Newsletter - 20th October 2017
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
It's been a lovely last week of term in school and I hope that the children are all looking forward to a fun half-term. Thank-you to all those parents and others who came to our Harvest Assembly on Tuesday. Although it was unfortunate that Mrs Britton was unwell and therefore unable to be there, I would like to thank her for preparing the format of the assembly and teaching songs to the children in her Tuesday assemblies. As ever, we are also very grateful to Mrs Critten for supporting the music teaching. Music in school will be taken a stage further for Kingfisher class next term, when they will have some lessons from the Head of Music at Chew Valley School. This generous offer from Chew Valley should bring another level of expertise to our school, and is a good indicator of how the Chew Valley Schools are increasing seeking opportunities to support each other.
I know that not everyone could make it to the assembly, so I would like to repeat what I said then about the PTA. They are an extremely hard-working group of volunteer parents who do a lot to support the funding of our school. This is more important than ever due to funding cuts to schools, and even with the new national funding formula coming in our school income is not keeping pace with inflation. As always, the PTA would very much welcome any other parent (or grandparent/ relatives) volunteers to help with specific events. Please do contact Lisa Cains or the school office if you can offer some time (even if it's just a couple of hours) to support the school in this way. We are looking forward to seeing some of the benefits of PTA funding as our front playground is developed this year, starting with the re-tarmacking mentioned below. They are also supporting the cake sale to be held on Halloween in aid of some new football goals for our playground.
Finally I would like to bring some good news as we end the term. On Tuesday, Mrs Mullen gave birth to her second child, Benjamin Robin Mullen. He weighed in at 8lb 3oz and mother and baby are doing very well. Congratulations to Mrs Mullen and her family!
Enjoy the holiday,
Cake, cake and more cake...
This term we have held a couple of cake sales, both of which have been a success. Last week Miss Park raised £55 for charity. Prior to that, Mrs Cox's cake sale helped us to buy some new nets for our netball posts. Mrs Rawlinson and her husband also organised refurbishment of the posts. With the proceeds from the cake sale organised by Jess Cox we have purchased new netball nets and have also had our existing netball posts fully refurbished thanks to Douglas Ford and his team at Keynsham Powder Coatings (www.keynsham-powder-coatings.co.uk).
We now have quality facilities we can be proud of for inter-school matches and tournaments. We are very grateful to all concerned for their efforts on behalf of the school.
We will also be hosting a cake sale after school on Tuesday, 31st October - Halloween. Any donated cakes (spooky or otherwise) are greatly appreciated. The proceeds from this will go into PTA funds and will be used straight away to buy some much needed new football goals as an extra part of our playground development.
We would like to say "thank-you" to Mrs Patel for the lovely assembly she delivered to all the children on Wednesday about Diwali. You can see her pictured here with Mrs Rawlinson and our two Bath Spa teachers in Dragonfly, Georgia Nash and Alison Shepherd. The children really enjoyed the assembly and we are very grateful to Mrs Patel for giving us her time and expertise.
More PE learning fun...
With quite a lot of rain, it's been a good week for staying inside and getting out the gymnastics equipment. Kingfisher and Dragonfly have taken full advantage. (Yes, we know one of the pictures is sideways, but so were the children for parts of their gymnastics lessons!)
Year 5 and 6 also held an inter-house gymnastics competition, judged by our visiting gymnastics coach, Caroline. Congratulations to Carpenter for their win in this competition.
... and more sporting success!
Congratulations to Chloe and Millie in Year 6 for some excellent results in the Chew Valley netball teams for which they were selected. Those of you who follow us on Facebook (@PensfordPrimary) will probably be aware that the girls were selected two weeks ago to represent the Chew Valley Cluster at netball, and this week they played their first games. The 'B'-team for which Millie plays did very well and came joint second in the competition. Chloe's 'A' team went one better to become the overall winners of their group. Congratulations to both girls - we are very proud of this excellent way in which you are representing Pensford and the Chew Valley.
