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Newsletter 13th November - Issue 10

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are proud to say that our .....

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly class are: Macie and Lucas
  • Stars of the week in Otter class are: Lana and Owain
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher class are: Jess and Niall
  • Head teacher’s award/Team point winners are: Sonny T, Peter C and Anna U
  • Swimmers of the week are: Niall, Abigael and Victoria

Message from Miss Flatley

I’d like to start this week’s newsletter by addressing Ms McIsaac’s absence from school this term, as I know it’s been a talking point. Currently she requires some personal leave, but I can assure you that despite her absence, the school continues to work hard on its improvement plans and I am taking advantage of my time out of class this term to work with other members of staff. In the coming weeks I will be able to inform you of what we have improved recently and what we will be working on next. For now, the focus is entirely based on looking at how we can improve our practice and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to join all of the staff and children, in their lessons, during term 2. I can confirm that Mrs Lynda Bills will continue to teach in Kingfisher Class next week, apart from Wednesday morning, when I will be teaching. We’ll update you on this as soon as we can.

Centenary Thank-Yous

Thursday was our centenary and we were thrilled to welcome back many former pupils and friends of the school, who went around the classes sharing their memories of the punishments, lessons and activities from their childhoods. Our visitors got the chance to see the fabulous exhibition put together by Julie Parker, Therese Tyson and Phil Tyson, which documents the history of schools in Pensford. It was a joy to see our visitors finding themselves, or family and friends, in photos and documents in the exhibition. The display will be up for another week, so come and have a look if you get the chance. Thank you to the historical society for donating valuable information and to Therese, Julie and Phil, who did such a good job of putting it all together. You’ve really done us proud.

During the morning, the children in Brunel, Cabot, Blackwell and Carpenter worked hard to practice songs, dances and presentations to entertain our guests and then everyone enjoyed generously donated party food and watched the performances during the afternoon. I could tell that our guests thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children and rekindling old friendships. I’d like to say thank you to all of our guests today, who allowed themselves to be videoed on the iPads, as they recounted their days at the school and for bringing in such interesting items to discuss. The children will have learned a great deal from you all and we now have a wealth of information to add to the archive that we’re creating and some fabulous clips to show in history lessons.

The children looked fabulous in their historical costumes and I’d like to say thank you to all of the parents for getting into the spirit and helping the children to look so good; thank you also for donating the party food - what you brought was perfect - and the remains of it will be sold at the Children in Needs cake sale today. One cake that certainly isn’t left over to sell, is the centenary celebration cake, thoughtfully made by Donna Squire, in collaboration with Tracy King. What a touching surprise to be presented with, first thing in the morning. It finished the day off perfectly, to send children home with a piece of cake, just like the children did when the school first opened, 100 years ago. 

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents, staff, governors and volunteers, who worked so tirelessly behind the scenes, to put the day together and tidy up afterwards. I really appreciate the extra time everyone put in, to make our centenary happen. What amazing team spirit; thank you.

Firework Night Thank-Yous

Thank you to Sarah Millican for organising the firework display. She worked very hard in her own time to make this a success and the event raised £700 for school funds. Sarah would like to thank Sarah Mateer, Louise Tidcombe, Miss Flatley, Mrs Cains, John Butler, Mrs Barnes, Mrs Curtis, Mrs Squire, Mrs Spicer, Mrs Tyson, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Wickenden, Mrs Crawte, Mrs Breton, Phil Wallhead, Tony Baby and the lovely Rob Millican, Ewan Millican and Oliver Millican, for all of their hard work and support. I’m sure you will agree that it was a fabulous evening. Thank you all for coming!

Art Materials

This term we have had delivery of some wonderful new art resources, which we were able to purchase using some money raised for us by one of our dads, Jamie Mitchell, who participated in the Three Peaks Challenge during the Summer. He raised over £500 for the school, by climbing up the highest mountain in England, Scotland and Wales, which is a remarkable achievement. I’d like to say a huge thank-you to you, Mr Mitchell, for undertaking such a challenge on behalf of our school; it’s very much appreciated. Maybe you would consider coming in to talk to the children about it, as I think you would inspire them greatly. :)

Dragonfly Play - Tuesday 8th December

The Bossy King, by Dragonfly, is the school play for this Christmas. Auditions will be held on 16th November for the main parts and the play will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 8th December. There will be two performances - one during the afternoon and one in the evening - and more information will be given on the times of these, once they have been finalised next week. As our hall can only hold 100 people, we will use a two tickets per family system, for each performance.

Pupil News

Thank you to Jess L, Chloe B and Millie B for raising £15.69 for the school last week, by selling sweets, Loombands, flowers from their gardens and blackberries that they picked from bushes around Pensford. They would like to assure everyone that the blackberries were checked with adults before they washed them ready to sell. How lovely to have such enterprising and thoughtful members of the school; we are very proud of them. That’s 3 motivation bubbles for you! Well done girls!

Well done to Anna Uren, who went for her first ASA Affiliated swimming meet and entered the national rankings as the 14th fastest, 9 year old girl, in the 50 metre butterfly. This is a wonderful achievement for Anna, who continues to show much dedication and motivation in her swimming. The second fastest in the South West, Anna is continuing to climb the rankings in her other strokes too. Well done, Anna! We are so proud of you!

Road Safety

This week we have received an encouraging letter from our MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, in response to the pupils’ letter about the dangers of the A37. He has written to Kalvin Packer, from Highways and Traffic at Bath and North East Somerset Council, who has said that the council are “considering options for a scheme” near the school, which would be part of their 2016-2017 Capital Programme.

School Christmas Card Project

Today, the children who ordered them, received their Christmas designs, which had professionally been put onto cards, paper and tags. Not only did the children have the pleasure of seeing their designs in print, but they also raised £111.50 for the school, which we will spend on Christmas resources.

Office Message

Please let the office know if your child will be collected by someone not on your list. We make a note and so if there is any worry that a child is being collected by an unauthorized person, the teacher (this could be a supply teacher) can check with us.

And Finally

Another big “thank you” to Mrs Croker and Mrs Haines for fundraising £36.00 at the recent Halloween Party.

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