Newsletter - 22nd September 2017
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
You may well be aware that of our five school values (Happiness, Excellence, Ambition, Respect and Togetherness) we are focusing this term on Togetherness. This is already a great strength of the school and I have seen some lovely examples of children supporting each other around the school again this week. This was true on Tuesday, for example, when I was showing some prospective parents around the school. We stood in the playground as I answered the parents' questions and it was great to see the children playing so well around us, particularly the familiar sight of older children playing in such a supportive way with younger ones. This happened again, very clearly, as Year 6 buddies supported the new Reception children at Scooter Club yesterday and yet again during a gymnastics lesson when I saw children positively supporting each other. We are certainly doing well towards our aim of making this a truly outstanding aspect of the school in everyone's eyes.
At another level too we are working to develop our 'Togetherness' with other schools. Parents of older children may have noticed a communication from Chew Valley School this week announcing their firm intention to become an academy and join the Lighthouse Schools Partnership Multi-Academy Trust this autumn. We and other primary schools in the area are not at the point of doing the same right now but we are certainly continuing to explore the potential benefits of doing so. I am meeting almost weekly with a group of local headteachers to explore this.
Meanwhile, active collaboration with a range of partners to improve our school further continues to be something I am very keen to pursue. Parents may not yet be aware that our involvement with the BANES Sports Partnership is providing specialist gymnastics coaching to all Key Stage 2 children this term. Also, as well as working with the Bath and Mendip Partnership Teaching School to develop our own excellent teachers, we are taking our recently renewed link with Bath Spa University to another level. This will have an immediate impact in a couple of weeks when two PGCE students will begin working in Dragonfly, with a further student working in Kingfisher. The students will be at the first stage of their teacher training so Mrs Rawlinson and Mr Miller will still be leading all of the teaching. What the students will add is additional support for your children in small groups to help them learn more rapidly. I see this collaboration as being beneficial to children, teachers and students all at once and I am delighted that Bath Spa have chosen us once again as a partner school.
Other teamwork is also planned to improve the school further, with some of our professional development for staff this year coming from St Peter's Teaching School in Portishead. This is being funded through a grant from the National College of School Leadership. Again, I feel that as one of the area's smallest schools, we are managing to reach out far and wide to benefit the children and I feel very lucky to be working at Pensford as the school moves forward.
Have a very good weekend, and thank-you for your continued support for the school.
Speaking of partnerships...
We have also joined up with England Netball by lending them our netball court on Monday afternoons for 'Back to Netball. If any other parents are interested in joining the group then please contact Jess Cox. Meanwhile, Jess has offered to hold a cake sale next Friday, 29th September. This will be in aid of the purchase of two new netball posts for the school. Please give generously as this will also enable us to provide quality facilities for inter-school matches and tournaments.
School Games Award Success
We are very pleased to say that after all the hard work that our pupils have put into sport during the last academic year, we have been accredited with the Silver School Games Award, which is a national award in PE. We were selected to be externally moderated to assess our involvement and contribution with PE, of which they were very impressed and our pupils should be very proud of themselves! Bring on the Gold Award for next year!
Bibles for children
The charity 'Bibles for Children', who are sponsored by Pensford Gospel Hall, have offered to present each child in Year 1 and Year 6 with a new bible this year. This tradition has been in place for a long time at Pensford, despite the school not being affiliated with any particular church or religion. We are keen to continue this community link and for children to benefit from the charity's generosity. We are equally aware that some parents may wish to 'opt out' of having their child presented with a bible and want to facilitate this too. If you are a Year 1 or Year 6 parent who would like to opt-ou,t then please do contact the office before next Friday, 29th September. We still have a copy of the Y1 bible if any parents of the younger children would like to see it before deciding whether the content is at an appropriate level for their child.
Playground Supervision (part 2)
Thank-you to parents for responding to the reminder last week about making sure that children play at the front of the main building before and after school. In addition, we need to remind parents that children must not be left on their own before 8:45am unless there is prior agreement with Mr Barton (in the case of older children walking to school on their own). Breakfast club is of course available for parents who need to drop their children off early and we are still offering a free taster session to all children during Term 1.
