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Friday 1 July  

Hot off the press! SWIMSAFE Final Success
Both the Year 5 and the Year 6 Swimsafe Teams did brilliantly today - with the Year 6 Team coming THIRD in the whole of Cornwall. This is an amazing achievement and I am so very proud of all who took part. Wahoo!

Assemblies
5W’s assembly this week went really well – we were dazzled by magic and treated to some superb singing. It was much enjoyed by all and we thank you for all of the support and the (I suspect) hours of practice that would have taken place at home. 5B and Year 1 have their turn next week and we can’t wait!   

Shining Stars
Shining Stars this week were for excellent presentation and were awarded once more to very deserving pupils – well done to them all as they are all definite Shining Stars. Staff Shining Stars were awarded to Mrs Reeve and Mrs Gallie, both of whom are amazing colleagues and friends and whom we love dearly. Mrs Gallie has in fact taken over from the marvelous Marcia Momber, whose final day at WPA was last Friday. Marcia was never one for a fuss, but she was thoroughly spoiled in her last week and took with her many memories, gifts and cards from all of us. We miss her terribly, but Mrs Gallie is doing a wonderful job and, as ever, thank goodness for Caroline. 

Year 5 and Year R continue with their Bikeability and are doing extremely well – Year 5 continue into next week too. We are loving see their cycling confidence grow and we are very grateful to Bikeability for their hard work and patience. 

Mrs Berridge 
As I mentioned a while ago, Mrs Berridge is very sadly retiring at the end of this term. Talking to her about what she treasures most from her time at Wadebridge Primary, she said that her class photographs and the lovely notes that she has received from her past pupils is waaaaay up there and so I have a big ask for all of those of you who have ever known the lovely Mrs Berridge: if you were ever taught by Mrs Berridge, or you knew her as the teacher of one of your children, please could you send her a note of some kind – either involving a memory or just some good wishes. We will then put them all together so that she has her very own magnificent box of (WPA) memories.  Email or real paper very welcome but if sending an email please send to: secretary@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk. Thank you.

Now, there are many, many things coming up, but first, please see some messages from our ever fantastic FOWPA: 

FOWPA Ground Force Day A Big Success
Last Saturday, members of FOWPA and some very helpful pupils made great progress on the environmental garden. FOWPA hope that with a couple more days work on the area, which includes erecting the teacher's chair and completing the brick edging, it will soon be ready for the children and staff to enjoy. 

Finally, a shed to be proud of: THANK YOU COUNTY SIGNS
FOWPA are so pleased to now have their very own shed, where they can store all of the equipment needed for their fundraising activities and their groundforce days. The shed could not have come at a better time when lots of storage is needed for the Summer Fair taking place on Saturday 16th July 2022. FOWPA received a very generous donation of £250 from COUNTY SIGNS based at Winnard's Perch, who specifically wished to help FOWPA fund the purchase of this shed, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH 'COUNTY SIGNS'; your generosity is very much appreciated.
Also, thanks to the fantastic Tom and Emma Taylor who put the shed together last weekend, which you can see was then tested by some very happy children in the FOWPA groundforce team!

PLAYGROUND PLANTERS ARE BURSTING WITH COLOUR THANKS TO TRELAWNEY GARDEN CENTRE
The planters in the school playgrounds have been given a fantastic burst of colour with some lovely bedding plants. FOWPA would like to extend a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Trelawney Garden Centre for their generosity in assisting with this. A huge thank you too, to Wendy Pool, a member of FOWPA, who kindly gave up her day yesterday to plant the flowers. Not only do these look fantastic for the children and staff to enjoy, but the planters are now also more wildlife friendly too, so THANK YOU!

Summer Fair news: 
Don’t forget to fill in the FOWPA consent form sent out last week if your child or children would like to take part in the Summer Fair Talent Show and, last but not least, we are collecting 2nd hand toys and books on Monday morning (4 July) and 2nd hand uniform on Wednesday morning (6 July). Thank you all for your support – we are getting really excited now! 






Coming up
Week of 4 July Year 5 Bikeability (please see specific letters which give dates) 
Week of 4 July                                Year 6                Secondary School Transition Week (Mon – Thurs)
Monday 4 July Whole School FOWPA Second Hand Toy Collection
Tuesday 5 July Year 1 Year Group Assembly – Parents welcome – 0900
Wednesday 6 July Whole School FOWPA Second Hand Uniform Collection – AM
*Wednesday 6 July Year 3 Trip to Treraven Woods *
Wednesday 6 July 5B Class assembly – Parents welcome - 0900
Wednesday 6 July Nursery Sports Day – 0900 start – Parents welcome
Week of 11 July                          Whole School    Art and Creative Week 
Tuesday 12 July Year 1 BEACH TRIP 
Tuesday 12 July Year R Year Group Assembly – 1400 start - Parents welcome
Wednesday 13 July                      Years R – 5          Transition to new classrooms
Friday 15 July                  Whole School    Reports Home to parents
Saturday 16 July                      Whole School FOWPA Summer Fair
Tuesday 19 July                          Year 6              End of School Play to parents: 0930 and 1800 
Wednesday 20 July            Nursery    Pirate Party 
Wednesday 20 July                  Whole School Julie Jubilee Party (to celebrate Mrs Berridge’s retirement) 
(more details to follow)
Thursday 21 July                            Year 6              End of Primary School Prom
Friday 22 July                            Whole School END OF TERM – EARLY FINISH. KS1 and EYFS 1245. KS2 1300.

