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ISSUE 47 • December 2018





WELCOME As Christmas and the end of the year draws nearer, we’re hoping you’ve all had a great few months back at school and are excited for what the new year will bring. While there is a great deal of joy to be found at this time of year, it can also be a difficult one. It can be stressful with money worries, family dramas and more, this issue, we’re focussed on the good, but also here to support you when things don’t go quite to plan. You’ll find in this issue some advice for a smooth Christmas if you’re spending it as part of a new family, as well as some ideas on how to be money wise, which will hopefully dispel some of that stress. Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas the same way, so we’ve included some fun facts about the festive season around the world, maybe once you’ve learned about different traditions around the world, you can implement a couple of them into your celebrations and see for yourself the different ways families celebrate elsewhere. Whatever your plans for this festive season, the whole Family Matters team hopes you have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year – we’ll see you in 2019!

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Spending Christmas together when you’re remarried We’re told that Christmas is a time to be with family, but that isn’t always helpful for the families of today, many of whom have step parents/children or parents who are separated. How do you keep everyone together without causing upset and how do you integrate step families into your traditions? It can be a difficult thing to negotiate, so we’ve compiled a few tips to help the festive season go as smoothly as possible. Firstly, before the big day, make sure you get everyone together and talk about it, that way you can be clear on everyone’s expectations and their usual routines and you can come up with a compromise. Perhaps you have children who aren’t sure whether they should split the day between you and your ex, or maybe they have step brothers and sisters that have recently joined the family and they’re worried about it. You might have a whole set of in-laws you’ll need to cater for. Whatever your new situation, it’s important to sit down together in advance of Christmas Day to talk through everything, that way there won’t be any nasty surprises and you can avoid any arguments and disappointments.

slip up and forget some of the things you decided on, there will be niggles but don’t freak out if something goes wrong. Just let yourself go with the flow and enjoy the day. Finally, work together to come up with a compromise so you can create your own Christmas traditions. It won’t be possible to do everything you did before, especially if you’re integrating families, but see it as an opportunity to come up with something special.

When the big day comes around, don’t heap massive expectations on the day. Don’t expect it to be perfect. Much of the stress from Christmas Day comes from pressurising yourself to make it perfect, spending the day in a new situation can be stressful enough so don’t put extra pressure on yourself. You will forget to get things out of the freezer on time, you will

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DON’T GET INTO DEBT THIS CHRISTMAS This time of year can be tough on your bank balance and we can all be tempted to rely on credit cards or loans to see us through. It isn’t just expensive presents, it’s buying food and treats for the family, heating the house and of course, having extra Christmas lights will take its toll on your electricity bill. While it might be tempting to whip out the credit card to tide you over, you will need to keep in mind that interest quickly builds up, especially if you put off payments which can lead to the debts getting away from you. To try and avoid falling into the trap of Christmas debts, here are some tips to help you cover all the costs.

Stick to a plan

You may have already started your Christmas shopping but make sure you have worked out a budget of how much you need to pay your usual bills, with a little extra to cover using extra lights and heating, plus food. Then with what you have left over, come up with an idea of how much you want to spend on each person and stick to it.

Set up an awards account

If you don’t already have one, ask your bank about awards accounts. Many banks offer an awards account where if you pay for certain items using your debit card, you can earn cash back or discount vouchers. These can be helpful when it comes to paying your utilities as you’ll earn money for paying your bills which can then be used on something else, plus if you get discounts for high street stores, these can be put towards Christmas presents or items throughout the year.

Use loyalty schemes where you can

Many companies offer loyalty schemes where spending so much over the year will give you money off at Christmas or will reward you with vouchers that you can spend on food or gifts. If you are involved in any loyalty

schemes, make sure you reach the requirements to get the awards as these can really help at this time of year.

Avoid going into your overdraft

If you can avoid it, stay clear of your overdraft, you will get charged for it and that can cause more problems. If you need to go into it, speak to your bank first and see if they have other options for you, like a small loan or a credit card.

HOWEVER! Credit cards and loans can cause

their own issues if payments are missed or the monthly payments are too much. If you can keep up with them, make sure the minimum amount at least is paid off each month, otherwise you’ll find yourself being hit with penalty charges. Put payment dates in your calendar or set up direct debits so you don’t forget to pay them.

Compare credit deals

If you are going to use a credit card or loan, shop around and compare interest rates. Some cards have a high interest rates, but offer you discounts or interest free periods, which might work better for you. Don’t grab the first card you see, do your research.

