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Welcome to the first Family Matters magazine of 2018! As you can see, we have made a few changes which we hope you like. It’s a new design, a new name but the same great magazine! The magazine now ties in with our fantastic website, where you can read more articles, enter our competitions, upload your WOW photos and much more. Make a cuppa, take 15 minutes and read our article about Fear of Failure in children. It’s a great insight and could explain a few things if your child suffers with anxiety. Also take a look at our Mother's Day feature; instead of the normal gift ideas or breakfast in bed, we have decided to give our mum's ideas for a relaxing day. Remember Mother's Day should be all about them! We hope the weather isn’t too bleak this February so you can get out and about and visit some of the events on offer from our advertisers. Have a great half term and enjoy!

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St Cuthbert’s C of E Academy Infants & Pre-School Keward Walk Wells Somerset BA5 1TZ

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Childrens Nursery Ltd Ages 3 months - 4 years Monday - Friday 7.30am - 6pm Breakfast & Afterschool Club School Age We offer 30 hours funding 01458 446999 The Tanyard, Leigh Rd, Street BA16 0HD

School Office 01749 672591 Pre-School Office 01749 675995 School E Pre-School E stcuthbertspreschool@

St Cuthbert’s Academy welcomes children from 2 to 7 years. Our preschool takes children from ages 2 to 4 years from all local areas. As we are one school our children can make a smooth transition and settle easily into reception classes. They also have use of the Infant schools facilities as well as a large out door space and a bright conservatory area. We are confident you will be impressed with our school and what we can offer your child at any time, come visit us at a time in the day that suits you Rate ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

PRIDDY PRESCHOOL OPEN MORNING Priddy Preschool is holding an OPEN MORNING for all interested parents and carers on Thursday 1st March from 9.30am-12pm. Come along and discover for yourselves what this beautiful rural Preschool has to offer your child. Situated in the heart of the Mendip Hills, Priddy offers the perfect natural environment for a preschool centred around outdoor learning and creativity. This small, child-centred preschool has recently undergone changes in management and received local funding to offer high quality care with a ’freedom to learn’ ethos and strong focus on art and music. Priddy Preschool aims to encourage a love for nature and the great outdoors and instil a sense of freedom, adventure, fun and independence. Children spend roughly 50% of their time outdoors and thanks to funding from Priddy Folk Festival are also able to benefit from specialist music and art sessions. Priddy Preschool offers term-time care with the option of breakfast club and hot meals for 2- to 4- year olds. Make sure you bring your wellies! Please visit or phone 01749 870755 for further information.

Finding the right Finding good childcare was a confusing task when I was looking for my little ones. There were many questions and concerns that swirled through my head. Will they cater for my child's needs? How will I know if my child will be happy? What if my child doesn't like it? If you want to use a nursery or pre school for your child's care, I recommend trying to visit a few different establishments in your area or near your place of work. Your first impressions of a day nursery are important. Is there a friendly, warm atmosphere? Are the staff welcoming? Are the rooms and toys clean? And most importantly, do the children look happy and occupied?

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I have put together a few thoughts to help you to spot the signs of a good day nursery: Make sure staff ask about your routine, and talk about how they can help your child settle into the new environment. They should also ask questions about your child’s care and health. Check that your child can’t leave the building without being noticed, and that nobody can enter. Security should be a high priority for your peace of mind.

Talk to other local parents and friends to find out what they think of the day nursery you’re interested in. You’ll want to know if the day nursery can be flexible for your needs. Will they allow you to pick up and drop off your child at different times if your working hours change at short notice or you have an emergency?

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Will they be able to cater for your child if they have any dietary needs? Find out what the nursery serves at meal times to make sure they offer a range of fresh, nutritious options. Children learn through play, especially mine, so look for somewhere that places a high value on children simply doing activities that they enjoy. Look at the displays on the walls. You want to see plenty of drawings and paintings that the children have done themselves, which shows that their creativity is valued and encouraged. A good day nursery will have their registration certificate displayed prominently. Ask to see it if it isn't.

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February Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace This February Half Term, The Bishop’s Palace will kick off its children’s activities programme for 2018.

close with a range of nature experiences such as pond dipping, minibeast hunting and seed sowing.

