Newsletter: 24th September 2021

Harvest Celebration

As I mentioned last week, we will be celebrating the Harvest at Woolsery Parish Church on Thursday 7th October and everyone is invited to come along. Community Voice met on Tuesday this week and discussed several worthy causes for us to support in this year’s Harvest appeal and I am delighted to say that the children have once again chosen to support Harbour, Bideford.

The charity provides a food bank for families in need in the Bideford area and also a drop in centre providing hot meals for the homeless and people without alternative means.

This means that on Harvest Celebration Day (and not before please) we will be asking all children to bring to school any of the following items as their Harvest donation. Please check that the Best Before date is as long as possible, thanks:

  • packets
  • tins
  • pasta
  • rice
  • soup

Asda Green Tokens

I am sure you’re familiar with the Green Tokens as Asda which provide a means of voting for a local charity to win up to £500 for a chosen project. This month, our partner school, Parkham Primary are one of the three organisations vying for support. They are trying to raise funds to create a Forest School area on their site. Mrs Todd, who was a mealtime assistant and Forest School Ranger here for several years and who now works at Parkham, is developing Forest School for the children but they very much need support to build a space in which to run sessions and buy equipment. If you are able to vote online (no need to shop at Asda or make a purchase…) please do so using the link below You can re-vote very seven days during September so time is running out. Parkham Primary are competing against Instow and Abbotsham schools.

Music Tuition

It’s very well documented that learning to play a musical instrument not only increases learning capacity as pathways are created in the brain, but also reduces anxiety and increases wellbeing. I am very pleased to say our school has once again been awarded a Music Mark award for our work in this subject area despite the challenges of delivering the music curriculum during the pandemic.

One of our main commitments in music is to provide in-school music tuition to any child who wants to learn an instrument. We have two peripatetic teachers, Anne and Laura.

Anne will deliver some demonstrations to the children in assembly on 8th October and I very much hope your child will want to talk to you about that when they arrive home. If family discussions lead towards you wanting to explore the possibility of your child receiving music lessons here during school time, Anne will be running a drop in and try evening at school from 7pm on Monday 11th October. Annie will have all instruments (other than drum kit) available for your child to try out on and help you make a decision about whether you would like your child to begin lessons. There is no need to book, just turn up. Initially, we can provide instruments for you until you know whether your child wishes to continue learning or not.

Available instruments will be:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone

I very much hope that from this we will once again be able to grow our School Band which very much needs flutes and clarinets at the moment to hold a melody line! Please keep these dates free.

Lost Property

Our mountain of Lost Property will be out on tables under the shelter on the Playground on Wednesday – please check it both before and after school. After Wednesday, all un-named branded uniform items will be donated to FOWS for resale and non-brnaded items will be sent to charity shops.

We have also moved the Lost Property Box to the foyer (by the office hatch) to make it easier for parents to check before and after school.

The Team Woolley PTA re-sale site is now only accepting donations of branded items (i.e. those with the school logo). Please remember you can order items via their shop at the following address, and donations can always be dropped off via the School Office.

Football Match

We’re delighted that with the slimming down of most Covid regulations in parimary schools, Mr Davies has been able to secure 2 inter-school football matches against Bradworthy Academy on Tuesdays 5th and 12th October. Everyone is welcome to watch! Kick-off will be as soon after the end of the school day as we can manage.

For children playing in the matches, please remember to return your forms as quickly as possible next week.

Sadly, several members of our school community have been affected by cancer over the last few years, both former pupils and parents. It would be great if you are able to support this amazing charity…

Well done to the following chidlren who have demonstrated great Learning Behaviours this week…

Cranford Class: Oscar – (Dolphin) Engaging so beautifully with music, and singing new songs; Charlie – (Dolphin) diving into Maths, counting and practising writing his numbers
Burscott Class: Elsie – (Tortoise) persevering with all her work this week with a smile on her face; Maggi – (Spider) segmenting her sounds to spell independently in her writing
Stroxworthy Class: Alfie G – (Tortoise) continuing to try his best in maths with place value; Evie – (Spider) making superb links with understanding place value at greater depth
Alminstone Class: Sidney – (Cat) asking lots of questions about the lines of latitude around the Earth; Faris – (Dolphin) enthusiastically engaging in his geography learning
Ashmansworthy Class: Henry – (Bee) Being a supportive Learning Partner; Bobby – (Bee) embracing Y6 with Team Spirit


Years 3 and 4 residential to Pixies Holt

Mrs Morrison teaching remaining children in Stroxworthy and Alminstone Classes

Adventure International (Year 6) Residential Parents’ Meeting 4:30pm, Ashmansworthy Class & on Zoom

Tuesday Pixies Holt residential continues

Pixies Holt residential returns 3pm approx

Lost property out on tables – please check

Thursday Mr Cole out all day – Parkham and Buckland Brewer Schools
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