Pensford Primary School

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Newsletter 21st October - Issue 07

We are proud to say...

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly are: Beau and Colby
  • Stars of the week in Otter are: Lucy and Maggie
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher are: Chloe and Victoria
  • Headteacher Awards: Lucas, Tilda and Genevieve
  • Best Class Attendance: Dragonfly (Term winners with 3 out of 7 weekly wins!)

A message from Mr Barton

Now that we are at the end of Term 1, I would like to invite and encourage you to give me some feedback on how we are doing.  It's very  important to me to hear your views about how well you think Pensford Primary supports your child's wellbeing and education.  If you have 3 mins to spare, I would be very grateful if you could complete a survey for us, by clicking here.  This should work OK on your phone as well as on other devices.  You may want to complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child at the school and you feel differently about their experiences.  The survey is designed to be completed anonymously, but if you would like a personal response to any queries, please leave your details in one of the comments boxes.  Thank-you.

Have a very enjoyable half-term with your children.  I look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday, 31st October.

End of term reports

You should have received a paper copy of your child's report today.  The report's style is slightly different from previous versions, so we have produced a guide here to help you understand it fully.  You can also raise any questions about the report at parents' evening (details below).

Parents' Evening - 2nd & 3rd November 

There are still appointments available for you to see your child(ren)'s teacher on either Wednesday 2 or Thursday 3 November and our aim is to see 100% of parents. If you cannot make it into school to make an appointment, please call the school office on 01761 490470.

Cake Sale

Thank-you to everybody who bought a cake from Cordy Cox's stall this afternoon.  The cakes sold out and raised £87.00 for MacMillan Nurses.

School Meals Special - Mexican Madness!
Lisa will be cooking up a special menu on the first Tuesday after half term - 1st November.  This will be 'Taco Tuesday' and the menu is below:
Our special menus are often popular so make sure you remember to order (at the normal price) through the school office.
Clothes for a Cause Collection - 1 November 
During the half term it would be great if you could have a wardrobe clear-out and bring any unwanted clothes, bags, paired shoes and belts into school on Monday 31 October or the morning of Tuesday 1 November.  We can then exchange the unwanted items for cash with a recycling company. 
Safeguarding Update    Children's happiness and safety is always our first priority at Pensford, as it should be for any school.  Part of our system of care for children is our 'worry boxes' that are available in each class and the library.  These have been used and have helped us give individual attention to a small number of children who have wanted a bit of reassurance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In line with the very best safeguarding practice, we also want to make sure you know that if you have any concerns about the welfare of Pensford pupils you should report this to Mr Barton.  As well as being our headteacher, Mr Barton is the school's Designated Safeguarding Leader (DSL).  In case of Mr Barton's absence, Mr Miller is the Deputy DSL.  Furthermore, as part of our high standard in this area, we want to make you aware that if you have any concern about the school's practices with regard to safeguarding, you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer. This is Mel Argles, whose number is 01225 396 810.
Swimming Lessons
We would like to remind Year 3 and 4 parents that these will be starting next term, each Wednesday from 2nd November.  Children in Otter class will need to bring a swimming costume, goggles and towel into school with them on Wednesdays.  Kingfisher class will not be going swimming next term, but will resume their lessons in Term 3.  Mr Barton apologises to any Kingfisher parents who may have thought that the lessons were continuing for them in term 2, because it has just come to his attention today that some incorrect information appears to have been sent out in the summer.
Community information
If any community members would like our support in advertising local events, please do get in touch with us.  This week, we received the following from Publow Church: