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Posted on: July 17th 2019

Winsham joins The Redstart Learning Partnership

Winsham Primary School will join The Redstart Learning Partnership on 1 August 2019.  The Trust is delighted to have Winsham as part of their Multi Academy Trust and looks forward to working closely together over the coming years.

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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
A Message from Ms Lindsay Gabriel Posted on: 25/10/2019

A Message from Ms Lindsay Gabriel

It has been a very busy month and half term is already upon us. The hall is having its finishing touches and will be finished this week. We are awaiting the arrival of new library furniture, we cannot wait to show off the transformation and to see it being used by our wonderful children. I am pleased to inform you that a part-time Assistant Head of School has been appointed for Winsham, Ashill and Hatch Beauchamp Schools. Mrs Joanne Crocker, lead teacher at Ashill Primary School, was successful at interview. Mrs Crocker is an experienced teacher and understands the rewards and challenges of working in small schools. She is passionate about working with each school community and is committed to providing the best education possible for all of the children in The Redstart Learning Partnership. Mrs Crocker will continue with her teaching commitment at Ashill and work across the small schools one day per week focusing on strengthening the quality of teaching and learning. The children have all been extremely busy, Heron class held an assembly on Ancient Egypt, their attention to detail was superb and all their hard work researching facts, hieroglyphics and enthusiasm for the topic clearly shone through. Heron class will be visiting the Tutankhamun Exhibition in November, Keira was a marvellous Cleopatra. Woodpeckers with Pre-school have been busy on the school field making insect and hedgehog houses, the children have also been making plans for the school field in the spring time, what they would like to plant and where, how to attract more wild life and insects and how to make the environment better for them. It is lovely to hear their suggestions and ideas and they all work so positively together. Well done to everyone on their efforts with “wear it pink day”. The children made a super effort. Well done and thank you to key stage 2 who provided cakes and to those who helped sell them-a total of £66.50 was raised for Cancer research. Thank you to the PFA who arranged our Halloween disco, the children and staff had a wonderful time and particularly enjoyed the fog machine. If you are going Trick or Treating next week please have fun but also, please stay safe.  A final thank you for your continued support. We had 100% attendance at our Parents’ evening and we hope you found it useful. I look forward to seeing you all after half tem on Monday 4th November. Ms Lindsay Gabriel, Headteacher  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Lindsay Gabriel Posted on: 27/09/2019

A Message from Lindsay Gabriel

It is so exciting, that this is our first newsletter as part of The Redstart Learning Partnership Trust. Already the school is going from strength to strength. The children have settled beautifully and have been eager to work hard in class, they are already producing some brilliant pieces of homework. Despite the ongoing building work, New School Counsel members were elected after some convincing hustings and House Ambassadors have been chosen to represent the houses for the rest of the school.  Congratulations to all who were given such responsibility. The building work has been delayed by a week due to the academy conversion, but I am sure you will agree it has been well worth the wait and the transformation is already visible and we thank you and the children immensely for bearing with us whilst the work is being completed. We welcome Mrs Amy Hawkins to our Pre-school as Deputy Supervisor currently working along side Miss Kay Hilton. We would also like to welcome Miss Amy Cox who will be taking on the role of Supervisor after Half Term. There will be opportunities to meet with Miss Cox before her transition takes place and a letter will be sent home nearer the time.  Mr Mike Collins in addition has taken on the roll of caretaker at Winsham, who works across the trust. The children have all shown such enthusiasm for the new school ties and they do look very smart indeed.  Key Stage 2 have been practising hard to master the art of knot tying but it seems to be a struggle for the Key Stage 1 class, particularly after PE.  We are therefore offering a clip on version of the tie (for KS1 only) to help.  Please bring the original tie in a clean state to the office where this will be exchanged for you. It has been a pleasure to hear the wonderful stories of blackberry and apple picking that the children have been able to do on our own school field.  The children have been telling me wonderful tales of their first ‘Outdoor Education’ days.  I am so pleased that the children have been able to spend the beginning of the year with such opportunity. Thank you for all those parents who attended our Curriculum talk last week.  The home to at winsham school relationship is such an important one and we value the time you put into your children’s education.  We have started to use the text message service and email system to ensure communication is clear.  Please check your junk/spam mailbox just in case! School jumpers can be bought from Barrons in Chard and we thank Mr Barron for all his help in setting this up for us. We feel this will be much easier for parents to purchase school jumpers and pleased we will be supporting a local business. We shall be inviting you all to an opening very soon! Well done to the winners of the Winsham Horticultural Society competition.  The children entered before the Summer Holidays with some beautiful handwriting.  Well done to, Nieve, Isla, Skye, Toby, Liam and Ethan. Finally, what a lot of readers you are – £330.00 was spent at the book fair.  Some of this money is given back to the school to spend on books.  So thank you all for continuing to support our wonderful school. Yours sincerely  Ms Lindsay Gabriel, Headteacher  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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