Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

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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 10 – Friday 15th November 2019

It has been another busy week at Symondsbury with lots of great enriching learning opportunities for the children. 

Remembrance Service  

Thank you to those of you who joined us to mark Armistice Day on Monday. The children read beautifully and we, as always, were very proud of their respectful and reflective attitudes within the service.  My thanks to Miss Jenkin who organised and led the service so beautifully. 

Class 1s visit to the Morrison’s Bakery! 

A big thank you to Matt the Baker, Steve and Tina at Morrisons for hosting a fantastic visit for Class 1 on Tuesday. The children loved learning about how they make their bread and were able to help make some bread for the may have bought the bread we made!! We also learnt the secret of how the jam gets in the doughnut and made some ourselves.  We learnt a huge amount about the food and how a supermarket works, we even had a go at working on the till, scanning the shopping.  Thank you again Morrison’s! 

Class 3 trip to Sutton Bingham 

Class 3 enjoyed a brilliant class trip to Wessex Water, Sutton Bingham, on Tuesday. The children were given a tour of the water treatment plant which was fascinating and a privilege to be allowed in.  This was followed by a lovely walk to the fishing lodge where the children learnt about the water cycle and made a water filter.  They had a tour of the reservoir including a walk over the dam.  Everyone was a bit windswept but we learnt lots of new things about water!  Thanks to the staff of Wessex Water for looking after us. 

Children In Need – Friday 15th November – Non Uniform 

The children enjoyed coming in to school today wearing non-school uniform. Thank you for the donations which will go to Children in Need.  

Christmas Cheer Lantern Procession Change of Time. 

In a change to the details sent out last week the children will be meeting at 4:20 – 4:45pm at the Lyric Theatre so that the procession can leave at 5:10pm. We will make sure that we send out more details just before the event.

Choir singing at Church service – Sunday 24th November – 11am 

The choir have been asked to join Reverend Chris and the congregation to sing as part of the service on Sunday 24th November.  Families are invited to join us in this special service and we will also be joined by Loders choir who will be singing with the children.  We hope that you will be able to join us there. 

Sponsored Readathon and Book Fair

THANK YOU so much for all your efforts in encouraging your children to read and gain sponsors. We have raised over £600!!  Half of this amount will go straight back into updating our topic and phonic book collections to support your children with their learning. The other half will go straight back to the children who raised the money for them to choose new books to further inspire their reading.  There is still time to bring any more money in (please note cheques should now be made payable to Heidi Thomas).

Apologies for having to postpone the book fair due to unforeseen circumstances but we are all set to go on Friday 22nd November. 

  • On Monday your child will bring home their voucher for half the amount they raised, which they can spend on books of their choice at the book fair
  • On Friday the book fair will be held in the school hall
    • 2:30pm - Book Fair will be open for parents, for Christmas shopping opportunities!
    • 3:00pm - Celebration Assembly in Church
    • 3:30-4:30pm - Book Fair open to all to browse, buy and spend the children's vouchers.

Usborne has some fantastic books for all ages and all topics, we particularly like the mythical graphic novels for reluctant readers.  Any more sales at the book fair will also contribute to the amount of books the school can order so do consider visiting for Christmas shopping!  You can browse the catalogue on-line: 

The Sun Free Books for School  

Yesterday, I signed up Symondsbury Primary School, to the Sun newspapers ‘Free Books for schools’.  If you or anyone you know buys The Sun and The Sun on Sunday, get them to collect the tokens that will be printed between Saturday November 23 2019, and Saturday January 18 2020 and bring these into school. I will organise a collection box by the office. We need a massive 3500 tokens (a massive challenge for our little school) to receive a box of 106 Collins Big Cat Reading books! These will help refresh our book band reading boxes.  Thank you in advance for helping with this! Miss J. 

Symondsbury Christmas Fair – Friday 6th December 5.00 -7.00pm 

We will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on the 6th December.  Please do come along and join the festivities.  The choir will welcome you in with carols at 5.00pm and to kick off the fair.  There will be stalls, goodies made by the children, hot food and refreshments for sale and of course the Christmas raffle!  We look forward to seeing you all there. 