If you do find yourself struggling to make ends meet at this time of year, don’t let it distract you from having a good time with your friends and family. There are plenty of resources available to help you if you get into a sticky situation, including advice on swapping to a better credit card deal or attending a free debt counselling session. Speak to your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or head online to find what is available in your area.

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Why not take 10 minutes out this Christmas Eve, sit down with the kids and a mug of hot chocolate and read this classic Christmas poem...

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

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In Norway, Christmas Eve is much like All Hallows Eve to us in the UK. Evil spirits and witches are said to rise on this day, so to protect themselves, families in Norway hide all their brooms before they go to bed.

While you might dread having sprouts spooned onto your plate, spare a thought for the people of Greenland. Their Christmas delicacy, Mattak, is raw whale skin, complete with blubber. If that doesn’t turn your stomach, Kiviak might. This dish is a small bird wrapped in seal skin which is buried for several months and then dug up and eaten when its nicely decomposed. On second thoughts…. I think I’ll take the sprouts.

DINING WITH YOUR DECEASED LOVED ONES It’s always hard at Christmas when you’ve lost loved ones and the whole day has a bittersweet feel to it. If you find yourself in this situation, inject some Portugese tradition to Christmas lunch – in Portugal, families set extra places at the table on Christmas day for their deceased relatives, this is called ‘consoda’ and is said to bring good luck for the coming year.


ROLLER SKATING In Venezuela’s capital, it is tradition to travel to church for an early morning service while wearing roller skates throughout the whole festive period. They even close the roads so this can be done safely.

This is a Catalonian tradition, in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, families carve a small grinning creature out of a log and place it on their dining room table. Over the next fourteen days, the log must be fed with fruit, nuts and sweets and then on Christmas Eve, it is beaten with sticks until all the goodies come out.

Every family has their own traditions for this time of year, whether or not you celebrate Christmas, there are certain routines and rituals which you find yourself doing every year. In the UK, where shops, schools and businesses close down to allow Christmas celebrations, there are traditions we’re familiar with, having a tree, going to Christingle, watching a Nativity, cooking and not eating Brussel sprouts. This isn’t the norm everywhere in the world though, here are some of our favourite festive eccentricities from around the globe...

BURNING A WOODEN GOAT We’re all familiar with the idea of a Yule Log, for us and our neighbours in France, Yule Logs are typically made of chocolate rather than being an actual log, but in Sweden they have the Yule Goat. In Gävle, the residents erect a giant Yule Goat and pretty much every year since its debut, people have tried to torch it.

SCARY BEASTS In the UK and America, we have Santa and his army of elf friends and reindeers, these cute little helpers aren’t universal however. In Germany and Austria, Father Christmas is aided by Krampus, a hairy hooved beast with large horns that is supposed to punish naughty children during the Christmas period. So kids, if you’re planning on playing up this year, be wary if your folks say they’re taking you on a trip to Germany.

FINDING A FIANCÉE If you’re someone who hates Christmas because you’re always on your own, head to the Czech Republic. Young, single women have their own Christmas tradition, they stand with their backs to the front door and toss their shoes over their shoulder, if a shoe lands with its toe pointing towards the door it’s said the woman will get married within the next year.

SPIDERS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE In the Ukraine, there aren’t baubals and tinsel over the trees, instead trees are covered in fake spiders and webs. This is said to bring luck and stems from a folk story about a poor woman who couldn’t afford decorations and woke on Christmas morning to find a spider had covered it in a glittering web.

FOUR-EYED SANTA Christmas isn’t really a thing in Japan, but there are people there that like to celebrate with the western world. These people celebrate Santa Kuroshu who has eyes in the back of his head so he can keep an eye on naughty children. Those of you who aren’t fans of the traditional British Christmas cake might want to spend the holidays in Japan, Christmas cake there is made of sponge, whipped cream and strawberries!

what’s on Now til 23rd December Christmas Lunch at Dunster Castle We're now taking bookings for festive lunches. So whether it's the turkey with all the trimmings or the red lentil cottage pie that has taken your fancy, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. 10am-6pm. Now til the 22nd December Christmas Carol Festive Fun See Scrooges Office, make crackers, find out about Victorian traditions and see Victorian boots on display. Free admission but donations are welcome. The Shoe Museum, Street. From 10am. Til the 24th December Breakfast with Father Christmas Father Christmas will be taking time out from his busy schedule to meet you for a yummy cooked breakfast, served with a Rudolph gingerbread biscuit! 8am – 10am Every weekend in December, plus Christmas Eve. £12.95 per child. Limited availability, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Til the 6th January Festive Family Trail Help Hetty the Hedgehog get ready for her Christmas party and get some fresh air as you follow our trail around the wintry gardens. Open every day from 10am. £2 per child + normal admission. No need to book. Til the 13th January A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic This delightful new adaptation of Dickens’ well-loved comedy. So sit back in your seats and find out how selfish moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge finally comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Til the 13th January Peter Pan at Theatre Royal Peter Pan is a swash-buckling and unmissable Christmas treat that’s got everything – with flying, CGI special effects and all the traditional ingredients that make Bath pantomimes so special.

