Newsletter 11th November - Issue 09
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton:
Each term, in the second week, our Parent Council meet with me. This week's meeting was very productive and it was really useful to be able to hear feedback through this channel. We were able to take some decisions that will enhance school for parents and pupils, and discuss ideas for the future such as development of the playground.
Sadly, though, Tracy Jones also told us that she will need to step down from the Parent Council. She has been a member since it began and contributes so much to the school, not least through her continuing work with the PTA. I am very grateful to Tracy for the time she has spent supporting the school through the Council and she will be missed in this role. Following her announcement, we were keen to move forward positively and take the opportunity to revive the original format of the council, in which each class was represented. Charlotte Tremlett will therefore be representing Kingfisher and Tracey King Otter. We do already have representation for Dragonfly through our parent governor, Jo Barnes. However, this is an opportunity to also have a parent who does not have the additional responsibility and link with school leadership that a governor has.
We therefore have a vacancy on the Parent Council for parents with children in Dragonfly. The role is primarily about channeling informal feedback from parents to me as the head, so that we can develop and enhance the school taking full account of parents views. The time commitment in terms of meetings is about 30mins per term, though it will also help if you are regularly in the playground at the beginning and/or end of the day to talk to other parents. If you are approachable, open-minded and optimistic about developing the school further with me, you may well be interested. If so, please do contact me via the school office. Should we have more than one parent volunteer, we may need to hold an election.
Please do read the minutes of this week's meeting, which you can find here (and under the 'Parent' Tab above).
Have a good weekend!
We would like to thank all the children and adults involved in facilitating our two off-site sporting events this week: Football for Otter and Kingfisher and Benchball for Year 2. Both events went very well, with the football team reaching the quarter-finals and now being one win away from representing 'Small Schools' in the area.
We had a lovely Remembrance Assembly this morning at which all the children truly demonstrated their commitment to our value of Respect during our 2-minute silence at 11am. They were very respectful throughout, in fact and it was heart-warming to hear 3 Year 6 girls take the lead in our singing. Thank-you to Jessica, Anna and Georgina for that and to Lily for bringing her treasured medals that once belonged to her great-grandfather.
Children in Need
NEXT FRIDAY the BBC will be broadcasting their live TV appeal for this charity. Because of its obvious direct impact on children's happiness and well-being this particular charity fits very well with our core values and is one we would really like to support. So next week on Friday, 18th November we are inviting children to come dressed in non-uniform, with a 'spotty' theme. Please send in contributions to the charity on that day, or any time before then, in a separate envelope marked 'CHILDREN IN NEED'.
Health and Hygiene Week
To coincide with the flu-vaccine nasal sprays that will be administered to children in Years 1, 2 and 3 next Thursday 17th Nov, we are promoting good health and hygiene to all the children as we move into the colder months. They will participate in at least one additional learning activity on this topic, with the aim of keeping our children as healthy as possible at this time of year.
We would also like to remind you of the information regarding the immunisations that was in our newsletter of 14th October.
We are experimenting with a re-launch of our Twitter account as another way of allowing you to keep in touch with what is happening school. Nothing essential will ONLY be communicated in this way, with our text and email services continuing as normal. However, we would love to hear whether parents feel that Twitter could also be useful. You can follow us: @PensfordPrimary if you like.
Breakfast Club - Rate Increase
It is with with regret that as of 1 December 2016 we will have to increase the Breakfast Club attendance rates to the following:
* Children attending between 7.30 am and 8.00 am - £5.00
* Children attending after 8.00 am - £4.00
The Breakfast Club was set up as a not-for-profit service for parents and children but unfortunately, at present, the Breakfast Club is running at a loss which is resulting in us having to increase the charging rates.
Pensford Christmas Fair 26th November
Pensford Hall’s Christmas fair is on Saturday 26th November from 10am to 3pm at Pensford Memorial Hall. Entrance to the fair is £1 per adult and 50p per child.
Santa will be in his grotto from 11am to 1pm with a present for every child.
Please enter our children’s craft competition for the best Christmas craft e.g. a wreath, decoration or card. All entries must be at the hall on the 26th November by 1pm for judging. Prizes include tickets to At-Bristol, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and Wookey Hole. 50p per entry.
This year’s fair has the usual fantastic stalls and food for sale and also a children’s fun room with a soft play area, face painting and free craft area. Come and make a reindeer, help us to make a big Christmas tree or make your own hama beads design.
Do not miss it!
Chew Valley School Society Christmas Fayre - 7pm Tues 15th November
Chew Valley School Society warmly invites you to enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies, while you help us fundraise and do your Christmas shopping. There will be stalls, food, a raffle, jewellery, beauty, cards & crafts and much more…
Chew Valley School Hall, all welcome Adults £2.50 entry includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie (children free).
Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution 16 Queen Square Bath, BA1 2HN, has just announced its Spring 2017 programme of 'hands on science workshops' for children over 8. They are held on the 2nd Saturday afternoon of each month. Please go to www.brlsi.org/youthactivities for more information.
Please also note that BRLSI is organising a symposium on 'The Colour Blue' for families. Saturday November 19th 1:30pm to 5pm at BRLSI 16 Queen Square BA1 2HN. Tickets from Bath Box Office. firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics from the Arts, Sciences and Humanities will be addressed by invited speakers. There will be round table and panel discussion with a display of relevant natural objects and artefacts.
For interested young people and adults 'How clean is clean energy generation? Toyii Omomjola of the Department of Chemical Engineering University of Bath will give a talk to explore the sustainability of various energy solutions on Wednesday November 30th 2016. 7:L30pm Tickets £4 on the door at BRLSI 16 Queen Square, Bath