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ISSUE 67 • October 2018





Invest in your child’s future with tutoring from Kip McGrath Midsomer Norton At Kip McGrath Midsomer Norton, we are passionate about helping children succeed in English and maths. By only employing qualified and experienced teachers, we offer tailor-made programmes of tuition that will help students to raise their achievement across the core curriculum. We offer professional tuition in English, maths and science to children aged 5 - 16 years. After an initial free assessment, to establish your child’s needs, we will begin tuition to build confidence and support new learning through individual attention, graded activities and computer programmes. Delivered in a small group setting, with one on one attention from a qualified teacher, the confidence of students who struggle in class is significantly boosted. We can cater for students of all abilities. Sarah Richards, the Centre Director, has a range of experience from 15 years of teaching in local schools. The centre is located in the heart of Midsomer Norton, close to other local amenities and just a few minutes’ walk from the free town car park. At Kip McGrath Midsomer Norton, your child will work towards achieving set goals. Our approach is designed to accelerate progress and reward success. To book a free assessment visit

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WELCOME Well done everyone, your first term of this new school year is almost over, you’ve made it! We hope it’s been an enjoyable one, especially for those of you who were attending new schools for the first time. Hopefully our Year 6 readers will have found a secondary school to attend this time next year (eeek!), if you’ve not made a choice yet, don’t leave it too late, make sure to check the deadline for your local authority and let them know well ahead of time. The autumn season is always an exciting one, it is almost time for Carnival, Panto and of course, Christmas! In this issue we have some themed recipes to get you in the spirit, information on where you can catch your local carnivals, how to keep your family safe during Bon Fire Night and loads more! Don’t forget, we love to hear from you, share your news with us by email: and be sure to let us know all about your latest achievements! Submit your photos to our website and you could appear on our WOW pages!

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Carnival Time! As the nights get colder and darker, we know that it isn’t all doom and gloom because Carnival is just around the corner. In this part of the world there are plenty of carnival displays to keep you entertained featuring floats, bright lights, dancers and amazing costumes. Carnival season runs all the way from September through October and into November, just when you need something to get your excitement up before Christmas. Whichever carnival you choose to visit, check the route, arrive in good time as roads will be closed along the route, dress warm and be prepared for big crowds. Also, make sure your pockets are full of loose change as carnival is all about charity and any small donations will be gratefully received.

2018 CARNIVAL DATES Castle Cary Carnival

13th October


Chard Carnival

13th October

2pm children’s 7.30pm main

Salisbury Carnival

19th October


Trowbridge Carnival

20th October


Taunton Carnival

20th October


Bridgwater Carnival

3rd November


Burnham-on-sea Carnival

5th November

7.30pm 7.15pm

Weston-super-Mare Carnival

9th November

North Petherton Carnival

10th November 7.00pm

Midsomer Norton and District Carnival

12th November 7.30pm

Shepton Mallet Carnival

14th November 7.30pm

Wells Carnival

16th November 7.00pm

Glastonbury Carnival

17th November 7.00pm

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Wednesday 31st October 3-6pm Midsomer Norton Methodist Church Come as your hero, be what makes you happy. Games, Activities and Buffet All families welcome. No cost.

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Staying safe during autumn


Autumn is a time of great fun as we all get ready for the winter and the Christmas holidays, between Halloween, Bon Fire Night and Carnival season, there are plenty of events to get involved in, but as important as it is to have fun, it is also important to stay safe. Trick or treating is a Halloween tradition and while most parents will go with their children, as they get older, they may want to go off with their friends instead. If that’s the case, here are some rules to make sure they all have a great time without getting into any trouble.

Know where you are going Firstly, be sure to plan your route, trick or treating can take you to unfamiliar parts of town, make sure you know where you’re going and stay in well lit areas. Walking together and making sure everyone crosses roads with care will also keep you out of danger. Remember that not everyone likes taking part in Halloween, so make sure only to visit well lit houses that have decorations outside.

Wear something bright As it gets dark early at this time of year, incorporating something reflective to your costume will keep you visible as you're crossing roads. Be sure to keep a torch with you too for lighting your way.

Avoid masks

It isn’t just Halloween that comes with potential dangers, so does Bon Fire Night. If you choose to have a celebration at home rather than going to an organised display, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure everyone has fun without any accidents.

They might be fun, but they can make it hard to see and hard to breathe, also if you wander off, people won’t necessarily recognise you, try using face paints instead!

