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ISSUE 57 • MAY 2018


Don't let hayfever take over


Camp Bestival tickets






WELCOME Hello and welcome to the May Half Term issue of Family Matters! After the Easter holidays and the weeks leading up to it were filled with snow and Arctic conditions, I’m sure we’re not the only ones looking forward to a bit more sunshine and nicer weather! With many of you starting to plan out your Whit Week and Bank Holiday activities, make sure to flick through to our What’s On section to see what is happening in the area to keep the kids (and you!) amused over the next few weeks. With the warmer weather under way, many of us will be reaching for the anti-histamines and the tissues, so be sure to check out our top tips for helping the allergy suffers in your house hold – they don’t have to miss out on the Summer fun because of runny eyes and sniffly noses! This issue is jam packed with features, advice and of course, all the achievements and news from our local schools, so make sure to grab yourself a cup of tea and find a nice sunny spot to sit and enjoy!



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Whitsun Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace 26th May – 3rd June 2018 The Bishop’s Palace will continue its hugely popular season of Holiday Family Activities this Whitsun Half Term with a week of family fun from 26th May-3rd June. The focus for Half Term will be ‘A Bishop’s Life’ and a new family picture trail will be created around the Palace & Grounds, with clues for all ages to follow to discover different areas of the site. On Monday 28th May, from 10:30am-3pm children can join in our Make-it Monday craft session in the Undercroft, where they can discover the answers to questions such as ‘What does a Bishop do? What do they wear? Where do they live?’ and they’ll get the chance to design a cope, make an origami mitre or work on a Bishop puppet! If they decide to head upstairs, the Palace dressing up

box will give them a chance to try dressing up as a Bishop themselves. On Friday 1st June, Nature Ninjas family gardening sessions will take place from 11am-3pm, when little ones can take the opportunity to get hands on with the Palace gardening team and discover what jobs need doing at this time of year outside – there are also minibeasts to hunt and a perfect pool for pond-dipping. There will also be a range of children’s garden games adjacent to the café so that any accompanying grown-ups can have a coffee break in peace whilst the children try their hands at Giant Jenga, Snakes & Ladders, Connect Four and even Mini-Croquet! All events are included with standard admission. Children under 5 are FREE.


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

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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably bored of hearing about Brexit and the various horror stories attached to it, but for anyone who is looking at booking next year’s summer holidays, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. While there has been some stink kicked up about the status of passports in recent news articles, firstly about their colour, then where they were printed and when the public would get them and if it would mean existing passports would suddenly be invalid, not much time has been dedicated to other important elements of travel. The need for VISAs for instance, what to do about your EHIC cards and what will happen in regards to flight disruptions if agreements over airspace aren’t reached by the time the summer rolls around. The UK government has confirmed that new blue passports will begin being issued in October 2019, to save the tax payer money, they will be introduced slowly with burgundy passports continuing to be issued just without reference to the European Union in the interim and anyone with existing passports need not do anything until their renewal date, when they will then be issued with the newer design. It is the travelling itself that may cause a bit more concern. Travel Weekly reported that airlines based in the UK are drawing up contingency plans for passengers whose bookings are for after March 2019, as although these might be booked in advance, there is no guarantee that they will be able to travel. The warning applies to all tickets sold to EU destinations and up to 17 other countries where UK airline’s flight rights are controlled by European agreements. Though it is unlikely

that existing arrangements would change too drastically, any future aviation deals between the UK and the EU could result in increasing costs or entirely new routes. Some travel agents have already altered their terms and conditions to take into account holidays leaving the UK for Europe after March 2019, so if you’ve booked next year’s holiday or are preparing to, make sure to check these carefully. At the moment, the future of travel will be unable to be guaranteed until aviation arrangements are confirmed. Particularly anyone booking a non-package holiday should check these carefully to ensure they wouldn’t be left in limbo as they wouldn’t be covered under the Abta scheme. If that wasn’t enough to be thinking about, the European Union are working on a VISA scheme, similar to that used in the United States, the scheme, currently known as the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, or ETIAS, is a system in place for citizens of non-EU countries who do not currently need VISAs as part of their continuing projects to tighten borders. Users will need to register their details and intentions online before they travel, but doing so still may not guarantee they will be admitted into the country they want to visit. More details on VISAs and the ETIAS will be made clear when more negotiations are made, but certainly anyone with holiday plans in place should check the small print and keep their eyes peeled for news on EHIC coverage and changes to passport control. If you have any worries about travelling next summer, speak to your travel agent or holiday provider.

