William Penn Newsletter

15th April 2015

The Summer Term

We hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter and are looking forward to the busy summer ahead.  A reminder of the dates previously published for this term can be found below:


April 2015


INSET Day – school closed to pupils


Summer Term commences

May 2015


Bank Holiday

w/o 4th and w/o 18th TBC

Test Week for Years 3&4

w/o 11th

Test Week for Years 5&6

25th – 29th inclusive

Half term

June 2015


May Day Celebration 1.30pm


Open Day for parents to visit school


Welcome Meeting for new parents 7pm

11th (pm) and 16th (am)

New intake taster sessions and school transition times


May Day Celebration Rain Off 1.30pm


School Fete


Annual Pupil Reports to Parents


Sports Day 10am

23rd and 25th

Parent Consultation Evenings 3.15pm-6pm


Sports Day Rain Off 10am


INSET Day – school closed to pupils

July 2015

6th – 10th inclusive

Year 6 Cycling Proficiency ‘Bikeability’


Parents’ Assembly / PTA Assembly at 2.15pm


Years 2 and 6  Visit to the Blue Idol


Governors’ Summer BBQ Fundraiser


William Penn End of Year Leavers’ Assembly


End of Term


What is happening in class on a weekly basis?


This term we are trialling a means of keeping parents up to date in terms of what is happening in class, subject by subject, on a weekly basis.  This will add to the information contained in the curriculum overview and topic webs that are already published and will help parents to support their children’s learning more specifically at home.  We will shortly be adding these week by week planning sheets to the school website.  However, please bear in mind that in practice some elements will change as the term progresses in order to reflect the pace of children’s learning in class.  We hope that you find these documents useful.

Promises for the Governor’s Summer BBQ Fundraiser

Organising for the new build/end of year fundraiser on Saturday 18th July is well underway. Featuring fantastic live music and a delicious BBQ, the evening will now also include an Auction of Promises! Do you or someone you know have a talent, service or gift you could offer for auction? Ideas include gardening or dog walking services, sports coaching, hobby lessons - cooking, horse riding, music etc, man with a van, secretarial help, language lessons, pampering, complimentary tickets…the list is endless. If you can help then please speak to Parent Governors Kirstie Flood or Emma Farncombe or email governors@williampenn.co.uk. Don’t forget to save the date - ticket order forms following soon!

Gulielma Penn’s Gingerbread

Years 5 and 6 are studying ‘Friends and Heroes’ which focuses on Quakerism and Democracy with obvious links to our own Quaker heritage.  The children have begun to find out about Gulielma Penn, William Penn’s wife.  For those of you that enjoy baking, you might want to try a Gulielma Penn’s recipe for gingerbread. 

To Make Gingerbread

To 1 cup of raw brown sugar add 1 cup of treakell (molasses from West Indies)

If thee hast any oring or lemon peele, slice very thin (grate) into treakell.

Add ¼ lb of butter and 2 beaten eggs.

Work all these together.

Mingle well with 1 ¼ cup of whole wheat flour plus ¼ cup of rice flour

Add ¼ lb of beaten ginger (2 tsp. powdered or candied ginger) and ½ tsp each of grated nutmeg, coriander and anis seeds a littell brused in a mortar.

Desolve 1 tsp baking soda in 3 tablespoons of hot water,

Add to toher ingredions.

It must bee baked in a pann (8x11) which

must be a litell buttered (about 1 hour at 325˚)

Pupil Achievements

Congratulations to Adam Cort who has just been awarded his level 7 proficiency award for tramplining.  If you have any pupil achievements that you would like mentioned in the newsletter, please e-mail the office: office@williampenn.w-sussex.sch.uk