26 October 2018                                                                                                                                               Newsletter 8

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Harvest Service this morning.  Congratulations to the Worship Committee for organising a super service.  Many thanks to everyone for their generous contributions to the Food Bank,

Whole School Homework:  As part of our Oral History project, interview (on paper) a relative or friend and find out about their life.  It does not matter if they are local to the area or not.  Topics you should focus on for the interview are: home, village, school, job or farming, fields and countryside and food.  Please hand your homework to Mr Greenbank in the first week of next half term.

Class 1 News

Homework: In addition to the whole school homework, you can choose to have some fun drawing your Autumn Half Term Homework Snapshots if you have the time (the sheet has been sent home in the children’s book bags).

Diwali Celebration at Countryside Day Nursery:  On Wednesday 7th November we will be travelling to and from Countryside in their minibus in the morning to join them for a Diwali celebration.  Pupils should bring to school something comfortable and suitable for a dance workshop.  Please sign and return the attached slip.  There is no voluntary contribution required on this occasion.

Class 2 News

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Homework is to read and complete the sheet given to you in class: “Fact or Opinion?”  This is due for Wednesday 7th November.

Year 5 & 6 Cross Country:  As you are aware, the event that was due to take place on 12th October had to be postponed due to the weather.  This has now been rescheduled for Friday 23rd November and we will be taking Year 5 and 6 pupils.  Unfortunately we did not receive this revised date until after the menus had gone out last week.  Pupils will need to take a packed lunch that day, so if you have already booked and paid for a school lunch, a credit will be applied for the following period.  Arrangements will be as before and they will be travelling to and from Peachfield Common by coach during school time.

Open Morning:  Our final Open Morning this term is 10.00 – 12.00 on Thursday 8th November.  Please let any friends know who may have children due to start Reception in September 2019 or who might otherwise be interested in the school.

Parents’ Evenings:  These will be on Monday 12th November (Class 1 and Year 3 Maths) and Tuesday 13th November (Class 2).  Sign up sheets will be available at the back door after half term.

After School Care Club:  Thank you very much to the parents who have already volunteered to be helpers for the second half of term.  We still need someone to help on Wednesdays 7th & 14th November and 12th & 19th December.  If you can do these days, please speak to Ms Curnow.  You will need to apply for an Enhanced DBS if you do not already hold one.

Breakfast Club Invoices:  These are enclosed for the first half of this term.  If a child only attended one session in this period an invoice has not been raised but will be included in the next half term.

Music Tuition:  If anyone wants to stop instrumental tuition after the Christmas holidays, please tell Ms Curnow straight after half term: we have to give Severn Arts plenty of notice for this.  If anyone else is interested in starting either keyboard or violin in the Spring term please also let Ms Curnow know.

Art Project Unveiling:  We are delighted to invite you to this event on Friday 9th November, beginning at 1.45 pm.  Please join us in the school hall to hear about the project and then stay for the unveiling of the sculpture and ceramic flower installation.  There will be tea and cake, an exhibition of children’s art work and a short remembrance ceremony.

Oral History Project Memory Sharing Morning – Wednesday 14th November:  We have now reached the point in our topic where we are excited to invite adults from the local area to visit Pendock and tell us about their experiences.  We are interested in gathering information about home life, the village, what the school used to be like, jobs and farming in the area, field use, the surrounding countryside and food people ate.  We would love people to visit with items of memorabilia and photos to share with children.  The morning will consist of small groups of children visiting each adult; there will be no formal presentation and we would love as many people as possible to come along tell us their stories.  If you, or anyone you know, would be excited at the prospect of sharing their experiences or would like more information, please contact the school office.  Lunch will be provided on the day, which will be a choice of beef or veggie spaghetti bolognaise – please let us know if you have any additional dietary requirements.

Pendock Pebbles:  Each pupil will be taking home the stones they have been decorating.  These should be hidden over half term for someone else to find.

A Message from Mrs Ashby:  Dear Parents, Thank you so very much for the unexpected and very generous gift that arrived this week.  I have enjoyed reading your comments and now need somewhere to display your large card!  I am settling into my new position well but miss everyone at Pendock very much and will try to make the Christmas Fayre, if I can.  In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for a restful half-term and for the remainder of the Autumn Term.

 Future Dates for Your Diaries:

 Autumn Half Term – 29th October – 2nd November

Class 1 Diwali at Countryside – Wednesday 7th November (morning only)

Memorial Service and Grand Unveiling of Art Project – Friday 9th November, 1.45 pm

Parents’ Evening – Class 1 + Year 3 Maths, 3.00 – 6.00 pm Monday 12th November

Parents’ Evening – Class 2 – 1.00 – 6.45 pm Tuesday 13th November

FOPS Meeting – 3.15 pm Monday 19th November (to discuss Christmas Fayre)

Year 5 & 6 Cross Country – Friday 23rd November

FOPS Christmas Fayre – Friday 7th December 6 – 8 pm

Christmas Performances – 6pm, Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th December

Church Service and Party Day – Thursday 20th December

Autumn Term Ends – Friday 21st December

FOPS Live Music Event – Friday 8th February, details TBC

Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 24th March 2019 – save the date!

Best wishes

Sally Lyndon-Chance,

Head Teacher and all teaching and non-teaching staff