Newsletter Issue 1


FRIDAY 15th September 2017

welcome back!

It has been a very busy start to the new term and everyone is refreshed and ready to start another year of exciting learning. It is always lovely to hear how the children have enjoyed the summer holiday and are settling into their new classrooms.  Along with the new Reception children who have joined Hatton Class we have some new members of staff joining our family.

Mrs Seal is our new teacher in Haseley Class (Year 1), Mrs Steer joins Honiley Class (Year 2) as one of their teachers, Mrs Foss is teaching Shrewley Class (Year 4) and Ms Houlihan has joined Lowsonford Class (Year 6) for part of the week. 

Please do take some time to look at the class pages on the school website -

Under the 'Curriculum' section you will find information relating to all seven of our classes. There is an overview of the learning planned for this term and photos of some of the new faces to Ferncumbe. 

upcoming diary dates

May I remind you to refer to the bottom of the home page on the website for an interactive calendar of important dates throughout the academic year. These dates include INSET days, term dates, class assemblies, Christmas plays, parents' evenings etc. 


The Friends have been busy organising our annual barbeque, which will take place this evening, Friday 15th September, from 6 - 8pm on the school playground. This fantastic event is always extremely well attended. It is such a pleasure to catch up with members of the Ferncumbe Family, both old and new. I hope to see you there!

school council's first meeting of the year 


Our new School Council representatives have been elected and held their first meeting of the new academic year last Thursday. Year 6 comprise the committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Publicity Officer and Treasurer) and there are also elected members from each class. School Council is of high priority in school and one of the means by which pupils’ ideas, comments and suggestions are clearly heard. Meetings are held fortnightly and at this week's meeting, amongst other things, the children discussed the need for a new school sign and Friday lunchtime food choices. Please do have a look at their notice board in the corridor for further information, the upkeep of which is maintained by the children!

Flute/Clarinet lessons


We are lucky to have a few extra places available for children in Years 3-6 to have flute or clarinet lessons. Please contact the school office for further details if you are interested.

governor election

We currently have a parent governor vacancy. Information has been sent out to all parents so please do check your emails for further information if you think you might be interested in the role.

Maths homework


You will have been emailed a letter this week regarding the online Mathletics homework that we ask children in Years 1-6 to complete at home. The parent guide is especially useful - we look forward to children earning lots of points and gaining certificates! We do understand that there are sometimes occasions when the homework cannot be accessed at home, so children can complete tasks at school when the need arises.

 Stepping Stones Triple P course


We have been asked to highlight a parenting course to be held at Woodloes School this Autumn, from 6 - 8.30 p,m, starting on Thursday 21st September 2017.  The Stepping Stones Triple P course can help with

  • effective parenting strategies for children 0-12;

  • your child’s development;

  • behaviour problems;

  • and other parenting issues.

Further information, contact and sign-up details can be found via the following link...

Polite request to all motorists


Please can we ask all parents and visitors to our school to turn their engines off when waiting in their cars. Idling cars can produce up to twice the exhaust fumes of a car in motion, releasing a range of toxic air pollutants into our environment, right at the level of our children’s heads. It is illegal under the Highway Code to idle when parked for more than a few minutes. Thank you very much for your support.

Mrs Grier

congratulations saranne

Congratulations to Saranne who, over the Summer, was the UK winner of a worldwide Lego competition held on the Lego Life app. The award was for her Lego Friends 'secret hideaway' creation, which she designed and built herself. As you can imagine there were lots of entries and Saranne's winning prize was a suitcase full of Lego Friends sets - how fantastic!


Poppy Making Event


11am to 3.30pm, Saturday 7th October

Fusilier Museum, St John’s House, Warwick, CV34 4NF

Join in the fun whatever your age and abilities to make poppies for the St Mary’s Church commemorative poppy 2018 installation. Have a go – knit, crochet, felt or paper poppies in a friendly atmosphere. FREE event.  

Tel: 01926 491653

Best wishes for a lovely weekend,

Tracey Webb, Deputy Headteacher



Staff Ferncumbe