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ISSUE 55 • july/august 2019

school dinner entitlement

school news

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WELCOME So here we are, summer is here again and I’m sure you’re all looking forward to a well deserved rest. For all the parents out there, summer can be a challenge, especially when you’re working and looking for things to do to keep the children amused, which is why we’ve filled this issue with some ideas to help keep them busy! There’s nothing better than seeing the kids enjoying themselves, but you don’t have to break the bank to have a good time this summer, hopefully our ideas will inspire you to make some great memories without having to spend a penny! When we next catch up, it’ll be September and the new school year will have started, so of course, we have a few hints and tips when it comes to booking places at nursery for your younger family members and a few other helpful bits of advice for the new term. From all of us here at Family Matters, we hope you have a wonderful summer break and we’ll see you on the other side.

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Summer days at Lacock Abbey Strike your best yoga pose, meditate, or simply smell the roses to take you away from a busy day and calm the mind. Improve your wellbeing with positive thoughts and feelings this summer in Lacock’s peaceful grounds on our Mindful Moments family trail. Artist Maggie Taylor returns to the Fox Talbot Museum’s gallery on 20 July with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired exhibition ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Downstairs in the Little Gallery, 100 ‘pencils’, handmade from antique photographs will be on display in the exhibition ‘Pencils of Nature’, by artist Tom Butler from 17 August. Summer holiday activities in our colourful Botanic garden return once again, more information about each week will be up on the website and our Facebook page soon. Find us at On Friday 2 August we present ‘Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves!’ one of Illyria’s most popular outdoor shows, adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights. Gates open at 6pm for picnics, the performance starts at 7pm.

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lp when friends fall o e h o t ut How So first you get over the hurdle of your child going off to school, then you have to deal with the competitive nature of the other parents and so and so gets more pocket money than me and then you have the never ending drama that is your child’s friendships. When your children enter primary school, your big fear is that they won’t like it, they won’t make friends, they won’t fit in, so finding out they have a group of friends is a big relief, until of course, the first childhood falling out happens. Sadly, friendship drama affects us all, whether we’re four and it’s all about Timmy saying he was your best friend but then giving Oliver the toy tractor before you or when you’re eight and Sophie ignored you and went to play with Claire instead. These dramas start young and continue throughout your life, sad, but true. While many of you may still consider the friends you made in childhood to be your bffs, there are just as many of us who can barely remember what a big deal those friendships and the subsequent fallings out were. For the kids though, this is what is happening to them right now and the first few times they experience it, it’s going to be hard to navigate. Obviously parents are going to be concerned about how their child is coping with these things, so here are a few ways you can help.

If your child comes home and says they have fallen out with the person they were best friends with the day before, don’t pass it off as nothing. This is a BIG DEAL to them, so be sure to listen, ask questions about the issue and empathise with them. We don’t want any “OMG she’s the worst!” but we do want “oh no, sorry to hear that, how did you feel when that happened?”. Not only does this help them get their emotions out and help them think about the situation, but it will show that they can come to you with problems in the future. You can ask how you can help, especially if it sounds to you like this is a bullying issue rather than a falling out, but don’t just jump in and try to fix the problem yourself. If you are concerned that it is a bullying problem, keep your eye on the situation and speak to the class teacher, but jumping in and talking to the other child or their parents, could make things worse if it is just a falling out. Keep the conversation with your child open and talk about their friendships and check in on them for any updates. Chances are they’ll be best buds again in a few days, but just in case it is something that is ongoing and becoming a problem, make sure you’re in the loop. Trying to keep up with who likes who and why and what so and so did to who is harder than dipping in and out of a soap opera, but it is important that your child knows they can count on you to help them navigate and feel confident in their friendships.

