Newsletter 23rd June Issue 34
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
We were very lucky last Friday to have had perfect weather for Sports Day. The heat has really built up since then and has been a significant backdrop to the wide range of activities that have been taking place in and around the school over the week. The children have coped very well (as have the staff!) and we have made the most of the shade available in the playground.
The range of events to mention since the last newsletter has been quite extensive, including: a cricket tournament for Kingfisher (our A-team made the quarter-finals), a tennis tournament for 4 children from Otter (in which they came a good fourth out of 12), Forest School for Year 6, Sing as One for Year 1 (more on that below), students from Chew Valley running 'Wacky Races' activities with Key Stage 2 and our art-expert governor Catherine Hunt working with Kingfisher on creating some natural outdoor art.
Y6 learned that you really can make fire from rubbing two sticks together (if you know what you're doing!)
Quite a list in just two weeks, and we have more events to come. Meanwhile the children have been working hard on the core curriculum too. Year 5 completed reading tests this week, Year 1 read individually to Mrs Rawlinson for their phonics check and Mrs Rawlinson's teacher assessments of Year 2 and of the Early Years children were checked by moderators from the local authority. Needless to say, they completely agreed with her accurate professional judgements! Parents of children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 will be receiving the results of the national assessments they have taken with your end of term report. I can say now, though, that I am very impressed with the children's work. They have certainly shown our core values of 'Excellence' and 'Ambition' in the way they have approached the assessments.
My main message this week though has to be one of thanks to everyone who came along to last Friday's events. We had a really good turn out of dads and father figures for the lunch and the children really enjoyed eating with them and playing in the playground with them too. This led nicely in to Sports Day and we do plan to hold the two events on the same day again next year. The Ofsted celebration afterwards went really well and thank-you very much to all those involved. In particular, I would like to thank Adele Balzan, Jo Barnes, Jane Critten, Tom Wilding and Sally Jenkins for the parts they all played in pulling the whole thing together.
It is so important that we get the message out to communities around Pensford that our school is a great place to send your child. We are very proud of our school and we want to fill it with more children. As I said at the celebration, please do help us to spread that message online and in person. We do have an official Twitter account: @PensfordPrimary . Following us and retweeting key messages is one way in which you can help.
Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend.
Sing as One
As Mr Barton mentioned above, our Year 1 children took part in a singing event called 'Sing as One' on Thursday. They went to Saltford Primary School where they were joined by Year 1 children from 6 other schools. Mrs Rawlinson was immensely proud of our children. They were the smallest group but certainly not the quietest when they sang. The organiser of the event said to Mrs Rawlinson that the Pensford group had "brought a tear to her eye" with their singing - in a good way of course!
Once again we are enormously indebted to Mrs Critten for the support she has given preparing the children by teaching them the songs. She also came along and accompanied them and we are very thankful for the time and expertise she has given once again. It was lovely too that Tom Wilding was able to come and accompany the children on the trumpet.
The success of the event has led us to plan an assembly for parents at short notice. Mrs Rawlinson would like to warmly invite parents to hear the Year 1 children sing in assembly next Tuesday, 27th June at 9:00am. They will be joined in the singing by Dragonfly class, who have all been leaning the songs together. All parents are welcome to join us for that short singing assembly and we hope you can make it if you can spare 15 minutes or so on Tuesday morning.
Sporting Relations - Can you chip in?
Mrs Bevan had a great idea this week to thank our neighbours who so kindly return our footballs when they are inadvertently kicked over the fence. If your child has enjoyed playing football in the playground this year, and you would like to contribute, one or two silver coins from each child who plays would help us buy a small gift such as a box of chocolates for our neighbours. Please send contributions in on Monday. Many thanks.
Netball Club from September
We would love to continue with Netball After School Club from September but Mrs Rawlinson has asked if a parent is available to help out with the club in the new academic year.
Imagine cooking a meal for 50 people and finding out an hour before it's due on the table that your oven isn't working. That's exactly what happened to Mrs Cook on Thursday. We want to pay tribute to the resourcefulness of both her and Mrs James as they thought on their feet and managed to organise batch cooking of the pizzas using the small oven in the Star Room. Well done Mrs Cook and Mrs James! At the time of writing, the oven is due to be fixed on Friday morning but just in case it isn't we have arranged for the food to be cooked at Bishop Sutton school and transported over in time for lunch.
On a brighter note, it was lovely that some Year 5 children noticed that our strawberries are ready for picking and offered to pick them too. Mrs Cook now has these available to serve as dessert. No oven required!
This is just a reminder to parents of children in Otter that we plan to visit Wild Things Farm on Tuesday afternoon (weather permitting). There is no cost involved.
Monday 26th - Year 5 to Forest School
Wednesday 28th - Kingfisher to swimming lessons
Thurs 29th - Kingfisher to Chew Magna Cricket Match
Next week's film will be:
Please pay through the office as normal if you would like to book a place.
Parents may be interested to know that Hidden Valley Bushcraft, whose forest school we use, are opening a Pre-School from September. They are filling up fast but currently have a few spaces available. You can find out more by clicking the picture below to go to their website.