And to finish, we found this useful poster which we thought made good sense. As we near the end of the Summer Term and school year, it might help. Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.  
Kindest Regards,

Ms Whitlock

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Friday 24 June 

And there I was thinking that last week was busy… 

This week we have had the Year 6 Activity Week – where our wonderful Year 6s experienced ‘Hangloose’ at The Eden Project, Big Dunk’s Laser Tag, Flambards, Camel Creek, a camp out AND a Sports Day. Phew. They *should* sleep well tonight.  I can also confirm that the hoodies have indeed been worn all week (despite the warm weather). 

We have also had lots of other events and things happening – Year 5 and Year R have had some bikeability sessions (more next week for Year 5), Year 4 gave us a marvellous assembly on Minibeasts (I LOVED the ‘Bee and Me’ story – if you have not seen, please do Google it; it is on You Tube and is by Alison Jay) and had a wonderful Minibeast day with a real live minibeast expert. We have had three out of our four Sports Days and they went REALLY well. A massive well done to all who took part and to all of the support that you have given us as families. Well done too to all those who took part in the parents and carers races – my goodness you are a speedy and competitive group! Sorry for the bike track rocks at the end – we will start the other way next year :/. We are so grateful for all of the hard work that Mr O’Dwyer put in to make the sports days run as smoothly as they did – hurrah for things going like clockwork! All we need to do now is keep our fingers crossed that we did well enough to be up there for podium places in the Bridge Schools Games – come on Wadebridge!! Nursery did their Big Toddle and they were also fantastic – they made good use of both the Mountain Bike Track and the Athletics track  

We have also been told this week that the Year Five Swim Safe Team also got through to the Cornwall County finals – this is fantastic news and we are so proud of all those who took part. The competition for both teams is next Friday (1 July) and we wish you the best of luck!

Shining Stars
Shining Stars this week will be for progress in Sport – we are doing our Shining Stars assembly for this week on this coming Monday as we had so much on today. This means that there will be two lots of Shining Stars to report next week – hurrah for Shining Stars!

FOWPA Summer Fair
A reminder please to KEEP SAVING THE DATE AND OFFER YOUR HELP at the FOWPA SUMMER FAIR 
Please keep Saturday 16 July free as it is the FOWPA Summer Fair. Thank you to all of those who designed covers for the programme – we are in the process of choosing a winner but there are some really fantastic entries. 

Don’t forget that there will be a Talent Show at the Summer Fair too! A letter will be coming out with all of the details but here they are again, just in case: 
Summer Fair Talent Show
Does your child have a talent they would like to show us at the Summer Fair on Saturday 16th July, either on their own or with their friends? 
Singing
Dancing
Acting
Martial Arts
Poetry Reading
Telling a Joke
We would love to have as many of the WPA Pupils as possible showing off their talents.
A letter will be sent home next week for you to give us your consent for them to take part.  We will then send out a timetable of when the children will be showcasing their talent!



Coming up
Week of Monday 27 June Year 5 Bikeability (please see specific letters which give dates) 
Wednesday 29 June 5W Class Assembly – parents welcome – 0900

*YEAR R ASSEMBLY – PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE BELOW*

Week of 4 July                      Year 6                     Secondary School Transition Week
Tuesday 5 July Year 1         Year Group Assembly – Parents welcome - 0900
Wednesday 6 July 5B                 Class assembly – Parents welcome - 0900
Wednesday 6 July Nursery                 Sports Day – 0900 start
Week of 11 July                    Whole School    Art and Creative Week 
Tuesday 12 July         Year R         Year Group Assembly – 1400 start - Parents welcome
Wednesday 13 July             Years R – 5          Transition to new classrooms
Friday 15 July                  Whole School    Reports Home to parents
Saturday 16 July                  Whole School FOWPA Summer Fayre
Tuesday 19 July                   Year 6              End of School Play to parents 0930 and 1800 
Wednesday 20 July            Nursery            Pirate Party 
Wednesday 20 July             Whole School Julie Jubilee Party (to celebrate Mrs Berridge’s retirement) 
(more details to follow)
Thursday 21 July                 Year 6              End of Primary School Prom
Friday 22 July                       Whole School END OF TERM – EARLY FINISH. KS1 and EYFS 1245. KS2 1300.

Two points to note 
1)If your children cycle, scoot or skateboard to school, please make sure that they have a helmet. It is really important that they also keep safe on the pavements where possible.

