18 May 2018
Achievement Certificates – Roll Call of Honour
Charlie Longman, Louis Vassallo, Blythe Grabham,
Joshua Holmes, Oscar Coward, Rosie Whiting, Riley Thorne, Fern Hellings-Langdon, Freddie Gray, Ruben Bligh-Clarke, Otto Lawrey, Caspian Trump, Rafaela Varney, Zakk Schofield, Harley Moore, Arthur Kennen, Evie Keane, George Hazlewood, Harry Coward, Hebe Stewart, Niamh Higgins, Atticus Smy, Oscar Burnell-Parnell, George Mills, Jake Perry, Mollie Fox, Amber Bimson, Elizabeth Beale
Grace Smith, Nathan Pincombe, Claudia Davies, Jasmine Duncan, Mark Sattler, Harrison Knight, Amelie Keal, Alfie Chapman, Isaac Adams, Paige Cox, Charlie Mellor, Harry Kennen, Levi Jackson,
Corey Garrity, Jason Spiller, Lewis Thorne, Tom Wheeler, Kieren Smith, George Cowley, George Perry, Chloe Gregory, Lorna Cook, Nathan Cook
Oliver Hellings-Langdon, Jessica Scully, Aerin Duffy
Harrison Knight, Jacob Bellamy, Esther Davies,
Cosima Varney, Freya Speight
Future Dates for your Diary:
• 23 – 25 May – Yr 6 PGL Residential
• 25 May – Last Day of Term
• 4 June – Return to School
• 5 June – Emotionally Intelligent Parenting program – 1st session starts today (more details included in this Newsletter
• 6 June – Deadline to confirm if attending Dyslexia Information Session for Parents on 11 June
• 11 June (3.30 – 4.30pm) – Dyslexia Information Session for Parents (refer to Newsletter dated 4 May for details)
• 15 June – Year 4 River Study Trip
• 18 – 21 June – Travelling Book Fair (more details to follow nearer the time)
• 29 June – Sports Day
• 2 July – Reserve Sports Day
• 8 July – Beacon to Beach, Minehead
• 12 & 13 July – Bikeability – Yr 6 children
• 13 July – Year 6 Camp
• 20 July – Last Day of Term
• 23 & 24 July – Inset Days
• KS2 Football After-School Club – Thursday 24th May – CANCELLED
Unfortunately, the above club will not be running because Miss Goodmann is away on the Year 6 Residential.
Please arrange for your child to be collected at the usual time of 3.15pm.
• School Photographer – Class Photos & Year 6 Leaver Photos
The school photographer will be in school taking class photos on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
Please ensure that your child is wearing smart, clean school uniform on this day.
Outdoor & Active Day’s:
Oak Class parents – Mon 21st & Tues 22nd May
We have our Outdoor and Active day with me and Mrs Pring on Monday and Tuesday next week (21/22nd). Thank you for all the offers of adult help – I will be sending a list home confirming who will be helping when!
On Monday can children come in wearing their outdoor gear – old clothes and wellies. As we have photographs on Tuesday 22nd could children please come in wearing uniforms and bring their outdoor gear, and we will change as soon as our photograph is done.
Chestnut Class – Thursday 24th May
Children have their Outdoor and Active day with Mrs Stead and Mrs Pring next Thursday 24th.
Please can children wear old clothes and wellies or footwear that they don’t mind getting dirty? Please be mindful of the weather and provide sun cream and sun hats/ waterproof coats!! Please also send your child in with a bottle of water.
Despite a reminder in the newsletter, we are still not always informed about children absent from an after school club that they have been booked to attend. If your child is not able to attend a club, for whatever reason, please inform the School Office by phone (01984 623325) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telling the class teacher.
Your child cannot excuse themselves from a club. We have had a couple of instances where this has happened without the parents’ knowledge. As part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding, it is important that parents/carers follow this procedure. We can then confidently inform the appropriate teacher running the club not to expect your child on that day.
In addition to safeguarding, if staff have to spend time at the start of the club chasing absent children, valuable club time is lost.
Again, thank you for your cooperation.
Maths Puzzles and Activities club run by Miss Goodmann has some vacancies for Keystage 1 children, if you would like your child to attend please let the school office know.
The Year 6 team would like to say a massive thank you to the children and parents for making SATs week go with such ease. The children have been amazing and taken it all in their stride, tried their best and have given it 100%. Hazel class parents have also done their bit by providing breakfast contributions for the week, helping cooking, cleaning and supporting the children through breakfast. A particular mention to – Tracey North, Lorna Thorne, Sally Thorne, Antonia Varney, Claire Lee, Kate Hellings-Langdon, Kirsten White, Jono Yelland and Shona Garrity. Mrs Fry has created a fantastic circuit experience for the children and the combined activities gave the children a relaxed start to each day. We are incredibly proud of all of the children and whatever happens, no matter what the results, our children have done the best they can and that is all we could ever ask of them.
