SOUTH BRISTOL EDITION
ISSUE 46 â€¢ October 2018
YOUR SCHOOL NEWS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
p5 Staying safe during autumn festivities
p12 Helping your child deal with anxiety
p7 losing your cool
p16 what's on this autumn
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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.
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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11AM â€“ 4PM, TUESDAY 30TH & WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Bring your wannabe wizards to celebrate Halloween with our FREE wicked craft workshops and lessons in wizardry. Plus meet and train Epico the incredible dragon and lots more.
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l o o c r u o y Keeping ild... h c a g n i dur 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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Watching cats on YouTube. Even if you don’t like cats, cat videos help everyone.
Texting your BFF Watching Tom Hardy episodes of CBeebies' Story Time. To keep them quiet. Of course.
Washing up. Seriously. Give it a go.
5 Can you think of any more ways of keeping your cool with the kids? Send us your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Awash with Swash
16th – 19th December 4:30pm & 7pm
MARTIN DODD for UK PRODUCTIONS in association with THEATRE ROYAL BATH by arrangement with GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY and SAMUEL FRENCH LIMITED proudly presents
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THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL Based on the book by Baroness Orczy Adapted by Christopher William Hill
Co-directed by Emma Earle & Joe Hufton
Designed by Zoë Squire
Music Composed by Jack Drewry
Sound Design by John Everett
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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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Christmas at the Palace 8th – 22nd December 2018 10am – 4pm Following the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas event at The Bishop’s Palace, this December, the Palace will once again be celebrating the joy and magic of the season with a wonderful fortnight of festivities!
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. The historic rooms of the Palace buildings will again be decorated; each Please visit the website for further details about timings. of them with a different theme, based of diverse aspects of Christmas. Many of the decorations will be sourced from the Palace Gardens, using On the first weekend of the event (8th & 9th December), Christmas seasonal greenery and foliage to enhance the natural aspect of the at the Palace will be enhanced by “Deck the Halls” a Winter Flower embellishments. The stunning medieval fireplace in the Entrance Hall Festival with the NAFAS South West Area Competitions. There will be will have a roaring fire to welcome visitors and there will be a range of hands-on floristry sessions, festival floral displays and the chance to different Christmas trees to be found around the Palace. see some truly amazing arrangements in this wonderful setting. The interior of the Palace will be illuminated, and a Family Trail will take visitors on a path through the Palace & Gardens, leading to traditional nativity scene at the end. Each weekend, (8th & 9th, 17th & 18th, 22nd Dec) Father Christmas will take up residence in the Long Gallery, along with his wife Mother Christmas! As they were extremely popular last year, and all the slots sold out, make sure to book your tickets early (there is an additional charge to visit Father Christmas, details below). In addition, there
Join us this Christmas as we deck our halls with Christmas finery! Twinkling trees, festive decorations, seasonal storytelling, family crafts, a trail to our nativity and of course, Father and Mother Christmas*! *Father Christmas tickets are £5 per child (including entrance) and must be accompanied by a paying Adult.
01749 988 111 www.bishopspalace.org.uk
So if you want that warm, festive feeling, just pull on your Christmas jumper and head down to the Palace this December! Father Christmas tickets: £5 per child (includes entrance to Palace & Gardens). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult or Member. Tickets available online from 1st October. Apart from Father Christmas, all other events during Christmas at the Palace are included in standard admission.
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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 www.icescape-tropicana.co.uk
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 www.santasouthwest.co.uk
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.
TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING THESE FANTASTIC PRIZES, simply visit www.familymatters-uk.co.uk, click on the Competitions button and complete the form. It couldn’t be easier! Closing date for entries: 1st December 2018
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.
to make with the kids
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!
whatâ€™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. www.farringtons.co.uk, 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. www.hawk-conservancy.org/events 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 Itâ€™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. www.hestercombe.com 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. www.avonvalleyrailway.org 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 www.puxton.co.uk/events/october-half-term 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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
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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. Alfredgilletttrust.org 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. www.bishopspalace.org.uk 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. www.glastonburyabbey.com 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 www.farringtonpark.co.uk 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. www.hestercombe.com
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. www.avonvalleyrailway.org
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. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk 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. victoriahallradstock.co.uk 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 www.sdjr.co.uk
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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.
