News and Events
The Alfoxton Class have been very busy this Autumn Term. One student said "We have been learning lots about the area we live. In geography we have learned all about the Quantocks." In art the students have been making print images of Stogursey using stamps and ink and they have been thinking about what Stogursey was like in the past. A student said "it was black and white!". The students also discovered the reason why certain things are the way they are in the village, one student said, "In the olden days the postboxes were high up so you didn't have to get off your horse to post your letters."
Welcome to New Staff
Stogursey have welcomed some new staff recently. Caren Egan has been seconded from Bridgwater and Taunton College to run their Pre-School up until the end of this term. Caren is very experience and has been getting to know the children and parents in Pre-school. Caren will also be joined by Kate Barrett on Mondays-Wednesdays and Leanne Hill on Thursdays and Fridays.
Caren and her staff have already made a positive impact on the Pre-school by reintroducing the Forest School with the hope that this can be extended across the school making better use of our wonderful outdoor space.
Stogursey school have already gained so much from this arrangement but hope to have permanent arrangements in place for January.
Three students from Haygrove School have been chosen to be part of the Bridgwater Town Youth Forum which is a forum for young people to tell councillors their views and opinions on a range of local, regional and national concerns and determine projects for future funding.
Year 10 students, from left to right, Imogen Sparks, Amelia Cadmore and Kaylem Higgins were selected for the Youth Forum by teacher and Director of International Studies, Mrs Kirsty Collinge, because of their commitment as school Global Goals Leaders who are tasked with raising awareness amongst students of two key global goals: gender equality and climate action.
“These three young people have been so enthusiastic as leaders and very vocal in their views on these two important global issues that they were the natural choice when I was contacted to nominate Haygrove students to the Youth Forum, “ said Mrs Collinge.
Student Voices to be Heard by Council
The Quantock Hills
Year 5 students from Stogursey CE Primary School went on a trip to Ranscombe on the Quantocks. The children created art work with things they could find such as sticks, twigs and leaves. The children commented on how relaxing it was listening to the birds tweeting and the trees swooshing. In the afternoon the year 5's went for a walk on the hills whilst listening to Claire, who is a ranger at Ranscombe, tell her local stories, which included The Gurt Worm, The Emerald Dragon, The Black Dog and the Oak Tree.
Spaxton C of E School have been very busy so far this Autumn Term. They are celebrating their value 'Protect' and have kicked it all off with a holistic afternoon looking at protection of themselves, their friends, their community and the world. The children have also brought produce for their harvest service which has been donated to Bridgwater food bank as they discuss protecting those who need help.
Over 800 people have visited Haygrove School over the past fortnight for their open mornings and open evening. Each school department put on a wonderful selection of activities, games and demonstrations for the visiting primary school children and their families to get involved with. There were science experiments, a chance to cook your own pizza, fitness challenges, the opportunity to create a piece of art, language quizzes, maths puzzles and the English department was transformed into Harry Potter world for the evening.
Fire Safety Talk
Alfoxton and Beacon class had a visit from the Fire Brigade this week. Firefighter, Leigh, spoke to the children about being safe around fires and what to do in an emergency. The children also got the opportunity to try on the fire fighters uniform.
School Leaders Appointed
Two teams of student leaders have been appointed at Haygrove School whose role is to work with staff on school issues and act as role models and mentors for younger students.
School leaders are also there to ensure the student voice is heard and that their feedback and ideas are taken into account when school projects are being planned.
All of the Year 10 and 11 students taking on these roles will gain new skills which they can use in the future and give them experience of supporting and helping others and leading by example.
Parents Visit Our Classrooms
As part of Stogursey Primary School's presentation and expectations mini-topic to start the term off, the children invited their parents and carers into class to look at work they are proud of from the first fortnight back. The work on show included a model made from junk, lots of drawings and paintings alongside writing and maths work. Some of the children talked about how they are improving their handwriting and others showed how they were expanding their vocabulary of colours. Parents seemed very happy by what they saw and it was a great chance for children to present to a real audience.
First conference a huge success
The first QET conference 'Building Character, Shaping Futures' took place on 24 October 2019 at the McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater. Two prestigious guest speakers, Mr Andy Wolfe (Deputy Chief Education Officer for the Church of England) and Professor Dame Alison Peacock who is a prominent educationalist, public speaker, writer and Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, inspired staff from the QET partner schools with their thoughts and experiences and students from all the schools took part in an opening performance demonstrating their talent and teamwork.
View photos from the conference
Fri 29 November, 6.30 pm
Christmas Shopping Evening
Wed 11 December, 2pm
Mon 16 December
Christmas Hamper Day
Tue 17 December
Thur 19 December, mid-day
School Christmas Lunch
Thur 19 December, 6pm
Church Service at St Andrew's Church
Fri 20 December, 2pm
Christingle at St Andrew's Church