The new “Make-it Monday!” sessions will be run every Monday during school holidays in the Undercroft, beginning with a theme of “Heads & Tails”. Children can take the opportunity to make wacky beasts and dastardly dragons, in a variety of craft forms!

Throughout the February Half Term, there will be a brand new family trail based on the “Heads & Tails” theme, which will finish in the fun-filled Dragon’s Lair, where little ones can let off steam on our play equipment.

Family activities are included in standard adThis year, our popular ‘Nature Ninjas’ sessions mission and under 5’s are always FREE. A time which take place in the Gardens, will be held slot for the Make-it Monday sessions must be on Fridays, giving children the chance to get up collected upon arrival at the Palace. OPEN DAILY

Join us this February Half Term for a new family trail through the grounds, Monday craft activities, Friday gardening fun and a Pancake Race! Make use of The Dragon's Lair Play Area and relax in our family-friendly Cafe.

Make-it Monday! 12th FEb 10:30-3 pancake races 13th 11am nature ninjas 16th FEb 11-3

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Gardening with children is a great way to teach them which vegetables grow underground and how you have to look after the seedlings to create a healthy crop. Although the weather is still cold in February, it is the perfect time to start preparing to grow your fruit and vegetables.

Start chitting your potatoes. This means allowing the potatoes to sprout shoots so they are ready for planting in March. Stand your potatoes up with the end that has the most dents in it at the top. Place them in an open egg box or similar in a light, frostfree place and leave them to grow shoots. These will be ready to plant once the soil has warmed up.

You can sow your cucumber and tomato seeds in February ready for greenhouse growing. If you have light soil, you can plant shallots and garlic in mid February.

If you have light (sandy) soil and you can sow broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early beetroot, salad onions, lettuces, radish, peas, spinach and summer cabbages outside under cloches, ready for the spring.

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Mothering Sunday Mother’s Day is around the corner and you may be expecting the typical gifts. But even though you’d never turn down these gifts, if you want to make it through your time as a mum, you have to start taking care of number one. As the flight attendant says when preparing for take off, ‘make sure you put on your own oxygen mask first before you help the child next to you’. Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to make yourself a priority and recharge your batteries.

You’re a fabulous mum and now it’s time to celebrate that you made it through another year in one piece.

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Sleep in

Make sure your partner knows you are not moving from your bed until a certain time and that the children aren’t allowed to bother you. You don’t need to deal with who had the most jam on their toast or what socks need to be put on.

A home spa

Lock yourself in the bathroom and don’t come out until you’ve used all that face cream, face masks, nail varnish and body butter you’ve been hiding.

Have a party

Invite several of your friends over, have a few wines and nibbles and have your partner or children be in charge of serving you and your guests - and also clean up afterwards!

Box Set Binge

An evening of uninterrupted, not-for-kids box set or series is worth its weight in gold. If not, try the latest film you've been dying to watch that's not suitable for little eyes.


Take time out to spend on your favourite hobby undisturbed. Whether it’s painting, sewing, exercise, reading etc. Keep thinking. Keep exploring. Keep moving.

Walk away from it all

Sometimes, the best thing for a mum is an opportunity to wander away from all the to-do's and noise. A stroll around the block, a coffee shop stop, a dog walk on your own. Leave the phone at home and get out the house for an hour.

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Musicians – come and join us! 07745 554771 Beginner Recorders Training Band/Wind Band Junior/Senior Choir Beginner/Junior/Intermediate/Advanced Strings Junior Acoustic Guitar/Rock Group/Adult Rock Chamber/Junior/Adult Orchestra Centre of Somerset Youth Jazz Orchestra All ages Folk Group Music Theory If you have just started learning an instrument, or been playing for many years, come and join our friendly and supportive music club. All ages and abilities are very welcome. Fees for under 18’s: £32 a term for 10 x 1 hour sessions For more information please go to

Experience Half Term

Family Skating Fun! Sat 10th till Sun 18th February 2018 Open 10am – 6pm 144 SQ M UNDERCOVER SYNTHETIC SKATING RINK

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Win a family ticket to Wookey Hole

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO VISIT DIGGERLAND! Drive, ride and operate real JCB diggers! Diggerland prides itself on having something fun for all ages – and with 20 different rides and drives at each park with over 100 machines; there really is something for everyone! Experience the thrills of spinning around fast in a Giant Digger bucket on the Spindizzy ride, operating a Giant JCB 806 Digger, racing around in a Go-Kart, getting lifted 50ft in the air by the Skyshuttle, whirling around on the Dig-a-round carousel and so much more! Also let the kids drive a REAL car! In addition, Diggerland also boasts the DIGGERS DEN indoor play area, GOODIE STORE souvenir gift shop and the DIG INN restaurant. Further information and to book can be found on the Diggerland website, or by calling 0871 2277007.