Always buy fireworks that are made to British standards.

Check your goodies

Always keep a bucket of water at hand and wear protective gloves and if you can, something to shield your eyes.

Finally, when you get home, check your treats. Throw away anything which isn’t in its original wrapper or looks like it’s been opened.

When buying fireworks, make sure that they are suitable for the size of your garden. Store them safely and when it comes to lighting them, do it at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.

Make sure you have the right supports and launchers for the type of fireworks you have. Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and stick them straight in cold water when they have burned out. Remember, children under five should never be given sparklers and those over five should be supervised at all times.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Pantomime


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Panto season is here! For many families, the lead up to Christmas doesn’t begin until the posters advertising pantomime start appearing around town. If you’re looking for a family friendly activity that will keep you all entertained the panto is a great option. Many parents would love to introduce their children to the theatre, but worry about them getting bored, so starting out with pantomime, where the audience is encouraged to move around and make as much noise as they like is a good starting point. Many of the UK’s top theatres will have pantomimes starring recognisable faces, but you don’t have to splash out on a lavish performance, local amateur dramatic groups, semi professional companies and even some schools all perform pantomimes around this time of year. Pantomimes tend to sell out quickly, so don’t delay, take a look at some of the shows in your area and book in now.

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l o o c r u o y Keeping ild... h during a c With the rise of social media taking an active role in our lives we can often feel the need to be the most perfect families in the universe. We like to feel that our kids are the best behaved of all the kids, we like to think that we’re the best parents, we’re fair and strict when need be, but mostly, life is super easy because our kids are the best kids. In reality, we all know that this isn’t the case. Children can be difficult, being a parent can be difficult. No one has endless amounts of patience and let’s be honest, who hasn’t wanted to crawl into a ball when their children start screaming about wanting sweets while at the supermarket. In certain situations, like your child screaming in the back of the car or niggling their brothers and sisters or refusing to do their homework, it can be impossible to keep your cool. So, here are a few tried and tested methods to help blow off steam.

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Win 4 tickets to see Frozen in Wonkyland, Bristol Hype Agency will be running their Pop Up Cinema from Sunday 23rd to Sunday 30th December at the Passenger Shed, Temple Meads, in partnership with the Bristol Film Festival. Set in the wonderful and quirky land of Wonkyland, this year's screenings include such classics as Frozen Singalong edition, Home Alone, Mary Poppins, Love Actually, the Muppets' Christmas Carol and many, many more! You can win 4 tickets with two double bean bags, popcorn and drink to a screening of Frozen Singalong edition on Thursday 27th or Saturday 29th December at 11am.

Win 4 tickets to see Cinderella at The Bristol Hippodrome Strictly sensation and comedian Brian Conley leads the cast in the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, Cinderella. In this family-friendly show packed with spectacular special effects and laugh-out-loud comedy, everyone’s favourite fashion guru Gok Wan will be offering helpful style tips to The Ugly Sisters and creating the most magical ball gown in panto-land for Cinderella in his role as The Fairy Gokmother. The competition tickets will be for the showing on Thu 3rd Jan at 7.00pm

Family Ice Skating tickets for Icescapes up for grabs! The UK’s largest covered winter ice rink returns for a second year to the iconic Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare. It will be transformed once again into a spectacular winter wonderland, where family and friends can skate, enjoy delicious food and drink, visit Santa’s Grotto and much more! Open from 19th October 2018 to 6th January 2019; skaters can take to the ice - rain or shine - with a clear canopy above the ice, decorated with glowing festive lights. Icescape @ The Tropicana offer a range of skating sessions including Skate & Donate, Free School Sessions and new this year – Parent & Toddler sessions. For full details visit our website

Win a family ticket for Santa Southwest entry and Father Christmas Experience Whether you want to take to the ice on the indoor real ice rink or enjoy the delights on offer from the traders at the indoor Christmas Market, you are sure not to be disappointed. Keep the magic of Christmas alive by taking the children for a special visit to Santa’s Enchanted Adventure, a forty five minute grotto experience like no other where you will join Santa’s friends in the search for the ninth reindeer! Read more at

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO SEE ALADDIN AT THE OCTAGON THEATRE Don't miss our hilarious, funpacked family pantomime, Aladdin, starring Lizzie Frances, Thom Ford and a fantastic supporting cast. Aladdin promises to be spectacluar, top-quality entertainment with the emphasis on strong casting, high production values and a genuinely funny script. Prize is a family ticket (4 seats) for the 6.30pm performance of Aladdin on Saturday 15 December.