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CHOOSING THE right SECONDARY SCHOOL for As hard as it might be to accept that your little darling is no longer so little, you can’t put off your decision on which secondary school is most suited to them and can help shape them into an upstanding young member of the community. Selecting a secondary school is a big decision. There are many factors to take into consideration, some times more so than choosing a primary school, now you know a little more about your child’s interests, their strengths and weaknesses and their friendship groups. Plus there is the added issue of travel, is there a bus? Is it on route to work? Your child will also need a say in where they want to go to school and of course, the school has the choice of accepting or rejecting applications and for many of them, this is an equally tough criteria. There are postcodes, class spaces and more that can determine their decision, so we know how overwhelming the whole process can be. Don’t panic though, we’re here with some advice to make the whole thing as stress free as possible. Firstly, know when the deadline for applications is and get yourself sorted in advance. The deadline will depend on your local authority, which can be a minefield for those living on borders with more than one local authority or academy trust running nearby schools. As a general rule, it tends to be around October time for those in their final year of primary school, so if your child is in Year 6, the start of the school year is a good time to start thinking seriously about your options. Because of the time line of the application process, we’d recommend considering secondary schools while your child is still in Year 5. Schools have open days at different points in the year and some even have open days in the summer term, so you can always make an early start and find out more about your prospective schools well ahead of time. It's important to note that if you’re considering a grammar or selective school you’ll definitely need to start preparing by Year 5 at the latest. These schools have entrance exams in the summer for Year 5 pupils or September for Year 6 pupils, so the more preparation you can have for these the better. We’d recommend doing some online reconnaissance beforehand and making a note of all the admission deadlines and criteria, that way you can save a huge amount of time and stress as the time nears. Before you even start looking at individual schools, take a moment to consider your child and what their strengths and weaknesses are. You can then use this to help narrow down what kind of education would best suit them and give them the best start in their future career. If they’re highly academic a school that focuses on academic subjects would be a better idea. If they’re sporty, a sports academy which focuses on training would be worth looking into. Perhaps they’re more into practical skills or creative arts? If so, there are schools that cater for these subjects. Does your child need strong pastoral care or more educational support? Would they be happy at a co-ed or an all boys' or all girls' school? It can help if you and your child get together,


maybe with some input from their classroom teacher, to come up with a list of the key things you would like your first choice of secondary school to have. This can automatically cut down the list of schools for you to search through. You’ll probably already know a bit about the local secondary schools as your child progresses through primary, but it won’t hurt to check what options you have from your local authority, who will list all the state schools in the area and which ones are controlled by academy trusts. Schools run by an academy are free from local authority control and these generally consist of a selection of secondary and primary schools, so your child could stay within the same group of schools if you find that they are working well for you. You will need to check the routes and how it ties in with your morning routine, especially if you have other children you need to cater for. Once you’ve taken into account what schools are on offer and which ones are best for your child, you’ll need to look at the admission criteria. Each school has a different criteria and some are more particular than others, especially grammar and other select schools. Some nearby schools could have catchment areas that excludes your address, others might be oversubscribed. If you have your mind set on a faith school, your place will depend on how well subscribed it is from members of its religion, even if you are of the same denomination, it is worth confirming with the school what you will need to provide to them. Now you hopefully have a better idea of what schools are right for you and what you need to do to be considered for them, it's time to get into the real nitty gritty of the selection process. Take a look at the school’s Ofsted reports and think about how it could have gotten the results it did. You can then weigh up whether you want to keep it on your shortlist. League tables will also give some idea of how well a school performs, but these can be skewed as schools that are highly selective will naturally have higher results than schools that offer more support to those with additional needs. The reputation of the school is also something to consider, especially if you know parents of older children you can talk to. Underperforming schools can be easily turned around with staff changes, and of course, what works for someone else, might not necessarily work for you. You do need to consider what school your child feels more comfortable at as well. They’re likely to choose the same school as their peers, but this might not necessarily be a bad thing. Just as long as you keep the bigger picture in mind about their future.

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While many of you and your children’s teachers will encourage reading and some of your kids might even be taking part in summer reading challenges, there are many children who simply don’t enjoy reading. For some it’s because they haven’t found the right book, for others it’s because they struggle to make sense of the words and for some, they just prefer to watch stories play out rather than read about them. Not reading if you don’t want to is fine when it’s for fun, but when it’s to help benefit them at school, it can be a bit of a challenge. If you have a child that struggles with reading because of dyslexia or just generally being a bit reluctant to open a book, here are some tips to help them.