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Surprise yourself in South Somerset this spring With the days getting longer now is the perfect time to delve into the world around you. There's much to do and explore at Montacute House, Barrington Court, Lytes Cary and Tintinhull Garden.


Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Football*, Golf, Hockey, Mini-Multis, Multi-Activity, Netball*, Rugby, Squash, Tennis *Also running during Summer Half-Term


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When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places such as property Montacute House, Barrington Court, Lytes Cary and Tintinhull Garden for ever, for everyone.

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SUMMER SCHOOLING A School Holiday Childcare Solution? As the summer holidays approach, you might be starting to worry about what you’re going to do with the kids over the weeks while your life continues as usual. Do you rope in relatives to keep them out of trouble? Use up your valuable holiday time? Have you considered looking into a local summer school? Many organisations and educational facilities hold courses during the six-week holiday and though the idea of staying at school out of term time might not be as appealing to your child as it is to you, there are many benefits to enrolling in these classes.

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Many summer schools, such as theatre or dancebased ones involve physical activity, which will cut down the amount of time your kids are sat indoors on computers or in front of a TV. Aside from the fact that it gets you out of arranging adult supervision for them, it will give them a chance to engage with something they’re interested in with other people their age and ensures that there will be some form of exercise going on. Of course, it also gives the opportunity to develop their talents and social skills. As well as keeping them active, summer schools are great at helping build confidence and independence. Some courses are catered especially for their academic ability, meaning they’ll have the opportunity to shine and give them the freedom that isn’t often afforded while at school.

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There are several summer schools taking place across the region, you might be surprised just what activities are on offer. Whether your children are academic, arty or sporty, there is something for everyone and the benefits are numerous. Aside from giving them a safe area to learn while having fun, research has found that children who attend summer schools are more likely to get into competitive universities, and the benefit is greater for children from lower income families. Don’t forget though that summer schools are actually fun!

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If you’ve ever experienced hayfever, you’ll know that the months of March through to September are a blur of sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses. While the best way to tackle symptoms will always be with anti-histamines, there are a few other things we can do to make things easier for those family members who are prone to pollen allergies. People with additional conditions, such as asthma or skin irritations, may find that these start to play up with the warmer weather too. If at any point you’re concerned about a family member’s hayfever, do seek the advice of a GP, as they can prescribe stronger anti-histamines or steroids to help combat the more extreme allergies. For those of us who pop a pill or spray a nasal spray and hope for the best, here are a few tips that can help you enjoy being outside in the sun. The first bit of advice would be to avoid going outside. But we all know that isn’t that exciting. So, here are some things you can do without shutting yourself away until Autumn. Firstly, keep windows and doors shut as much as possible, and be sure that if you have pets which go between indoors and out, anyone with allergies spend minimal time with them, as pollen can be collected on their coats. Make sure you’re vacuuming regularly to pick up any stray pollen, dusting with a damp cloth will also help. If you’re leaving the house, you can put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen and prevent it from causing too much of a reaction, when you get home, you can shower and change your clothes to wash as much pollen from you as possible. Wearing wraparound sunglasses will also help stop pollen getting to your eyes. Another tip would be to dry clothes inside rather than out, to limit the amount of pollen they can pick up. It is also recommended you get a pollen filter fitted in your car, most newer cars come with this already in place, but older vehicles might not – check your manufacturer’s book and if you feel you need one, speak to a local mechanic.

Have you got any other tips for dealing with hayfever? Drop us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

According to NHS Direct, these are the basic symptoms of hayfever: Sneezing and coughing Runny or blocked nose Itchy, red or watery eyes Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

Loss of smell Headache Earache Tiredness

Try learning sign language this May for

Deaf Awareness

With Oscar-winning short film, The Silent Child, starring six-year-old Maisie Sly, from Swindon, shining the spotlight on deafness and the ways in which sign language can be life changing in helping young people communicate, we thought now would be as good a time as any to teach a few signs. You might be familiar with a few different types of sign language. Makaton is a language developed to combine speech and signs and is used effectively across the country by a multitude of individuals who struggle with spoken communication, it can be helpful for not only the hard of hearing, but also children with autism, Down’s Syndrome and other conditions which make communication difficult. BSL, or British Sign Language, makes use of space and movement involving the hands, body, face and head to convey more complex sentences without the use of verbal support. Both BSL and Makaton feature similar signs and gestures – here are a few of our favourite signs to get you started!