Win a family ticket to Sea Life Centre, Weymouth Explore an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey to the ocean depths at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park. Get up close to over 1,000 creatures including our playful family of otters, comical Penguins and magnificent rescued Sea Turtles. Find out how it feels to touch a Starfish, crab and other creatures in our interactive rock-pool, and conquer three remarkable towers and five fun slides as you explore Calypso Heights at Caribbean Cove. With fun talks, animal feeds, special events and our Dive Adventure Quiz Trail there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park.

Over 20 Fantastic Attractions.. all included in the one day ticket! Your visit to Wookey Hole includes a trip to the caves and over 20 other fantastic attractions making it a truly memorable occasion for all the family. The UK’s largest show caves system and home to the infamous Witch of Wookey. Wander through the prehistoric Valley Of The Dinosaurs and enter the 19th Century Paper Mill, which houses a variety of fascinating attractions including the Victorian Penny Arcades, Magical Mirror Maze, museums and soft play areas. Round the day off with a game of Pirate Crazy Golf – all attractions included in your ticket!

WIN 4 UNLIMITED MEGA WRISTBANDS FOR BREAN THEME PARK Visit BREAN THEME PARK, the Pre-eminent Free Admission Theme Park in the South West. Just off the M5 junction 22 (near Weston Super Mare). 100 metres from the sand dunes and seven miles of Golden Beach! It’s a great day out for all the family! We have over 40 attractions. There is something for all ages and all adrenaline levels. There’s an excellent Go Kart Track with both Single and Double seater karts! and we also have an 18 hole action packed Congo Adventure Golf course. Did you know we’re The Home of Sooty where the TV programmes are filmed?

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING THESE FANTASTIC PRIZES, simply visit, click on the Competitions button and complete the form. It couldn’t be easier! Closing date for entries: 1st March 2018

what’s on 1st February - 16th March Toddler Explorers A fun-filled session of play and active learning; make animal prints, your own snow globe and much more! Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury 1st February - 31st March Spring Flowers and Family Trail All spring there are lots of things to spot in the grounds, see how many you can spot on our fun family trail. Lacock Abbey, Lacock 10th - 18th February Half Term Skating Fun New to Farrington’s - a skating experience with a difference! A synthetic ice rink, all undercover. 10am – 6pm daily. Booking essential. Farrington Farm, Farrington 10th - 18th February Tyntesfield Half Term Fun You can tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4, and try your hand at welly wanging. Tyntesfield Estate 10th - 18th February Avebury Half Term Fun Children 'can touch' the display or dress up in the costumes. Discover how to survive prehistory with a Museum trail and storytelling in the book shop. Avebury Manor, Avebury

10th February Holistic and Wellbeing fundraiser for HorseWorld There will be stalls selling treats, Raffle Prizes and Concert to finish off the event. The Guildhall,Bath 12th - 16th February Family Half Term Fun Join us for a family trail, Crafting Monday, Pancake Races on the 13th, Friday Gardening fun, and have fun in the Dragons Lair. The Bishops Palace, Wells 13th February Forest Fun - food, shelter and fire Kids can come and learn some fab winter bushcraft skills in our wonderful outdoor centre. Arnos Vale Cemetry, Bristol 13th - 14th February Elephants on Parade Make a cheerful, colourful hanging decoration with elephants and camels 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm Holburne Museum 14th February Valentine’s Sweetheart Evening Join us for a night of romance, delicious food, incredible wine and fun in the Ewe Tree Cafe & Bar! Cholderton Charlie’s Farm

