Newsletter: 13th September 2019

Free School Meals

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.
From year 3 onwards, children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.
How to apply
Apply through the Devon Citizens Portal. This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Just a reminder that Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all begin again next week. Having had a very good first term, the Scout Group is now ready to expand numbers – so if your child hasn’t yet tried and would like to please use the following email contacts:

  • Beavers (6-8yrs, Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm)
  • Cubs (8-10.5yrs, Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30pm))
  • Scouts (10.5 – 14yrs, Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00pm)

For general queries about the Scout Group (i.e. all three sections) you can still contact the Group Scout Leader, Priscilla Woodhall using

Music Clubs

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough children signed up to make either Choir or Ukeleles & Recorders viable this term so neither will run.

Forest School

We urgently need more helpers to sustain our Forest School programme – if you are able to give up an afternoon for a half term to support groups in their outdoor learning, please contact the office or your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.

As well as adults, we also need a new set of log seats. The current ones which the children sit and work on were given to us by the Forestry Commission when we set up Forest School in 2008 and are now quite rotten. If you know of anyone with access to a felled pine tree and a chainsaw, we’re looking for around 30 new logs cut into about foot-long sections. Please could you help put the word out? Thank you.

Also related to Forest School, please note that there will be no Forest School for Ashmansworthy Class next Thursday; the children will have normal classroom lessons so will not need to bring in wellies etc.

Congratulations to the children who were chosen by their Family Groups to sit on School Voice for the coming year. Children from last year’s Voice groups now need to remove their Voice badges from uniform (unless they’re carrying on for another year…) and the new children will receive their badges once they’ve been delivered.

Charity Voice:

Alfie, Aaron, Oliver M, Finley, Josie, Jasmine and Mary-Jane

Community Voice:

Grace, Nate, Nelly, Ravi, Chloe N, Faris, James

Global Voice:

Daisy, Hope, Aiden, Ethan, Lizzie, Billy, Archie, Dominic

Enterprise Voice:

Isla-Mae, Morgan L, Henry, Maisy, Georgia, Paddy, Connor

In the coming week, Charity Voice will begin planning for their first event which will be our Harvest Thanksgiving held this year in Woolsery Methodist Church on Thursday 26th September.

Friends of Woolsery School – to be continued!

We had a really productive meeting this morning about the future of the PTA and have some excellent ideas for re-energising this vital charity for the benefit of all the children in the school and their families. The ideas from the meeting will be introduced through our Community Voice team when they meet and, of course, through FOWS itself. However, this can only happen if we are able to elect a committee at the FOWS AGM which takes place on Thursday 26th September. Whilst our plans mean there will be much less for the Committee to do, we need the legal entity to continue – in other words, we must be able to elect a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and at least two other committee members – in order to satisfy the Charity Commission. Please give this some urgent thought to taking up one of these roles and save the date in your diary. We need your support at the meeting, even if you’re not able to stand for election.

Our exciting plans will be announced in due course… watch this space!

Music Clubs

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough children signed up to make either Choir or Ukeleles & Recorders viable this term so neither will run.

Congratulations to the first children of the school year to receive Headteacher Awards this week:

  • Cranford: Mia – completing all challenges independently; Scarlett – helping the Reception children settle into school this week
  • Burscott: Harry – being resilient with his writing; Genervieve – extending herself within her writing
  • Stroxworthy: Maisie – always working hard and helping others; Nate – always doing his best and setting an excellent example to others.
  • Alminstone: Molly-May, Liam, Emily, Georgia – all for settling into Alminstone Class and Woolsery Primary School so well!
  • Ashmansworthy: Daisy – making a great start in Year Five and producing some lovely writing and maths work; Oliver – making a great start in Year Five – contributing enthusiastically to lessons and producing good pieces of work.

  • Monday – Mr Davies out PM, Mrs S Nicholls supply
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday – Mr Cole and Mrs Farmer out all day.
  • Thursday – Year 6 Bude Residential Parents’ Meeting 3:30 in Ashmansworthy Class
  • Friday –
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