Newsletter: 23rd September 2022


The season of Harvest celebrations is almost here. Children across the Partnership are beginning to get ready for it, learning songs and putting together a class contribution to each school’s service. Buckland Brewer’s sevice takes place at the parish church next Thursday at 1:30pm. Parents, friends and the wider community are welcome to come along and share.

The following week, on Thursday October 6th, Parkham and Woolsery both hold their celebrations. Again, parents and the wider community are very welcome to come and share the service with the children. The service is at the Parish Church at 1:30pm.

Woolsery’s service is a little more complicated because of renovation work taking place in the church. As we found out when the children visited for the Queen’s commemoration assembly, there won’t be room for parents to come along I’m afraid so Woolsery’s service -which starts at 10:00- will be for the children only I’m afraid.

Each School Voice team is in the process of selecting a charity to support for their Harvest this year, so please keep an eye on School Jotter notifications over the next few days so you know if the children have asked to collect food items or money. Thank you.

New Staff

We are very pleased to welcome Mrs Laura Henderson to the staff team at Woolsery. Laura joins the team of meal time assistants and will be looking after the children during their mid-day break. I am sure the children will get to know her very quickly.


Please remember that the Friends of Parkham Primary School are holding their AGM next Monday starting at 2pm in the Allardice Hall. Please come along if you can and show your support: over the next year, all three of our PTAs will be working incredibly hard to deliver the extra things in school that really make a difference and your help is very much needed. Thanks.

London Residential

After much negotiation with our tour operator, I am pleased to say we have been able to secure next year’s Y5 London Residential with only a small increase in price. Full details will be out next week, but the dates for the Residential will be three days in week commencing 22nd May. We will be staying at Thameside Youth Hostel at Rotherhithe, where we stayed three years ago – this is an ideal location for us to access our excursions. We will also see a show (most likely The Lion King), go on the London Eye, see the London sights (including Parliament) and have time at LegoLand Windsor on the way home. The price will be somewhere in the region of £350 per person, we are just waiting on a final couple of details before confirming with you. This residential is open to all Year 5s across the Partnership and booking will open once the letters go into book bags next week.

Partnership Kitchen

The Partnership Kitchen had its periodical Environmental Health Officer Inspection last week. Our Chef, Dave Ward, is very pleased to announce that we have retained our 5 rating on our procedures, record keeping and cleanliness. This is the highest rating that can be achieved and is testament to the hard work of our catering team – well done, everyone!

FOWS (Friends of Woolsery School) are a small group of parents who raise money and run events to support the school. If you would like to join us as a committee member or supporter for specific events or ‘Woking Parties’ then please get in touch at:

We sell 2nd hand uniform (contact Kate on 07760 236741) and have lots of stock, including all logo kit, fleeces, PE kit, bookbags, etc. with many items in excellent and even ‘new with tags’ condition.

Upcoming events are a 2nd coffee morning (Friday October 7th) and the Halloween Disco (Friday October 21st).

We are super excited to announce that the new School Lottery has been launched! It’s just £1 per week and anyone can play. Please spread the word far and wide (to grandparents, other family & friends). It’s a very easy way to support the school and possibly win big yourself.
Please sign up by following the link on the FOWS Facebook page:

To go directly to the page to buy tickets click  HERE

Thank you. Team Woolley

Partnership Blog and App

As well as holding the archive of Newsletters, our Partnership Blog is a great accompaniment to our Website. All classes are now adding Posts about daily class life so please remember to check in every now and again to see what everyone’s been up to. The children also really love it when parents and friends leave comments about their learning on the Posts so please do so whenever you can. All comments are moderated! You can get to the blog via the link on the main website or by following the weekly link to the Newsletters and browsing for different categories on the Menu.

Also, if you haven’t yet downloaded the School Jotter 3 App, we’d really recommend that you do. This is our main method of communicating day to day requests and reminders to you via your smartphone. When you set up which Notices notifications you want, please remember to select “Village Schools Partnership – everyone” and your School, as well as your child’s classes. Thanks.

Data Checking Forms

Next week, our Admin teams will be sending out a vitally important piece of paper to all familes: this is a record of the Emergency Contact and Medical information we hold for your child. If this isn’t up to date we cannot contact you in an emergency so please read it carefully, add any ammendments in pen and sign it before returning in your child’s book bag. When you complete the form, please remember the following things:

  • For safeguarding reasons, we must have a secondary contact who is not someone in the family home. This could be a grandparent, friend or other relative and is a vital means of getting in touch if something happening in the family home means we can’t reach you or your household.
  • For parents who don’t live together, we should have details of BOTH parents who by law have parental responsibility. We are required to hold details even if the parent with residency doesn’t wish that to happen as we are required by law to ensure they are kept up to date with their child’s education. The only time the non-residential parent would not be a contact is if there is an active court order prohibiting contact, and School should hold a copy of that order on your child’s file.
  • Please check your mobile number and email address carefully

The collation of these forms is a huge task for our admin teams so returning them as soon as possible will really help.

Friends of Buckland Brewer School

FOBBS will be holding their AGM on Tuesday the 18th of October at 2pm in the school hall.

Everyone is very welcome to attend, even if you are not part of the committee. We would love to share ideas for fundraising and would like your thoughts on where you feel money should be spent.

We are also looking for a new secretary in the new year, so if anyone is interested please let Suzanne or Jenny know.

