As you will know, from our recent letter, we are holding our whole school Harvest on Wednesday 17th October, in the school hall. The theme for Harvest is the Maths Behind Harvest: although activities have already been considered, if you know some interesting mathematical factoids, or find any, about Harvest, please send them in with your child to share.
Unfortunately, as we stated, we are unable to invite parents to join us during our actual service, due to the limited space in the hall. However we plan to display our work, so look out for it. A reminder that children should bring a harvest gift of fruit or vegetables (or tins, jars and other non-perishable foods) with them, on the day or during the days before, which will be presented to the Shekinah Mission; a day centre in Plymouth for homeless and disadvantaged people.
As promised – the funds raised for our coffee and cake afternoon was £230! Thank you all for your support, especially Linda Aldridge of our Administration Team, for organising this.
A Polar Experience!
As part of their geography work, Year 2 have been studying contrasting localities. What more contrast can you get than the extreme landscapes and climates of the North and South Poles? Dr Juliette Jackson, from Seadream Education, led several workshops to unveil the science behind the children’s questions: Why don’t penguins fly? How are currents created? What happens when too much ice melts? How do polar animals keep warm? Through first-hand experiments they were all answered! Furthermore, Dr Andy Rees, a marine biologist working for the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, came to share his experience as a Polar scientist who travelled to both the Arctic and Antarctica. Through his recount of his most recent trip on board the Sir James Clark Ross to the South Pole, the children learned about the harsh conditions the crew had to work in and how they kept themselves warm and safe. Next, the pupils will be taking part in a Lego competition, in partnership with National Geographic Kids, involving designing an Arctic scene for a Lego mini-figure to explore; the winning prize will be the visit of world famous polar expert Paul Rose. Watch this space!
Cross Country Success
Our cross country team were very excited for their first event of the year – a new one for us, at Ivybridge Community College – which we were only aware of because it was mentioned here in the Wednesday Whistle!
There were some pre-race nerves for the children but when the run began, they flew around the course! All children represented the school brilliantly, achieving some super results. Individually, we managed 2nd in the Year 5/6 boys race and 10th in the Year 5/6 girls race. However, we know that cross country is a team event and both teams did really well to finish 4th (girls) and 1st (boys)! Well done to all children who participated and those who organised and ran the event – the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We now look forward to the Coombe Dean warm-up event this week followed by the PSSP cross country championships at Staddiscombe next week!
Football League Returns!
We were excited to get up and running with the second season of Plymouth Primary Schools Football League, which began in 2017/18. We are again playing matches at Goals, in Plymouth, benefiting from the central location and all-weather pitches. We have 12 teams entered in the league again this year and are delighted to welcome another WeST school, Dunstone, who join us this year. In fact, in round 2 of matches, it’s Wembury vs Dunstone on Friday! We look forward to the match. Once again, we have sports leaders from Stoke Damerel Community College who volunteer as referees for the matches. This is a great experience for them and they continue to do a brilliant job. If any WeST secondary schools would like to provide this opportunity to their students, we would be more than happy to accommodate this. Matches are on Friday afternoons, from 1pm-3pm. Good luck to all teams for the season!
Fencing – safety first
The first part of the fencing along the path from Knighton Road to KS1 is unsafe. Please could parents ensure children are not climbing or sitting on the fence, where the red and white ticker tape has been placed? Despite the tape being in place a number of children continue to climb in, over and through it. Whilst we are waiting for the replacement fence to be installed we ask for your support, in ensuing your child’s safety, especially on collection at the end of the school day – Thank you.
Again regarding safety; a reminder that children should not be left on site prior to 8.35am, unless attending Breakfast Club or they are a Prefect. Parents are welcome to wait on the benches, with their child/children, until staff arrive on playground duty. The school’s insurance does not cover any incident or injury prior to this time, other than those exceptions above. If it is raining, children will come directly into the school hall from 8.35am.
At the end of the school day, if parents are not visible or running late, children will be asked to return to main reception area, where they will remain until collected. We also advise children to return to school in this manner should they become separated from adults, for whatever reason. We would be grateful if this could be reinforced at home, so that children know we are consistent in our approach.
Should your child be in either Year 5 or 6 and you wish them to walk home independently, please could you put this in writing, to the school office, so that we are aware they have parental permission.
Thank you again for your support with this.