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A Time for Remembrance

Posted: 11/11/21
Adrian Massey

Good morning everyone, An auspicious day today with Remembrance. The eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I know everyone will find time today to remember the fallen. Our Trust English Lead Dani Towe has pulled together the two projects outlined below for our schools to be represented in France to commemorate Wilfred Owen and his poetry from the First World War; as well working with The Eden Project to allow our children’s work to be seen at COP26. Big projects to extend thinking and learning for the children and us as staff. Thank you to the school staff involved - you have put Bridge Schools out there on the world stage, demonstrating our commitment to these important issues

Poetry and poppies across the seas - Wilfred Owen Poetry Project: Linking Cornwall to Ors, France:

Last week, poetry created by pupils at Polperro Primary Academy and St Cleer Primary Academy was celebrated in a very special international project led by Dani and Sally Crabtree (international poet and official ambassador for National Poetry Day). Sally took the poems to be exhibited at the Wilfred Owen Museum in Ors, (see below) which is built upon the site of the forester’s house where Wilfred Owen hid in the cellar and wrote his last letter home to his mother the night before he was shot in 1917. The poetry also formed part of a special commemorative ceremony for the lead up to Remembrance Day. French pupils read out some of the poems in an evening concert attended by the local mayor, those serving in the forces and members of the Wilfred Owen Museum. The poems focus on the experiences of the soldiers in the trenches in World War 1 and are inspired by learning about Wilfred Owen and reading the poems of the great war poets, who used poetry to record the events and emotions of that time. 

We are very proud of the children’s work; the project really has shown the importance of cultural exchanges and creativity within a global pandemic. Having helped to draw the project together with Sally, we have worked with teachers and students who have shown real talent and creativity, as well as great empathy for the feelings of those brave soldiers. It was wonderful that Sally stayed in touch from France, sending through photos and clips of the ceremony that could be seen by the pupils in each school. It is also testament to the resilience and courage we have seen in our schools over the past 2 years that we can still come together to mark these important occasions – from different schools, in different geographical areas – with students of different ages; united in their determination to express the reasons why we remember the most poignant moments in history, and are thankful. 

Whilst all 90 poems from Bridge Schools are now in France on exhibition, Sally also judged the top 3 entries from each school and the winners will receive their prizes later this week.



Our collaboration with Eden takes us to Glasgow’s COP26!


Following the success of our large-scale collaborative project with Eden in the lockdowns based on ‘The Lost Words’, Eden have since taken it to be showcased at the ‘mini Eden’ built for COP 26 in Glasgow.

Our young ‘Eden Ambassadors’ (from Wadebridge, St Cleer, Duloe and Polperro) are now ‘teaching’ children across the world how to research like scientists and write pieces or create illustrations that contain an environmental message. Bran Howell (Eden) who is attending the event with Sir Tim Smit, has been talking about and promoting our project to many this week, including the Chilean President (Photo 3 below) and Sky Youth News. The majority of the children who took part in the project during lockdown have also had their written work featured on the resource. Here is a reminder of the webpage on the Eden website featuring the Eden Ambassadors and the work of those who took part in writing or drawing a piece for the project last year: https://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/school-lesson-plans/found-words

We are all very proud of the work the children have produced and how articulately they conveyed the messages about conservation. 

Take some time today to remember and then reflect on those things in your life which make you feel fortunate.

Take care everyone.
Best wishes,
Adrian Massey - Chief Executive

 

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Friday 26 November

Posted: 26/11/21
Caroline Lucock


What a week – which added to what an end to last week! When I last wrote my blog, we had not yet seen the Girls who had gone to play in the County Championship Finals come back because they had made the finals. What an incredible achievement! They drew in the final (it was a very tense game I hear) but sadly, at the last post, were beaten on penalties. An amazing day was had by all though – and we definitely deserved our Silver medals for being the runners up. A very well done to Abi, Courtney, Sophia, Hettie, Zahra, Constance, Millie and Emily – you are all stars. 

