Newsletter 3rd February - Issue 19
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
Although the children will have been hardly aware of this, the school had a review from the Local Authority this week. These reviews are scheduled components of the support that the LA provides to any school with the Ofsted status of 'Requires Improvement'. As we know, the school is in a very good position now and it was pleasing to have judgements made that support this.
We are yet to receive the official report, which will be shared with the board of governors, but the verbal feedback received on the day was very encouraging and positive. Adjectives such as "lovely", "impressive" and even "spine-tingling" were used by the two school improvement advisers to describe the teaching that they saw.
They were particularly pleased with the children's behaviour and independence in their approach to learning. The adviser who focused on the youngest children made the comment that this high standard of behaviour and collaboration between pupils certainly doesn't come by accident. She could see that the way the teachers and other adults interact with the children and encourage their social skills development makes a real difference.
I hope that you enjoy reading about the other events described below and that you have a lovely weekend.
School Council morning
Our School Council have been very busy this morning. Thanks to your kind donations of coins, they managed to lay out 60 metres of change in a trail that encircled three sides of the main building. Their aim was to raise £80 to buy some Playground Leader clothing. This is to enable children to learn and practise supporting each other in the playground, with older children as well as adults being available to deal with any concerns that children may have at lunch or breaktimes. As this is being written, the count is underway! Update - the target has been surpassed by £1 - we have raised £81 today! Thank-you to all who have contributed.
Our Year 2 school councillors this term, Oscar and Lucas, joined school librarians Ronnie, Jess and Abigael for a photo-shoot this morning too. Ros Anstey came to take some photos of them with the key donors who raised the funds for the library furniture last year. Representatives of the PTA, the Pensford Welfare Centre and the Miners' Coffee Shop attended and this was a good chance to thank them again for their generosity. The library is used regularly every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime. The books aimed at each class are refreshed termly and well over 150 have been borrowed since we introduced our system at the start of November.
The third thing that our councillors have helped with is a pupil voice survey. All children have been giving their views on how well the school supports them in the context of our five values. Watch this space for the results.
Forest School Trips
As Key Stage 2 parents will be aware, all pupils in Otter and Kingfisher have a forest school session booked for next Friday, 10th February. Year 5 pupils will need to come to school in suitable warm clothing with a waterproof coat and wellies, bringing their school uniform to change into afterwards. For the other year groups, they should come wearing school uniform and bring with them the clothes for forest school. Please note that for logistical reasons we have swapped the Y3 session with the Y4 one. Year 4 will go first, at 12:30pm and Y3 later, at 1:45pm. All children will be back by the normal pick up time and no-one needs to bring a packed lunch especially for the trip. You may also want to refer to the original letters we sent out about this in January.
Following on from our information about holidays in term time affecting our attendance rate significantly, we want to balance this by celebrating the very impressive attendance records of many children. Each term, we will be giving a certificate to every child whose attendance has been 100% that term. This was a recommendation form the Children Missing Education Service that fits well with our values of Happiness and Excellence, and therefore one that we wanted to take up.
Sugar Smart School Lunch Pudding Option
healthy on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The options available will be a piece of fresh fruit, fruit salad or Yeo organic yoghurt. The original puddings will be available on a Wednesday and Friday as per the current menu.
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 next Friday (the last day of Term 3) so if you have anything you could kindly donate, please bring it into the hall.
Many thanks in advance.
BATH ROYAL LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION is organising three events during half term
TUESAY FEBRUARY 14TH ‘Invent It’ 10am to 12pm at BRLSI
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH ‘How to Make You Invention’ 10am to 12pm at BRLSI
£6 per workshop. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH 3rd annual Young Inventor of the Year Award 9:30am to 1pm at the Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road. (Entries close on February 14th.) The competition and award ceremony are FREE. BRLSI will offer support, if needed. Please go to email@example.com to register your interest and they will send you all the details. All entrants get a certificate and goodie bag.
BRLSI is also offering support for the national competition being organised by the UK Space Agency "Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow" https://www.gov.uk/government/news/competition-to-uncover-space-entrepreneurs-of-tomorrow at the workshops and the Award ceremony.