We had more success in football this week too, with our team winning against both Chew Magna (4-0) and Chew Stoke (4-2) in their first two league games. The next league fixtures are against Bishop Sutton (8th November, Bishop Sutton) and Winford (30th November, Memorial Playing Fields). Supporters welcome!
Monday Swimming Lessons for Otter Class in Term 2
Years 3 and 4 will be starting their one hour swimming lessons at Hengrove Swimming Pool starting in Term 2. Therefore all Otter children will need to bring their swimming kit and towel to school on:
Monday 30 October
Monday 6 November
Monday 13 November
Monday 20 November
Tarmacking of front playground
As part of our programme of improvement works for the front playground, a contractor was due to be on site this Saturday (21st October) to re-tarmac the front playground. This would have meant that there would have been temporary lights outside of the school on this day to allow the contractors to park their lorry. Unfortunately this plan has had to be postponed due to heavy rain being forecast for Saturday. It has been re-scheduled for Saturday 4th November. Once it is done, you will be able to see our lovely new tarmacked play space with a new path leading from the gate to the front door. Watch this space for further improvements to this area in due course!
This will start again in the first week back after half-term, on Thursday, 2nd November. The first film will be:
As the nights draw in, film club is one of the nice warm after-school clubs that we offer, and there are some Christmas films planned for when we get to December. Don't forget that if you sign up for the whole term you get a 20% discount. Please let the office know as soon as you can if you want to take advantage of that.
Rags 2 Riches 4 Schools - Unwanted Clothes Collection 15 NOVEMBER
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 (or you can use black bags) and full bags can be dropped off at school on 15 NOVEMBER.
SOMERSET COALFIELD LIFE AT RADSTOCK MUSEUM has the following FREE half term events
ANNUAL FAMILY FOSSIL HUNT: Monday 23rd October, 2-4pm FREE admission.
Come and join our popular fossil hunt on a local coal batch to see what you can find! Bring a small hammer and a bag to take your fossils home in. Meet opposite Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum under the miner's wheel on Waterloo Road by 2pm. Then take the 15 minute group walk to the site. REMEMBER to wear sturdy footwear and out-door clothes. The batch has just had work carried out to “turn over” the ground revealing lots of new fossils. No booking needed but this event may be cancelled in very bad weather - please check Website www.radstockmuseum.co.uk or our FaceBook page. We regret that this event is NOT SUITABLE for under 5s and there is no access for buggies or wheelchairs.
VICTORIAN TOYS, GAMES AND CRAFTS MORNING: Thursday 26TH October, 10-12noon FREE to B&NES discovery card holders, small fee for non card holders.
Come to Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum this half term and see real vintage toys and play with reproduction toys, try your hand at some Victorian games including table skittles, hoopla, hopscotch and marbles and make some Victorian themed crafts. This event is ideal for primary age children with some activities for younger children. The Museum shop and tearoom will be open. FREE to B&NES discovery card holders. Non card holders: Adults £3/£2.50 Adults/Concessions with up to 3 FREE children per adult. www.radstockmuseum.co.uk
B&NES residents can collect a FREE DISCOVERY CARD at the following places:
One Stop Shop in Manvers Street Roman Baths main entrance hall Fashion Museum Victoria Art Gallery One Stop Shop, Civic Centre in Keynsham One Stop Shop, The Hollies in Midsomer Norton
ID and proof of B&NES residency is required. The card is valid for 3 years. For details, visit: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/tourism-and-heritage/discovery-card
Playful Parks presents Spooky Stamp Around
3.30 - 5pm Wednesday 25 October 2017 @ The Botanical Gardens, Royal Victoria Park, Bath
Check-in from 3.30pm at the Temple of Minerva in the Botanical Gardens, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, to enjoy ghoulish games, spooky activities and a short trail up & down the slopes and steps of the creepy walkway in the Great Dell. Collect 11 stamps each with a spooky letter to win a small prize!
Put on your ghostly gear and come and join us! All children to be accompanied by a responsible adult please.
And don't forget the Ploughman's Lunch in aid of the Memorial Hall on Sunday 29th October.