Find something that appeals to their interests There are a lot of books out there and while you might want them to pick up something academic, sometimes, the key to getting your child to read is all about finding them the right subject matter. Why not take them to the library and have them browse through some of the books on offer and see if anything interests them. Set aside some quiet time For kids that struggle with reading because they’re easily distracted or they need to concentrate, you can help them by making sure there is some time where the home is quiet. Turn off the TV and any music and maybe sit with them quietly and let them have a go at reading. That way you’re on hand to help if they get stuck with any words and you can monitor the volume around them to help them concentrate. Encourage them to talk about what they’re reading Sometimes it isn’t so much that they don’t want to read, it’s that they don’t really know how to arrange their thoughts when they are reading. Talk to your child about what they are reading, either at school or in their free time and discuss it with them. This can make them more eager to read other books that they can then also talk to you about. Make it fun You might love reading and think it is your ideal recreational activity, but for those that want to play video games or be on a tablet or phone, you will need to think a bit outside the box. Why not read with them taking it in turns to do each character in different voices or get them to act out scenes with you? Some children learn better by doing rather than reading, so it can help them get to grips with new words and understand different scenarios doing it this way.

It isn’t just about traditional books Why not have your child read out recipes or information to you from the paper or forms? It’s a sneaky way to get them reading and if they get stuck on a word, you’re on hand to help them.

Encourage them to swap books with their friends Book clubs aren’t just for adults and can be a great way to make sure your kids get to see their friends during school holidays, why not offer to host them one afternoon so that they can talk about the books they’re reading and swap others they’ve enjoyed.

Normalise reading For some, reading is just a school thing and not something they associate with doing in their free time. If you have the space, set up a family bookshelf with a variety of books on it. If they see you taking an interest in this shelf and reading books from it, they’ll follow suit.

Pick books with dyslexia friendly fonts With the raise in awareness of dyslexia and other conditions that can make reading difficult, publishers now produce a number of books with dyslexia friendly fonts and different coloured paper and printing which makes it easier for them to get to grips with it. See if your local library has access to these or if the school can recommend any.

Audio books Yes, getting children to read words and understand them is the key, but audio books are a completely valid medium to help them widen their vocabulary and get into reading. For children with sight problems or difficulty with reading, listening to an audio book can be a great way to get them involved in reading and story telling. Plus, many libraries now offer an audio book service where you can hire and download digital audio books much the same way as you can traditional books.

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1st July - 8th September Whitehall Beach Build your very own Sand Castle or laze by the sand on our deck chairs. Book online at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock. 1st July - 8th September Lauren Child: The Art of Illustration - Children go Free Go in search of Charlie and Lola and their friends, and discover trinkets and animals from Lauren Child’s stories in unusual and surprising places!, Holburne Museum, Bath 13th July - 1st September Whitehall Maize Maze Covering over 8 acres made from maize which can grow over 7ft tall. Open daily from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Book online at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock. 15th July - 8th September Are we there yet? It’s time to pack a picnic and join us for a nostalgic journey of summer holiday makers past! A nostalgic journey following the route holidaymakers have taken along the A303 heading west to the sun for seaside holidays. Haynes Motor Museum, Somerset. 20th July - 1st September Stone Age Summer Join us for a super summer of fun, we've got lots of exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations planned to help make the holidays extra exciting and educational! Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Cheddar. 20th July - 1st September Paint a Summer decoration Choose from a variety of wooden shapes and decorate it as you please! Barrington Court, Somerset.

20th July - 1st September Fairyland & Pirate Cove This Summer come and explore this magical world. Open daily from 10:00am - 4:30pm. £3.99 per person. Book online at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock. From 22nd July Tottington Hall comes to Montacute House Montacute House was the inspiration for Tottington Hall - the setting for Wallace and Gromit's adventures in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Check website for other dates throughout July, Aug and Sept. Montacute House,Somerset. 22nd July - 30th August Summer holiday crafts at Lacock These Monday - Friday summer holiday activities in our colourful Botanic Garden lets little explorers make the most of every second of sunshine. Lacock Abbey, Lacock. 24th July - 1st September Nostalgic Outdoor Summer Sports Make the most of the warmer weather, with a variety of familyfriendly sport activities taking place on Barrington’s south lawn and across the estate. Good fun that will put you through your paces! Barrington Court, Somerset. From the 30th July Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe There will be a different theme each week so your little ones can try something new each Tuesday. From meeting creepy crawlies to having a go at archery, Hestercombe, Somerset.

