Last week seemed to be a week of meetings, at all hours of the day, so apologies that I have not been as visual or as accessible as usual.
Hopefully you will all have had opportunity to read our latest GOOD Ofsted? We are obviously very proud of this, with national expectations forever increasing and not just in the academics. I am extremely pleased and proud that it has been recognised we have maintained our creative, broad and rich curriculum, enabling pupils to experience many exciting and stimulating activities, from Foundation through to Year 6. The team at Wembury are very dedicated and put the needs and interests of the children at the heart of all they do. This is the same for all staff and governors, demonstrating their determination to do their best for our pupils and the community. Of course this would not be possible without our amazing pupils and parents, and family support and engagement. Wembury Primary is a 'special place to be.' We obviously recognise that we can continue to develop and grow as a school, either independently or in collaboration and will continue to do our very best.
Whilst we were able to welcome back Mrs Dunn and Mrs Chamberlain, Mrs Edwards (Year 1) is currently absent. We were hoping for a return last week but this is not possible, hopefully it will be over the next week. In order to maintain some consistency, Mrs Ridge is currently supporting in cover for Year 1. Many apologies to Year 1 parents that we have had to change the Parent Consultation dates, notifying later than desired, due to the uncertainty of Mrs Edwards return. Whilst we are aiming to accommodate these next week we will not confirm until the return of Mrs Edwards. I would like to thank parents for their understanding in this unpredictable circumstance.
Sports came to the forefront again; on Monday evening a team of girls and a team of boys took up the challenge of the Devonport Royal Swimming Association (DRSA). All schools were invited and this year there were a record number of pupils and teams taken part, so we were obviously delighted with our successes and efforts by all team members.
Later in the week a group of children took part in the Change4Life Festival, and by the look of the photos and comments, they had a great time as well as learning some new skills. Friday saw the final Cross Country at Dunstone, and children gaining extra mileage for their Ocean City challenge. We also saw ex-pupils, from Coombe Dean Year 7, return, ready for combat in a football match. This was due to take part in the new MUGA, which the ex-pupils were desperate to see and use, however the match took place on the field - a softer place to land when slipping! Brilliant efforts all round with Wembury pupils coming out victorious! A massive thank you to Mrs Lesley Taylor, Assistant Headteacher at Coombe Dean, for coming up with the idea, providing the cup and organising the Year 7's. Perhaps this should become an annual event?
Today was the start of Science Week with some amazing scientists, surgeons, crime scene investigators and astronauts visiting!! (The children and staff of course!) However we do have some actual scientists to visit, and for some children to go and visit, at the university later this week. Look out for this on the news section or class pages; I will have more to say in my Blog next week about the crazy scientific investigations. Thank you for embracing the madness!
Coming up is the FroWS disco, on Friday 17th March, 6.00-7.30pm. If you are coming with your child and would like to help out, even for half an hour, please contact Emma Draper (FroWS Chair) or one of the other members - help is always welcome, even if only to help set up or clear up. FroWS do an amazing job at raising funds to support all pupils. The bulk of their recent fund raising is to support the renewal of the swimming pool changing rooms, but financial support is provided across the school. Their latest donation request was for a new team games sport kit. (Football, netball, basketball etc.)
Our 'designer' vest is due for a fashion parade this week. It has been a while since we chose 3 pupils' designs and merged them to make one fantastically coloured, and unique sports vest, for events such as athletics, multi-skills and cross country. We will be the only school in the Plymouth area with a pupil designed vest - how amazing is that? We will get the children to blog on the national Sainsbury's Schools Sports website - they are always looking for something different.
Please check the school Calendar with events coming up and note the PlayDay is now Thursday 30th March.
Thank you for your continued support.