Operation – End of Term!
In the run up to the end of term trying to contain the excitement of the children will be a difficult task, both at home and in school. This is complicated further with the run of illnesses that we are experiencing at the moment – last week four members of staff were off and there was a daily pattern of sending children home. Please remember that it is 48 hours off from the last bout of illness/sickness. Hopefully we won’t see too many of our KS2 cast absent for their Lion King performance?
What another wonderful performance by our youngest pupils. It never ceases to amaze me how well they do. They certainly have the moves! Sitting back stage it is hilarious to hear the children stage directing themselves and making sure they are in the right place! As you are aware each performance brings additions and added excitement but most of all it is lovely to see them having so much fun.
To see more photos of F/KS1 performance please click here.
Food, glorious food! What a feast! A spectacular Christmas lunch was served to our pupils by staff FroWS and parents. Thank you to FroWS for providing crackers and hats to all pupils, and brussel sprout treat sweets. Also grateful thanks to Sarah and Emma our cooks, who came in around 6.00am, to ensure the lunch was ready for an early start. It was also Sarah’s ‘special’ birthday so not only did we have Christmas songs we also sang Happy Birthday. What a busy day! (I managed to have Christmas pudding for another two days!)
Christmas Lights Festival at the Village Hall
Well done to Mr Clarke for his organisation and efforts at the light’s festival. Also to FroWS again for the delicious mince pies, accompanied with mulled wine, and of course to our singers, the school choir and the four tenors! I know that your generous gifts were gratefully received by the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth.
Father Christmas Has Arrived!
As you come into school you may hear the joyful sound of music, or the singing reindeer! Mr Clarke has gone to town on his grotto this year. Santa has now arrived and taken place in his seat, making note of who is naughty and who is nice! Too keep him company are reindeer and robins - how many can you find?
Thank you Mr Clarke for your wonderful efforts and making this time of year so special for our pupils. (Who knows, next year there may be mulled wine to keep our parents warm whilst waiting for their children?)
Please could children place their Christmas cards in the green post box, located in Reception. All envelopes need to have the name and year group of the recipient. A number of cards are currently being lost or ruined, because they have been handed out outside and left. I am sure that we would wish all to receive their cards, with the hard work that has gone in to writing them?
Last Day Term – Early Finish Reminder
We will finish at 1.15pm on Friday 15th December. Please ensure arrangements have been made for your child to be collected at this time. Thank you.
If the week wasn’t exciting enough already, Foundation Stage took a trip off to Pennywell Farm, where they took part in a ‘real life’ nativity. Walking around the farm, different stables, different animals, finding out about the story of Christmas. Hopefully they kept warm amongst the hay bales?
The Enormous Turnip
Years 1 & 2 also had a trip at the end of the week to the theatre, to watch and it appears, take part in The Giant Turnip! This is currently showing in The Drum Theatre at the Theatre Royal. It was definitely a great treat and success.
Hopefully you will now have seen or heard of our brilliant success in gaining the Platinum Award for sports?
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 rewarding schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process has allowed us to evaluate our PE provision and develop an action plan for future progress with use of the PE funding.
The Platinum Award was launched earlier this year as an extension of the School Games Mark to reward schools who have maintained consistently high standards with their school sport provision. As part of this application the eligible schools (both primary and secondary), who had achieved five successive gold awards, had to submit a detailed case study along with a supporting paragraph from their School Games Organiser (SGO) within Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership (PSSP).
We were delighted to learn that Wembury Primary was one of 104 winning schools, nationally, and are so proud that our continued commitment and enthusiasm has been recognised and rewarded for the benefit of our pupils.
We will be exempt from next year's School Games Mark award process and will automatically receive the Platinum Award again in 2018.
We are looking forward to the presentation and award of our plaque.
We will be offering a free online safety workshops for parents and carers at Wembury Primary School, 3.30-4.30pm on Monday 15th January 2018. The hour-long workshop will help parents and carers understand their child’s online world and build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep children safe online, especially with the ever increasing option of hand held devices and access to online social media. We feel it is important for parents to understand how they can support keeping children safe and would like to invite all parents and carers to join us. Please look out for the letter today, providing further details.
Tuesday 2nd January is a staff training day and is therefore a non-pupil day. We look forward to pupils joining us again, after the Christmas break, on Wednesday 3rd January.
May I take this opportunity in wishing all a fabulous and peaceful Christmas and New Year.