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20th - 21st July Civil War Weekend Join the Taunton Garrison at their Living History Camp. Rolling skirmishes and weapons demonstrations throughout the day! Dunster Castle, Somerset 20th July Sci - Fi Fun Come along boys & girls, young & old and join us for a super hero day of steaming with Darth Vader, K9 and other worldly life forms for a fantastic family day. Avon Valley Railway, Bitton.

1st August Bugs and Butterflies - Family Fun Art and craft activities inspired by creatures found in our orchard. Try your hand at badge making, flapping butterflies, finger puppet bees and mini beast hunting. Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury. 2nd August Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Outdoor Theatre Bring along a rug and a picnic and settle in for an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Gates open at 6pm for picnics, the performance starts at 7pm. Lacock Abbey, Lacock. www.

24th July Make a twig loom Make twigs into a loom, add wool and you’re weaving! Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset.

2nd - 4th August Family Festival 2019 A relaxing weekend of Performance, Music and Workshops set in the beautiful grounds of Paddington Farm, Glastonbury. £5 From the 25th July Victorian Explorers with Exmoor Zoo per person, per day. Under 5s free. Tickets available online via Get up close to a variety of animals, big bugs and creepy crawlies or on the door. and learn all about the Victorian age of exploration. Dunster Castle, Somerset 3rd - 4th August Farringtons Mud Run A playground of obstacles including cargo nets, a spider’s web, 26th July Roll a Beeswax Candle tunnels, mud pits, hay bales to climb, tire runs and much more! Try your hand at making a beeswax candle like the monks Farrington Farm, Farrington Gurney. would have used. Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset. 3rd August Night at the American Museum What goes on at the American Museum when the lights are 26th July Meet Peter Rabbit at West Somerset Railway turned off? With games, activities, and the opportunity to Peter Rabbit will be making personal appearances at intervals experience the Museum at night, you never know who you might between 10am and 4pm. Entertainment on the day will include: meet! Suitable for ages 6+. American Museum & Gardens, Bath. steam train ride, vintage bus ride trips, face painting and much Book online at more. West Somerset Railway, Minehead. 4th August Midsummer Mayhem - Family Fun Day This year, there will be an Alice in Wonderland theme, with a 1st August Children's Festival of Play Wonderland-themed bouncy castle, plenty of inflatable fun, Bouncy Castle, Outdoor Games, Face Painting and much more. crazy croquet (featuring flamingo-handled mallets), face Raising funds for East Harptree Nursery and Forest School. East painting and lots of games and crafts. 10am-4pm, with last Harptree Playing Fields 10am - 3pm. Bring a picnic. entry at 3:30pm. The Bishops Palace, Wells. 1st - 28th August Summer Craft Workshop Now's the chance to get creative and build something for our 4th August Folksy Theatre presents ‘Mr Magnolia’ friends in the wild and try out designs such as bird feeders and bee Based on the book by Quentin Blake. Join Mr Magnolia on his houses. Stourhead, Wilts. wacky adventures, filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed., Hestercombe, Somerset.

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7th - 28th August Summer Camp Fun We are offering a small taste of camp fun with indoor and outdoor activities for a variety of age ranges, running every Wednesday. Book online at American Museum & Gardens, Bath. 7th August Illumination - paint using a quill brush and ink family activity Make a brush from a quill and have a go at illuminating the initial letter of your name using coloured ink. Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset. 8th -10th August Blitz Following the sensational production of Seussical last summer we are delighted to be performing Blitz! a musical by Lionel Bart set during the air raids of the Second World War in London. Frome Memorial Theatre, Frome. 8th August Character Breakfast Come and have breakfast with your favourite superhero or princess! Join us from 8.30 -9.30am for breakfast and a meet and greet plus photo opportunity. Feel free to come dressed up too! Farrington Farm, Farrington Gurney. 9th – 17th August Music for Miniatures Join us for a musical journey to the zoo with a lively morning of amazing live classical music for you and your little one. Bring your cuddly animals along too or dress up as an animal! Locations include Bath, Midsomer Norton, Trowbridge and Frome. Tickets available online or on the door. 11th August Steam into Summer with Joyce Family Fun day with train rides, sand, water, ice creams, face painting and play. Experience the seaside at the station but also see the gardens, museum, buffet and shop. Steam train rides on the 10th too. Somerset and Dorset Railway, Midsomer Norton 14th August SummerZest Children’s Festival The festival will feature a range of activities; along with variety of trade stands, local crafts and range of exciting storytelling throughout the day. Taunton Racecourse, Somerset. 15th August Woolly Wonders - Family Fun Join us at the museum for a creative, fun-filled session of arts and crafts activities inspired by the Exmoor Horn sheep who live at the museum. Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury. 17th August Insect Festival - Free entry Explore real wild bugs outside and learn about these incredible creatures through fun activities and demonstrations throughout