Do you know any sign language? Show us! Send us your videos and photos via our website! And make sure to check the website to see our video of us learning sign language.


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Win a family ticket to Yeovilton Air Day Win tickets to see the first ever Teletubbies Stage show The iconic, world-famous Teletubbies, are to star in their first-ever live theatre show, “Big Hugs,” created especially for the youngest audience. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a captivating stage show full of love, laughter, music and “Big Hugs,” as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-Noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world, which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Tickets are a family ticket (4 tickets) for Wednesday 12th September, at the 10am showing.

Win a family ticket to The Helicopter Museum The Helicopter Museum has over 80 full size aircraft on display ranging from an impressive Russian gunship to a massive Super Frelon 36 seat helicopter. The Museum hosts the only helicopter collection in the country and the largest of its kind in the World! Highlights on the Museum’s event calendar include it’s monthly ‘Open Cockpit Days’ where visitors can take the pilots seat in one of the museums many aircraft and be shown the controls by an experienced guide. During the year the Museum hosts a WWII Extravaganza, Numerous Transport Rallies, Drone racing and a Flight Simulator convention. For younger visitors Family Fun Days take place throughout the year including bubble shows, owl displays, magic shows, the haunted helicopter at Halloween and a chance to see Santa arrive in his helicopter at Christmas.

The Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day will take place on Saturday 7 July. The show will include over five hours of dazzling flying displays featuring fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters, formation aerobatic display teams and role demonstrations enhanced by spectacular pyrotechnics and flares. There will also be a vast range of showground attractions from the latest defence technology exhibitions, engineering fairs and service displays to trade stalls, arena displays and much more! For the thrill seekers, there will be simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights to enjoy. Whether you are a first timer or a dedicated aviation enthusiast, the Air Day has something for everyone.

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO SPLASHDOWN With summer just around the corner, there’s never a better time to visit a waterpark; with flumes galore, twisting tyre rides and a whole lot fun for the family. We have family tickets for 4 people to be won at the south west’s favourite waterparks. Best of all you can choose whether you wish to go to Splashdown in Poole, Dorset or Splashdown Quaywest, right on the beach in beautiful South Devon. Tickets may be used anytime up to 2nd September 2018, admission for up to four people. Worth up to £60.00 per family.

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Do something different with your family this summer and climb aboard our ship of fun as Camp Bestival Sets Sail. Enjoy ocean-sized entertainment at Lulworth Castle, Dorset with music from Simple Minds, Rick Astley, Clean Bandit, Orbital, Basement Jaxx (DJ), Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s!, Shed Seven, Tokio Myers, Declan McKenna, dodie, The Skatalites, Jaguar Skills and many more. Don’t miss out on family fun from Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, Mister Maker & the Shapes, Dinosaur World Live, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, ZSL London Zoo: Gruesome Nature Live! and many more.

Enjoy delicious food and drink from River Cottage, the Feast Collective, DJ BBQ and his BBQ Zoo, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Rob & Josie’s Gin Festival and lots more and treat yourself to creature comforts with boutique camping from yurts and tipis to gypsy caravans and backstage hospitality, all at a castle campsite by the sea. For more information on Camp Bestival, visit

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what’s on 24th May Frome - Playing Out A chance for children and parents/carers to play out and have some fun. Free. Victoria Park Frome (in front of cafeĚ ) Somerset BA11, 24th May T Rex: The Killer Question Get hands on with fossil replicas and square up to a life-size animatronic T Rex. Decide for yourself if the king of the dinosaurs deserves the title of predator, or sneaky scavenger. Longleat Estate, Wilts. 26th - 27th May Cheddar Gorge Explorer Trail An afternoon of family fun. Explore Cheddar Gorge and have a go at the Explorer Quiz Trail. There will also be some craft activities to try. Free. 12pm. National Trust Shop, Cheddar Gorge, BS27 3QE 26th - 28th May Tractor Ted Big Machine Weekend at Bowood Get up close to a range of real life farm machinery; exactly what Tractor Ted is all about! Learn more about farming with arena displays and activities throughout the day.