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Helping you


hile it might seem like anxiety as a medical condition is something new, it has been around since the beginning of time and now with more and more pressure being piled onto their little shoulders, children are displaying more symptoms of general anxiety disorder. But what is it and how can you help?

ur child deal with anxiety What is Anxiety?

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety presents itself in a number of different ways, you’ve most likely experienced the affects of anxiety when going for an interview, doing your driving test, having to speak in front of a big group… You’ll recognise the sweaty palms and your heart racing. When someone is suffering from general anxiety disorder though, it is a lot more than just the normal amount of anxiety one can feel when doing something stressful. Feeling anxious has an evolutionary purpose, it helps activate the fight or flight response which we needed when it was likely we’d be eaten by sabre tooth tigers, these days, it isn’t something our bodies really need to stay alive. However, people who have an over active fight or flight response perceive threats where there often aren’t any, which causes problems for them, especially when it starts to interfere with everyday life.

Anxiety can be caused by a wide variety of things. It could be a product of genetics, it could be triggered by a stressful or traumatic event. It can manifest over time from a combination of factors. Feeling anxious is normal in certain situations, younger children might feel anxious when separated from their parents, but it is important to keep an eye on these feelings and make sure they don’t start affecting their performance at school or relationships with other children. Adolescent anxiety is often triggered by academic pressures, again, make sure this doesn’t manifest itself into something more negative resulting in panic attacks and poor attendance.

What symptoms are there? Some common symptoms of general anxiety disorder include: insomnia, heart palpitations, irritability, poor memory, chest pains, muscle tension, unexplained uneasiness, poor concentration, cold, sweaty, numb or tingling extremeties and in some cases, panic attacks, which present themselves in a variety of ways, but are terrifying to experience and can often make the feeling of anxiety worse. Anxiety isn’t an easy condition to treat, as it is difficult for doctors to measure it, however, it can be treated and it is important to believe and support your child when you notice these symptoms. If left to grow, anxiety can lead to poor school performance, depression, physical illness and more. So make sure to seek advice from the school and medical professionals if you think your child might be suffering from anxiety.

What about me? Well, quite, parenting a child with anxiety is very stressful and can create a difficult home environment. Surround yourself with a strong support network and be sure to ask for help if you need it.

What can I do? Although you should maintain the same expectations for your child as you did before you became aware of their anxiety, you should make sure you are able to adjust them to help manage their anxiety. Plan ahead to help minimise their exposure to stressful situations. When they are experiencing anxiety, listen and empathise with your child, it is important to validate how they are feeling and not try to belittle them, even if you don’t quite understand what is happening in their heads. You can ask for advice from your child’s school and from your GP, being transferred to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) might be an option, where your child can speak to a professional and learn behaviours to help them manage their anxiety. When waiting for an appointment or as a general rule, you can encourage them to get adequate sleep, use mindfulness techniques, exercise regularly and eat well to help them keep their anxiety under check.

Halloween recipes Spider Pizza Either use ready-made pizza bases or if you’re feeling really adventurous make your own. The easiest way is to grab a pack of mix from the super market. These can be made dairy/gluten free with a few substitutions.

You need: Pizza bases, either ready-made or a box mix Flour Passata Garlic paste Your choice of pizza toppings 1) If you’re going to make pizza bases, use the instructions on the pack of the dough or unwrap the ready made bases and put onto a floured surface. Gluten free bases and flour are available if you need it. 2) Mix passata and garlic paste in a bowl 3) Smear a layer of the mixture over the bases 4) Use the toppings of your choice to create spiders or other creepy characters – using veg you can create spider legs or use pepporoni to create eyes. 5) Add cheese (dairy free options are available) 6) Bake in the oven for the amount of time specified on the packaging for the pizza bases.

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Ghostly frozen bananas It is a fact universally acknowledged that frozen bananas taste just like ice cream, especially when they also have chocolate thrown into the mix. This recipe can be made dairy/gluten free if needed.

