NEWS AND EVENTS
OFSTED Report – The report from our Inspection on 16th January is now on our website. The school remains good and staff and governors are delighted with the content of the report. Please see Mrs. Courts if you would like a copy. http://www.blackwater.cornwall.sch.uk/information-for-parents
Thanks to all parents who made a contribution either in person, via parent view or over the telephone.
2018 class 4 year 6 children had the privilege of attending Writers Block. The Writers Block was created by writers, artists and carpenters to be a space that would encourage and foster creative writing. I was thrilled to be able to join the children and experience the well thought out inspirational areas that brought out the creative imaginative stories that yr6 children produced. All the sessions were run by professional writers, many of whom are also trained teachers.
Last Wednesday 27th June ( it was fitting because Wed 27th was National Writing Day) several of class 4 children attended an evening at The Writers Block where they were able to show their parents the rooms, props and spaces that they had used in the weeks that they attended. After touring the writer’s Block there was a chance to hear a couple of stories and poetry from two children from Crowan School and Blackwater children Keera and Kealan. Keera’s story was read beautifully by one of the writers and Kealan read his own story. Well done to all, it is not easy to stand and read aloud before so many.
Miss Sedgeman thanked the team for all the amazing sessions, expressing how much year 6 enjoyed the time they spent in the Writers Block. Mr Wilson also expressed his thanks and has ordered books for the school. He believes it will be wonderful, for all future children to read and be inspired. Everyone has a story to tell. Achieving their potential is pleasing to themselves and to us as teachers.
Many thanks were given to all involved, in particular Annamaria Murphy, Wyoming Menmuir, Rebecca Gregson and Penny Gunter. All supported by Story republicans Connie Crosby, Jo Lumber, Katie Kirk, Olivia Lowry and Betty Davies. A special thanks to Hannah Vaughan at TJInternational from Padstow who made the book happen.
Following the presentation of the books to the children we were asked to have our group photo taken which I believe they hope to have in The West Britain.
Artist of the term - Barbara Hepworth - Positive
Composer of the term - Kate Bush
Author of the term - Aaron Blabey. Children commented on how motivational his books are for some children who rarely enjoy reading.
No-One is to climb on trees in the school fields.
PORTHPEAN - Meeting Friday 22nd June in class 4 at 3.15
Library – The library will be open each lunchtime from 12.45 – 1.15 and also after school on Monday and Thursday from 3.15 to 3.45. Many thanks to Mrs Burton and other Blackwater staff for running the library and also to our fantastic librarians – Marlie, Freya, Lucy and Savanna for giving up their time.
Pond Area – Many thanks to Beth Chapman and family for clearing the area over Easter. We have a wish list – please see myself, Beth or Mrs. Keane if you are able to help in any way.
Holidays and INSET Days 2018 / 19 – We will be having the holidays as recommended by Cornwall Local Authority, link below:
In addition, we will be having our 5 INSET Days (Staff only) on:
Tuesday 4th September
Wednesday 5th September
Monday 29th October
Tuesday 30th October
Monday 7th January
School will be closed to children on these days.
City of Lights
A huge thank you to children, parents and staff who attended on Wednesday evening. It started off with a hail storm where we got absolutely soaked and frozen, but shaped up to be a very enjoyable evening. Truro High provided some homemade flapjack while we were waiting to begin the parade. Some children were also interviewed by a journalist from ITV. We will keep our eyes peeled to see if we made the news.
Considering it was quite windy, our lanterns did well. Some children’s lanterns stayed lit for the entire parade! It was a fantastic atmosphere in Truro and the setting was stunning. The moon really added to all the fantastic lit up creations being displayed. It was a fab evening with lots of smiling and laughter.
School council think that bullying is:
Repeatedly being mean in any way
Trying to upset somebody deliberately
Getting other people involved to make people feel bad in any way
Not stopping something mean when asked (even if you don’t think it is mean)
School council think that:
Rough play is not bullying
Being mean once is not bullying
School council understand that:
There will be 4 members of staff with hi Vis vests on duty in separate areas of the playground or field each lunchtime and break time
CCTV will be reviewed if there is an incident of perceived bullying
School will hold and anti-bullying day including workshops for children and parents ASAP.
Class 4 pet – Class 4 will be raising money to purchase and care for a class pet, a tortoise. Please can you let me know URGENTLY if your child has an allergy to tortoises, or the food (veg / salad) that it will eat.
After School Provision – As a small school we are very proud of the after school clubs we offer, currently 15. However, this level of provision is becoming unsustainable and the fact that they do not start until the second full week of each term makes childcare complex for some families. Several families have been in discussion with me to see if we can offer a more “wrap around” approach.
We are currently in discussion with a company called Go-Active to try and offer a different approach including after school care for every school week of the year and perhaps until 6.00pm each day.
There is a letter from Go–Active attached to this newsletter. Please ensure it is completed and with Mrs. Courts by the 23rd November. They are being collected on the 24th. We are hoping to get the provision in place for the first week in January if there is sufficient demand.
