End of year celebration 2017
End of year celebration letter 2017
Dear parents and carers,
It is a tradition to celebrate some of the achievements of the last school year at St Peter’s. As usual, it’s been jam-packed full of fun and exciting learning for everyone.
Growing together, in mind body and spirit
The staff at the school have been working very hard to improve their subject knowledge, and understand the best methods to help children learn. This has resulted in more children reaching the expected standard for their age.
Outside of the core subjects, we have continued to provide a curriculum embedded in our locality, with as many playful experiences as possible. Once again, the children have been on an incredible number of trips, and have had some wonderful visitors into school. We’ve seen pirates, vikings and space domes! We’ve had dressing up days, science days and the odd treat here and there. Year 6 and Year 4 have also been on very fun residentials to London and Escot respectively.
The school continues to grow in popularity, which is important in these financially difficult times. We now have 18 children on our waiting list (and growing!) plus a thriving nursery that is also oversubscribed.
The arts side of the school has seen some lovely Christmas performances. The year 6s also put on a brilliant musical concert last week. Our music groups continue to perform at different venues, including the care homes in Budleigh. There has been a huge growth in the number of children learning instruments, and we have also seen the creation of a new big band- Budleigh Brass led by Mr Gould. The children have also been expressing themselves in art, with paintings and ceramics. We have some nice new artwork to show off in the hall.
On the sports side of the school, participation rates in clubs and festivals remains very high. We have also had a lot of regional success as well, representing East Devon in many competitions. We retained our Aquathon title for the third year running, and our cycling title for the second. It is also lovely to see how many awards the children are winning outside of school and showing off in our Friday assemblies. Our Sports days seem to get better each year too. There was a lovely mix of inclusion and competition this year.
Our fantastic PTA provided two of the highlights of the year. Firstly, the very popular new play equipment was funded and installed this term. It is swarmed over every playtime! Secondly, the Christmas and Summer fayres go from strength to strength. We are very lucky to have such a committed PTA – thank you!
We are three years into our journey now. It is fair to say it has been hard work, but we are quickly becoming a very good school. I feel very proud to offer a school that has a fantastic and dedicated staff team. You won’t know just how much training they’ve absorbed! Congratulations to our newest members, including Mr Murray who has successfully passed his first year of teaching with us. We also have great premises, including our wonderful swimming pool. We are very lucky to have some specialist teachers and teaching assistants that make a real impact with the children. There aren’t many schools that can offer an Emotional Well-being or Dyslexia teacher. The children also have more access to sports and music than most schools I know. We are so well supported by our community in Budleigh and our PTA.
We really are a privileged school.
All of these things were recognised in our recent inspection. We have a successful curriculum, very good feedback from staff, parents and pupils, a blossoming new leadership team and have engaged very well with our community.
We now have to rigorously pursue higher expectations and see our standards continue to rise in every area. It is an exciting time to be at the school, as we continue on our journey to become a ‘great’ school.
Awards and thank you
Congratulations to everyone who has won an award this year. We wanted to reward everyone, so all the children have been given a special treat this afternoon to say well done for all their hard work.
Well done to Mrs Broad. She was awarded a ‘Specialist Leader of Education’ distinction this year, in recognition of all her expertise and knowledge of the Early Years.
A massive thank you to all the parents and carers that support their children with the endless tide of reading, spellings, maths and other school work. We appreciate the support you give to the school, particularly in this very trying time where we are expected to do more with less resources. We also want to add a thank you to all of our volunteers and highly skilled parents who have offered their expertise and given up their own time to enhance and support children’s learning; ranging from Spanish lessons in Willow and Nursery to a Careers Fayre in KS2.
Have a lovely Summer break and we’ll see you all back in September (except for year 6: good luck at Secondary school!)
Steve and the St Peter’s team
We are fundraising to have a school library!
St Peter’s School Library Campaign
We are in desperate need of a school library and intervention space.
St Peter’s Church of England school in Budleigh Salterton is looking to convert the old ‘Carousel’ nursery building, based in the school grounds, into a much needed library and intervention space.
The school is having to raise £55,000 urgently to refurnish the building as well as improve the electrics, heating and layout, so the children can have access to books and educational materials, as well as a quiet space for staff and pupils to meet, away from the classrooms.
