Newsletter – 15th February 2019

Budding Estate Agents

It’s always lovely to hear from the wider community that groups of children are “a credit to the school” when they’re out and about and feedback from Burscott’s trip to Bideford Regency Estate Agents was no exception. The staff at Regency’s were highly complimentary about all the children in Burscott Class who had gone into town on the 319 service bus to find out about houses as part of their Who Lives In A House Like This? project. The firm have been very generous, laying on refreshments nearby for the children and donating prizes for the best work related to this visit – this is exactly the sort of partnership we are looking to develop through our WILD Curriculum – thank you to all the staff at Regency, and well done, everyone everyone in Burscott Class! We have two trips coming up shortly after half term for other classes and hopefully we’ll hear just as excellent feedback from their hosts as well…

London Residential

All parents with Y5 children going to London after half term should have received a letter from me confirming details we went through at the parents meeting last Wednesday. If you haven’t received it, please ask at the Office for another one because it has important information in it about contacting the group through the stay and also how to access our blog posts whilst we’re in the Capital. Please also remember that deadline for spending money is Tuesday 26th February; please send the two envelopes into the school office. Thanks.

Tennis Next Term

Both Burscott and Cranford classes will have ARC tennis tuition as part of their PE provision after the half term break. For children in Cranford Class only, children are welcome to come to school in PE kits each Tuesday rather than have to change. Hopefully this will maximise their tennis time! Thanks.

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Parent/Teacher meetings have been planned for the week of 11th March. Please make a note in your diaries now as teachers will be asking you to book sessions as soon as we’re back from the half term break. Timings will be:

  • Sunflowers – After School on Tuesday 12th for children with Joanne or Laura as Key Workers; From 1:30pm on Thursday 14th for children with Mrs Phillips as Key Worker
  • Cranford Class – Tuesday 12th after school and Thursday 14th from 1:30 – 4pm
  • Burscott Class – Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th after school
  • Stroxworthy Class – Monday 11th after school (no Eco Club on that day) and Wednesday 13th from 12:30 – 5pm
  • Alminstone Class – Tuesday 12th after school and before school on other days by arrangement
  • Ashmansworthy Class – Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th after school

Scouts Update

I’m so very pleased that it looks very much as if Woolsery will shortly have all three units available for our children – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts! A massive thank you to parents and friends who have come forward to volunteer as Leaders or Assistants, Committee Members or Fundraisers.

As the group moves towards regular meetings, the new Beaver Colony and Cub Pack will have taster sessions on the following dates here at Woolsery Primary School. The Scout Troop will be starting after Easter as well so we’ll post more news about their Taster dates as soon as we have them. Please note that these are taster days only as they need to be supported by Scouting personnel from other units until Woolsery’s leaders are fully in place, so the days and times aren’t necessarily indicitive of how meetings will be when full sessions begin after Easter.

Taster Days:

  • Wednesday 6th March Beavers 6:00 – 6:45; Cubs 6:45 – 7:45
  • Wednesday 13th March Beavers 6:00 – 6:45; Cubs 6:45 – 7:45
  • Wednesday 20th March Beavers 6:00 – 6:45; Cubs 6:45 – 7:45
  • Wednesday 27th March Beavers 6:00 – 6:45; Cubs 6:45 – 7:45

Just to remind you, all three units are open to boys and girls. Beavers are for 6 – 8 year olds; Cubs from 8 – 10 1/2 years; Scouts from 10 1/2 to 14 years


Goodbye, Mrs Macleod

After almost exactly 19 years with the school, we’re very sad to report that Mrs Sasha Macleod leaves us today. Although we know that Sasha will be back from time to time for supply work, today marks the end of her regular employment with us. Children who were first taught by Mrs Macleod are now in their mid-twenties so there must be a huge number of people in our community who have very fond memories of Sasha’s passion for learning, extraordinary commitment to PE and Sport and her long-standing support for the school, particularly her many years acting as the FOWS staff rep in the early years of her time at the school.

The children will be presenting Mrs Macleod with a range of mementoes as she leaves them today and the staff and governors will be saying an official good-bye later in the term. On behalf of everyone at the school, I wish Sasha the absolute best of times for the future, and our heartfelt thanks for everything she has contributed to the school since joining us in February 2000.

now, you’d think that over almost 20 years, there would be a healthy stock of Mrs-Macleod-Photos in our archive, but sadly, as Mrs Macleod is a fantastic photographer, she spends a lot more of her time behind the camera than in front of it.. but here are a small selection from years gone by…

2003, farm visit

2004 Sports Day

2009 Class Photo

After Half Term, Mrs Macleod’s teaching commitment will be taken by Mrs Kelly Dobson, with whom most children are very familiar as she is a regular supply teacher for us.


Headteacher Awards

With the Snow Day and my absence at the end of last week, there’s something of a backlog of Headteacher Awards… Our amazing learners this week (and two weeks before for some classes!), who have all received a Headteachers’ Award, are:

  • Cranford: Logan – adding two numbers together; Noah – adding two numbers together
  • Burscott: Melanija – persevering with her reading and writing and making some good progress; Dexter – always listening and helping others
  • Stroxworthy: Isla-Mae – challenging herself in her maths; Sebastian – showing consistency in his learning; Farley – working hard on his presentation of his writing; Lola – trying her best in everything she attempts; Mary-Jane – trying really hard in her diary writing, Rojan – being consistent in his learning
  • Alminstone: Alexander – always trying his best and for being polite and helpful towards a supply teacher in the class, Gianni – trying his very best in class ALL day, and achieving some excellent work in maths, French and SPaG; Ethan – working so hard to improve his reading; Jasmine – writing an incredible letter to the Prime Minister about plastic pollution. Archie – working hard at being an independent learner and doing some super work on graphs; Joanne – her fantastic application in French lessons, Tres bien, Joanne!
  • Ashmansworthy:

Family Group Points

This is the half-way point for the children to collect points towards an egg-blowing/decorating afternoon in the last week before the Easter Holidays…

  1. Hazel – 294 points
  2. Willow – 285 points
  3. Beech – 255 points
  4. Elder – 247 points
  5. Silver Birch – 223 points
  6. Oak – 197 points
  7. Sycamore – 188 points

Happy Half Term

It will certainly be good to have a week away from school and hopefully let the bugs and illnesses deplete themeselves somewhat! Whatever you’re doing, have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 25th February.


The Week (after next) Ahead

  • Monday: Additional Global Voice meeting with EduKid charity (pm)
  • Tuesday: Deadline for London Residential spending money; Alminstone visit to Ilfracombe
  • Wednesday: Ashmansworthy visit to Tiverton
  • Thursday:
  • Friday:

With best wishes,
Matt Cole
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