the museum. 10.30am - 4pm. Bristol Museum, Bristol. 17th - 18th August Outdoor Adventure Weekend You will find a selection of activities including archery, axe throwing and an 8-metre climbing wall. Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock. Book online at 18th August Bubble Day A bubbleologist will be making an array of bubbles including giant bubbles, bubble clouds, smoke bubbles and lots more. Also balloon modelling, face painting, bubble wand making, bubble painting and lots more! Farrington Farm, Farrington Gurney. 18th August Trowbridge Soapbox Derby. All ages welcome. Build a soapbox and race against the clock, can you be this year's winner? Castle St, Trowbridge. 23rd- 25th August Outdoor Film Festival Three films in three nights across the Bank Holiday weekend including Mamma Mia 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody. Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset. 24th - 26th August Bowlore Medieval Weekend The encampment will be in residence at the Palace with thrilling activities including longbow and crossbow shooting, weapons demonstrations, combat displays, sword lessons and have-a-go archery. The Bishops Palace, Wells. www. 26th August American Garden Party See out the summer in fine style. Bring a picnic and join us for a day of music, food, fun and games. Music in the garden by Sticky Toffee Jazz. 11am - 4pm. American Museum & Gardens, Bath. 29th August Have a go Archery With expert guidance, bring the whole family together to learn a traditional skill in one of our have-a-go archery sessions. Barrington Court, Somerset. 7th September Carnival County Fayre This all includes 60+ stalls, live entertainment, fairground rides and car boot sale! If that doesn't sound inviting enough, we are also having our Dog Show on the same day. Trowbridge Park, Trowbridge. 14th September Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show A jam packed day of entertainment that the whole family will enjoy plus lots and lots of cheese! West Woodlands Showground - near Frome.

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You could use this opportunity to keep the kids learning by getting them to help you do some baking or cooking. You could have a go at making your own ice cream, baking cakes which they can then decorate or even have them help with making dinner. Let them choose what they want and then assemble the ingredients so they can learn more about what goes into their food. Easy choices include pasta dishes, pizzas or burgers. It is also easy to make your own ice lollies using fruit juice and freezer moulds, plus the idea that they get to eat their creations at the end makes them more interested in seeing the task through!


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Did you know there is a national day for play in the UK? Well there is, Playday is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday in August, this year, it’s taking place on 7th August and has a theme of Play Builds Children. As well as being a day focused on play, Playday is also an opportunity to campaign on issues affecting children’s play. We all know that play is fun, but did you know it is also beneficial for children? According to Playday, playing builds friendships, resilience, health and well-being and communities, allowing children to learn more about the world around them and make connections to the people in those communities. This year’s theme aims to highlight the way in which play benefits children and young people and there are a number of community events being held across the UK to help celebrate this fact. Events range from street parties, festivals, adventures and events at community venues from small scale ones to huge ones!

You’re welcome to put on your own events if you choose, or head to one of the organised events, you can find out more about how to do this at


Junior Summer School Disney’s Aladdin (30 mins) with the performance on the 9th at the Merlin Theatre Frome No audition required Total cost for the week £70 For ages 7-12 Email tri.arttheatreschool@gmail to register MERLIN THEATRE BATH ROAD, FROME, SOMERSET BA11 2HG 01373 461360 WWW.MERLINTHEATRE.CO.UK

Saturday 7th September Trowbridge Park Boot Sale from 8am (£5 cars / Vans £10)

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free school meals? Yes, we know, school might be about to wind down for the summer, but you will need to start thinking about getting prepared for the new term in no time at all. For some parents, whether their child is entitled to free school meals is a big question, so here is everything you need to know.

Firstly, what is it?

Free School Meals are available for the children of people who have an income-based benefit. Depending on your circumstances, you can also qualify if you get working tax credits, but this depends on the income your credits have been worked out on and where you live in the UK, so be sure to check with your local authority if you think you might be eligible.

So, who can apply?

