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January 2019 Newsletter

Staff News

From Mr. Heath:

After thirty-eight years working in schools, and with mixed emotions, I’ve decided that the time has come for me to do something different. I am, therefore, announcing today that this year will be my last as head teacher at Nursteed School. I’ll be leaving in July.

I’m declaring my decision quite early in the year to give the school’s governors plenty of time to find my replacement, a process that they’ve already given thought to. They’ll let you know when this is done, of course.

Coincidentally, and quite independently, Mrs Stanley has also reached the decision to make this year her last at Nursteed School. She’s been a teacher here almost from the beginning and has done so much for the children, her colleagues and the wider school community. She’ll be missed greatly.

But these changes are a little way off. In the meantime, it’s very much business as usual.


Winter Weather

A reminder of what we’ll do if we can’t open the school…

We’ll send a text message to your ‘phone as soon as we know. Also we’ll tell local radio (BBC Radio Wiltshire and Wiltshire Heart Radio), place a message on the school website and put a notice at the school gate. This might take a little bit longer so it’d be good to check that we hold a correct, up-to-date contact number on file so you're informed as soon as possible. Thank you.

If there’s no announcement then the school is open.


Coffee Morning

Sam Dunbar, our Parent Support Adviser, is hosting a Coffee Morning this Thursday (January 31st), to which you're invited. Please come along after the morning drop off if you can.


Parents’ Consultation Evenings

Our spring term parents’ evenings take place on Tuesday February 12th and Wednesday February 13th. This time, for the first time, we’re using an electronic booking system to manage appointments. You’ll receive an email with a link to let you book your chosen time(s).

The invitation is sent to parent contact number 1 from each child’s school record. Separated parents will receive an email from the school office advising them that the parents’ evening is happening. If you receive this email and want to book a separate appointment please reply to it and we’ll make an appointment for you. Of course, if you’re in this position and you’re reading this you can get in touch directly anyway.

The booking window will close on Friday February 8th so please respond by then. If you have difficulties using the new system please contact the office and we’ll be glad to help.

This is a bit of an experiment so we’re interested in how it works for you. Please tell us whether you find it better or worse than our old paper-based method. Which approach we adopt in the future will be guided by parents’ experience this time.


Book Week

Thanks to everyone who helped make our beardy/hairy Book Week such a good start to the new term. Our visiting author, A. F. Harrold, proved a real hit. Lots of copies of his book are still very much in evidence so he’s certainly inspired lots of Nursteed children to read his poems. The book character costume parade was a highlight, as ever. Well done to everyone who dressed up so splendidly. Keep reading!


Next Professional Development Day

The next professional development day for teachers is the first day of Term 4 so children come back on Tuesday February 26th.


Sharing Assemblies

Class-led sharing assemblies have begun. Check your child’s class’s date on the school website.



Don’t forget our textile container for unwanted clothes, belts, paired shoes, bags, hats, bedding and towels. This generates funds for the school, and nothing goes to landfill. It’s an opportunity to generate extra income, promote recycling and help protect the environment.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

It’s a while ago now, but we haven’t yet announced the excellent total raised by our MacMillan Coffee Morning. It was an impressive £325. Thanks for your support of this excellent charity.


Staying Safe Online

Keeping children safe online is a bit of a headache for parents. You may be interested to understand a bit more about this topic and to that end you’re invited to attend a presentation at Rowde School during Internet Safety Week. It’s on Tuesday February 5th at 6:00 p.m. The talk is for parents – not children – and offers a well-informed police perspective on the many challenges (social media, online gaming, sexting…) faced by parents. Do go along. You’d be most welcome.

Further details here.


Harry Potter Night

Devizes Library is celebrating Harry Potter Book Night by holding an event on Thursday February 7th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The children’s library will be transformed into Hogwarts School. Activities include the sorting ceremony, Hogwarts hunt, potions class and a hidden Hogwarts quiz. Suitable for children aged 8 – 12 years. The dress code is wizarding robes or your best Muggle attire! Tickets are £1.50 for library members and £2.00 for non-members. Book at the library or ‘phone 01380 726 878.