Weekly Update – Whole School News – w/c 4th April

Happy Holidays!

Although it’s been a rollercoaster term, we made it to the Easter Holidays! Since February, we’ve seen the return of full school dining, key stage assemblies and mixing across all year groups at break and lunch. Despite the ongoing challenges to staffing and families alike, we’ve done it – and enjoyed some fabulous events along the way.

Sports, reading and music
From the Mother’s Day celebrations in the Early Years through to hockey, basketball, dodgeball and cross country competitions in years 4, 5 and 6, not to mention forest school, goal ball and orienteering – it’s been an active term. World Book Day was a real highlight too – we loved seeing the children visit the library dressed as their favourite book characters, and as I’m sure you’ll agree, the return of Reading Buddies has been a big success. It’s been wonderful to hear the children singing together once again – particularly in the Easter assembly this week and today before the Easter Egg hunt. And, as you’ll see in this week’s Y5 class news, the children are learning exciting new ways to discover music.

Fundraising and FOWPS
We’ve also seen a return to fundraising, supporting both Comic Relief and Save the Children Ukraine crisis appeal this term. FOWPS have also met for the first time ‘in person’ for over two years, recruiting some fresh faces along the way. This has been wonderful to see and we thank them for their help – we look forward to some more events in the summer term and we will share these with you in the newsletter.

Thank you so much
But, as ever, we couldn’t do any of this without your support. From your willingness to dress your child in various colours to baking up a storm, not to mention offering your transport services to trips and sports events – you have been absolutely fantastic. We look forward to many more highlights when we return.

But for now, I wish you and your families a relaxing Easter break.

Mrs K Daly
Headteacher

Whole school Easter assembly

On Thursday, we gathered together for a full school Easter assembly. It was the first time the staff and students had been in the hall together since COVID times. The Year 6 children made palm crosses for every child in the school and handed them out. Here is a snippet of the assembly.

Easter singing assembly and Easter Egg hunt!

On Friday, the children gathered together for a second full school assembly – this time, in preparation for the Easter egg hunt! We started by drawing the winners of the reading raffle – here are some of our wonderful readers!


Then, it was time to wish Mrs Barnes goodbye and good luck.

Thank you so much to the Y4 children and their parents and carers for their wonderful video creation, which featured personal thank-yous from all the children- there is a little snippet in the video recording below.

Mrs Barnes talked to the children about how much she has enjoyed teaching, the importance of play, of reading, and being read to.

The children then presented Mrs Barnes with flowers, handmade card and goodie bag of gifts they had chosen themselves.

We finished the assembly by singing some festive favourites, which you can listen to here. Great drumming, Charlie and Zach in Y6!

Easter egg hunt!

It was then time for the traditional Easter egg hunt, which involved the children being ‘released’ from the hall onto the field to search for white and gold card discs. Here are some pictures of the children on the search with their Reading Buddies, and back at the ‘egg exchange’ station! We also caught a few snaps of our lovely kitchen and the festive decorations and biscuits.

Bake sale for Friends of Woodbridge Primary School (FOWPS)

Thank you so much for all your wonderful efforts – well worthy of Bake Off! Your generous donations and bakes all together raised 224.44, which is a great boost to the FOWPS coffers! In addition, your efforts raised £156.35 for Twos Tuesday!

Non-uniform day for Ukraine

Again, thank you for entering into the spirit of this day. We are still counting your generous donations and will let you know of the grand total that will go directly to Save the Children’s Ukraine crisis fund.

Clubs

Just a quick reminder that all after school clubs start the second week back (w/c 8th May) apart from Forest School, which starts on Monday 25th (first day back). You should have email confirmations of the clubs that you applied for. If you have any questions, please email comms@woodbridgeprimary.suffolk.sch.uk

Summer cricket taster day

Mrs Murton has booked a free cricket taster day with Suffolk cricket on Tuesday 26th April. Please can all children in Years 1-6 wear PE kit on this day.

Recruiting parent Governors

Due to some long standing members of our governing body stepping down, we have two exciting opportunities to join the school as either a co-opted or parent governor. Financial skills and education knowledge are desirable, but not essential. We invite you to express your interest via comms@woodbridgeprimary by Friday May 6th.

Call for volunteers

If you’re handy with a brush, mower, hammer or all three, then we’d love to hear from you. Mr Chatten-Berry is looking for volunteers – firstly to help him spruce up the outdoor area and then to put our new vision for the outdoor space into action! If interested, please email comms@woodbridgeprimary.suffolk.sch.uk with your availability and we will get in touch.

Name our Boat competition

We hope that you have fun thinking of names and drawing logos for our Name Our Boat competition to help raise money for the Early Years children. The Easter holiday is an ideal time to do a bit of drawing and/or brainstorm naming ideas! Please visit the website for full details.

Seckford Hills at Easter

Fresh Air Events is bringing ‘The Greatest Trail of all Shows’ to Seckford Hills this Easter holidays! The blurb: “If you haven’t visited one of our trails yet, then it’s a must this Easter! Please expect immersive shows, meet and greet characters with some incredible sights to look at along the way. Explore the grounds as we take you on a winding, turning trail across the enchanting hills and grounds of Seckford.” Find out more at Fresh Air Events.

Players wanted for Whitton Under 13s

Whitton United are looking for new players to join their Whites team. All Y6 and Y7s are eligible to come along for a trial – experienced players are ideal but they will run trials for all interested. Please download their flyer for details.

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