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A message from Lindsay Gabriel Posted on: 31/01/2020

A message from Lindsay Gabriel

A huge congratulations to our KS2 children who attended the hockey tournament last week.  It was a pleasure to hear that the children all worked extremely well as a team and all enjoyed the experience.  KS1 children attended an indoor cricket competition and were taught lots of new skills by Holyrood coaches and students.  I am so pleased that the children are having these opportunities and chances to participate in competitions.  These tournaments will continue to be organised throughout the year so if you're child wasn't able to attend then there will be plenty of opportunity in the future.  Safeguarding is such an important matter at Winsham and so I would like to say a huge thank you to the NSPCC, and in particular to Tamsin, who delivered a KS1 assembly, KS2 assembly and a Year 5 and 6 workshop.  The children listened very carefully and responded very sensibly to some sensitive conversations. I look forward to seeing everyone in their number costumes on Friday 7th February for NSPCC number day!  Earlier this month we were able to inform you of the KS2 Summer residential trip and are very excited that we are organising a visit to London.  I am thrilled with the uptake of children.   A meeting with further information will be held very soon.  At Winsham we are very lucky to have so many volunteers who come and listen to children read to donating stationary items.  Mrs Judith Hill is kindly lending us some of her time to prune the Willow Tree at the field.  The children will have the exciting opportunity to use the offcuts to weave during the next month.  In addition, Miss Dobinson has secured 300 saplings from the Woodland Trust which will be delivered within the next few weeks and the children will be planting in their Outdoor Learning Sessions.   We would welcome any top-soil and bulbs to help build our planted area.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Lindsay Gabriel Posted on: 20/12/2019

A Message from Lindsay Gabriel

What a wonderful first term we have had at Winsham.  It has been a term full of learning, discovery and community spirit.  We have focused on two of our values; respect and perseverance. All staff are immensely proud of everyone of our pupils at Winsham primary and in the Pre-school with their individual developments and inspiring attitudes to learning. A very big thank you for all your support over the Christmas period.  We were very kindly donated our Christmas tree from Mr Mike Douglas.  We have never seen a tree so tall – it touches the ceiling! The children have really enjoyed putting their own bauble on the tree and decorating as a school.  It was such a pleasure to hear about the parent afternoon where help was given to decorate the hall. The younger children did extremely well learning their lines for ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ and the older children showed great maturity in their various supporting roles. Also, the children were fantastic at leading the ‘Carols by Candlelight Concert’ last week and sung beautifully at our Family Church Service earlier today. Thank you to all Parents and family members who have been able to attend and joined us in our events and Christmas celebrations. I am so pleased that we were able to take the entire school to watch the Pantomime.  Giving the children the opportunity to watch a live performance was tremendous.  Thank you to the PFA for organising the Christmas Fair.  There were many happy faces wondering the halls last Friday, with various face paints and prizes in their hands.  A total of £847.93 was raised together with the Christmas Bingo, which will go towards vital school equipment.  Thank you to all who donated and spent money on the stalls. I must also thank The Bell who have donated £60 from money collected through their weekly Lottery.  We have already decided this will be spent on a better sound system! I would like to wish you all a very happy and restful holiday and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 7th January!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Lindsay Gabriel Posted on: 22/11/2019

A message from Lindsay Gabriel

I think it’s safe to say that the children are excited about a special event happening next month: Christmas! We’ve started the countdown so please see the dates in the Newsletter and make note of all our celebrations. The children have been looking rather warm; wrapped up in their coats, scarfs and hats in the mornings.  Please make sure you take care in the mornings getting to school, particularly if you are walking on frosted or icy ground. We had a truly inspiring visit from Zoe Davison, Youth Pentathlon medal winner.  She gave an exciting assembly which highlighted the highs and lows of training for her sport.  Zoe highlighted to the children the dedication and perseverance which is needed – one of our Values. The children were able to ask her questions, take part in some PE with her and everyone had a photo taken whilst wearing her medal! The children at Winsham created some fantastic art pieces for Remembrance Day, which are currently displayed in the Church.  The Parish were extremely pleased to see the children’s work on display, bringing the community together. On the 11th, the children were very respectful and carried great dignity when listening to the Last Post played by Mrs Bulgin and when observing the minute silence and listening to prayers. I was delighted to see the spotty faces and was amazed at your kind generosity for Children in Need.  Well done to those who took part in a 1 mile run to Forde Abbey on Sunday 10th November and raised over £200.00 for Children in Need. We are all very proud of you. Furthermore, a huge thank you to your donations for the School Christmas Bingo.  I know the children enjoy a non – school uniform day but the donated prizes really help the PFA in their biggest fundraiser of the year. A big well done to the children that ran in the Cross-Country competition at Holyrood.  It’s a real thrill to see Winsham being represented amongst the other schools in the area.  Keep an eye out for further events happening soon. Finally, the children have had a visit from the Donkey Sanctuary.  They delivered a very informative assembly and each Key Stage took part in a workshop.  They very kindly gave us a knitted donkey – the children will have a competition to name the donkey.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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