Newsletter 9th September - Issue 01
We are proud to say that
A message from Mr Barton
Thank-you for the very warm welcome I have received at Pensford in this, my first week as Headteacher. I am amazed and impressed by how much has been achieved by staff and children in just a few days. Already, the children have produced some great topic work for our hall displays. These will build up over the weeks, to show the journey of the children's learning as they make progress throughout the term.
We have also introduced a refreshed set of school values. We remember them using the acronym HEART. With 'Happiness' as our first and most important value, the other letters stand for 'Excellence', 'Ambition', 'Respect' and 'Togetherness'. I am delighted to say that I have seen many examples of each of these values in school this week. For example, Orla, Edie, Cordy and Alfie G from Otter class showed ambition when they were the first ones to sign up to our own Roald Dahl reading challenge. We are running this as part of our celebration of the author's centenary and challenging the children to read as many of his books as they can this term. Our library has been stocked with a complete set of his books and these four children have been the first to borrow some copies. If your child would like to take part, they can simply read any Roald Dahl books and keep a record. We will celebrate the achievements in this challenge at the end of term. Don't forget that our Roald Dahl dress-up day is next Tuesday.
New members of the school were photographed for the local press this week!
I would also like to thank all the parents who came to meet me and our Vice-Chair of Governors, Nigel Chambers this week at our after-school events on Tuesday. Those who came will be fully aware of how we are now tracking children's house points electronically using the Class Dojo website and app. If you would like to sign up so that you can track your own child's progress in demonstrating our school values, please collect your log-in details from the office, or request that they be given to your child to take home.
Finally, for those who were not able to attend on Tuesday, I would like to encourage you to take a look at the new 'Past Pupils' section of our website, under the Community tab. This is a work in progress, but as you will see when you read the text there, it could be an exciting way of valuing the success that our pupils have gone on to achieve.
Enjoy the weekend with your children and I look forward to seeing them again next week.