2)A message from PCSO Pete Sobye: If your child walks home, please remind your children to keep a close eye out for any strangers and to tell you if they see anything out of the ordinary. If they tell you of anything strange, please report it to the police. 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday. Fingers crossed that the weather miraculously improves for the weekend. 

Kindest regards
Ms Whitlock


 


Friday 17 June 

What a busy week!   We have had two sports events: the District Athletics, in which we did brilliantly, winning lots of medals and the Safer Swim event which took place yesterday. Eight pupils in Years 5 and 6 took part and we came second overall, which means that we now go forward to the Cornwall County Finals – whoop!

 

Mr O’Dwyer says:

District Sports

Nearly 90 KS2 pupils represented WPA at District Sports which was back after a 3 year absence! The atmosphere was brilliant and the friendly competition was excellent. WPA had a HUGE medal haul, getting Bronze, Silver and Gold in nearly every event! Events included middle distance running, sprints, long jump and Javelin. Thank you to Wadebridge School and their sport leaders for organising such a good event. 

Swim Safe

8 children from Year 5 and 6 attended a Swim Safe competition on Thursday. The event included races involving rescuing casualties, retrieving objects from water and floating for 60 seconds before sprinting across the pool. Safe to say we have some lifeguards for the future! Wadebridge Year 5 came 3rd and Year 6 came 2nd, meaning they are through to you Cornwall School Games Swim Safe Finals in July! Congratulations! 

 

Next week sees Sports Days, the inaugural Bridge Schools Games, the Year 4 Year Group Assembly and Minibeast Day and the Year 6 Activity week. Phew! The Year 6s received their beautiful (and warm…oops) leaver’s hoodies today and they look fabulous. They will now be wearing them proudly for the rest of the term, whatever the weather.

 

We also did very well in the Royal Cornwall Show – our entries scooped Firsts, Seconds, Thirds, Fourths and Highly Commendeds and we are DELIGHTED!  Please see the fabulous photos attached for our winning entries. All those who went said that they had a wonderful time too and we are VERY excited already for next year. 

 

Shining Stars

Shining Stars this week were for Progress in Writing and all of the recipients were again marvellous choices.  Staff Shining Stars were awarded to Mrs Keat (the teacher!) and the Year 6 teachers. Mrs C and Miss B have had a day of external moderation this week and they have worked their fingers to the bone preparing for it – which worked, as it went very well. Phew. All three are key, vital members of the WPA team and all work incredibly hard, which is why we love them.

 

Last week’s Shining Stars were for Progress in Reading and again we had some wonderful winners. The Staff Shining Stars last week were awarded to Mrs Keat (the TA) (yes, there was a very awkward moment when both got up, I will not lie…) and Mrs Callister, both for just being fantastic. I agree.

 

KEEP SAVING THE DATE AND OFFER YOUR HELP at the FOWPA SUMMER FAIR

Please keep Saturday 16 July free as it is the FOWPA Summer Fair. It is getting better and better but do keep an eye out for any communication. This weekend’s job is to design a cover for the programme – letters went home today. Please do get your entries back in by Wednesday 22 June so that FOWPA can choose the winner.

 

FOWPA would also like to announce that there will be a Talent Show at the Summer Fair – hurrah! A letter will be coming out with all of the details but here they are, just in case:

 

Summer Fair Talent Show

 

Does your child have a talent they would like to show us at the Summer Fair on Saturday 16th July, either on their own or with their friends?

Singing

Dancing

Acting

Martial Arts

Poetry Reading

Telling a Joke

We would love to have as many of the children as possible showing off their talents.

A letter will be sent home next week for you to give us your consent for them to take part.  We will then send out a timetable of when the children will be showcasing their talent!

I hope that you managed to make notes of all of the events coming up but here are next week’s just in case:

 

Coming up

Monday 20 June                                                                               Year 5 Bikeability (select pupils only)

Monday 20 June – Friday 24 June                                              Year 6 Activity week and camp

Wednesday 22 June                                        0900 - 0930         Year 4 Assembly

Wednesday 22 June                                        0930 - 1130         Years 3 and 5 Sports Day

Thursday 23 June                                             0900 – 1100        Years R, 1 and 2 Sports Day

Friday 24 June                                                   0900 – 1000        Nursery Big Toddle

Friday 24 June                                                   1030 – 1230        Years 4 and 6 Sports Day

 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday, bright and breezy.

 

Kindest regards

Ms Whitlock

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Friday 27 May  

What a fantastic celebratory Jubilee week we have had. You may have seen the wonderful, colourful decorations in the Nursery playground as you came in today; I can confirm that they all had an extraordinary, festive time and loved every minute. I was thrilled to see so many wonderful goodies come in on Wednesday for the Years R to 6 Jubilee parties too – thank you so very much for all that you provided – it really made the day special. We were lucky in the end – the weather brightened, and although we did not all manage to sit outside in a giant street party formation (though some brave year groups did), we did royally celebrate and much fun (and food) was had by all.  We have learned a huge amount about Queen Elizabeth II and I am delighted to tell you that the on the spot quizzes that I have been doing this week as I walk around the school have been very well answered. We are so looking forward to seeing the celebrations around the Duchy and across the country too – if you are celebrating over the long Bank Holiday weekend, I hope that it goes well.  

