Newsletter 3rd March - Issue 22
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
You may have noticed that this week I have given seven 'Headteacher awards' rather than the usual three. Normally I choose children who have shown that they have demonstrated our school values particularly well to their teachers and other adults and I use the number of Dojos they have been awarded that week to support this. This week, however, I wanted to celebrate the end of our 'Healthy Lunches' trial of the Dojo points. You may be aware that we have set up a separate area on Class Dojo where we can reward children who are making healthy choices with their lunches. As we have now come to the end of the trial period, I wanted to give my Headteacher Awards certificates to the child in each year group who has managed to accumulate the most healthy-eating Dojos. Well done to Josh, Arthur, Alfie, Alfie, Cordy, Amore and Che who were the respective winners in their year groups. I would also like to thank the very large numbers of children who also took part. Well done for trying something a bit different!
Taking part in this trial was completely optional for children and parents. It has been a success in that there were good levels of participation, and lunchtime supervisors are reporting to me that there have been more children eating all of their school dinners (even the vegetables!) as a result of the Dojo incentive. Also, a number of children have taken the initiative in asking for slight changes to their lunchboxes in order to make them a little more healthy.
However, as with many reward systems, the incentive can sometimes lose its appeal when it ceases to be new. Also, I am aware that this is not something that all families have wanted to be part of. Therefore, I have decided that rather than continuing with the healthy-eating Dojos indefinitely, we will come back to this for one week each term. During that week, children will be reminded about the sorts of foods that are particularly good for us and there will be an opportunity for them to earn the points as they have done over the last two weeks. Meanwhile, we thank parents for continuing to provide balanced meals in packed lunches and for the now increasing take-up of school meals.
Enjoy your weekend.
Road Safety Week and Scooter Update
This week we have been participating in a number of activities centred around a theme of road safety and sustainable travel. This is helping us to achieve a Bronze sustainability award and has also made us eligible to receive 8 free scooters. We had hoped that they would be here on Monday, but after some delay they have now arrived in school. Therefore Mr Barton will be able to start a lunchtime scooter club. Initially this will be for Dragonfly class only, and will be on Thursdays. If Dragonfly children would like to bring their own scooters on that day, they will be able to store them in our new Scooter Pod. This was also obtained for free as part of the Bronze award. The scooters that the school has received will also be used, so even if your child doesn't have one, or doesn't want to bring it, they can borrow one. We don't yet have helmets, so the school scooters will only be used in a restricted area and Mr Barton will supervise closely. If children bring their own scooters, they must bring a helmet too and will be able to scoot in a slightly wider area. If anyone does have a spare unwanted helmet that they can donate to the school, that would be very much appreciated.
Some of the activities we had planned for the week will be carried over to next week, such as a scooter lesson for Dragonfly and traffic survey to support Y5/6 maths (postponed due to the weather on Friday). We're pleased to say, though, that the hardy Reception children enjoyed their Forest School session despite the rain. Well done to them and a big thank-you to Louise and Nick at Hidden Valley.
More sporting success!
This year has been a very successful one for the Pensford sports teams. Year 5 and Year 6 did us proud again this week when they played in a football tournament at Chew Valley School. The boys were in a tough group, being in Division 1, and battled out results against four other schools from the group to gain enough points to finish third. The girls played very well too: they won two games, drew two and came top of their Division. Both teams will now be in the top Division for next time. All the children from Kingfisher were a real credit to the school both on and off the pitch and we are very proud of their success and their positive, sporting attitude.
Don't forget that even if your child doesn't come regularly to film club, some spaces are available now on a week-by-week basis. Please book your place by Tuesday for the following Thursday, at a cost £5, so we can ensure that we have enough refreshments in stock. This week's film will be:
Red Nose Day
We are planning to take part in this on Friday, 24th March. Children will be able to buy their red noses through the school, and we would like everyone to come dressed in as much red as possible on that day. Anything goes so long as it is red!
Year 2 and Year 6 Assessments
If you are a parent of a Year 2 or Year 6 child you will probably be aware that their learning is assessed in a formal way in May and June. All the children must take national tests, and the teachers also make careful assessments against national criteria. If you would like to know more about the tests, there are some very informative videos here:
Of course, if there is anything else you would like to know about this process, please do speak to the relevant class teacher or to Mr Barton.