Newsletter: 12th February 2021

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

It’s Chinese New Year, welcoming in the Year of The Ox. Sadly we’ve not been able to mark the New Year as we normally would in school as Chinese food tasting, etc is clearly out of the question. The Ox represents reliability, trustworthiness and determination – qualities we all need at the present time! So, Happy New Year, and wishing everyone good fortune in the coming twelve months – Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Fire Safety

Usually at this time of year, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service visit the school to do a safety talk with the children. During the talk they always cover two things: having a family evacuation plan at home, and checking for smoke detectors.

Due to Covid they are not able to get in to schools to talk about these important messages, but DSFRS have asked that we circulate the following information to all families to raise awareness, particularly around smoke detectors:

The challenge has got off to a flying start and Mr Davies is delighted with everyone’s efforts so far. Here are the steps recorded by everyone taking part so far this week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5964 4179 6992 ? ?

We are pleased to see so many children in our Classes At Home taking part, as well as classes here in school. Just Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s totals add up to 178.5 trips up Woolsery Church tower! Please remember if you’ve not yet taken part, it’s not too late and you can find the details on your child’s Google Classroom account, including the Google doc where everyone can record their daily totals. If your child is in Cranford or Sunflowers Class and therefore not using Classroom, they’re still welcome to take part – please let us know if you can’t get hold of the details, for example via a sibling’s account, and we’ll try to help. Thanks

FOWS will be collecting for Bag 2 School again in March. Please keep any old clothes, shoes (in pairs) and so on and we will let you know collection arrangements once we know them. Last year’s July collection raised a great sum for our PTA and we hope you will be able to support it again! Thank you.

Just as a reminder,

They 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)

* Bag2School reserve the right to refuse any unsuitable items

We 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

Thank you, Sadie and Georgia!

Sadie and Georgia have been based with various classes in the school for periods of work experience for their course at Petroc and that time comes to an end today. Although I’m sure they will continue to pop up in school from time to time, we wish both girls every success in their future studies and hope their experiences at Woolsery Primary School have been valuable ones. Thank you, girls!

Young Artist link to Entry Form

Young Photographer link to Entry Form

Young Writer link to Entry Form

Free School Meals Vouchers

Just a reminder to families in receipt of free school meals, if you haven’t yet cashed in your Christmas Holidays voucher through the Local Authority’s Black Hawk Select system, you only have until 21st February to do this after which time your voucher code will be cancelled. Ones issued for the coming half term break must be redeemed by April but clearly they are intended to support you in the coming week so we anticipate most families redeeming them during the half term holiday.

Vouchers under the DfE’s EdenRed Scheme will be issued shortly after the Easter Break once the Prime Minister has announced his plan for children returning to school. If, as we hope, all children will be back on March 8th, vouchers will be issued for the first two weeks of term only; if Mr Johnson goes for a staggered return you will be allocated vouchers on that basis.


We have a selection of Hadrian’s Wall re-creations from Stroxworthy Class this week, along with a beautiful Story Map from Sophie and Isla’s quad bike adventures…

Well done to everyone who has been chosen by their teacher for a great contribution to learning this week…

Cranford Class: Elsie – making a Chinese dragon; Thomas – amazing engagement with remote learning

Burscott Class: Jacob – trying hard with his reading; Tommy – excellent sequencing with his maths

Stroxworthy Class: Robert – a positive attitude to his learning and trying his best in all lessons; Rebecca –  fantastic effort in all her remote learning and engaging enthusiastically in all live lessons

Alminstone Class: Isla – brilliant story map of the Firework Maker’s Daughter; Sophie – lovely inventive story map of Cinderella

Ashmansworthy Class: Alyssa – Consistently good effort with her Remote Learning; Edwin – Good co-operation and teamwork during Forest School and commitment to his learning all week

Happy Half Term

At the end of what’s been a very difficult six weeks for many of us, I hope you have a restful time (away from screens and technology!) this break and look forward to seeing everyone, either in school or online, on February 22nd.

Matt Cole, Headteacher

1 response on Newsletter: 12th February 2021

  1. Thank you to all the teachers for setting the home schooling work and all the support you have given us to make it easier to teach at home

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