You need: 200g white chocolate 4 ripe bananas Chocolate chips, raisins or sweets to decorate 1) Gently melt white chocolate (substitute for a dairy/gluten free version if you like) 2) Peel four ripe bananas, cut them in half and push a lolly stick in the middle of each piece 3) Using a pastry brush coat the banana in chocolate, add eyes and a mouth using chocolate chips, sweets or raisins. 4) Freeze for at least 4 hours and then enjoy!

what’s on From 13th Oct Spookley Pumpkin Festival at Farringtons Farm Visit us this autumn for pumpkin picking, tractor trailer rides and to hear the tale of Spookley the square pumpkin., Farrington Farm, Farrington Gurney 16th October - 18th November Lacock's Mythical Creature trail Join us this Autumn on a quest for Lacock's mythical creature rumoured to be lurking in the woodland grounds. You'll be tracking down clues as to what it looks like, but beware you don't cross paths. Lacock Abbey, Lacock. 22nd & 23rd October Tree Climbing with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. Experience Montacute House from a bird's-eye view. An unforgettable experience for anyone aged from 6 to 106! Montacute House, Montacute. 24th & 26th October Owl-O-Ween at The Hawk Conservancy Marvel at our owls as they put on a beautiful flying display against the backdrop of our moonlit grounds. Hawk Conservancy Trust, Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover 27th October - 3rd November Spooky Shoe-perstitions at The Shoe Museum Learn about lucky shoes, Make black cat shoes, Witches storytime. Free admission. The Shoe Museum, High St, Street.

27th October - 3rd November The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt at Hestercombe It’s your job to hunt high and low to see if you can find the pumpkin and help the Witch complete her potion. If you succeed on your mission and find the golden pumpkin, you will receive a delicious chocolate pumpkin. 27th - 28th October Wizard Adventure Weekend Get your wands at the ready and help in the search for the missing magic as you join the Grand Old School of Wizardry! Board the steam train, meet the characters and enjoy the adventure. For children 5+. Avon Valley Railway, Bitton. 28th October Pumpkins on the Platform Dress up and play Apple bobbing and other games with WPA Have a scary face painted and do the spooky Pumpkin trail MSN Railway Station, Silver St. 10.30 -4pm. 29th Oct Spoooky goings on at Puxton Park! Fancy dress and Halloween disco, Creepy Critter Show, Crocodiles of the world, slithering snakes and the beautiful bugs! See more at Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane Hewish 29th October There's spooky fun to be had at Avebury You can follow the children's trail in the Old Farmyard to win a spooky prize. You can visit the Manor to discover how beliefs and superstitions influenced the people who once lived here.

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29 October - 3 November “Sea Dragons of Street” Fossil Exhibition Come face to face with Street’s prehistoric past, when Somerset was a tropical ocean filled with sea dragons. The Grange, Farm Road, Street. 29th October Half Term at the Palace: Make-it Monday! Join us for our dragon-themed “Make-it Monday” family craft activity session, 10:30am-3pm. Taking place in the Undercroft of the Palace - children will have the chance to make dragon masks and tails. 2nd November Family Activity at Glastonbury Abbey Make a bouncing spider -It is the season for spiders and creepy crawlies – make a friendly spider to play with. 2nd November Farrington Park Fireworks and Disco The area's biggest firework display! Hot food, BBQ, face painting and family disco. Gates open 6pm. Buy tickets at the bar or from 3rd November Norton Radstock Round Table Fireworks Midsomer Norton Cricket Ground, 7pm. 9th - 11th November The Christmas Artisan Markets You can find the inspiration to delight your friends and family with perfectly chosen and unique Christmas gifts this year. 10am - 4pm. Bishop's Palace, Wells. 16th & 17th November Christmas Market at Hestercombe Come and explore our annual Christmas market featuring over 60 festive stalls bursting with beautiful gifts, delicious treats and unusual hand-crafted items.

From 24th November Santa Specials at Avon Valley Railway Join the Avon Valley Railway this festive season for a ride on one of our steam-hauled trains and enjoy a special visit from Father Christmas! Avon Valley Railway, Bitton.

