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Great Wishford CofE VA Primary School:        www.greatwishfordschool.co.uk

                                                WISHFORD SCHOOL GOVERNORS BID FAREWELL TO HEAD

Governors gathered on a sunny July evening to wish Ali Jenkins all the best for the future as she prepared to move on after 20 years at Great Wishford CofE VA Primary school, 17 of them as Head Teacher.  She was presented with a watercolour of the village, painted by Jane Rowe, and a framed photo of the school, taken by Chris Lock.  She was also given a card and bouquet of flowers from the Oak Apple Club in recognition of and thanks for the contribution that she and the school has made to Oak Apple Day over the years.  She will be much missed by the Governors and school and we wish her every happiness and fulfilment as she embarks on the next stage of her life.

            Yvonne Allen (on behalf of the Governing Body)


On 19 July, years 5 and 6 gathered in the hall at Wishford Primary School, together with parents and staff, to celebrate the achievements of the year 6 leavers and to give them a memorable send-off as they prepared to go to their new schools.  And memorable it certainly was, with the year 5s describing what they liked best about their year 6 buddies, and the year 6 leavers themselves telling us about their achievements, their funniest moments and what the school motto meant to them.  

It was very moving to hear of difficulties overcome and of the high regard in which they are held by their friends.  They had painted tiles depicting the animal they considered best represented them, their attributes and personality, giving the reasons for their choices, some of which were very amusing.  They were presented with coloured sashes and a Bible each, and we all partook of bread and grapes, remembering Christ's Last Supper with his friends, before they, too, were sent out into the world.  

The children behaved with dignity throughout and delivered their reflections beautifully – they are a credit to the school and the teachers.

           Yvonne Allen



July 29th – schools finished, summertime arrived....and so did the rain.  The Oak Apple summer BBQ in the field was a major feat of 'Keep calm and carry on' in the face of darkening skies and pouring rain.  Soggy summertime blues?  We were having none of it.

Helpers turned out in force to set up the marquees, joining two together to accommodate the ca. 30 people we were hoping would brave the elements.  And around 25 or so did, all wellied up and prepared for whatever the weather.  

The BBQ and the fire pit fired up nicely as we settled down to complete one of Tom's quizzes.  Soon we were tucking into sausages and burgers, potato and green salads, coleslaw and chicken, followed by desserts and cheeses.  

This is one of those events where the Club does not expect to clear very much, but about £80 will go towards funding the main Oak Apple Day.  A huge thank you to the marquee erecters and takers down, to all who helped with the catering and cooking on the day and of course to Ruth for organising it (and making sure we had loo!).  

Yvonne Allen (on behalf of the Oak Apple Committee)


The Open the Book team has continued to bring characters from both the Old and New Testaments alive by reading and acting out the stories as told in the Lion Storyteller Bible.  The pupils love to participate and we are never short of willing volunteers.  The accompanying pictures show just a few of the stories we have covered over the year, including those featuring David and Jonathan, King David, Christ's birth, and Pentecost.   As time has gone on, we have built up quite a range of props, and one we frequently use is the boat, kindly made for us by a friend in the village.  Our thanks go to the staff at the school, and especially Ali Jenkins, for their enthusiasm and always making us feel so welcome.

We would love to welcome new members onto the team (subject to DBS checks).  If you are interested in finding out more, contact us by email at admin@twovalleys.org

       Yvonne Allen (on behalf of the OTB team)