Newsletter 3/14


Our new Head Boys and Head Girls have now been appointed.  They are:-

Matthew Dyer and Matthew Gabrielli

Tamara Newton and Phoebe Scott

It was a very difficult decision as this year we had so many applicants and I would like to thank all the other children who took time to apply and prepare for their interviews.  I was very impressed by the high quality of their applications.



Please note the following dates next year that school will be closed to pupils:-

Friday 6th March 2015—Staff Development Day

Thursday 7th May 2015—School is being used as a Polling Station



On Monday 29th September 2014 Cardwell and Simons will be in school to take individual photographs of every child in school.



Please remember After School Clubs start next week.  Children in Cooking Club for the first set of 4 weeks have already been informed.  When it is your child’s turn you will be contacted individually.  Thank you.



Please note on Thursday 2nd October 2014, Chartwells are holding a “special” Wild West menu day.  The menu will be Billy Bob’s hotdog in a bun, or veggie hotdog in a bun, home on the range fries, bunkhouse baked beans, hot onions, Pistol Pete’s peas and Jesse’s country corn.  For pudding there will be Western jelly and ice cream.  If your child is in Key Stage 1 they will receive this meal as part of the Universal Infant Free School Meal programme.  If your child is in Key Stage 2 and entitled to a free school meal they will also receive this meal.  Anyone else in Key Stage 2 can also purchase this “special” at a cost of £2.05.  If you have any queries please ask at the office.

In honour of this, we are having a “Wild West” dress up day on the same day, Thursday 2nd October 2014.  Children can come to school dressed as “cowboys” in checked shirts and jeans.  Please DO NOT send in children with guns or bows and arrows.  Thank you.



The following secondary schools have informed us of their open evenings for our current Year 6 pupils:-

Medina College—Tuesday 14th October 2014 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm with a theatre presentation at 6.15pm.

Carisbrooke College—Thursday 9th October 2014 between 5.00pm and 8.00pm.  There is a welcome and introduction from the Head Teacher at 6.30pm.

Cowes Enterprise College—Wednesday 1st October 2014 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Remember applications to secondary school must be made on-line by 31st October 2014.



There is a “Taster Weekend” at the Community Learning Centre, Westridge, Ryde on Saturday 4th October 2014 and Sunday 5th October 2014.  Sessions are £6.00 each or two for £10.00.  For full details contact the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult Community Learning Team on 817280 or visit  Sessions include 3D card making, edible flowers for cake decorating, getting to know the sewing machine.



Please remember that if you think your child or children are entitled to free school meals, you need to still apply for these.  If you are entitled then school receives extra funding in the form of “pupil premium”.  This is then used to support children in school, for example assistance with the cost of school trips.  If you think you may be entitled, please ask at the school office.



Damsons, sloes, hazels and much, much more!  Don’t miss our Autumn

Hedgerow Harvest Walks…

The Island’s hedgerows are packed to bursting with autumn fruit and nuts at this very moment – why not make the most of the season and join wild food expert Rowan Adams along with Natural Wight and the Tree Council in learning more about our Hedgerow Harvest.

The Tree Council are also collecting people’s memories of foraging hedgerows, particularly during World War II so please do get in touch if you know anyone who would be interested in sharing their knowledge as part of this fantastic oral history opportunity (

Dates for the Island’s tastiest walks are:

Sunday 28th September 3pm – 5pm – Carisbrooke.  Meet at the public car park on Carisbrooke High Street.

Sunday 5th October 3pm – 5pm – St Helen’s Duver. Meet at the Duver beach car park by the old church.

Sunday 12th October 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Ventnor. Meet at the public car park at the Eastern end of the Esplanade near Ventnor Haven – and the ecoloos!

To book a spot,  email

These are FREE events for all the family (with thanks to Spectrum, the Tree Council, East Wight Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund). Please note however that there are some stiles, uneven ground and a hill or two on the Carisbrooke and St Helen’s walks, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. (Sorry no dogs).



Find your way with a map and compass.  You will need a map, a compass, a destination and a whistle to let people know where you are.  Always work out where you are on the map before you even set off so you know you are starting in the right place.  It always helps if you hold the map the right way round!  You might also need to take an adult with you to help out.



It’s back! Our first newsreaders for this year are Hannah and Zach, and you can listen here.


The word of the week is assiduous.



All together now. Have a go at joining n with group activities!


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