26th May - 3rd June Wildlife Week at Cheddar For one week only you'll get to meet some of our favourites during some very special animal encounters! Daily 10am - 4pm. 28th May - 1st June Whispering Woods Outdoor Acrobatic Theatre Family outdoor theatre with a twist, Whispering Woods bring ancient tales to life using circus acrobatics amongst the trees. Lacock Abbey, 10.30am and 4.30pm. 29th May - 1st June Wildlife Days There will be wildlife crafts and a variety of hands-on activities with the Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wildlfowl & Wetlands Trust, Somerset Moth Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and others. Barrington Court, near Ilminster, Somerset 30th May - 2nd June The Royal Bath and West Show Over four days there are action packed events for all the family, and a haven for all enthusiasts of rural life. 31st May Family Fun - Cottage Garden Crafts and activities for all the family. 11am - 1pm and 2 -3.30pm. Normal admission applies Somerset Rural Life Museum.

For further information about each event

2nd June Paw Patrol at West Somerset Railway The heroic pups will be making personal appearances at intervals between 10am and 4pm. Entertainment on the day will include a 20 mile steam train, face painting, crafts and much more. 8th - 9th June One Small Step at The Egg Theatre This fab show returns for a fast, furious and full throttled trip to the moon. An inventive, funny and surprisingly moving, actionpacked show that crams 50 years of history into 60 minutes! 9-10th June The Brick Express at Avon Valley Railway Jump onboard and enjoy our building workshops with Britain’s favourite construction toy whilst you travel the line. events/the-brick-express 10th June LEAF Open Farm Sunday Fantastic, educational & innovative family oriented event featuring local countryside producers & crafters. Please follow car parking signs & not SAT NAV. Please leave dogs at home & wear suitable footwear. 16th June Picnic in the Park An evening of musicals presented by Woodside Music. 7.30pm. Bush Farm Bison Centre, West Knoyle, Wilts. 17th June Bowoods Treasure Island Ahoy there! and be a pirate for the day. All o' you are welcome, shiver me timbers, we have something for everyone! Bowood House and Gardens. 23rd June Sherlock Gnomes (U) The beloved garden gnomes from GNOMEO AND JULIET are back for a whole new adventure. This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene. Midsomer Norton Town Hall, 2.30pm.

23rd June Elmfete All welcome. Traditional stalls, games, craft area, hot food and refreshments, performances from the school choir, country dancing and a gymnastics display. 12 noon to 3pm Elmhurst School, Elmhurst Lane, Street. 22nd-24th June, The English Country Garden Festival Celebrate the Great British Garden, the stunning 14-acre grounds of the Palace features guided tours, live music, expert speakers, ‘have a go’ skills and crafts and over 40 stalls, 10am5pm. The Bishops Palace, Wells. 30th June Country Fayre and Family Fun Day Stalls, Food, BBQ, Games, Animals and much much more. 11am - 4pm Fairfield Farm College, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Wiltshire. 30th June - 1st July Teddy Bear Picnic at Avon Valley Railway Enjoy a family teddy bear trail around the station, take part in craft activities and much more. FREE train travel for children who bring their Teddy Bear! 7th July - Yeovilton Air Day The Royal Navy’s premier public event at the spiritual home of the Fleet Air Arm. Alongside the magnificent five hour flying display there will also be a huge array of ground attractions and arena displays. www.royalnavy. 15th July Centurion Family Fun Day Music, Bar, BBQ, Crazy Golf, Inflatables and more. Free entry. 11am - 4pm. Wristband for all activities £5. Best Western Centurion Hotel, Midsomer Norton.

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Father’s Day is celebrated every year in the UK on the third Sunday in June. Reports suggest that it dates back to 1910 in Washington USA, where one lady decided it was about time that the father’s role was celebrated, as well as the mother. As a recognised day, it wasn’t taken seriously for several years, before becoming celebrated


as it is today. Unlike Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on different days across the world, the UK, USA and Canada all celebrate Father’s Day on the same Sunday in June. Want to get your dad, step dad, grandad or fatherly figure something to show your appreciation? Here are a few ideas to get your started:

For adventurous dads

For techy dads

Skydiving Paintballing Driving Experiences

Digital camera Ipod/mp3 player Gadget accessories

For quieter dads

For fashionable dads

Visit to a National Trust estate Sightseeing tour Golf day

Watch T shirt Cufflinks

For sporty dads Stadium tour Sports match game tickets Sporting TV/magazine subscription

For dads with simple taste CD DVD Favourite sweets

If you want something a bit more personal, there are a whole range of personalised gifts on the market and websites that offer engraving and photo services, or you could get your craft on and create something yourself that he will appreciate all the more! ukfamilymatters |

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What not to say to a Stay at Home Dad

Society is constantly evolving and with more awareness of changing of traditional family roles, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see a dad doing the school run rather than a mum, but for some reason, there is still an element of shock when you hear about a stay at home dad instead of a mum giving up her career to watch the children before school. So, should you come across one of these dads in the playground or when dropping your child off on a play date, we’ve compiled a list of things you should never say them.

