It's difficult to believe we are in June, not only because of the weather but how quickly the year seems to be flying by! I hope that you all had a good half term and were able to enjoy some of the weather?
The week before half term was a manic week of sports; football, rugby, Boccia and golf, and doing well in all of them. Wembury Primary has qualified to represent Plymouth schools, in the regional Summer School Games, in Golf (Super 6) and we have also been selected to represent them in Rounders. These are all classed as level 3 events and as a smaller school this is an amazing achievement for yet another year.
Rounders was also played during the visit of our French, twinned-town, visitors from a Locmaria Plouzane school (Keriscoualc'h). We wanted to give them a flavour of our school and all the opportunities our pupils are able to access; sports, music as well as the academics. They were not only impressed with what they saw but also the amount of IT provision and school grounds available. We even made it into a French newspaper Le Telegramme! It s hoped that through pupils, in both schools, exchanging work and further communication, that we may be able to develop a future project, including taking pupils to visit France. With the addition of Miss Kernevez (Year 2 in September) and her experience in foreign projects, these links and further links may be progressed.
Despite the weather being very unsettled as we return to school, this has not dampened the eagerness of pupils wanting to go swimming. In fact the pool was actually warmer than the outside air because of the efficient heating system, kindly installed a few years ago with the support from, what was then, the PTA! A massive thank you must go to Mr Clarke, who has spent many hours preparing the pool and poolside so that it was ready. He has worked his magic again! It is a real shame that we have been unable to renew the changing rooms for this year, however FroWS have offered to buy a sail canopy, as some protection against the rain and sunshine, whilst waiting at the poolside. FroWS have also funded new floats and pool resources, including storage facility, as well as supporting the ongoing running costs of the pool. We are exceptionally thankful to FroWS for their ongoing support and fund-raising. We are also very lucky to have the pool as an asset and it is the highlight of the year, or even the school, for many pupils. On a safety issue, with directive advice from the local authority, all earrings need to be removed prior to swimming. If this is an issue for your child, t may be best not to wear any for the duration of this half term.
Year 1 enjoyed their visit to Dartmoor Zoo - thank you to all those parents who provided their help on the day, wellies and all! Unlike in London, where there are so many places to visit, and many of them free, it is great to support and be able to make the most of our local resources. Look out,later in the term, for information of an Open Evening, Thursday 13th July, that will showcase all the projects and work, for each year group, carried out with the Marine Centre and the National Trust. Put the date in your diary!
This week the governing board will be meeting to discuss further the strategic direction of the school. The consultation period, concerning the possibility of becoming part of the newly proposed MAT (Multi-academy Trust) WeST (Westcountry Schools Trust) has now closed. Whilst many meetings have taken place to discuss possible structures and systems, schools considering this option are now at the stage where due diligence is to be carried out on each other. This is undertaken by a legal team where finances, assets and standards are reported on, for each school considering WeST. Whilst no issues are foreseen concerning Wembury it is possible that issues may arise in other schools. Until these reports are complete and circulated to governors, for consideration, no final decision can or will be made. However it is hoped this can be completed before the end of June.
A few reminders;
1. Please make sure correct PE kits and swimming kits are in school every day.
2. Where possible please ensure your child knows end of school collection arrangements prior to the start of the school day.
3. Please check that your child does not bring toys or gadgets into school unless specifically asked to do so.
4. Children on the bus that bring in a mobile phone MUST hand it in to the office on arrival to school for safe keeping.
5. No jewellery, except watches or stud earrings must be worn to school. (This includes no friendship bracelets.)
6. On the last day of term - Friday 21st July - the school will be closing at 1.15pm.
7. We have a number of watches and range of jewellery, bracelets, earrings etc in Lost Property, that are being held in the office. If you or your child believes they have lost something of this nature please visit the office.
The Big Camp Out takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday, 17th & 18th - There will be plenty of entertainment and fun for all ages. Have you booked your pitch?
Let's hope the weather improves as the week goes on and that our School Games Day goes ahead as planned today.