Jubilee Weekend Celebrations in Wadebridge
On the Jubilee weekend (Sunday 5 June), there is a family fun day. If you can, please join Wadebridge families for a picnic in the park. There will be inflatables for primary aged children to use (free of charge!) and the Pulse Bus will be there.  There is guaranteed to be a fabulous atmosphere and will be much fun!

Half Term
Next week is Half Term week so we will not be in school at all (apart from Bridge Kids, who are open Monday – Wednesday). We look forward to seeing you on Monday 6 June at the normal time (No INSET day on Monday this term, but we do have an INSET on the FRIDAY – which is of course the Royal Cornwall Show). 

I do appreciate that, in previous years, we have closed the school for INSET on the Thursday and Friday of the Royal Cornwall Show, but due to having to co-ordinate with the rest of the Bridge Schools INSET days, we are not able to do this this year. I am very sorry, as I realise that getting to school may be interesting on the Thursday, and indeed the days previous, but I am afraid that we need to stay open. I am, however, REALLY excited about the show taking place and cannot wait to go. We are entering lots of things, so do please have a look out for them if you are planning on attending the show. Phew! 

Shining Stars
Shining Stars this week were Teachers Choice and all of the recipients were marvellous choices.  Teacher Shining Stars were awarded to Mrs Smerdon (from last week), Mrs Giles and Miss Beckett. They are all diamonds, and we appreciate them hugely. 

We have our very own Britain’s Got Talent star right here at WPA
We are delighted to mention that our very own Red Jackson is taking part in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent as a team of scooter riders called The Scooter Boys. The decision to see if they have made it into the semi-finals will be televised this Saturday (28 May) and we are VERY, VERY excited to hear how they get on. GO TEAM RED – we are cheering for you! Remember, you saw him here first…. 

FOWPA SUMMER FAIR 
The Fabulous FOWPA are organising a Summer Fair. It may well be the biggest Summer Fair that I have ever seen, so please keep the date (Saturday 16 July) free as you won’t want to miss it.  

LOST PROPERTY
My goodness a lot of lost property has been claimed this week – THANK YOU. The remainder will hopefully have been claimed this afternoon and I thank you for your support with this.
Coming up
30 May – 3 June HALF TERM WEEK – SCHOOL CLOSED
6 June – school re-opens after Half Term (NO INSET day) 
6 – 9 June – Phonics Screening Check week for Year 1
10 June – INSET DAY (and Royal Cornwall Show) SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS

I hope that you have a lovely Half Term and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 6 June at the normal time. June already! Can you believe it?!?! 

Kindest regards
Ms Whitlock

 


Friday 20 May  

What a busy week! 

Year 5s went on their Residential Visit to Bideford Ultimate Adventure Centre on Monday to Wednesday this week and had a fabulous and very busy time. Our Year 6 Girl’s football Team went to Archbishop Benson Primary School on Monday to play in the Cornwall Schools Cup Finals on Monday and WON. They were brilliant! On Tuesday, Year 4 had a ‘Moor Day’ and, apart from the rain, they had an amazing day (exact words from Year 4 pupils). Some intrepid Year 6 athletes also took part in the Cornwall County ‘Quad Kids’ games at Par too on Tuesday, and, despite the torrential rain, did very well indeed too. A very well done to them all as they battled extremely hard. 

Shining Stars
Shining Stars this week were for dedication to walking, scooting and cycling to school as a part of our walk, scoot and cycle to school week. Everyone was encouraged to take part, even if it was just to walk a short way to school (which may have been helpful, given the roadworks that were in place up to Monday afternoon) and we had some very worth winners indeed. Please do feel free to carry this on moving forward as it is lovely to see so many bright faces coming into school on a morning. The Staff Shining Star this week were awarded to Mrs Cleave for being a wonderful, dedicated, versatile colleague. The other Staff Shining Star was not in school today, so I will be giving out three next week – hurrah!  

Parent Helpers – THANK YOU
I cannot tell you how lucky we are with our parent helpers. We have had parents help on every trip this week and in every activity and we would be truly lost without you. You are all VERY much appreciated and we thank you very much for your support. If there are any parents or carers out there who would like to help in school but who have not yet got a DBS or are not sure how it might work, please do get in touch with the School Office as they would be delighted to talk with you.  

FOWPA Plaques
We are delighted to announce that we have finally taken delivery of 15 absolutely fabulous, informative plaques for our KS2 playground. FOWPA member Amanda Cooksley says the following:

Stunning educational plaques designed by local artists are a great hit with the children
Local artists Jo Wakefield and Sophie Hanton have designed these colourful, educational plaques with fantastic images and facts for the Wadebridge Primary Academy pupils to learn about different insects. This vibrant display is a great addition to the environmental area which is being completed in the Key Stage 2 playground. Jo and Sophie, a grandparent and parent who have family at the school, are delighted that all of the schoolchildren will be able to enjoy the plaques and use them to identify and learn about the different insects they may see. Mark Hanton kindly fixed all plaques to the wall.
 
