Newsletter: 13th November 2020

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm today in our fundraising and celebrations for Children In Need. It was just lovely to have the whole school come together (but stay apart) in something and there was a real buzz in each classroom. This is a great charity and it has been just wonderful to see the children support it so enthusiastically.

Sadly I can’t give you a total for today’s fundraising as all money collected needs to be quarantined for 72 hours before it can be counted, but I will share the total amount raised with you in next week’s Newsletter.

Here are just a few photos from the day…

Parent Volunteers

Unfortunately, due to a strengthening of the measures we are required to have in place at school, we can no longer permit “non-essential” visitors onto the site. This means that, for the foreseeable future, we cannot have parents helpers for Forest School etc. This is a real blow for us as we highly value our group of helpers who make the wider aspects of our curriculum possible, but it’s unavoidable at the present time. Teachers will continue to run outdoor learning in place of Forest School so if your child was bringing wellies in on particular days, they should continue to do so – the activities will be changed so they continue with lower ratios of adult support.

School Photos

Next Tuesday we have Tempest Photography in school taking portraits and individual family groups. This will be organised in a Covid-secure way in a similar style to this week’s flu immunisations. Please remember we can only include Preschool children in family photos if they are already booked onto session for the morning. This is because we cannot go over ratio in the Sunflowers bubble and we’ve not able to allow parents onsite to supervise children who are not booked into session.


1st Woolsery Scout Group are organising a community Christmas Decoration competition. This is open to all communities who have members of the group – Woolsery, Clovelly, Hartland, Bradworthy, Buckland Brewer, Parkham and so on. the closing date for entries is 13th December. Please see below for details.


School Lunches

Please remember that if you book your child in for a school lunch via our online ScoPay portal, you will be charged for that meal. We have had several children who have changed their minds and brought packed lunch instead on a given day, but if the meal is booked the school is preparing the food and need to cover our costs. Any changes to your child’s lunch order must be made before midnight on the day the meal is to be taken.

Also, just a reminder that Monday’s main meal is Meatballs, not the advertised Chilli.

Christmas Dinner

We are determined to do the very best Christmas Dinner we can manage this year, given all our circumstances. Meals will be served in class in the same way regular lunches are and we will make sure that the usual crackers and treats are available, having been quarantined beforehand. As it’s one of the very few Christmas events we’ll be able to run this year, we are hoping everyone will be able to take part. Bookings for Christmas Dinner must be made through ScoPay – look out for the “Special Meal” option once it goes live in the next few days. The cost for the meal is the same as normal, at £2.30 per head.

Christmas Dinner Day will be on Tuesday 15th December

No other lunch options will be available on that day.

Well done to everyone who was presented with a Headteacher’s Award in this week’s Virtual Assembly:

  • Cranford: Hugo – perseverance with learning how to cut; Florence – writing her first sentence independently.
  • Burscott: Alfie – for really trying with his learning; Oliver S – working hard with his remote learning.
  • Stroxworthy: Jamie and Finley – both for being more confident in their learning and contributing to class discussions.
  • Alminstone: Finley and Morgan – amazing enthusiasm for fronted adverbials!
  • Ashmansworthy: Bobby – fantastic effort with work on the Mayan Civilisation this week; Joanne – being super-helpful to Mrs Ferris

Have a super weekend, we look forward to seeing everyone back in school safe and well on Monday!

Matt Cole, Headteacher

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