Newsletter Issue 4
Friday 3rd November 2017
RE/Art focus week
The children have taken part in the most tremendous RE/Art Focus Week, which culminated this morning in an impressive sharing assembly of the work and learning they had experienced, and the intriguing questions they had asked about the Big Frieze. It was a pleasure to see so many of you come into school to share in your child's lesson on Thursday morning - we do hope you found it valuable. The children were certainly enthused by the activities and discussions which went on in class throughout the week - do take a look at your child's class Twitter feed for some fantastic photos. As you can imagine, none of this would have been possible without the support of all our school staff and volunteers who worked extremely hard to make the week such a success - a huge thank you to everyone involved.
The value we are thinking about in all areas of school life this half-term is ‘Peace’. Whole school and class worship will be centred around this theme. Do ask your child(ren) about the discussions they have been having in class.
sickness bug reminder
There have been several cases of sickness in school this week. May I remind parents that children should not return to school until 48 hours after they last exhibited symptoms.
Your support in this matter is much appreciated.
Thank you for your harvest donations just before half-term. The display of produce in Church was truly stunning, and provided a wonderful backdrop to the variety of harvest related performances given by each class.
School Council have voted that the £135.21 raised from money taped to the top of tins will go towards the Helping Hands Community Project. Helping Hands provide practical support and care in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Warwick, supporting low income individuals & families, victims of domestic abuse, local homeless and vulnerably housed people. They aim to provide a hand up both through practical support like the soup kitchen and House 2 Home project and provide opportunities to increase individuals' motivation and self-esteem. Our School Council Publicity Officer, Kate, is writing to the charity to see if a representative might come into school to talk about the work that they carry out.
Another thank you, this time for your support in raising funds to replace our school netbooks. The children have had lots of fun this week taking part in a range of sponsored events - do look out on Twitter for some of the photos! As I write this, I can hear great excitement from the playground as children from Rowington and Wroxall are running around the field in their pyjamas!
We ask that all money raised is brought into school by Monday 13th November, so that our School Council Treasurer, Molly, can work out the grand total. She will let you know in due course.
Friends of Ferncumbe News
Thank you everyone for attending our first event of the year, our Summer BBQ! Despite the rain we had a fantastic turnout once again, and because of your support we were able to raise just over £400 on the evening. A wonderful effort by the Friends team who managed to set up in the pouring rain!
Just Purchased - New Forest School Kit
Friends have recently approved and purchased new Forest School waterproofs. These all-in-ones will keep our Keystage 1 children very warm this winter!
Friends Funding Update
Following our first committee meeting this school year, The Friends of Ferncumbe committee have agreed to co-fund, along with Ferncumbe School and the School Council, much needed new IT equipment - 15 New Netbooks is our aim. This is alongside our regular annual commitments such as our contribution to Enrichment, xmas panto buses and Year 6 leavers contribution etc.. In order for us to achieve all of this we would greatly appreciate your help in any way possible. This may simply be by attending an event or helping out at an event.
Alternatively, another very easy way to raise funds could be through match funding. Does your employer give matched funding or community grants of any kind? If so, you will be able to make a big difference to our fundraising efforts. Many organisations, big and small, run these schemes as a tax-efficient way of giving back to the community - most will have an annual budget to donate each year. Often the employer will match (up to an annual limit per employee) the amount raised by the Charity. If the company you (or another family member or friend) work for has a matched funding scheme, the company will usually double each pound we raise. Please take a moment to ask your friends, family and employers if they would match funds, or perhaps provide a raffle prize, sponsor an event or give a donation for the benefit of The Ferncumbe School pupils. Your help could significantly boost our fundraising income!
Movie Night is coming up on Thursday 16th November. Letters were sent home last week - could you return your forms and popcorn orders into school as soon as possible, please. As noted in the letter, all tickets need to be purchased in advance.
Friends of Ferncumbe
Hatton Park WI are raising funds to buy a defibrillator for Hatton Park which has the potential to benefit the whole community.
Part of the fund raising is an application to the Aviva Community fund. Grants from this fund are allocated on the number of votes cast for a project. To vote for the project you need to register, which is free. Please do cast your vote!
Voting closes on November 21 at midday. Here is the link...
Christmas Fayre for the Hatton Park Defibrillator
Hatton Park WI are also raising funds by hosting Christmas Fayre, so please do support this excellent cause. There will be:
Gifts and cards
Raffle and Tombola
Tea, cake and seasonal goodies
Sunday 3rd December 11am - 3pm Hatton Park Village Hall (CV35 7TR)
With best wishes for a lovely weekend,
Tracey Webb, Deputy Headteacher