Newsletter: 4th October 2019

Author of the Month

Hopfully you will have heard about our new library initiative this year, celebrating an Author of the Month. We will be choosing a children’s author every month except July and August and make a feature of their books on the library displays. We are also inviting children from across the school to create a book review, saying why they’ve enjoyed particular aspects of a book and telling everyone else a little of what the book is about. (pre-writing children are welcome to contribute pictures of their favourite character or moment in the story…)

September’s Author was Valerie Thomas, creator of the Winnie the Witch series and we were delighted that former Woolsery teacher and teaching assistant Sally Anderson and Sue Symons judged the entries on Wednesday.

The winner of the September competition and recipient of a £10 book token is Georgia from Burscott Class – well done, Georgia! Mrs Anderson and Mrs Symons were particularly impressed with the detail in Georgia’s writing and the presentation of her thoughts and her Review is shown below.

October’s Author is Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo amongst others. All children are free to enter for the next £10 book token – entries close on 31st October.

School Voice Badges

The new batch of School Voice badges for our new Voice teams have arrived and were given out yesterday. Please could you sew them onto uniform as shown in the accompanying letter if your child is a part of School Voice. Children from last year’s Voice teams should remove their badges now if they’ve not already done so – thanks.

End of Term Trophies

If your child received an award from school at the end of the summer term which needs engraving with their name, please could you send it in to school between now and half term so we can get the work done? Once completed, we’ll return them to your child so they can keep them for the rest of the academic year. Thank you.

Data Collection forms

If you’ve not already checked and returned your data collection forms to the school office, could you do so early next week please? It’s vital that we have up to date communication information and medical information about your child in case we need to get hold of you in an emergency. A huge thank you to everyone who returned them very promptly – we are working our way through them and updating our records accordingly.

Bark Chips

We have six dumpy bags of bark chips which we urgently need to move and spread around the play park, if possible before the Bonfire Night celebrations next month. If you’re able to bring a barrow and move some for us, or if you have something more mechanical that will do the job faster, please let us know. Thank you.

Macmillan Thanks

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the Macmillan/Teenage Cancer Trust’s Coffee Morning here at school last Saturday. Sharon, Ruby and Olivia were delighted to raise and amazing £533, meaning £276.50 is going off to each of these charities for vital work in supporting cancer patients. As you know, I have personal experience of how important the support these charities offer is, long after the cancer itself has been sorted. So thank you for your generosity.

Please remember that due to the Woolsery Scouts’ Camp Out tonight, the school field will be closed after school until 11am on Saturday morning.

Also, following on from the success of opening three brand new sections here in Woolsery, there is apossibility of adding an Explorer Scout section too. If you know of young people aged 14-18 years who might be interested, please email so we can build up a list to demonstrate enough demand.

Dance Club timings

Because almost all of the dancers are staying to both ballet and street dance clubs on Tuesdays they’re too tired to dance right up until the planned finish time of 4:45pm. Therefore from next week, Dance will finish at 4:30pm. Please collect your child at the new time, thanks.

Flu Vaccinations

Due to a national supply shortage of the correct vaccine for this year’s flu type, the planned innoculations have been put back from next Monday, 7th October to Wednesday 16th October. This means that NHS staff will be in school n that morning to delivery the nasel sprays to all children whose parents have completed the registration process:

School Photos

Alan Schofield will be in school next Wedneday morning to take all children’s individual portraits for school records. As usual, he will also take family groups of children in the school. If you would like your children who aren’t yet at school to also be in the photo, you’re welcome to bring them in from 8:30am, otherwise both family and individual portraits will be taken during morning school. They will be available to order so you have any prints you might want in time for Christmas.

Family Group Points

The race for the honour of wearing non-uniform on the last day before the half term break is hotting up…. Here are the scores as they stand:

  • Beech: 273
  • Elder: 258
  • Hazel: 245
  • Oak: 222
  • Silver Birch: 226
  • Sycamore: 186
  • Willow: 266

And well done to everyone who received a Headteacher’s Award for outstanding work in class this week…

  • Cranford: Oscar – amazing writing in letters & sounds; Lyonie – writing her numbers to 100 the correct way around
  • Burscott: Alfie A – a good attitude to learning; Alfie P – improving attitude to learning
  • Stroxworthy: Dexter– working well with his partner in maths and making excellent vocabulary choices in his writing; Sophie – asking questions to improve her handwriting
  • Alminstone: Emily – being kind and helpful; Isaac- great coding in Computer Science this week
  • Ashmansworthy: Grace – always supporting and helping children in class without being asked; Billy – writing an exciting build up to his Greek-style myth

  • Monday
  • Tuesday Mr Cole out all day – DTSA
  • Wednesday Individual and Family Photos (AM)
  • Thursday
  • Friday Fire Safety Talks with Years 2 and 5 (PM)
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