School Photos - Tuesday 26 September
The School photographer will be in school on Tuesday 26 September to take individual & sibling (school age only) photographs. Therefore can you please ensure that your child is in full uniform on this day and looking their best!
After School Film Club - Thursdays
Next Thursday's film will be:
A snail follows his dream of winning the Indianapolis 500!
Please book via the school office as usual. As a reminder for new parents, this club runs until 5pm at a cost of £5, which includes a snack and a drink and is ran by our very own Mrs Bevan. There is a 20% discount if you book for a whole term.
Breakfast Club - Free Taster Session
At Pensford Primary School we are very fortunate to offer both a Kellogg's Breakfast Club Network Breakfast Club and a variety of After School Clubs to ensure that children have a range of experiences and also to offer parents wrap around care for their children. In an effort for all children to experience the services of the Breakfast Club, the school will be offering one FREE taster session to all children in the school during Term 1. During the session, your child(ren) will be able to access the school's IT to play games or access Mathletics, a number of fun games and activities or they can chill out in the library if they prefer. They will also receive a healthy breakfast as below to help your child(ren) get their school day off to the best start:
Choice of cereals:
Porridge, Weetabix, Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Shreddies, Ready Break
All served with semi-skimmed milk and a selection of fresh or dried fruit
Wholemeal toast (or a bagel or crumpet or muffin)
Served with lower-sugar jam, or marmite
Scrambled eggs will also be available to have with your toast
Semi-skimmed milk, water or 150ml fruit juice
If you would like your child to attend a free session during Term 1, can you please contact the School Office to book your child(ren) in. If you decide that you would like your child(ren) to regularly attend Breakfast Club, your child will receive their very own Kelloggs breakfast bowl and personalised placemat to use whilst at Breakfast Club.
The current charges to attend Breakfast Club are £5.00 per day from 7.30 am and £4.00 per day from 8.00 am which is payable in arrears upon receipt of an invoice from the School Office.
Cake Sale - Thursday 28 September
Jess Cox is organising a cake sale for THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER to raise funds for new netball posts in the playground. As some of you may know, Jess's cakes are very professional so we would recommend that you have some change in your pocket on this day.
Laura Baxter has been busy organising a Ploughman's Lunch in aid of the redevelopment of the Memorial Hall and its village playground. Please click the picture below to see the details.
Entries now open for the very first Chew Valley Santa Scramble!
Set the date in your diary – Sunday 3rd December – for the very first Chew Valley Santa Scramble, sponsored by Winford Ford, a 5k ish Fun Run at 11am, starting and finishing at Chew Valley School, with many lanes and fields in between and a 1k Mini Santa Scramble at 10am for the children within the grounds of Chew Valley School – Chew Valley RFC are even delaying their morning training session so that all children and parents can join in!
Brought to you by the Chew Valley 10k team and Chew Valley School, the Chew Valley Santa Scramble is a simple concept – everyone wears a Santa Suit, included in the £12 entry fee (open to 11 years on 1/9/17 - adults) or £6 for children (0-11years) and everyone is welcome – run, walk, jog/walk – just come and have some fun with your friends and family – dogs welcome (on leads) too! All funds raised will be divided between Chew Valley School and Mend The Gap, a local charity whose mission is to help individuals and communities mend the widening gap between cultures, races, generations and people of different wealth for current and future generations. Chew Valley School are linked to a school in Kenya via this charity.
Entries are now open - visit www.chewvalleysantascramble.co.uk for all details and to enter and follow Chew Valley Santa Scramble on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date!
JOIN THE ADVENTURE
Chew Valley Scout Group
Open evening activities for girls and boys aged 5¾ –14, and information for parents
Chew Stoke Methodist Hall
Monday 25 September 2017,
6.30pm to 7.30pm
t: 07957 880503