Weekly Update – w/c 21st March

Goodbye, Mrs Barnes

Mrs Barnes will sadly be leaving Woodbridge Primary School on Friday 8th April. She has taken the decision to focus on her gardening business full time and step back from the classroom after many years of dedicated service. She has been a true asset to the school and she will be sorely missed by the children, staff and wider community for all her effort and commitment since she first joined us in 2015.

To ensure a smooth transition, we have made the decision to replace Mrs Barnes using existing school staff. Mrs Caroline Moore, who covers across KS2 currently, will teach the children up until the May half term. After this, Mrs Hollie Sutherland will return from maternity leave to complete the teaching for the summer term. These teachers are long-standing members of the school and are well-known to the children, which will bring consistency to the rest of the academic year.

We will of course say an official goodbye to Mrs Barnes before the 8th April. However, for now, we wish Mrs Barnes every success in the expansion of her gardening venture and we have no doubt she will continue to work with and support the school in the months and years to come.

Keeping in touch

Due to high levels of sickness absence, please bear in mind the staffing team (in particular the office) are significantly reduced and this affects our capacity to react as quickly as we usually would. With that in mind, please email rather than phone the school (unless it is urgent or a safeguarding issue)

We appreciate that you may have two different email addresses for us, and that we initially asked you to contact the ‘comms’ email with your queries. However:

Going forward, please contact the following people for the following things:

office@woodbridgeprimary.suffolk.sch.uk: Willow Garden, absence, payments, dinners, general office queries (e.g. my child is going home with another parent)

comms@woodbridgeprimary.suffolk.sch.uk: Parent consultations, clubs, events, permission forms for trips, items for the newsletter that you wish to follow up.

Thank you.


When collecting from after school clubs, please ensure to come to the wooden gate in the front playground (via the metal gate) rather than via the front entrance. Thank you. We will also be issuing fresh sign-up forms for clubs for the summer term, so please keep an eye out for these.

Red Nose Day donations

Thank you for your generous donations. Together, the school raised £161.01 for its ‘come dressed in red’ effort with all proceeds towards Comic Relief.

Second hand book sale

We raised £60 for the school – thank you to everyone who came along, and in particular to Eve Grigsby-Smith and daughters Olivia and Amelie for organising it.

Support for Ukraine – non uniform day

We are keen to do our bit to support the families of Ukraine while the crisis continues. This is advance notice of a non-uniform day on Wednesday 6th April, where the children have the option to dress in blue and yellow to show solidarity. We suggest a £1 voluntary donation with all monies going to the Save The Children’s Emergency Fund. (Other ways to donate to the fund will follow nearer the time). As per Red Nose day, there is no obligation to wear non-uniform on the day, or to buy yellow and blue clothes specifically. Blue socks, yellow scrunchies, yellow or blue striped t-shirts would all be great!

Donations for Ukrainian family

In addition, we are supporting Siobhan Blyth (Lily Bailey’s mum) in setting up a home for a Ukrainian family. The children, 17 Yr old Sofiia and 10 Yr old Davyd, are in specific need of the items listed below. If you would like to donate, then please put your item/s in the designated box at the front of the school (which will be there from Monday).

We’re sure we don’t have to tell you that the items should be good quality 🙂 Thank you in advance for your support for these efforts.

For Davyd (aged 10)

  • Spring/Summer clothes
  • Trainers
  • Hoody/sweatshirts
  • PS3 games ( someone kindly donated a PlayStation!)
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Rucksack

For Sofiia (aged 17) size 8-10

  • Spring/Summer clothes
  • Light jacket/hoodies
  • Jeans/leggings
  • Books
  • Hair scrunchies/headbands
  • Bags
  • Any nice accessoriesA

For both children – any nice ornaments or lamps etc to make it feel homely would be great!

Forest Fun Days

Our Forest School Leader Suzanne Strand will run her Forest Fun Days during the Easter and Summer school holidays once again. These take place at a beautiful local nature reserve. Click here for dates, information and how to book.

Easter sports clubs

Our external sports provider, Premier, is running holiday camps over the Easter break. They take place Monday – Thursday w/c 11th April and Tuesday – Friday w/c 19th April. Each day runs 08.30am – 3.30pm and costs £18 per day. Please visit the Premier Sports – Kesgrave High School booking page for details.

Win a family ticket to Easter Country Show, Henham Hall

We have one family ticket to give away for free entry at the Easter Country Show, Henham Hall, which takes place 17th and 18th April. With barrel racing, wrestling, a Festival of Cars and Festival of Dogs, there’s definitely something for everyone! Find out more at the Easter Country Show website.

PlUS! To be in the draw for a Sunday day ticket worth £30 (2 adults, 2 children) simply email comms@woodbridgeprimary.suffolk.sch.uk with the subject line ‘Easter Country Show’ and we’ll put your name in the hat!

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. Please visit the website for full details.

Covid information

As of Friday 25th March, we have a total 16 positive cases of COVID-19 across the school including children, support and teaching staff.