Newsletter: 30th November 2018

Preschool Sessions

Please remember Mrs Phillips will be taking allocations for the Spring Term’s sessions on Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 6th December between 3:30 and 4pm. Please drop in on one of those days to secure your child’s place for next term as existing sessions will not be automatically carried over.

If you have questions about obtaining or retaining funding for your child’s sessions (for example accessing the 30 hours funded places or 2Gether funding), Mrs Miles will be at Preschool on Wednesday 5th December so please drop by and speak to her then. Thank you.

Just a reminder (if you needed it!) that the FOWS Christmas Fayre is running from 3pm today (Friday) here at school. There will be craft stalls, hot turkey rolls, drinks and of course the Family Group Enterprise Project stalls of wonderful creations by your children. Father Christmas has also been able to squeeze us into his busy schedule and will be in his grotto from 3:30pm. We really hope you can stay on and be part of the Fayre – your support is very much appreciated!

Keeping Your Child Safe Over Christmas

We know that the Christmas holidays is a time when children are most vulnerable to inappropriate activity and abuse when online – largely because it’s the time of year when children have new gadgets and get to use them before parents have had time to set controls or understand fully how the new device works. With this in mind, our School IT provider, SCOMIS, have put together a really useful document with links to help you set parental controls, to talk to your children in a way they will understand about being ShareAware, and what to do if you think your child has been contacted by someone they don’t know. The document is aimed at parents with children of all ages and can be found  on this link -> OLS Newsletter parents Nov 2018-2321z3q ; please take some time to look at it before the holidays – thank you.

Bethlehem Tickets

We have had very, very high demand for tickets for the school production this year – thank you for your support!

We are aware that some families have asked for tickets to see the show more than once (i.e. the same people watching the show multiple times). If this applies to you, please could you contact Tina in the office on Monday next week to agree which performance you’d like to see, and which tickets can be released for families who presently are unable to see the show at all? Many thanks.

Tickets will then be sent home in book bags on Tuesday next week – please look out for them and keep them safe as for obvious reasons we can’t issue replacements.


Please remember that the WoW! Service on December 2nd will be a Christingle so do go along if you’d like your child to have their own Christingle Orange this year. the service begins at 9:30am at Woolsery Parish Church.

Nativity Festival

Woolsery Methodist Church are holding their first Nativity Festival each day between Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th December. Lots of different nativity scenes from around the world will be on display, as well as some nativity creations from the children here at school. There will be tea and cakes on sale too – all donations in aid of Alzheimer’s Research.

Telephone Scam

Residents are reminded to be cautious when answering the phone to cold callers. This follows a high value scam on 22-23 November.
Unknown offenders purporting to be from Scotland Yard called victim on landline stating there had been fraudulent activity on their bank card and were going to block it. They then asked the victim on two occasions to withdraw large amounts of cash and read the serial numbers over the phone, they stated the notes were counterfeit/fraudulent and sent a courier to collect them
.  Residents are again reminded not to disclose any personal information tell them you will go to your branch and check in person, do not ring the bank as the caller/scammer could still be on the other end.
Report the call to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via 

Message Sent By
Shirley Craft (Police, Community Messaging Officer, Devon & Cornwall)

Cathedral Performance

We were super-proud of the children (and staff!) from here who took part in the performance at Exeter Cathedral on Monday as part of Teachers Rock and Teachers Rock Youth choirs. It was a very long day of rehearsals but the children worked really hard so bring together a truly superb performance – well done everyone!


Spring Term Wild Curriculum

Next term’s planning for our Wild Curriculum is now complete and teachers will be sending out a planning sheet next week so that you and your child can talk about what’s coming up for projects in the New Year. The children have come up with a very diverse and interesting range of topics they’d like to study, just as we’d hoped! Please look out for this planning sheet when it arrives – any pre-learning you can do with your child will help them make rapid progress when the new cycle of learning begins after Christmas.

The Week Ahead

  • Sunday: Clovelly Lights in aid of the RNLI, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm approx (stalls continue to 7pm approx)
  • Monday: Miss Butler out all day (training) Mrs Dobson supply. Swimming continues for Y4 and Y5 (penultimate week). Preschool Allocations drop-in 3:30 – 4pm
  • Tuesday: Preschool Allocations drop-in 3:30 – 4pm
  • Wednesday: Preschool Allocations (with funding advice) drop-in 3:30 – 4pm
  • Thursday: Miss Butler out all day, Mr Cole with Ashmansworthy. Flu innoculations (AM)
  • Friday: Mrs Oyarzabal out all day – Safeguarding training

With best wishes,
Matt Cole


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