Why? How parents decide to raise their children is no on e else’s business, so don’t.J ust don’t.

How brave of you! Well... Depending on how well behaved their kids are they may be brave to decide to spend as much time with them as possible, but really, is doing what you’re supposed to do as a parent brave? Parenting is a basic duty to your children, there isn’t anything overly courageous about it. Perhaps you might think it brave for a man to take on a traditionally female role, in which case ssssh. Cinnamon Rolls not Gender roles, people.

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Well... yes, if you ar e in charge of a baby and that baby needs a nappy change. Do you expe ct them to just leave it until their significant other comes home? They wouldn’t be a very good stay at home dad in that case wo uld they? And really, would you be impressed by a da d proudly declaring that they had never changed a nappy?

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So there you go, if you come across a dad doing his dad duties, don’t respond with concern or congratulations, they’re just a parent doing normal parent things.

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News and Reviews MAKING BIRD'S NESTS


Having watched these busy birds just outside our their classroom, the children from Holly class children from Evercreech Church of England Primary School have started making their own bird's nest as part of their creation for the Bath and West conservation display. As you can see they are working very hard at their creations.

Pupils from Elmhurst School had a brilliant trip to Albert Sweitzer School in Gravenchon, France. The weather was very kind to them, they didn’t have to wear rain coats and they had lots of sunshine. The children had a great time experiencing a day in a French school taking part in sports activities with the children from Albert Sweitzer and getting a taste of French life. The market was popular and the visit to the bakery was really interesting, the children had a go at helping to make baguettes. The group were really well looked after with excellent meals, the staff and members of the twinning committee couldn’t have been more helpful. The school are now looking forward to the French children who will be visiting in June.

ST ALDHEM’S SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW HEADTEACHER St Adlem’s C of E School, Doulting, has announced that Pippa Cohen has been appointed as the new headteacher and will be taking up the post from September. In a newsletter she said: “It is with great excitement that I have accepted the offer to be Headteacher of St Aldhelm's C of E School. I am very much looking forward to taking up the post in September and working with governors, staff, children and parents. I have 21 years of teaching experience in South Gloucester, B&NES and Somerset, including the last 7 as a senior leader and, most recently, deputy head. I have lived in Somerset with my husband and 2 daughters for over 11 years and am delighted to have found such an incredible opportunity close to home. I love the St Aldhelm's school environment and have seen some wonderful teaching taking place during my visit to the school recently. The children are a real credit to the school, staff and parents who support and nurture them. I can't wait to get started in continuing to grow everything that is good about the school, to make it the most exceptional place to provide the foundation for every child's future.”

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EVERCREECH PUPILS ATTEND GYMNASTIC FINALS Years 1 and 2 and Years 5 and 6 gymnasts from Evercreech Church of England Primary School attended the South Somerset Primary Schools Gymnastics Finals. Both teams did fantastically well, Years 1 and 2 won, making them the County Champions and our Year 5 and 6 gymnastics came 3rd in the County. Both of these were fantastic achievements. A big well done for both of these amazing results.

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In the middle of a particularly busy day in March, the school had a surprise visit from an Environmental Health Officer, this time to carry out a full inspection of our kitchen operations. The EHO joined the kitchen staff during preparation and service, monitoring their practices and scrutinising storage habits and food hygiene records. The EHO was impressed with what she saw and confirmed that the school had retained their 5 star rating for Food Hygiene standards! Well done to the catering team for their continued hard work in maintaining these rigorous standards.

ELMHURST Y6 MILLFIELD ART TRIP TO HAM WALL The Year 6 children had a lovely (if slightly wet) day at Ham wall. Thanks went to Millfield for organizing the trip, providing the lunches and for the follow up art which took place over the next couple of weeks. Millfield will also be hosting an exhibition of the work at a later date. The school are really proud of the children for their behaviour on the trip; there were lots of positive comments from members of the public and from the staff who accompanied the children. Well done, Year 6.

