Newsletter: 15th July 2022

Science Week

A huge well done to all of our children across the Partnership for a fabulous Science Week this week. The standard of research, hypothesising and testing across all 11 classes has been amazing, not to mention the beautifully presented Investigation Boards which have been created.

All three schools have already, or are about to, open their doors so that Parents and Friends can come in and look at the presentations, speak to the children about their investigations and see the scale of the event, which has been organised by Ms Peter. It has been wonderful to hear the reactions from parents so far, and also to see the pride with which the children have enjoyed talking about their learning and their growing interests and fascination with their chosen themes. Buckland Brewer and Parkham families have already had the chance to see the exhibition of the Investigation Boards (and even some live investigations too…!) and Woolsery Parents and Friends are able to view the boards from 2:45pm on Monday afternoon so please drop in then to take a look!

Leavers’ Assemblies

Not long now until the End of the School Year when we have to say farewell to our amazing bunch of 39 Year 6 children. Please remember that parents/family of Year 6 children are warmly invited to come and watch the Leavers’ Assemblies which take place in each village’s Village Hall (not the schools!) on the following days:

  • Buckland Brewer: Tuesday 26th July at 12:30pm
  • Parkham: Tuesday 26th July at 2:00pm
  • Woolsery: Wednesday 27th July at 9:30am

Woolsery and District Agricultural Show

Just a final shout-out to anyone who is intending to attend Woolsery Show this year, which unusually falls within term time. If you are intending to visit with your cildren please remember to fill in the form on this link:  so that we have a register of children who are there. Miss Daniel, TA at Woolsery, will be at the Show to register your child, please remember to confirm their attendance with her before 11am, thank you.


Mrs Morrison is unable to run Choir at Woolsery next week, so the club has now finished for the term.

Goodbye, Mrs Stevens!

We’re really, really sad to say that after nine years at Woolsery school, Mrs Amanda Stevens will sadly be leaving us at the end of the term. Mrs Stevens has worked with many, many children over the years and her patient, supportive manner, and her great sense of humour, will be missed by everyone. She was also a school Governor for several years. Good luck for the future, Mrs Stevens!

In September, Miss Grant will increase her existing role to encompass Mrs Stevens’ duties, so we know that support with the children in Alminstone Class next year will be secure.

Mealtime Assistant Vacancy

Miss Grant’s increase in Teaching Assistant hours means that Woolsery has a vacancy for a mealtime assistant. Details are below, please speak to Sue or Tina in the Woolsery School office for more details or an application form:

6.25 hrs per week (12.00 – 1.15 Monday – Friday)
£223 per month pay + Local government pension
As with all appointments within the Village Schools Partnership, this post is subject to satisfactory references and a DBS check.

Sports Days

Sports Day season is now in full swing across all three schools! Woolsery held a really successful day on Tuesday. Thank you to the huge number of parents and friends who came along to watch and support. Parkham’s is this afternoon and I’m very much looking forward to being part of their day for the first time. Please remember that FOPPS are selling Cream Teas in the Allardice Hall immediately after Sports Day finishes!

Sadly, Buckland Brewer’s Sports Day had to be postponed this week due to staffing issues with our PE support company, but it’s been rescheduled for next Tuesday afternoon and hope that everyone will still be able to come along. Thank you to FOBBS who had organised a cake sale on the original Sports Day and were still able to sell them at the end of school! We are aware that there is an amber heat warning in place for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and will keep a close eye on how the situation develops and will modify the events if necessary – it is certainly not our intention to postpone for a second time, though.

Leavers’ Discos

FOPPS and FOWS are both holding Leavers’ Discos next Friday. Parkham’s will fun from 3:15 to 5:30 at the Allardice Hall. Thanks to support from Bideford Round Table, this is a free event for all Parkham School children. Parents of Preschool and Reception children must stay with their children, please. If children wish to wear their “disco” clothes to school on that day, it’s fine with us as long as what they wear (escpecially shoes) are suitable for school.

Woolsery’s will run from 5:30pm in the School Hall and normal entry costs apply. There will be a tuck shop and drinks too, so please send your child with some change. Siobhan will be DJ-ing and running her usual range of games and activities.


Miniature Gardens

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed a miniature garden to Merry Harrier’s annual competition. We had nearly 50 entries across all three schools, which was fabulous! Please remember to collect your entry from the garden centre. The gnome can be kept by your child, but please return the trays to your child’s school if you’ve not already done so.

Winners are:

Preschool and Reception:
  1. Josh (Woolsery)
  2. Athea (Parkham) and Ida (Woolsery) (joint)
  3. Myles (Parkham)
Key Stage 1
  1. Ariah (Woolsery)
  2. Monty (Woolsery)
  3. Connie (Buckland Brewer)
Key Stage 2
  1. Ava J (Buckland Brewer)
  2. Ava E (Parkham), Maisie (Woolsery) (joint)
  3. Oliver (Woolsery)

Well done to everyone who got a Headteacher’s Award this week for showing fabulous Learning Behaviours…

Buckland Brewer

Owls Class: to follow

Falcons Class: to follow

Eagles Class: Oakley (tortoise)- Showing great resilience and taking part in the Buckland Fete by being the prince who opened the fete. Members of the community remarked on how well you represented yourself and the school. Well done! Jazmine (tortoise)- Showing great resilience and taking part in the Buckland Fete by being the princess who opened the fete. Members of the community were impressed with how well you dealt with the pressure of this given that you are only in Yr4. Well done!




Kestrels Class: Harvey (dolphin) has been really engaged with our caterpillars and watching them emerge as butterflies -it has inspired some great writing; Odin (dolphin) has been engaged with our class butterflies and has enjoyed watching them change from butterflies

Buzzards Class: Roman (spider) – supported his younger brother through his swimming lesson, continually giving encouragement and advice to help him to improve his performance; Emmelene (tortoise) – overcame her fear of putting her face in the water during our last swimming session and has really gained confidence in the water.

Hawks Class: to follow


Sunflowers: Annie and JJ (tortoise) – trying really hard in oral blending and segmenting

Cranford Class: Harry (spider) – fluent reading of a higher level reading book; Joshua (tortoise) – perseverence in Sports Day even when he found it a little tricky

Burscott Class: Seren (dolphin)  – really engaging with her learning this week; Poppy (spider) – working independently in class.

Stroxworthy Class: Mia (bee) – working together with her partner during Science Week and creating a superb Investigation Board, Harrison (bee) – working together with his partner during Science Week and creaing a fantastic Investigation Board

Alminstone Class: Lola (spider) for great independent work on her project; Ella-Mai (tortoise) for hard work on her project and being amazing in the classroom

Ashmansworthy Class: Sebastian and Louie (tortoises) both being resilient during sports day with the long distance running race and not giving up

Monday Atlantic Academy Transition Day 1

Atlantic Academy Transition Day 2

Alminstone and Stroxworthy Classes at Northam Burrows

Buckland Brewer Sports Day (pm)


Buckland Brewer and Woolsery children to Taunton to watch Cricket at the County Ground

Burscott Class to Bideford Heritage Railway Museum




Buckland Brewer and Parkham Y6 children visit to North Devon Wake Park

FOPPS Leavers Disco 3:15pm

FOWS Leavers Disco 5:30pm

Mr Cole’s Work Pattern

Monday morning afternoon
Tuesday afternoon morning
Wednesday afternoon morning
Friday all day

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Mr Cole, Headteacher

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