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Carnival Time! As the nights get colder and darker, we know that it isnâ€™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
2pm childrenâ€™s 7.30pm main
North Petherton Carnival
10th November 7.00pm
Midsomer Norton and District Carnival
12th November 7.30pm
Shepton Mallet Carnival
14th November 7.30pm
16th November 7.00pm
17th November 7.00pm
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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
Your child can see what it’s all about in a Two-Week Trial during the autumn term. To ﬁnd out more, and to book please call Olivia: Keynsham, Yatton and Long Ashton 0117 9028925 www.stagecoach.co.uk/bristolkeynsham
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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.
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 THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE VISITS CHEW STOKE! 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!
CAN YOU HELP WHITCHURCH’S PTA? With their children now entering Y6, both the Chair and Vice-Chair of Whitchurch Primary School’s PTA are reaching the end of their time on the committee. They have both spent many years working tirelessly for the PTA, raising tens of thousands of pounds. The PTA now desperately need more members, without new members the PTA is in danger of closing, resulting in the loss of both a valuable resource for the school and some fantastic events that take place during the year. If you would like to get involved, please visit www.whitchurchprimary.co.uk/pta for more information.
WHITCHURCH HOLD MACMILLAN COFFEE AFTERNOON Whitchurch Primary School once again supported the Macmillan Coffee Fundraiser with a Books and Biscuits session on the field. Parents were invited to join the children from 2.30pm on the 28th September where they could enjoy books, biscuits and beverages together. The children were asked to bring in their favourite books to share with everyone.
Pictured: Pupils from Owl Class at Chew Stoke, with their artwork based on The Enormous Crocodile.
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WHITCHURCH LOOKS FORWARD TO WELCOMING FEATHERS MCGRAW BACK TO THE SCHOOL! Whitchurch Primary Schoolâ€™s Feathers McGraw sculpture has been at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway over the summer holidays, and many of the children had the chance to go and see him along with all the other schoolsâ€™ fantastic designs before the start of term. They are now eagerly awaiting his return to the school at the end of October, once The Greatest Dog Show on Earth 2 has concluded.
BATH LITERATURE FESTIVAL
VERY FIRST FOREST SCHOOL SESSION AT LONGWELL GREEN SCHOOL Longwell Green School are very pleased to now be able to offer their children Forest School sessions. With four, one hour sessions per week, the school hopes that all children will get the opportunity to spend some time in the forest. The children will help maintain the forest area, plant bee and butterfly gardens and observe the creatures in the forest. Once the Forest School Leader completes her training the children will also access real tools and light fires under close supervision. The first topic was water tight shelter building, and all shelters were tested once complete. Some shelters were for the Rangers, others for hedgehogs, bees, mice etc. The children also had the chance to do their own risk assessments and were fantastic at spotting possible hazards.
Year 6 pupils from Saltford Primary visited the Guildhall in Bath in order to hear two writers, Catherine Johnson and Katherine Woodfine, discussing the book 'Make More Noise', which is full of short stories about protest and standing up for what you believe. They read extracts from their own stories and discussed the different ways people take a stand for their beliefs. An interesting Q&A session focused on how the authors find inspiration for writing, as well as top tips for anyone who might like to write when they are older. It was lovely to see some children so inspired that they immediately put pen to paper upon returning to school. Well done to year 6 for representing the school so superbly.
DANCE LESSONS FOR CASTLE PRIMARY Y6 had a lesson in jive dancing as part of their history learning around life during WW2. A WW2 vehicle also visited the school.
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POD 6 TRIP TO SWINDON STEAM MUSEUM Pod 6 from Chandag Junior School enjoyed a great day out learning about World War II at The Steam Museum, Swindon. They dressed up as evacuees and took part in workshops to learn about The Second World War. The pupils experienced sitting inside a public air-raid shelter and learned about ways people coped with the fear of bombing raids. They boarded steam trains and took part in drama activities to help them to imagine how evacuees would have felt. The children also learned about how women’s roles changed during the war and learned about the important job that train drivers had. One volunteer at the museum was able to tell them his memories of being a child during the war. They all had a great day out and learned a huge amount.
