Newsletter 5th October 2018

Community News

Community Voice (Chloe, Brandon, Aiden, Sophie, Emily, Erin and Natalie) met with Mr Cole on Tuesday and we made some important decisions about two events in the next few weeks:

Harvest Celebration

As well as raising money for Farm Africa at our Harvest Celebration on  11th October, we will also be asking children to bring in packets and tins of food for Bideford Food Bank. These can be brought over to the church where we will receive them as the children come in.  This is completely optional, but we’d love you to support us. Please remember everyone is welcome to our Harvest, which will begin at 10:15am in the Parish Church.

Poppy Appeal

From 15th October, we will be selling Poppy Appeal stationery in school each day. Instead of the usual poppies, the Royal British Legion have given us a range of rubbers, rulers, pencil sharpeners, keyrings  and pencils to sell. These cost between 50p and £1 each. If you would like your child to buy one, please send them in with 50p (or £1 for rulers) on any day between 15th October and 6th November. All proceeds go to the Royal British Legion. This year it will be 100 years since the end of the First World War so we will be having a special assembly on Thursday 8th November. 

Harvest Festival

Please remember everyone is welcome at our Harvest Festival which will take place over in Woolsery Parish Church at 10:15am on Thursday 11th. As Charity Voice mentioned in the Newsletter we will be raising money for Farm Aftrica and children are welcome to come to school for the day dressed as anything connected to farms or farming (farmers, animals, machinery…) We are asking for donations of 50p or more per child for this. If you’d like to donate a tin or a packet of food to the Bideford Foodbank you’re welcome to do that as well – see the note above in Community Voice’s section.

School Photos

You should have received the order code for your child’s photos during this week. The order deadline is Friday 12th October and Rachel Ward will be in at Drop-In Cafe on Friday 12th with a laptop if you’d like to order in person at that time.

Headteacher Awards

Our amazing learners this week, who have all received a Headteachers’ Award are:

  • Cranford: Logan and Tommy
  • Burscott: Alfie and Robert
  • Stroxworthy: Harley and Isaac
  • Alminstone: Sophie and Chloe
  • Ashmansworthy: Ricards and Holly


These are awarded for children striving to develop good Learning Behaviours, which we represent with six animals across the school, from Sunflowers to Ashmansworthy Class.

The next Learning Animal to introduce to you is the Owl. normally associated with “wisdom”, our Owl reminds children how important it is to look back on previous learning, as well as looking forward to what’s coming up. By reflecting on what they already know, children will make important connections which they can apply to what’s coming up. It’s really helpful if your child has a good understanding of the mini-topics still coming up in their Class Project so they can plan ahead.


Lego Cards

This term’s craze seems to be Lego Cards, which many of the children are collecting and swapping. If your child is doing this, please could you make sure they understand how card-swapping works? We’ve had several children upset this week because they’ve swapped away cards that maybe they didn’t want to lose, or have given them to friends as favours, or left them lying around… the list goes on. We have no objection to the children having trading cards in school provided everyone is playing by the same rules and at the present time, I feel the social positive of the interaction between the children is outweighing the occasional upset by mistaken or unwanted swaps. We’ll keep this under review and and maybe rein things in in the future if problems persist.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On behalf of Ruby, Olivia, Bo, Mark and Natalie, a huge thank you for your support at the Macmillan Coffee Morning last week. As you may have seen from the noticeboard, over £800 was raised, split between the Teenage Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Care.

Woolsery Village Tea

Those of you who were involved in the school four years ago might remember that the whole community came together to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.  Part of the legacy from that project was the memorial to all local men who went off to war, which is proudly on permanent display in the school hall. Another feature of the project was a book, researched and written by Jane Cann and John Crossman which recalled memories and service details of those men. The book was hugely successful and has had several print runs. The profits from the book’s sales are being used in the community and one event being funded is the Woolsery Village Tea which will be held this Saturday, 6th October at the Community Hall between 3 and 5pm. Appropriately enough, this coincides with the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918. Everyone is welcome to come along to this free event, which is being hosted by Woolsery WI.


1610, who run Torridge Pool have just informed us that due to planned maintenance work the pool will be closed during the week of 15th October. This means there will be no school swimming on that day and children will remain in classes as usual.

Learn to Swim at Bideford Bay

Following the presentation of a large number of swimming badges in last week’s Wild Celebration assembly, several parents have asked for more information about public swimming lessons which take place at Bideford Bay Holiday Park and are run by Make Waves Swim School. Here is the information which I’ve been sent, but please note the school is not able to endorse any particular businesses and we suggest you speak to parents who currently take lessons there if you’d like to know more…

We are very pleased and excited to announce we are now offering swimming lessons at Bideford Bay Holiday park for children ages 5 years and over and Adults. Currently running lessons on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.00 pm.
  • Lovely warm pool
  • Small classes
  • Passionate enthusiastic experienced teachers.
  • Fun and exciting lessons.
Contact us for more information on  07983454792 | 01805 624 645


Just a reminder that you can generate funds for FOWS without having to do anything other than register. Just go to and search for Friends of Woolsery School on the charity search page, then sign up and provided you shop on Amazon via the Smile landing page (not the regular we’ll get 0.5% of each purchase you make. It’s paid straight into FOWS’ bank account and we don’t see what you buy! By going to Smile first, you still get all your order history, payment details, wish-lists, etc. Supporting FOWS on this could be very important for us in the run up to Christmas, so please take time to sign up if you can.

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: 
  • Tuesday: Mrs Miles and Mr Cole out (am) to meeting about school funding
  • Wednesday: 
  • Thursday:  Harvest Celebration in the Parish Church 10:15am
  • Friday: Drop-In Cafe for parents, as usual 8:50 to 9:30approx – all welcome. Free of charge!

With best wishes,
 Matt Cole



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