Wednesday 18th December 

Following on from the children’s Christmas lunch on this day (remember to order this through Local Food Links), the children will be entertained for the afternoon with their Christmas party which is being run by the Friends. Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper on the day. 


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. 

Be Safe Be Seen! 

It's getting darker!

Be safe, be seen when out and about during these dull days and as the months get darker. It's important to be seen by drivers as human eyesight struggles when we are in changing light conditions especially as it darkens. Wear something fluorescent, or reflective that breaks your body shape, that means you are 3 times more likely to stand out against the dark environment than just wearing white. Fluorescent material is effective outside during the daytime as it reacts the ultra-violet light. Reflective material works in the dark as it has a special surface to reflect lights such as street lighting or vehicle headlights. A combined approach by all road users for greater awareness of each other would reduce risk on our roads. Drivers to use dipped headlights to light the way ahead will be reflected if vulnerable road users are using hi-viz and reflective items or garments. Being a road aware community can save lives and is a great safety lesson for children and young adults. 

Daffodil Planting 

The children got their hands dirty this afternoon planting daffodil bulbs throughout the school grounds. Thank you to Vicky Ashford for helping with the planting and to Groves for donating the bulbs.  We shall look forward to them flowering in the spring. 

The Parenting Project 

Attached is information on a course that is aimed at parents and carers called The Parent Project, A Survival Guide for Parents. The course is taking place at Bridport Children’s Centre in March next year. 

50 Club

Congratulations to Vicky Ashford who won the 50 Club this month.

Dates for your Diary 

Please note the following dates that are also on our website. Please keep a close eye on them as we have lots of new, exciting events happening at school this half term! 

  • 21 Nov 19 - Class 3 Dance Festival - Freshwater
  • 22 Nov 19 - Year 6 Height and Weight Checks
  • 22 Nov 19 - Class 1 Healthy Ted Talk
  • 23 Nov 19 - Cluster Colmers Hill Cross Country Run
  • 24 Nov 19 - Symondsbury Church service with choir singing - am
  • 26 Nov 19 - Wreath Making - Tithe Barn - evening - tickets needed
  • 28 Nov 19 - Class 2 Fabulous Finish, 2.30-3.30 pm
  • 1 Dec 19 – Symondsbury Estate Fair School Choir
  • 3 Dec 19 – Morrisons selected choir
  • 4 Dec 19 – Drayton House selected choir
  • 4 Dec 19 - Bridport Christmas Cheer - Choir at United Church, 4.15 pm
  • 4 Dec 19 - Class 4 Bikeability
  • 5 Dec 19 – Choir Groves 6.00pm
  • 5 Dec 19 - Full Governing Body Meeting
  • 6 Dec 19 - Christmas Fair 5.00 – 7.00pm
  • 10 Dec 19 - Ebenezer Dress Rehearsal - KS2 - Eype all day
  • 11 Dec 19 - Ebenezer Production, 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm
  • 13 Dec 19 - Class 4 Fabulous Finish
  • 16 Dec 19 - Board Games Afternoon in Classes
  • 17 Dec 19 - Class 1 Nativity - 2 pm
  • 18 Dec 19 - Local Food Links Christmas Lunch
  • 18 Dec 19 - Christmas Party -1.30 pm - Wear Christmas Jumpers
  • 19 Dec 19 - Christingle Service - 2.30 pm in Church 
  • 20 Dec 19 - Break up for Christmas Holiday - 3.30 pm
  • 6 Jan 20 - Inset Day - School closed for pupils
  • 7 Jan 20 - Spring Term Starts - Pupils return 

Our attendance award 

Congratulations to class 2 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!



% Attendance

Class 2


Class 1


Class 3


Class 4



Star of the Week for showing our Core Values 

Congratulations to Miles, Riley and Henry for Reaching and to Eliza for Rejoicing. 

Yours sincerely 

Emma Roberts