Newsletter: 16th September 2022

HM The Queen

Thank you for your understanding as the Partnerhsip has navigated the week since the Queen’s passing last Thursday. It has been very hard to tread the appropriate line between marking this historically significant moment and not overwhelming the children, and I think we’ve got the balance about right. The children have all contributed to each school’s Book Of Condolence and have also taken time to remember the Queen in a church sercive in our respective villages.

As advertised on School Jotter and on the front page of the Website, all three schools will be closed on the Bank Holiday for the state funeral. When we reopen on Tuesday the period of national mourning will have ended and schools’ routines will quickly return to normal.

Autumn Term Clubs

Clubs will be starting very soon!

Mr Davies is running Football Club at Buckland Brewer from the end of school to 4pm on Thursdays. Booking slips have already gone out for this but if you’d like a place, please let Mr Davies know on Any children from Parkham who would like to take part in Football Club at Buckland Brewer (Thursdays) or at Woolsery on Mondays 3:15 – 4:15 are very welcome to do so. If your child is interested, please email him as above so he knows how many children to expect.

Because of the size of the school, booking for after schools clubs at Woolsery will continue to be via the Google Form which can be found here:

If any children in Buckland or Parkham would enjoy singing, they are very welcome to come to Choir, which is held in Woolsery School hall on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:15pm. If you would like your child to attend, please email Ms Richardson ( so she can liaise with you. The Choir for the Autumn Term will eventually lead up to taking  part in the Clovelly Christmas Lights event at the start of the festive season.

Clubs begin from next Tuesday 20th September. We are hoping to add a few more clubs, particularly for Buckland and Parkham in the next week or so and will let you know when they have been finalised.

Dogs in School

If you have to bring your dog on to our school sites, please ensure they are on a very short lead and under your full control at all times. Please do not allow other children to pet your dog, even if your dog is docile and friendly, the schools are noisy and unpredictable environments and we don’t want a dog becoming startled and frightening children. We would much prefer it if you kept dogs off the site altogether but know that for some families this will create a huge problem.

Flu Immunisations

On Friday of next week, the NHS flu immunisation programme comes to Buckland Brewer School. All year groups from Reception tro Year 6 are due to receive the vaccine. Please remember that we only provide the venue for this and you have to log your consent  decision directly with the NHS, we are unable to act on your behalf. If you have questions about the nasal immunisations, please visit this webpage:


Residential Programme

The letter for booking a place on the Year 6 Adventure Bude residential was sent out yesterday (Thursday). If you gave any questions about the week at all, please contact me. The dates for the Parents’ Meeting (which Y6 are welcome to attend too) are in the letter.

Year 5 across the Partnership will definitely have the chance of visiting London in the Summer Term. We are currently awaiting confirmation of dates as we don’t want to clash with a possible Coronation as many of the venues we’d want to visit will be closed and London will be exceptionally busy. As soon as we’re able to confirm a date we will do so. As a guide, last year’s price was £330 for the two night stay including theatre tickets, all food, accommodation, a flight on the London Eye, boat cruise on the Thames and a trip to Legoland or Harry Potter Studios, depending on availability.

Year 4 will be visiting Dartmoor and staying at Pixies Holt at Dartmeet at the end of March. Information about this two night stay will be circulated very soon.

We are trying to organise a Y3 on-night trip to a nearby urban location (such as Plymouth or Exeter) in the summer and will be in touch about thie possibility later in the term.

The children have been working hard on developing their Learning Behaviours this week, thinking about the animals we use to represent the qualities needed:

Orleigh Class: Esme (Bee): for being kind and helpful and working together with her friends; Jensen (Spider): for using super reasoning skills in Maths to work out what the secret sorting rule could be when learning about sorting into groups

Tythecott Class: Ada (Spider) – making connections from her learning on the trip to Torrington Museum with what she has been learning in class; Charlotte (Owl) – understanding her phonics learning and blending sounds beautifully.

Gorwood Class: Monti (bee) – facilitating team work during forest school; Molly (dolphin) – fantastic use of noun phrases in English.

Foxdown Class: Harvey (dolphin)-  Harvey has dived into our Geography topic and has enjoyed finding out more about maps; Verity (bee) – Verity has made lots of new friends and shares, plays and learns well with everyone from Foxdown

Melbury Class:  Josie (dolphin) – diving into her learning and our new History Topic of the Civil War in Torrington, Josie also enjoyed re-enacting the battle;  Benji (bee) – when working with a partner or in a group, Benji listens to others ideas and helps to include everyone.

Goldworthy Class: Finn  (spider) – making links in previous mathematics learning and creating connections with new learning; Brontë (owl) – looking forwards and backwards in learning when identifying and then writing expanded noun phrases in English.

Sunflowers: Jacob (dolphin) – exploring his new environment and settling into preschool very well; Freddie B (dolphin) – settling into preschool very well.

Cranford: Coco (tortoise) –  settling into her new school really well; Summer (spider) – building an amazing castle for the royal family

Burscott: Maggi (dolphin) – diving into all her learning with great enthusiasm – especially maths! ; William (tortoise) -showing perseverance in his written work.

Stroxworthy: Alfie P (dolphin) – diving into his learning and producing a beautiful poem to remember the Queen; Mollie-Jo (dolphin) – diving into her learning and producing a beautiful poem to remember the Queen.

Alminstone: Joseph (cat) – asking questions during SCARF life education visit; Arthur (dolphin) for diving into his English writing, whilst making predictions

Ashmansworthy: Allan (spider) -for constantly making links between different numbers in our place value work; Sophie (cat) – for asking and answering thoughtful questions about the Royal Family and current events

Monday Partnership Schools Closed – State Funeral
Tuesday Stroxworthy and Burscott Classes: ARC Tennis (pm)
Wednesday Gorwood Class Forest School (am); Goldwortrhy Class Forest School (pm)

Mr Cole and Mrs Miles out all day – Safeguarding

Alminstone Class at Burford Woods all day

Melbury and Goldworthy Classes: ARC Tennis (pm)

Friday Orleigh Class: ARC Tennis

Mr Cole’s Work Pattern:

Tuesday morning
Wednesday all day
Friday morning morning afternoon


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