16 March 2018
Star of the week in Oak Class: Sam Stoneman
Future Dates for your Diary:
- 16 March (midnight) – Deadline to return Annual Parent Survey
- 20 March; 2pm – Music Concert in School Hall – for more details refer to Newsletter dated 9th March
- 21 March – Mr G’s Science Show (Whole School) – for more details refer to letter dated 28th February
- 23 March, 2.45pm – parents invited to Science Fair – for more details refer to Newsletter dated 9th March
- 23 March – Last Day of Term
- Annual Parent Survey – If you haven’t yet completed the survey, it is not too late for you to do so – the deadline is midnight tonight.
We encourage all parents to complete the survey to help us understand what we’re getting right and what we could improve upon. It is available through the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/53R65FQ
Following feedback from last year where parents with more than one child at the school felt that their experience was different for each child, we would like one questionnaire completed for each of your children.
We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey. The school leadership team and governors will collate responses after Easter.
- Mr G’s Science Show (21 March) – Contribution of £2 per child was due to be paid by Wednesday 14 March. Please arrange to make payment via Scopay (our online payment system) if you haven’t already done so.
- Year 4, Kilve Trip (11 – 13 April) –
Final instalment of £43 was due 2nd March, please arrange to make payment if you haven’t already done so.
- Year 6 – PGL, Barton Hall (23 – 25 May) – next instalment of £25 is due 31st March
PTFA Information / Forthcoming Dates for your Diary
- PTFA School Disco – tonight 16th March
Reception – Year 3: 5pm – 6pm
Year 3 – Year 6: 6.15pm – 7.30pm
(Year 3 can choose either disco but not both)
Entrance will be £2.50 per child.
IMPORTANT – Please ensure you complete the ‘school disco permission slip’ your child has been given in school this week and that they give it to a member of the PTFA when paying for their entrance on the night. Unfortunately, no signed permission slip – no admittance!
If you have misplaced your child’s permission slip please speak to a PTFA member or the school office.
As stated on the permission slip, a selection of drinks & snacks will be on sale (no more than £3 spending money please).
- 17 March, 2.30pm – Beetle Drive, in School Hall
For those who are not sure what a beetle drive is it’s a very easy game of drawing a beetle by rolling a dice. Each number on the dice represents a body part. Full details of how to play will be given out on the day.
There will be Easter Eggs as prizes and its £1 to enter. It’s great fun for all the family, young and old.
Hope to see you there.
- Wednesday 21st March, 9am – Bag2School being collected.
If you have any donations, please bring your bag(s) to the PTFA shed (next to the bike shed) anytime during the school day before the above date.
Thank you in advance for support,
PTFA, Wiveliscombe Primary School
We are currently looking for a lunch time supervisor to work every Friday (11.30am – 1.30pm) and to call on to cover staff absences. The successful candidate will need to be flexible and able to work at short notice. It will involve setting up and packing away tables as well as supervising the children in the school hall and playground.
If you or you know anybody who would be interested, please speak to Mrs Stone, School Business Manager.
This post requires clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
We have become aware this week that some of our Y6 children are using Snapchat and a few have been quite unpleasant to each other. Although this happens out of school it does inevitably spill over into the school day and affects the children’s relationships in school. The danger of social media is that it is very invasive, is available 24/7, and can be difficult to monitor.
Questions to ask ourselves as parents are:
- Do I know what social media platforms my child is using?
- Am I happy that my child has signed up to social media such as Facebook and Snapchat that are meant for users age 13+?
- How do I monitor who my child communicates with and what is being said?
- How do I restrict my child’s access to the internet? (cut-off time at night, filters, etc.)
The link below will take you to a page on the NSPCC website that explains and reviews the most common social media sites that your child may be accessing:
Easter Holiday Club
Attached to this Newsletter are details of the Easter Holiday Camp that Mr Phillips is running.
For more information see attached flyer. To book, contact Mr Phillips direct on Russell@primary-sports.co.uk or call on 0797 2545080.
Huge congratulations to the 29 children who represented our school superbly in the Rotary Club Swimathon at Butlins, Minehead on the 9th March. It is brilliant that so many children took part – a record number for Wivey primary! Thank you so much to all the parents who supported this event, from transporting children to helping at the end of lanes, in the pool, cheering everyone on and even counting lengths. Your children did you proud with their great swimming, endless energy, enthusiasm and determination and teamwork. Big thanks also to Mr Deeks, Mrs Geary and Miss Lucas for giving up their evening to help to make this event so successful. Both this event and the Minehead Beacon to Beach race have become highlights of our sporting calendar and I love how they are going from strength to strength.