I wrote last week to tell you about our entries into the Cornish Winter Fair and I am delighted to let you know that our Big Nursery entry of a Father Christmas Collage won FIRST PRIZE!  Hurrah! Please see the picture attached – you can definitely see why it won as it is spectacular.  

All Year Groups are now practising for our Christmas Festivities and we are really looking forward to welcoming parents into school for our first show (Reception and Years 1 and 2) on Tuesday 7th December. We are very excited and we know that you are going to absolutely LOVE it.  There are naughty sheep in it and everything… 

Next week sees the arrival of December (how did this happen?), and we are delighted to start welcoming Christmas Cards from pupils to other pupils and staff into school on Wednesday 1 December. All cards need to be in by Friday 10 December please, so that we can let them rest before sorting them and hand-delivering them to their intended classrooms (not sure how else we were going to deliver them, but it sounds good). Wednesday 1 December also sees our Reception, Year One and Two Cinema Trip to see Croods 2. Please make sure that you have paid your £2.50 into your child’s ParentPay account in order for your child to attend. Thank you! 

Shining Stars this week were for excellent topic work.  We had some absolutely superstars up to collect their certificates today and as ever, it is so lovely to see just how much enjoyment so many get out of their learning. Staff Shining Stars were awarded to Mrs Young in Year 3 for her constant and invaluable support to everyone, for being, here, there and everywhere with a smile on her face and for her determination that every child in Year 3 will succeed. She really is second to none and we are so grateful that she is part of our WPA Team. Mrs Clayson was nominated by lots of pupils and staff this week for her constant cheerfulness, her manner and helpfulness to everyone and for always being excellent. She really is a vital part of the whole school team and is much loved. 

We also had a very exciting event this week – Wadebridge Primary Academy turned 30 this year and we celebrated by having a tea party for the present and past staff. We have three, yes, three members of staff who started with the school still working with us and it was SO lovely to be able to celebrate both their time here and the school’s 30-year milestone. A huge well done to Mrs Berridge, Miss Divall and Mrs Buckingham for looking SO good after 30 years of service. What a great team that we have; we are VERY lucky. 

A couple of reminders and notices to finish with: 

FOWPA CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
The FOWPA Christmas Raffle tickets are now in circulation. If you have not seen the raffle prize list, please do look on Facebook (it will be on the website soon too), but do know that it is actually terrific and is still growing! If you would like any extra tickets, please contact the school office and please return the ticket stubs (with your name and telephone number on them) and money in an envelope to the school office no later than Monday 7th December in order for your tickets to be entered into the raffle. This enables all of the raffle tickets to be sorted and put into the tombola for the draw on Friday 10th December.

WRITE TO FATHER CHRISTMAS
We were sent this reminder by a parent who works in the Post Office and we just thought it was worth sharing: 

Write To Santa | Christmas Letter | Post Office
Send your letter or card to Santa by Friday 10 December 
Things are heating up at the North Pole! It’s Santa’s busy time, of course, and if you want to get your presents onto the sleigh in time then you’ll need to post your letter to Father Christmas by 10 December 2021.  

With the elves busy making toys, the reindeer limbering up for the big night and Father Christmas buying a new belt in preparation for all those mince pies, now’s the perfect time to have a good think about what you want and get your letter to his candy cane post box in plenty of time.  

When you’ve written your letter, just post it to:  
Santa Claus/Father Christmas 
Santa’s Grotto
Reindeerland
XM4 5HQ  

Remember to: 
Write the address on the envelope clearly and pop a stamp on it
Put your full name and address in your letter so Santa knows where to send his reply 
Pop it in your nearest post box before Friday 10 December

LEISURE CENTRE CLOSURE PROTEST
The second public protest against the closure of Wadebridge Leisure Centre takes place on Tuesday 30 November. Please see my email of yesterday of what to do if you would like to take your child to the protest and make sure that you let us know so that we can mark your absence accordingly. If you do attend, please remember to be back in school by lunchtime at the latest for afternoon school. 

It looks to be a busy and blustery weekend so please take good care and we look forward to seeing you on Monday. 

Kindest regards
Ms Whitlock

 

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