Meet & Greet
Hopefully, last week, the majority of you were able to visit your child’s new class and meet their new teacher and support staff? For those of you that were unable to attend, you will be able to access the ‘Meet & Greet’ information in your child’s year, class pages, under the ‘Key Information & Letters’ section. However staff are more than willing to clarify anything you are uncertain of, either at the end of the school day or through booking an appointment through reception.
School Admissions and Places
For prospective new pupils to Foundation Stage, in September 2018, we have an Open Morning on Wednesday 10th October 9.30-11.00am. If you have a child due to start on this date or know of friend or family members, wishing to consider primary school, please pass on this date. For those who have already registered your interest an invite will be sent out shortly. With a possible new development in Bovisand, (within Wembury’s catchment area) gaining a space in a good, local school could prove even more of a challenge. Since the start of the year we have had five new pupils join us, with another soon to join. One of my first tasks, now that we are officially an academy, and possibly as soon as October 1st, part of the WeST (Westcountry Schools’ Trust), is to seek funding to improve and develop our learning areas, especially in Foundation/KS1. It has been a sheer frustration that assigned funds have yet to materialise and despite plans being drawn up, work is nowhere near to starting. A major plus, being part of WeST, is that there will be other funding streams we can tap in to, apply for, as well as building expertise.
Our current, new, Foundation Stage have just started their full days with us. No doubt there will be some very tired children (and staff!) by Friday! I am slowly getting to know their names and characters, lunchtime is a favourite as are their stickers; of which they are very proud.
A reminder that on a Friday Celebration assembly, we like to share achievements from home as well as in school, so any certificates, medals or awards children may have received, from out of school clubs and events, are encouraged to be brought in for this. There are also awards per class each week, Star of the Week, Attendance, as well as two Courtesy Cups. We look forward to sharing their efforts and successes weekly.
Don’t forget we have our Macmillan coffee afternoon on 29th September from 2.30pm, in the school hall. Donations of cakes and any offers of help would be gratefully received by Linda Aldridge (Reception Office), who is organising this. Thank you.
Thank you to those parents who have already provided the Design & Technology (D&T) £5.00 funding, towards projects. May I take this opportunity to remind those who have not yet paid to do so via ParentPay.
Erasmus is a project in supporting education from overseas. On Friday 29th afternoon, we shall be hosting four foreign teachers. Whilst we do not yet know which country they are coming from they will be accompanied by approved volunteers and an organiser. They will have opportunities to visit the whole school, classrooms and grounds and put me under the spotlight with a Q & A session. I am sure they will find our curriculum and grounds fascinating, and whilst they will be permitted to take photos of displays they are not permitted to take photos of pupils. They will also be joining our Macmillan coffee afternoon, so this will be an opportunity for them to see the community in action.
PE & Sports
Football, Fit Club and cricket clubs have started, as well as the competitive football tournaments, for Years 3&4 and 5&6. Whilst the initial football games have been fast and furious, and closely fought, the teams have been very gracious in their wins and losses. As you will be aware, we have to provide a range of competitive and non-competitive sports in school. Throughout their time in school, pupils will get a number of opportunities to participate both within and beyond school. For some events, especially those organised beyond school, there are specific limitations, numbers, ratios and skills required and whilst we would love every child to have every opportunity this is not feasible nor possible. However, over the course of a year, we do track and ensure pupils are provided sporting opportunities, ensuring there is inclusive participation as appropriate. This is recognised in our attainment of five consecutive years of a GOLD Sports’ Kitemark Award, and being one of about five schools in Plymouth, eligible for Platinum.
We have been very fortunate with the weather for our Bikeability L1 and Balanceability. This week also sees our entry into Go-Ride, a cross-country Plymouth event, on bikes for our Years 5 & 6 team. We wish them well and look forward to hearing all about it. Look out for news in our Latest News section and on Twitter.
Christmas Card Competitions
A reminder that entries for the Broadway can be sent directly to the Broadway, Plymstock, and all have to be there by Friday 13th October. Designs for school Christmas card can be handed in directly to the office, by the same date please.
FroWS are holding a Car Boot on Sunday 15th October. If you wish to participate please contact a member of the FroWS team or ask at the school Reception Office.