Newsletter - 13th October 2017
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
Already there is just one week to go until the half term break and I'm able to look back on what the school has achieved this term as well as looking forward to the next one. For example, we've had more sporting success this week, which you can read about below. This fits in to the many and varied sporting opportunities that we provide at Pensford.
Our emphasis on PE comes across through partly our PE kit policy meaning that children come dressed and ready for action on their PE days. We have also participated in touch rugby and football competitions already this year, with a further football tournament coming up next Wednesday. We buy in to the BANES Sports Partnership (as well as the Chew Valley one) and this brings an expert gymnastics coach to our school every Thursday. Our after school clubs involve a range of 4 different sports each week and there are opportunities to use the gymnastics equipment at breakfast club too. I have witnessed our new approach to swimming (making use of the impressive facilities at Hengrove and extending the length of the lessons) having a great impact on swimmers of all levels of ability. Even now as I write this, Mr Miller is engaging the whole school in Go Noodle activities, getting them energised and ready for the day's learning. So I hope you'll agree that our claim to being a school that emphasises physical education is justified. Of course our School Games Silver award achieved earlier this term has validated this for us too.
Beyond physical education itself parents will be aware that we also aim to provide plenty of outdoor learning opportunities too, including Forest School. You will have received (perhaps more than one!) email this week about the Forest School lessons at Hidden Valley next term. We are also looking forward to a visit from them to us as six pre-school children will come across to see our Reception classroom on Thursday afternoon. They will of course be accompanied by the staff at Hidden Valley. Because the Hidden Valley Kindergarten is a fully woodland experience, we have developed our link with them by offering the warmth and shelter of Dragonfly class should the weather turn particularly inclement at any point over the winter. This visit will help familiarise the younger children with our setting in case they need to take advantage of our offer.
It was also lovely to see Dragonfly taking part in outdoor learning on Friday and Reception doing their maths outdoors again as I toured this week with some more prospective parents. I hope that you enjoy a good weekend ahead as we look forward to the last week of term.
Just a reminder that our Harvest Assembly will take place on Tuesday morning at 9:00am here in the school hall. Parents are very welcome to come and join us for this, and prospective parents are also welcome, as this coincides with our Open Day.
Parents' Evenings 31st October and 1st November
Almost all parents have already signed up for a parents' evening slot for the Tuesday or Wednesday after half term. If you haven't yet, or if you need to remind yourself of your time, the timetables are still available on the piano in the hall as usual.
Once again, our Year 5 and 6 pupils have been involved in a successful sporting event. They played in a football tournament and Oakley and will have put together this report:
On Wednesday we had a football tournament for our league at Winford school. We had a great time and scored lots of goals.The first game we played was against Chew Magna and we won 4-1 ,we had some amazing goals and some great celebrations .The next game we played was against Chew stoke and unfortunately we lost 2-0. The third game we played was against against Winford and we lost 2-0 but luckily it was a friendly. The fourth game we played was against Dundry and we won 7-0 and there was even an own goal! The last game we played was against Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew (they teamed up) and we tied but it was a hard game.Then it was the presentation and we were all very nervous and we came 1st in our division, and over all we came 2nd in BANES! Over all we scored 11 goals and conceded 5.
Congratulations to the team and thanks to Mr Miller for organising this event. There will be some further matches for the football team next Wednesday.
Many thanks to Miss Cowin who has stepped in to cover Film Club both last week and this while Mrs Bevan has been unwell. We are expecting Mrs Bevan back on Tuesday, and the film next week will be chosen by her then.
WE NEED YOU! PTA AGM - TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER
The PTA AGM will be held in the Star Room on Tuesday 17 October at 3.30 pm and it would be great if as many parents as possible could attend to support the fundraising efforts of the PTA.
The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed a new resident on the riverbank, now that the Troll has moved on to some other bridge. Here's an explanation...
It's October and the Chew Valley is inundated with new residents on an epic scale! Keep an eye on your gardens for villains and heroes in all shapes and sizes that have arrived in the neighbourhood for Harvey's Scarecrow Trail 2017!
From 8 – 29 October come and find over 100 scarecrows made by local schools, businesses and residents. The theme for this year's trail is Villains and Heroes with entries from all through the years, so everyone is bound to recognise a scarecrow or two.
Pick up a trail map from The Co-op in Chew Magna, Chew Stoke Village Shop, Salt and Malt, Wrington Pharmacy and Winford Stores or the Prince of Waterloo Pub. A map costs £2.50 with all monies going to A Sibling’s Wish - - a charity founded by the Hext family to help siblings coming to terms with the devastating loss of a brother or sister. Please see www.facebook.com/harveyscarecrow for more details.
We were also delighted to see this message on Facebook this week:
So remember remember the 5th of November and put this in your diary!
And here is a reminder about the Ploughman's Lunch being organised by Laura Baxter. Click the picture for further details.