Newsletter 25th November - Issue 11
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton:
Following last week's difficult Monday on which a road accident made it very difficult for several families to get here, we had the drama at the start of this week of potential flooding! Fortunately the river level dropped a lot overnight and we remained open throughout, but apologies to those affected by the closure of breakfast club on Tuesday morning. Both incidents have demonstrated a strong sense of community and I am proud of the efforts of staff, pupils and parents in keeping our high-quality education going despite these potential setbacks. It is worth noting that we have had an up-to-date review of our attendance record which is still above the local and national averages, even in the face of the difficulties last Monday. Well done parents and fingers crossed that Monday will be a normal day!
2pm on Monday - we were keeping a close eye on this!
Thank you to the parents who have responded with their child(ren)'s Christmas lunch request for Wednesday 14 December. So that Mrs Cook can order the right amount of food, can those parents who are yet to respond please return the reply slip with their child(ren)'s lunch choice for that day, even it your child is having sandwiches. The cut off for choosing a Christmas lunch is Wednesday 30 November. Please note that, just as for any school dinner, the Christmas lunch is FREE to children in Dragonfly class but still must be ordered in advance.
PTA Annual General Meeting
The PTA AGM is due to be held this coming Monday, 28th November, at 3.30 pm at the school. At this meeting, this year's fundraising plans will be decided so all parents are invited to attend to help the PTA create a strong and proactive fundraising team which will benefit all children at the school.
Maths Challenge Success
Yesterday, Mr Barton had the pleasure of accompanying four Year 6 pupils to a maths challenge at Monkton Combe Prep School. There were 43 teams taking part, and this was the first time that Pensford has entered. Che, Niall, Victoria and Georgina were all excellent ambassadors for the school. They displayed impeccable behaviour and worked solidly on a large number of maths problems for nearly two hours! The girls did very well, coming a creditable 13th in their pool of 22 teams overall and 2nd in one of the three rounds. The boys not only managed 2nd place in their pool, but were in fact 2nd overall. The only team that scored more points was the best of Monkton Combe's six teams, who answered the same number of questions correctly as Niall and Che but narrowly won due to the weighting of points for different questions. Well done to all the children for this significant success, and enormous thanks to Tracy Jones for transporting the children there and back.
We are delighted to announce that Victoria Spicer is our new member of the Parent Council following our request for parents from Dragonfly class to join. Vic already contributes much to the school, not least through her work with the PTA and her technical support for this website. We welcome her to the Parent Council team. If you have any issues, concerns or positive feedback for the school you can pass this on to us via this channel. As a reminder, the other members are Tracey King (representing Otter class), Charlotte Tremlett (representing Kingfisher) and Jo Barnes (parent governor).
We are also very pleased to be able to let you know that, following the birth of her daughter last year, Mrs Britton will be returning from maternity leave on Monday, 20th March. At that point, she will be taking over from Miss Cowin in Otter class on Mondays as well at teaching groups and classes across the school on Tuesdays. Miss Cowin will continue full time, giving valuable support to Dragonfly on those Mondays as well as the rest of the week.
Please be aware that this common winter bug is around in our area at the moment. It is highly contageous and we would all be well advise to pay particular attention to handwashing and to food hygiene at this time of year. Parents will have received further information about this via email this week, and you can also access the information here.
Payments to the office
Please could parents make sure that all CASH payments to the office come in sealed envelopes and in the exact amount. If you need a supply of small envelopes, these are available for sale from the school office. Many thanks.
Don't forget - TOMORROW...
Pensford Christmas Fair 26th November
Pensford Hall’s Christmas fair is on Saturday 26th November from 10am to 3pm at Pensford Memorial Hall. Entrance to the fair is £1 per adult and 50p per child.
Santa will be in his grotto from 11am to 1pm with a present for every child.
Please enter our children’s craft competition for the best Christmas craft e.g. a wreath, decoration or card. All entries must be at the hall on the 26th November by 1pm for judging. Prizes include tickets to At-Bristol, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and Wookey Hole. 50p per entry.
This year’s fair has the usual fantastic stalls and food for sale and also a children’s fun room with a soft play area, face painting and free craft area. Come and make a reindeer, help us to make a big Christmas tree or make your own hama beads design.
Do not miss it!
Family Bingo Night at Chew Valley School Society
Feeling lucky? Come and have some fun playing bingo and winning prizes! Chew Valley School Society are pleased to host the return of the very successful Bingo Night on Wednesday 7th December. We welcome all the family, the more the merrier! The doors to the school hall open at 6.30pm, there is no admission charge and no need to pre-book as all bingo cards will be sold on the door. There will be many prizes won throughout the evening and all game winners will receive fabulous luxury festive hampers. Refreshments will be sold and there are more chances to win fantastic prizes in our raffle. This year we are raising funds for SAM learning, an outdoor shelter, Languages software and SEN resources.