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15th February, Family Fun Chinese New Year Celebrating the Chinese year of the Dog; make a paper lantern, a Chinese dragon puppet and an origami dog! Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury 15th February Family Learning Day ‘Wonderful Woodlands’ Will you come down to the woods today for this action packed adventure full of games, twiggy crafts, shelter building, mud painting, trails and much, much more? Carymoor Environmental Trust, Castle Cary. 16th - 18th February Shepton Snowdrop Festival Events each day from 10am till 4pm from Children’s Fancy Dress Parade and Face painting to Poetry readings and book signings. Throughout Shepton Mallet

24th February Snowdrop Celebration Walk through the stunning gardens and witness the snowdrop experience with beautiful moats and a breathtaking arboretum Bishops Palace 5th - 9th March Hairspray at Bristol Hippodrome Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days - let your hair down and book now! Bristol Hippodrome 11th March Mother's Day at Tyntesfield Wander through the spring blooms on the estate and finish off with a delicious seasonal treat in the Cow Barn restaurant. Tyntesfield Estate tyntesfield

17th February 2pm Little Frankenstein - A little horror for little horrors! Little Frankenstein will tickle the imagination of everyone from 5 to 105 years old. A fantastic puppet show £7.50 £5.50, Family ticket £21. 2pm Merlin Theatre, Frome.

11th March Mums Farmyard Quiz Make Mother’s Day special with £1 entry for mums for the whole day - have lunch and a farmyard quiz plus much more for a fun-filled evening. Cholderton Charlie’s Farm www,

17th - 18th February Chinese New Year celebrations Welcome in the Year of the Dog with spectacular traditional and contemporary performances, stalls, workshops and activities. Bristol Museum, Bristol

17th March Family Science Fair 2018 Bath Taps into Science focuses on exciting and enthusing young children and families with science and engineering. FREE activities on offer.

24th February The Lego Ninjago Movie Children £3, Adults £5, Families £12 (2 Adults, 2 Children). Midsomer Norton Town Hall, Midsomer Norton www. midsomernortoncommunitytrust

29th March There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly A magical musical stage show with a feast of colourful animal characters and heart warming fun. It’s the family treat you can enjoy. Merlin Theatre, Frome

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World Book Day announces stellar line-up of authors, illustrators and more for 2018

•The world’s biggest celebration of reading for pleasure, World Book Day returns on Thurs 1st March

• Authors for 2018 include Clare Balding, Tom Fletcher, Julian Clary, Nadiya Hussain and many more

• 10 titles to be released at £1 with Marvel, Mr Men, and Paddington Books included on the list

Penning new works that will cost just £1 or free in exchange for a £1 World Book Day book token, will be bestselling children’s authors and illustrators for 2018 include: Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain, broadcaster Clare Balding, musician Tom Fletcher, comedian Julian Clary and top illustrator David Roberts to name a few. In addition to these new titles, and completing the line-up, there will be releases from favourite household brands Marvel’s The Avengers, Mr Men and Paddington. The £1 World Book Day book tokens are available to all schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland. Over the past 20 years, World Book Day UK has distributed over 290 million £1 book tokens to children and young people across the country. It was first marked in the UK in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards in children. It is now a global phenomenon. For 2018, titles chosen will offer a message of inclusivity, through the authors, illustrations, stories and a wide assortment of characters, enabling young readers to see the world in which they live reflected between the pages. As well as celebrating the joy of reading, this year’s key ‘Share A Story’ theme encourages adults, parents and older siblings to participate by reading and sharing stories and books with family, friends and colleagues alike. World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1 March 2018. From late February 2018, children in the UK will be given a £1 book token in their nurseries, preschools and schools, which they can use to claim their free World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 26 February to 25 March 2018. Visit today for more information and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.

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You can also read more about World Book Day, the books and authors and also more about ‘Share a Story’ on our website.

