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3.6.19

Welcome from France!

 

Ms Kernevez, Mrs Paul and I, along with thirteen amazing Year 5 & 6 pupils, safely made it to France. Fortunately ours was not one of the cancelled ferries, due to a breakdown, but we were significantly delayed by nearly two hours! Needless to say children became over tired, but we did manage a few hours’ sleep, in time for breakfast at 6.15am!!!

It was literally off the ferry, on to our bus, take suitcases into our two, lovely gites then straight into the French school. By 4.30pm children and adults were waning, but the sight of an empty pool was too inviting, as was the beach after dinner. The rest of the week, culminating in a presentation on Plankton, with our French colleagues, at Oceanopolis in Brest, was just as memorable. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the wifi signal was poor, intermittent, or had to be paid for, so my planned Blog from France could not happen. However, we did make it into the local paper! What a valuable and enjoyable memory for all.

SATs Stamina

Year 6 completed their SATs successfully, but we will not know any results until early July. Year 5 never cease to amaze me with their stamina and determination. We are all very proud of them.

Talking of stamina and determination, some of Year 6, and Year 5s with us in France, not only completed these national tests but them took part in Plymouth Ocean’s half marathon, schools’ event, and then joined us at the ferry – what dedication. A MASSIIVE well done to all our runners – staff and children – and a special well done to Azad in, Year 6, who came 1st overall – our very own marathon man!!!

Attendance

Following on from my last Blog, regarding attendance, the table below provides further information on the impact of non-attendance. Please note that this is intended to apply to absence that is mainly unauthorised. It also helps us to target non-attendance methodically, taking in to account the nature of absence on an individual basis.

 

Descriptor

Threshold attendance

Actual attendance in days

Whole days absent

Learning hours lost

Excellent

100%

190

0

0

Good

98%

96% (letter one)

186

182.5

4

7.5

20

37.5

Becoming unsatisfactory

95%

94% (letter two)

180.5

177

9.5

13

47.5

65

Cause for concern

90-92% (Letter 3)

90%

171

19

95

Serious cause for concern

85%

161.5

28.5

142.6

EWO – referral

Educational Welfare Officer will be contacted where attendance continues to cause concern or becomes a serious concern.

 

 

 

 

Mr Greg Chantler

At the end of this term we shall sadly be saying good-bye to Mr Chantler. Having joined Wembury, five years ago, as a newly qualified teacher, he has embraced and been offered opportunities to develop his teaching, learning and leadership. Whilst we are going to miss him greatly and all that he has brought to Wembury, we wish him all the best in his new role at another Plymouth primary school. This was the perfect next step for him, and with any luck, we may still be working with him, should his new school become part of WeST, which is planned for September.

We have successfully appointed Miss Rosie Harvey, who is currently working within another Devon school, but will hopefully be able to meet her new class during our planned class swaps. Parents will get to meet her during our September Meet & Greets. She brings with her a love of humanities, and for the outdoors, as well as already working in the ‘mastery style’ that Wembury has successfully developed.

Once all staff have been assigned to their next year group we will inform parents.     

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Swimming

A reminder that we require permission letters returned prior to your child commencing swimming this week. It is important that both full, white, PE kit and swimming kit are in school every day, as other opportunities will be taken when possible. Thank you.

Art Shirts

A plea from the Activities Club – staff who carry out activities for this club, after school, have requested old t-shirts/shirts, in readiness for some planned painting. If your child attends the after-school club or intends to attend, please could you send in a named shirt ASAP for the attention of Jenny. 

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Play Day

Although at times it appeared a little chaotic, with the number of children and instruments needing to move and swap, the talent and progression in skills was obvious. How lovely to see and hear children attempting their first musically accompanied piece to those older pupils who are very accomplished and confident to perform for others. These musical days are always a wonderment and always showcase hidden talent - and we certainly have plenty of that! A brilliant effort from Mr Calvert, who was also able to show the learning journey that year groups had been on over the year, to the performance on the day. Whilst some may not have been such accomplished and polished performances, the importance was the having a go, improvising and having fun! Hopefully those of you who were able to join us enjoyed the variation and the super talents of our pupils, and dads! Well done to all – a fabulous day.

School Photos from Tempest

A reminder that we require all orders for photographs returned by the end of day Wednesday 5th June. Unfortunately any orders received after this date will be returned and parents will need to contact Tempest directly.

 


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