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World of Woodland Issue 54

This month’s value is:  Caring

Welcome to the Summer Term! Blazing sunshine last week and hail stones this week suggest that all 4 seasons are still possible!  The final term of the year has so much going on, so key dates are overleaf for you to update your diary.

Over Easter, Woodland and Alameda ran our third joint ski trip, but our first ever to USA.  The pupils tell us they had a fantastic time, enjoying the skiing, deep snow, the food, English speaking instruction and of course the NYC experience.  Here are some shots of the trip.  We are currently planning a trip for 2019 to either Italy or France with a visit to Disneyland Paris on the way home.  A letter will come out soon.


Our School Parliament had a trip last week to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.  They were learning about our democracy as well as the rights to vote and how to influence change.  Our parliament is led by Mrs Watson and Mrs Ashby our Values Leaders who also make sure that we focus on the important values like this month’s focus Care.

 Year 8 Macbeth Performance
On Thursday our Y8 pupils had a rare treat being able to watch a live performance of Macbeth from the Royal Shakespeare Company, co-ordinated by  our new English Leader Mrs Packman. Mrs Packman is also instrumental in the Ampthill Litfest this weekend, so I would like to wish her lots of success!

Welcome to the SEN Department
We would like to welcome Mrs Samantha Auburn to our SEN team as our new administrator.  All enquiries regarding SEN can be made through her now by calling the school and selecting the SEN office option or by emailing auburns@woodlandacademy.co.uk

 Year 6 SATS
The Year 6 SATs exams are taking place in May and we know that these external statutory tests can cause some  anxiety.  Preparation for them and a focus on Literacy and Numeracy (with other subjects on hold for a while) is happening now all around the country.  Your Y6 child once through the SATs will be off to PGL or Willen Lake and after half term will officially start the Y7 curriculum.  All the staff at Woodland want, is for each pupil to “be their best” but we also recognise that a test result for an 11-year old is absolutely meaningless by comparison to happiness, health, a love of school and being engaged.  So my message to all Y6 is try hard and know that we are all proud of the effort you show!

Finally, congratulations to Mr & Mrs Tate who announced the birth of their daughter Charlotte during Easter.  We welcome Mr Tate back after his paternity leave on Monday 30th April.

 Have a great Summer Term everyone!

Year 5 Football
This week  our Year 5 footballers won the Bedford District Championship, beating Robert Bloomfield 2-1. Congratulations to the team, - they really deserved it!



Redborne Partnership cricket
Woodland came 1st and  5th  in the Redborne  Partnership inclusive games  cricket on Monday 23rd April. Competing against 8 other teams.   Well  done to the team!



Year 7 & 8 Girls Cricket
Year  7 & 8  girls indoor cricket team travelled to Cambridge to take part in the regional finals.  First they played Leicester  and lost out by  25 runs. Cerys got an  excellent wicket when she kicked the ball towards Scarlet at the stumps for the ball to hit the stumps!  Second game they faced what we felt were our toughest opponents—the girls  got 7 of their team of 8 out and narrowly lost with a strong fielding and batting performance. Libby made an excellent one handed catch off the wall.  In their last pool game Woodland were     outstanding beating the Cambridge side by 30 runs.! Scarlet had to retire from batting and was brought back in for the last over.  Having won one game it mean we were out of the competition, however, the two teams that had beaten us made it through to the final with the Leicester team overall.

Madeline Tucker 7KJ  donated her long locks of hair to the Little Princesses Charity.  This charity  support children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses by providing real hair wigs. Well  done Madeleine for supporting such a valuable cause.


On 17th February at  the Flitwick Climbing Wall, Ben Pirie 6RL climbed 400 metres, which was a total of 400 climbs during a 12 hour fund raiser.  Ben was unstoppable and completed this mammoth task well within the time period.  Through the day Ben had to be reminded to stop and rest a while but sheer determination kept him going to raise money in memory of Lucy Green.


 7th May  -  May Day Bank Holiday

14th-18th May - Year 6 SATS Week

21st-25th May -  Year 6 Activity Week

 28th May-1st June - Half-Term Week

5th June - Year 8 Leavers Photo

6th June - Year 7 Go Global Trip

9th June - Flitwick Carnival (Pantastic)

14th June - World Cup Starts!

15th June - Year 5 Boulogne Trip

19th June - KS2 Sports Day

20th June - KS3 Sports Day

22nd June - Summer Fayre

28th June - Reserve Sports Day

29th June - Values Day

29th June - Amp Rocks

30th June - Give Blood at Woodland

6th June - Year 7 Drayton Manor Park Trip

9th-13th July - Mary Poppins Performances (KS3 Production)

12th-13th July - Year 4 at Woodland

13th July - Year 8 at Redborne

16th July - Year 4 Parents Evening

17th July - House Cup Winners BBQ

17th July - Summer Concert

19th July - Year 8 Leavers’ Assembly

19th July - Year 8 Prom Night

20th July - Year 8 Thorpe Park Trip

5th September - New Term Starts

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