1st December Lacock's Christmas List Family Trail Father Christmas has lost his list and needs your help matching the presents to who they belong to in the woodland grounds. Lacock Abbey, Lacock. 1st December Santa Express with West Somerset Railway Have a magical experience full of festive cheer, by seeing Santa on the Santa Express. Have a magical experience full of festive cheer, by travelling on one of our Santa Expresses. This service leaves Bishops Lydeard on various dates throughout December. 2nd December Travelling Light Theatre Presents: Three Kings Three Kings fuses storytelling, song and dance and puppetry in a sparkling show about finding out where you belong, overcoming your differences and listening to the secret stargazer in each of us. A wonderful Christmas treat for local families. Victoria Hall, Radstock. 2nd, 9th & 16th December Meet Santa on the train at Midsomer Norton Station Adult ticket £6 includes mince pie and Christmas punch Child's ticket £9, age 1-16 includes meeting Santa, gift and Christmas snack. Children under 1 FREE (including gift). Please book on line at

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Settling into a new school routine is always tricky and getting used to a new classroom, teacher and curriculum is always a challenge, but what do you do when your child is consistently returning home upset because they dislike their classroom teacher? The most important thing you can do is listen to their concerns. Personality conflicts happen regardless of your age and as you know, not everyone clicks with all the people they interact with on a daily basis. The lesson though is to be aware of those feelings without letting it disrupt your day. Talk about why your child has such a reaction to their teacher, ask them open ended questions about their school day and find out whether the teacher is strict and whether it is the whole class or just your child. It can take a while for all of us to get used to each other’s quirks and it might be that your child is unsure of their new teacher’s personality and their way of doing things.

"Most important thing is listening to their concerns." When talking about it though, don’t brush it off, take their concerns seriously, but do so in a controlled and measured way, don’t get angry or defensive straight away. If there is a serious bullying problem, attacking the teacher might make things worse in the classroom, there are several sides to a story, so remain calm and keep an open mind until you’ve had a chance to meet the teacher yourself.

My c h i l d h ate s t h e i r te a c h e r ! If you feel the situation with your child hasn’t improved, make an appointment to speak to the teacher. Sometimes children need help negotiating a relationship with their teacher, particularly if they have additional needs which aren’t being met for whatever reason. Many teachers will appreciate the feedback and will be interested in how your child feels and how they can make their classroom experience better. By validating your child’s thoughts you’ll already have halved the problem as they will feel valued and supported and will give them the courage to address any other problems they may have while at school.

"In very rare cases you might come across a difficult teacher." In very rare cases you might come across a difficult teacher, but your children take their social cues from you, so you will need to be calm and confident about how you handle the situation. Your behaviour will show your child that they have the power to confront things they don’t like, but that they must do it in a diplomatic way and will set them up for similar experiences as they get older. If you are faced with a situation where for whatever reason your child and their teacher just do not work well together, you are within your right to help your child have a successful experience while at school. Speak to the school’s pastoral care, if they have it, and arrange a meeting with the head to discuss your options.

THE BENEFITS OF PERFORMING ARTS FOR CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING According to the charity YoungMinds; “An average of three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder”. This is a staggering statistic and as a parent, not something you ever want your child to have to deal with. The world throws a lot of challenges at children and young people, especially in such a fast moving technological society. From body image, social media and peer pressure, there are so many obstacles that young people face which can really affect mental health.

learn to improve their concentration, commitment and determination. The classes themselves enable children to be themselves whilst encouraging them to be social and collaborative with their peers. Principals of Stagecoach Schools in the Bristol and Bath area have a passion for the arts and a fantastic team of experienced teachers at their schools to ensure that your child thrives. Children of all abilities are welcome. There is no experience necessary and the schools are very inclusive to all.

This is why combating these mental health issues from a young age is key, or at least giving your children the tools to be best prepared for what challenges they may come across in their lives. The performing arts offer children a fantastic platform to be expressive and channel emotions, bravery and courage, whilst learning new skills, being active, having fun with other local children and ultimately growing in confidence.

Stagecoach runs Early Stages classes for four-six year olds at venues around the Bristol and Bath area encouraging young children to use their imagination and make new friends. Main Stages for 6-18 year olds are run enabling children to work together to be creative and have fun in a nurturing and supportive setting. Being part of Stagecoach is about more than just attending performing arts classes; it’s a community in which the staff take great pride in watching children grow into Stagecoach Performing Arts inspires every child to unlock their potential wonderful young adults. and develop their Creative Courage For Life. By separating classes Children’s progress is monitored at Stagecoach through their unique into singing, dancing and acting, this allows children the freedom to Educational Framework, to offering transparency on what your child will be creative within a structured and safe environment. Stagecoach has already made a difference to over one million students’ lives. learn and the skills they will develop. Students learn more than the Performing Arts; they learn skills to help them succeed on the stage of life. The performing arts teach children to be brave, to speak up and have the courage to share their opinions. It teaches life skills such as resilience, self-esteem and is an outlet for children to be active and expressive within a creative setting. Students

