a big smile on her face!
Rags 2 Riches 4 Schools - Unwanted Clothes Collection 15 NOVEMBER
Please bring your unwanted bagged items into school NEXT WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER.
A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE FOODBANK
The Keynsham Food bank would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for supporting them and donating 42.9K of food which will make a BIG difference to local people in crisis.
Tennis Club Bavarian Night - Saturday 18th November
Please click on the image for details.
Family Bingo Night at Chew Valley School Society
Feeling luck? Come and have some fun playing bingo and winning prizes!
Chew Valley School Society are pleased to host the return of the very successful Bingo Night on Wednesday 6th December. We welcome all the family, the more the merrier!
The doors to the school hall open at 6.30pm, there is no admission charge and no need to pre-book as all bingo cards will be sold on the door.
There will be many prizes won throughout the evening and all game winners will receive fabulous luxury festive hampers. Refreshments will be sold and there are more chances to win fantastic prizes in our raffle.
This year we are raising funds for a languages software, counselling services and an outdoor shelter