You can apply for free school meals of you receive any income-based benefit, such as Universal Credit, State Pension Credit, Income-related Jobseeker’s or Employment Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit. In some areas, Universal Credit has been rolled out and other forms of benefit won’t be in existence. You can check by logging into

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your account or by speaking to a call handler. Alternatively, your school or local authority will be able to talk you through what you are entitled to.

How do I claim?

So, you’ve established that you’re eligible, now what? Well, firstly, free school meals are administered by local authorities, so you will need to contact them to begin your claim. Some parents may qualify for Healthy Start – this is a scheme run by the Department of Health and claims will need to be made through them. This will entitle you to coupons you can use in exchange for vitamins, milk, fruit, vegetables and formula milk. It is available to people on certain benefits who are at least ten weeks pregnant or have a child under four. Younger mums, aged 18 and under, will automatically qualify for this, but do check with the Department of Health to check whether you can claim.

Any questions about benefits, please speak to your local authority, Citizen’s Advice or go online to where you can calculate which benefits you could be entitled to.

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On Thursday 9th May Oakfield Academy welcomed Chritchill School’s “school dog” Dolly. Dolly is a pet Labradoodle, and her visit is helping the Academy investigate the positive benefits of having a “school dog” on the premises on a regular basis. As well as joining Year 8’s assembly, Dolly toured the school and assisted Headteacher Emma Wilkes in her office!

Pupils from Oakfield Academy visited Charterhouse Outdoor Adventure Centre recently and experienced archery, caving, abseiling and a variety of other outdoor pursuits. A fantastic time was had by everybody.


On Wednesday 19th June Westbury Leigh’s Year 3s visited Swindon Steam Museum. The pupils, dressing up as evacuee children from WW2, went to experience how evacuees felt when leaving home on the steam trains. The children got to partake in a workshop where they packed suitcases for different children and got to explore different artefacts. They then sat inside the steam train and learnt all about how to put on a gas mask and why these were important, they got to see the children's and baby's gas masks too. The children explored the museum where they found out how steam trains were built and got to look inside lots of different steam trains throughout the ages. Hollie from Sarum said “I really enjoyed watching the films about women helping build the trains because we have learnt in school that women took over the men’s jobs when they went off to the war to fight”. We’re now learning how to write recounts and diary entries and the trip is helping us to imagine writing a diary entry from an evacuee in WW2. Miss Cole said 'It was a fantastic day! The children were submerged into understanding how evacuees would have felt leaving home. The trip has consolidated their learning so far and allowed them to ask new questions that we will explore in class in the last few weeks of term.'

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SELWOOD ACADEMY WIN ‘BEST SCHOOL’ IN LIONS SWIMMING TOURNAMENT This year’s annual tournament saw CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) being named as the Lion’s main charity for the event. More than half the money raised was donated to the local branch of CRY, the Julian Wort Memorial Fund, which supports the charity in the Frome area and arranges various services, including heart screenings for the young. Selwood Academy took part in the swimming tournament and the six participants did an amazing job, swimming 50 lengths in their allotted half hour. As a result of this tremendous effort, they raised over £260, half of which will be used to help fund the school's community drama projects and the rest to go to CRY. Selwood’s team also won a cup as the 'Best School!’ Congratulations to the following Year 6 pupils for this great achievement: Alex G, Callum M, Imogen L, Eddie T, Oscar S and Oliver N.

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WILDCATS HEAD TO WEMBLEY! Frome Town Youth Wildcats Girls Football Centre were chosen to join 9 other centres from across the country to parade around Wembley Stadium at the SSE Women's FA Cup final on Saturday 4th May. Fourteen girls aged 5-11 from Frome took part in the parade around the pitch to celebrate and promote the female game. All County FAs across England were asked to nominate one outstanding girls’ football centre in their area. Somerset FA put the Frome based centre forward and were chosen as 1 of the 10 lucky winners. Somerset FA's Women and Girls' Football Development Officer, Rachael Lawler-Edwards congratulated the centre saying they fully deserved the prize, as they have been a truly fantastic centre. Frome Wildcats Lead Coach, Sarah Davis, was delighted the centre was chosen for this once in a lifetime opportunity. She said: “Frome Town Youth FC travelled in numbers to support our young Wildcats, with over 80 tickets purchased for family and friends. The 14 Wildcats beamed from ear to ear as they waved to their parents, high fived the mascots and flew the flag for our club and for girls’ football in general. It was such a great day and one the girls won't forget for years to come. This was the first time many of the girls had attended a live football match, let alone one at Wembley, so it was fabulous to hear 9 year old Margot announce to her Mum "I loved that, can we come more often.”"