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will be Christmas carols in the Chapel from a range of different local musicians, costumed storytelling by the fire, Mulled wine, mince pies and children’s drinks will be on sale and there will be special Family Christmas Craft sessions at intervals throughout the weekends, including the chance to make some beautiful Christmas decorations. historicRestaurant rooms of thefor Palace buildings will again be decorated; each Please visit the website for further details about timings. at The Feathers of them with a different based of diverse aspects of Christmas. breakfast on 23 and 24theme, December, Each ch using On the first weekend of the event (8th & 9th December), Christmas Many the23 decorations will be sourced from the Palace Gardens, and teaofon December* ild will rece ive seasonal greenery and foliage to enhance the natural aspect of the at the Palace will be enhanced by “Deck the Halls” a Winter Flower Bring the little ones along for a an ea rly Christm Hall stunning medieval fireplace in the Entrance Festival with the NAFAS South West Area Competitions. There will be biteembellishments. to eat, see FatherThe Christmas as preaserange in his meet an willgrotto have and a roaring fireowl. to welcome visitors and there will be of hands-on floristry sessions, festival floral displays and the chance to nt *check website forChristmas dates and timestrees to be found around the Palace. different see some truly amazing arrangements in this wonderful setting. Each Christmas event ticket comes with a half-price The interior of the Palace beThursday illuminated,4and a Family Trail will take entrance voucher valid will until April 2019* * TERMS ANDon CONDITIONS APPLY – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE visitors a path through the Palace & Gardens,

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reasons not to delay your Christmas shopping We know it isn't winter yet and the amount of shops stocking Christmas gifts and decorations and dusting off their Christmas top hit cds is disturbing, but getting started with your Christmas shopping early is never a bad thing, see the reasons why below...

We all know that the kids want to own the must-have toys or gadgets and these always sell out within hours, so getting your Christmas shopping started can guarantee you get the more sought after gifts well ahead of time.

Getting your goods early will give you time to check them to make sure they’re in full working order and exactly as you need it to be.

Starting early also means you can spread the cost and save money, you’ll notice that many shops will subtly raise prices as the big day gets nearer and then drop them all as it actually arrives. You can spread the cost and save money in So, while it the long run by taking might seem wrong advantage of lower prices to start getting your and postage. Christmas shopping lists in order, actually, start early and you’ll be reaping the benefits while everyone else is stressed.

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If you get organised quickly enough you’ll likely be able to come to an agreement with everyone on your list to set a cap on the cost and make sure you’re able to spend more time getting them something they’ll really appreciate.

It isn’t just the gifts you can get sorted early, you can use the time to get all the treats and drinks sorted for Christmas dinner too! Besides, Christmas is supposed to be a holiday, so rather than spend it rushing around and getting everything sorted, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the time with your children.

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News and Reviews WESTFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL WELCOMED INTO THE MNSP Westfield Primary School was pleased to announce that on the 1st October they were converted to Academy status and simultaneously joined the Midsomer Norton Schools' Partnership Multi Academt Trust (MAT). Approved by the Secretary of State for Education, this conversion will allow the school to have more control over the day to day operations within the support network offered by the MSNP MAT which operates ten primary schools in the area as well as two secondary schools in the town and St Dunstan's in Glastonbury.

WESTFIELD SCHOOL ARE IN BLOOM WINNERS! Westfield Primary School are celebrating winning the cup for the overall winner in the Bath in Bloom schools group. All the classes are involved in gardening at Westfield: children have enjoyed a carrot competition, growing a monster pumpkin and growing ingredients for a stir-fry. The garden club children have been busy designing and landscaping a new garden to help their learning about the local mining heritage. The children would like to say 'thank you' to all the staff and parents who have helped to make this achievement possible.


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Kilmersdon School pupils Chloe in Falcons class and Bethany in Eagles class were crowned the Carnival Princess and Queen for this year’s Midsomer Norton Carnival. The whole school is looking forward to cheering them on when the royal carriage goes through the town on Carnival night.


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Together with St Julian’s, Shoscombe School has been awarded another EU Erasmus plus grant, which funds work in school and visits to partner schools in Denmark, France, Spain and Ireland. Shoscombe’s project runs for two years from November 2018 to November 2020 and is called Respect, Reuse, Recycle. Both schools will update parents on upcoming European trips and welcomes parents who want to find out more about the grant. Please see the school’s website to find out what the grant allows them to do.

