Newsletter - Friday 8th Dec 2017
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
Many of you will by now be aware of the sad news of the passing of Janet Gore. I was lucky enough to have known her when she worked with us, helping the children at lunchtimes in such a caring and supportive way. Even before we received the tragic news, she had been missed very much this year when her illness prevented her from continuing that work. Many of the school community have known Janet for far longer than me, of course, and of the generosity she has always shown the school in so many ways. The Pensford children showed enormous respect as I broke the news to them last Friday afternoon.
We have been touched that Janet's family have been so keen to fulfil her wishes by asking to include the children's voices in her funeral service. They did this when Jackie Gore and Sarah Moody recorded the children singing during our Tuesday singing practice this week. I was immensely proud of the respect and effort that the children showed that morning as they lifted their voices in testimony to a lady whom they remember fondly. Many of the adults and children in the hall felt the emotion as they sang and I am glad that they were able to provide this gift as a small contribution to the service.
Janet's family have asked us to pass on details of the funeral, which is to be held at Haycombe Crematorium at 10:45am on Tuesday 19th December. It is incredibly generous - so fitting of Janet - that any donations will be given to the school.
On behalf of all the staff and children at Pensford Primary School, I offer our sincere condolences.
This is a last reminder that the concert will take place at Publow church next Tuesday, 12th December, at 6:30pm. No tickets are needed, but be aware that seating cannot be guaranteed and that it may be necessary to stand. The doors to the church will be open from 6:10pm for the children and from 6:15pm for the audience. Please can children come dressed in their costumes. Parking is of course limited at the church, so please walk or share a lift if at all possible. If anyone is likely to need assistance, such as space for a wheelchair, then please do let us know in advance.
As last year, we will try to indicate the better seating positions depending on which class you want to focus on. For Dragonfly this will be in the front couple of rows, for Otter it will be on the right as you enter the church and for Kingfisher on the left. As many of you will already be aware, this beautiful and ancient building does not always provide the best lines of sight but the children aim to delight you with their singing!
Truespeed - an update from Nigel Chambers
You may well have seen Truespeed broadband representatives in and around Pensford over the last few days. The aim of the company is to sign up as many as possible of Pensford's households to their high speed fibre optic broadband service in the run up to Christmas.
As governors, we are convinced that this service offers huge benefits to the school and it’s pupils and would encourage you to register with Truespeed for this offer.
Have a look at the letter which we have sent out in your children's book bags and see what you think!
Nigel Chambers (Chair of Governors)
Year 1 Tag Tails event at Chew Valley School on Tuesday
Miss Perrett and Miss Nash took the children to this event, and Miss Nash has kindly given us a report:
The children needed to be in teams of seven. We chose different children for each game, as we had ten children. There were six other schools in the tournament. Each game was two minutes long. We won three games against East Harptree, Cameley and Winford and we lost three against Stanton Drew, Chew Stoke and Bishop Sutton. The children had to play a tag rugby style game where they had to try and get the tags from the other team and protect their own tags. The team that collected the most tags from the other team won. The behaviour displayed by the Year 1 pupils was amazing and they definitely did Pensford proud!
Netball Match - Pensford A v Widcombe
You may well have already seen on our Facebook page how well our Netball A team did on Thursday. It was described as a 'cracking match' and was a hard-fought game with Widcombe taking an early lead. In fact, Widcombe were 6-2 ahead at one point. However, our team got stuck in and by using all their skills managed to pull off a result, winning 8-7! Well done to all who took part and a big thank-you to Widcombe Juniors who played amazingly well and showed incredible sportsmanship. Thank-you too to Mrs Rawlinson and Mrs Cox for their coaching, and to Mr Miller who has also been teaching netball to Y5 and Y6 this term.
The winning team! They are now through to the quarter finals...
It's a Pensford Christmas on Thursday!
Don't forget that next Thursday is a busy Christmas-themed day when children can wear non uniform and Christmas jumpers in readiness for their Christmas lunch and afternoon class party games or DVD. All this before heading to the Christmas Fair which starts at 2.45 pm and finishes at 3:45. Thank-you for the donations given last Friday. If anyone has any unwanted but good quality soft toys for our toys tombola then please do bring them in. We could also do with some chocolate bars - all shapes and sizes!
On the day, children can bring in money to spend themselves at the fair. Don't forget that there will be an extra film club that day too - £5 per ticket through the office - which ends at 5pm. Children pre-booked for film club will also have a chance to spend time at the fair after school until 3:45pm