Newsletter: 2nd November 2018

Bonfire Night

Finally, Bonfire Night is here and the weather looks like it’s going to behave for us! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped Steve Pennington and the FOWS committee prepare for what we hope will be a really successful community event this evening.

Just to recap, gates open at 6pm tonight. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm with fireworks from 7:15pm.

There will be a Barbecue selling Honey’s Butchers hot dogs and burgers, with cheeseburgers and veggie burgers also available.

Prices will be:

  • Entry: Adult £4, Child £2.50
  • Hot Dogs, Burgers and Veggie Burgers £2.50
  • Cheeseburgers: £3.00
  • Tea, Coffee and Glow-Sticks will also be on sale

Please remember that it’s a condition of our insurance that we cannot allow sparklers at this display, so please leave those at home to enjoy.

We are also asking people not to park in Old Market Drive – this is so that we can maintain emergency access to the school if it’s required. Parking around the village is likely to be pretty heavy, so please arrive in good time and wherever you can find a space, please park considerately for our neighbours.

Most importantly, though, we hope you have a fantastic evening!

Parent Governor

I am very pleased to say that at the end of last half term, we have a parent come forward to volunteer to represent you on the Governing Board. Mr Adam Symons joins the Governors at the next meeting and Adam will be known to many of you as Rohan, Albie and Jonty’s dad.

Please remember that we have another Parent Governor’s term of office due to expire shortly after Christmas so if you’re wishing you’d also thrown your hat ini the ring, there will be another opprtunity then. Please talk to any existing Governor about what the role entails if you’d like to know more.

Flu Innoculations

If you have a child in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 please remember we need the consent forms for the Flu Innoculations which NHS England will be administering in December. We need the form back to indicate whether you give or withdraw consent. Monday is the last day we will be accepting paper versions through the school office; after that time you will have to register your preference online – more details from the office. Please remember this isn’t an injection, but a nasel spray so if you’re happy for the innoculation to go ahead, there shouldn’t be anything for your child to worry about.

Alminstone Bideford Trip

Sadly we had to postpone Alminstone’s class trip to Bideford this week, but I’m very please to say that it’s now been re-scheduled for next Tuesday. All arrangements will be the same as previously advised, with the children taking the Stagecoach Service Bus to and from Bideford which as well as saving lots of money, will also be a memorable experience for many of our children who don’t regularly use the bus service.

Parents’ Meetings

Please remember that next week we are holding parent/teacher consultations. If you’ve not yet booked a slot with your child’s teacher, please do so as soon as possible. As always, you are able to contact your child’s teacher by email at any time. Addresses are:

  • Mrs Phillips:
  • Mrs Oyarzabal:
  • Mrs Farmer:
  • Mrs Kersey:
  • Mr Davies:
  • Mrs Macleod:
  • Miss Butler:

We are expecting to see all parents at this important point in the school year, so if you are not able to come in on the advertised day (see the last Newsletter here for details) please try to arrange an alternative with your child’s teacher. Thanks.

New Member of Staff

From next week, we are delighted to welcome Mrs Naomi Phelps who joins the teaching assistant team. Mrs Phelps has experience working with autistic children and we have appointed her with a specific remit of developing support programmes, pastoral care and educational tasks for the seven or so autistic children we presently have in the school. She will also be working through the lunch period in order to develop playtime activities for these children and their friends.

Mealtime Assistant Vacancy

We will shortly be advertising for a mealtime assistant to join our team, following Mrs Lysey Eavis’ change in role to an SEN Teaching Assistant. If you are interested in finding out more, please speak to Mrs Miles in the school office. We are hoping to get the advert out next week.

New Newsletter Format

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to our survey about the online format for our Newsletter. I am very relieved that opinion has been very positive about the change, with three quarters strongly supporting the move. We are very mindful of a couple of requests to have a paper version as well as an online version but I’m afraid this simply isn’t possible: it either needs to be published online or in print, we don’t have the resources to combine the two without reverting to the previous system of emailing out the print-copy as a PDF with all the limitations that went with that.

Following your feedback, we will continue with the Newsletter in its current form and, as always, welcome your ongoing comments about it. One additional interesting piece of knowledge we gained from the survey is that nearly everyone is reading the Newsletter on Smartphones rather than orhter, larger devices. We will bear this in mind and check that visibility is as good as it can be for this platform.

Family Group Points

I hope everyone in Beech Family Group enjoyed their special non-uniform day just before half term for getting the most Family Group Points over the first half term.

This half term, the children are saving up for an afternoon of Christmas Cupcake Creations with Kitchen Dave which will take place in the last week of term.

Headteacher Awards

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

  • Cranford: Archie  – being a good friend and Harrison – great soudning out when we are doing letter and sounds
  • Burscott: Georgia – diving into all aspects of her learning with enthusiasm and Isobel – fitting so well into Burscott Class
  • Stroxworthy: Finley – helping others whilst using his fantastic ICT skills to make firework posters and Bluebelle –  making friends and working well with new people at the Multi-Skills festival
  • Alminstone: Anthony working hard in maths and demonstrating his understanding of subordinate clauses in literacy and Billy – fantastic effort and hard work in all lessons this week
  • Ashmansworthy: Lucyworking hard with her maths and writing this week, and listening well in class and Charlie E – trying hard and managing to add and subtract huge numbers, including decimals! Also writing a lovely recount of “The Highwayman” using descriptive language

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: Swimming resumes for Years 4 and 5
  • Tuesday: Alminstone Class visiting Bideford
  • Wednesday: Ashmansworthy Class visit to Bodmin Jail all day
  • Thursday: Mrs Kersey out all day, Mrs Burns supply
  • Friday: Mrs Macleod out all day, Mrs Davies with Alminstone Class

With best wishes,
Matt Cole


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