Early Reading and Writing Workshop

We will be holding a workshop and info session for all parents with children in the Early Years (Preschool, Reception and Year 1). This will help you support your child’s development and understand the approach used by the Partnership and why we do things as we do.

The meeting will take place next Wednesday, 28th September at 2pm in Woolsery School Hall – everyone is very welcome.

Before School Club

I have had several parents asking if there is a possiblity of running a before school club for the Partnership. In order for this to happen, Governors would have to satisfy themselves that such a project is financially viable as “wrap around care” as it is known is not allowed to be a drain on the main school budget. In the next couple of weeks, I will send out a survey to all schools to see exactly what the level of support is, and this will enable Governors to make a tentative decision. So please be assured I am not ignoring those requests, but such a venture is far more complicated than something like a voluntary after-school club. Thanks.

Flu Immunisations (Woolsery)

This is a message from the NHS Immunisation Team…


Your child is in Year R to Year 6 from September 2022 and is therefore eligible for a free Nasal Childhood Flu Vaccination.

The immunisation team will be visiting your child’s school (Woolsery) on: Wednesday 12/10/22 

Seasonal flu vaccination remains one of the most important public health interventions to protect individuals and prevent the spread of infection to those most at risk in society. This contributes to reduce morbidity, mortality and hospitalisation associated with flu at a time when the NHS and social care will be managing winter pressures, potentially including further outbreaks of COVID-19.

For this reason, it is essential we deliver the vaccine to as many children as possible.

Full information about this live vaccination, including frequently asked questions and access to the NHS England information, are available when accessing the link.  We recommend you discuss this vaccination with your child prior to the date of vaccination.

To consent to, or to decline the flu vaccination for your child please click on the link below:


Please note that this link with close at midnight on:  27/9/22.   

 It is important that you respond prior to this date for your child to receive their flu immunisation at the school session as there will only be one visit to their school this season. 


If you miss this deadline, your child(ren) will not be vaccinated at school, however you will have the opportunity to book them into a community catch up clinic. This also applies if your child is absent or refuses the vaccination at school.

   After your child has been vaccinated (if consent provided) you will receive an automated email to confirm this and provide post-immunisation advice.  Please check your junk/spam box on the day of vaccination if you do not receive this in your inbox.  

If you have any difficulties with completing the consent form, please contact the Immunisation Team on our Single Point of Access (SPA).

Tel:  0300 247 0082 (lines are open 9.00 until 16.30)


Many thanks for prompt response.


Yours sincerely

Roanna Ellis, Acting Professional Lead for School Aged Immunisations, BSW and Devon

Well done to everyone who had a Headteacher Award this week for developing those really important Learning Behaviours…

Orleigh: Sophia (dolphin): for diving into her learning and thinking of amazing adjectives to describe the fruit from Handa’s surprise; Freya (Tortoise): for being resilient and trying hard to work independently in Literacy

Tythecott: Eleanora (tortoise) – Being a resilient tortoise and reading more than 3 times this week. Keep it up! Hannah (dolphin) – Great engagement in her reading session this week, using some lovely prosody!

Gorwood:  Bella – (dolphin) – diving to her learning at forest school and in history; Sophi (dolphin) – always being engaged and willing to share ideas with the class especially

Foxdown: Darcey – (dolphin)  – Darcey is really enjoying our class book Handa’s Surprise. She completed a fantastic story mountain identifying what happened in the beginning, middle and end; Tyler (tortoise) – Tyler told me this week that he loves to read! He is working really hard in our reading practice sessions: blending sounds to read the words.

Melbury: Rafferty (dolphin) – Rafferty has dived into his learning and his writing with a detailed story about a boy and his marvellous hat; Ethan (tortoise) – Ethan has shown resilience when writing his version of Millie’s Marvellous Hat

Goldworthy: Ben (bee) for working with his partner in mathematics. You were bouncing ideas for a method of subtraction and checking/ agreeing on the steps to take; Lewis B (dolphin) for being extremely engaged in his English learning with an excellently neat story map to retell the first chapter of our class book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the race against time.

Cranford: Riley (dolphin) – for enthusiasm in all his learning; Phoebe (spider) – making links and connections sounding out and blending this week

Burscott: Ronnie (tortoise) – shwoing persistence in all areas, especially in his writing; Joshua (dolphin) – being like a dolphin and diving into his learning in maths

Stroxworthy: Louie (tortoise) – being resilient when challenged by his work when partitioning numbers; Bella (dolphin)- diving into her learning when writing a superb set of likes and dislikes about ouor book Rumplesnakeskin

Alminstone: Finley (bee)  – working together with others to strengthen friendships; Melanija (cat) – being curious and asking good questions in her writing.

Ashmansworthy: Phoebe (tortoise) – showing resilience during the Art Day and turning a problem into an opportunity; Harley (dolphin) – diving into his learning by participating fully in all our discussions


Edukid visiting Buckland Brewer and Parkham schools to work with School Voice and Assembly

Stroxworthy Class to Burford Woods all day


Bude Residential Parents Meeting (Woolsery) 3:30pm


Mrs Urquhart at Woolsery all day

ARC Tennis – Stroxworthy and Burscott Classes


Buckland Brewer Harvest Celebration 12:30pm at the Church

Bude Residential Parents’ Meeting (Buckland Brewer) 3:15pm

Ashmansworthy Class to Burford Woods


ARC Tennis – Orleigh Class

Gorwood Class to Burford Woods

Mr Cole’s planned schedule…

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


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