Newsletter 30th June Issue 35
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A message from Mr Barton
As always, it's been another busy week with lots going on in school, although we are sorry that the swimming events planned are not going ahead. Parents will have been informed by text that water and gas leaks at Keynsham Pool have caused this and I'm afraid it is simply beyond our control. Similarly, the wet weather on Wednesday stopped us from going ahead with an inter-house cricket tournament that we had planned but happily we have been able to rearrange this for Monday morning. So all Key Stage 2 children (Years 3 to 6) should come in their PE Kit on Monday. Fingers crossed that the weather is better.
Meanwhile, two highlights of the week for me have been the last-minute Dragonfly assembly and the Otter trip to Wild Things Farm. I wrote last week about the Year 1's singing at Sing as One and it was lovely to hear them sing alongside the rest of Dragonfly on Tuesday.
It was also a real pleasure to take Otter class up to Wild Things Farm on Tuesday too. Sally gave us a lot of really good information about what they are doing there and I could see lots of potential for us to use the farm for outdoor learning right across the curriculum. What really matters to me, though, is what the children think. As I write this, I am planning a session for Friday afternoon where Otter class can tell me what they think about how we can use the farm to take their learning further than we could in the classroom. I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to say.
Finally I'd like to say as I did last week that we are trying to encourage our community to follow us on Twitter. Increasingly you will often hear things first there, and this will help us to get the message out about all the good things happening at our school and to share photos. For example, all the pictures above were tweeted earlier in the week. Rest assured that key information specific to day to day organisation in school will continue to be texted or emailed to parents.
Many thanks to those who already follow us and re-tweet and like our tweets. If you would like to, please follow @Pensford_Primary .
Enjoy the weekend.
Slapped Cheek Syndrome
We want all members of our school community to be aware that we have had a confirmed case of Slapped Cheek Syndrome in Dragonfly class. This viral infection can be a concern for pregnant women, so Mrs Mullen has not been in school on Thursday or Friday (on medical advice) and Mr Barton and Mrs Celia Martin have taught Otter class over those two days. You can find the NHS advice on this condition here.
Kingfisher Fiver Challenge - Monday 3 June
Kingfisher will be selling a wonderful arrangement of things on the 3rd of July between 2pm and 3pm for children and after school for parents, carers and family members. This includes cupcakes, cards, sweets, hook a prize, smoothies and wacky stress balls. So remind your children to bring some money in on Monday. This is all part of the ‘Fiver Challenge’ where each child received a five pound note, which they would use to buy and create prodcuts for their own companies. All the money raised will go towards the school.
Next week's film is to be decided, but the club will run as normal on Thursday. We will update this page on Monday with the film title. Please book in with the office if you would like a place for your child.
Year 5/6 Cricket Tournament
There was an exciting finish to the tournament at the picturesque Chew Magna Cricket Ground when our 3 teams from Kingfisher took on teams from Winford and Chew Stoke. With three balls to go, Pensford A needed two wickets to be joint winners with Winford A. Charlie B bowled an excellent ball to take out middle stump, so with just two balls left we still needed a wicket. A dot ball followed, leaving just one final opportunity. Charlie bowled a good ball that the batter hit up into the air. Harley reached up high to take the catch but couldn't quite make it. Was it all over? No! The Winford batters decided to try to sneak a run. Harley was on to this quickly and picked up the ball, aimed an took out the stumps with a direct hit. The run out meant that both teams were crowned tournament winners. A well deserved end to some excellent play from both teams.
Mr Miller also told us all in assembly this morning how he has seen great improvement in the skills of all of the class. Those in the 'B' and 'C' teams who went to the tournament to gain experience showed a fantastic attitude and have certainly learned some new skills. One shining example was Millie, whose confidence and fielding skills have taken huge strides forward. Well done to everyone involved in the tournament.