‘You, me, us, everyone – We are a school that believe we have the power to change the world!’
‘The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.
So it is with the body of Christ.’
Newsletter 7 – 18th October 2019
I cannot quite believe that our first half term is coming to an end… Autumn is definitely upon us and before we know it – it will be Christmas!! (Only 10 more Fridays – not that I’m counting!) School has been really busy this last few weeks with animation workshops, dance and art workshops, Bikeability sessions, Now Press Play sessions and so much more! And there is still lots to look forward to next week!
Rock Stars Launch Day – Tuesday 22nd October
Symondsbury School is going to become one of the 14000 schools that enjoy TT Rock Stars Times Tables Challenge which is an interactive and fun way to help children learn their times tables. We will be launching the day with a special themed dress up day where children can release their inner rock star! Each child will be given their own login so that they can learn at school and at home, practice their tables and win awards and certificates along the way! We ask that all children bring a donation of £1 that will go towards our Kenyan School fund so that we can purchase some exciting resources for the children of Gitare too!
Harvest Week and Harvest Festival – Friday 25th October at 9:30pm
Next week we have lots of exciting activities planned to celebrate our Harvest work at School. We will bring all of this together at our Harvest Festival at Church at 9:30pm next Friday.
We ask that children bring an item of food to school on Friday so that we can make our annual donation to the Bridport Food Bank.
There will be baking, dance, art, music and much, much more so watch this space! The children will particularly focus on our link with Gitare School in Kenya and find out the similarities and differences between harvests here in the UK and in Kenya.
Colmer’s Hill Fun Run – Friday 25th October 2:30pm
Once again – we look forward to our Colmers Hill Fun Run next Friday. For our new families – this is the point in the year where all of the children gather to ‘race’ around Colmer’s Hill. We have amazing children who run round the whole course – which I am completely in awe of and the younger ones tend to walk – with grateful people like me! We welcome parents to join us and cheer the children on as they embark on the fun run! The run will start at 2:30pm and give us time to gather back at school at the end to announce the winners!
This week ten children from Class 4 had the opportunity to play in the 6 - a-side Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament at Sir John Colfox School. They competed against 6 other local primary schools. Some of the children had never played hockey but this didn't stop their determination and competitive spirit. All the children had a fantastic time and played brilliantly as a team. Henry said "Even though we didn't do that well in the tournament it was great fun and an experience. Leila said "It was fun playing against all the other schools, I really enjoyed it because it was my first time and I was quite good at it."
Maths PARTY! – Wednesday 6th November 2:30pm – 3:30pm
We have a very exciting event planned to celebrate and enjoy practical maths and parents are invited to join us on Wednesday 6th November from 2:30pm to enjoy some ‘real life’ maths and see how you can use maths on a daily basis to support your child. We look forward to seeing you then! We will also have demonstrations of how we use innovative resources such as ‘Now Press Play’ to support maths in school so come and see what we have been up to!
As you will know from the newsletter last week a team of children from school took part in the Swimarathon. Here is a picture of them in action! Congratulations again to them for taking part and for raising £340.
I have been approached by several upset parents over the last few weeks as they have noticed parents and families parking dangerously at drop off and pick up times.
Please, please, please be careful when parking before and after school. Please do not park on the cobbles, on the corner of the road or at the bottom of the church steps. We had issues where parents parking that have caused blind spots and narrow roads have very nearly caused accidents with our children. I ask you to be sensible and considerate and above all – safe. I do not want to have to write to you all in a newsletter about a child being hurt but some parents are taking unnecessary risks. There is plenty of parking at the Symondsbury Estate and what a beautiful short walk it can be to school. Thank you for your support with this.
Next week, Thursday 24th, will be our spooky film night at school. There will be a film for KS1 and a film for KS2. There will pizza and popcorn too! 3.30 – 5.15pm at school. Tickets are £3 from the school office. There are limited tickets available! If you are able to help please let us know.
Christmas Craft Club
Volunteers are needed for our Christmas Craft Club starting after half term on a Monday between 3.30 – 4.30pm. Please let the office know if you are able to help.
Please find attached a flowchart to remind parents of the policy on attendance and the impact of poor attendance. This is a reminder following the initial information that was sent out in our 1st newsletter on the 6th September. I have, unfortunately been approached by parents asking for holidays and I must remind you that I may NOT grant any leave of absence during term time, unless it is exceptional circumstances. The agreed policy within our Bridport cluster and West Dorset Schools Collaboration is as follows:
Any absence which has not been authorised by your child’s school will be recorded as “unauthorised”. In line with Dorset Council policy, if a child has 5 days (10 sessions) or more of unauthorised holiday/absence within a period of 12 weeks, a penalty notice of £60 per parent may be issued by Dorset Council, which if not paid within 21 days will increase to £120. If this remains unpaid, parents can be prosecuted in the magistrates’ court. A total of more than 5 days (10 sessions) unauthorised absence can also lead to prosecution.
Last year we achieved an amazing 97.1% attendance which was above National averages and meant that children were in school, enjoying their learning and making great progress. Thank you for your support with this.
Hopefully you have the information about our Sponsored Readathon. You can find it on our website if you need to (under Letter Home.). The Readathon will be launched with the children in an assembly on Monday. We hope over the next 2 weeks they will be able to read (or listen to someone read!) and enjoy lots of books as well as raising some money to choose books for themselves and enable the school to update their topic book collection. Don’t forget that any book will count; school reading books, library books or books you already have at home. The Book Fair will be held on Friday 15th November for children to spend their vouchers.
Dorset Council Admission Arrangements Consultation 2021/22
Dorset Council are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2021/22. The consultation starts on Monday 14th October to Friday 22nd November. Details of the consultation will be available to view at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/find-a-consultation.aspx.
Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to email@example.com
September 2020 Admissions – Reception and Year 7
To apply for a place for a child starting in Reception in September 2020 you will need to complete an application through the Dorset Council website. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020.
For children moving to secondary in September 2020 you will need to apply through Dorset Council by 31st October. The link below will take you to the Dorset Council page to apply for a school place.
We are collecting empty ink cartridges to raise funds for the school. Please bring in any cartridges and put them in the box outside of the office.
Local Food Links
The allergy and special dietary requirements form for Local Food Links has been updated. If you would like a copy please collect one from the school office.
We are looking for someone to come in and read with some of the children on a Tuesday afternoon. If you or anyone you know would be able to spare an hour or so to listen to readers please contact the school office.
Bridport Literacy Festival
Bridport Literacy Festival is running from the 3rd to 9th November. There will be story time and talk and writing workshops for children. More information is available on the attached poster.
School Nurse Drop – In
The school nurse will be in school next Friday, 25th, between 3.00 – 4.00pm. Please do drop in if you would like the opportunity to speak with the nurse.
Our attendance award
Congratulations to Class 1 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!
Star of the Week for showing our Core Values
Congratulations to Rosa for Reaching, Chaise for Relationships and Izzy for Reflecting.