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Newsletter - 6th October 2017

We are proud to say...

  • Stars of the week in Dragonfly are: Liam and Zack
  • Stars of the week in Otter are:  Tilda and Zara
  • Stars of the week in Kingfisher are: Devon and Peter 
  • Headteacher awards: Archie, Colby and Alfie G
  • Best Class Attendance: Kingfisher

A message from Mr Barton

I would like to start with an apology for any inconvenience caused by the fact that I have decided to move the date of our Harvest Assembly.  This was due to take place next Friday, 13th October but I have now moved it to Tuesday, 17th October.  This will mean that it coincides with the Chew Valley Schools' Open Day.  So if any of our readers know of families whose children may want to consider Pensford as a school for their children next September then please do invite them to the Harvest Assembly on that day.  Some of our pupils will then help me in giving tours of the school and answering any questions that the families might have.  It will also be a great opportunity for the children to share their songs and poems for harvest with a wider audience.  If you are bringing anyone else along, it will be helpful if you could let us know either through the school office or by messaging me on Class Dojo.

Another very important reason for me to move the date of the assembly is that Mrs Britton has been the driving force behind it, choosing and teaching the songs.  It would have been a great shame if she had not been able to be there, which would have been difficult on a Friday.  Again, apologies if this does cause you any inconvenience but I do look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on Tuesday 17th October at 9:00am in the school hall.  The assembly will last for about half an hour.

The other thing that I wanted to mention this week is what a pleasure it was once again to take four more of our pupils to a maths challenge event yesterday.  In the last 12 months I have introduced the school to these fun competitions in which some of our most able mathematicians are able to take part in challenges alongside pupils of their own age from a large number of schools.  We have a very good record in these competitions to date, having entered Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.  This was continued yesterday as we went to our first event for Year 4.  As you may have already seen on Facebook or Twitter, Alfie H, Lucy, Theo and Tilda did very well indeed against some tough competition from both state and private schools.  The girls' worked together in a team and came 7th in their group and 16th overall.  Our boys' team came a particularly impressive 3rd overall (and well ahead of 4th) in a field of 31 teams of the very best Y4 mathematicians from each school.

Once again I am very pleased to be able to share this news of Pensford School 'punching above our weight' in terms of us being such a small school but one with such talent.  The success in Maths recently has also been shown by our progress scores in the subject being firmly in the top 5% of the whole country.  And of course you will read more below about our success in sport too, as Mr Miller once again led a great team in the Tag Rugby competition on Wednesday.

Finally I would like to thank Donna Uren for her work in setting up a Facebook page for the school.  As well as the 'Friends of Pensford Primary School' page there is now also 'Pensford Primary School' (@PensfordPrimary) which is our 'official' page where we are increasingly posting information.  Please do follow us there to help us reach a wider audience.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Barton


Report from two members of the touch rugby team:

"On Wednesday the 4th of October,the touch Rugby team :Charlie L,John ,Peter ,Lucy , Ellis ,Charlie B, Max,Jack, Devon, William, Oakley, Rory and Alfie G, all went to a touch Rugby tournament at Chew Valley School.  The first Game went to plan  :4-0 to us ; the second encounter did not go to plan( 0-0); the third match went better (6-0) to us so again we won.  Sadly, our fourth match we lost 0-2, but in our last match we won 1-0.  All in all it was a good tournament because we came 3rd place over all out of the 16 teams who took part!"

Charlie L and John

Anti-Bullying Day - A message from the School Council

This term we have decided to support the anti-bullying charity because we feel that it is a very important charity that helps lots of children around the country. In order to support this charity, we are going to be wearing blue clothes on Friday the 10th November. It would be great if everyone could bring in £1 on the day. We are also selling blue anti-bullying wristbands, which can be bought now for just 50p. 

 Cake sale 3pm Friday 13th October

We will be having a cake sale after school next Friday, with the proceeds going to the Pituitary Foundation. This is an amazing charity which provides support to patients and their families living with a chronic and life threatening related illness. Miss Park will be organising this in appreciation for the on going support that the charity provides for her daughter Isabella. We hope to see you there!


 It is that time of year again when the PTA will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to recruit new committee members and plan fundraising ideas and events for the year.  The AGM will be held on FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER AT 3.30 PM in the Star Room and the committee are really keen to recruit new committee members to attend so that as many parents have a say in how to raise additional funds to buy equipment for their children.

Film Club

Next Thursday's film will be:

Please book in with the office as usual.

And finally...

Some pictures of Dragonfly preparing for outdoor learning on their animals topic on this lovely autumn afternoon...