Newsletter 26th May Issue 32
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
I can hardly believe that there is only one more term to go before the end of the school year. For me, the time has flown by since I started at Pensford in September and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable year for me so far.
Next term, there are a lot of exciting events happening across the school over and above the normal lessons and routines. You will have been receiving letters about some of these already but here is a list to give a flavour of our events next term: forest school sessions for all year groups, cricket and rounders tournaments for Kingfisher, Sports Day, swimming lessons, swimming gala, school photos (including a new photo of the whole school together), Fathers Friday lunch, the Celebration of our Good status, a whole school trip to Bristol Zoo, the Kingfisher Play and Leavers Assembly. So quite a list already, and a lot to pack in to just 34 more school days!
Looking further ahead, I am delighted to announce that Miss Cowin will be able to use her teaching skills and qualification to teach Otter class during Mrs Mullen's maternity leave from September. Mrs Britton will continue to teach that class on Mondays, as well as for most of Tuesday. Miss Cowin will then take over for the rest of the week. I will be taking the class each Tuesday from 2pm in order to ensure that Mrs Britton and Miss Cowin have a good opportunity to hand over to each other and provide excellent continuity for the children each week.
MIss Cowin will continue with her work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) in Dragonfly each Monday and on Tuesday mornings. Some of you may have already noticed that we are advertising for an HLTA to working in Dragonfly during the period of Mrs Mullen's maternity as even Miss Cowin can't be in two places at once!
Nearer the time, I will confirm arrangements for where our teaching assistants Mrs Croucher and Mrs Bevan will be working in the school next year. We do know, however, that Miss Butterworth will be returning to her studies at Oxford University from September and that she will be greatly missed. It will also be true to say that all of us on the teaching staff will be working harder than ever next year in order to compensate for the ever diminishing value of the funding we receive to run the school. My regular meetings with other headteachers have highlighted recently that we are by no means alone in having to be exceptionally efficient in running our budget. However, I would like to reassure parents that our staff are committed as ever to your children's happiness and education. We are very fortunate in having such a skilled and dedicated team of staff here at Pensford.
We also have a very active and effective board of governors here, who played a very significant part in bringing our Ofsted grade up to Good. They too have a vacancy at the moment, for a parent governor. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the school at an important level. It is a chance to contribute the skills, experience and knowledge that you have to our development. The time commitment involved would be at least one evening meeting per term, as well as occasional visits to the school during the day. The governors would provide an induction package to support you in this new role. If you are interested, please contact Alison Patey in the school office.
I hope that you all enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend and half term week. Just to remind you, we have an INSET day on Monday 5th June and Term 6 begins on Tuesday the 6th.
See you then,
Farewell to Mr Gawler
Dragonfly parents will have become familiar with Mr Lee Gawler this term, as he has carried out his placement with us as part of his studies with Bath Spa University. He is half way through a PGCE teaching qualification and has contributed a lot of hard work to the class. His placement with us is complete now, so sadly we had to say goodbye to him on Thursday. We send very best wishes to Mr Gawler as he continues his course.
Sporting events this week
On Wednesday, Kingfisher went to the athletics event at Chew Valley School. They took part alongside just under 300 other pupils in a number of sports, including: 600m, 75m sprint, howler (a throwing event) and standing long jump. The events were all scored and we are waiting to hear how we got on. The winning team will go on to represent the county.
On Thursday, the second of our inter-house competitions took place for Key Stage 2. Children from Y3 to Y6 were organised into their house teams and played rounders against each other. In fourth place came Cabot, with Carpenter in third; the silver medal position was taken (by a single point) by Brunel. By a margin of 10 points, Blackwell were crowned as champions.
In order to even numbers out a bit, there were a few changes that took place back in September to the houses that children are in. The vast majority of children will be familiar with their houses now, but in case you would like to check which house your children are in ahead of Sports Day, we have created a page under the 'Children' tab above where you can do so. You can also access the page here. We have refrained from using full names on our website to help protect children's privacy, but have used their initials instead.
Back to Netball
We are pleased to let you know that we will be hosting weekly 'Back to Netball' sessions from Monday 12th June. These weekly sessions for adults will take place at 2pm on Mondays on the netball court. They are run by an ex-England netball player and are open to all parents, carers and friends. If you once enjoyed playing netball and would like to get back into it, or even to start for the first time, you can join the group simply by turning up at the school on 12th June. If you would like any more information, please speak to Mrs Cox, mother of Colby and Cordy.