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Newsletter - 29th September 2017

We are proud to say...

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly are: Clara and Jack
  • Stars of the week in Otter are:  Alfie B and Loris
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher are: John and Oakley
  • Headteacher awards: Arthur, Tilda and Genevieve
  • Best Class Attendance: Dragonfly

 A Message From Mr Barton

On Wednesday this week I attended training at Bath Spa University, in advance of us working with three Bath Spa Teachers.  I mentioned this collaboration last week and we are now looking forward to welcoming Georgia Nash and Alison Shepherd to Dragonfly and Catherine Flanigan to Kingfisher on Monday.  Parents of children in those classes will know doubt get to know these PGCE student teachers well over the coming weeks and months, as they will be with us until the end of Term 3.  Mr Miller and Mrs Rawlinson had already attended the training at Bath Spa and we are pleased that your children will benefit from the extra support for their learning.

Meanwhile, as we pass the half-way point in the term, it has been very pleasing to see the progress that the children are making with their learning right across the school.  The displays around the school have built up progressively to reflect the topic learning.  Otter have even created their own 'museum' to celebrate the fantastic home learning that has been taking place. 

I have also seen some really fantastic lessons in phonics, maths and English over the last couple of weeks.  Many children are working very hard on our main focus for the year - their spellings.  The 'precision learning' technique that we introduced last year is benefiting a great many children as they engage in frequent repetition of key activities, such as recalling multiplication facts or punctuating short pieces of writing.  We are fortunate that the teamwork between teachers and teaching assistants is supporting your children so well.  No wonder our progress figures were so strong last year!

I will soon be meeting with the Parent Council for the first time this academic year.  Despite the good work I am seeing in school I am always aware that parents may have some concerns or questions that they would like to raise and the Parent Council is one way you can do that.  The Council members are Victoria Spicer, Sally Jenkins, Karen Mitchell, Tracey King and Jo Barnes.  If there is anything you would like to pass on to them - good or bad - please let them know ahead of the meeting on 12th October.

Thank-you and have a lovely weekend.

Mr Barton

RSPB Workshops for Dragonfly

On Monday this week, Dragonfly class were treated to a visit from Charly Crump of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.  Charly led workshops with all the children, looking at habitats around and beyond our school grounds.  This was a very enjoyable and informative addition to the class's topic work on animals this term, so we would like to thank the RSPB for this free provision of outdoor learning.

KS1 Parents - We Need Your Help On 5 OCTOBER!

It is Census Day on THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER 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:

  • Roast Pork or Quorn Fillet & Stuffing, served with Apple Sauce, Gravy, Roast Potatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots
  • Pancake with Fruit Coulis

Your help with this matter would really be appreciated.

School Christmas Card Project 

We know it's too early to mention the "C" word, but your child(ren) have been busy designing their own Christmas design which can be printed onto a pack of Christmas cards, gift tags, thank you notes, wrapping paper and even a laminated placemat.  Your child(ren) will have been given an order form with their design to bring home.  If you would like to order any items, can you please complete the order form and return to school with either a cash or cheque payment (cheques payable to Pensford Primary School) by THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER.  If you would like to see some samples of the finished products, please pop into the School Office.

Rags 2 Riches 4 Schools - Unwanted Clothes Collection

Rags 2 Riches 4 Schools are coming to Pensford Primary School on 15 November 2017 to collect any unwanted clothing items in return for cash for the school.

In readiness for this, can we ask that you save any unwanted clean and dry clothes, shoes (tied in pairs), jewellery, bedding, towels, belts, hats, scarves, gloves, bags, purses, wallets, tights, ties and new underwear for this collection.

Collection bags will be sent home nearer the time and full bags can be dropped off at school on 15 November.

Community News - LOTS of it this week!

DO YOU LOVE TO SWIM?

Are you currently having swimming lessons and would like to progress to the next level?

