Despite managing to twist her arm, four years ago, Mrs Dunn has made the brave decision to venture something new! It is with great sadness, to inform you, that she will be leaving Wembury Primary School on 27th March 2020. She has been such an asset to the school with her warmth, sense of humour and caring nature. She will be missed by so many and to know that she has had such an impact on so many young lives, at the start of their journey into education and school. I know she won’t be far away and have no doubt that we shall still see her, and maybe even get her in for the odd day of supply???? We wish her all the very best on her new venture as we start the task of finding a replacement. Once we have made an appointment, and relevant checks have been made, we will inform parents.
If you have looked at our website news recently you may have noticed our post about a letter from an MP? This is the second time we have received a congratulations letter from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP. This time we are congratulated on our maths standards at the end of KS2 – we are exceptionally proud to be in the top 2% of primary schools, nationally. This is no mean feat but what makes it so much more pleasing is knowing that this was achieved without narrowing our curriculum. The children have access to so many opportunities both within and beyond the school, including embracing the arts and sports. I believe that it is because of these opportunities, and the amazing qualities of our staff, that children enjoy coming to school (most of the time!) and want to achieve their very best. Of course this would also not be possible without our Maths lead – Susie Jackson. Well done to all!
As you may be aware there has been a bout of flu-like virus. It has really taken a toll on the children and staff. Therefore if your child is unwell, with a high temperature, sickness, cough/sore throat, please ensure that they are well enough before returning to school. We have had to send a number of children home again as well as keep children in, during break and lunch time, because they do not have a coat. With the cold and changing weather, please ensure your child brings protective outer wear to school – thank you.
Any child arriving to school after 8.50am must be signed in via main reception, by a responsible adult, even if only a couple of minutes late. There has been an increase in regular, late arrivals and whilst you may not see this as an issue it has a negative impact upon your child, their start to the day, their well-being and engagement in their learning and with their peers. As parents it is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school in a timely manner. Thank you.
It seems an age ago that I reported that our new build, for EYFS/KS1, would be going for planning permission. Apparently it has now been submitted – so please look out for it. It seems we are still on the time-line for completion in readiness for September 2020. It has been long awaited and will be a welcome sight and addition, once completed. We will keep you updated of any developments.
We have had some amazing efforts and result in recent sporting events. Please click on the event to find out more and see how well we got on.
Half term activities - Argyle Multi-skills for Friday 14th February and Wednesday 19th February. (Don’t forget Friday 14th February is a WeST training day.)
Also over the half term are a range of activities organised by Ivybridge Community College. Please see the link below, for further information.
ECO-TIP - Vinegar!
There are so many different vinegar uses that it is truly one of the most versatile items in your pantry. From cooking to cleaning to personal care, there are endless home uses for vinegar. In fact, there are very few things you can't clean with vinegar.
It's important to note that there are many different types of vinegar and each has its own purpose. Balsamic and red wine vinegar are used mostly for cooking and salad dressing. White vinegar, while edible, is best used for cleaning purposes. Cleaning vinegar is dangerous to ingest and should only be used for that purpose. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile types of vinegar, with just as many culinary uses as cleaning and other purposes.
Here are some genius vinegar uses you might not know about.
1 Vinegar as All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
Get rid of your chemical cleaning products and use vinegar instead. Mix one part white vinegar and one part water in an empty spray bottle to clean everything from wood floors to countertops. To make the smell more pleasant, add 10-20 drops of any essential oil. Lemon is a particularly good choice because it helps to cut grease and odours.
2 Vinegar as Soap Scum Remover
Having trouble scrubbing that tough soap scum off your bathtub or shower doors? Pour some white vinegar or cleaning vinegar on a sponge and wipe. If you still have trouble removing the grime, put a little baking soda on a sponge and add a little more vinegar. It will fizz, making the dirt come up easily.
3 Vinegar as Clarifying Hair Treatment
If product build-up is making your hair feel oily, skip the clarifying shampoo and DIY your own using, you guessed it, vinegar. Combine one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water in an old shampoo or empty water bottle and shake it up. After shampooing your hair, towel dry and apply the solution evenly from roots to ends. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and conditioning.
4 Vinegar as Candle Wax Remover
Spilled candle wax is easy to remove with the help of vinegar. Just heat up the wax with a hair dryer and then sop it up with a paper towel. Remove any leftover wax with a paper towel soaked in a solution of half water and half vinegar.
5 Vinegar as Weed Killer
Stop using chemical weed killers in your garden. Vinegar is better for your family and pets. It’s best to use vinegar that has high acidity, such as Pure 20% Vinegar, to apply to weeded areas. You can also combine a gallon of white vinegar with a cup of salt and a tablespoon of dish soap. Mix well and apply to the area.
6 Vinegar as Flea Spray for Your Pet
Want to treat your pet’s fleas naturally? After shampooing, apply a mixture using one part water to one part apple cider vinegar on your pet’s coat to create an unpleasant environment for fleas to live.
7 Vinegar as Carpet Stain Remover
Vinegar can help lift odours and get stains out of carpet. Soak the stain with white vinegar, and then sprinkle on some baking soda until the solution fizzes. Wait a few minutes for the stain to absorb and then vacuum up the powder. If the odour is bothersome, apply a drop or two of essential oil over the vinegar.
8 Vinegar as Stainless Steel Cleaner
No need to buy anything special to make your fridge shine. Spray undiluted white vinegar on stainless steel or chrome, then buff off with a polishing cloth.
9 Vinegar as Showerhead Cleaner
If your shower spray isn’t what it used to be, it could be clogged with minerals and gunk. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it over the showerhead using tape or rubber bands. Wait at least two hours and then run the water for a few minutes through the showerhead before using. You can also remove the showerhead and submerge it in the vinegar instead. Rinse off before reattaching.
10 Vinegar as Sweater Fluffer
Fluff up wool sweaters by adding a few capfuls of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
11 Vinegar as Bath Booster
One of the more unusual vinegar uses, add a half cup of vinegar to bath water to soothe dry skin—and get a cleaner bath tub. An essential oil can help counteract the smell.
12 Vinegar as Sticker Remover
To dislodge a stubborn price sticker, paint it with several coats of vinegar, let it sit for five minutes, then wipe away.
13 Vinegar as Odour Remover
After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell.
14 Vinegar as Coffeemaker Cleaner
Clean a coffeemaker or a tea kettle by making a pot using a mixture of water and vinegar. Follow with several cycles of water to rinse.
15 Vinegar as Shoe Cleaner
Clean salt-stained leather and suede shoes with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Dab it onto a cotton rag (or a nylon-bristle brush if you’re cleaning suede) and rub gently over the entire shoe. Then let dry.
Who knew vinegar could be so versatile?