Til the 6th January Ice Skating at Hestercombe Glide about on our skate rink (it’s artificial so you don’t get too chilly!) in our magical winter marquee. Perfect family fun.

Til the 13th January The Scarlet Pimpernel Expect witty wordplay, brave women, not-so-brave men, hysterical double disguises, elaborate hoaxes, poodles aplenty and very, very high wigs. Everything a modern day audience could wish for in just under 2 hours of deliciousness. The Egg Theatre, Bath.

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Til the 24th December Reindeer feeding Come and watch our Reindeer being fed every day at 4pm at our Lacock, Whitchurch & Woodborough Garden Centres. From Saturday 3rd November through until Sunday 24th December. This is a FREE event - no ticket required! Whitehall Garden Centres. Til 31st December Lacock's Christmas List Family Trail On this self-led family trail, Father Christmas has lost his list and needs your help matching the presents to who they belong to in the woodland grounds. The trail continues on in the village where local businesses have codes to crack which make up the Christmas dinner shopping list. Lacock Abbey, Lacock.

13 December - 20 January 2019 Snow Mouse Back by huge popular demand for an incredible 4th year! Come and join two new friends on their adventures in a magical forest full of play, puppetry and music. The Egg Theatre, Bath.

15th - 31st December Winter Trail at Dunster Castle There's discord between two rulers and they need your help to return their lands to peace. Follow the trail around the grounds and solve the clues to help unite the lands of the Swan Queen and River King. Dunster Castle, Dunster. 15 - 23 December A Christmas Castle & Illuminated Garden Walk See the castle's ground floor rooms decorated for Christmas and live festive music learn about some of the Luttrell family's traditions and play some festive games. The garden will be illuminated for an evening stroll. Dunster Castle, Dunster.

19th - 22nd December Supper with Santa Would your little one love to have supper with Santa? This event includes a buffet tea, ice cream, a funky disco and a present from Santa! 6-8pm, Puxton Park. 21st - 31st December Dick Whittington Supported by a very strong cast of top quality theatre professionals plus some fantastic local junior performers this is a show you just won’t want to miss! The whole Dick Whittington cast will come out after the show to meet and greet the audience as you leave and pose for your photos absolutely FREE of charge. The McMillan Theatre, Bath Road, Bridgwater.

22nd - 1st January Snow White and the Seven Dwarves A fabulous show by Moorlight Theatre Productions. Adults - £11.50 Senior - £10.50 Children - £9.50 The Meyer Theatre, Millfield School, Street.

28th December - 2nd January 2019 FMTC presents Aladdin Holiday fun for all the family. Traditional family pantomime with live music, fantastic costumes and scenery. NOTE: Performance times on New Year’s Eve – 11am and 4pm. Frome Memorial Theatre, Frome. 19th January Wassail at Glastonbury Tor Wassailing is an ancient custom that involves drinking cider, singing to the trees in the hope of a good harvest and scaring away any evil spirits that might be lurking. You can tour the Tor, sing around the trees, hear stories by the fire and sample the fruit of last year's crop. Booking is advisable at however on the day, entry is £3 per adult and £1 per child (ages 5-16): please note cash only.

