Newsletter: 4th February 2022

Village Schools Partnership Consultation

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the consultation process this week. If you haven’t yet fed back your thoughts, questions or observations about the proposal to form a new federation with Parkham and Buckland Brewer, please could you do so over the weekend? All contributions will be read by Governors of both schools when they come to determine whether or not to proceed with the change in our structure so it’s very important all your views are considered – thank you. The link is

Calling All Grannies…

After the disappointment of not being able to join with Parkham and Buckland Brewer to watch M&M Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk last month, I am absolutely delighted to announce a new, very exciting event…

As you know, Team Woolley have been working incredibly hard to keep fundraising going through the challenging period of the last two years. Despite their focus on the huge project to provide a brand new School Allotment and Polytunnel at the top of the field later in the Spring, FOWS have very kindly agreed to fund a ticket for every child in Reception to Year 6 to watch David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny at the Queen’s Theatre on Friday 27th May. This is incredibly exciting: the last whole-school trip we organised was to the Eden Project many years ago, and the last school trip to the Theatre in about 2017. Coaches will be funded through the school budget and so the only cost to families will be for an interval ice cream. More details nearer the time, but please bear this trip in mind if you were planning to watch this show as a family.

Money out… Money in…

The fact that Team Woolley are able to fund exciting events like Gangsta Granny is of course only possible thanks to their amazing fundraising efforts. You can help with finances next week by donating items to our Bag2School appeal.

From Monday, you will be able to drop off bags of unwanted clothes, paired shoes, handbags, hats, scarves & ties, socks, linen, curtains, towels and bedsheets and duvet covers.

FOWS are paid by the weight of items donated to if you’re looking to rid yourself of some big, heavy bath towels or thick, heavy velvet curtains…. now’s your chance! Please remember all items must be in a clean condition and raired items (shoes, socks etc) must be fastened together.

You can drop off your donations at any time during the week and leave them in the bike shelter by the main gates. (please note the bike shed will be out of use for bikes & scooters next week – leave them on the grass under the lamp-post instead)

Facebook Contact

We have an increasing number of parents contacting teaching staff about school matters via platforms like Facebook Messenger at the moment. Whilst we all use this type of social media for communication because of its convenience please remember that should you need to contact your child’s teacher online you should only use email. I know this sounds very pedantic, but it is important on both safeguarding grounds and to protect our hard working staff’s work-life balance. With this in mind, I have asked school staff to not respond to school communications via social media. Just as a reminder, staff emails are as follows:

Mr Cole
Mrs Oyarzabal
Mrs Farmer
Mrs Morrison
Mr Davies
Mrs Dobson
Mrs Kersey
Mrs Phillips
Mrs Miles
General Queries

Lost Property

The lost property box next to the Office hatch is bursting at the seams – if your child has lost something, please ask them to check in there (or you are of course welcome to come and look yourself). It’s really helpful if all children’s items are clearly named. We have some pretty expensive looking coats in lost property at the moment which are un-named and it would be great to return them to their owners – thank you.

Kung Hei Fat Choy

As advertised last week, we’ll be marking Chinese New Year, which is currently in full swing across the globe, with a special meal next Thursday. School lunches on that day will be:

  • Prawn Crackers
  • Mini Spring Rolls
  • Rice
  • Egg Noodles
  • Chicken Stirfry
  • Vegetable Stirfry
  • Chinese-style jam and coconut dessert and Fortune Cookies

Please order your child’s lunch as normal but please note that Light Lunch options will not be available on Thursday due to kitchen capacity.

It has been lovely to resume assemblies this week, where the children were thinking about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and specifically how they can be Heroes to each other in helping everyone have a happy childhood. This was followed up in both family groups and with Rev’d Jane’s assembly yesterday.

Well done to everyone who has been presented with a Headteacher’s Award in assembly this week for showing great learning behaviours. It’s particularly nice to see so many Dolphin awards being given out for children who are really diving into their learning with enthusiasm…

Sunflowers: to follow

Cranford Class: Bea (Dolphin) – making an amazing jungle with even a jungle TV!; Harry (Spider) – sounding out and writing lots of dinorsaur names

Burscott Class: Juniper ( Tortoise) – getting on with all her tasks without any fuss; Alfie (Dolphin) – working well in his maths and mastering partitioning into tens and ones

Stroxworthy Class: Archie (Dolphin) – diving into his learning when identifying grammar in out text, Cinderella of the Nile; Cadey (Bee) – working together in PE when creating a superb sequence in her team

Alminstone Class: Sidney (Spider) – writing a great story that grabbed the reader’s attention whilst making links and connections; Isla (Dolphin) – diving into her learning in English and in Maths

Ashmansworthy Class: Hope (Dolphin) – diving into her learning for dance to replicate the moves of her team; Louie (Tortoise) – being reslient when he finds learning tricky


Bag2School Collections

Mr Cole out all day – Buckland Brewer and Parkham

Steve Manning, Story teller with Stroxworthy Class – Ancient Egypt


Bag2School Collections



Bag2School Collections

Girls’ Football Festival at Kingsley School


Bag2School Collections

Chinese New Year Lunch


Bag2School Collections – final day!

Ashmansworthy singing with Mr Downton from Exeter Cathedral (am)

Ashmansworthy swimming continues


With best wishes,

Matt Cole, Headteacher

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