Newsletter: 25th January 2019


Bikeability will run from Tuesday – Friday of next week. Please make sure that your child’s bike is in a roadworthy condition over the weekend.

We have a new instructor delivering the training this time, and he works differently from our previous instructor. He would like your child to have their bike and helmet in school from Tuesday through to Friday. Before school on Tuesday morning please could they push it onto the playground and park it under the shelter. He will run a refresher session with all the children on Tuesday morning, and then put them into small groups for the sessions out on the road. If you would like to leave the bike in school to save bringing it in everyday it can be left under the shelter on the playground (not in the bike shed by the car park please). Please ensure your child understands they must not ride their bike down the path or on the playground unless told to do so by the Instructor.


Thank you to the 25 parents who have responded so far to the Governors’ quesstionnaire about our future direction regarding swimming. The replies have given Governors a rich source of opinion to inform ongoing discussions, but it would be great if it was even more representative of the whole parent community. Even if your child hasn’t done swimming with school in the past, I would encourage you to fill out the questionnaire so your voice is heard. As I mentioned last week, the discussion has come about because the school is having to prop up £1600 of coach travel expenses because so many families now choose not to pay towards transport and this is not sustainable for us.

I appreciate the sentiment that has come through from several responses, namely that only children who pay should go, however, that position would be illegal and not one the school is able to follow which is why the Governors are consulting you on alternative models.

You can access the survey at

Please remember that we will be celebrating our 140th birthday here at school on Monday. All children and staff are invited to dress up in Victorian clothes for the day. Teachers have planned special work in the classrooms for the morning, and in the afternoon we will be cutting and sharing our special birthday cake, burying our time capsule and planting a commemorative tree.

Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra

We hope your child was inspired by the visit fromm DYJO this week! Whether they watched the performance in the morning, or were around to be part of the workshop afterwards, the children seemed captivated watching the live instruments play and taking part in making music. If as a result your child would like to take up learning an instrument here at school, please remember we offer piano, keyboard, guitar, drum kit, brass and woodwind and can offer many intruments on a trial basis until your child knows if they are serious enough to need one of their own.

Plans are moving forward quickly to offer Beavers, Cubs and/or Scouts in Woolsery. There is a taster session here at school for any children between 6 and 14yrs (and their parents) who might be thinking of joining. If you would like more information, please see the detail in the advert below. We are hoping for a really strong turn-out so please come along if you can! The Clovelly Bay Scout Group will be open to children from any of the surrounding parishes too – so please spread the word!

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If you would like to attend the above workshop to help you manage family finances, please book your place by calling the organiser, Kim Payne, on 01823 461099 or 07825 228947

If you would like more information about your child taking part in Cinderella in March, please speak to Richard or Gitta Todd. Please note there is an additional audition this Thursday from 3:15pm here at school for any children who were unable to attend the earlier audition.


Headteacher Awards

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

  • Cranford: Bella – trying so hard at everything; Tommy – trying so hard at everything
  • Burscott: Aaron – showing greater depth in his maths work; Isla-Mae  – always working hard and producing some great writing this week
  • Stroxworthy: Ralph – persevering with his work; Owen – sharing his knowledge with others
  • Alminstone: Sophie – excellent work measuring and naming angles in maths
  • Ashmansworthy: Rivers – writing an excellent letter using informal language and non-standard English for good effect.  Winnie – writing an excellent letter using

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: 140th Birthday celebrations – Victorian Clothes day
  • Tuesday: Mr Cole at the Teaching School from Mid-Morning
  • Wednesday: 
  • Thursday: Ashmansworthy Class at Atlantic Racquet Centre (am)
  • Friday: 

With best wishes,
Matt Cole
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