We are delighted to inform you of the following developments and activities that have taken place at school since the last Governors' meeting in July 2019.
Reports to Parents
Our end of year reports were sent home with the children. It was great to read so many positive comments and personal achievements. Well done everyone.
New Foundation Parents Meeting
We were pleased to welcome parents of this year’s EYFS class into school. Miss Bassett and Mrs Edwards presented and shared information about the curriculum, assessment and classroom routines. It was great to welcome them to South Brent.
Parent Menu Tasting – Rob Stevens
We welcomed Rob Stevens, Ventrus Executive Chef, to school to provide another food tasting session of the food that makes up our new menu, following the take-over of our kitchen. It was fantastic to see some of our Year 6 children working with Rob to produce the samples.
School Association - Summer Fair
We are pleased the sun was shining at our School Fair. The Summer Fair raises a significant amount of funds for the school which is used to enhance the children’s opportunities and provision. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the entertainment, stalls, refreshments and games. We would like to thank all of the School Association committee for their hard work and dedication which made the school fair such a great event.
Great Fire of London – Comes to South Brent
As part of their history theme work about the Great Fire of London, our Key Stage 1 children made model houses in Design Technology to represent the London streets of 1666. The houses were set up as a street outside of the classrooms and deliberately set alight. The children watched the fire spread and destroy their houses whilst singing ‘London’s Burning’ which consolidated their learning by bringing the fire to life.
South Brent welcome Rev Gina Radford
We were pleased to be able to welcome the new St Petrock’s Vicar into school. Rev Radford spent a morning touring the school, visiting classes and talking to children. We all look forward to continuing our close links with St Petrock’s church and look forward to seeing her again in the new academic year.
Wimbledon – Mr Smith link up
We were privileged to be able to link up electronically with Mr Smith. Using Skype, Key Stage 2 were able to talk to Mr Smith live on centre court at Wimbledon. Mr Smith was line judging at the world famous tennis competition for his 16th year. The children were able to ask him questions and watch the court be prepared for the days tennis.
Year 6 Leavers Show – The Wizard of Oz
Our Year 6 children entertained two packed audiences with their fantastic performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The children had been rehearsing tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the show, which was evident! Well done to all that took part.
Year 6 Trip to Adrenalin Quarry
Our Year 6 children enjoyed a trip to Adrenalin Quarry to celebrate the last few days at South Brent Primary School. They had a fun session at the waterpark and then enjoyed a picnic lunch beside the lake – supported by the School Association.
New Classes Transition Days
The children spent time in their new classes getting to know their new teachers for September. A great was to dispel some of the new year worries.
September 2019 – New School Year.
New EYFS Children
We welcomed or new children into school for their first school day. It is great to see how the older children look after them and support them during this new experience.
Year 6 Residential
The Year 6 class have had a fantastic week on their Okehampton Residential. They have taken part in a wide range of activities whilst they have been away.
Our EYFS children stayed in school to experience their first lunchtimes. Mrs Edwards held a ‘Chatterbox’ session which was an informal opportunity to talk about the transition in to school. .
Key Stage 1 trip to River Dart Country Park
The KS1 children enjoyed a fantastic ‘Superhero’ day out at River Dart Country Park. All day long, the children climbed, swung, slid and above all, smiled and took pleasure in one another’s company. The superpowers of sharing, teamwork and kindness on display would have melted the nastiest of villain’s heart.
TLC Football, KEVICC
An inexperienced team played 3 games, drew one, lost 2. However they played some very good football and we are sure that they will have more luck as the season continues!
A Tempest school Photographer visited us to take individual and family group photographs.
Class Meetings for Parents
Teachers have held their information evenings, these were an opportunity to discuss the set up and day to day routine of the children’s new classes.
Foundation Class – Parent’s Lunch
It was lovely to see so many of the new parents of our Foundation children who joined them for lunch. This was a great opportunity for parents to see how well the children have settled in, but also experience our lunchtime provision and routines.
EYFS Parents forum meeting
It was great to chat to some of our new Foundation parents and listen to their induction experiences. This enables the school to reflect and develop its procedures.
Year 4 Residential, Spirit of Adventure
Our Year 4 children embarked on their Spirit of Adventure Camp. After a sunny start, the weather did become wet but this did not dampen the spirits of the campers. We have loved hearing them share their adventures with us!
Year 6 Junior Life Skills
All of our Year 6 children attended the Junior Life Skills training at Ivybridge Leisure Centre. They took part in workshops run by the RNLI, Police, Fire brigade, Royal Life Saving Society and South Hams District Council. This was a great opportunity to undertake some life-long learning.
It was great to see so many parents and children enjoying our Harvest Festival Assembly at the church. Everyone enjoyed the children’s readings about harvest and their country dancing was brilliant!
Year 2 Residential - School Sleepover
What a fantastic adventure! Year 1&2 never let the weather dampen their fun as they took part in a host of outdoor learning activities. The year 2 children loved singing around the camp fire before sleeping in the school.
Restart a Heart Day – CPR Training in KS2
All of our KS2 children took part in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. Parents and carers were also invited into school at the end of the day to take part in the basic training, which included the use of a defibrillator. A valuable opportunity to understand how our defibrillators around the village work – let’s hope we never need them.
Phonics Workshop for Foundation Parents
Miss Bassett hosted the Foundation and Year 1 parents Phonics Workshop. This supports early reading.
40 children in key stage 2 took part in the Dartmoor Sports Partnership cross country finals. The children, in very cold and windy conditions, pushed themselves to the limit and performed to the best of their abilities on an undulating course. South Brent had race winners in 75% of the races. Overall the yr5/6 squad finished 5th, just six points off qualifying for the County Finals with the yr3/4 squad were crowned ‘Partnership Champions’ and will represent Dartmoor at the County Finals next-term.
Parent and teacher meeting have been taking place across the school to discuss children’s progress and learning goals.
Royal Eye Infirmary
Children in Foundation were visited by the optometrist from the Royal Eye Infirmary. They check on the children’s vision and monitor their development.
South Brent ‘Bake Off’ for Children In Need
Once again, we had a fabulous fundraising day for Children in Need. Not only did children contribute by taking part in the non-uniform day, we also held another successful “South Brent Bake Off”. Many children and families got involved by bringing in their delicious home-made cakes. These cakes were sold in the after-school cake sale, with all proceeds going to Children in Need.
It is only when you look back at the events which are organised and actioned in school, do you truly see the quantity and quality of opportunity provided for our young learners. I would like to thank everyone who gives up their time to support the children in our school in order to give them such a rich variety of experiences.