Yet another eventful week in the life of Wembury Primary School! Life is never dull or quiet, or just in the classroom.
Although a little manic in organisation, for staff, we had three new events take place this year, and hopefully they may continue to be an annual event. Firstly, pupils performed at the Devon County Show. Our Year 5 and Year 6 bands took to the stage, which was huge, like professionals and then Year 5 performed an Elbow song. Considering how young our children are, compared to all the other performers, they were amazing; with even an organiser coming out to see who it was that was performing so well. Another adult was heard to say, 'what school is that? I want to move there so my children can go there!' How proud all must have been - I certainly am and I am also proud of how Wembury staff rise to the challenge, especially under the guidance and enthusiasm of Ms Boucherat.
After a dodgy start to the week with the weather we were pleased to be able to organise and hold a football tournament. There were about sixteen teams in all, from across Plymouth and Devon schools. Mr Chantler, and his team of merry helpers, including some of our School Games Organisers (Year 5 & 6 pupils), ensured the day ran smoothly and on time! Of course the best part of all was that our A team WON! Congratulations to all Wembury staff and players, and parents who also helped out but congratulations must go to all who took part. Visiting teams and staff have been commended on their politeness, efforts and general behaviour, in what was a very busy day.
Whilst our footballers were on dry-ish land we also had a team of pupils out on the water, at Cattedown. They were taking part in the first Bell-Boating Regatta. Little did they know that there was a winning spirit about! With their determination and teamwork they also came home as overall winners! In between heats they were also able to try out archery and volleyball, as well as relax and enjoy the day.
It seems that Wembury Primary School is a school that is being talked about, in a good way; for its sporting prowess, recent Ofsted, and generally special place to be. GO WEMBURY, GO!
Whilst still on the subject of sport, next week, the final week before half term, also sees a number of events. The football finals will be taking place in Newton Abbott, and we have teams going to the Tri-Golf and Super6 Golf competition in Central Park. Perhaps we shall have even more success next week? However, it is not all about winning, it is taking part and having fun that is the best part - winning is obviously a bonus!
Governors have been busy carrying out some of their planned focus visits, on Safeguarding, Health & Safety and finances. These do not stop despite having our Ofsted report. Look out for their newsletter next term, where you will be informed of their findings and plans to continue developing the school.
FroWS have been doing an amazing job of raising funds for the school, and despite raising almost £10k over the past few years, intended for the renewal and development of the swimming pool changing rooms. We were astounded when 2 quotes came in for around £45k!! Obviously it is still our intention to have these renewed but are now having to reconsider how we can best achieve this. As we are still currently a Devon maintained school we are restricted to using Devon approved services. (This would not be the case if we were an academy, or part of a MAT.) I am still in negotiation with Devon, re additional funding, and how best to move ahead with this project and that of improving and adding additional learning spaces for EYFS and KS1. I am obviously disappointed that current Year 6 pupils and parents will not see the benefit of their fund raising efforts before the end of their time at Wembury, so it looks like an invite to return, and even use the pool and its new facilities would be in order?
Swimming is due to start after the half term; please look out for the consent consent form and ensure this is returned to school. Pupils will need to ensure their swimming and PE kits are in school in order to participate in any unplanned activities, weather pending. Please could parents ensure their child wears the correct PE kit - plain white shorts and T-shirt. (A white PE shirt, with school logo is available from our school uniform shop.) It has become increasingly noticeable, especially amongst KS2 pupils, that kit is either not in school, or it is the incorrect kit. Should children not have the correct kit they will be unable to take part, and should this happen on more than one occasion, a further sanction may be imposed. (Our aim is to encourage children to be independent and responsible so that when at secondary school, they do not end up in detention because of lack of, or incorrect kit.) Also on the theme of uniform and footwear; a reminder that although summer is here, pupils are not permitted to wear open-toed shoes or sandals; shoes must be robust enough for use in the playground, field and running around. Footwear must also be all black - soles and uppers. Thank you for your support with this and encouraging your child to respect themselves and their school uniform policy.
A reminder that if you are shopping in Tescos, Ivybridge, tokens are donated to Wembury Primary's outdoor learning spaces project, and if you are shopping at the Co-op, Staddiscombe garage, points awarded will go towards Wembury Pre-school project. Thank you.