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Last update: 2018-11-02

Times Tables Rock Stars – All children will be receiving user names and passwords which will give them access to a new online APP to help with learning maths times tables. You can download the free app at:

The site is free and secure, we understand that parents do have concerns about over use of electronic systems and security. Please see me with any concerns. We would recommend that children are on the site for no more than 10 minutes per day.


Books – Please see letter from Mrs. Burton regarding books for school.


Christmas Performance – Please note that we are changing both the format and venue for our annual Christmas performance this year. It will take place on Tuesday 11th December at 6.30 at St. Agnes Parish Church. Details of tickets and transport will be in future newsletters.


Sports News – All year 5 children will begin a weekly sports session at Truro College this Thursday. We are delighted to enhance our links with the college and, if successful, will hope to get other children involved during the year.

Reading – Our prime academic focus for the year will be on reading. Please can you encourage your children to swap books from on the cupboard in the entrance hall – very simply one book in = one book out.

Please can you also see me if you are able to offer any time volunteering hearing children read.

Sports News – I am in the process of arranging after school football and netball matches. Please watch this space for dates and times.

Health and Well-being news – Please note children will only be permitted to buy one piece of tuck, priced at 50p. Please can we again stress the importance of a healthy, well-balanced packed lunch.

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.

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.

  • anyone with time to help or ideas/ advice
  • cut logs for sitting on
  • weed mat to line the path (approx 6m)
  • rubber interlocking matting
  • logs/ long branches (whole or split) for edging borders or for sticking in the ground to divide areas
  • a round picnic table!!!!! (doesn't need seats)
  • nice bits of stone

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.



Wednesday 24th January - Maths Fly Day

Parents to be invited into school during their child's slot with NRICH

Hall to be used for all NRICH activities.

9-9.30 am - Reception/Year 1

9.35 - 10.15 am Year 2

10.20 - 10.45 Nursery


11-11.50 am  - Year 3/4 

1.15 - 2.15 pm - Year 5/6

2.15 - 2.45 pm - Year 6

2.45 - 3.15pm - Assembly - celebration of learning.

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.


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:

  • The Conservative manifesto pledged an additional £4bn to fund schools over the next five years
  • Schools across England are still awaiting a detailed announcement relating to the introduction of an urgently needed National Funding Formula
  • School funding – and severe teacher shortages – are having a profoundly negative effect on school provision. In a recent survey of over 750 Headteachers:
  • 45% confirmed that 2 or significantly more teaching posts are being cut from September 2017
  • 92% said school funding was ‘inadequate’ or ‘at crisis point’
  • 90% stated that recruitment was either ‘difficult’ or ‘extremely challenging’

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:

  • Make the strongest representations to local MPs to ensure that all our schools receive adequate funding. It is crucial that they use their unique influence to hold the government to account on behalf of every child and their families. (We are sending a copy of this update to our six MPs in Cornwall).
  • Continue to encourage parents and carers to campaign vigorously to secure adequate school funding. There are national and regional parental groups that are keen to gain your support. They include the group ‘Fair Funding for all Schools’:
  • Update all stakeholders regularly

On behalf of 17 county areas:


East Sussex














West Sussex





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.

Thank you.

Community News:

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.

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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. 

We were awarded 50 saplings by the Earth Restoration Service, which is a charity that is trying to help communities and schools etc plant more trees. Our selection consisted of native species including hornbeam, field maple, oak, willow, hazel, silver birch, wild cherry and sweet chesnut. Along with these we were able to plant 50 of the ones that Holly Keane recieved last year. The job is not complete yet as we still have about another 30+ of those to plant. Later this year we will also receive 60 more saplngs in March from the Woodland Trust.
The aim is to make the area more wildlife friendly. The species are selected by the organisations to provide various food sources and coverage for birds, insects and therefore other animals. It will in time create coverage between the school field and the new housing developments. As it grows it will probably be kept as hedging with some trees enabled to grow bigger. It may also provide opportunities for the children to study the habitat and be involved in its maintenance. Currently, all children who were at school last Thursday have planted a sapling with a friend. It was a very cold day but we tried to talk to the children about why we were doing it, about roots and how trees grow etc. The children were all very well behaved and thank you to staff for braving the cold! There will be more opportunities for planting if any want to do more.
We are also creating a Dogwood area which gives nice winter colour, these are from cuttings so any more donations welcome.
The top left corner of the field will not be mown this summer and left to grow wild without planting.

George Royle, Julia (Harrison and Perran's mum) and her dad, Gareth, along with Beth Chapman helped with the planting.