PENSFORD’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING AT CHEW VALLEY Congratulations to Jack, Finley, Theo and Will who were the first to represent Pensford at a sporting event this year. They finished 2nd, 8th, 11th and 13th respectively in a race that included around 50 runners in the Y5/6 boys category. Overall this was enough for second place – an impressive performance bettered only by the very strong team from Chew Stoke. The top two teams really stood out, with our Pensford team finishing 29 points ahead of third place. Special congratulations to Jack for coming second individually in the race too. He timed his final sprint very well to come from third to second and was only just behind the winner. Mr Barton very much enjoyed taking the team out to Chew.

KILMERSDON SINGERS RAISE MONEY FOR HELP FOR HEROES Several pupils from Kilmersdon School joined forces with the Jenny Peplow Singers at their concert on Saturday, 15th September at St John’s Church in Frome to raise money for Help for Heroes. All the money raised went to the charity.

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Congratulations to Kilmersdon Primary School who have come top of the league table in the Waste Free Lunch competition! Kilmersdon Primary came first out of more than 100 schools that visited Carymoor during the 2017-18 academic year because they managed to create no landfill waste from their packed lunches and had the smallest amount of compostable and recyclable waste too. Neil Gemmell from Carymoor said: "The Carymoor team went to visit Kilmersdon Primary on 3rd July as part of our Schools Against Waste programme and ran an assembly and workshops with the children to raise awareness about recycling. Apparently this really got them focused on the issue and they almost immediately followed this up with a visit to Carymoor on 18th July. They were well prepared for the Waste Free Lunch challenge and parents were very much on side." Neil visited Kilmersdon Primary School on Wednesday 26th September to present the Waste Free Lunch trophy during National Recycling Week. Four other schools also managed to create no landfill waste from their packed lunches during the last academic year: Ash Primary, Wellington Prep School, Neroche Primary and Archbishop Wake Primary. Neil added: “The Waste Free Lunch competition is a great way to reduce everyday waste and highlight choices that can make a difference. By using a reusable box for sandwiches instead of clingfilm or a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use one you can really make a difference each week, month and year. We know some schools have changed their policy on packed lunches on school trips as a result of taking part in the competition so it’s great to see it have a lasting impact. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the schools that took part last year. Let's bring on the challenge again in 2018-19!"

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HEMINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL WELCOMED INTO THE MNSP closely with other local schools to ensure we are giving the very best support to our children and families. At Hemington we pride ourselves in being an inclusive school with a family atmosphere. We believe by joining the extended family of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership we will be in an excellent position to take the School into the future whilst continuing to be a unique village school”.

Hemington Primary School is the latest school to announce that on the 1st August 2018 the School converted to Academy status and simultaneously joined the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Approved by the Secretary of State for Education, this conversion will allow the School to have more control over its day to day operations within the support network offered by the MNSP MAT which now operates nine primary schools in the Midsomer Norton area as well as the two secondary schools in the town and St Dunstan’s secondary in Glastonbury.

MAT CEO and Executive Headteacher Alun Williams said: “I am delighted that Hemington Primary has decided to join the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership. I really look forward to working with the staff and children at the school, as do all those colleagues and children who are already part of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership”.

Naomi de Chastelain, Headteacher commented “We are thrilled to have become a part of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership. The MAT provides the opportunities for us to work

PEASEDOWN THANK WRITHLINGTON STUDENTS Peasedown St John Primary School would like to thank a group of Year 12 students from Writhlington School that came along during the first few weeks of term to do some gardening, painting, clearing and tidying. The outside area looks amazing! The school would like to say a huge thank you to the team for working so hard, the school grounds have never looked better!

SHOSCOMBE SCHOOL LIBRARY OPENED BY AUTHOR Shoscombe’s school library was officially opened by author Laura James. The library was restocked with many brilliant books thanks to the FOSSA donation of £6,000. Over the summer term, the books have been catalogued and the library had a smart facelift over the holidays too. Author Laura James ran a workshop with Years 1, 2 and 3. Her books were also for sale during the day.