COULD FEAR OF FAILURE BE A CAUSE OF YOUR CHILD'S ANXIETY? Fear of failure seems to be an increasing problem for our children, and in particular for those considered ‘more able’ academically. They don’t want to get things wrong and can get stuck always learning within their safe zone. At Explorium we talk about learning out towards our edges which inevitably means getting a lot wrong! In fact we are so upfront that we will be making mistakes together, that we learn about neurons, synapses and neuroplasticity! Once our children understand the basic neuroscience behind what is going on in their brains when they get something wrong, they relax and begin to see failure as part of the adventure towards success. But it doesn’t always come easy! The problem many of our children face today is they may not be getting enough challenge. If they are able (or more than able!) to do the work that is presented to them then they are probably far too comfortable with getting things right and are not building up emotional resilience needed to get things wrong. Perhaps their reading age is way beyond their actual age? Maybe they are in the top spelling group and always get

10/10? In maths they be rushing ahead with their times tables and love all those ticks in their workbooks but get extremely upset (disproportionately so) when they get a cross against something. Their fear of failure may be getting so strong that they are developing strategies to avoid it rather than developing effective strategies to tap into their full learning potential. We have worked with a lot of children from local schools about overcoming their fear of failure and there always seem to be a common thread that comes up when we ask them why they don’t like making mistakes. "Because people will laugh at you. If we are the people who always get it right what happens when WE get it wrong? Maybe people will realise I’m not as clever as they think I am." It seems our children are getting really good, very early on in life, at protecting themselves from external judgement by their peers, teachers and parents.

Meet Alfie. He came to us because his parents realised that, although he is incredibly academically and artistically gifted in many ways, he would get frustrated and angry when he couldn’t do something. "Alfie wouldn't try new things. If he thought he couldn't do it, he wouldn't do it." Zoe, Alfie's mum. During our initial consultation I presented Alfie with a task that involved a bit of problem solving. He did everything to avoid doing it. He began to get frustrated, walk around the room, and started looking anxious. But I persisted and encouraged him. When he begin to try I asked him how he was feeling. He replied ‘my brain feels like scrambled eggs.’ I love this description! I am sure we can all confess to those moments when our brains turn to mush. If we haven’t learned how to organise our thinking or to employ effective strategies to move through a problem, then it can feel like a scary place to be, even for us as adults.

The good news is that it is remarkable how quickly our children can embrace making mistakes when we give them permission to do so. That isn’t to say that moving from a fixed to a growth mindset happens overnight - it doesn’t. For many of us it may take a lifetime! As parents we can be so busy making sure our children taste success that we can overlook the importance of legitimising failure and more importantly actually nurturing failure. NB: If you think there are other factors underlying your child’s anxiety you should seek advice from your health professionals.

If your child is showing signs of fearing failure, which can present itself as low level anxiety, then here are some simple steps you can take immediately:


Start a conversation in your family about why mistakes can be good for you.


Redefine success broaden out what it means to succeed and include failure in that definition.


Start praising the effort your child puts into something rather than the outcome. Too much emphasis placed on external motivation star charts, golden hour, smiley face stickers, can reinforce that it is the end result that is important rather than the hard work (and mistakes made) that should be valued.

Article was kindly supplied by Julia Black, founder of Explorium and creator behind Lights On. "With over 26,000 hours of learning delivered to over 600 learners I've now got a transformational framework, Lights On®, that empowers you to play an active role within your child's education without having to take them out of school full-time."


A week long festival for everyone whether in school or out. What ever your age we have loads of events and activites for you. Here are just a few that are happening during the week: Saturday 10th March - Launch Event A selection of activites for all the family including a talk from the author of "The Scientific Secrets of Dr Who" Monday 12th - Friday 16th March Events offered to schools alongside an evening programme of talks and discussions for adults to find out how university research affects our everyday lives. Wednesday 14th March Two family focused talks to celebrate Pi day (if the date is written in American format it is 3.14 2018!) Saturday 17th March Join us for the final event of the festival - the Family Science Fair at its brand new venue at the Rec in Bath. Get hands-on with fun science, take part in crafts and enjoy a great day out.

Pancake Day Tues 13th March

The Frying pan is smoking hot, the batter is mixed and it’s time to start tossing... one of our favourite days of the year is here, it’s Pancake Day! Here are some fun facts about Shrove Tuesday: The largest pancake ever made measured 15 metres and weighed in at three tonnes. That's ‘flippin’ huge!

Andrei Smirnov from Russia ate a colossal 73 pancakes in one hour. That’s more than one a minute. He must have been ‘flippin’ hungry!

The highest pancake toss reached 329cm high. Lets hope you have a high kitchen ceiling if you want to try and match this!

