Newsletter 14th December 2018

The Stars really did come out over Bethlehem…(well, Woolsery…)

I hope you had a wonderful time watching your children perform in this year’s school production this week. As I said at the end of some of the performances, this year’s was especially challenging for the children because there were so many small speaking parts which held the show together, rather than the usual core of ten or so “main” parts. Having so many speaking parts has allowed so many of our children to really shine this year – whether in singing, speaking or dance, every child in the school can be very proud of their contribution to Bethlehem The Musical. We’re also very proud to have received a comment on our Twitter feed from the writers of the musical at Out Of The Ark Music – quite an achievement when you consider how many thousands of their produtions are being performed nationally this week!

Thank you so much for your kind feedback as well – all of your comments are passed on to the children, who are positively buzzing about their achievement this morning.

Family Group Points

The scores are in…

Everyone has worked so very hard this term, and it’s really a shame that every family group couldn’t win this half term’s prize! But the final points from 2018 have been added up and the grand totals from this half term are:

  • Beech – 295 Points
  • Elder – 311 Points
  • Hazel – 304 Points
  • Oak – 230 Points
  • Silver Birch – 240 Points
  • Sycamore – 245 Points
  • Willow – 307 Points

This means, of course, that children in Elder Family Group (Mr Davies’) will be spending some of Thursday afternoon in the Hall with Dave creating sumptuous Christmas-Themed Cup Cakes. Well done Elder!


We have had a couple of cases of chickenpox in Preschool this week. Please be vigilant for symptoms which include a high temperature and, of course, as rash. Further guidance is available at . The NHS advice is that you don’t necessarily need to see your GP for cases of chickenpox, but your child cannot return to school until all of the spots have crusted over. If you are pregnant, it’s best to check with your midwife if you think you’ve been exposed to chickenpox.

Christmas Dinner Day

As if we could forget, Christmas Dinner Day is next Wednesday. Your child is welcome to come to school in a Christmas Jumper on Wednesday – lunch is usually a much longer event than usual lunchtimes so please also make sure your child has a coast with them as they will be out playing for a substantial period of time. Thank you.

Nativity Exhibition

If you’ve managed to see the collection of nativity scenes in Woolsery Methodist Chapel, we hope you also enjoyed looking at the exhibition of children’s work which is also on display there. The event is open again tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from 11am.

Christmas Open house

Dan Talbot, a former pupil at the school, is running the London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK later in the Spring. To support his fundraising efforts, please drop in to his Christmas Open House on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There will be Tea, Coffee, Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Cakes, Sandwiches, Soup, Pasties and Sausage Rolls… and of course a Raffle. This will be held at CrossPark, Woolsery (which is the house on the corner next to the school field on the way to Venn). If you’re not able to go but would like to make a donation to Hospice UK in memory of his father, you can do that at

Torridge District Scouts would like to re-establish Scouting in Woolsery.
We would initially be looking at starting a Beaver Colony (6 – 8yrs) and/or a Cub Pack (7.5-10.5yrs) for boys and girls in Woolsery and the surrounding area. To gauge the support we might have we plan to hold a meeting for parents and children at Woolsery School at 6.00p.m. on Wednesday 19th December.
Please come along to find out more and let us know your feelings. We will try to keep it as short as possible!
We look forward to meeting you. Bernard Moore

Unicef Coffee Morning

Well done to Chloe and Aiden who raised £450 to support Unicef earlier in the term by holding some coffee mornings – a really impressive total, well done!


Debt Reports

Tina has sent out a report of any money showing as owing on our school systems. We are are that this rather crude report doesn’t distinguish between long-term payment items such as residentials and short-term things like lunches and trips. We also compeltely understand that past trips and visits may still be showing on your account when you’ve decided not to make a parental contribution. If you could return any debt reports with items you’re not intending to pay for crossed out, Tina will then remove them from the system. Conversely, if you would like to pay a contribution towards an old trip still on your account, you are very welcome to do so. If you have any questions about the report, please speak to Tina inthe office as Sue Miles is unlikely to return from sick leave before the end of the term. Thank you.


Swimming has now finished so your child doesn’t need to bring their swimming things withe them on Monday.

Beavers and Cubs

We would very much like to see a new Beaver Colony and Cub Pack start in Woolsery to give our children (boys and girls) access to the valuable life experiences the Scout Association can offer. This will only happen if enough interested families turn up to the meeting on Wednesday evening from 6pm here at school. If there is a poor turn out, it’s quite possible that the Association will try to start a group elsewhere and our chance will have been missed – so please come along if you can to show your support. The meeting is open to children as well, if they’d like to come and find out more. More details in the Community Corner section of the Newsletter.



The Week Ahead

  • Monday: 
  • Tuesday: Mr Pennington out all day. Stroxworthy Class Party (pm), Ashmansworthy Open Afternoon
  • Wednesday: Christmas Dinner/Christmas Jumper Day. Beavers and Scouts Open Meeting in the school hall 6pm
  • Thursday: 
  • Friday: Carols Round The Tree (children, governors and staff only), End of Term. School Reopens on Monday 7th January 2019

With best wishes,
Matt Cole


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