Pensford Primary School

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Newsletter - 24th Nov 2017

We are proud to say...

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly are: Darsh and Mollie (Welcome to Pensford, Mollie!) 
  • Star of the week in Otter is:  Sonny
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher are: Amore and Lilly
  • Headteacher awards: Liam, Alfie H and Brandon
  • Best Class Attendance: Otter and Kingfisher - BOTH 100%.  In fact, this is a good week to let you know that attendance overall is going well this year now.  Thank-you to all families who are supporting this.  You can see how we are doing here if you like a graph!

A message from Mr Barton

I know that it's still not December yet, but already a few signs of Christmas are starting to spread through the school.  The children and staff have started rehearsals for our Christmas performance in Publow Church.  This will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 12th December and we hope to see lots of families and members of the school community there.  This year, we will be performing "Children of the World" which is a re-telling of the Nativity story from the point of view of Christmas traditions in different countries around the globe.  We chose this to fit in with our development theme of widening children's knowledge of the world.  Families of our Year 6 children may recall that, when they were in Year 3, they were part of a version of this play performed by Otter class.  This year, Kingfisher children will take some different roles and perform two extra songs being taught to them by the Music leader at Chew Valley School.

Following the performance on the Tuesday of our last week of term, Thursday 14th December will be a fun-filled day on which children can come in non-uniform (especially Christmas jumpers!).  We will also be having our Christmas lunch on that day (food choices to be in to School Office by 30 November), followed by some fun Christmas activities in class.  The children will also be running stalls at a school Christmas Fair that afternoon, from 2:45 to 3:45pm.  Our Easter Fair was a great success in raising money that has helped to pay for some key resources supporting our teaching of the core curriculum of English and Maths.  We hope to raise some more funds to buy further materials and resources for the children across the curriculum.

To support the fair, we will hold a 'Donation Day' next Friday, 1st December.  On that day, children may wear non-uniform in return for bringing in some items that we will need for the children's stalls.  These items are:

Small packets of sweets (eg Haribo,

Smarties, chocolate buttons)

Cardboard tubes for making crackers

Packets of mince pies

Small prizes for a 'lucky spin' game (eg inexpensive small toys)


For the tombolas:

chocolate bars/ boxes of chocolates



Good quality school uniform no longer needed


Anything Christmassy for a raffle prize!



Thank-you in advance for your generosity and have a good weekend.

Mr Barton

Christmas Trees

Please don't forget that you can support the school if you get your Christmas Tree through Steve Hicks at Abbey Trees.  Here is a reminder from Steve of how it works and how to order:

For quite a few years now I've been supplying non drop Nordman Fir Xmas trees throughout the Chew Valley and donating £5 for every tree sold to friends of playgroups. Last year I did a few for Pensford but we started late so not everyone knew about it. So the trees cost £45 for 6' plus and £55 for 7/8'. There are also some traditional Norway Spruce at £20 for a 6/7 footer. I deliver direct to home addresses free of charge on Sunday 3 Dec and Sunday 10 Dec but if anyone wants one earlier I can arrange that. You can either order from me by phoning or texting 07778683645 or through Sally Field at school. Every Nord sold will generate £5 for the school! Payments are on delivery by cheque, cash or card.

Parentpay Is Coming - Friday 1st December 2017

You will all now have received your Parentpay activation letter - if yours has gone astray, please contact the School Office.  If you still have to activate your account, can we ask that you do this by Friday 1 December when the system will be live.  For those parents who have already loaded funds onto your account, thank you.
All credits and debits will be added to Parentpay on Thursday 30 November so that your accounts will be correct on 1 December.

After 1 December, the School Office will no longer be accepting cash or cheques for payments.

If you are a parent or carer who does not own a credit or debit card, please contact Sarah Millican the School Business Manager asap.

Similarly if you are experiencing problems setting up your account, please feel free to see Sarah and she will help you set up the account.

Maths Challenge

Exactly a year ago, we started a new tradition for Pensford of entering children for Maths Challenges held at different private schools in Bath.  These are great fun and an opportunity for children across a large number of both state and private sector schools to compete together.  Aimed at those children who particularly enjoy the subject, the challenges cover a range of number and problem-solving skills.  Once again, our Pensford team showed that we can compete among the very best mathematicians across the Bath and NE Somerset area.  Although the standard was exceptionally high this time, our two pairs did the school proud with their effort and each came 13th out of 19 teams in their respective divisions.  Well done to Ellis, John, Amore and Chloe for reaching such a high level with their mathematics.

Healthy Eating Week

Just before the Festive Season hits us, we will be holding one of our Healthy Eating weeks next week.  Extra Dojo points will be awarded to children who choose to bring a healthy packed lunch and/or order a school meal.  Further points are awarded to those who eat it all!  As a reminder, a packed lunch is counted as healthy if it contains at least 3 of the 5 items below, and no more than 1 'treat' food.  Anything high in sugar or fat counts as a 'treat' food, and the headteacher's decision is final!

As always, taking part in healthy eating week is OPTIONAL.  It is our way of reminding ourselves of healthy habits and celebrating children's efforts to make good choices with their food.

Film Club

Thursday's film will be:

Please book through the office as usual.




Home baking, preserves, plants, festive wreaths, books, crafts, jewellery, pottery, bric a brac, wooden creations, phoenix cards, sweets, stocking fillers & much more.

Christmas activities for children.

Homemade soup and bacon baps

Tower Tours, The Chameleonz Jazz Band

Hamper Raffle (drawn 1.45 pm)

£1 admission fee includes a beverage

All proceeds to All Saints Church, Publow