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes.

Us Brits use an unbelievable 52 million eggs on Pancake Day. That’s 22 million more than any other day.

In France, people like to make a wish before flipping their pancakes. They do this while holding a coin in the other hand.

On average we consume two pancakes per person on Pancake Day, which means that we get through 117 million pancakes in one day! This requires enough milk to fill more than 93 Olympic swimming pools and almost 13 million kilos of plain flour.

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World Horse Welfare

Glenda Spooner Farm A fun family day out! See the horses & ponies, eat in our bistro, join us for a behind the scenes tour, meet adoption start Clippy, and enjoy a walk around the farm Open Wednesday – Sunday, all year round Bistro open from 10am - 4pm Farm open from 11am - 4pm

World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Brincil Hill, Kingsdon, TA11 7LA t: +44 (0) 1935 841442


Great British Spring Clean

2 - 4 Ma r ch 2018 That is why the Great British Spring Clean is so important. It is not just about picking up litter it is about showing the world that you care about the environment on your doorstep and in the wider world. It is about realising the impact litter has and changing behaviour to make sure that, one day, campaigns like this will not be necessary. Keep Britain Tidy want schools, businesses, councils, community groups and individuals to support the campaign and get involved in making their bit of the world cleaner.

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches. On the weekend of 2 - 4 March 2018, Keep Britain Tidy want to inspire 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it. Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep. It is time that people understood how litter impacts on our world; how it makes places feel unloved and uncared for; how it makes people feel a little bit less safe in their community.


For more information, to register, to find out what events are happening or to set your own up cleanup visit


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FREE Holiday Drop-Ins

Elephants on Parade - no booking required. Make a cheerful, colourful hanging decoration with elephants and camels – inspired by some of the paintings in our exhibition Anthony Fry: A Retrospective

MILLFIELD HOLIDAY COURSES SPRING HALF-TERM 2018 Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February 10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm

FOOTBALL Millfield Prep, Glastonbury Ages 5-14, £80 per person

BADMINTON Millfield, Street Ages 8-16, £54 per person Book online at

EXHIBITION: 17 MARCH - 7 APRIL competition deadline: 16 February

Black Swan Arts Young Open 2018 Black Swan Arts is now calling for entries to its hugely successful children’s art competition. The Young Open is a great opportunity for young people between the ages of 8 and 19 to have their work curated, judged and exhibited in Black Swan Arts’ Long Gallery, Cafe and Round Tower for hundreds of visitors to see. Winners in the three age categories (8–11 years, 12–15 years and 16–19 years) have the chance to take part in a one-to-one workshop with a professional artist. The Workshop Prize is a unique element of the Young Open, with local working artists and craftspeople from different disciplines offering 13 brilliant individual workshop prizes. Each of the sessions is carefully tailored to develop the skills and broaden the artistic abilities of the winners in each of the three categories. Submissions in all forms of art and craft are welcome, including painting, drawing, collage, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, photography, video/animation, metalwork, carpentry and sculpture. Our panel of judges includes Gavin Strange, Senior Designer for the Interactive arm of Aardman Animations and ‘best mate’ on CBBC’s Art Ninja; Michelle Robinson, award winning children’s author; artist Jo Walton and Chair of Black Swan Arts, Amanda Sheridan. The cost is £5 for one entry, £8 for two entries, £10 for three entries and £12 for four entries. The deadline for entries is 16 February. Schools/Clubs can apply by group entry. Selected artworks will be exhibited at Black Swan Arts from 17 March to 7 April at Black Swan Arts. All details are the website





News and Reviews RESPECT AWARD The Respect Award is given termly to pupils who always show kindness and consideration, demonstrate appropriate behaviour and encourage other children to do the same. Croscombe School are pleased to announce that this term’s well deserved recipient is Olivia. Children who were awarded Respect certificates are Ellie-Mae in Acorn Class, Oscar in Chestnuts Class and Oakley in Conkers Class.

VISIT FROM THE SNOWDROP FESTIVAL ORGANISERS Dominic gave a talk to Croscombe School about the Snowdrop Festival and James Allen.

