As you aware we are now formally part of WeST – and staff and governors, from all WeST schools, attended an evening launch event with Sir David Carter, who is the National Schools’ Commissioner, and Ms Lisa Mannall, who is the new Regional Schools’ Commissioner for the South West. There was genuine excitement about the possibilities this multi-academy trust would bring to the community and region, now and in the future, transforming education.
Another week of cycling, this time for Years 3 & 4 taking their Level 1 Cycling Award, and also Year 1 for Balanceability, with both activities taking part in the school KS2 playground. All came away with greater confidence and a sense of achievement. Thank you to PSSP (Plymouth Schools’ Sports Partnership) staff who provide the instructors for these courses, as part of our PE funding package.
Just to demonstrate how great our pupils are, our Go-Ride teams (cross country on bicycles) have qualified to represent Plymouth schools in the Devon School Games. To read and see more of their success read here. A massive well done to our cyclists.
We are extremely proud to be part of an ELITE group of around 120 schools both primary and secondary, nationally, to have received a letter from the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in recognition of our GOLD School Games Mark, for the past 5 consecutive years. Please read the letter through this link. As you are aware we are committed to seek out, and nurture, the skills and talents of the whole child, as well as the academics, and it is because of this continued drive, commitment and vision that our pupils develop as well-rounded individuals. I was extremely proud to hear that in recent awards, at secondary level, over a third of pupils receiving recognition for their positive attitude towards learning, above and beyond, were Wembury ex-pupils!
Thank you very much for your support, cakes and attendance, last Friday, at our coffee afternoon. Around £163 was raised for this incredible cause – Linda & Toni (Administrators) need a special mention for the organisation of this and for serving tea and coffee with their usual smile.
We were extremely pleased to receive a very generous donation of £600 from the recent Wembury Sponsored Walk. We were not the only fortunate beneficiaries of such an incredible amount; Wembury Pre-school and Cann Bridge (a specialist provision) also received an equal donation.
As part of Amber Initiatives, Erasmus is a project enabling foreign teachers to visit English schools. We offered to be hosts and welcomed four teachers (two from Finland, one from Belgium and one from Spain) along with four volunteers from the Erasmus project. The theme for this visit was to look at how schools use the outdoors for provision. We have a wealth of grounds and access to many resources, which they were in awe of. A big hit was our story telling chair and seating area, in the orchard, as well as Forest Schools area. Apparently some of their heads have already been sent requests, before they left, for similar areas in their schools! We are hoping to host further visits and possible projects for pupils through Erasmus, in the future.
Uniform & Rule Expectations
We are having an ongoing drive regarding expectations of behaviour and uniform. Further to a previous Blog a number of pupils have been reminded of expected footwear; all black shoes, including black soles and where in use, black laces. Socks should be black, grey or white. Since many year groups have taken part in Bikeability a number of non-uniform sweatshirts and hoodies have remained in school. Whilst wearing them as an extra layer, for outside, children are asked to remove them once back inside school. (With colder and wet weather imminent please ensure your child has appropriate outer wear in school, clearly named.) We are currently researching the possibility of embroidering the logo on home purchased cardigans, to enable access to the six colours; we will let you know asap whether this is a possibility.
We have recently discussed these issues with pupils, in an assembly linked to British Values, and why we have rules. They were very clear as to why they believed we should, and do have, rules; rules at home, in school and in life. They were also able to suggest suitable sanctions!?
'Low level' disruption, such as fidgeting, fiddling with resources/equipment, talking over someone else or calling out, was considered and how this disrupts learning and shows disrespect to others including their peers.
Another fabulous week full of fun and activities, both inside and outside of school, with more to come next week!