Christingle 07/12/17 – Please join us for our annual Christingle on the afternoon of 7th December at Redruth Baptist Church. As usual we will aim to arrive for 1.45 and leave by 2.45 allowing the children to leave school at the usual time.
Special Visitor – Something special is coming to Blackwater School - 30th November 1.00pm
FLY (FAMILY LEARNING) Days – We will be increasing the number of open days / mornings / afternoons we offer – please try and come if possible. Further details will be announced nearer the time, but please see below:
10/11/17 – FLY Day – Science
24/01/18 – FLY Day Maths
05 and 06/02/18 – FLY Days – Islam
05/02/18 – FLY Day – Science (KS2)
TBC – FLY Day - Computing
01/03/18 – FLY Day – Reading
07/03/18 – FLY Day – Maths / Mastery
20/03/18 – FLY Day – Poetry
22/06/18 – FLY Day - French
3 x Maths assemblies for parents– 2.45 – 3.15: 14/11/17; 06/03/18; 19/06/18
Meet the teacher evenings x 3 in weeks of 02/10/17, 05/02/18 and 23/07/18
Y6 SATS parents evening – 25/09/17; 17/04/18
Science - Discussion 5: Why do birds never fall off their perches while sleeping?
Guided Reading Books – We are missing over 100 books – please can you have a look with your children at home – they will be labelled “Guided Reading” in the front.
Summer Fair - 14th July 2017 stating at 2pm till 4.00.
Class 4 to set up in the morning with Mrs. Springall. We are in need of helpers to set up and run the stalls on the day. Please could you see Mrs Springall if you can spare some time to support the fair. As always we will be having a raffle, donations of raffle prizes to be given to Mrs Springall. Donations for our tombola would be very welcome, could be unwanted gifts or toiletries as always anything goes! The children have requested a toy stall, so we thought a pre loved or outgrown toy stall would go down very well with an excuse to clear out the toy boxes. If anyone would like a stall or knows anyone who might like a stall please speak to either Mr Wilson or myself. And finally, cakes (bought in on the day) for our cake/refreshment stall, we have some fantastic bakers in our school community please feel free to share and raise much needed funds for the school.
POST ELECTION UPDATE: FAIR AND ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING
Please see extract from a letter below from the National Association of Head teachers
Following the general election outcome on 8 June, headteacher colleagues across the country and I felt that it is appropriate to contact you again regarding school funding to update on the current position.
The salient points are as follows:
Against this background, it is crucial that the new Government responds quickly and effectively to a growing crisis in our schools.
We are encouraged that following the election, the media have widely reported a recognition by the Prime Minister that our concerns “must be addressed”.
We remain concerned, however, that the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies recently stated that when rising student numbers and inflationary costs are taken in to account, an input of £4bn will still lead to a “real terms cut of 2.8% in per pupil funding between 2016 and 2022”. This represents a huge sum of money.
The only way for our cash-starved schools to function effectively is for proper investment – capital/buildings and revenue - to be made into existing schools. The Government must also avoid giving schools additional money through a new formula and then taking it back again through “hidden costs” and stealth taxes.
Along with headteachers from 17 counties stretching from Cornwall to Norfolk and many points in between, I am determined to work collaboratively to ensure fair and adequate school funding for every school is achieved. As such, headteachers will complete and encourage the following actions:
On behalf of 17 county areas:
Cardio Wall: School council was very positive about the cardio walls and delighted to hear that we will have them until the end of summer term in July. School council would like to have a cardio wall club. School council agreed a timetable for break time and lunchtime use:
Monday – Class 1 Tuesday – Class 2 Wednesday – Class 3
Thursday – Class 4 Friday – For rewards, competitions and staff.
Chris Wilson will organise pupil volunteers to be Cardio Leaders and supervise at lunchtimes and break times.
World Book Day: Unanimous agreement that World Book Day is a fun activity that helps children enjoy and improve reading. 100% agreement that we will take part in World Book Day next year.
School council voted on the best outfits, including 25 House Points and a golden sticker:
Class 1: Morwenna;
Class 2: Sam
Class 3: Savanna
Class 4: Keera
Staff: Mr. Twit (Not sure who it was, but children were “fairly” unanimous)
School Pond If anyone is pruning their Dogwood in the next few weeks, please would you put any cuttings of approx 1/2 metre or longer in the pond area and they will be added to the top of the field.
Cystic Fibrosis Black Tie Dinner and Dance – 3rd June 2017 at Tregenna Castle Hotel, St. Ives. 6.15pm – 12.00. Tickets are £35 including 3 course meal and glass of wine.
Please contact one of our parents via - firstname.lastname@example.org
26th January 2017
Today the children have been planting trees in the top corner of the playing field. Probably the coldest day of this years winter, yet all children wrapped up and shared the experience.
George Royle, Julia (Harrison and Perran's mum) and her dad, Gareth, along with Beth Chapman helped with the planting.