MRS CALLOW’S RETIREMENT It was lovely to see a number of ex-colleagues and parents join Croscombe Primary to say goodbye to Mrs Callow on her last day. She has worked with the school for 20 years and was one of their most trusted and loved members of staff. Mrs Callow received presents from staff and parents which included a stone sheep which was extremely heavy, hand-carved by local craftsman Jeff Body. Mrs Callow leaves with the best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable retirement in her new house.

Family Learning Day ‘Wonderful Woodlands’

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Ashcott Primary School nativity play was called ‘Shine Star, Shine’ and was performed by children in Years 1, 2 and Reception. Well done to all the children involved.

The month of December saw a flurry of Christmas activities at Ditcheat Primary School. Two of the highlights were their Christmas performances. There is nothing quite as magical as a nativity play and the children of Cherry class did not disappoint. The performance was delightful with all the children involved. A huge thank you went to all the staff who helped make it happen. The next two classes, Maple and Holly put on a Christmas extravaganza called ‘Are We Nearly There Yet’. Quite a different experience with dancing, a humorous script and amazing singing. This was another huge success thanks to all the children and staff involved.

TESCO BAGS OF HELP FOR ELMHURST Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from carrier bag sales in Tesco store. The public will now vote in store during January and February on who should receive the awards. We think it should be the Elmhurst project! (At the moment they are pretty much neck and neck with Avalon!). Please help them by visiting Tesco in Glastonbury and voting for the school – Every little helps!! Even if you don’t do the shopping in the Glastonbury Tesco, you could still put the little disc in there and not at your local store.

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS A SUCCESS FOR ELMHURST The children’s market at Elmhurst Primary was its usual loud and busy self and there was so much for the children to do and to spend their money on. It was definitely a full on afternoon with lots of excitement. The next day was a slightly more serene affair with a steady flow of members of the community visiting the school to see the owls, visit Father Christmas and meet Elsa, as well as spending money on the many, many lovely crafts which were available to purchase. In total, the school raised £1400.

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FOOTBALL SUCCESS FOR ASHCOTT SCHOOL Congratulations to the Ashcott School football team who are still unbeaten in the Mendip Schools’ League. After 4 matches, the Ashcott team have 12 points and are top of the league table. Well done to all of the players who have played in the matches, and a big thank you to all of those parents who have helped with transport or come along to support the team!

‘READING STARS’ EARN BOOKS FOR SCHOOL LIBRARY A group of enthusiastic Year 6 children from Ashcott Primary School have proved to be true ‘Reading Stars’ The children helped to organise the school’s Scholastic book fair which raised an impressive £565 commission to spend on new books for the school library! The Reading Stars regularly organise activities at the school, promoting reading, as well as supporting younger children with their reading each week. The children have volunteered to champion reading throughout the school and share their enthusiasm for books – clearly they have been successful, as the school’s book fair sold the highest number of books for several years!

ROMAN BANQUET AT COXLEY SCHOOL The children in Hay Class at Coxley School used their community assembly as an opportunity for parents to enjoy a Roman banquet. During the weeks preceding the event, the children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 researched some of the more unusual foods which were eaten by the Romans and planned how they would make modern equivalents. Parents were invited for a nine course tasting menu, which included parrot (roast chicken), sea urchin (mussels in a spiky shell), roasted dormice (shaped sausage meat), flamingo tongues (roasted aubergine skins), giraffe stew (vegetarian option) and the highlight which was REAL ostrich steaks! Dressed in togas, the children served their parents and other family members, who, on the whole, loved the foods on the menu (with the exception of jellyfish tentacles!). Key stage one children and Hay Class also enjoyed tasting all of the foods themselves after the event.

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WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT Name: Imogen Roberts Achievement: won 4 medals at Writhlington’s Gymnastics competition and came 2nd in her class.

Name: Lucia Hancock Achievement: achieved the British gymnastics proficiency award for level 8. Well done Lucia

Name: Immy Isaacs Age: 6 Achievement: was awarded level 6 in gymnastics. Well done Immy.

Name: Chloe Wall Achievement: won the Christmas colouring competition for the 5-7 age group. Amazing work Chloe.

Name: Amelia Shell Age: 9 Achievement: a Level 4 in swimming. Great swimming Amelia.

Name: Jess MIlverton Achievement: Won the Training Section Band Master prize at Wells City Band. Well done Jess.

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