Newsletter 11th November ’22
Dear Parents and Carers,
It’s officially the end of a very busy week back after half-term, and what a great one it has been. We’ve had Willow Garden’s spooktastic Halloween Party, the start of Year 6’s Poppy Appeal & possibly the most competitive Inter-Class Dodgeball Competition the school has ever seen!
Inside this week’s newsletter you’ll find out about all the fun things that happened as well as lots of important dates for your diary – Like School Photos Day on Monday!
School Photos On Monday!
Pret-a-portrait will be in school on Monday 7th November to do the school photographs. All siblings will be photographed together & every child will have an order form in their book bags that afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled!
For the little Willows who are not scheduled for Monday, you are welcome to bring them in for their photo session at 9:10 am, but please stay with them whilst doing so and leave through the main entrance afterwards.
Please make sure your child is wearing their school jumper/cardigan on Monday and most importantly, bringing their biggest-brightest smiles; say cheese!
Update Your Details !
We have an exciting update of our communications system in the new year and need all parents / carers to update their details via this form.
We will be transferring to a new system called ParentMail, which will make a number of things easier, including a digital way to pay for trips & dinners – no more bank transfers, yippee!
A big thank you to all of the parents & carers who have already filled this form out. We will share more information about this soon, but for now, make sure you fill out the form ASAP so we can get things moving our end!
Next week’s lunches are ‘Week 3’ from the Autumn / Winter menu
What's Been Happening This Week?
Inter-Class Dodge-ball Tournament
We’ve already mentioned how the Inter-Class Dodgeball Competition was possibly the most competitive the school has ever seen, now see it with your own eyes –
Congratulations to the winning teams! And to all the teachers who managed not to get bumped on the head!
Willow Garden Halloween Party
On Monday 31st the Willow Garden staff held a Halloween party for the children in Willow Garden After School Club. They did pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, made tasty Hallloween treats and played Halloween games.
They had a fantastically spooky buffet-style party tea, including bat and pumpkin-shaped sandwiches, creepy fruit kebabs, ghost bananas, mummy biscuits and rice krispie cakes. A spooktastic time was had by all!
Children in Need Day
On Friday 18th November we will be supporting children in need. The student council is planning a non-uniform day where the children can come dressed in spots, stripes or both for a donation of £1.
They will also be organising a sponsored walk during the school day and your child/ren will bring home a sponsor form next week. Please support them by sponsoring them and asking family and friends too. The sponsor form and money will need to be returned by Friday 25th November so that we can send it to Children in Need.
Year 6’s Poppy Appeal Continues…
Until Friday 11th November, Year 6 will be selling all manner of Poppy goodies in the playground before school from 8:45 am until 9 am. Please bring some change and ask you little ones to look after their wares as there will be lots & lots of children with similar items all across the school!
The Big Library Update
With the help of our two volunteer librarians (mother and daughter team Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Hopkins!) we’ve been working hard over the last few months to improve the library and reading spaces around the school. Please join us in thanking them for their hard work!
We have reinstated the downstairs KS1 library and installed a new group reading area upstairs – complete with a very comfortable armchair! Other tasks were on a similarly large scale but are less obvious; non-fiction is now sorted into subjects that will be clearly labelled (with your help, more on that below) to make books much easier to find. We’ve also had a really good sort out of our fiction section to remove old, worn books and add in lots of the good-quality books kindly donated to the library the good-quality books kindly donated to the library.
Our work doesn’t stop here.
We are working on fundraising to continue improving our reading spaces, as well as update, expand and diversify both the fiction and non-fiction offerings in school over the coming months. We will be encouraging children to have two books at a time; one for learning & one for enjoyment.
For example ‘Women in Ancient Egypt’ by Fiona Macdonald & ‘The Magic Treehouse’ by Mary Pope Osbourne. We will also be inviting children from KS2 years to apply to become librarians and hope to open the library up for parents to visit in the near future too.
How You Can Help;
1. We are looking for donations of empty, white/clear VHS video tape cases to use as subject dividers on our non-fiction shelves. Please drop any donations into the office.
2. We are asking anyone thinking about buying a teacher an end of term/year present that they consider purchasing from the school’s Amazon Library Wish List instead.
You can find that here: https://amzn.eu/7jyQWUV
Once an item has been purchased it is automatically shipped to the school and removed from the list so there’s no need to worry about books being bought twice. Thank you so much, we can’t wait to share more updates with you in the coming months!
FOWPS Friends of Woodbridge Primary School
If you shop at Amazon, please consider supporting Woodbridge Primary School by registering with Amazon’s charity scheme AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price directly to FOWPS. It is completely free for you to register and is a great way for us to raise funds for the school. Just click the link below to sign up and choose Friends of Woodbridge Primary School as your charity. It’s free to register and you only have to do this once.
Join In With All Things Fun(draising)
Volunteers are still welcome to show their interest in joining FOWPS – If you or someone you know loves organising and all things fun(draising) please email:
A Final Note...
There has been a brilliant display of leadership this week at Woodbridge Primary School. It’s been fantastic watching the children come out of their shells. Newly appointed roles include Sports Captains; who have done a fantastic job helping with today’s dodge-ball competition, and Play Leaders; who will be helping the little ones in the playground following training by Mrs Girling.
There was strong competition, and after reading all of the passionate application forms from students, it is safe to say I am very impressed. I want to say congratulations to all of you who have gone above & beyond this week – your capabilities are shining through!
We are now calling out for applicants from KS2 for student librarians – If you think you’re up for the role, speak to a teacher for an application form next week. Remember, confident & considerate leaders make the world go around
We hope you have a fun-filled fireworks weekend, enjoy them safely!
Miss Crossley and Mr Krisson