MANOR WOODS VISIT All the classes from KS1, Saltford Primary, visited Manor Road Community Woodland to do some work supporting their current science topics, Animals including Humans. The children considered the needs of different animals and used this to create shelters for their furry friends. They then looked for signs of Autumn, supporting their work on Harvest, and completed a scavenger hunt around the woodland. All the children left the woodland inspired, if a little weary from the walk.
HARVEST BREAKFAST AT WHITCHURCH The children of Whitchurch Primary enjoyed a morning of ‘Books and Breakfast’, where they were served toast and juice by teachers before adjourning to a soft area to read! This was part of the school's harvest celebrations where children also donated food products for the Counterslip Food Bank.
SCIENCE WEEK AT LONGWELL GREEN Children across the school engaged in fun experiments and investigations in Science Week. Year 6 are studying Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. They conducted an experiment to test different beaks and how well they could pick up food as though they were Galapagos finches. They had 20 seconds to pick up as much food as they could with one beak. The children concluded that the finches must have evolved to suit their environment. In Year 5, the pupils used cabbage water as an indicator when adding vinegar (acid) and bicarbonate of soda (alkali). They made predictions of what may happen! It changed colour! In science, Year 4 have been learning about the different types of liquids that can damage our teeth. The children tested Ribena, milk, vinegar, coca cola, orange juice and water. The results were shocking and the children were very surprised with the outcome! We found that the worst liquid was vinegar (it made the egg squidgy, as the whole shell had dis-solved), shortly followed by coca cola (which made the egg a dark brown colour). This demonstrated why we need to be very careful with how much we drink these substances! In Year 3, they investigated how our skeletons move using rubber bands to demonstrate how the muscles pull on the bones allowing the joints to move.
HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS Key Stage 2 children celebrated their Harvest Festival with a Remembrance/World War 1 theme. The children sang both traditional and modern songs, read from the Bible and joined in with the prayers. Well done to all the children who read and performed so well.
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BROAD CURRICULUMBROUGHT ALIVE
SCHOOL PARLIAMENT’S HARVEST FESTIVAL
Whitchurch School have continued the exciting initiative of bringing the curriculum alive for the children! Year 6 enjoyed a day of ‘Antarctic survival skills’ with Dr Hawkins from the University of Bristol. Here the children and Dr Hawkins explored the history of Antarctica and the biographies of those who dared to explore it, before doing it themselves! Meanwhile, Years 3 and 4 explored their topic of ‘Crazy Cavemen’ through a visit to Cheddar Gorge, where they too studied the lives of our distant ancestors, before dressing as them and acting out life in prehistoric times!
Friday 5 October, Castle Primary School Parliament held an assembly in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), their last fundraising event in their year as MPs. To raise funds for the charity, they decided to create fruit/veg snacks which could be bought between 3.00 and 3.30pm for 50p a pot. Well done to School Parliament for coming up with this brilliant idea!
DR DAMIAN MAHER VISITS SALTFORD Saltford Primary welcomed Dr Damian Maher, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Technology Sydney, to the school. Professor Dr Kate Reynolds, Chair of the WMAT Governing Body, had met Dr Maher on a visit to Sydney earlier this year and Dr Maher had indicated that he would like to visit some primary and secondary schools in the area. Dr Maher toured the school and was very impressed with the site and the excellent facilities on offer to the children.
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 the 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.
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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
Name: Maddie Age: 9 Achievement: 10 metre backstroke
Name: David Knowles Achievement: Competed in the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships in Birmingham on 22-23 September and ranked 4th in the country.
Name: Jacob Bush Age: 7 Achievement: Completed the Summer reading challenge
Name: Sharusha R Age: 5 Achievement: Passed the 1st level ballet dance exam.
Name: Bethany Wall Age: 10 Achievement: Completed the Summer reading challenge
Name: Ella Age: 5 Achievement: Merit in Ballet Preparatory Grade
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