Newsletter: 23rd April 2021

Welcome Back!

It’s been absolutely lovely to welcome everyone back to school this week. The sunshine have certainly helped everyone settle back quickly!

We’re very much hoping that as the term goes along, things will slowly return to “normal” but as far as we’re aware our present arrangements will stay in place until at least 17th May. Thank you for your ongoing patience with our staggered drop off and pick up times, for wearing masks out on the road, for sending upper KS2 children to school unaccompanied – all of these things really help with the smooth running of our Covid safety measures.

We were very happy to reopen the school field to the public over the Easter break but sadly we have had to close it again for the time being as we’re still required to quarantine play equipment for 72 hours. This therefore also precludes any weekend opening for now. Once this situation changes, we’ll happily open the gates once again.

After School Clubs

We are very hopeful that outdoor after school clubs will be able to resume in the near future. If we do get the go-ahead, these will be operated in our playtime bubbles – so, Ashmansworthy and Alminstone Classes will be offered the same clubs, and Burscott, Cranford and Stroxworthy Classes will be offered a different selection. Once our plans are finalised, we will send out the usual Google Form link for parents to book places.

We’re not able to offer lunchtime clubs at the moment as the two lunch breaks we’re running are both very short and require a high level of staff input to support.

Non-Uniform Day and Bag 2 School Collection

Thank you for supporting our Non-uniform Day at the end of last term, in aid of FOWS. We raised £101.24 on the day! We also had a fantastic response to the Bag 2 School Collection, which raised over £350 for FOWS funds- these funds are very much needed by our PTA as so many fundraising events have been impossible over the last year – thank you! Proceeds are going towards FOWS’ long term project to create an allotment area for the school at the top of the field, including a polytunnel where classes can tend plants throughout the year.

Family Fun Day and Beer Festival

FOWS are well on with planning to hold a village Family Fun Day and Beer Festival at Woolsery Community Hall on July 17th (assuming the Covid Lockdown roadmap progresses as expected). This will be a full day of village fete-type activities for all ages including children’s activities, teas, BBQ, games etc during the day time, with the Beer Festival extending into the late evening. As the event is planned to take place within a few weeks of national restrictions being lifted, we are hoping this will be one of the first opportunities for the community to come together and celebrate and enjoy each others’ company. The committee are looking for helpers so that everyone can spend just some of the day running stalls etc and have time to enjoy the Family Fun Day with their families too. If you would like to help out in any capacity at all, please call Neil Wonnacott, FOWS Chairman, on 07546126404 or 01237431658 or speak to one of the committee members.

Parent Governor Vacancy

I am very sorry to report that Mrs Tracy Buckley, our Chair of Governors has had to step down from her role a couple of months ahead of the end of her term of office. This means that our Vice Chair, Ben Trevor, will step up to the role of Chair until the Governors’ Annual General Meeting in September when a new permanent Chair will be elected.

This also means that once again we have a Parent Governor vacancy. If you are interested in joining this dedicated group of people who work really hard in the background to ensure the ongoing success of the school, please speka to Sue Miles in the school office as soon as possibe.

I would like to extend my thanks to Tracy on behalf of everyone connected with the school for her very strong support through what has been one of the most challenging times in the history of our school – her tireless work for the benefit of the children here at Woolsery and her unstinting support expecially during the Covid crisis, partial reopening, partial closure and a miriad of risk assessment processes, has been incredible.

Thank you to all of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who wore their uniforms proudly today to mark St George’s Day. When Baden Powell set up scouting in 1907, he decided St George should be the organisation’s patron saint and so, in the UK and around the world, 23rd April is an important day in the scouting movement.

Please remember that weekly meetings for the summer term resume next week and will all be held entirely outside so please make sure your young person is dressed for the weather and has a drink with them.


Music Lessons

We are slowly reaching the point when peripatetic music lessons will be able to resume at the school. This, as you know, has been delayed several times due to the Covid crisis. Shortly after the Half Term break, the children will be able to meet Mandy and Des Frater who took over the school’s music lessons from Annie Gordon, and hear and learn about the instruments on offer. Then in July there will be two blocks of free taster sessions for children wishing to try an instrument, before a full programme of in-school-time private music tuition resumes from September. Booking for those free tasters is now open; full details are shown below:

Cricket Enrichment Day

We hope your child enjoyed the Cricket Enrichment day which Mr Davies organised on Tuesday – it was perfect weather for learning about and playing some cricket and I know some classes are already planning some follow-up in their PE lessons this term. If you’ve not seen the photos, do look on our Blog. Ashmansworthy Class’ Blog is here:

Well done to the recipients of the first Headteacher Awards of the Summer Term…

Cranford Class: Robyn – for her amazing writing about the very hungry caterpillar; Maggi – for working hard in maths this week with numbers to 20.

Burscott Class: Isabeau – Excellent improvement in phonic knowledge; Bella – Massive improvement in her reading

Stroxworthy Class: Tegan – for excellent concentration on her work and being kind and helpful to her classmates; Aubri – for exceptional presentation of her work in all subjects

Alminstone Class: Bluebelle – resilience in maths; Maisie – perseverance in literacy

Ashmansworthy Class: Dan – creating a great conversation between two characters in English; Jasmine – excellent descriptive language when describing a place in London

With best wishes,

Matt Cole, Headteacher

1 response on Newsletter: 23rd April 2021

  1. Thank you for a great newsletter. It is so nice to be back this week and very excited about all the lovely events/activities on offer and to look forward to in the coming months. Thank you everyone

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