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9.10.17

Since the start of term we seem to be have been running in 6th gear! However last week was one of a slower pace, or rather less external activities, and time to reflect and catch-up.

Thank you again, to those parents who were able to attend the residential meeting. With feedback from this and some parents who were unable to attend we will continue with our planned annual weeks. Year 6 will be visiting Beam House, a PGL venue, and although the venue is new to us we have used PGL successfully for a number of years. They will be away May 21st-25th. What a treat after those dreaded SATs!

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Year 5 are off to Mountbatten Watersports Centre, June 25th-29th for daily activities and Year 4 will embark on their first school residential to Pixie’s Holt, also June 25th-29th. Please check for emails and letters regarding meetings, specific to the week, and remember to place your non-refundable deposit of £50, from 19th October and by 6th November.

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Expected Outcomes of weeks:

 

—The nature of the learning environment creates novel experiences which are quite different from those       

    accessible in a classroom environment.

—Being in a new situation creates a disequilibrium which has the effect of raising the energy levels of pupils.

—Two key factors that provide that energising influence are the element of challenge and the social dimension.

—It is a memorable experience.

—Outcomes identified by pupils include confidence, inter-personal awareness & skills, maturity, interaction

    effects (in which whole group behaviour emerges) and transformative effects – such as a step change in

    confidence.

 

Aims of weeks: 

 

—To engage in outdoor, adventurous pursuits including climbing, abseiling, orienteering and kayaking

— To develop social and team building skills

— To create confidence and raise self esteem in individuals

—To provide a memorable experience

Governors have been busy meeting with staff to carry out focus visits, as part of their role in holding the school to account. This not only enables governors to gain a clear, and concise, understanding and view of what is happening in the school but it also allows them to see policies in action and challenge, through questioning, how and why we do certain things and what the impact is. As you know governors produce a termly newsletter and much of the detail of this comes from these visits. We are exceptionally lucky to have such an ambitious governing board that engage regularly with school life and the community. As we are now a partner school in WeST it is essential that their skills are further utilised by becoming members of the WeST governing board committees. They have a plethora of skills and experience.

(Please note the WeST website is currently being updated to include all new partner schools.)

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A couple of reminders –

Gamelan Music Workshop – for parents - Thursday 12th October straight after school, in the hall. Come and experience music and instruments form a different culture as well as awesome instruction from Ms Boucherat. (If you can’t make it perhaps a grandparent might like to join in?) 

Gamelan music comes from  Bali, Indonesia, with instruments generally being percussion. To find out more please click on this link - Gamelan Bali.

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Christmas Card – please remember to send in designs for the school Christmas card, on diversity, by Friday 13th October to the school office. They should be 2D but can be in any medium.

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Car Boot – FroWS – Sunday 15th October – on the Barton Close (park) Car Park. Open from 9.30am.
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Harvest – on Thursday 19th October is our whole school Harvest on Diversity. Please could we ask for donations of fresh fruit or vegetables, tins, jars, dried pasta etc that will then be donated to the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth.

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Friday 20th October is a staff training day – school will be closed for half-term.


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