Newsletter 16th December - Issue 14
We are proud to say...
Anna S, William and John. Additional awards went to Oakely, Theo and William for their response to Mr Barton's Christmas maths challenge this week: How many presents are given in the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'?
A message from Mr Barton
This is already a busy newsletter, packed with important information, so I just want to send a short message to everybody this week as the term comes to a close. It is just to say a big thank-you to all the members of our school community who have made my first two terms at Pensford so enjoyable and rewarding. From the happiness and gratitude seen from everybody at this week's Christmas concert to the high standards of pupil behaviour seen daily and the excellent work shown so regularly by pupils and staff alike, I am truly impressed by this lovely school. May it go from strength to strength in 2017.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Mr Barton held a thank you party for our wonderful volunteers on Monday of this week to thank them for the valuable help they provide to our children throughout the year. We really are very lucky at Pensford School to have so many wonderful helpers. If you are interested in helping our children in 2017, please let Mr Barton know.
It was wonderful to see so many children and parents at the concert in Publow Church on Tuesday. Both the school and the church are very grateful for the many positive comments we received. We would also like to say thank-you for the donations which amounted to over £150 being raised, to be split between the school and church. DVD orders are now closed but we are assured that any that have been paid for and not collected will be delivered to your home address before Christmas.
Our Christmas lunch on Wednesday was also a great success, combined with a non-uniform day and party games in the afternoon. In the case of Key Stage 2, this took the unusual form of creating a 'mannequin challenge' around the school site! Father Christmas must also have been looking at our website, because he knew that this would be the perfect day to deliver some early presents to Dragonfly class. He must have noticed our focus on reading this year, because each child received a book (we hear).
As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we would like to actively invite parents to leave feedback on the Ofsted Parent View website this term, instead of sending out our own survey. Thank-you to the two parents who have already done this! Next term, the focus for parent feedback will be on after school clubs so that we can collect your views on how we can improve the provision further.
End of term reports
These are being sent out today. As a reminder, you can find a guide to the reports from our 'Useful Links' page for parents.
Lots of important information for the New Year - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
Just a little reminder that the children return to school on Wednesday 4 January 2017 (Tuesday 3 January 2017 is an INSET day). Also it will be Year 5 and 6 children's turn to resume swimming in the first week back and for the duration of Term 3 - Years 3 and 4 children will resume their swimming lessons in Term 6.
We have improved the way we communicate information about what we teach in our topics. You will now be able to find outline topic plans here on our website. The new plans for Kingfisher and Dragonfly are already up on their class pages. Otter's is coming soon.
Please could parents and carers note the following points about school pick-up and drop-off times:
- Children must not be unsupervised in the playground before school. This means that no child can be dropped off before 8:45am.
- Children should not play out of sight of their parents either before or after school, so no games should be played on the football pitch or around the back of the school at these times.
- Parents with messages or things to hand in to the office should do so between 8:45 and 8:55am, or after school. Please do not come into the school before 8:45am unless you are signing your child in for breakfast club.
- Children who have not been pre-registered for an after school club must be collected on time. We will start to keep track of any children whose carers are more than 5 minutes late next term. We know that occasionally parents may be delayed but this must not become a regular thing, because it can be upsetting for children to be left behind.
As mentioned in the Parent Council minutes which were linked to the newsletter of 11th November, we have made a very important change to our PE kit policy. Children will need to come to school on their PE days dressed in the Pensford PE Kit. Please click here to see full details of this change.
Our after-school clubs offer has been updated and you have been emailed the details. This now includes a new Film Club on Thursdays, but places are restricted to 20 pupils and this is on a first-come-first-served basis, so don't forget to check your email for this update.
As mentioned last week, our Breakfast Club menu will be changing in the new year so as to provide a much more healthy range of choices for the children. You can read more about this, and see the new menu here.
The PTA are pleased to say that the Cinema Night that they held raised £120. Despite this being a last minute idea, the Christmas Tree scheme raised a further £35. The PTA have heard very positive feedback about the trees that were delivered so this is something to bear in mind for next year.
Updated guidance on how we use pupil information can be found here.
The George & Dragon pub are holding a Big Fat Quiz of the Year to raise funds for the school. It is due to be held on Wednesday 28th December at 8 pm and will be hosted by Andy Lyons. Entry fee will be £10 per team (teams of four) and there will also be a raffle.