Newsletter 12th October 2018

Harvest thanks

Thank you for supporting Charity Voice’s Harvest Appeal for Farm Africa so strongly yesterday, and also to the parents and friends who braved the rain to come to our Harvest celebration over in the parish church. I am sure the children very much enjoyed dressing up in a wonderful array of farm-related costumes, and it’s good to raise some money for a highly effective international charity as well. The children’s presentations through the service were as wonderful as they were varied, and I’m very proud of everyone who took part. A special thanks to Community Voice children who welcomed our visitors and arranged the food bank collection before diving in to some amateur dramatics to explain the importance of sharing. Thank you also to Reverend Jane who welcomed us into the church and led our celebration.


We collected an amazing £88.92 between our Non-uniform day 50ps and the church collection for Farm Africa, and also amassed a wonderful selection of packets and tins to go off to Bideford Food Bank next week.

Family Group Points

The news everyone has been waiting for…. which Family Group has won this half term’s Family Treat of a non-uniform day next Friday??

The points total for this half term are:

  • Sycamore: 170
  • Oak: 183
  • Silver Birch: 184
  • Elder: 199
  • Hazel: 208
  • Willow: 216
  • Beech: 221

This means that it’s congratulations to the children in Beech Family Group who will be able to come to school next week in non-school uniform. Everyone else should be in their normal school clothes, please. If your child isn’t sure which family group they’re in, this is the group who meet with Mrs Farmer each Tuesday afternoon.

The scores will all now reset to zero and the children will begin collecting points once more, ready for our Christmas Treat which will be revealed after the half-term break.

Headteacher Awards

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

  • Cranford: Evie and Cadey
  • Burscott: Dexter and Emily-Rose
  • Stroxworthy: Maisy and Arthur
  • Alminstone: Daisy and Ethan
  • Ashmansworthy: Callum and Grace


Our next Learning Animal for you to meet is the Bee. Bees are famous for living in a highly organised community, and all working together for their common goal. This week it seems particularly appropriate to think about the bee as our whole school comes together to support the work of Farm Aftrica, but it’s just as important in class work too. A great example is Alminstone Class who have been working super-hard on their upcoming public performance which takes place next week (more details below…).



Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf…?

Alminstone Class have been writing their own adaptations of traditional tales in the form of a script, which they are performing to the public at Woolsery Community Hall on Thursday afternoon next week. This is their “Real World Outcome” which is a major feature of our new WILD Curriculum. The whole community is invited to come along and watch their hard work. The performance begins at 2pm and there will be a variety of fund raising activities, including refreshments which the children have organised to help fund their forthcoming theatre group visit to school next week. The rest of the school are going to the hall to watch as well, so please send them in with up to 50p if you’d like them to buy refreshments as well. Thanks.

Running and Eco Clubs

There will be no Running Club or Eco club next week as staff have other commitments. Please could you make sure your child is collected as usual at the end of the day. Thanks.

Late Arrivals and Parking

Please remember that if your child is late to school they must be signed in at the office by a responsible adult – children cannot sign themselves in at the office. Many thanks.

We’ve also had a couple of days this week when the school minibus has been unable to get to the designated drop-off point by the school car park because of poor parking on Old Market Drive. We know the road just isn’t big enough to take all of the school traffic, but if you could ensure you park so that the bus can get through, it would be very very helpful. The bus driver is not permitted to allow children to get off anywhere other than on the zig zags, and so those children end up being late for school.

Staff Changes

Mrs Wood, who has been our kitchen manager since we resumed cooking on site back in 2012, has announced she is leaving to take up a new post with Launceston Multi Academy Trust at Bideford College. We wish Amanda huge success in her new role and I know she will be missed by children and staff alike. Mrs Wood’s last day will be next Friday, 19th October. We have been advertising for a replacement kitchen manager and will be holding interviews on Monday next week, hopefully having someone new in place for after the half term break.

Hallowe’en Disco

FOWS are very pleased to say that the Hallowe’en Disco next Friday has been saved and Siobhan Brennan has agreed to run the evening alongside the FOWS committee. The disco is from 6.30 to 8.30pm here at school. Entry is £2 per child and there will, of course, be the usual tuck shop and children’s raffle. Children who are in Reception must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the disco, but other families can book their children in by leaving a contact phone number. It would really help us if you could take your child’s coat away with you when you drop them off, and bring it back for collection, as we will only have some of the cloakrooms open on the night. Thanks.

Train To Teach at Our School!

The window for September 2019-July 2020 School Direct Teacher Training is now open on Ucas. As a founder member of the Atlantic Coast Cooperative Trust, we are the Lead School for our own School Direct programme and are currently receiving applications for the next round. If you are thinking of getting in to teaching and woud like to know more, please get in touch. Full details about the programme can be found, either on Ucas (search for Teacher Training> School Direct> South West> Atlantic Coast) or on the DfE’s new portal, which can be found HERE.

Burscott Class Vet Visit

As part of their learning about people with special talents, Burscott Class have a visit from a vet next Wednesday. All children in Burscott are welcome to bring in a toy animal for the day to be examined by the vet.

Forest School

Next week is the last Forest School session for both Burscott and Stroxworthy Classes. After Half Term, Alminstone will have Forest School on Wednesdays and Ashmansworthy will have Forest School on Fridays. If you currently help with either of these sessions as Volunteer Rangers, please could you let the office know whether you’re intending to carry on helping (we hope you are!) so we can plan accordinly – thank you.

(Cranford Class will continue with Forest School on Thursdays next half term as they are currently working on a rotation of half the class at a time)

Governor Vacancies

We are still looking for someone to throw their hat into the ring to become our next Parent Governor. At the moment, we have no-one expressing an interest which means that the school is in real danger of not having a full governing body. This puts huge pressure on the existing governors and, of course, makes scrutiny of the work of the school much more difficult. Please could I urge you to think carefully about whether you’d like to put yourself forward. You are welcome to speak to Ben Trevor, Tracy Buckley, Amanda Stevens, Steve Pennington or Sue Kersey about the role of a school governor. Expressions of interest can be submitted using our online form HERE.

Bonfire Night at Woolsery Primary School

Please remember we will be holding our second Bonfire Extravaganza on Friday 2nd November – we hope to see you there!


Just another 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: Mr Davies and Miss Butler out all day (Maths course) Mrs Burns supply in Alminstone; Mrs Cole supply in Ashmansworthy. Police Helicopter service visiting Stroxworthy and Ashamnsworthy Classes (am). Kitchen Manager interviews (pm) No Swimming today as the pool is closed.
  • Tuesday: Theatre Company visiting Alminstone (pm)
  • Wednesday: Cranford Class visit to the Farm
  • Thursday:  Alminstone Class presents Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf..? at the village hall (pm)
  • Friday: Drop-In Cafe for parents, as usual 8:50 to 9:30approx – all welcome. Free of charge! FOWS Hallowe’en Disco. End of Half Term. School reopens on Monday 29th October

With best wishes,
 Matt Cole





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