GOODBYE TRACEY! After years of dedicated service to the Oakfield Academy Fundraisers, Mrs Tracey Malley has finally decided to hand over the reins to the next generation of Fundraisers. Mrs Malley who has been the driving force behind this hard working team has organised countless Christmas Fairs, Bingo Nights and other money generating events to support our school. Over the years Mrs Malley has raised thousands of pounds, which have helped pay for (amongst many other things) :- an Outside Classroom, outside play equipment, benches for the playground, modernisation of the toilets, refurbishment of the quad area, outside exercise equipment and much more. Everybody at the Academy would like to say a huge thank you to Tracey… they are all incredibly grateful for her hard work and enthusiasm over the years, we are sure the Fundraisers will miss her.

Wildcat parent, Amanda Spicer, said: "It's amazing to give them such an opportunity at this age. Thank you Wildcats. Here's to the next generation of female footballers." When asked what watching the Women's FA Cup and attending Wildcats has taught her, Lily, aged 7, said: "It has taught me that I can do anything that I want to." If your daughter is aged 5-11 and would like to give football a go, please contact Sarah for more details: or 07832 035552

OAKFIELD IS THE NEW BLACK An educational trip with a difference took place recently for a group of pupils at Oakfield School. Pupils who had applied for a place on the trip experienced being arrested by PCSO Gary Maule, which included photographs and finger printing. This was followed by a full day in Shepton Mallet Prison.

BIKEABILITY CONTINUES AT OAKFIELD 12 more Oakfield Academy pupils have completed Bikeability training. Special thanks to parents Mr Thomas, Mrs Sharpe, Ms Irving and Mr Owen for giving up their time to help make the course happen, and to Somerset’s Road Safety Team for their fantastic hard work training the pupils. ukfamilymatters |

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CARE HOME VISIT With great enthusiasm from all parties, children from Westbury Leigh Primary School have been lucky enough to benefit from visiting the residents of Westbury Care Home. On 24th May, representatives from year 3, who are currently studying WWII, visited to share their learning and to interview the residents, bringing their learning to life with real faces and stories of involvement. Previously, groups of children have benefitted from the opportunity to read to residents and complete craft activities with them. This has been a really valuable partnership for the children because it gives their learning real purpose – to have a real life audience to share their learning with and to learn from. It is also valuable in teaching social skills and a sense of responsibility with regards to being a part of the local community, and the opportunity to read their school books and practice their times tables with an adult is invaluable. Harry, year 2, said: “The care home is lovely, and the people are really kind to you. I like reading to them because it helped me.” Neil Hardy, care home manager, said: “Our residents love to talk about their past life experiences and educate the younger generation.” Overall, a positive experience for all involved.

WESTBURY LEIGH SUPPORT UNICEF Westbury Leigh showed their support for UNICEF by taking part in this year’s Soccer Aid Fundraiser. The school have raised money to help change the lives of children around the world who don’t have easy access to their rights, such as Article 31 – the right to relax and play and take part in a range of activities. The children showed their support by donating money to wear their favourite football kits and sportswear and to take part in a wide range of football themed obstacle courses. Year 6 set up these courses across the school fields and children took part during lunch time. The school also hosted a Father’s Day lunch, so dads were able to take part in the fundraiser with their children. “It was so nice to be able to take part in different activities with my child after having such a lovely lunch cooked in the Love Leigh Diner,” quoted a year 4 Dad. Lilly-Ella in year 6 who helped set up the event, said: “That was such a success, we should do things like this more often.” Mrs Atwill, who organised the fundraiser, added: “It was so lovely to see all children from across the age ranges take part. Children were engaged, excited and enthusiastic and couldn’t wait for lunch time.” The school look forward to seeing what they have raised. For every £1 raised the government double.


