William Penn Newsletter

21st July 2015

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of everyone at William Penn, I would like to wish you a wonderful and peaceful summer break.  It has been a very busy year…and a very busy end to the year!  We have enjoyed being part of the learning journey with your children and look forward to continuing to the next stage in September.  We would love to hear news of those pupils who are not coming back in September too.  With many thanks and best wishes – Stephen Kear

Ofsted Inspection Update

As you are aware, we were inspected by Ofsted at the end of last week.  We were so pleased with the messages of support that came our way and with the time taken to fill in parent questionnaires at short notice.  The current situation is that the judgements and evidence are being moderated before a draft report is sent to the school for comments.  When the wording of the report has been finalised, it will be published and this will be in September.  In the meantime, we are unable to share the provisional judgements.  Thank you again for your kind comments and support.

End of Year Leavers’ Assembly

Please be reminded that the Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly will take place on Wednesday 22nd July at 2.15pm.  Whilst priority is given to the parents of pupils in Year 6, parents from other year groups are welcome.

Lions Poster for Peace Competition

Congratulations to Toby Lutman who gained second place in the regional Poster for Peace competition organised by The Lions Club.  Toby also earned £50 for school funds.  Well done Toby

Governors’ BBQ Success

The first ever William Penn Governors’ BBQ turned out to be a great success despite the odd shower. It was great to see a real mix of parents, children, families and many people from surrounding villages joining together for an evening of entertainment. It was also wonderful to see and hear our school choir opening the evening then all the other William Penn children joining them with the school Quaker song. We know from the very positive comments we’ve received back that a brilliant time was had and it’s so nice to know that many of you noticed how well all of the children enjoyed playing together - confident in their surroundings. We are very grateful to the band who were superb and to those who participated in the Auction of Promises which raised almost £800 towards the new build fundraising project. We are still adding up the final amount made on the BBQ, bar and tickets but we will let you know the final total at the beginning of next term when we will also have a ‘Save the Date’ for next year’s BBQ well in advance! If you are interested in finding out more about our new build project then please visit this part of the school website: https://williampenn.eschools.co.uk/website/building_project_new_classroom_and_hall/7458

Year 2 and Year 6 Visit The Blue Idol

Yesterday, our Quaker Foundation Governors Colin Hope and Susan Richardson, hosted the children in Year 2 and Year 6 at the Blue Idol. The children had a peaceful and thought provoking visit as they tried to see The Blue Idol through the eyes of William Penn himself.  The Year 6 pupils were presented with a book on behalf of the Quakers from The Blue Idol and refreshments were thoroughly appreciated too.

Thank You PTA

For those of you that missed the PTA Parents’ Assembly, the amount raised during this academic year has been in excess of £7500.   Much of the fundraising money has been used to purchase additional IT equipment as well as the usual swimming lessons and Christmas and Easter treats.  We would like to thank everyone that is a member of the PTA or who has helped out with PTA events.  The funds and events are so important to the school and we are grateful.

District Sports and Other Sporting Events

The children at William Penn have recently taken part in District Sports on a fun but hot day.  All pupils were well behaved and represented the school admirably.  The attitude of the pupils was summed up by Alicia Tapson who won the 750m Sprint race as a substitute at the last minute and came 4th in the 1500m race despite having stopped to help a fellow competitor.  Well done to all our athletes.

Well done to all the children who took part in the netball match at St Marys. A special thank you to Mrs Storey and Mrs Carver who supported the children. We hope this may be a regular event.

Eight children attended the Sainsbury's tri golf final at K2. The children had a fab day, took part in lots of activities and even met a famous athlete. A special thank you to Mrs WD for supporting the children.

Well done to all the children who took part in Friday’s cricket tournament. Again it was a hot but fun day. Lots of new skills were learnt, especially how working in a team enables you to share your talents. Thank you Mrs Sanderson for your support.

We would like to pass on our appreciation to all our parent helpers.

Pupil Achievements

Congratulations to Stella Chapman who has obtained a Primary Track & Field Athletics certificate.  Well done to Joshua Bernardi who has passed his Grade 1 violin exam and, with former pupil Charlotte Storey, played at St Alfeges Church Greenwich to close Shipley Arts Festival 2015.  Arabella Bamsey has taken part in the Infinity gymnastics Competition and won 2 bronze medals and 1 silver medal.

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