Our 5 teams were…
#We can’t swim (97 lengths in 55 mins)
Corey Garrity, Elijah Thompson-Farley, Tom Wheeler, Charlie Mellor, Ethan Turner, Albie Chapman.
#Ding dong ducks (100 lengths in 55mins)
Ollie Tilley, Toby Swan, Calum Thorne, Peter Lonsdale-Eccles, Robert Myram, Jacob Cook
#Fast fish (55 lengths in 40mins)
Mollie Fox, Asta Myram, Noah Lloyd, Scarlet Harris, Ella Holmes, Freddie Gray
#Awesome swimmers (101 lengths in 55mins)
Chloe Thorne, Tabbie Shaw, Imogen Wheeler, Matilda Fox, Myla Corfield-Tonge, Amelie Keal
#Pentagons/5 (57 lengths in 40mins)
Niamh Higgins, Minnie Thorne, Brooke Garrity, Joshua Holmes, Michael Myram
Thank you to all the swimmers who have already returned their sponsorship money. If anyone else has any it would be greatly appreciated if it were returned to school by Thursday 22nd March.
The Minehead Beacon to Beach race is normally held on the second Sunday in July so plenty of time to get training! Every year we enter lots of teams of KS2 children. I will send letters out nearer the time.
Do you know a man with a van?
We have acquired some furniture from Somerset County Council that we can utilise in school and need help to transport it from County Hall, Taunton. Do you / do you know anyone who has a large van who would be able to help? It would also require a couple of strong people who are able to lift, as some of the furniture is quite heavy. (As we are collecting from County Hall, it would need to be during office hours, Monday – Friday).
If you are able to help in anyway, please speak to a member of the Office, either in person or by ringing or emailing the School Office.
As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
Trading Card Club
The Monday and Wednesday clubs will be combined into one next Wednesday, to give both younger and older groups of children a chance to meet and trade, and to mark the end of the term.
Many thanks must go to Sophie Lonsdale-Eccles and Chrissie Enticott for giving up their time to come in and lead the clubs for this half of the term.
The weather was very kind to us last Saturday when we spent the day clearing a large patch of bramble ready to plant our copse of little trees. Thanks must go to the small but committed group who turned out, a number of them from Wiveliscombe’s Climate for Change group.
We didn’t quite finish digging out as many roots as we might have wanted so will finish the job in the morning of Saturday 24th March (10.00 – 1.00). In the afternoon we plan to plant the trees, and hope that you and your child can come along to plant one or two of them. Please let us know in advance if you are available to do that so that we can make sure we have enough trees. This is a lovely opportunity for your child to leave a lasting legacy for the school, and something that they can take an interest in as their tree grows and matures.
Fundraising Grant Bids
Schools are increasingly looking to supplement their budget by making bids for grants for various projects and resources from charities and other organisations. When this is organised and there is a small team behind it this can be very successful, with successful bids generating hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of pounds.
I am looking to form a small group of parents, staff and governors who either have some experience of applying for grants or are keen to learn. There is the opportunity for training and support from Somerset’s External Funding Officer, who would be very happy to meet with such a team to get them going. Please let either myself or the Office know if you would like to be part of that team.
In most families homework is a battlefield, opinions on necessity of homework vary widely especially in primary school age children.
Research shows clearly that homework improves children’s performance, however this doesn’t mean that endlessly increasing the amount of homework will keep delivering better results. How much homework is beneficial is very individual, working out how much homework would be beneficial for a particular child should be explored between teacher(s) and parents / carers.
I’m very much in the ‘let children be children ‘ camp and delaying the stress of achieving ‘age related’ results and putting too much emphasis on the 3R’s whilst neglecting imagination, creativity and carefree play. However school is not optional and we want our children to progress and grow into confident, happy teenagers and adults. I feel homework from Key Stage Two onwards starting with tiny amounts and increasing slowly over the 4 years is acceptable. It prepares children for a smooth start to secondary school when homework is part of school life.
Would it be possible to have a homework ‘ club after school once a week? Where children take the lead to teach and test other children? Could it be outdoors in the summer and include fun voluntary projects?
I think there’s scope in exploring what, how much, when and why home work/learning is done that we should engage in and find ways to help our children grow and enjoy learning.
Be free, peace,