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Start thinking about those resolutions early We’re sure you’re bored of the New Year New You phrase already and it’s only just coming into the winter season! But, the start of a new year is always a great time to make a change in your life that you’ve been gearing up to, whether it is stopping smoking, starting a new career or finally using that gym membership that has been gathering dust, there is no time like the start of a new year to do it! Research from the University of Hertfordshire suggests that only one in ten people are able to accomplish their New Year goals by the end of the year, but as it is widely believed that you can form a new habit in less than a month, we think it’s possible for everyone to achieve their goals with the right amount of support. So – you have your resolutions for the new year – now what? Well, start small, it’s easier to achieve something if it is broken down into manageable chunks, so figure out how to make them measurable and give yourself a deadline to a certain milestone. For example, if you want to learn a new language, decide that by March you’ll be able to read, write and speak a certain number of sentences. That way, when it comes to March, speaking, reading and writing in another language will be part of your routine, so it’ll be easier to learn more sentences and by 2020, you might be able to wander around a new country speaking the language like a local. Or you could decide to get fit and choose to be able to run a certain amount of miles by a set date, by the end of the year you might be looking into winning an Olympic medal or something. It’s also important to celebrate those mile stones and award yourself when you’ve achieved something – it’ll make you want to

continue on to the next step and of course, everyone likes prizes! Enlist some friends and family to support you – this is important, while you will need to dedicate a huge amount of will power to achieving your goals, you will need support from those around you too. Talk to your friends and family about what it is you want to do and ask if they’d help you to get there. You never know, they might create flash cards to help you revise if you choose to learn a new skill or go over interview techniques with you if you’re looking for a new job, they could stop smoking around you if you’re planning on giving up or come shopping with you for gym gear. They might even be willing to be a food taster if your goal is to learn how to cook! Don’t give up! Failure is all part of learning. Sometimes you won’t succeed straight away and you’ll feel frustrated at not being able to do something, but don’t let that put you off. Stick to your goals and think of it as a tiny set back – you’ll get there eventually! It’s also important not to put too much pressure on yourself, that’s just asking for trouble! If you don’t fancy learning a new skill or taking on a physical challenge, that’s fine too, New Year New You doesn’t have to be about joining the gym or getting a new hobby, it can be as simple as getting a new hair cut or treating yourself to a new beauty regime. There are so many treatments and options available to anyone wanting to make a change, from eyebrow threading to a massage. Perhaps you want to stop biting your nails and want them to look pretty during your transition – there are lots of different options for nail extensions, paints and more!

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Six tips for helping with eczema Eczema is one of the most common skin complaints, particularly among children and as the winter gets colder and dryer, eczema can flare up, which can be uncomfortable and irritating for young children. Here are some top tips from the National Eczema Organisation to help keep those flare ups under control.


Sweating and overheating can trigger itching and scratching which in turn leads to irritated skin – try sending the kids out in layers, that way they can remove clothing as needed to stop them overheating while also having enough to keep them warm in the changeable British weather.

Put a humidifier in the bedroom

This helps keep skin from drying out, which can stop it becoming cracked and itchy.

Drink plenty of water

When it’s cold out, you won’t want to reach for a nice glass of water or squash, but it is important to stay hydrated as this can help prevent flare ups.

Keep antihistamines to hand

This is especially useful if your child’s eczema is triggered by allergic reactions.

Moisturise regularly

Make sure to do this as often as possible during the winter months. Make sure to do this before and after washing to really keep the moisture locked into the skin.

Avoid wool jumpers

We know Christmas Jumper day is important, but any clothes that make you itchy are not ideal for anyone with irritated skin. Stick to fabrics like cotton instead.

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Having a child with ADHD We all know how tough parenting can be at times, but having a child with ADHD can be demanding. Children with ADHD are often impulsive, energetic and lack what is referred to as ‘executive function’ which is the ability to organise and prioritise tasks, manage time and make plans. If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD it might seem like your entire life is an endlessly chaotic battle, there is rarely any respite and you can feel alone, with other parents and family members not understanding how difficult it can be. Plus it is always hard when your child is labelled a ‘trouble maker’ when they aren’t looking to cause any disruption, they just can’t help the way they are wired after all.

organise themselves in the same way that children without ADHD will, it is important to create a schedule and a routine and make sure the whole family stick to it. This way even if your child gets distracted, you can help them stay on track. Secondly, you can speak to your friends and family about ADHD and explain to them what support you need. Being attentive to children with ADHD is extremely tiring and you’ll need people around to help out, if you can get a few friends or family members to understand how demanding it is and get them to help out, it’ll make your life a lot easier. If the diagnosis is recent, it can be difficult for parents to modify the expectations they had for their children. If you know your child is capable of an A but because they had trouble focussing they only got a C, don’t be disappointed, you know they’re trying, so be positive and celebrate their successes.

If you have recently had a diagnosis for your child, there are a few things you can do at home to make things a little easier, so here are some tips to help. Firstly create structure, though it will be difficult for your child to

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News and Reviews FOOTBALL CLUB NEEDS MORE PLAYERS Bitton AFC Juniors are looking to recruit players in Year 1 and Year 2 (training on Saturdays from 9.30 am to 10.30am) and Year 4 (training on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm). A new girls’ is also starting soon, so girls in Year 7 are also invited to start training on Mondays from 6-7pm. Email Ann Price at for more information.

