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Bioblitz

It might have been inclement weather but that did not put a stop to all the amazing activities that took part as part of the BioBlitz. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the worst of the weather, for KS2, was on the walk back to school! This did not dampen their enthusiasm and excitement in talking about their activities.

When I visited the beach, to deliver cookie Friday (!), Year 5 were scrambling across the rocks, rock pooling, Year 4 were looking at all creatures great and small, on the meadow,  Year 6 were on the beach and Year 3 were trying to bird watch, but it was so windy this proved to be very difficult!

Back at school KS1, EYFS and pre-school were also out and about. Again the bird watching proved difficult so they listened carefully to the wind using special ear phones. (Apparently their faces were a picture of amazement.)  The moths were very active, with one escaping, and making the lard balls for the birds was a triumph. (Not for the hall and sinks afterwards though!)

A massive thank you has to go to the Marine Centre, Devon Wildlife and all its amazing volunteers. What an amazing day. Thank you to all our parent helpers and staff, especially to Mr Bennett for Don’t forget to look in the ‘Learning Journeys’ on class pages to see more. The following photos are mainly KS2 at the beach.  Look out for Wembury pupils on Countryfile, due to be aired 13th October.  

Cyclo-cross

Last week I mentioned our amazing Tag Rugby team and this week it is the turn of our Cyclo-cross Team.

Cyclo-cross is basically cross country on bikes. Bikes and helmets are provided by PSSP so that all are on an equal footing. Wembury were brilliant – they came in first overall and will now go on to represent Plymouth schools in the Devon Schools’ Winter Games, next year. Go Wembury! 

Achievements

Whilst it is often extra, rich curriculum activities and sports that are reported on I believe these develop a pupil’s enjoyment of school, and as a consequence our attendance remains good overall and our trend of end of KS2 national assessments, exceptionally good.  As you will see from the table below we remain above the national, and Devon average. Our combined result of greater depth in Reading, Writing and Maths, is usually higher than was achieved July 2019, but the progress this particular cohort made, during their time at Wembury is significantly above the average. I am very proud of the positive attitudes of pupils towards their learning, the dedication of staff to ensure our pupils have access to the rich, varied and creative curriculum, and to our leadership (including governance) in ensuring there is challenge – challenge for pupils and challenge for staff. Wembury is definitely a ‘special place to be.’      

Theatre Alibi

The whole school have watched – ‘I believe in Unicorns’ today. Every couple of years we have a visiting theatre company. Don’t forget to ask your child about it when you get home. FroWS have provided the funds again for this, ensuring all benefit from the amazing fund raising that they do. Thank you FroWS. Staff commented on how amazing this show was, captivating the audience in a magical world, so cleverly produced. The best quote came from a child, stating ‘it was the best show I have ever seen and I never, ever wanted it to end!’ 

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Harvest

This year’s theme for harvest celebration is the PUMPKIN. Our celebration will take place on Thursday 17th October; unfortunately we are unable to also invite parents, due to the constraints of the hall. However, if you have grown an interesting pumpkin, or know some unusual fact that you would like to share, please let your child’s class teacher know. It would be great to have some carved pumpkins, food made from pumpkins or some painted pumpkins. Do you have a skill you could share with a class?     

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REMINDERS

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Our annual MacMillan Coffee afternoon will take place on 4th October 2.30pm, in the school hall. School children will be able to join parents and family members from 3.00pm onwards. (Children will need to be collected from their class base.)

We are requesting donations of cakes, raffles, prizes to be handed in on the Thursday 3rd or the morning of the 4th. If you would like to volunteer to help sell refreshments on the day, please contact Linda or Toni in the office. We would love to see you all there.

 

Run a Mile Sponsorship

Firstly, thank you to all who have already returned their sponsorship forms and money collected. Please could all outstanding sponsor forms, and money raised, be handed into the school office by Friday 4th so that we are able to present some small prizes for a range of categories.  It was so lovely to give an additional purpose for the run and to see the effort the children put in. Thank you.

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Mud Run or Race for Life?

This was a busy weekend for many children and their families, taking part in the 5k Race for Life at Central Park. Although it was set up as an obstacle, muddy run, as you can imagine the weather had turned the race course into an exceptionally muddy run. This did not stop our intrepid runners – Hattie, Faith, Elle and Finley (and unknown others!) with facing the run and muddy obstacles all in aid of cancer research! Apparently they did so well despite the weather conditions – and April has a special mention because she was only just tall enough to take part but led from the front!! Well done to all – we look forward to seeing your medals in our Celebration Assembly.

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Appropriate Clothing

Please could you ensure your child comes to school in the correct uniform and appropriate outer wear. There are an increasing number of children wearing incorrect footwear and a larger number without any coat. In order for children to go outside during play and lunchtimes, when the weather is showery or colder, they MUST bring a waterproof coat to school. Thank you.

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Lost Property

We have collected a large amount of lost property already this term. Remember to name all clothing brought into school and not just uniform. Please come and check before half term, when all unclaimed property will be donated to a charity shop. Thank you.


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