18 October 2019                                                                                                         Newsletter 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Menus:  These are enclosed for the four weeks following half term.  Please look over them with your child and return with payment, if appropriate, on Monday.  Do note that we have changed around some of the options.

Stars of the Week

A special well done to the following children who were recognised for demonstrating the PRIDE values so consistently. 

Star of Class 1: Oli

Star of Class 2: Cian

Star of the Playground: Millie

Star of After School Care Club: Oli

These next two awards are decided upon by the children:

Collective Worship Committee Award of the Week: Jen

School Council Award of the Week: Jen

Thank you to Callum and Robin for sharing their achievements from outside of school.

Thank you:  A big thank you to everyone for making such a great effort for our dress up day today to enhance our learning within our topics.  The children looked fabulous and enjoyed a variety of activities based around the Egyptians and being Magical!  A big thank you to the staff as well!

Blue Peter Badge – Y2-Y6:  Please return the forms if you would like your child to be nominated for a Blue Peter Badge Award.  We will take pictures on Thursday 24th (as the children are not in school uniform) and get them sent off.  Thank you to Amy Dews for bringing this opportunity to our attention. 

Open Mornings:  We delighted to let you know that we had a great open morning on Tuesday with several prospective parents looking around our school.  The children were a credit to the school (as they always are) and many parents commented on the children’s kindness and happiness.  We have another one next week (Wednesday 23rd) and one more after half term – please do keep talking to other people about Pendock – let them know that we are here!

Curry and Quiz Night:  Firstly, a big thank you to the families who came and supported this fundraising event. It was lovely to see families interacting with each other and getting slightly competitive!  Well done to the Wisdom Seekers who won the very impressive hamper of goodies.  A big thank you to Sam and Fran for hosting the quiz and sourcing such fiendish questions, Wendy for the delicious curry and the FOPS team for co-coordinating ad running the event. 

TED:  A reminder that next Friday 25th October school will be closed to pupils.  Half term begins early!

Curriculum News

Class 1

Class 1 have enjoyed Paul Klee’s work this week. We looked at Castle and Sun, learnt French names for the colours in it and made our own versions using autumn leaves. A lovely cross-curricular week of learning!

Class 2

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Please have a look at the fantastic work on our Library display.  Complete Task 1 and Task 2 on the Fact or Opinion sheet you have been given; due on Wednesday 23rd October.

Do you dare walk down the corridor of death masks? Class 2 have been continuing their study of the ancient Egyptians, mummifying their own tomatoes and finishing their pharaoh’s death masks this week. On Friday, we celebrated the topic with a chance for children to wear their own costumes and create various Egyptian accessories. Thank you parents for helping gather together resources and costumes for Friday; the children looked fantastic!

Y5/6 Cross Country:  Last week, Y5 and Y6 braved the autumnal weather and took part in the local schools cross country event on Malvern Common.  The weather was not kind to us – it was wet, windy and cold but the children put a brave face on, supporting, cheering and running  – doing their best!  The children had a choice of races to enter – beginners, intermediate and advanced where participating in the advanced could lead to selection to represent the county.  I was very impressed with the way the children challenged themselves in running a distance or a race which they felt was a stretch for them. Despite the weather, the children said that they enjoyed the experience – loving the chance to represent Pendock in the wider community.

Year 5 & 6 Residential Trip:  On March 23rd – 25th 2020 pupils in these years will be joining Castlemorton pupils for our annual Residential experience.  Letters are attached if your child is in these years.

Secondary School Applications:  If your child is currently in Year 6 we would like to remind you that the deadline for Secondary School applications is fast approaching – 31st October. Online applications can be made at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions If you come under Gloucestershire County Council (check: some Gloucestershire addresses do still come under Malvern Hills District Council and therefore you will be Worcestershire) and want to apply to, for instance, Hanley Castle you should apply via Gloucestershire County Council https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-admissions/apply-for-a-secondary-school and they will liaise with Worcestershire.

After School Care Club:  If you are able to volunteer to help with After School Care Club please speak to Ms Curnow.  We do need some more volunteers in order to continue to offer the current days’ service.

Code Club:  There will be no Code Club on Wednesday 23rd October.  Pupils can stay to After School Care instead if they need to. 

Look at the Book: The next session will be on Friday 22nd November at 2.45 pm for all years.

Parents’ Evenings:  Sign up sheets are at the Parent Information Point.  If you cannot make these dates please talk to the teachers concerned.

Vacancy for Local Authority Appointed Governor:  Do you know anyone in the local community who might be interested in joining the Governing Body of Pendock Primary?  We have a vacancy for a Local Authority Appointed Governor, as this was formerly Liz Tillott’s role.  Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills.  Anyone aged 18 or over can be a Governor (with some exceptions) and they do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for them to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help them learn about education and Governors’ roles and responsibilities.

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Supporting the headteacher in the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

The average time commitment is five to eight hours per month. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits.  This is a voluntary (unpaid) role and the term of office for Local Authority Governors at Pendock is four years.  Further general details on the role of a Governor can be found at nga.org.uk under Governance Recruitment.  If you would like more specific information about this role at Pendock CE Primary please contact Ms Curnow at the school.

Worcester Competitive Arts Festival:  This has categories for singing, musical composition, instrument playing, acting, poetry and prose recital and composition. Further information can be found at www.wcaf.org.uk and the school are happy to support any children who want to take part.

Wider Community:  A reminderthat on Thursday 24th October from 9.30 am after Celebrations Assembly we are holding our ‘Wear Pink’ coffee morning in aid of Worcester Breast Unit Haven.  We would love you to come and support this deserving charity and we would also love some donations of cakes!! (They don’t have to be pink . . .)  Pupils are invited to wear a pink top that day to help raise awareness.

Harvest Festival:  A reminder that everyone is welcome to our Harvest Festival Assembly on Tuesday 22nd October in school at 9.00 am. Please do bring in any donations of non perishable food and other household items for Malvern Hills Food Bank.  Their current shortages are – Jam, Tinned Fruit, Rice Pudding, Soup, Pot Noodles, Long-Life Fruit Juice, Toilet Rolls, Washing-up Liquid, Washing Powder or Liquid, Nappies size 2.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Harvest Festival – Tuesday 22nd October

Open Morning – 10.00 – 12.00 Wednesday 23rd October

Dress in Pink / Coffee Morning – Thursday 24th October

TED – Friday 25th October

Half Term – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

Tempest Photography – Monday 4th November

Open Morning – 10.00 – 12.00 Thursday 7th November

Parents’ Evenings – Class 2 on 11th November, Class 1 on 15th November

Year 1 &2 Gym Festival, Hanley Castle – Tuesday 19th November (morning) details TBA

Look at the Book – Friday 22nd November 2.45 pm all years

FOPS Christmas Fayre – Friday 29th November 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Class 2 Visit Ashmolean Museum – Thursday 12th December

Nativity Performances – Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December

Pendock Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Save the Date!!