Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

SymondsburyChurch of England VA Primary

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Dear Parents/Carers

Newsletter 7 – 19th October 2018

Half term is here and although the last 7 weeks have whizzed by, we have seen a huge wealth of enriching and exciting opportunities for our pupils. From welcoming our Reception children and families, to enjoying working together on our Harvest work. We have enjoyed a range of enrichment opportunities from welly walks to creating wonderful art masterpieces! The harvest themed week was wonderful and the children enjoyed a wide variety of learning opportunities.  We all wish you a lovely half term with your children and look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 29th October for the second half of the Autumn term. 

Harvest Celebrations

This week has seen a huge range of activities based on the theme of Harvest. Each class took different themes linked to St Francis of Assisi and his ‘Canticle of Creatures’.

The children have been working all week on the work of St Francis of Assisi who worked selflessly to support others and those in need. The work of the children on being eco-friendly echoes all that St Francis did and we are very proud of our achievements as a community.

The children particularly focussed on the ‘Canticle of Creatures’, especially the four elements of wind, water, fire and earth. Each class chose an element to focus on and there was song, art, dance, drama and prayer to share with the congregation at our Harvest festival yesterday.  Each aspect was introduced by a special piece of contemporary dance accompanied by an orchestra of percussionists, who took their inspiration from the movements of the children.  The children also introduced each aspect with a piece of art work and words from St Francis’ poem.

The Class 1 children produced a song called the ‘Fishermen Song’ which was amazing, they were so confident to stand up and sing considering their short time at school. Class 2 presented art, masks and ways that they are going to help others around them and families at home. Class 3 presented a drama based on the life of St Francis of Assisi and Class 4 produced thought-provoking poetry about forest fires and created a stunning silhouette background to illustrate their poems.

Reverend Chris came and helped us reflect on the work of St Francis sending us away with a thought to always help others in need.

A huge thanks to Mrs Edney, some of our parents for getting arty with some of the pupils in class 4.They created the most stunning portraits of St Francis.

Thank you for all your kind donations of food that will go to the Bridport Food Bank. 

Get Well Soon Mrs Griggs

Unfortunately, Mrs Griggs is not yet able to return to work. We have been incredibly lucky to have Mrs Van der Plank to cover her teaching commitments in Class 3 alongside myself.  It has been wonderful to see the children grow in confidence and ability this half term and we look forward to developing their learning further as we continue working with the class until Mrs Griggs’ return.  We send her lots of love and get well wishes and hope she is back with us soon.

Quick Sticks Festival Success!

10 Children from class 4 were chosen to partake in the Quick Sticks Tournament which is run and held at Sir John Colfox School. The children had an enjoyable and energetic afternoon playing against 6 other local primary schools. I was so proud of their team spirit, dedication and determination, they all had great fun. I was especially impressed with how they played and coached each other on the pitch and the skills they showed, some of the children had never played before. We won 3 matches, drew 2 and lost 1, resulting in the team coming third place. A massive congratulations and a ‘jolly hockey sticks’ to them all, as it was a great achievement. Miss Prentice.

Class 1 Denhay Farm Visit 

Class 1, had a great afternoon visiting Denhay Farm. This visit fitted in with our Harvest topic and we were able to see the cows being milked.  We also saw baby calves and learnt about what the cows eat for their breakfast, lunch and tea!!  We had great fun and got very muddy!  Our thanks to George for having us and to Discover Farming for their contribution to our transport costs.


Choir Picnic on Colmers Hill

On Wednesday, the Choir were treated to their Autumn outing! Unfortunately, in true British style the weather was not quite as we had hoped so we decided against walking to the top of the hill for the picnic! However, we braved the drizzle and walked up Hale Lane, stopping to sing along the way. We came back across the fields and had our picnic in the Tithe barn, followed by our usual choir practice. It was a really lovely outing, the children were presented with their choir badges as a reward for their commitment to the club and it was very special to practise in the lovely barn. The children were accompanied by Miss Wakefield, Mrs Swift and Charlie Francis-Pape and we are all very much looking forward to the next one!


Please can I remind you to make sure that your child comes to school with a coat. The weather has turned a little chiller and wetter and we do still go outside as much as possible. Thank you.

Friends’ Halloween Pumpkin Competition

The Friends’ will be holding the competition again this year. The entry is £1 per child with a prize for the best carved pumpkin from each class. Please bring in your named pumpkin on Wednesday 31st October and place it in the octagon reading for judging.

Please keep us up to date…

Please ensure that you keep the school office up to date with changes in circumstances such as change of addresses and telephone numbers. It is very important that we have up to date information for our records.

Please ensure that you let us know if there is a different adult picking up your child at the end of the day, by either informing the office or adding them to the black going home folder by the office. We will question adults who are not added to the book and would not want to cause offence.

Our attendance award

Congratulations to class 1 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!

There are no stars of the week this week as we will not be having a celebration assembly. However – you are all stars!

Yours sincerely

Emma Roberts