What a Wondrous Week!
Hopefully you will have seen, heard or read of our successes over the last week? If not here they are!
Saltash Music, Speech and Drama Festival
Choir - Our KS2 Choir sang their hearts out to the delight of the audience, parents and WOWED the judges. They were so professional and sooo amazing, it was truly a delight to behold. Their presence and poise, as well as their beautiful atmospheric and rhythmic singing saw them win their category with a DISTINCTION! On top of this they have also been invited to perform at the Gala Evening this week, so are hopeful this can be arranged at short notice. As one audience member, who took the time to email the school said, it brought tears to her eyes. Take a look at the full article here:
Soloists – Judging was quite brutal during the choir sessions so it was great to know that seven girls, of our choir, decided to continue on their journey to sing solos, in what was quite a daunting event. However they rose to the challenge with only a point between the winner, Josie Kent and a number coming 2nd.
A MASSIVE well done to the Choir and our Soloists. We wish our instrumental soloists, this week, as much success – Go Wembury!
Rotary Youth Speaks
This year we were invited to the Plympton area Rotary Youth Speaks which was held at Boringdon Golf & Country Club. This is a public speaking event and we were so impressed by the speeches and efforts of this year’s Year 6. We entered three teams. It was such a privilege to listen and watch this age group speak on topics of interest to them. They captured the audience and maintained their interest throughout and this is no mean feat, as you know from watching some of the speakers in the Houses of Parliament! In our eyes Wembury were unlucky not to go through to the regional final, as two of our speakers were the only ones applauded immediately after their speech. It was such a great experience for them and who knows where this may take them?
This week’s sporting prowess saw the football teams in action. Check out how the Year 6 team made it through to a semi-final as well as how our teams are doing in the Plymouth Primaries’ Football League.
Please take the time to read this message from James Carr, father of Henri and George Carr at Wembury Primary. I know there are a number of parents and staff who knew Laura.
I recently lost a dear friend, Laura Weatherall-Plane, aged just 37, following her heroic 8-year battle with cancer. Throughout her battle with this cruel disease she tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness and funds (£70,000 no less) for the charity Coppafeel! which reminds young people to check their breasts so that an early diagnosis can save lives, something which was sadly too late for Laura.
To continue Laura’s legacy of undertaking amazing feats whilst raising money for Coppafeel!, in April 2018 I plan to push that to the extreme by undertaking an extraordinary challenge. Running the length of the UK from John O’Groats to Land’s End will be a true test of strength and determination. This incredible journey covers 860 miles (1384km) over 17 days which means I‘ll be running on average nearly two full marathons (52 miles) each day!
To raise awareness of Coppafeel!, of my challenge, and to get people inspired to ‘get out there’, I’m organizing a ‘Wembury Marathon’ to take place on Saturday March 3rd and inviting people from Wembury and the local community to join me for a run.
With help from some wonderful friends, I have devised a 3.2 mile loop that starts and finishes at the Odd Wheel. For a donation of your choosing, you are invited to run/ walk this loop as many or as few times as you may wish. Children are more than welcome as long as they are supervised by an adult at all times as part of the loop is on public highways. We will have marshals in place at key points in the loop.
Registration on the day will be in the Odd Wheel from 8am with the first loop starting at 9am sharp. There will be bacon and sausage baps available to buy between 8-9am and English breakfast being served between 9-11am for those who work up an appetite!
For more information on my run or those wishing to donate, my website is www.jogleforlaura.com.
Thank you to all who spared 3 minutes to complete the online survey regarding sufficiency and child care needs within Wembury. Although the data from this has not been fully collated it is very obvious that there is now a greater demand and need for provision than when the last survey was completed, about five years ago. It is also apparent that many parents have to take younger children to provision, beyond Wembury, for care between 7.30am-6.00pm. This is something that I believe could, and should, be considered by current providers; toddler group, Pre-school and the school, for Wembury community families. There is obviously a risk of sustainability with Sherford and Saltram Meadow proposed schools and the expansion of some local primaries. However I do believe this is a real opportunity, to provide quality provision, locally. Once the data has been analysed and discussed between providers we can then consider possible options, to meet perceived need. The likelihood is that current buildings will not have the capacity to fulfil this need so further funding streams will need to be investigated. It is hoped that our request, for the section 106 funding for the addition of three new class bases, alongside this perceived need will ensure this bid is successful. (I am also approaching WeST trustees with the plans and data, as the size of our trust enables automatic funding for such work, but has to be considered in the same way as a local authority would. Fingers crossed?!)
School Community Orchard
You may remember that about five years ago we planted our very own orchard in the school grounds? It was a great community event and we are planning to have a follow up day, soon, for pruning, development and a bit of TLC. This has come about as part of the verges/wild flowers project, through AONB. We shall be working alongside Nicki & Keith, to further develop the orchard. AONB are very kindly going to provide some funds for this project once the audit, which was carried out this week, in torrential rain (!), is received. When we have a date set the community will be invited in again and no doubt there will be some delicious cakes to encourage the work!
Attendance and Courtesy Cup Winners 26th January
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 worthy winners – well done!
The Courtesy Cups (x2) were presented to Anna Tall (Y5) and Amelia Down (F). Both have demonstrated politeness, good manners and respect. Children are nominated and 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. A massive well done to our nominees and winners.
This week's Star pupils were:
F - Amy Glover
Year 1 - Jacob Millard
Year 2 - Lucas Glover
Year 3 - Bo Wilkinson
Year 4 - Rachel Liebenberg
Year 5 - Azad Robertson
Year 6 - Daisy Riley
Most Active Class of the Week
We have started to present a certificate to the most active class of the week. This week we saw two classes share this title. They were Year 2 and Year . Keep up the action!
We welcome Chloe and Emma, French students from a University in Brest, this week, for their four week placement at Wembury. They are staying with a local family, with a child at the school, so will get a real flavour of Wembury life. As part of their placement they will be working alongside pupils with our National Curriculum and teaching French. We hope that they will enjoy their time here and perhaps get opportunity to meet other families?
Reminders & Changes
After-school Club - A reminder that children attending the Activities Club (After-school Club) MUST be booked in online, in advance. This is essential in ensuring we have adequate staffing in place. Whilst we appreciate there are exceptional circumstances we respectfully request that 48hrs notice be given for any cancellation. (Again we need to ensure we have the correct staffing ratio.)
Important change to Breakfast Club – Due to an increase in popularity and usage we will require all Breakfast Club bookings to be completed in advance and online. This will commence after half term on Tuesday 20th February. Bookings MUST be made the day before by 4.00pm, so that we are able to make arrangements and provide staff with a list of attendees. Again we appreciate there may be exceptional circumstances when this is not possible but this will enable parents to drop off to staff, at 7.45am currently, without the additional need to sign in.
School Lunches – There are still many parents who are not booking meal choices online and children unsure of what to choose. This is taking up additional learning time in the morning. All lunches need to be booked online, whether they are free or not, to enable the cook to prepare the correct number of meals. Please could all meal choices be booked in advance. Even if you are entitled to free school meals you are still required to login and book choices online. Please help us to ensure your child receives the meal of their choice. Thank you.
Please check out your child’s Class Pages to see what else they have been up to.