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Newsletter 31st March Issue 26

We are proud to say...

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly are:  Liam and Billy
  • Stars of the week in Otter are: Harry and Oakley
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher are: John and Ella
  • Headteacher awards:  Liam, William and Lilly
  • Best Class Attendance: Otter (97.3%)

 A message from Mr Barton

There is never really such a thing as a 'normal' week in a primary school, although it has been lovely to spend the week focusing on the children rather than the paperwork involved in our inspection.  It was a real pleasure to accompany Kingfisher on their trip to Bath Abbey on Tuesday, for example.  The children were very respectful as they were taken on a journey around that beautiful building, discussing and learning about different aspects of the Easter story.  I was proud to be taking such a well-behaved group of pupils to Bath for the afternoon. Thanks are certainly due to our volunteer hosts at the Abbey for laying on the good range of activities they planned and delivered to the children, and to Mr Miller and Mrs Croucher for their work ensuring that everything went smoothly. 

I have also spent some time with Year 2 and Year 6 pupils helping them focus on the work they need to do for their end of year assessments.  If any Year 2 and Year 6 parents would like further information about these, you can of course talk to the class teachers next week when you come for parents evening.  Also, you may be interested in viewing the official Department for Education videos about the tests.  You can see them here. Other versions of the information, provided by an experience Deputy Head in another school, are available here.

It was lovely too to spend the time on Friday morning watching the impressive class assembly from Dragonfly. Thank-you to all the parents and other friends and family who attended.  I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Finally, I wanted to say that it's very good to see that so many parents have signed up for parents' evening next week.  If you're one of those who hasn't yet, then please do drop in to book a slot.  The folders are always available in the hall, or you can contact the school office to book an appointment.

Enjoy the weekend as we look forward to the last week of term and then the Easter break.

Mr Barton

Fun Run - Sunday 30th April

Don't forget to put this important event in your diary.  It will be lots of fun and will hopefully raise lots of money for the PTA.  Here is a reminder of the details:

Modeshift Stars Award

We are pleased to announce that, following the activities conducted in Road Safety week and other initiatives now in place such as the introduction of Scooter Club, we have been given the accreditation of the Modeshift Stars Bronze Award.  This recognises the work we have done in raising children's awareness of sustainable travel, despite the awkwardness of our site in terms of access.  We will be continuing our look at the interaction between traffic and the environment as we investigate the effects of pollution.  In particular, we will be setting up some white material in each playground to look at whether there is a difference in the amount of dirt that accumulates there over the Easter break.  So don't be surprised if you see a pair of curtains appear in the playground!

 Netball Match

Our netball team is gaining good experience as they took on the very impressive Bishop Sutton team.  The Pensford team was very impressive with their attitude, particularly as the game did not go their way.  Despite losing the match, the girls are looking forward to the rest of the mini-tournament in which they have been entered.

Easter Fair 

Don't forget that from 3pm to 4pm next Friday, 7th April, we will be holding our Easter Fair, to raise funds for resources such as the extra library books that we provide each term.  Children are welcome to bring money to spend at the fair from 3pm and we hope that parents, family and friends will join in from 3:15pm.

It will be very important to let your class teacher know when you have collected your child, if you are taking them before the fair ends at 4pm.  Please make sure that you say goodbye to help us keep track.

We look forward to putting on a variety of stalls for you, each with an Easter theme.  This should be a great way to end the term as we go into the Easter holiday.

Film Club

Next week's film will be:

One-off tickets can be bought as usual via the school office for those who are not already members of the film club.  The club runs until 5pm on Thursdays, and the £5 one-off ticket price includes a snack and a drink.

Temporary Traffic Measures

We have been informed that BANES Highways Department will commence work on the damaged school wall during half term on Monday 10 April.  This will mean that there will be temporary manually controlled traffic lights between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm each day for approximately one week.  The lights for the pedestrian crossing will be turned off between these times each day, but we have been informed that the person operating the traffic lights will be able to halt traffic in both directions for pedestrians wishing to cross.