Newsletter: 14th February 2020

Goodbye, Mrs Stevens!

Today we say goodbye to Mrs Kylie Stevens who leaves us after many years working at the school in various roles. Mrs Stevens first came here as a child…

(Mrs Stevens is in the back row on the far right hand side)

…before returning as a teacher in 2011. Mrs Stevens has been a full time class teacher and a PPA cover teacher as well as a jobshare with Mr Davies. Mrs Stevens has also been responsible for the school taking an active role in the annual Woolsery Show for the first time in many years, by organising craft entries into the children’s sections.

We will all miss Mrs Stevens enormously but we wish her the very best of luck in her new role as a teaching assistant at Hartland Primary School.


We have been instructed by the DfE to display posters about Coronavirus at school and to pass on the following important information:

  • You should stay indoors and call NHS 111 if you have a cough, or fever, or shortness of breath and have been to any of these places in the last 14 days:
    • China
    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
    • Hong Kong
    • Malaysia
    • Japan
    • Taiwan
    • Macau
  • You should stay indoors and contact NHS 111 even if you do not have symptoms if you have been to Wuhan or Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days.

You can also help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, and all flu-like illnesses, by using tissues and throwing them away after use and using hand sanitiser.

Forest School

Thank you to all our volunteers who have made Forest School possible this half term. We couldn’t run our programme without you!

Next half term, Stroxworthy, Burscott and Cranford Classes will all have Forest School sessions so please check with your child’s teacher if you are able to help, and to ensure your child has their wellington boots with them on the correct day.

A huge thank you to the Forestry Commission for providing us with a brand new set of stools free of charge in order to continue our work – we can’t wait to use them!

Please start keeping items to one side ready for when the bags are sent home in the last week of term. We will be accepting full bags back again during the two weeks after the Easter holidays. You can put these things in the collection bags:

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Household curtains
  • Household towels
  • Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)

These items are NOT accepted:

  • Duvets and blankets
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  • Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  • School uniforms with and without logo
  • Corporate clothing and workwear
  • Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

The Friends of Woolsery School will be paid 40p per kilo so with your help, this could be a really good fundraiser for school – please spread the word and start collecting items! Thanks.

Netball Success

For the first time in many years, Woolsery fielded a Netball team at the tournament held at Bideford College yesterday. The girls did amazingly well, losing one match, drawing one and winning one match. They came third overall, which is an outstanding achievement. The team are writing their own Match Report which will be included in the next Newsletter.

Ashmansworthy Class

At the present time, Miss Butler doesn’t expect to be back at work until mid-March at the earliest. This means I have taken a longer-term view on covering the class in her absence. I will remain as class teacher during this period, with the invaluable help of Mrs Appleton. After half term, Mrs Dobson will take the class on Tuesday mornings, giving me some time in the office whilst the children are in school. I know this solution is far from ideal but my main concern is to give stability to the children, which we are unlikely to get with a succession of supply teachers. If you have any particular concerns over your child in Ashmansworthy Class, please drop in or send me an email. Miss Butler will hold her Parent-teacher meetings on her return and we will be in touch to get appointments booked once we know a definite return date. During the London Residential week when I will be with the Y5’s in the Capital, Mrs Appleton will take the Y6 children on Wednesday and Thursday with additional support (Mrs Dobson will be in class on the Tuesday)

For families with children in other classes, please continue to contact your child’s class teacher with any concerns or questions. My capacity to deal with whole-schooll matters at the present time is obviously going to be very limited and contacting your child’s teacher will get you the swiftest response. If there is something non-class based you need to discuss (such as planned absence, attendance queries, etc) please speak to Mrs Miles in the school office.

Thank you for your ongoing patience.



Well done to the children who received a Headteacher’s Award in our sharing assembly today…

  • Cranford: Jenson – writing some super, great sentences; Mia W  – trying to get her writing a lot smaller this week.
  • BurscottAubri – Understanding her reading through comprehension questions; Tegan – making links in maths to support her learning
  • StroxworthyBluebelle – producing some impressive artwork; Maisie B – consistently producing excellent home learning.
  • AlminstoneHenry – amazing explanations in his maths work on Fractions this week; Hope – lovely work in Literacy – using alliteration in her expanded noun phrases
  • AshmansworthyAlfie – some exceptional contributions to poetry writing ideas this week; Nelly – making huge progress in confidence and understanding with long multiplication

Happy Half Term

Next week the school is closed for the Half Term break. Whatever you are doing, have some lovely family time and a good rest. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school for the second half of the school year on Monday 24th February.

  • Monday 24th February: School reopens. Mrs Kersey out all day, Mrs Newman supply
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday: Burscott Class visit to Kennerland Farm
  • Friday:


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