Newsletter 6th January - Issue 15
We are proud to say...
Headteacher awards for the most Dojos in a week will be given at the end of our first full week next Friday.
A message from Mr Barton
Welcome back to everybody after the Christmas holiday. I hope that you had an enjoyable time with your children and families.
It was lovely to see the children back in school on Wednesday and in my first assembly, I showed them these four pictures to represent some new things that are happening in school this term:
Some of these were more cryptic than others, but I explained how these pictures symbolise two key things that we are developing this year: more school trips for better learning, and an emphasis on healthy lifestyles. Perhaps your child(ren) can tell you more about what the pictures mean.
I would like to thank all parents for so readily making the change to PE Kit being worn on PE days. In the assembly we worked out that by saving 5 minutes at the beginning and end of each PE lesson on changing, children get 2 hours' extra physical activity in a 6-week term (based on 2 PE lessons a week). Alongside the other benefits set out here, this is an important change for Pensford that fits into a wider focus on health. Please see the item below about a visit from Fresh Range on Tuesday for important related information.
Finally from me, I just wanted to say what a privilege it was to accompany all of Key Stage 2 to the production of Cinderella yesterday. There is more about this below, but it really was a pleasure to take such well-behaved children to such an outstanding piece of theatre.
Enjoy the weekend and please do come along on Tuesday for the Fresh Range presentation if you possibly can....
Happy Children, Healthy Food - a chance to hear about the quality of our meals
Perhaps you are already aware, but many parents may not be, that we are extremely fortunate at Pensford to benefit from very high quality, locally-sourced ingredients in our school meals. On Tuesday after school (3:30 to 4:00pm) Rich Osborn from our food supplier, Fresh Range, will be here along side Lisa Cook, myself and our Vice Chair of Governors Nigel Chambers. We would like to take the opportunity to hear your views on school meals, give you some facts about their nutritional value and discuss with you how we can move forward with developing even greater uptake of the meals.
We are interested in hearing the views of those who regularly take advantage of the school meals but we are also extremely interested to hear from those who don't. Please do come along and bring your children after school on Tuesday if you can.
We also need the support of ALL Dragonfly parents regarding our school meals funding - please see the separate item below.
KS1 Parents We Need Your Help on 19 JANUARY!
It is Census Day on 19 January which is when the Government captures who is in school on this particular day and calculate the KS1 school meal funding accordingly. We need help from KS1 parents to ensure that the school receives the highest amount of free school meal funding as possible. What we need you to do is to allow your child to have a free meal on this day. The meal choice for this day is:
- Hot Dog (meat or Vegetarian) with wedges or jacket potato with a filling
Your help with this matter would really be appreciated.
Otter & Kingfisher Cinderella Theatre Trip
On Thursday, every one of our Key Stage Two pupils had the chance to see a piece of very high quality drama at the Tobacco Factory Theatre. Staff and pupils were truly amazed and impressed by this production, which very cleverly unpicked the story of Cinderella (or Ella as she was known in this play) through a series of interesting twists on the original story.
In this small theatre, we were very close to the action. Mrs Croucher was particularly close when the inept, geeky ornithologist of a Prince gave her a rather fumbling kiss during the second half! Unfortunately, this wasn't captured on camera but here we are before the show started:
We were taken on the journey of Ella's life from birth to her marriage to the Prince but on a route that included a step-brother as well as step-sister, a father who miraculously became the step-mother, the help of her friends the birds and some amazing special effects and visual tricks. The most memorable of these from the children's point of view may well have been the removal of the step-sister's toes in order to fit the boot, or perhaps the removal of the step-mother's eyes by the birds, but we can assure you that this was not overall a gory production at all! The acting was extremely high-quality, as was the music. We know that this will add a lot of value to the children's literacy work this term.
Go Green for the NSPCC on Wednesday
As a reminder, we are asking children to wear green clothing on Wednesday. As this is a PE day for many, please wear something comfortable and suitable footwear. Please could children bring a donation to the NSPCC, who will be running assemblies for the children about how to keep themselves safe. There will be a follow-up workshop from the NSPCC for Years 5 and 6 on Friday, 20th January. These assemblies and workshops are free to the school, so all donations will go directly to the charity.
Scholastic Book Club
On its way home to you is a Scholastic Book Club leaflet and order form. You can browse their full selection of books by heading to scholastic.co.uk/clubs-leaflet where you can order directly from the Online Leaflet by clicking on the product and adding it to your basket. Every order over £10 will earn the school 20% of your order value back in rewards so that we can buy new books for our library. If you prefer, you can return your order form to the School Office with a cheque payable to "Scholastic Ltd".
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16 Queen Square Bath www.brlsi.org have announced several new events for children and families for the Spring Term:-
Saturday January 21st 2pm Young Adventurers Workshop.
Follow the story of Louise and Charlie as they cycle 12,000km over mountains, rivers, deserts and cities from the UK to Hong Kong. Discover how to pack a pannier, how to find water in the desert, and how to navigate across the world. Bookings via Young BRLSI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people 8+ and families welcome. All children to be accompanied. (50 Places only)
Entries are being invited for the Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award. All entrants will receive a certificate and the winner will receive the perpetual trophy. All outstanding entries will receive a prize.
Workshops have been arranged during the February Half Term to support entrants
Tuesday 14 Feb - 10am Invent it! come a get inspired to create your own invention (10 places only)
Friday 17 Feb - 10am Young Inventor - make your invention. Get ready to submit your entry for the Young Inventor of the year award (10 places only)
Saturday 18th Feb 10am Judging and Award Ceremony chaired by Prof Miles of Bath University, at The Museum of Bath at Work.