Steve Hitchcock, Headmaster of the school said: “Due to the pressures on space, we have been without a library for some time – and now we have the opportunity to provide a great space for not just the school but for the whole community’s use, for clubs, meetings room or just to use as a library. However, the timescales and financial implications are fairly high, and education budgets are continually being squeezed – so we are going to need help from external organisations and the local community if we are to get the building fit for purpose before September 2017, the beginning of the next school year.”
The school is starting the ‘St Peter’s School Library Campaign’ to help raise the funds, and the campaign which starts today, will involve:
- Applying to local organisations and charities for funding
- Local community events including the Summer Fayre and quiz nights
- A charity crowdfunding campaign to invite people from the school and the local community to support the build
Mr Hitchcock continued: “The crowdfunding site will recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations in a number of ways, for example £5 will buy you a book in your honour, £10 will buy a pot of paint, and £20 will buy some cables and so on. We hope that everyone in the area can feel a part of creating a space that will be enjoyed by local children for decades to come.”
How can you help?
We are crowd funding – so if you want to make a personal donation here is what to do: Visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/stpeterspta and pledge an amount.
We would like to recognise your generosity in the following way:
£5 x 200 Buy a book!
Our new library will need exciting, informative and interesting books for our bookshelves! Donate £5 and know that you have contributed to making reading fun!
£10 x 20 – Paint!
£10 will buy a tin of paint to decorate our library and make it a stimulating welcoming space
£20 x 100- Cables!
£20 will make us safe and get us online! Your donation will buy 5 metres of cabling for computer networks, wi-fi, burglar alarm and infrastructure work
£50 x20 – Furniture!
£50 will buy appealing comfortable furniture to make our library a cosy place to read, learn and spend time
£100 x20 Warmth!
£100 will make our library warm! Your donation will go towards much needed pipes and heating
£500 x8 Name a bookcase!
£500 will pay for a plaque with your individual or company name which will name one of our bookcases
£2,500 x3 – Name a room!
One of our new intervention rooms will be named after you or your business.
£15,000 – Name the library!
The library will be named in your honour and you will have the privilege of opening the library and cutting the ribbon!
Businesses can support in the same way as individuals. In addition, we have the following options for you to choose from:
£50 – a one-off advert in the school newsletter (sent to approx 300 Budleigh families and broadcast on our Facebook and Twitter page)
£100 – your logo/small advert will be added to our home-school diaries for the next school year. These are used every day by the children and families at our school (300 children).
£500 – as above, but a whole page advert.
Gym display snippets
Oscar for Ted!
Official opening of play equipment
A big thanks to everyone who has helped shape, create and fund raise for the play equipment that we officially opened today.
Special mentions to Jen Mills, Debbie McCaffery, Anna Akers, Lorraine Ralph from the PTA; Bev Lindley for the enormous amount of money she raised; everyone that donated, especially the Norman’s trust and the Budleigh Lions; and anyone else that I missed!
Thank you also to Killer and the gym squads for putting on a great performance in the hall too.
All pics below.
Celebration assembly 2017
Well done to all our award winners from our special end of year assembly. Thanks to our guest of honour, Jen Mills, for presenting the awards.
A big thanks to our PTA for all their support this year.
Marco Del Piccolo
- Music. Thomas Eaves and Elliot Morgan
- Art. Cleo
- Sports Personality: Maybel Gillingham (part of winning or medal team for Aquathon, Go Ride Cycling, Devon School Games Hockey, Gymnastics) and Josie Lamour (part of winning or medal team for Go Ride Cycling, Devon School Games Hockey, Gymnastics)
- Team of the year. East Devon Aquathon Team – Nate James, Cerys Morgan, Maybel Gillingham, Fin Cotton
- Reading: Sky Wills
- Friendship (Astrid’s award) Chelsea Roffey
Awards this week
Year 5 beach day
On Thursday 6th July, Year 5 pupils visited Orcombe point for a day of activities with Red Rock Leisure. It was a brilliant day, made even better by the fine weather. Children got to try paddle boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm and pride as they learnt these new skills. We also had lots of fun on the beach, playing games and tug of war, having a sandcastle building competition and paddling in the sea. For those who left keen for more, Red Rock Leisure hire their boards and kayaks as well as offering Beach Club Days http://www.
A carrot piano and xylophones!
Our amazing project with Take Art is nearly at an end but what the staff and children will take from the experience is just beginning. It has been wonderful to watch the children explore and be so creative with this project. We have seen all of our youngest children fully engaged. They all think they have invented the carrot piano and have composed their own pieces of music. Which they rightly have, we are off to patent it in case it catches on!