Newsletter 25 – 20th April 2018
Welcome back to another busy and exciting term at Symondsbury CE VA Primary School! By now you will be receiving letters and curriculum information from your child’s class teachers so you can see what wonderful enrichment and learning opportunities are going to take place. We have worked some dates for the diary but will be adding to these over the next few weeks. Please make sure that you check our website for any missed letters, curriculum information, and information about upcoming events and of course to see class pages and galleries to see what has been going on in school.
Easter Egg Hunt Fun!
Thank you to those of you who supported our Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. It was a wonderful event that saw so many people climb Colmers Hill in search of a golden egg. The sun shone and we had so many positive responses from visitors and the local community. A huge thank you to the Friends who, once again, provided a fantastic event for us all. The funds raised will go towards a new playground.
Well done also to those pupils who took part in the Easter Sunday service at Church. They sang their version of ‘Servant King’ and also performed ‘He Lives in You’ which was very well received by the congregation at the church who commented on how lovely it was to see the children in Church.
The Sun has arrived…
We have been enjoying some lovely warm weather this week which has been lovely. Long may it continue! It is that time of year again where we remind parents that children need to wear sun hats when out at play. The field is a wonderful place to play but has limited shady spots. Please remember to put sun cream on your child each morning as the weather gets warmer. We will make sure that they get plenty of opportunity to keep hydrated too. Thank you for your support with this.
Our Black Belts in Recorder Karate
We now have two pupils are who have earned their Black Belt in ‘Recorder Karate’! A huge well done to Freddie in Class 4 who was the first to receive this special award and now to Kitty in Class 3 who has worked through each of the belts to reach this special stage. We look forward to congratulating other children on this award and hearing you play! Well done!
Rebecca Harris Memorial Walk - Sunday 20th May 2018
The second of these fundraising walks will be taking place on Sunday 20th May and we are hugely grateful that Symondsbury School will be one of the schools to benefit from some of the money raised. We therefore hope that as many Symondsbury families as possible will take part, not only to help raise money but also to support Rowan and Joseph from Class 4, and their family, in this very, very special event.
If you want to make a donation directly to support the walkers and to contribute to the fundraising, please go to www.justgiving.com/rhmwalk
Any questions about the walk you can also speak to Alex O'Dwyer or Vicky Ashford in the playground.
If you aren't planning to do the walk but still want to help, why not volunteer to support the end of walk refreshments that will be organised by the Friends in our own school field? We will also need cakes baked for us to sell at the event. Speak to Emma Pawley, Vicki Churchill, Katy Tigg or any of the Friends about this.
Radio 2’s 500 Words Writing Competition
As you know, eight of the children worked with Ines Ford, our literacy governor, to enter this year’s 500 Words competition. I am incredibly proud of each one of them for the effort and passion for writing that they showed in entering this competition. Over the Easter Holidays, I received an email from the 500 Words Team. I am thrilled to say that five out of the eight children have been selected to go through to the next round of just 5000 stories. A huge congratulations to Henry O’D, Freddie, Lotte, Felix and Henry W who go to the next round. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you all get selected for the final. Our commiserations go out to Lauren, Amaya and Alex who were not selected for the next round. I think your stories were amazing. Remember there is always next year.
Colmers Cup Football
12 players from year 3/4 journeyed to Beaminster for a football tournament. It was a glorious afternoon and both teams played some wonderful football against other teams in the area. A big thank you to Martin Phillips for organising the event and running one of the teams. He has also donated a new football kit for the team. Mr White was very proud of the teams. Well done to Joel, Connagh, Etienne, Marlowe, Jolliffe, Lucas, Levi, Pixie, Daniel, Henry, Isaac and Oscar.
Our 150th Birthday Celebrations
We will be celebrating our 150th birthday on the 8th June and we are excitedly planning events, activities and special services to celebrate this amazing milestone. This week the children have been using their art skills to produce pictures of Colmers Hill. Some of these pieces will be produced as cards to be sold at events in the coming months and will be a real opportunity for children to leave their mark on Symondsbury for years to come.
