Posted on: 19/05/2023
A message from The Head Emma JohnsDear Families,
How good it is to finally see some consistently sunny days – a reminder that summer is just around the corner.
We started this school term with new staff on board and I would like to welcome Tina Legg as our new KS2 class teacher, Julie White and Tirion Johns as our new KS2 LSAs. The children have settled well into the changes – showing their usual resilience and positivity. All of our new staff felt quickly welcomed and all have expressed what a wonderful school Winsham is to be a part of. I should also mention that we have a new caretaker working hard behind the scenes and we welcome Peter Rattew to this post.
As usual, the children have been extremely busy with their learning. Both Year 6 and Year 2 had the added experience of SATs this month and they have all equipped themselves admirably.
I think a highlight for the children will have been their Coronation Teddy Bears’ Picnic – even rain didn’t dampen their spirits. The children had an amazing day – all of the food consumed in the afternoon they had worked together to make in the morning. The hall was decorated with the bunting they had made in commemoration of the coronation.
Our PTA have been busy as usual, and the children are soon to be the recipients of some exciting new playground equipment. Last week saw a disco in the village for children 11 and under which was a roaring success and there is more planned for us all to take part in! We are very grateful for all of the support with which they provide the school.
Three of our KS2 children took part in a Trust wide public speaking event the topic of which centered around equality of human rights, discrimination and how children can promote this equality of entitlement for all. They did us proud and received lots of positive comments from those who watched and listened to them.
This week has been Mental Health Awareness week and the children were invited to plan for and enjoy a ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’. They asked for a wide variety of activities and experiences –a favorite part of which was a Junior Bake Off competition in their houses. “Air’ won with their delicious milk chocolate cookies but everyone made tasty treats and there wasn’t a crumb left by the end of the day.
We still have plenty of things to look forward to this coming term – the teachers will start writing reports, we have sports day, summer fayre, a PTA organised ‘make the rules day’ and summer event (TBC) as well as a sponsored walk to Forde Abbey! A case of ‘watch this space’ I believe.
Finally, I need to share with you the news that Mrs. Hawkins will be leaving her role at Winsham on June 10 th . Mrs. Hawkins has very much loved her time at the school and will be missed but we wish her well for whatever exciting times may lie ahead. Mrs. Hawkins has the following message for you all:
‘I am sad to say that I will be leaving Winsham Pre-school. I have enjoyed watching the children grow and find their personalities, they all have their own unique characters and they are all brilliant. I have loved working with Sarah as my manager. She has taught me so much and I appreciate every big and small thing that she has taught me. I will remember it all. I also owe a big thanks to Maureen and Kay who have also helped me in my path as well. It’s been a great learning journey for myself and I won’t forget it. Lastly, thank you to the children and parents for all your kindness towards me.’
Head of School