Newsletter: 10th January 2020

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and everyone is refreshed ready for another exciting term at Woolsery Primary School! We have lots of great things planned for the term ahead and after just a few days back there is a buzz of excitement around the school!

Coming up this term, we have two residentials – please remember that there is a parent’s information meeting about the Year 5 London Residential on 3rd February straight after school. It’s important that you come to this meeting, particularly if you’ve not sent a child on the London residential before. Your child is, of course. welcome to come along too. Mr Davies will also be organising a similar meeting ahead of the Heatree Residential for Years 3 and 4 at some point in February, but we are waiting for confirmation of the programme from Heatree before we schedule this meeting.

Football Stickers

I’m sure you will have noticed the rather clever marketing by Panini as Football Sticker Season gets underway, with every child having the opportunity to enter their Mascot Design Competition along with the free pack of stickers. As teachers explained to the children, the first 40 designs back received a free collecting album. We’re always happy to support children trading the stickers providing all children remember our rules:

  1. If you trade a card, you can’t ask for it back
  2. Selling cards for money or other items is not allowed, even if this happens out of school
  3. Stickers and Albums are not allowed to be out in class time

Provided everyone works to these rules, I am sure we’ll have a successful collecting season once again. If we do need to tell children to leave their stickers at home, it will be because they haven’t been able to follow these instructions.

If your child doesn’t want to collect the stickers and you still have the free pack at home, please return it to school so other children can benefit from them.

Staff News

As Stroxworthy Class families were informed before the Christmas Holidays, we’re sorry to be saying good-bye to Mrs Kylie Stevens who will be leaving the school at half term. Kylie has been involved with the school as a member of staff since qualifying as a teacher in 2007 (and attended here as a child too) and we will miss her hugely. There will be time for proper good-byes in February but in the meantime we wish her all the best.

Mrs Kelly Dobson will be taking on the jobshare with Mr Davies after the half term break. Mrs Dobson is already well known in the school and knows the children very well.

At the start of February, we will also be welcoming a new teaching assistant tot he school. Just before the break we appointed Mrs Hayley Harding as a teaching assistant in Cranford Class, replacing Mr Pennington who left us in the summer. Mrs Harding is well known as the Preschool Leader at Hartland Primary School and has a huge amount of skills and experience to bring to the role and we very much look forward to welcoming her to the staff. Thank you to Mrs Walter who has been covering the post in Cranford Class during the Autumn Term.

This term you will be hearing a lot about Oracy in the school. We are delighted to be part of a project with Dartmoor Teaching School and Plymouth Teaching School to develop quality, confident speech in our children by placing this essential life skill at the heart of what we do at school. Mrs Farmer and Alminstone Class have been working on materials from the Project during last term, with the idea that the rest of the school follow in their footsteps one term behind, thus ensuring that things we implement in school really do work well, and so far results have been extremely pleasing. It’s hard to describe in just a few words what our expectations will be, but briefly we will be expecting children to always speak in full sentences, to be able to expand on their ideas, contribute to other children’s views and expand the vocabulary they are using. This process will begin from Preschool all the way through to Year 6 so all chidlren should begin to see a difference in their speaking skills in the coming weeks and months. Of course, behind these expectations will be a lot of explicit teaching about speech, vocabulary development work and so on. Later in the term, we are hoping to organise a parents’ information meeting so you can see how you can help contribute to this process out of school.

Forest School

This half term, Forest School is taking place for Sunflowers (Tuesday afternoons), Alminstone (Wednesday afternoons) and Ashmansworthy (Friday afternoons). Please make sure your child has the correct kit to keep them warm in the forest school. As you know, we supply waterproofs for all children but need them to bring wellington boots and an extra jumper if they get cold.

We are always looking for adult helpers for Forest School. We particularly need adults for Wednesday and Friday afternoons – if you’re able to give up some time, we’d really appreciate it.

Tasty Tuck

As I wrote in a previous Newsletter, the factory which produces our stock for Friday’s Tasty Tuck was flooded back in the autumn which is why production stopped, and why we had to end Tasty Tuck selling. I’m very pleased to say that the factory has now restarted and they aim to get our order out to us early next week. This means that Tasty Tuck items will be on sale by Enterprise Voice children every Friday at 50p per item, starting on Friday 17th January.

Lunchtime Football

As I expect your children have told you, we have begun offering ad-hoc football sessions as a drop-in for Key Stage 2 children on the school field at lunchtime. This is both to take pressure off our small playground and to give the older children the opportunity for a “proper” run around. Days vary depending on staff availability but is not weather dependent… we’ll go out in most weather. Therefore, please ensure your child has a spare pair of trainers (not football boots) in school and, whilst the field is so wet, a pair of joggers/shorts they can wear whilst playing too.  They will not be allowed to take part without a kit-change. Thanks.

Parking

We still remain very concerned about the state of some people’s parking at drop off and pick up times. We know that Old Market Drive is not capable of absorbing the traffic at peak times but there isn’t anything we can do about that. We can make the road safer, though, by parking considerately and legally which I’m afraid to say isn’t always the case at the moment. Governors will be discussing the issue further at their meeting on Tuesday next week but it would be really helpful if, in the meantime, everyone could ensure that they are using the roads around school safely at the beginning and end of the day. The last thing any of us want to see is a child being injured because of these issues. Thank you for your help in this.

Global Voice have been working with local charity Edukid for a few terms now, raising awareness in the school about education life for children in Cambodia. The child we are sponsoring in Cambodia is called Piseth Leng, he is eight years old and lives just outside Cambodia’s capital Phenom Pehn.

To help raise money for Piseth’s education, Global Voice children are organising a School Disco on Friday 24th January from 5:30 to 7pm. Entry will be £2 per child and the Global Voice children will be running a small tuck shop and raffle as well. Siobhan will be DJ-ing and running games for the evening.

Please send any donations of raffle prizes in to the collection box in the school foyer and put the date in your diaries.

If you’d like to know more about Piseth Leng, you can read his information sheet by clicking on the link below. Thanks for your support!

Piseth Leng Info Sheet


Shirley Henderson, Kirsty Newell and family have kindly organised a Coffee Morning here at school on Saturday 18th January to raise funds for the Austalian Bushfire Red Cross Relief Fund. It will be between 10am and 1pm and everyone is very welcome to come along. If you are able to donate cakes or bric-a-brac, please send them in to Alminstone Class during next week. Thank you.


  • Monday Mr Davies to PE meeting (pm), Mrs Newell and Mrs Stevens covering
  • Tuesday Music Lessons continue; Governors’ Meeting 6pm
  • Wednesday Beavers and Scouts resume
  • Thursday Exmoor Zoo visiting (Alminstone, Ashmansworthy classes), Cubs resumes
  • Friday
  • Saturday Bushfire Coffee Morning 10am – 1pm at School
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