Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

SymondsburyChurch of England VA Primary

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Relationships, Reflection,
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‘            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.’

(Corinthians 12:12)


Dear Parents/Carers 

Newsletter 12 - 27h November 2020 

The excitement is building and we are getting ready for the exciting run up to the end of term! It will start this evening with our Virtual Wreath Making evening. A HUGE thank you to the Friends for all of their hard work in putting the evening together! 

Silent Auction  - Closing Date next Thursday 3rd December at midday. 

We have updated the silent auction with a fabulous array of prizes from chocolatey gifts to brewery tours, an evening of babysitting to a beekeeping experience and we even have a £50 voucher for the Symondsbury Estate! Thank you SO much to those who have donated prizes.  There are still prizes that have not had any bids so it’s always worth a try! You’ve got to be in it to win it! 

TOP TIP: Bid a random amount e.g. £5.01 rather than £5 – you may just win by a penny! 

You can bid as many times as you like and no bid is too small! 

How do you bid? Simply send an email to titled silent auction. In the email simply state the number(s) of the item(s) with a brief description of the item(s) you wish to bid on and your highest bid. Bidding closes on Thursday 3rd December. The highest bidder of an item wins, simple! Winners will be announced on Friday 4th December and details of how to claim your prize will follow. 

The children will bring home a printed list of updated prizes today which is also attached to this newsletter – make sure you check it out!

Good luck! Any questions, please email the above email address.    

Friends Family Christmas Quiz Night – Friday 4th December 

We will be holding a Zoom Fun Family Quiz at 7pm on Friday 4th December which will be a fun interactive quiz hosted by me!  It will be lovely to bring lots of families together and there will be a special prize for the winning family!

There is an entrance fee of £5 payable through BACS to the Friends of Symondsbury.  Please email the Friends email address, send me a message on Class Dojo or complete a form that came home this weekand we will send you the payment details and book you a space.  Please make sure you book your Zoom place by Wednesday 2nd December. 

Christmas Card Drops

 It is that time of year again and the children have asked whether they are able to write cards for each other.  In order to ensure that we keep this as safe as possible in line with our risk assessments we will be doing the following: 

  • Children can bring cards into school for their ‘bubble’ only.
  • All cards will go into a class box so that cards can be quarantined for the necessary amount of time.
  • All cards must be in the class box by Friday 11th December.
  • Cards will be distributed to children on Thursday 17th December. 

Our Christmas Countdown Begins… 

Today, the children will open their Class present that begins our Christmas Countdown! This will lead to a Christmas Countdown of exciting activities as we embark on the last 3 weeks of school and also mark Advent that begins this Sunday 29th November.  The children are very excited and will be opening the present in our celebration assembly at 2:30pm. There will also be a special something waiting for all of the children on Monday to get us all in the spirit!

 Giving Tuesday – Tuesday 1st December – Non-uniform day for £1 towards NHS 

You may remember the letter that Henry in Class 4 wrote asking us to bring a little bit of cheer as part of Giving Tuesday which is celebrated next Tuesday, 1st December.  Henry asked that we bring £1 to give to the NHS and that we have a non-uniform day. 

In our collective worship this week, we talked about the boy who gave his lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus which fed 5000 people and what St Francis of Assisi told people ‘To give is to receive’.  Christmas is about the joy we can all give – even the smallest of things or gestures. 

Click on this link for more information on how you can support Giving Tuesday and how we can continue to make the world a better place. 

Hollis Mead Competition 

Are you a budding Picasso? Leonardo Da Vinci? Van Gough? If so, Hollis Mead Organic Dairy want to hear from you!

It might not be The Louvre, The Guggenheim or The MOMA but we’re looking to decorate our vending machine hut in the Estate Yard, Symondsbury.

If you haven’t seen it, we’re a local family farm who sell our milk through vending machines around west Dorset. 

The milk is whole milk, from 100% grass fed organic cows – so it’s packed with all that milky goodness like calcium (good for bones), vitamin D (good for immunity) and omega-3 (good for brains!).

What’s more is we only milk our cows once a day, which means the milk is thicker, creamier and concentrated with all that goodness, plus the cows are worked less. It’s a win win!

All you have to do is draw your best happy cow in the frame below and the winner will receive an extra special Hollis Mead hamper made up of goodies all from our farm. I’ve attached some of my favourite cow facts to help you out and above is a picture of one of my happiest cows – Mrs Miggles – to inspire you.

Let your creative juices flow like milk from a vending machine.

Good luck!

Charlotte Hemsley – Farmer. 

Acts of Kindness 

Following on from work on Anti-Bullying Week, Universal Children’s Day, please find the attached poster with some simple reminders about how acts of kindness can make our world a better place.  The poster comes from ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ which helps us live mentally healthy lives. 

Class 1

Class One rounded off our focus on ‘Kippers Birthday’ this week by having a birthday party for Kipper! They wrote shopping lists for party food; playlists for music they wanted to dance to and games they wanted to play; designed and decorated their own party hats; danced to their music choices; played party games; talked with their friends about their birthday experiences; decorated biscuits at’ the biscuit factory’... and most of all they had lots of fun!  

Class 2 

Class 2 have been very busy elves this week.  Lots of crafting has been going on in the workshop for our Christmas shop. We have been painting coasters, working on our Christmas art and making paper chains.  We have also been rehearsing, singing and dancing for our Christmas show 'Straw and Order'.  It's all getting very exciting.  We have also been learning about measuring things with rulers and metre sticks which has been great fun. 

Class 3 

What a fun week we've had this week! We all putting 110% effort into our show practising, there are clearly some members of Class three who have their sights set on Hollywood when their older! We also had great fun taste testing a range of delicious and disgusting foods on Wednesday! Next week promises to be even busier with sales videos being produced of their fabulous creations! 

Help support the school by decluttering your house! 

The Friends have attached a buy and sell page to the Symumsbury Facebook page. The idea is that you post your item, add a price and the buyer donates the payment directly to the school Friends account by bank transfer. Of course you can also just give things away for free :) Ideal for school uniform, toys, especially at this time of year! Thank you  

Stars of the Week

To Rosa for Reflecting, Maggie and Finlay for Responsibility and Loki for Reaching.


Congratulations to Class 2 and 3 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work! 


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Class 2 and 3


Class 4


Class 1


 Mrs Emma Roberts