06 December 2019                                                                                                     Newsletter 13

Dear Parents and Carers

Swimming Certificates:  Just to keep you updated, we are awaiting certificates to arrive in school so that they can be awarded in Celebration assembly after the New Year. 

Reverse Advent:  After the success of the donations to Malvern Food Bank around Harvest, we thought it would be lovely to support another food bank, Tewkesbury, at this festive time. If you would like to donate to this, please bring an item(s) food which are suitable (tins, nappies, shower gel, dried fruit, pasta etc) to either of our Nativity performances or drop them into the office. In a similar vein, we have also become aware of a charity which supports providing Christmas presents for children in vulnerable families. If you would like to support this idea, please bring any donations to the office. 

Dates for Christmas:  I am so sorry that there has been confusion and mixed messages with dates for performances. These are the performances that we are holding and to which you are warmly invited:

Monday 16th December – 2pm – Dress rehearsal (this will be the first run through with costumes and is likely to be stop/start and not completely polished!)

Tuesday 17th December – 2pm

Tuesday 17th December – 6pm (please can we have children at 5.40pm so that we can get them into costumes and calmed before the performance).

Thursday 19th December – 11am – Carol Concert at the church

In addition please note the following dates when we have Christmas activities planned for the children:

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day & Pantomime

Thursday 19th December – Christmas Lunch

Yesterday an email was sent giving background information and details about the Christmas performance.  If you did not receive this please check with Ms Curnow that we have a current email for you.

Please can children bring their costumes in for the play.  Any questions, please ask Ms White.  Also, if you have any spare large pieces of cardboard at home this would be really useful.

PRIDE certificates: Congratulations to the following children who have been awarded the termly PRIDE awards by teaching staff. These have been given for consistently displaying a positive attitude, being respectful, being themselves and proud of themselves, being determined in all that they do and aspiring for excellence. It is always really heart warming to celebrate the children’s achievements. 




William B

Daisy M


Well done to all the children for earning so many PRIDE merits over the term – it took me a long time to count them all!

The final numbers this term are:

Table Hill – 247

Summer Hill – 247

West Beacon – 234

North Hill – 266

Well done to North Hill – our termly winners!

New Starters:  I’d just like to thank the more established parents for welcoming new parents into the school so warmly and kindly. We are very pleased to have new children and their families joining our lovely community of Pendock. 

Christmas Fayre: The staff and children of Pendock would like to thank FOPS for organising the Christmas Fayre. There was a fabulous atmosphere throughout the evening and the total money raised, £1500, is absolutely amazing. Thank you to everyone who came, spent money and supported this superb evening. 

Curriculum News

Class 1

We have had a brilliant week enjoying the Mini Marines, in particular. All of the children were so brave about trying new things – and on a cold day too! We have also enjoyed a couple of really thoughtful lunchtime prayers in our classroom. Margot thanked God for the master and the dame, tying in her new knowledge of nursery rhymes and Aneira thanked God for the force fields which protect us all from the strength of the sun. Lovely varied ideas on what we might choose to be thankful for!

Plea for large pieces of cardboard (again!) – this time for prop making on Monday, please.

Class 2

This week Class 2 have been working on their setting descriptions. The task was to think of a scene from our class reader ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ and choose a setting to describe. Children had to select specific vocabulary to use, then generate their own sentences. They have all worked incredibly hard and produced some fabulous work. Here are a few sentence samples:

“The rotten wooden doors crashed into each other again and again.” Edward

“In the library, there was a gold embroidered dog bed crammed in the corner.” Summer

“As she walked onto the train, the smell of expensive perfume hit her like a hurricane.” Robin

“Colour coded from red to black, every piece of fabric had its own place.” Lucie

“The taste of the cigars filled my lungs as I approached the counter.” Callum

“As I entered Professor Hanawati’s office, I could feel the cold air hitting my face from the window.” Cian

“The walls were covered with peacock blues and greens with sketches of Egyptian monuments.” Brooke

Oxford Ashmolean Trip 12th December:  If you have not yet sent back your consent form please do so as soon as possible.  A reminder that pupils will need a packed lunch (if not already booked through school), drinks, snacks and a small rucksack to carry these.  Our coach will be leaving at 8.30 am promptly so please make sure all children are in school by 8.20 am.

