A round-up of the latest school news for week ending 16.12.2021
We would like to say a huge thank you to the PTA for organising the visit from Father Christmas. Also, thanks to Abi Partridge and Emma Moth for the amazing grotto. Attached to this newsletter is a video of the grotto, I am sure you will all agree it was really magical.
The raffle has now been drawn and the winners are:
Alison Hoddell Adult hamper
Emily Hands Adult hamper
Jonathon Carr Adult hamper
Clair Brown Child hamper
Sarah Hastings Child hamper
Kate Hobkirk Child hamper
Jenny Caulfield Child hamper
Alison Hoddell Hatton Country World voucher
Hannah Smith Stratford Butterfly Farm voucher
Alison Hoddell Stratford racecourse voucher
Rachel Davies Horse racing merchandise
Sarah Baker Horse racing merchandise
Lucy-Megan Reading New Inn voucher
Alison Hoddell JNB bouncebox voucher
Tanya Weaver Cocktails at Ronnie’s
Anne De Boer Cocktails at Ronnie’s
Kate Butler Red Lion voucher
Kirsty Strachan Shakespeare Distillery tour voucher
Jenny Mann Bottle of red wine
Kerry Cox 2 bottles white wine
Kate Butler 4 ball golf voucher
Alison Hoddell Ice cream voucher
Lucy Archer Paddleboard voucher for 2
Joe Carr The Warwickshire Health Club voucher
Linda Sparkes The Warwickshire Health Club
Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who donated a prize.
Prizes can be collected from the school office.
End of term message from our Chair of Governors
Parents, hello, my name is Mark Goossens and I’ve recently been elected as the new Chair of Governors. I live in Norton Lindsey (since 2007) and whilst I work full time, I wanted to contribute a bit more to the village that I call home. I’m taking over from Zanna Patchett, who has done a sterling job and who will continue to be a Governor, but needs to step down as Chair, as she can no longer afford the time commitment required to do the job well.
Firstly, I just wanted to let you know that I will be doing my best for the school to make it as good a place for our children’s education as I can. As Governors our overseeing roles are three-fold: The strategy, vision & purpose of the school. The performance of the school, staff & pupils. The finances of the school. On the latter of these, we certainly have some challenges as birth rates have declined and there is plenty of competition from schools around the area – to help solve this, our mission is to try to attract more children to the school. If we can attract just 6 more pupils across the school, on top of our reception intake of 15 pupils, it will fix the finances. Any encouragement that you can give to parents who are considering bringing their children to Wolverton would be greatly appreciated.
I also wanted to thank those of you that responded to the Governor’s Questionnaire – we received responses from 30 parents, the most we’ve ever had and it’s great to see that you care enough to provide feedback. The responses were pretty even across all year groups and across the 14 questions that we asked, you were pretty universal in feeling that the school is doing a good job. There were a couple of areas where we perhaps need to improve – questions 8 & 11, which were: “The after school care provision/clubs are high quality and caters for a range of pupil’s interests
“ & “The school takes account of children’s views (e.g. school council, annual pupil questionnaire, house meetings)”. There were also a load of personal comments from people, which are very helpful and I want to reassure you that all of these have been read and discussed at Governors meetings. Some of the suggestions are within our gift to fix. Some are trickier and often are limited by finances or resources. If anyone would like to directly contact the Governors, then please do feel free to do so – I’ve added my email address to the Governor’s page on the school website.
Finally, it falls upon me to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.
Yours sincerely, Mark Goossens
Chair of Governors, Wolverton School
Dress down day
Tomorrow is dress down day, children can come to school in non-uniform with a Christmas theme if they wish.
This is the last newsletter of the term, all the staff at Wolverton wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all back in school on Wednesday 5 January 2022.
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