Newsletter: 26th April 2019

Welcome Back!

I hope you all have a fabulous Easter break and enjoyed the stunning weather. We’ve an exciting term planned for everyone and children have already begun to get to grips with their new Projects within our  Curriculum.

  • Sunflowers and Cranford Classes: Living & Growing
  • Burscott Class: What’s So Special About Trees?
  • Stroxworthy Class: What Tickles Your Senses?
  • Alminstone Class: Who and What Has Changed The World?
  • Ashmansworthy Class: How does the UK compare to Jamaica?

Blue planning sheets should have all gone home this week (or at the end of last term) so please check your child’s book bag if you’ve not found it yet!

Rosemoor Visit

Sunflowers and Cranford Classes had a lovely -if soggy- day at Rosemoor on Wednesday. There are some lovely photos on the Blog front page but here are a few to show what the children were up to…


Thank you to all of the parents and helpers who gave up their time to make this day possible… sorry the sun didn’t shine!

Mealtime Assistant Vacancy

We are still looking for a Mealtime Assistant to replace Mrs Emma Clifton who sadly left us at the end of last term. If you would like to know more about the position, please speak to Sue in the Office. Rate of Pay is around £9 per hour which works out at just over £11 per lunch time. The number of days per week is negotiable.

Special Assembly

This afternoon in Assembly we were lucky to have a presentation from Chief Petty Officer Monk, Alyssa’s dad, who spoke to the children about HMS Queen Elizabeth on which he works. The children had lots of amazing questions, and found out some awesome facts about the ship – from her weight through to how many tins of baked beans are needed for a voyage!

Thank you, Chip, for coming in and sharing parts of your Navy life with us – hopefully you will have inspired some of the children to join the Senior Service in years to come…

Burford Woods Visits

Both Cranford Class and Burscott Class are going out to our remote Forest School Woodland at Burford next week. I am sure Mr Pennington has lots of exciting things in store for the children – mostly involving fire and mud – but please remember your child will need their Wellington Boots and old clothes. Arms must be covered so long sleeved tops are a must,  particularly as we’re just coming in to tick season.

It’s lovely to get to the time of year when we can bring the wonderful environment at Burford back into use, thanks to the generosity of Hon. John Rous at Clovelly who allows us exclusive use of the woodland for the children. We hope your children enjoy their days!

New Fence

I hope you like our new playground fence which was installed over the Easter break. The old chainlink fence has been deteriorating for many years and was at the point of becoming dangerous when it was removed. Obviously with our finances in the state I described to you at the end of last term, replacing it was, for us, out of the question and we are enormously grateful to have had such a generous gift which really smartens up the front of the building. I have told the children that, as the fence is in places a metre higher than the old one, we don’t want balls being kicked out into the road any more as it’s both frustrating for us and dangerous for passing cars. If you could reinforce this message at home, I would be most grateful.

Club Bookings

Clubs begin next week, apart from Athletics which begins the week after. Booking is now open via a Google Form which can be accessed here:

As it says on the form, if you are able to select a club, please assume your child has a space as I will remove options as clubs fill up. If your child normally goes home on the school bus, please remember you must tell us how they are getting home once their club is finished. Thanks.

Librarians Needed

We are looking for boys and girls in Years 3-5 who would like to be pupil librarians at the school. The children we’re looking for:

  • like talking about books with other people and finding out what they like to read
  • enjoy reading all sorts of books
  • are tidy and organised and know how to look after books
  • are able to work on their own or as part of a team

The job will involve:

  • helping Mrs Kersey with sorting out and tidying books
  • thinking of ideas that inspire other people in the school to want to read
  • creating displays to promote books, genres or authors
  • being responsible for choosing new books for the library

Please write a letter telling Mrs Kersey whay you should have this job and why you’d be good at it by Wednesday 1st May.

Thank you, Mrs Kersey

The WoolFactor is coming…

Just a reminder that the ‘Woolfactor’ talent show coming in May 2019!!
All wonderful and usual talents are welcome to enter the FOWS Talent Show, if you can sing, dance, tell a good joke, juggle, play an instrument, tell a good story, or do anything amazing please have a think about entering the talent show.
£1 per person to enter, you can enter as a group, double act or solo performer, but you can only perform once in the show. Each performance should last no more than 2 minutes.
Entry forms and information will be available from next week. The talent show will take place on Friday 24th May straight after school.

Please remember that Beavers and Cubs both “Officially” begin their weekly meetings here at the School from next week:

  • Beavers will meet on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
  • Cubs will meet on Thursday nights from 6pm to 7:30pm

In addition, Scouts will begin their free Taster sessions on Wednesday too, in what will become their regular Troop Meeting slot of 7pm – 9pm

If you’d like more details about Beavers (6-8 yrs) or Cubs (8 – 10.5yrs) email Priscilla Woodhall one

For Scouts, children from 10yrs upwards can just turn up on the night, or let me know here at school that they’ll be coming.

More information

Family Group Points

When I asked what the children would like to have as their Family Group Treat this half term, most asked if we could repeat on of the Autumn Term Treats and hold a non-uniform day for the victorious Family Group… sometimes the easiest things are the best! The Treat Day will be on the final day of this half term, Friday 24th May. Good luck everyone!

Well done to everyone who has made such a successful start to this term! The people who have really impressed their teachers this week are:

  • Cranford: Elsa – her amazing writing about our trip to Rosemoor; Evie – her amazing writing about our trip to Rosemoor
  • Burscott: Georgia – learning a big life lesson this week and using it to help others; Alfie- putting a huge effort into all areas of his learning this week
  • Stroxworthy: Albie – always trying his best in his learning; Sebastian – a good attitude to learning after the holidays
  • Alminstone: Archie – Settling back into class so well and working so hard in lessons; Chloe – working really hard in the first few days back, especially in maths
  • Ashmansworthy: Kyson – helping another child in maths this week and trying hard with his own work; Holly – showing great confidence and enthusiasm in all her work this week

  • Monday: Burscott Class to Burford Woods all day. Community Voice meeting in Family Group Time.
  • Tuesday: Cranford Class to Burford Woods all day. Miss Butler and Mr Davies out all day – Maths training. Mr Diskin supply in Ashmansworthy; Miss Burns supply in Alminstone. Governors ISDR training at Park School, Barnstaple
  • Wednesday: Beavers and Scouts sessions begin
  • Thursday: Mr Cole out all day. Cubs sessions begin
  • Friday

With best wishes,

Matt Cole, Headteacher.

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