Jo and Sophie are currently working on some new designs for the Key Stage 1 children, which will soon be put up in the Key Stage 1 playground as part of FOWPA's continued efforts to enhance the WPA playgrounds.

Please see the pictures attached – we love them and are very grateful to FOWPA and Mrs Wakefield and Mrs Hanton for their designs.

LOST PROPERTY
We have a LOT of lost property at the moment. We will put all lost property outside of school next Thursday (26 May) and Friday (27 May) to be claimed, but if your child has lost any item of clothing, a water bottle, a lunch box or any other item that they may have brought in, please do check just inside the main reception BEFORE next Thursday so that you can claim it before we put it outside.  All recognisably named lost property will have been given back to the pupil that it belongs to by then. Thank you. 

Coming up
25 May – Years R – 6 Platinum Jubilee Party in school – PARTY CLOTHES (if possible Red, White and Blue) ALL DAY PLEASE 
30 May – 3 June HALF TERM WEEK – SCHOOL CLOSED
6 June – school re-opens after Half Term (NO INSET day) 
6 – 9 June – Phonics Screening Check week for Year 1
10 June – INSET DAY (and Royal Cornwall Show) SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS

I hope that you have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday. 

Kindest regards

Ms Whitlock

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Friday 13 May  

We have had another busy week and my goodness, we have worked hard. Year 6 in particular have worked incredibly hard completing their SATs tests and we are SO proud of them. They worked hard today in soaking their teachers in a water fight too and did a very fine job indeed! Year 2 are continuing with their SATs and we are so proud of them too. 

Tomorrow sees the awards ceremony for the winners of the Fowey Festival of Art and Writing too. We have had many more winners to add to those who were mentioned when I last wrote! Mrs Keat has said: 

Fowey Festival Awards
We have some exciting news that makes us very proud! 

Last week, the Fowey Festival judges released the full list of winners for the art and writing competition. As you can see, Wadebridge Primary Academy pupils featured strongly in the Commended and Highly Commended sections for both writing and art. 

This weekend, the 1st and 2nd prize winners have been invited to St Fimbarras Church in Fowey to receive their prize and accept their art work which has been mounted and framed.  The artists will also find out who has won the overall title of ‘Young Artist of the Year, 2022’.

We hope they enjoy their special celebratory day in Fowey.

Here is a list of the awards:

Art
1st place: Joseph Y2 (Sloth)
Joint 2nd place: Sydney Y1 (Bee)
Joint 2nd place: Merryn Y2 (Sloth)
Highly Commended: Mia Y2 (Leopard), Imogen Y2 (Sloth), Dot Y2 (Sloth), Olive Y5 (Under the Sea), Saoirse Y4 (Planet Earth), James Y6 (Weeping Willow).
Commended: Marley Y1 (Bee), Alice Y1 (Eruption), Alice Y1 (Flower Head), Stanley Y1 (Bee), Estelle Y4 (Tropical Sunset), Brooke Y5 (Leaf collage), Pippa Y4 (Chick collage), Molly Y6 (The beach), Jack Y3 (Land and Sea)

Story writing
Commended: Elodie Y5 (Pride the Lion)

Factual Writing
1st Place: Ryan Y6 (Dear Mr Johnson)
Highly Commended: Emily Y6 (Dear Mr Johnson)

A huge well done to all who put entries into the competition – you are all superstars. 

Shining Stars
Shining Stars this week were for embodying the WPA Learning Characters and the winners were clearly very difficult to choose! In fact, it was so tricky in Year 6 (they were all very much channeling their inner Keep Going Koalas), that Miss Bishop and Mrs Callister chose them all! And they were all very deserved. Staff Shining Stars were awarded to Miss Miskowicz in Reception for ALL that she does for the school and to Mrs Clayson for being wonderful in every way.  We are definitely very lucky to have them.  

Clubs
Clubs started this week – thank you to all who are taking part. A reminder that KS1 clubs finish at 3.40pm and KS2 finish at 3.50pm. Choir finishes at 3.50pm, even though both Key Stages are involved.  

Coming up
NEXT WEEK 16 – 20 May – Walk/Scoot/Bike to school week (there will be a prize for the most active class)
NEXT WEEK 16 – 18 May – Year 5 residential trip to Bideford Ultimate Adventure Centre

19 May SIBLING PHOTOGRAPH DAY – PLEASE WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD AT WPA (and bring PE Kit if you have PE on that day)

25 May – Years R – 6 Platinum Jubilee Party in school
30 May – 3 June HALF TERM WEEK – SCHOOL CLOSED
6 June – school re-opens after Half Term (NO INSET day) 
6 – 9 June – Phonics Screening Check week for Year 1
10 June – INSET DAY (and Royal Cornwall Show) 

I hope that you have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday. Year 5 pupils and staff going on the residential – don’t forget to have a good night’s sleep on Sunday! 

