Newsletter 23rd September - issue 03
This week we are proud to say
A message from Mr Barton
At last it is beginning to feel a bit like autumn, and we are approaching the half-way point in this term. It certainly feels to me as if we are 'on the move' as we journey through these first few weeks because so many developments are happening so quickly in our school.
Each time I walk around the school I am finding more interesting displays of the children's work. The hall displays continue to build as the children learn more about their topics, I spent some time looking at each reception child's comments about friendship in the entrance to Dragonfly and I have learned about the international links that some of our Kingfisher children have by looking at their world map. This also features our 'Language of the Term' (Spanish) and it was nice to be asked, "¿Cómo estás?" by one child yesterday!
Our Parent Council also met this week and we were able to discuss a wide range of themes and make plans for further improvements to the school. We will be publishing the minutes of the meeting soon.
We have also now officially launched our new Mission Statement, Vision and Values. Please do take a look at these here and if you have any comments do send them in on an email. We feel that the HEART acronym really helps us to embed these values in everyday school life for the children. Do you know what it stands for yet?!
Enjoy the weekend. Our school journey continues next week...
Just a reminder that this will be held on Friday, 14th October. From Monday that week (10th October) please could you send in any canned or dried food. We would like to collect as much as we can to donate to the Somer Valley Food Bank. They have sent us this message about things that they need and things that they don't.
THINGS THAT WE NEED: Instant Mash, Powdered MilK, Milk (UHT), Sugar, Custard, Puddings (e.g. long-life Sponge Puddings), Biscuits, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Tinned Meat Pies, Tinned Corned Beef
ITEMS OF WHICH WE HOLD LARGE STOCKS - NO MORE PLEASE: Baked Beans, Rice Pudding, Tinned Meat (other than Pies and Corned Beef)
The assembly will include some songs that the children are practising with Mrs Mullen as well as a few words about our chosen charity. Parents are very welcome to stay after dropping your children off. The assembly will start at 9:05 and we will be finished by 9:30am.
Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Does anyone remember this song by Bobby McFerrin? It has been a theme song for assemblies this week, as we have been explaining our new 'Worry Boxes' to the children. Each class has one now and the children gave some very useful contributions to assembly on Monday when they helped to explain when and how someone might want to use a worry box. For our youngest children, they can simply choose the card with their name on and put it in the box. This is one way in which we are making sure that our 'Happiness' value is truly a part of our school, with another avenue open to children who might want to talk to someone about a worry, no matter how big or small.
Partnership with Chew Valley Schools
We have updated the 'Partnership' page of our website with some important information about the new way in which Chew Valley Primary and Secondary schools and academies are working together in a slightly more formal. way. You may want to read more about this here.
We will be open for visits from prospective parents all day from 7:30am to 6:00pm on Monday, 3rd October. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sending their child to Pensford next September or even sooner, please do encourage them to come along.
Sadly, we have not yet had any written responses to the idea of collecting stories from past pupils about the places they have gone on to visit and/or the jobs and activities they have been involved with. This could really add an important element to our value of 'Ambition' by providing the children here now with genuine stories of the success our past pupils have achieved and by inspiring them to follow in their footsteps. If you do know of anyone who could help us with this, please please do get in touch!