PRE-SCHOOL POPPY TRIBUTES The Park Neighbourhood Day Nursery in Kingswood produced a beautiful poppy display to mark Remembrance Day. Staff spent time talking to the children regarding the meanings of poppies and why we have Remembrance Day, as well as paying tribute to those who lost their lives by decorating a cross in their memory. The children created their own poppies using wrappers, tissue paper, pens, pencils and more.

RAGS TO RICHES AT HANHAM Hanham Primary pupils and parents have raised £170 for the school by donating their old clothes for the Rags2Riches collection that was held at the school. Well done everyone!

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POPPY APPEAL ORGANISERS SPEAK AT SCHOOL Children at Parkwall School in Cadbury Heath took part in a special assembly in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday to recognise and honour those who lost their lives in conflicts. The assembly focused on the centenary of the end of the First World War was led by local Poppy Appeal organiser, Graham Downing, from the Bitton and Oldland branch of the Royal British Legion.

PRESCHOOL GETS GLOWING REPORT Longwell Green Pre-School has received a Good rating from Ofsted for its first ever inspection. The pre-school, which meets at Longwell Green Community Centre in Shellards Road started in 2016 and currently has 28 children on the roll. The inspectors said that staff gave children’s personal, social and emotional development a high priority and are very patient and secure to grow in confidence. The report also stated that staff knew their children well and were able to identify steps in learning to ensure they all made good progress.

WHITCHURCH FOOTBALLERS BEAT PERSONAL BEST! Whitchurch School’s football team took part in a tournament for the English School’s Football Association Under-11s at Clifton College Sports ground. They played very well and beat the school’s goal scoring record!

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WHITCHURCH LEARN ABOUT FIRE SAFETY Whitchurch School had a visit from the local fire brigade who came to see the children in year one. They even got to use the hose!

Years 5 and 6 at Whitchurch primary school visited Bristol museum this term as part of their Broad Curriculum Brought Alive initiative. The children got to handle a necklace that was over 3000 years old and meet a real mummy!


NEW BOOKS AND BOOKSHELVES! Park Primary are very proud to be only one of 70 schools across the country to be awarded a set of 70 new books and a specially designed bookcase! These were given by the Wicked Young Writer Awards who have partnered with the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate to mark the 70th birthday of their patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall. The school were selected because of the great work they have done to promote reading for pleasure in the school. The pupils had a special assembly to mark the occasion and the beautiful books will be available to borrow from the school library.

Ofsted have said that rapid improvements are being made at Staple Hill Primary School following their inspection in September. They judged effectiveness of leadership and management, personal development behaviour and welfare and early years provision to be good. However, both quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the outcomes for pupils needed to be improved. The report also said that the recently appointed executive headteacher, headteacher and the restructured governing body had taken swift and decisive action to bring about rapid improvements and that the school was a warm and welcoming place.



Saltford PTA arranged an amazing firework display for the school and the local community. A huge thank you went to everyone who supported this event –the school hope you enjoyed the display. Early indications, subject to confirmation from the PTA Treasurer, show that the PTA made a profit of £3850 from this event. That’s an amazing amount and well done to all involved.

Saltford Primary Years 5 & 6 had an interesting and informative visit to "We the Curious" in Bristol. The children were able to take part in a variety of interactive lectures that were relevant to the things they have been learning about in school. They were also able to go on the many exhibits around the centre all looking at different aspects of Science. Some of the children were congratulated by members of the public on their excellent behaviour, and they all had a great day.

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SALTFORD PRIMARY FOOTBALL ROUND UP Girls Football - Nine girls represented the school on Monday 12th November at the annual 7 aside football tournament at Odd Down Sports Ground in Bath and reached the semi-finals despite only being formed one month ago. Boys Football - On Monday 19th November, a team of year 6 boys took part in an exciting football tournament at Odd Down Sports Ground in Bath. The team progressed to the knock out stages by winning every match, but unfortunately conceded a goal early on in the knock out stage which put them out of the competition. Well done to all the players

YEAR 6 TRIP TO BRISTOL On Friday the 13th October, pupils from Park Primary boarded the coach at 9:15am to make their way to Clifton Suspension Bridge. After arriving at Clifton Suspension Bridge, they got into groups and marched across the bridge. Feeling excited, the children walked off of the bridge and started to make our way to Constitution Hill, they all trotted down the hill and it was so steep! The pupils saw many Edwardian and Georgian built houses on the way to Cabot Tower and they ate lunch on the top of the hill before making their way up the 109 steps. The children thought the views were amazing and could see all of Bristol’s big landmarks. They then made their way to the Harbourside, ready for a boat trip at 1pm. They went past Bristol Cathedral, Bristol University and many other landmarks such as We Are Curious. The driver of the boat encouraged the children to wave to everyone and make loads of noise when going under any bridge!