Kindest regards
Ms Whitlock


 


Friday 6 May  

We have had a busy week, I won’t lie.  

 

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their WOW Topic Day exploring all things Harry Potter.  The staff costumes were spectacular with Mr Smith as Harry; Mrs Botten as Dobby; Mrs Bryant as Bellatrix Lestrange; Mrs Smerdon as Professor Trelawney; Mrs Bodinnar as Hedwig and Miss Hawe as Fawkes the Phoenix – they were spectacular!

 

Year 3 performed their class assembly about how we need to save the world in front of parents on Wednesday and it was lovely. They had researched and written all of the eco facts themselves and their passion was clear to see. They were fabulous and we all really enjoyed the May 4th Focus.

 

The Years 5 and 6 Girls’ Football Team played against Charlestown on Tuesday after school and, true to form, they emerged victorious, winning 9:2. A huge well done to them as they battled hard.

 

Shining Stars

Shining Stars this week were for Progress in Maths. We had some lovely Shining Stars and I was delighted to hear just how much progress is being made – especially in Times Tables.  Staff Shining Stars were awarded to Mrs Jeffery in Year 4 for her kindness and dedication to the job; Miss Walby in Year 1 for her hugely hard work and willingness to go away above and beyond what is expected all of the time and Mr O’Dwyer for ALL that he does.  All three staff are SO appreciated and we are lucky to have them all!

 

Clubs

Clubs start next week (the week of 9 May). You will have been notified if your child has a place in a club, but do please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

PE Days

Please see below for the Summer Term’s PE days. Please come into school in PE Kit on your PE Days (unless your child is in Reception).  Please do remember that school jumpers or plain black or dark jumpers (not hoodies) are accepted PE kit, not anything else.

 

Year N

Tuesday

Year R

Monday

Year 1

Monday – Pro 20

Year 2

Monday

Year 3

Tuesday and Wednesday

Year 4

Thursday

Year 5

Wednesday and Friday (Outdoor Learning)

Year 6

Tuesday

 

Mrs Berridge

After 31 hugely enjoyable and not at all stressful years, Mrs Berridge has made the decision to retire at the end of the Summer Term. Whilst I battled hard to keep her for ‘just one more year’, she is adamant that now is the time! I will be writing to you all to tell you of our plans, but I just wanted to let you know as I know that Mrs Berridge has taught many generations of Wadebridge families and lots of you will have known her a teacher of you as well as a teacher of your children. We will make sure that we send her off with a bang (not literally), but do look out for an email.

 

School Platinum Jubilee Party

We are delighted to let you know that we are planning to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service (if only you had held on for a few more years, Mrs Berridge, we could have done the same for you…) with a Years R to 6 Jubilee Party. We will be writing to you to let you know the finer details closer to the time, but please know that we will be in party clothes that day. Whoop whoop! Nursery are having their party on Friday morning.

 

Coming up

This list is quite long, so please do take the time to read it – I promise you it is worth it!

 

Throughout May – KS1 Year 2 SATs (just for info)

9 – 12 May – KS2 SATS

16 – 20 May – Walk/Scoot/Bike to school week (there will be a prize for the most active class)

16 – 18 May – Year 5 residential trip to Bideford Ultimate Adventure Centre

 

19 May SIBLING PHOTOGRAPH DAY – PLEASE WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD AT WPA (and bring PE Kit if you have PE on that day)

 

25 May – Years R – 6 Platinum Jubilee Party in school

30 May – 3 June HALF TERM WEEK – SCHOOL CLOSED

6 June – school re-opens after Half Term (NO INSET day)

6 – 9 June – Phonics Screening Check week for Year 1

10 June – INSET DAY (and Royal Cornwall Show)

 

Phew! I hope that you have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday. I especially look forward to seeing Year 6s for their SATs breakfast at 0815 on Monday morning – what a treat!

 

Kindest regards

Ms Whitlock

 

 

 


Friday 29 April 

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We have had a lovely sunny week and already have been extremely busy. We welcomed Mrs Martyn to WPA and are delighted that it seems like she has been here forever. Some of the Year 3 and 4 boys took part in a local football festival on Wednesday and we won quite a few matches with the highlight for our Year 3 team being the match against our Year 4 team, which they won! Well done to all who took part and we look forward to the rematch…

 On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome the Grace Project into school. They are a local non-profit organisation who have two main purposes – to help families who would benefit from some clothing for their children and to help rehome pre-loved clothing. If you are interested in contacting them, please do either let us know via the secretary@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk email address or by contacting The Grace Project directly: grace@wadebridgeparish.org.uk.

Today we had lots on! Year 5 had an Arena ‘Alternative Sports Day, where they tried their hands at Archery, Capture the Flag, Boccia, Tri-Golf and Lacrosse. I sadly was not able to join in (despite my best efforts…) but they had a wonderful day and were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day – I hope that they all sleep well tonight. The Year 5 staff most definitely will….. Years 3, 4 and 6 enjoyed RNLI Water Safety talks today too. We learned all about how to keep safe near and in the water and I was really pleased with how much information pupils retained when I quizzed them at the end of the day and I hope that they found the sessions useful and fun.

