World of Woodland Issue 35
This month's value is: HOPE. February will be HUMOUR
Christmas seems like a distant memory and our new term is already in its third week—but this is my first opportunity to wish all our parents a ‘Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017.’ Our monthly value focus is on ‘hope’ - my hope is for an excellent year for all!
Our PTA treated every child to a free swim at the Oasis Beach Pool, Bedford, last week—fast becoming a big hit with our pupils. The PTA have decided to make this an annual event, which is a lovely gesture. The next PTA event is the Valentine disco on Thursday 9 February: the invitation letter will come out a few days prior so put the date in your diary.
We welcomed three new staff this January. Mrs MacKenzie and Mrs Sammons joined our Teaching Assistant team and Mrs Wilshaw joined us as a Cover Supervisor—best wishes for your first term at Woodland.
Last term we had our very first staff panto, directed by Mrs Payne and featuring a glaxy of starring staff. It will be some time before our stage is graced by fairer beauty than the ugly sisters, pictured. Our Music department is staging Annie at Easter and Grease in the Summer. Rehearsals for Annie are well underway with Miss Bryan and auditions are now taking place for Grease with Mrs Hardacre.
Our Sports department have had a busy January already with the trip to the National Basketball finals, a huge representation at the District Cross Country Championships and hosting the former UK and World BMX champion, Mike Mullen, for a masterclass.
Our Maths and English departments have successfully introduced a new online bespoke tutoring package in an extra hour of lessons for over a hundred pupils—spread over Monday-Thursday evenings. The new tutoring package is for all abilities but designed to help those who can, progress further and faster. It is called Success Maker and, if your child has been offered a place but you have not responded, please do so to secure a place for your child. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If you have not received information this term by text message then you’re missing out on communications. Please alert email@example.com if your mobile number has changed. Remember, in the event of school closure due to bad weather, you will hear first via text. School closure is also announced via Twitter, our website and on the Central Beds SOS webpage and alert system.
Year 8 pupils are nearly ready for their trip to Calshot in the week commencing 30 January. This residential trip will include a visit to the Mary Rose and HMS Victory, trawling in the Solent, learning to ski and cycling in a velodrome as well as studies on coastal and river processes and the eco system of The Channel. Parents, do follow the trip daily on our Twitter account @WoodlandAcademy.
Although the weeks before and after Christmas have been ‘parents’ evening season’ (Y5 coming this week) please be aware that you do not have to wait for a parents’ evening if you wish to raise a query. Our staff can be contacted directly by email: if you need an address please see the website or ask the office.
And finally, best wishes for 2017 to all the pupils, parents and staff—I hope for great happiness, good health and success for you all.
On Friday 6 January, a team from Woodland competed in a Unihoc competition held at the Bunyan Centre. Con- gratulations to the pupils below who came joint 3rd and 7th (2 teams). A special mention to Faith Smith who won a certificate for showing the value of respect by volunteering to join another school as they were a player short. Well done!
Megan Andrews, Honey Hounsell, Bobby Harris, Evie Head, Cowen Feeley, James Smith, Faith Smith, Lily Carr.
38 pupils from year 6, 7 & 8 travelled to Lincroft Middle School on 17 January to compete in the annual Bed- fordia cross country championship. There were 26 schools competing with over 150 pupils in each event. The course for the event was a lap of the school field followed by a lap of the farmer’s field. The distances pupils ran varied between 2000m and 3000m. All pupils who took part ran exceptionally well, pushing themselves right to the end. Pupils were selected for the event after finishing in the top 8 of their year group in the house competition. Well done to all who took part Abigail Emery, Amalie-Rose Weston-Murray, Callum Beer, Callum Howe, Christopher Tew, Fran cesca Baber (finished 35th), Harry Moore, James Newell, Jawdan Chang, Natalie Baker (finished 68th), Paige Walker, Sienna Sanchez, Sophie Tucker, Tom Perez-Bourne (finished 40th), Cam Saunders, Antony Antoniou, Charlie Brooker, Edith Napper, Ella Stapleton (finished 63rd) , Harry Jones, Imogen Chesterton (finished 49th), Jake Doherty (finished 61st), Katie Bavister (finished 74th), Maia Shorley, Ronnie Sandford (finished 50th), Theo Torres-McLeay, Aleisha Watson, Chanice Olive-Ashton, Daisy Tyler, Elliot Bierton, Ewan Brennan, Flo Free- man, Imogen Alder-Chapman, Leanne Howe (finished 57th), Louis Kay, Louise Holman, Luke Cox and Maddy Ferris.
Please continue to send in any unwanted charity plastic bags to the front oﬃce for Mr New’s eco warriors!
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