Newsletter 27th January - Issue 18
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton:
It's been another busy and successful week as many of the key things we have been working on on our development plan for the year are coming together. If you take another glance at this document you will notice that developing an exciting curriculum and independence and enthusiasm in children are central to the plan for everybody. This week both of these things have been nicely highlighted. The Forest School trip for Key Stage 1 on Monday was a real success as the children were able to take their learning outside the classroom to make it even more interesting. They learned a lot about the science and technology side of their transport topic as they built their own 'Carrot Cars' and altered their designs as they went. When I think about the trips that we have had so far - to the Roman Baths, the superb production of Cinderella and locally - it is pleasing to think how the curriculum is really building here at Pensford. When we couple this with things such as our purchase of Mathletics which will soon be increasing use of the iPads for maths learning and the brilliant homework that we are seeing, we get a clear sense of moving forward.
The homework has been highlighted in a couple of ways in particular this week, with Colby receiving his Star of the Week award for an amazing homework book and several Dragonfly children telling me so enthusiastically today about what they had been doing making paper boats. Perhaps the most spectacular demonstration was through Loris's exploding volcano which thrilled his class yesterday afternoon!
Your children have continued to be a credit to Pensford right across the school and their independence and enthusiasm is evident. A lovely example of this was when we invited Mrs Bills back to teach, due to Mrs Rawlinson unfortunately being ill in the middle of the week. Having known the school so well and yet not having returned for a while, it was kind of Mrs Bills to take the time at the end of the day to come and see me to emphasise how well-behaved and enthusiastic the children are. The bit on our plan that says "visitors will be struck by how independent and enthusiastic the children are" was certainly true from her (very experienced) point of view.
Below there is information about more sporting success and events coming up. Otter parents please not the information about the sporting event on Thursday. I hope that you enjoy reading the rest of the newsletter and have a lovely weekend.
Our children have been extremely busy representing Pensford Primary School in events in the local area and in Somerset. The first of these was the football tournament last week where our football team spent the day competing in the Small Schools County Cup Competition in Bridgewater. This follows the great success of our football team in qualifying for this event. Although this level of competition proved a step too far for our team, particularly as some key players were absent, their efforts were exceptional and they should be extremely proud of their performance and the way that they represented the sportsmanship at Pensford.
Furthermore, our Year 5/6 Tag Rugby team took part in a competition at Chew Valley School yesterday. They played brilliantly and were great ambassadors for our school. We are extremely proud to report that their stunning efforts resulted in them winning 5 out of 6 games and coming 3rd place overall - a big well done to everybody concerned.
We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Miller and Mrs Croucher for their excellent coaching and for driving our wonderful competitors to these events.
Next Thursday, our Year 3/4 children will be participating in a Netball Festival at Chew Valley School so we wish them well for this event. Children will need to bring a packed lunch and non-fizzy drink to school this day in a suitable backpack. A letter is coming home today about this, so please complete and return the form as soon as you can. Thank-you.
School Council: Coin Trail, Pupil Survey and Library Celebration
Many thanks for sending in all your change for this event. Unfortunately, we did not in the end have the opportunity to lay out the trail today with the School Council. Nevertheless, we will keep the coins safe and lay them out next Friday. This has opened up an opportunity to make even more of a School Council focus this time next week: we will run our pupil survey then too, as planned for this week, but we will also be able to involve School Councillors in a special celebration of our library. Lisa Cains has installed a plaque in the library to thank the three key organisations whose efforts and generosity made the library possible. Next Friday representatives of the PTA, the Miners Coffee Shop and the Pensford Social Welfare Centre will be visiting so that we can thank them for their efforts. The library is used very regularly each Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime.
Sainsbury's Get Active Kids 2017
Once again we have registered to collect the Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers for 2017 which will allow the school to have free sporting equipment in exchange for vouchers. Can I ask that you, your family, neighbours and friends collect the vouchers for the school. A collection box is situated on the window sill in the Library for vouchers.
An appeal from Miss Park - Can you help people without a home?
Miss Park is collecting for the homeless in Bristol. They are desperately in need of the following items: sleeping bags, pop up tents, blankets, coats, men and women's clothes (including warm jumpers, jogging bottoms, thermals and socks,) flasks, torches, snacks such as cereal bars, biscuits, savoury snacks, pot noodles, cupa soups, toiletries such as wet wipes, roll on deodorant, shower gel and women's sanitary protection. Food for dogs is needed too. Any children's clothes, books or toys are also greatly received at the refuge centre.
Miss Park will be in school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week so if you have anything you could kindly donate, please bring it into the hall.
Many thanks in advance.
Term 4 Clubs
Our after school clubs offer for next term will continue as for this term, with at least one club each day. The details will be coming out in a letter next week. When signing up for clubs you will notice that we have enhanced our safeguarding procedures around pick-up, in that we are asking for a password to be given for each child. This is in case of friends or family members needing to pick up your child - they can give the password as verification that they have your consent to do so.