Class photos went really well too and I cannot wait to see the final pictures – they always look so fantastic and are really lovely to keep. As soon as we get the copies in, we will let you know, but thank you for your support with uniform and PE kits on the day.

 Clubs

Summer Term Clubs start the week after next – on 9 May. You should have heard from the office if your child has a place in a club, but please do contact us if you are not sure.  All clubs (apart from Jason Thomas Dance on a Friday and Pro 20 on a Monday) are new this term.

 

 Shining Stars

Shining Stars this week were for excellent relationships. Again, it was really tricky for all teachers to choose just three pupils from their class and we had some amazing winners, but my favourite was the pupil who was awarded a Shining Star for their much improved and now excellent relationship with English. Staff Shining Stars were awarded to Mrs Young, who is a much valued and vital member of the WPA staff. She is the most reliable, resourceful, creative and wonderful TA and we love her. Mrs Lucock, who most parents know as Caroline, was our other winner, and my goodness she deserved it. She can co-ordinate the most tricky of days and is worth her weight in gold. At least… Well done to all winners today; we are very proud of you.  

 

PE Days

A reminder one last time for see below for the Summer Term’s PE days. Please come into school in PE Kit on your PE Days  (unless your child is in Reception, where changing into PE kit is part of the curriculum).

 

Year N

Tuesday

Year R

Monday

Year 1

Monday  – Pro 20

Year 2

Monday

Year 3

Wednesday

Year 4

Thursday

Year 5

Wednesday and Friday (Outdoor Learning)

Year 6

Tuesday

 

Coming up

Year 6 have their SATs during the week starting 9 May. Year 6 parents please see the letter that went home today but please do get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Year 5 Residential

The Year 5 Residential Trip to Bideford Ultimate Adventure Centre is from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 May. A reminder letter will be coming home next Tuesday but we are very excited that there are only 2 weeks of school before we go - whoop!

 

Finally, I hope that you have a lovely weekend and a fantastic Bank Holiday. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

 

Kindest regards

Ms Whitlock

 

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Friday 8 April  

 

We made it! Thank you so much for all of your support this term; it is so appreciated.

 

This week we have seen plenty of Easter activities and work: I have seen much re-telling of the Easter Story; we have heard about Easter Traditions around the world and we have done all things Easter including chocolates and bunnies.  I do love Easter in school – there are some banging songs to sing; I always learn something new and it signifies (to me) the lighter evenings and the prospect of the exciting Summer Term. 

 

First this week – we have some very exciting news.  Lots of pupils entered the Fowey Festival for young Artists and Writers and we have some winners! Mrs Keat, our Art lead, has said the below:

 

Fowey Festival

Every year, Wadebridge Primary Academy are proud to take part in the Fowey Festival Awards for Young Writers and Artists and this year was no different.  

 

We entered a wide range of art work and writing from across the school and today, we have had some wonderful news. The festival judges have looked carefully at all the amazing entries from around the county and have come to their decision.  Here is what they said: 

 

We are really pleased to announce that three children from Wadebridge Primary Academy have been shortlisted for the special award of ‘Artist of the Year’ and their framed work will be on display in Fowey River Gallery, 38 Fore Street, Fowey during the Easter school holidays.

 

Our talented art winners are Joseph and Merryn in Year 2 and Sydney in Year 1.

 

We also were told about a gifted letter writer: Ryan in Year 6.

 

This is the really exciting bit:  As part of the competition, the judges wish to find the Artist of the Year, which will be done through a public vote.  If you would like to view the three WPA pupils' art work and cast a vote for your favourite piece of work and enable one of our WPA pupils to become 'Artist of the Year', then please visit the Fowey River Gallery during the Easter holidays.

 

In May, these three pupils will be invited to a grand presentation event where they will be presented with their prizes and their framed art work.  As part of the presentation event, the children and their parents will also be invited to a talk by the renowned author of the very popular ‘Charlie and Lola’ and ‘Clarice Bean’ books, Lauren Child.

 

We want to congratulate our talented winners and let you know that we are proud of all of the brilliant work that was submitted into the competition by all of our pupils.  

 

Massively well done to all of the entrants but especially well done to these four pupils. A complete list of winners will be announced on 26 April so more then– Phew!

