Welcome back to the start of the spring term and a Happy New Year! I cannot believe that almost a week has passed already, it’s like we have never been away! It is my intention to write a weekly Blog rather than a newsletter to keep you up to date with what is happening in school, so this is the first! (Hopefully the highlighted words, when clicked on, will take you straight to further information on that item.)
I have to say how proud I am as a Headteacher, for the confidence and performances of pupils, during the weeks leading up to the Christmas break. They never cease to amaze me as well as entertain! It is a real privilege to see their talents and watch them grow into the amazing young individuals that they are.
We welcome Mrs Becki Graziosi as new, Year 2 teacher. She has a wealth of experience and has made a very positive start. Whilst we may struggle with the pronunciation of her name Year 2 are experts!
The children have had a very active start to the New Year; the first day we looked at Democracy. What is this? Who were the Suffragettes? How does this impact on our lives and British lives?
Over the next couple of days Year 5 & 6 were kept very active (to burn off all those Christmas treats!). Indoor rowing and Lacrosse were introduced. There is an annual Plymouth Indoor Rowing championship taking place on 25th January and this was an opportunity to allow pupils to demonstrate their skills and enthusiasm. Pupils in Years 5 & 6 will soon be selected to represent Wembury at this event.
Lacrosse (an up and coming sport in Plymouth) is a new sport for us. We are lucky to have Ben, who is part of the Plymouth Lacrosse team, come in for the next 5 weeks to develop the children’s individual skills and team play. It is fast and furious as well as an exciting sport. He has offered to run a lacrosse club, after school, on a Friday 3.15-4.15pm. Please look out for the letters going out this week to Years 5 & 6.
Please look at the news and PE curriculum area of our website to find out and see photos of these activities.
As ever school governors and leaders look to how we can continue to develop the school, both academically as well as its environment. Hopefully, soon we will see a MUGA (Multi-use-games-area) constructed in the KS2 playground. Although we do not currently have the budget to resurface the playground, what we will have is a fenced, designated area for games. This will enable ball games, such as football, to be contained during play and lunchtimes as well as provide a safer, designated area for curriculum use. We have also commissioned the development of the swimming pool changing rooms, to include toilets and a shower. This will support events such as the Big Camp Out and the summer fayre, allowing the community access to toilets, on the school site. FroWS have already raised a substantial amount (circa £6000), with your support, to contribute towards the cost of this. We are hoping for work to be completed over the Easter break in readiness for the summer use. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute towards events, or even run one, please contact Emma Draper, Chair of FroWS. Don’t forget the disco this Friday 13th – 6.00-7.30pm, £1.00 entry, for all pupils.
Should you wish to make a Compliment, Comment, Concern or Complaint please do so via the link on our website, which informs you best how to do this. We welcome all in an effort to improve our service to parents and the community.
As you are aware this has been probably the trickiest year in education, with so many changes and uncertainties. The demands on staff and pupils increase whilst budgets continue to lessen. Fortunately we are in a position of strength; our budget is healthy, academic results on the main in line with national or better, and pupil numbers are on the increase, and at the highest since my appointment in 2007. The landscape of education and schools is moving at a rapid pace. You will have heard of academies and MATs (Multi Academy Trusts), and whilst many white papers come and go the agenda of academisation is not going to go away. As a consequence the school and governors continue to look at our future options; ones that will enable us to remain the unique school that we are. Over the past few years we have discussed our options and will only consider those which we believe fit our ethos and vision, and ultimately ensure positive outcomes for our pupils and the community. Please read and consider any further information regarding this, over the year, as your views are important to us.
Some great news - Mr Greg Chantler got engaged at Christmas – congratulations to him and his fiancé. We look forward to being informed of his wedding date!
Lastly, as so much appears to be going on this term it is important that parents check emails, texts, and the website and book bags. Please remember the best time to catch teachers is at the end of the school day; if this is not possible then please contact the office, where they will arrange for the teacher to contact you.
PE kits need to be in school all week, and all term. A text/email will be sent home should your child regularly forget their kit.
Just a gentle reminder re parking either on Barton Close or the village hall car park; this is a privilege and done at goodwill, please be courteous to all.
Welcome back, and we look forward to many exciting events!