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS Miss Burrows presented an important assembly for Key Stage 2 about Mental Health Awareness and well-being. She talked about how important it was for children to be kind to themselves and focus on positive aspects of themselves. She discussed a helpful website called that children, parents and carers can access. At the end of the assembly all the children sang ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman.

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INVASION GAMES Year 3, from Saltford Primary School, had the opportunity to visit Wellsway School to take part in an ‘Invasion Games’ festival. The children participated in a range of different activities, including basketball, netball, uni-hoc and pop lacrosse. The aim of the festival was for the children to meet other Year 3's from the local area, for them to try new activities and work with our Sports Leaders and SportsAmbassadors. The children had a fantastic time and enjoyed trying out the different sports. A huge thank you went to Mrs Burston for organising the festival and to the Sports Ambassadors for organising and demonstrating the different skills to each group.

LONGWELL GREEN GET VISIT FROM BEST SELLING AUTHOR Longwell Green Primary School were lucky enough to welcome Liz Kessler, a New York Times bestselling author, to the school! Liz shared with the children her first ever-published piece of work from when she was 9 years old! The look of inspiration on many of the children’s faces was wonderful. Having had her first novel published in 2003, ‘The Tail of Emily Windsnap’, Liz was able to talk to the children about her 15-year journey of being a writer. They were even let into the secret of where the name Emily Windsnap came from! The children then had the fantastic opportunity to buy a book and have it signed by Liz herself! Further to all of this excitement, Liz officially opened the school’s library to be used by the children, in particular the ‘Starbooks’ area. Mrs Balch is currently running a book club for children in Year 1 and 2 is hoping to role this out across the school soon.

WHITCHURCH HOLD CHINA DAY Children in Year 2 at Whitchurch Primary School enjoyed a Chinese Day where they read the Magic Brush, which is set in China. They also did a Kahoot! (a quiz about China) before a carousel of activities to find out more about the country. They made Chinese dragons, tasted Chinese food, wrote fortunes for fortune cookies and practised writing in Mandarin.

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WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT Name: Finley Gulliford Age: 4 Achievement: Stage 1 swimming award.

Name: Poppy Marks Age: 9 Achievement: Stage 5 swimming

Name: Mae Parkins Age: 9 Achievement: Streethouse Dance Competition Gloucester, coming 5th in her first under 10's solo competition, 3rd Rugratz crew, 1st Mega Crew.

Name: Ciaran Skidmore Age: 7 Achievement: Gained his Little Puma Black Belt with PUMA DES Schools of Tae Kwon-do.

Name: Scarlett Parkins Age: 7 Achievement: Rugratz Crew came 3rd in under 10's category at Streethouse Dance competition Gloucester on 11th November. Name: Bethany Wall Age: 10 Achievement: Won Miss Carnival Queen 2018 for Midsomer Norton carnival association. Bethany took part in the carnival procession in the royalty carriage.

Name: Chloe Wall Age: 6 years Achievement: Chloe won Miss Carnival Princess 2018 for Midsomer Norton carnival association. Chloe took part in the carnival procession in the royalty carriage.

Name: Charlie C Achievement: Well done Charlie who won 2 medals at the Martial Arts British Championships in Swindon. He received Gold for kickboxing and Silver for hand drills.

Name: Amirah Age: 8 Achievement: Amirah has worked hard to earn 5 Brownie badges including her Hostess and Fire Safety badge.

Name: Alistair Combe Age: 8 Achievement: Cycled 25 miles and raised over ÂŁ300 for Children in Need.

Name: Tiah Marsh Age: 7 Achievement: Tiah has achieved 5 brownie badges this month. Well done Tiah.

Name: Beth Gilliam Age: 7 Achievement: Officially becoming a Brownie on 24th October 2018.

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Christmas edition of Family Matters distributed at schools.

Family Matters Christmas 2018 | South Bristol edition  

Christmas edition of Family Matters distributed at schools.