I hope you all had a good half term, despite some of the weather? The temperature has definitely dropped and a number of children noted the difference outside yesterday. Please could you ensure your child brings in a coat, suitable to the weather, on a daily basis, especially as the weather can be so changeable throughout the day. Also – remember we have a pile of unclaimed lost property, including coats, sweatshirts, wellies, hats and packed lunch boxes. If you believe your child has mislaid something please find an opportunity to check the lost property box, located in the main reception area, before we donate the remainder to a charity shop. Thank you.
Christmas Cards & Orders
Hopefully you will have seen the card designed by your child and had opportunity to make your purchase decisions? For those parents who have already made payment and returned their completed order form, thank you. However, we have a number of order forms returned without payment being made, in advance via ParentPay, as well as a number of payments having been made via ParentPay but without the order form being returned to school. The office will try to contact you in the next couple of days if you are one of these parents as we want to ensure the correct order.
If you have not yet placed your order this MUST BE completed by Thursday 31st October at the very latest, in order that all who require orders receive these in time for Christmas posting. Therefore please ensure that all payments are made in advance and that this matches the order confirmation, placed on your child’s card design order form, which needs to be returned to school by 31st. Orders received after this date will not be able to be accepted or processed.
Harvest, Christingle & Food Donations
As you know, just before the half term we celebrated the good, old pumpkin in our Harvest assembly. The children had created their own acrostic poems, sang some new songs and some old, with a few word changes, created some 3D, lantern-style pumpkins and designed their own. There were a plethora of pumpkins but the question that posed a lot of debate was – ‘Is a pumpkin seed dead or alive?’ An interesting and scientific debate ensued. If you want to know the outcome you will have to ask your child! (Although remember – a lot has happened between now and the assembly!)
We decided not to collect food stuff at this time, having decided to support food banks this year, through our Harvest celebration and with a KS1 Christingle, which will be held at St Werburgh’s at the end of November. (Details will be sent out soon.) Rather than make two requests we have decided one to be more appropriate as both events celebrate fruits of the earth, nurtured by the sun and the rain. Therefore we are requesting donations for a typical food parcel (non-perishables and in date products) which may include:
Or non-food items such as:
We will be happy to receive any donations throughout the month of November, up until Friday 29th November 2019.
Help us to support those in crisis at a difficult time of year and make a difference. To find out more about the work if foodbanks please take a look at the link below.
(This is only one example of a foodbank organisation.)
As you may know next year celebrates the 400th year since the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth, although not its original port of departure. Plymouth will be hosting numerous events, shows and exhibitions, some of which schools are invited to participate. We have already signed up to a collaborative project, which links with the arts, and to the new Box (Museum) in the city centre. Mayflower 400 is set to be our main curriculum focus for September 2020 until the autumn half term. It is an important part of our local history and of course one we are very excited to be involved in, even though it is a year away! Part of this project will be the involvement of parents but we would love to hear of any ideas or projects that you may be involved in, or think the school may wish to be involved in/create. We would very much like the theme of the Summer Fayre 2020 to be Mayflower 400, to include a parade as a launch to this school project and national event in history, and as such have put forward the suggestion to FroWS. Below are links to events planned in Plymouth.
Behaviour – Rewards & Sanctions
During the first part of the half term, pupils were asked to re-consider our Behaviour – Rewards & Sanctions Policy, and contribute to its due review. Overwhelmingly the pupils agreed with the rules and sanctions, though they would like to make changes to some rewards and 100% of those who contributed did not want parents to know if they had been in trouble! (Whilst no one likes to get into trouble it is important that pupils see parents and the school working together.) However in light of pupils’ contributions and staff input some changes and re-wording, for clarity, have been made. Using the link below parents will have access to the revised policy, prior to going to governors for ratification and adoption on 12th November. (The original policy, should you wish to make comparisons, can be found on our website here - Current Policy)
We welcome feedback on the clarity of the policy as parents via this link CONTACT US at the bottom of the page.
Please also use this as an opportunity to discuss and share how rules and sanctions are used and applied with your child/children, to enable all pupils to learn without distraction and the possible consequences when this does not happen. Thank you.
FroWS – Fund-raising made so easy! (Just the click of a button.)
The school is registered with Easyfundraising, so you can raise FREE donations for us when you do your everyday online shopping. All you have to do is find the retailer you want to shop with on the Easyfundraising website or App, shop as usual and the retailer will donate to us when you make a purchase – at no extra cost to you! This means you can support the school when you do your grocery shopping, book holidays or days out, order takeaways, buy things for the kids, or even when you renew your insurance and energy policies.
It’s easy and completely FREE. Just visit our Easyfundraising page here - WEBSITE
and click “Support us for free”.
When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Friends Of Wembury School.
It’s so easy and with Christmas coming up imagine the additional funds that could be raised for your children and their school. Don’t forget to encourage family and friends to sign up too!
Activities and Events
At the end of last term we saw Year 6 take part in Junior Life Skills. The majority of activities were about safety – both personal and keeping others safe. Information was given, through the activities, on what to do in an emergency, what to say and how their actions could save lives. These skills are for life. Presentations included the fire service, lifeguards, guide dogs and first aid. Take a look at this link to Year 6’s Learning Journey to see what they got up to.
Year 2 visited the Aquarium where they entered virtual reality! Again, using the link, you can see more photos of the activities and creatures they encountered.
Whilst Year 2 ventured all things aquatic, Year 3 took to the underground, learning all about rock formation and life beneath land’s surface, at Kent’s Cavern. It is a fascinating, relatively local place and one full of awe and wonder. The lighting and structure of forms beneath the ground caused much excitement, and imaginations ran wild. I wonder if Stone Age caves were as warm and cosy? Who really lived in this underground world and how did they survive? (Ask Year 3!)