Newsletter: 11th November 2022

Anti Bullying Week

Next week is national anti-bullying week. All of our schools will be holding a range of events throughout the week to give the children the opportunity to explore what anti-bullying means and reflect on how we treat each other kindly. This year’s theme from the Anti Bullying Alliance is Reach Out. If you would like to know more you can visit the Anti Bullying alliance website here:

On Monday, to start the Anti Bullying Week off, we will be having an Odd Socks Day. This is purely to raise awareness of individuality and we aren’t looking for any financial contribution.

Christmas Performances

All three schools will be presenting Christmas Performances at the end of the term in their respective Village Halls. These will be:

Buckland Brewer Stable Story Wednesday 7th December at 1:30pm
Parkham Bethlehem The Musical Tuesday 6th December at 1:30pm
Woolsery Panto Pandemonium

Wednesday 7th December at 1:45pm

Wednesday 7th December at 6:30pm

Thursday 8th December at 6:30pm

For Woolsery only: As usual tickets will be allocated for performances at Woolsery Village Hall in order to comply with fire regulations. These are free but there is no entry without a ticket. Please complete the google form HERE to book your tickets.

Raffle Prizes Needed

FOWS are looking for raffle prizes for their Draw which will be held at each of the three Panto Pandemonium performances. Please send in donations as soon as you can to your child’s class. We are looking for:

  • Sunflowers and Cranford: Sweets and Chocolates
  • Burscott and Stroxworthy: Smellies and Pampering
  • Alminstone and Ashmansworthy: Stationery, Toys and Small Games

Woolsery Photos

This is a message from Tempest regarding photos for Woolsery children…

Dear Parents,

Have you ordered your school photos yet? A polite reminder that the closing date for free delivery back to school is Tuesday 15th November 2022.  Order through the Tempest website using your unique link or visit 

If you need any assistance in ordering your photos, feel free to contact Tempest on 01736 751555 (option 3).

Many thanks,


BBC Children In Need

Next Friday is BBC Children In Need Day

This is a non-uniform day where children are encouraged to wear spots, stripes, yellow or anything Pudsey related. We are asking for a £1 donation to Children In Need for anyone who wears non uniform. Thanks.

***Parkham children, please make sure your non-uniform is OK for skipping in as you have your Skip-a-thon to do on the same day!***

Christmas Lunch Booking

Please remember that if you’re in Woolsery or Buckland Brewer you need to let us know if your child will require a Christmas Lunch in the last week of term. You can do this via:

Sunflowers Sessions for Spring Term

Please book your child’s Preschool sessions for Sunflowers via this link:

(Buckland Brewer and Parkham session booking will be via your normal route, you don’t need to complete this form)

Goodbye, Ms Peter!

Ms Peter leaves us today to begin her maternity leave ahead of the birth of her twins. We with Loyce the very best and will wait for exciting news in a few weeks’ time. The children gave Ms Peter a good send-off in assembly this morning and presented her with flowers, a card and voucher.

Well done to eveyone who was presented with a Headteacher’s Award today in recognition of developing their positive learning behaviours which are represented by our six Learning Animals:

Orleigh: Zach (tortoise)– for being resilient and trying really hard to form his letters correctly and write his name; Maddie (dolphin)– for diving into her learning and enjoying exploring her sounds in the provision and using them in reading sessions

Tythecott: Wren (dolphin)  – A fantastic diving dolphin, well done Wren your enthusiasm and engagement has been brilliant this week; George (spider) – Being a fantastic Spider and making links with your Maths learning, keep it up George.

Gorwood: Lucas (dolphin) -diving into learning in his maths and working at home with adults to improve; Aubri (cat)- asking questions and participating more in class

Foxdown: Robson (spider) – For making links and connections. Robson has worked hard this week using a ten frame and working systemically to find number bonds for ten. He was able to notice patterns between the number bonds he found; Leo (dolphin) –  Leo has worked hard to master the skill of blending to read words. This week he showed us how he can blend in his head, saying just the word not the phonemes out loud. Veronika Foshchan (bee) – Veronika has settled well and has made lots of new friends in Foxdown Class – well done!

Melbury: Tyler (bee) – Tyler worked co-operatively with his group in Science, starting to solve our science crime;  Oli (owl) –  Understanding the Learning Journey. Oli  has used his knowledge of addition and subtraction to help his understanding of money. Well done

Goldworthy:  Lacie (spider) – for being very thoughtful to make links and connections in your learning; Bodhi (dolphin) – for being engaged in your science learning and producing a detailed drawing of the digestive system.

Sunflowers: Mollie – participation in circle time numbers; Rafferty – for his amazing answers in circle time

Cranford: Lucas for remembering so many facts in history about aeroplanes;  Ezra for having an amazing understanding of Remembrance Day and telling all the children about it.

Burscott: Thomas (spider) – making links in his learning by writing a poem at home in the style of the poem we have been learning in class; Robyn (bee) – for showing great kindness and empathy to her friends

Stroxworthy: Oliver (tortoise) – for being resilient and consistently improving his handwriting; Jake (cat) – for being curious and asking questions with confidence during his first weeks in Stroxworthy class

Alminstone: Finley (tortoise) – being resilient with sawing and constructing gardening beds in the poly tunnels with Mrs Grout; Lilly (bee) – working together at the tag rugby competition

Ashmansworthy: Millie (bee) – for collaborating patiently and helpfully with others during computing sessions; Paddy (spider) – for working out and using times tables well beyond 12×12 to help him solve long division problems

Anti Bullying Week – Reach Out


Odd Socks for Anti-Bullying Week

Football Matches Vs Hartland at Woolsery (3:30 – 4:30pm) Y3/4 boys and KS2 girls


Parkham – Tempest Individual and Family Photographs (pm)


Wednesday Indoor Athletics at Atlantic Academy for Y4, Y5 & Y6 9am – 12 noon
Thursday Cranford Class to Hartland Fire Station

FOWS Coffee Morning

Children In Need non uniform day £1.

Mr Cole’s planned schedule

Monday All day
Tuesday All day
Wednesday All day
Thursday Afternoon Morning
Friday Morning Afternoon Afternoon

with best wishes,

Mr Cole


2 responses on Newsletter: 11th November 2022

  1. The Buckland Brewer Church Christingle is on Sunday 4th December at 4 pm, there will be 2 rehearsals for children wanting to take part, after school in the church schoolroom on Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday 30th November, we would love to see you there.

    1. Thank you Betty. I have put this in next week’s Newsletter for you. Unfortunately this clashes with the Clovelly Christmas Lights switch-on which I am already committed to attending with Woolsery School so won’t be there myself. Best wishes, Matt Cole.

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