Year 6 Guided Reading:

St Dunstan, as the story goes,
Once pull’d the devil by the nose
With red-hot tongs, which made him roar,
That he was heard three miles or more

Saint Dunstan was a famous British Saint and there are lots of stories and poems written about him. Find out about one of these stories and create an illustration of one of these stories to share on Wednesday 11th December

Wrap Around Care:  After careful consideration , the Governors and I have decided to change the pricing structure for After School Care Club. In making the decision, we reflected on the uptake of the sessions, the outcome of the last parent consultation, the overall cost in running the sessions and canvassed other establishments which offer the same facility. We recognise and hold firmly the belief that Wrap Around Care is an important asset to the community of Pendock however we have to meet our basic costs in providing it. Therefore, the new costs from the start of Spring Term will be:

Breakfast Club 8.00am to 8.30am £3 (with food)
After School Care Club 3.15pm-4.15pm £4
After School Care Club 3.15pm-5.30pm £8.90 (with food)

In addition to this, after school clubs, which are run by teachers or volunteers, will be free of charge from next term onwards. These will run from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. As these clubs are run voluntarily by staff, I can’t make any guarantee, but where possible we will try to ensure that we don’t double up with two clubs on one night.  Likewise, as they are voluntary, there can be no guarantee that they will not be cancelled on a particular day due to staff training etc.  If this happens, children will need to be collected at 3.15 pm or can stay to the first session of After School Care if parents are unable to collect, but this will be chargeable. As always, any feedback on this is welcome – please do come and see me.

Mini Marines:  We had a fantastic morning on Wednesday when Grant and Jack joined us from Mini Marines. They certainly put us through our paces. We enjoyed a team building challenge where we had to get across a river of lava with only 5 tyres as an aid, we ran the assault course which meant getting extremely muddy as we crawled under nets and then toasted marshmallows over a fire after learning about fire safety. The children showed a superb amount of perseverance and resilience as it was quite a chilly morning. They were all glad of the hot chocolate treat at the end! Both Grant and Jack commented on the teamwork that the children showed and I was very proud to see the children helping and supporting each other – there was a real team spirit amongst the groups where there was a noticeable shift that they were looking out for everyone – not just their friends! 

Clubs: Just a reminder that teacher led activity clubs finished last week – apologies that this didn’t make it into last week’s newsletter. 

Mrs Evans:  We are delighted to welcome Mrs Evans back in January to the school team. She has been on maternity leave for the majority of this year and she will be returning to school on 6th January 2020. She will be working 3 days a week. She has been in school for a few days this term as keeping in touch days and has enjoyed the day with us today planning for her return. More details will follow next week. 

Epic Egyptians:  Class 2 are very much looking forward to their trip next week to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The children have been very busy this term learning about all things Egyptian and would like to showcase all their work and understanding by hosting their own museum afternoon. The hall will be transformed into a museum on Friday 20th December and parents and community members will be welcome to visit us from 2pm.  This will be the finale to their topic where the children will be able to wow you with all the knowledge they have learnt as well as show off all the wonderfully creative work they have produced. We hope to see lots of you there. 

Christmas Play Programme Competition:  All children have their lines and costume requirements. Do seek a member of staff out if you need any support. Now everyone has an idea of the plot and characters for Children Of The World, all children are invited to design a coloured cover for the programme as optional homework this week. The covers will be judged externally and winning artwork will be put on the front and back pages of the programme. We look forward to receiving entries! The closing date will be Wednesday 11th December.

Pantomime:  Father Christmas visited this week with a special envelope with tickets to the Pantomime on Friday 13th December. This is also Christmas Jumper Day. The children will be off to Worcester for the morning returning in time for lunch. They can wear a Christmas Jumper (optional), school uniform on their bottom half and school shoes. They will all have a hi-vis with the school logo on it so they are easily identifiable. Please let us know if you can predict any uncertainty or dislikes with this kind of event.   Please return the ice cream form asap.  You can respond using the original email if that is easier.

Instrumental Tuition:  Next week will be the last official week of Severn Arts tuition – although on Monday 16th December Mrs Virgo will ‘catch up’ a few pupils who have missed time earlier in the term.  If anyone else wants to start tuition next term please speak to Ms Curnow as soon as possible.

Applications for Reception places September 2020:  Deadline for applications is 15th January 2020.  Worcestershire residents should apply at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20099/school_admissions and Gloucestershire residents should apply via their own local authority, listing Pendock as their first choice and the application will be forwarded to Worcestershire.  If you know anyone with a child due to start school next September please remind them of the deadline.

Staff Vacancy:  As we have welcomed quite a few new pupils into Class 2 recently, we are looking to appoint an additional part time Teaching Assistant to help support the class.  Details available shortly on https://www.eteach.com/teaching-jobs-worcestershire if you know anyone who might be interested.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Class 2 Visit Ashmolean Museum – Thursday 12th December

Polling Day – Thursday 12th December: SCHOOL WILL REMAIN OPEN but no Celebrations Assembly

Pantomime Trip – Friday 13th December (morning only)

Nativity Dress Rehearsal – Monday 16th December 1.30 pm

Nativity Performance – Tuesday 17th December 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm

Christmas Service –Thursday 19th December 9.30 am, Pendock Cross Church

Christmas Lunch and Party Day – Thursday 19th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December

Spring Term Beings – Tuesday 7th January (6th January is a TED)

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