 

Shining Stars

Shining Stars this week were for progress this term.  Excellent winners as always and so very deserved. Shining Stars also went to our fabulous Pupil Leadership Team for their super showing around of our Governors yesterday. They were confident, smiley and excellent ambassadors for the school and I am very proud of them all. Well done to Abi, Huw, Molly, James and Claudia. Staff Shining stars this week were plentiful! As you may know, we have had a lot of staff absence this term due to Covid and every staff member has stepped up and done their bit, but I wanted to celebrate a few who have really shone this week.  Penny Thomas, Trina Head and Heidi Kendall in the Kitchen have been wonderful this week and last week and they thoroughly deserved their shining stars. Also, you will be delighted to hear that I can work almost every gadget and do every lunchtime duty in the kitchen now, but I was happily able to avoid the actual cooking. Better for everyone. Shining Stars also went to Mrs Divall, Miss Taylor and Miss Rash for their outstanding work in the Early Years. The last Shining Star this week went to Mrs Orme. Mrs Orme is not with us next term as she is going to Pelynt Primary to lead the team over there, but she will be back with us in September. Which we are VERY happy about. However, we wanted to thank her for her amazing work at WPA as she is simply the best.

 

Coming up

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS will be taken on Wednesday 27 April (the first Wednesday back after the Holiday). If you have PE on this day (Wednesday) then please make sure that your child comes into school in their school uniform and brings their PE kit in to change into after their photograph is taken.

 

Some Year Groups are changing their PE Days; these year groups are now having PE on a Wednesday:

Year 3

Year 5

 

Clubs

There are no clubs in the first week back (BridgeKids will be running) apart from an invite only sports club offered by Saints South West. Hopefully, you will know if you have been invited. Phew.

 

PE Days

Please see below for the Summer Term’s PE days. Please come into school in PE Kit on your PE Days. A reminder of PE kit will be sent out on the first Monday back of Term.

 

Year N

Tuesday

Year R

Monday

Year 1

Monday  – Pro 20

Year 2

Monday

Year 3

Wednesday

Year 4

Thursday

Year 5

Wednesday and Friday (Outdoor Learning)

Year 6

Tuesday

 

FOWPA Quiz Night The FOWPA quiz night went VERY well and they raised a fantastic £483. Thank you to all who took part and THANK YOU to FOWPA for a brilliant night.

 

Finally, I hope that you have a lovely weekend and a fantastic Easter Break. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 25 April at the normal time. The gates will open at 0825.

 

Kindest regards

Ms Whitlock

 


Friday 1 April  

Last week I was all about the sun – today it has been freezing!  We went outside anyway (as it was not raining) and we are still loving the fact that it just seems lighter and brighter. 
Sporting Fixtures
This week, our sporting teams have done us proud – the Girl’s U11 Football Team took part in the County Championships and they WON! We are now the proud County Champions. The Team won their heats on Tuesday (won every game) and were put through to the finals, which were held in Newquay yesterday. They won almost every game (apart from one which was a draw) yesterday and were crowned the overall winners. We are SO proud of them and are delighted with their success. Hurrah! 
We also took a netball team to the County Championships heats and although we did not win (there were some seriously strong teams there), we battled determinedly and were very pleased with ourselves. Well done to ALL who took part and a big thank you to Mr Langton for all of the organising (and to Mrs Keat for all of the supporting and the driving).
Viking Play
I have to say – there was some seriously good acting and singing in school this week. On Tuesday, the Year 4s performed their Viking Play in front of the school and were magnificent. On Wednesday they performed in front of their families and they were even better!  There are not enough superlatives to be honest, but they were FABULOUS and we are very proud of them. Thank you too for the audience participation – we loved it! 
CLUBS:
Clubs are ONLY on Monday next week (clubs on Tuesday – Friday are NOT on next week).  
Shining Stars
Shining Stars this week were Teacher’s Choice. Again we had some absolute corkers and it was so lovely to both hear the reasons for their nominations and to see their beaming smiles!  Staff Shining stars this week went to Mrs Bodinnar (awarded on Monday due to Mrs B not working on a Friday) and to Mr Langton. Both are absolute superstars and we are so very glad that they are with us. Mr Langton does not usually come into school on a Friday either, but he was in to award the football trophy to the girls so I took my chance to give him his Shining Star! 
Parking
PLEASE do not park on the Yellow lines on the road out of the school. It is a hazard and is illegal. It is also illegal to park on speed bumps, so please do not park on those either. Thank you.
Please could you also make sure that you are making your way out of school as soon as you have picked up your children. As you will know, parking is at a bit of a premium in the school (insert laughing emoji face here) and it is really helpful if we are able to keep the traffic moving.  
Thank you so much for all of your support with this – it is much appreciated. 
Coming up
Tonight! The FOWPA quiz takes place. Good luck and I hope that you win. 
End of Term – please note that we will be finishing school early on Friday 8 April, in order to break up for the Easter Holidays. Nursery, Reception and KS1 will finish at 1pm and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will finish at 1.15pm. Bridge Kids will be open as usual. Nearly there!
Please remember that CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS will be taken on Wednesday 27 April (the first Wednesday back after the Easter Holiday). If you have PE on this day (Wednesday) then please make sure that your child comes into school in their school uniform and brings their PE kit in to change into after their photograph is taken. 
Next week sees lots of Easter and more Spring things. If you get a minute, please do look up the song ‘I’m a Spring Chicken’. It is worth it just for the catchiness and the repetition.
I hope that you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.  
Kindest regards
Ms Whitlock

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