Newsletter – 22nd March 2019

Heatree Thanks

The children in Years 3 and 4 had a truly awesome time on our first Residential visit to Heatree on Dartmoor. There are lots of photos on the Blog which although show the activities, don’t do justice to the effort, enthusiasm and pure joy the children got from the activities at the Centre. Staying away from home, for many for the first time, is a huge step and all of the children coped really, really well. It’s always lovely to see the children seeing each other in a different light – excelling where perhaps they haven’t in school, or growing in confidence through challenges, or just organising themselves.

Thank you to all of the parents who made this residential financially possible – we already have a provisional booking at Heatree for next year.

Easter Hamper

From next week, there will be an Easter Hamper for raffle in the school foyer. This has been put together by a parent who would like to raise some funds to repair our wind-damaged greenhouse area and school entrance. Tickets will be on sale for £1 each – please support it if you can, thanks.

Lunch Variations

In order to trial items for the Summer Term menu, Dave has put some changes into the next two weeks’ menu. On Friday 29th March, the pudding will be a Blueberry Muffin rather than a Banana Muffin; on Friday 5th April, he will be serving Fish Fingers, Chips and Peas rather than Samon and Broccoli Pasta. Please let us know if you’d like to change your order. As always, Dave welcomes feedback on his food as this helps him improve our offering to all children.

Dan Talbot,

a former pupil at the school, is running in the London Marathon this year. He has a fundraising concert with Hartland Town Band and Hartand Coast Mission Community Choir in Woolsery Church on Thursday 4th April at 7.30pm. Entrance is £6 on the door. Dan is running in aid of Hospice UK, specifically North Devon Hospice. Please go along and support this event if you’re able to.

Atlantic Academy PTFA

…are holding a Ladies Pamper Evening on Monday 1st April from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Tickets are £2 per person which includes admission and a free drink. There is a charge of £5 per treatment, including reflexology, Reiki, eye brow/ lip/ chin wax, nails painted, etc etc. To book treatments or tickets, please email or just turn up on the night.

Down Syndrome Day

Thank you for supporting our Odd Sock Day yesterday to raise awareness for Down Syndrome. We hope that through the work the chidlren have been doing in class, they’ve come to understand a little more about Down Syndrome, and hopefully it’s started some conversations at home about differences we all experience in life.

Singing Festival

Ashmansworthy Class will be performing at the Bideford Schools’ Singing Festival next Tuesday. If you would like to go and watch, there are still tickets available for the 5pm performance.

Please note that the second performance, which is sold out, starts at 6:15pm not 6:30pm as previously advertised. Car parking is always very challenging, so please arrive in good time.

Unfortunately, my car is unexpectedly off the road at the moment so I will not be able to bring children back with me as planned. If you have indicated on your form that your child needs a lift back,they will be brought back to home by either Miss Butler or Mrs Miles.

Dads and Lads Weekend

If you liked the look of the activities at Heatree, they are running a Dads and Lads weekend on 5th-7th April. Activities will include high ropes, bushcraft, low adventure, archery and a campfire. Cost is £190 per pair for the whole weekend. For more details and too book, contact or call 01647221307

Key Stage 1 Singing

Finally, well done to the children in Burscott Class for a super performance at St Mary’s this morning at the Key Stage 1 Singing Morning. The children sang Bideford Bay beautifully and with lots of confidence – well done everyone!

Headteacher Awards

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

  • Cranford: Molly – making an amazing sock puppet; Alfie – making an amazing sock puppet
  • Burscott: Melanija – a huge improvement in her writing; Emily – trying really hard with her writing at home and in school
  • Stroxworthy: Evie – rising to the challenge with Mr Davies, Morgan – working well with Mr Davies
  • Alminstone: Alfie – Brilliant healthy living work; Ashton – Brilliant healthy living work
  • Ashmansworthy: George – working hard on calculating with fractions, Holly – working hard with fraction calcuations, and even beginning to enjoy them!
  • Heatree Outstanding Achievement Awards: Dan and Anthony, Isla-Mae and Henry

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: 
  • Tuesday: Bideford Schools Singing Festival 5pm and 6:15 at Bideford College
  • Wednesday: Mr Cole and Mrs Miles out PM – Safeguarding
  • Thursday: Mr Cole, Mrs Miles and Mrs Buckley to Governors’ Meeting
  • Friday: No Choir after school

With best wishes,
Matt Cole
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