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Just before half-term our Year 5 had the opportunity to join Year 5s from Oreston and Dunstone at Hele’s School, for a day of Humanutopia! (As a consequence of being partner schools in WeST.)

Year 9 students at Hele’s School have been working with social enterprise company, Humanutopia on their ’Heroes Journey’. This has involved a series of workshops where they have addressed many personal and social barriers to learning with a view to changing the attitudes and behaviours of themselves and others, as well as raising their aspirations.

The ‘Heroes’ ran a highly interactive and vibrant day which challenged Year 5 pupils to think about solutions to problems common to daily life in primary schools, and take them out of their comfort zone. Feedback from Year 5 was wholly positive and they left buzzing and feeling like they’d learnt lessons well beyond the classroom and ones to use in their futures!

Key To Life Bus

Key Stage 2 pupils had the opportunity to visit the brand new, interactive Key To Life Bus. This event supported our RE curriculum through games, questioning, stories and presentations. What a fun way to learn about life and other religions and cultures! Thank you to Parent Governor Mr Mark Oliver for organising this once in a lifetime experience.

World Book Day Update – Monday 5th March

Further to the details sent out last week we can now announce that we will also have a visiting Book Fayre in that day offering some fantastic new books for sale. Please pop in at the end of the school day to see what is on offer, with your child. Don’t forget to get snapping those extreme reading photos and either send them in electronically or on paper. We already have some amazing photos, but won’t share where they are reading for now!

Zoo Trip

We are all off to the zoo this Friday 2nd March and are very excited that the whole school is going together. We have planned the workshops and activities; all we need now is for the weather to be kind to us. With that in mind please ensure you have read your child’s class letter to ensure your child has all the correct clothing and lunch with them. Thank you.

Community Orchard – Spring to Life!

Following on from our Orchard audit we have decided Saturday March 24th is the day for ‘springing into action’ to rejuvenate our orchard and some surrounding areas. AONB are kindly funding this project and will provide mulch, plants and some tools. It is hoped that we have a similar large number of helpers as we did when we planted the orchard. (Many hands make light work, adults and children!) It is also planned to update our forest school area with a new fire pit, mud kitchen and new seating. Please put this date in your diary and look out for the letter with ‘kit list’ and timings, due out next week.

Childcare Survey

Again thank you to those who responded to this survey. It is very apparent there is a demand for greater provision. How and who will provide this is not decided, but will form the basis of a meeting, currently being planned with the pre-school, the school, WeST and local authority. Once we have further news or updates we will keep you informed.



A reminder that all Breakfast Club bookings must be completed in advance and online and made the previous day before 4.00pm. This is to enable us to make arrangements and provide staff with a list of attendees. Again we appreciate there may be exceptional circumstances where this is not possible but should not become a regular occurrence.


Please could you ensure that you child has appropriate clothing for the weather and school activities. A number of children are coming to school without any coats or warm outer wearing. (A thin raincoat is not suitable for the cold weather we are currently experiencing.) In light of the severe weather warnings children must have suitable outdoor clothing in order to go outside at play time and lunchtime.


PE Kits

There are still a number of children who do not wear the expected indoor PE kit of; plain white shorts and t-shirts. As we take part in many sporting activities, both inside and outside of school, it is important, and respectful, to be dressed in expected uniform. Outside sessions, children may wear their own track suits, or leggings, with white kit underneath.



For indoor PE/gym children do not require footwear. Trainers of choice are permitted for outdoor PE. However it has been noted that some children are wearing trainer type shoes throughout the day. This is only acceptable if they have no school shoes, or that they are ALL BLACK. Black tops and white soles, or any other colour are not acceptable. Please support the school by following school uniform policy. It can be found using this link.

Uniform Policy

Awards and Achievement Winners 2nd February


Attendance - Each week we celebrate class attendance – a trophy is given to the class with the highest attendance of the week. On Friday Year 2 were the winners – well done!


The Courtesy Cups (x2) were presented to Lizzie Clarke (F) and William Higgs (F). Both have demonstrated politeness, good manners and respect. Children are nominated then randomly selected to receive the cup. All children nominated are mentioned in our Celebration assembly, and then the two winners announced. The cups are taken home for the week to be returned for the following Thursday.


Stars of the Week – Going for Gold

These are children who have been nominated by their class teacher, support staff or pupils, who have shown an improvement, determination, or just having done something simply amazing.

F – Amelia Down

Year 1 – George Bates

Year 2 – Jude Tucker

Year 3 – Austin Miller

Year 4 – Ajay Merkel

Year 5 – Phoebe Core

Year 6 – Ashley Strelling

A massive well done to our nominees and winners of the above awards.


Most Active Class of the Week

This week it was our Year 5. Keep active. Keep healthy!

Learning for Life