Miss Goodmann, Miss Eveleigh, Mr Deeks, Mrs Hutchings and Mrs Fry.
Help Required –
With SATs finished it is now time for Year 6 turn their focus towards the Year 6 play. Miss Eveleigh is fantastic at turning the most unlikely looking item into a fantastic prop but we are still missing quite a few things. If you have any of the following or are happy to help make anything, including painting scenery please let us know:
Rolled up carpet
A carpet with a hole
Throne (I think we might have to make this one!)
A garden gnome
A Crystal ball
Any spare ply-board to turn into background scenes and additional props such as a large key and wooden sign post
A wooden bucket
All the above items would be returned after the Year 6 play which is the last week of term – 16th and 17th of July.
Miss Goodmann and Miss Eveleigh
‘Tuning into Kids’ – Emotionally Intelligent Parenting
Did you know that high emotional intelligence is an indicator of future happiness for your child!
‘Tuning into Kids’ can help you to develop your child’s emotional intelligence.
Would you like to make a positive difference to your child’s development?
Would you like to be better at talking with your child?
Would you like to be better at understanding your child and help them to understand and manage their emotions?
If so, Mrs Geary and Mrs Fry will be running a six week program for parents which can help you to teach your child about the skills of emotional intelligence.
Please see the attached sheet for further information.
Places are limited. If you would be interested in attending the program then please let the school office know by phone (01984 623325) or e-mail (email@example.com) by Wednesday 23rd May.
We will then confirm places by Friday 25th May – with the course starting on Tuesday 5th June.
Wiveliscombe Primary School
Science Resources – Corks
First of all, thank you to everyone who has brought in donations of bottles and card! I now have enough of these for our upcoming investigations. However, we are now looking for donations of corks please.
Judgements won’t be made on the amount you bring in!
Wimbeball Sailing Club
Wimbleball sailing club Cadet weeks are for those who want to have fun in the Summer holidays whilst learning to sail. The first week starts on the 23rd July, last week 27th August. The courses are from 10.00 until 16.00 and cost £185. If you are interested please contact Debbie Ryles at firstname.lastname@example.org Also, please find attached poster for details.
Thought from the Head’s Study
By the time you read this Year 6 will have completed their SATs in reading, writing, maths, spelling and grammar. On Monday one of our governors sat in on the grammar and spelling tests and said that he was “humbled” by the high standard and expectations that are clearly set by the tests. Whatever our own opinions might be on testing young children, and the pressure that they feel under (and we all do our best to minimise), I was very impressed by how all of our children did their best, applying three of our Learning Powers: Have a Go; Concentrate; and Do Your Best.
Once the tests are over Y6 can look forward to their last eight weeks here, and will be particularly focused on their three day residential next week in Torquay. Beyond that particular highlights are the Leavers’ Musical, a day’s induction at Kingsmead and the Y6 “sleepover”. These are the things that we would like Y6 to remember and take with them as fond memories to look back on.
Changes and improvements
As adults we know we are always learning, despite what our children may think, it doesn’t end once we leave school.
In life there are no certainties, only a constant state of flux which we continually need to adapt to. We may create solid bases for security to enable raising our children and the like but these are ultimately only transient. This lack of certainty, although potentially scary also gives us room for creativity and development. It gives us the freedom to change.
Our children look to us parents for certainty. In their eyes we know all there is to know, we are strong as mountains and know all the right answers, or at least some of them! This is our job as parents, to create this feeling of solidity to allow them to explore, learn and thrive even when, through our adult eyes this isn’t the whole truth.
Letting our children grow up is a process of slowly introducing them to more uncertainty, more freedom, more responsibility.
We as a society create institutions such as our schools to try to replicate this security in the wider community. In my role over the last 18 months as a governor I have learned a huge amount and come to see there is a huge tension between having something so solid that you can rely on it but simultaneously allowing it to be flexible enough not to constrain us or crush our spirits.
We want our schools to be solid but we also want them to move with the times, to care about our children as individuals and to allow freedom and creativity. This is a tall order in these days of austerity and budget cuts. We have to admit our failures as well as celebrate our successes.
As adults and parents taking part in this institution by sending our children to this school or working here we have a responsibility to make it what we want it to be. We are lucky enough to live in a society that allows us freedom and agency and so, although we may like to let someone else take up the slack on our behalf, we all need to input something into this system. If you’re happy with it, work to keep it going, if you’re not, we need you to help it change for the better. Keep asking for better for our children. Please keep making it better and don’t settle for less.