Newsletter: 8th November 2019

Anti-Bullying Week

Next week is national Anti-Bullying Week. Some members of Community Voice have been to Instow Primary on ACCT Training ahead of the week’s events. James and Grace, who are our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and are ready to deliver their assembly to the school on Monday. We’re also asking all children to come to school in odd socks on Tuesday and in return we’ll be giving out a free ABW19 Wristband with this year’s theme “Change Starts With Us!

Spring Term Preschool Allocations

Mrs Phillips will be in the Preschool Room after school on Wednesday 27th November from 3:30pm to take bookings for next term’s preschool sessions. If you’re not able to attend to book your child in, please speak to Mrs Phillips beforehand otherwise we may give away your child’s preferred sessions – thank you.

Parents’ Spelling & Grammar

Thank you to the parents who came to the Grammar and Spelling: Support Your Child workshop this morning – we hope you found it useful. Mrs Kersey has already been asked to run the meeting again later in the term – keep a look-out for the date when it’s fixed.

Book Review Congratulations

Well done to Chloe who has one October’s book Review for our Featured Author, Julia Donaldson. Chloe has written a review of Paper Dolls and wins a £10 Book Token.

November’s Book Review Featured Author is Roald Dahl… As usual, we’re looking for Reviews for any of Roald Dahl’s work presented beautifully explaining what the favourite book is all about and why you like the author. Children in EYFS can , of course, draw a picture of their favourite part of the book but all other age groups need to produce some writing.

Clovelly Lights

We have been asked once again to lead the carol singing and perform a Christmas song at the annual Clovelly Lights celebration on 1st December.

Any children who would like to take part, please come and see Mr Cole for a letter containing all the details. There will be a few lunchtime practices and maybe an after-school practice or two.

Your child will need to be available between 3.30 and 6pm on Sunday 1st December in Clovelly and will need to be able to learn a range of carols over the next month.


Staying with a music-theme, the school now has a good collection of flutes and clarinets ready for your child if they would like to learn either of these intruments. This means that you don’t need to fund the considerable expense of an instrument of their own as they’ll be able to have the use of a school one for the duration of their time at Woolsery Primary School. If you would like to find out more about your child learning flute or clarinet during school time with our peripatetic music teacher, Annie Gordon, please call in to the office.

Children In Need

Next Friday is the annual BBC Children In Need Appeal. For 50p, all children are welcome to come to school in non-school uniform for the day and those that wish to can wear something spotty to support the Pudsey theme. In place of Tasty Tuck at morning playtime, we’ll be having a cake ‘n’ cookie sale to raise extra funds – all cakes etc will be 50p. If you are able to donate cakes for the sale, please send them in to school through the week – thank you.

Staff Changes

Sadly due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Tim Riches has been unable to take up his post as Kitchen Assistant. Between now and February half term, this is being filled by Becci Tanner pending a permanent appointment when she returns to her seasonal work in March.

Well done to everyone who has gained a Headteacher’s Award today for their excellent work in class over the past week. This week’s recipients are:

  • Cranford – Arthur – sewing an amazing poppy; Logan – writing lots and lots; you didn’t give up!
  • Burscott – Jack  – always giving his best at everything he does; Lyla – always trying her hardest at whatever she attempts
  • Stroxworthy – Harley – working hard in all subjects, Paddy – trying hard to be an independent learner
  • Alminstone
  • Ashmansworthy – Chester – producing some lovely poppy artwork; Josh – producing some lovely poppy artwork

Family Group Points

This half term, I asked the chidlren what they would like for their Family Group Treat at the end of term – we held a ballot in the Library and had a huge range of excellent ideas – from “A Day Off School” and “Foreign Holiday” through to more do-able answers like “Bring Your Pets To School” or a host of events based around cooking. In the end, we’ve chosen the most popular cooking-based idea – baking and decorating Christmas Cookies. This will take place with Dave in the last week of term. So far, the race to win that Treat is very tight, with scores looking like this…

  • Beech 139
  • Elder 162
  • Hazel 159
  • Oak 150
  • Sycamore 142
  • Silver Birch 147
  • Willow 149

Anti-Bullying Week

  • Monday Miss Butler out all day – Maths Subject Leader Meeting, Mr Cole teaching in Ashmansworthy.
  • Tuesday Anti Bullying Week Odd Socks Day Mr Cole to meeting (PM).
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday Year 1/ Year 2 Multi-skills Festival at Atlantic Racquet Centre 9am – 12 noon. FOWS Meeting 7:30pm in The Farmers Arms
  • Friday Children In Need Non-Uniform Day and Cake ‘n’ Cookie Sale; Interviews for new Teaching Assistant (AM)

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