Newsletter: 3rd July 2020

Uniform Orders – last chance before September!

Please remember that if you need to place an order for uniform ready for September you need to fill out an order form at

We will not be carrying much stock in the Autumn so you will not have the option to drop in and pick up incidental items. However, we will not require payment for items until they have been delivered.

As Tina and Sue won’t be in the office over the Summer break, we need to place any orders for September uniform by 8th July. Orders received after that time are unlikely to be in stock until October.

Annual Reports

We have begun the process of sending out your childs Annual Report summary, as previously described in our Newsletters. Please don’t forget to book an appointment to discuss your child’s achievements with their class teacher before the end of term. You can do this on the following Google Form:

End of Term Arrangements

As you can imagine, most of our usual end of the school year things won’t be happening. However, our Year 6 children are planning an Online Leavers’ Assembly which will take place via Zoom on Friday 17th July at 10:20am. This will be open to everyone and will contain a mixture of pre-recorded items and “live” things by the children. We will be holding this on Zoom rather than Google Meet because it gives us more control for media playback. The details of the Zoom Assembly will be in next week’s Newsletter.

If you are in Year 6 and not currently attending school, it’s very important that you respond to Miss Butler’s request to join in with the planning of your assembly as early as possible next week.

Last Week of Term Lunches

In the last week of term, Dave will be varying the menu. On Monday 13th July, he will be serving sausage meatballs with pasta and tomato sauce in place of pasta bolognaise. On Tuesday 14th July, he will be serving Minced Beef and Vegetable Pie with new potatoes and vegetables in place of roast chicken. Please bear this in mind when you are ordering your child’s meals for that week.

If you have any bags of unwanted clothing please remember we are collecting for FOWS at the moment, despite the lockdown. We’re not able to get the official collection bags out to you I’m afraid but Sarah Fairbairn is accepting items in bin-bags up until 10th July – next Friday!

Just to remind you:

Bag2School accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:

  • 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)

They DO NOT accept:

  • 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

Due to our site restrictions, we aren’t able to accept bags here at school but if you have some items to donate, please let us know and we can put you in touch with Sarah, or contact her directly through the Woolsery Community Facebook page.


As you will no-doubt have seen in the news, we have now had our official guidance on reopening the whole school in September.

As our plans are developed, we will of course share them with you but please be assured we will fully re-open on 7th September as planned, for all children in all year groups. Here is a summary of the plans we have developed so far…

  • Our Bubble system will continue but will be expanded so that each class forms its own closed unit. This means that there won’t be cross-over between different classes in learning time or at breaktime/lunchtime, as is presently the case. We will therefore continue to use the school car park as an additional playground so that two classes can be out at breaktime at the same time.
  • We will be required to retain staggered starts and ends to the day and the use of both our school entrances. I know this will be inconvenient to many of you, but it is essential that everyone sticks to their arrival times so we don’t get congestion at the school’s entrances. If your child is old enough, we are strongly encouraging them to walk to school alone, even if that’s from a drop-off point away from the school to keep traffic to a minimum on Old Market Drive. We will have a member of staff on duty out on the road to aid children crossing without an adult.
  • It will sadly remain the case that we won’t be able to admit any parents onto the school site without prior arrangement but we have been pleasantly surprised at how well the children (of all ages) who have already returned have handled this.
  • The school will operate two separate lunchtimes for three classes per service each day to avoid bubbles mixing when collecting meals or playing outside. Consequently, we will need to slim down our Menu offer so that service can be completed quicker. Meals will be eaten in the children’s classrooms not in the dining hall.
  • We will be operating a full Wild Curriculum from the beginning of term, although all teachers will be acutely aware that we will need to build up resilience and stamina for all children very gradually. Teachers will be putting additional emotional support into their timetables for all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 through our brand-new “SCARF” programme (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship)

We have a few photos to share of some excellent Remote Learning. It is lovely to see the children who cannot be in school at the moment, please remember to send any pictures in to me for publication.


Well done to our learners who have earned a special mention this week…

  • Cranford: Mollie-Jo – perseverance with remote learning; Logan I – progress in phonics whilst at home.
  • Burscott: Genevieve – challenging her friends in the alien shape game; Cobain –  consistently great effort with his remote learning.
  • Stroxworthy: Dexter – showing determination in all of his tasks in school this week; Sebastian –  great sewing skills in our Forest School and art work.
  • Alminstone: Henry – showing great independence in his literacy work this week; Evie – trying super hard with her maths remote learning
  • Ashmansworthy: Callum – making a good start with his presentation; Ethan – good reasoning in maths


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