It has been an exciting book week for the children at Ashcott Primary School, with a wide range of book-related activities happening throughout the week. At the start of the week, the children were visited by published children’s author, Abi Elphinstone. Abi is the author of the ‘Dreamsnatcher Trilogy’ and her latest book ‘Sky Song’ is being read by the school book club. Abi travelled from London to visit the school, sharing the inspirations behind her books and signing copies for the children. The school would like to thank Wells Festival of Literature who helped to fund Abi’s visit. On Thursday 1st March, children came to school dressed as their favourite book character for World Book Day. Children had the chance to visit the ‘Book Café’ and select what they would like to read from the reading menu. A ‘traditional trailer gazebo’ was set up in the library for the children to read stories and poems by torchlight. Children from Year 6, known as ‘Reading Stars’, organised a book swap and managed to accumulate nearly 200 books for children across the school to choose from. At the end of the week, parents were invited in to school to read with their children and their ‘buddies’ in their GEMS groups (houses/teams) – unfortunately, this was disrupted by the snow! The children and staff would like to thank Miss Stevens for all her hard work, organising such an exciting book week!

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CROSCOMBE SCHOOL LAUNCH A PUPIL-LED ECO COMMITTEE Croscombe C of E Primary School has appointed seven pupils to form a brand-new Eco Committee.These children were selected for their dedication to protecting the environment and for demonstrating a keen interest in the school's edible garden, a lottery-funded project which launched last year. The school's active PTA, Friends of Croscombe School, hopes that this committee will spark enthusiasm in pupils and parents alike and allow Croscombe School to work towards becoming a sustainable school. Croscombe School's Eco Committee members have taken the lead in deciding what will be planted in the school's edible garden. They have already planted their choice of potatoes and have each been given a propagator to start-off seeds of their choice at home before planting them on in the school's edible garden. Seed choices ranged from white strawberries to ball carrots. The Eco Committee will work together to help grow the school's own fruit and vegetables. The Eco Committee have also been working together to further develop Croscombe School's beautiful conservation area - named Riley's Retreat. This dedicated team of pupils are also encouraged to come up with ideas to help the environment. The team's first eco request was to stop the school to stop buying plastic straws and use paper ones instead. The Eco Committee's project this half-term is to keep track of all the plastics used both in their homes and at school. They will note down all reusable plastics, recyclable plastics and also the single-use plastics that they feel they should reduce. This is a vital first step in getting families and the school to reduce their single-use plastics where possible.

PYJAMA DAY Priddy & St Lawrence’s held a pyjama day for EYFS and KS1 children at St Lawrence’s this week. The activity was the climax of our topic this term on 'Keeping healthy.' The focus for the day was the importance of sleep, a good breakfast and ways to relax. Children were asked to come to school in their pyjamas and we started the day by having breakfast together. The children brought in their favourite bedtime story, cuddly toy and a pot of bubbles to blow to help us relax! This activity was one of many transition activities as the Federation moves to having all KS1 children based at St Lawrence’s school and all KS2 children based at Priddy school in September. Head teacher Rosie Thorner was delighted that the children embraced the activities with great enthusiasm, making the most of the opportunity of working together.

ANNUAL GROUNDS DAY On Friday 20th April, St Cuthbert’s C of E Academy Infants’ and Pre-school had their annual Grounds Day. The children were joined by friends and family as they gave the grounds a spring clean. The children thoroughly enjoyed sweeping up and digging over the flowers bed and filling them with summer bedding plants. We can’t wait to see all the colour in the summer.

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WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT Name: Chloe Wall Age: 5 Achievement: Achieved the British Gymnastics proficiency award for level 8.

Name: Megan Cottle Age: 7 Achievement: Temporary 9th Kyu - orange belt Karate.

Name: Nicky Kershaw-Moore Age: 8 Achievement: Received his Rainbow Reader award for prolific reading.

Name: Polly Green Age: 9 Achievement: Polly passed her Grade 1 Ballet exam with Distinction! Well done!

Name: Alistair Combe Age: 7 Achievement: Cycling 15 miles raising ÂŁ280 for Sport Relief.

Name: Kayleigh Age: 6 Achievement: Cast for MusiKids Schools Out.

Name: Freya Hodges Age: 5 Achievement: Asa 15m swimming award & level 7 gymnastic proficiency award.

Name: Ruby Sage Age: 9 Achievement: She obtained a Blue Peter badge after writing a story about wolves.

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Jasmine Robinson-Knott age 5, Chloe Wall age 5 and Ava Weeks age 5 took part in their first professional dance show with Susan Hill Dance School 35th Anniversary A Tribute to Pearl. Well done girls, amazing performances.

Eden, Rose and Ivy. We are very proud of them as they performed ballet in front of hundreds of people including the Major of Wells in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Wookey Hole Theatre.

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