Newsletter: 20th September 2019

Flu Vaccination

Last Friday you will all have received a yellow piece of paper (shown below) per family informing you about flu vaccinations. Just for clarity, you need to opt in or opt out – in other words, the NHS requires a response from all of you regarding your wishes for your child’s flue innocoluations. Please note, this can only be done online following the instructions set out below, it’s not something that school can do for you.

What’s In An Name?

I have asked staff to check all children’s jumpers next week because we have a lot of namless pieces of clothing left around the school which can’t be returned to its owner. Please could you take some time over the weekend to make sure the name you’ve put in your child’s clothes is readable and is their full first name, not just initials? In the office, we have a sack full of unclaimed clothes from last term which is going to have to go into recycling which seems a dreadful waste of your money.

Just a reminder for parents new to the school, there is a lost property box by the children’s playground entrance door containing bits left around the school. We sort this periodically and return named items to its owner, but you (and your children) are welcome to check it at any time.

We also sell second hand uniform which is in a good condition, this is kept by the office hatchway; feel free to browse through if you’re looking for additional items of uniform – we only ask for a nominal contribution to FOWS in return for items you may want. Thanks

Parent Governor Vacancy

Please remember we are inviting expressions of interest to join our Governing Board as a Parent Governor. If you’d like to know more about this rewarding role, which is also great on CVs, you can ask any of our existing Governors or speak with Sue Miles in the Office.


The Annual General Meeting for FOWS will be held next Thursday at 7:30pm. As I mentioned last week, we need to have a group of people willing to take on the principle roles (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) plus at least two Committee Memebers for the Charity to continue. If you are unable to come to the meeting but would be happy to take on one of these tasks, please let us know in school or speak to our existing Chair, Lynsey Eavis who is a Teaching Assistant in Cranford Class. Thanks.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Next Thursday is our Harvest Thanksgiving Assembly which this year will be held over the road in Woolsery Methodist Church. Charity Voice have been discussing which charities to support over the coming year and already have plans for activities in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, Water Aid, Help For Heroes and more. For Harvest, though, Charity Voice Team have asked that children bring in donations of packet food or tins for The Harbour Project in Bideford. Harbour have a dual role – both in providing a much needed Foodbank to low-income families in our area and also for providing a hot meal for the town’s homeless population.

Please could your child bring in their donation of non-perishable food and carry it with them over to the Methodist Church on Thursday morning? Thank you.

As the Methodist Church is only small, we’re not able to invite parents and family to join in with this assembly I’m afraid.

Let’s Dance!

Siobhan Brennan has offered to run two dance clubs on Tuesdays after school. These are:

  • 3:15 – 4pm – Ballet
  • 4:00 – 4:45pm – Street Dance

The clubs are open to all ages and begin next week. Please sign up on the online Clubs Booking Form HERE if you’d like your child to take part.

Early Mornings

Please remember that children should not be in school before 8:40 in the mornings as there will be no staff to supervise. We have some very keen learners who are here very, very early at the moment! Thanks.


Junior Badminton at Woolsery Community Hall: Starts Tue 1st Oct 7 to 8 in the hall. All equipment provided.

For further details, call Brian Butler on 01237 451627

Year 5 and 6 students and parents are warmly invited to the Atlantic Academy open evening on Tuesday 24th September, between 5pm and 7.30pm.  Staff and students await your visit to showcase Atlantic Academy in action; try your hand at a range of subjects and visit the student-run pop up cafe.  Alternatively, please contact the school visit to arrange a personal tour.

L Slater, Principal: Atlantic Academy

Family Group Points

Our children have been collecting Family Group Points for great work, great manners and being wonderfu in all sorts of ways. The first fortnightly-count-up of Points is as follows:

  • Beech 139 Points
  • Elder 134 Points
  • Hazel 121 Points
  • Oak 111 Points
  • Silver Birch 119 Points
  • Sycamore 92 Points
  • Willow 138 Points

So, as you can see, it’s a close race at the top! The children are competing for a non-uniform day on the last day of the half term, Friday 18th October.

Well done to all of the children who have been awarded a Headteacher’s Award in assembly today:

  • Cranford: Jacob – drawing an amazing bike for Mrs Armitage; Oliver – drawing an amazing bike for Mrs Armitage
  • Burscott: Olivia – Making links in Maths work; George – Amazing drawing skills in Art
  • Stroxworthy: Isobel – using resources well to aid her learning; Bailey – excellent learning in maths and English
  • Alminstone: Owen – showing good imagination and description in his writing; Josie – outstanding maths talk this week
  • Ashmansworthy: Joanne – for listening well in class and trying hard with all her work; Ashton – always trying hard to produce his best work, and listening well in class

  • Monday – Stroxworthy trip to Dinosaur World, Torbay
  • Tuesday – Full Governors’ Meeting 6pm
  • Wednesday – Mr Cole out to mid-afternoon – ACCT
  • Thursday – Harvest Assembly in aid of Harbour 10:15am
  • Friday – Closing date for Kitchen Assistant vacancy

With best wishes

Matt Cole, Headteacher

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