SELWOOD ACADEMY ATTACK ON CHEPSTOW CASTLE! As part of their topic on the conquest of England, Year 7 had a trip to Chepstow Castle last term. The castle has the oldest keep in Britain; the building was started in 1067, just one year after William’s victory at Hastings. Students studied the inside of the Castle looking at how easy it would have been to defend and what it might have been like to live there. They then studied the castle from the outside and how difficult it would have been to attack and break in; what weapons and tactics might have been used and what was the likelihood of achieving victory against a Castle like this.

SATS SUCCESS AT WESTBURY LEIGH Mrs Grimsey, Westbury Leigh’s Head Teacher, said: “It has been an amazing time for our Y6s. With calm and purposeful attitudes, they have embraced each SATs paper and have shown exemplary attitudes both during the tests and in the build up to it. A big thank you goes to staff across the school who all pulled together to serve a varied breakfast menu each morning to our eager learners and to all the support the team have received in supporting the children in their readiness. Westbury Leigh has a lot to be proud of and Y6 have been an inspiration to us all!” The Friends of Westbury Leigh School treated them all to ice cream and lollies as a celebration of their hard work – thank you FoWLs! A BIG thank you to the Y6 teachers and all the Westbury Leigh CofE Primary School staff who helped out during SATs week. Mrs Grimsey said: “It’s been great to see the children relaxed and taking everything in their stride. Year 6, Westbury Leigh Primary School is proud of you!”

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SPELLIARMUS! A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY CHILDREN FROM ST JOHN’S FIRST SCHOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO BORROW FROM FROME LIBRARY! Children from St John’s First School in Frome have presented Frome Library with two copies of their book of magical short stories, Spelliarmus! The copies are now available to borrow from the children’s section of the library. Spelliarmus!, a collection of magical short stories and picture books, was created by children from St John’s for a competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. The winners of the competition were chosen by Barry Cunningham OBE, publisher at Chicken House Books, based in Frome, who was instrumental in bringing JK Rowling’s stories to publication. With support from Chicken House, the Friends of St John’s School created a book from all the entries so that the children could see their work in print and become published authors! With design and production from Postscript, and a cover created by Emma Hopkins using the children’s own artwork, the limited-edition book can be borrowed free from the library or purchased from Hunting Raven Books in Frome Town Centre at £5.99 each or £10 for two. All proceeds go to the Friends of St John's (registered charity) which provides additional resources, materials and opportunities to enrich the children's experience at school.

Photo shows: Cerian Amery, manager of Frome Library, receives copies of Spelliarmus! from two of the short story competition winners, Daisy and Summer.

OAKFIELD KITCHEN HELPERS When for various reasons a number of catering staff were unable to work, Oakfield Academy Prefects stepped into save the lunch service! They all did a fabulous job helping in the kitchen, serving and tidying up. Nobody missed out on their fish and chips.

OAKFIELD PARKOUR On Friday 10th May, Oakfield Academy welcomed Parkour Free Runner, Alex Grinter, and Gymnast, Jessica Brain. The pupils took part in sponsored circuits during a day of fundraising for GB athletes. In the afternoon, there was a breath-taking display of Parkour outside in the sunshine, with Alex leaping over pupils and staff, leaving the audience of pupils amazed!

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WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT Name: Luke Age: 9 Achievement: 7th kup in taekwondo from DES school of taekwondo.

Name: Ryley Age: 9 Achievement: All about me and Safety Badge.

Name: Dominic Age: 10 Achievement: All about me and Safety Badge.

Name: Tiah Age: 8 Achievement: Tiah won the Spring 2019 "Julie Ann Cup" for outstanding achievement. She always works hard and is eager to learn.

Name: Felicity Age: 4 Achievement: Stanley Level 4 swimming award.

Name: Beth Age: 8 Achievement: 50 metre swimming badge.

Name: Darci Age: 5 Achievement: Darci is now an enrolled member of Rainbows. She remembered her promise word perfect.

Name: Megan Age: 8 Achievement: 7th Kyu yellow belt in karate.

Name: Amirah Age: 9 Achievement: Amirah completed three 5km races and one 2.5km race at Runfestrun.

Name: Chloe Age: 6 Achievement: Chloe has achieved her level 4 in Beam Apparatus Proficiency for gymnastics.

Name: Daisy Age: 6 Achievement: Daisy has achieved a distinction in her tap preparatory Grade with Sue Hill school of dancing.

Name: Dylan, Achievement: Dylan swam four races at his swimming squad gala and received a Gold in each race swimming against his age group.

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