Newsletter: 15th March 2019

Village Pantomime

The Friends of Woolsery School will be organising refreshments at this year’s Village Pantomime. This should be an important fundraiser for the school and we are asking for donations of cakes and raffle prizes. These need to be brought into school by Wednesday 20th March, please. Obviously, the more raffle prizes and cakes that are donated, the less FOWS will have to buy so you will ultimately be helping increase the money coming back into school. Although home made cakes are always welcome, FOWS will happily receive cupcakes, shop-bought cakes or your hand-created masterpieces. Thanks.

FOWS current fundraising project is to update the outside areas of the school, particuarly the field and play areas, so any contributions you can make are most welcome.

Stroxworthy Do Drop-In

Staying with the cake theme, Stroxworthy Class will be running the Friday Parent’s Drop In Cafe which will make a reappearance on Friday 29th March. The children will make cakes in school the day before, and it would be lovely if as many parents as possible attended so they can experience being waiters and waitresses. Please keep this date free in your diaries, thanks.

Woolsery Chooses Respect

Emily and Aiden, members of our Community Voice, presented an assembly to the children this week as a follow-up to last November’s Anti Bullying Week. Both did really well, explaining how children can choose to respect each other (which Mrs Oyarzabal demonstrated beautifully) rather than being disrespectful (which Mrs Farmer demonstrated hillariously). Emily and Aiden also shared a short movie which they made with their counterparts from the other ACCT schools when they spent a planning day together back in January.

All family groups will be following this up in their meetings between now and Easter, and if you could also talk about “respect” in terms of your child’s behaviour, that would really help to reinforce the message. The children will be learning that they can show Respect by doing things like:

  • asking before they borrow something from a classmate,
  • not interrupting
  • agreeing to disagree with someone when having an argument
  • using kind words
  • telling an adult when they see unkind behaviour in others
  • choosing to be kind to someone even if you’re having a bad day
  • including people who are alone in your playtime games

Red Nose Thanks

We had a fantastic day yesterday, 24 hours ahead of the rest of the country, in celebrating Red Nose Day 2019. All 120 Red Noses sold out which will have generated around £80 profit for RND19, and the children matched that amount almost to the penny with our collections for non-uniform and iced biscuits. A huge thank you to you all for supporting the day, and also to Charity Voice who ran the Decorate Your Own Biscuit Sale at breaktime.

Please remember that next Thursday is our Odd Socks Day to raise awareness for Down Syndrome – there is no charge for this event but there will, of course, be some discussion in classes about what Down Syndrome is and how the children can confidently interact with children such as Molly in everyday life.

Heatree Residential

Y3 and Y4 children are off on their Residential visit to Heatree near Manaton on Monday for three days of outdoor education on Dartmoor. We’ve not used Heatree before so it should be interesting time for all of us! Children in Mrs Kersey’s Class who are not going on the Residential will be based in Alminstone Class with Mr Davies for the first half of the week.

Key Stage 1 Singing Morning

Burscott Class will be going to St Mary’s in Bideford next Friday along with Mrs Farmer and Mr Cole for their singing morning with other ACCT Schools. We will be leaving shortly after registration and will be back in school for a late lunchtime.

Key Stage 2 Singing Festival

Ashmansworthy Class have been at Woolsery Halll all day today working with the children from other Bideford schools in preparation for the Singing Festival later in the month. If you have a child in Ashmansworthy and haven’t yet returned your permission slip/ticket requests, please could you do so early next week so that we can begin the process of allocating tickets. Thank you.

Family Group Points

The race to collect points towards an egg-blowing/decorating afternoon in the last week before the Easter Holidays is hotting up…

  1. Willow 407
  2. Hazel 405
  3. Elder 390
  4. Beech 363
  5. Silver Birch 337
  6. Oak 307
  7. Sycamore 288

Headteacher Awards

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

Cranford: Scarlett – working hard in letters and sounds; Harrison – remembering the names of 3D shapes


Stroxworthy: Louie – good attention to detail in art work with Mrs Furse; Isla – good attention to detail in art work with Mrs Furse

Alminstone: JJ – being a ray of sunshine and hardworker; Ethan – a superb island map and excellent effort and attention to detail.

Ashmansworthy: Winnie – trying hard in all her work; Hunter – always working hard and producing work of a good standard

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: Y3&Y4 on Heatree Residential until Wednesday
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday: Heatree Residential returns (pm); Beavers and Cubs taster meetings
  • Thursday: Mr Cole and Mrs Farmer to meeting (am)
  • Friday: Burscott Class to St Mary’s (am) for Singing Morning

With best wishes,
Matt Cole
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