A huge thank you to Sue Hanger who came in yesterday with an array of old photos for us to use in our ‘Living Museum’. Please do keep those photos, memories and mementos coming in. We are currently building up a lovely bank of resources for the children to use and items to display.
Watch this space for more exciting news about upcoming events.
Colmers Hill Easter Egg Hunt Success
We were very lucky that the sun arrived for our annual Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday this year. We had another bumper turnout, with over 300 people following the Easter Bunny up the hill looking for lolly sticks and gold balls. Thank you to all the parents and helpers who turned out and manned stalls, and to those who baked cakes and donated raffle prizes for the day - without your help these events simply would not be able to happen. Thank you to Phil Case for being such an enthusiastic bunny too!
We raised a grand total of £1302.73!!!!
Friends Meeting Last Night
Thank you to those who turned out to the meeting last night. When we were running through the list of events involving the school this term, we realised just how many events we have coming up! Most of these will just involve volunteers to man refreshments stalls or bake cakes. A list of the events are below, but we will be putting together an interactive calendar that will detail exactly what help we need with which events. Hopefully, this will make volunteering a little clearer and simpler. More details will follow on this.
Our next meeting is Friday 4th May - 1pm at Symondsbury Kitchen.
"Symondsbury School Friends" Facebook Page
Our Facebook page advertising all the events is up and running. Please like the page (and the events, even if you are unable to attend) and share amongst family and friends. Getting our events out there on social media means we don't have to pay out so much for advertising. Our Easter event reached over 5800 people just by being shared by you! Just by clicking on the like or share button, you are helping us get the word out.
We have some great prizes coming in already for our Grand raffle and they are being shared on the Symondsbury School Friends page. Our £100 top prize has been very kindly donated by Coastal Nets this year (Huge thank you to Jim Barr for arranging this amazing donation). Keep updated with the page for all the new prizes as they come in.
Diary Dates - pop them on your calendars!
Sunday 20th May - Rebecca Harris Memorial Walk 11am - 5pm
Wednesday 30th May (During half term) - Friends stall in Bucky Doo Square - 9am - 2pm (details to follow)
Thursday 31st May (During half term) - Friends stall and games at Symondsbury Summer Fair (details to follow)
Friday 8th June - Church service and School Birthday Party
Friday 29th June - SymFest - 5 - 9pm (Please save the date for this one, and tell your friends, it will be a fantastic evening!)
Bags2Schools - collection 1st May
Please remember to bring in your Bags2School bags on the morning of the 1st May. Extra bags are available in the reception area (on the table) or you can bring items in black bags as they accept these too. We hope to get a bumper collection... the more bags we have, the more money the school will get!
Please leave in the playground, if it is bad weather, we will store them in the Octagon awaiting collection.
Our attendance award
Congratulations to class 2 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!
Stars of the week
Congratulations to our stars of the week - well done you!
Class 1 Daisy, Class 2 Chaise, Class 3 Mille, Class 4 Emily.
Dates for the diary
- 23 Apr 18 to 24 Apr 18 - Class 3 residential to Hooke
- 24 Apr 18 - Reception Swimming
- 25 Apr 18 - Class 1 Trip to Washingpool Farm
- 26 Apr 18 - Big Swing Tri Golf
- 01 May 18 - Reception Swimming
- 07 May 18 - Bank Holiday
- 08 May 18 - Reception Swimming
- 14 May 18 to 18 May 18 - KS2 SATs Week
- 15 May 18 - Reception Swimming
- 22 May 18 - Kwik Cricket
- 22 May 18 - Reception Swimming
- 28 May 18 to 1 Jun 18 - Half Term
- 04 Jun 18 - First day back
- 05 Jun 18 - Reception Swimming
- 05 Jun 18 - Quad Kids
- 08 Jun 18 - Schools 150th birthday
- 12 Jun 18 - Reception Swimming
- 13 Jun 18 - Rotary kids day out
- 14 Jun 18 - Class 1 assembly
- 18 Jun 18 to 22 Jun 18 - Class 4 residential