Keynsham Swimming Club Is highly regarded in competitive circles and proudly offers each swimmer the opportunity to Develop & Progress through the Clubs Squad Structure.The Club also offers training opportunities for the older swimmer via its Masters Squad, which meets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

For More Information go to www.keynshamswimmingclub.co.uk.

From the Preliminary Squad (aged 8 and under) to our Competitive Squads, (Junior, Silver & Gold), our swimmers perform at the highest levels, including Club Championships, Open Meets, Junior & Arena League, County, Regional, National and even Olympic Level.

COMMUNITY DAY AT

BATH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

Bath City Football Club is having a Community Day which will take place on Saturday 21st October when they will play Braintree Town at Twerton Park – kick-off 3pm. 

It is a “Pay What You Want” fixture and the club will be donating 10% of the money taken at the gate to their charity of the season – Age UK B&NES.

We hope that many children and parents from your school will be able to attend. We are organising events for before the game and at half-time – more details will follow on this.

Valley Arts Autumn Fringe Festival 2017

Performing arts in search of a home!

 It's our second autumn fringe festival with fantastic low-cost performance events for children, and some absolutely-don't-miss fundraiser evenings for adults.

(Do book your tickets for the ceilidh on the 23rd – it's only a fortnight away and it was a FANTASTIC night last year: sold out, with desperate dancers queuing at the door!)

Online booking is easy via Eventbrite / Valley Arts. Hop in quickly: some shows will sell out quickly.

More details of all the shows at www.valleyarts.co.uk    We look forward to seeing you there.

FAMILY EVENTS

 DragonBird Theatre: The Curious Crocodile and the Meaning of Life

Innovative performance, play and adventure for 0-5 year-olds with their grownups, from Bristol's popular early-years theatre company.

Friday 22nd September, 11.30am and 1.30pm

Chew Magna Baptist Hall, Tunbridge Road, BS40 8SP

Tickets £5 adults, £3 children

BOOK EARLY: our children's events are all very low-cost and usually sell out well before the day

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 Brave Bold Drama’s award-winning Alf the Highwayman

A show for all the family with imaginative play, original songs and vibrant characters: plenty of chances to join in, and no frights!

Saturday 7th October, 2pm

Chew Valley School Hall, Chew Lane, BS40 8QB

Tickets £5

DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE TO BOOK

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 BOOK-A-BABYSITTER ADULTS' EVENTS!

 The Packhouse Ceilidh!

Featuring Squeeze Fiddle Pluck, the energetic young ceilidh band from the Mendip hills.

Saturday 23rd September, 7.30pm

The Community Farm, Denny Lane, BS40 8SZ

Tickets £15 including delicious organic supper

ONLY A FORTNIGHT AWAY: This was a super-sellout last year!

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 Blazing Flame Quintet

An evening of contemporary jazz from phenomenal musicians: their gigs at jazz clubs in London & around the country are "don't-miss" events. Songwriter/poet Steve Day lives in Chew Magna – this is the first time they've played Chew Valley.

Friday 6th October, 7.30pm

The Old School Rooms, South Parade, Chew Magna, BS40 8SH

Tickets £10

A one-off event: don't miss out.

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 Kate Dimbleby and Keith Warmington

A brand-new musical pairing of acclaimed singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby (of Britain's great broadcasting family) and much-loved Keith Warmington from BBC Radio Bristol on harmonica, guitar and vocals.

Saturday 7th October, 7.30pm

Ubley Village Hall, The Street, Ubley BS40 6PN

Tickets £12.

BOOK EARLY – a big treat to get this duo in the Valley!

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 A Jumpin' Jive Evening of Swing and Jazz

7-piece swing band Magna Jazz share the stage with Chew Valley School Swing Band for the first half before breaking into their party set of 1950s "jumpin’ jive."

Friday 13th October, 7.30pm

Chew Valley School Hall, Chew Lane, BS40 8QB

Tickets £10 with a free drink!

A GREAT NIGHT OUT: don't leave it too late to book.

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