FOSSE WAY SCHOOL OPEN REFURBISHED CO-OP After it was damaged by a fire, Westfield Co-op was officially reopened by children from Fosse Way School, who were presented with goodie bags and a cheque from the Radstock Co-operative Society for £250 which will be used for a sensory garden, which parents have been working hard on over the summer. There are plans for a raised bed, blackboard spaces and a mud kitchen, to help with speech, language and communication skills. Parents and teachers are also hoping to refurbish the school’s sensory room and develop an all-purpose running track outside the school grounds and have begun fundraising for these projects. If you have any DIY skills that you can offer voluntarily, or are able to donate materials, such as sand, to the school, please get in touch with them on:

JEANS FOR GENES AT UBLEY Ubley Primary School took part in this year’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday, 21st September. The day is to raise awareness and money for children with genetic disorders that makes their lives difficult. By the children wearing their jeans and donating some money, they can help change these children’s lives.

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Question: Who wrote The Twits, Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Enormous Crocodile? Ask the children at Chew Stoke Church School and they will all be able to tell you, that it is of course, none other than Roald Dahl. The children know this because they have just celebrated ‘Roald Dahl Day’ on 13th September – which happened to have been Roald Dahl’s birthday. Sadly, the author is no longer alive, but the children of Chew Stoke joined thousands across the country in reading his books, writing about him, producing pictures and joining in a live broadcast featuring characters from his books. A ‘Marvellous’ day was had by all! Pictured: Pupils from Owl Class at Chew Stoke, with their artwork based on The Enormous Crocodile.

Students and staff at Fosse Way, the outstanding special school in Radstock, were once again thrilled to receive an excellent set of results following this summer’s examinations. This year a record 23 students, including 65% of year 11, were entered for one or more GCSE qualifications. The much anticipated results day brought the exhilarating news that Fosse Way’s students had achieved a pass rate of nearly 100%; almost every student was awarded a grade in each subject they had been entered for! Many achieved a level of success that far outstripped what they had imagined possible on commencing their courses two years ago. Besides this two students achieved level 2 Silver Arts Awards in Performing Arts; qualifications that are also equivalent to grade C grade at GCSE. This impressive level of success in Performing Arts is another first for Fosse Way School. Meanwhile one of Fosse Way’s students, who was educated at a nearby comprehensive school with specialist support from Fosse Way staff, gained an impressive eight GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. Another of Fosse Way’s students, who completed A level and Cambridge International examinations at the same school, achieved grades that have enabled him to take up a four-year degree course in Business Studies at Bournemouth University. Assistant Principal Ian Tanner, who is in charge of secondary education, commented: 'I am really pleased with such a great set of results. The huge efforts of the students paid off with excellent achievements in a diverse range of qualifications. It was great to see successes including GCSEs, BTECs, Arts awards, Cambridge Nationals and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Many of the students found the experience of exams particularly challenging which makes the results even more impressive. A special mention to all the staff and parents who supported the children to do so well. I wish all of the students every success as they move on to their next challenges at our Post 16 Centre and other colleges.' The increasingly popular sixth form provision at Fosse Way enables some students to retake GCSE courses in the core subjects. This year, seven students who revisited GCSE English achieved highly impressive outcomes. These results prompted the school’s Sixth Form Assistant Principal, Fiona Moody to comment: ''This has been a fantastic year for our students, they have worked extremely hard and through such dedication we have seen some brilliant results. I am so proud of the students and for many of them these excellent grades at GCSE will really open up the world for them. This has proven that retaking GCSE courses in the core subjects really is worth it.''

OFSTED VISIT ST MARY’S DURING FIRST WEEK OF TERM In the first week back at school, Ofsted visited St Mary’s School in Writhlington. You can read the full report on the school’s website or ask the reception staff who will be happy to give you a copy. The report found that there is no change in the school’s overall effectiveness grade of ‘Good.’ The school’s curriculum and the positivity and behaviour of the students was also praised. Ofsted also noted that safeguarding is effective at the school. To address some of the issues that were raised, staff at the school will be checking the impact of actions on raising standards, teaching more challenging maths, better communicating their safeguarding procedures and the approach to bullying and strengthening the quality of teaching in the nursery.

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WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT Name: Chloe Wall Age:6 Achievement: Completed the Summer reading challenge

Name: Chloe Wall Age:6 Achievement: Achieved the British Gymnastics Proficiency award for level 6

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Family Matters October 2018 North East Somerset Edition.  

Children and families magazine distributed in schools in the North East Somerset area.

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Children and families magazine distributed in schools in the North East Somerset area.

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