We are really fortunate to have wonderful grounds with lots of trees, including the very established horse chestnut tree near the pirate ship with plentiful conkers. We don’t mind (in fact we quite like!) children playing conkers as it’s a traditional game that children have enjoyed for generations, as long as they are sensible, however we do have an issue with them throwing large sticks at the tree before and after school to try to get the conkers to fall! Could you please ensure you are adequately supervising your children and making sure they are not throwing items such as sticks as this causes a danger to other children.
Welcome back to the new term at West Town Lane. We welcome Miss Welling to the Year 5 teaching team, and Mr Harper has joined the pastoral team as a pupil mentor. I am sure you will make them feel very welcome to their new school. We also have a new Speech & Language Therapist on the staff as Miss Clark is changing her career, therefore Miss Cole is also starting this week as a SALT.
School is now closed for the summer break , although we have our holiday club running from 25th July until 3rd August- please see the link under the ‘parents’ section of the website. School opens again to children on Tuesday, 4th September. We hope you all have a wonderful break and the children come back fully refreshed and ready to learn lots of new and exciting things. Our Facebook pages will try to keep you up to date with things to do around the area and also what is happening at school while you are away!
The new information booklets for September 2018 have now been added to the relevant class pages on the site. They include lots of general information, but also key dates for the whole year. We thought we would publish this early so that you can plan ahead. Hard copies of the booklets will be handed out by your class teachers in September.
We are really pleased to play our part in the Grand Appeal charity, and our sculpture of Feathers Mcgraw is on display at the Mall all summer. We are really proud of our Feathers, titled ‘The Graffitier’, which was designed by our student Filippo. The trail is a fantastic activity for all ages- see below for more information.
Just to clarify- we are having two sports days this year- Tuesday 26th is for Years 1-6 and Wednesday 27th for Early Years. There was some confusion as the dates letter that went out had the Monday by mistake, but all other communication was correct! Sorry about the error.
Many of you will be aware that the regulations around data protection are changing in May 2018. We have a new ‘privacy notice’ which can be found in the Academy Documents section of the website, and over the next couple of weeks will be adding to this a list of third party providers we share your data with (never for marketing purposes), such as the email and text systems or the assessment tracker. It is complex legislation but we will keep you informed at each stage as we update our systems.
We have lots to celebrate at the beginning of Term 5- Mrs. Percival-Haines has had a gorgeous baby boy and we are all delighted for her. We also have a ‘Super Hero’ in our midst as one of our children won that accolade in the Bristol Young Heroes Awards this month. More details are on Facebook, along with lots of photos.
We hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for the new term next week. This is just a reminder that we start on Monday 9th April, with the new menu coming into force on week 1. Information on the projects for each class can be found in the booklets we handed out in Term 1, with copies of these available here on the website on the relevant class pages.
We have received the final Ofsted report this week which has been sent to all families via email or by hand to those without a current email address. A copy can also be found on the website in the ‘About’ section. We are pleased we have again been judged a Good school reflecting the quality teaching and resources we provide. There are a number of action points for Governors and school staff which we will of course be addressing over the forthcoming months and will keep you informed about through the regular Newsletters.