Year 4 Anglo-Saxon Day

Last Friday, Year 4 was hurled back in time all the way to the Anglo-Saxon age! When they arrived, the children were greeted by King Harold Godwinson, Duke William of Normandy and Lady Guinevere who took them through a number of different Anglo-Saxon activities. In the morning, the children took part in Brooch making, Rune …

C of E going green!

C of E has, for some time, been considering ways to reduce the school’s carbon footprint, improve the playscape that we offer the children (OPAL) and encourage discussion on the importance of sustainability. We felt as though some new trees would be the ideal solution to these issues so, a few months ago, we took the decision to apply to the Woodland Trusts Free Trees for schools initiative.

We were successful in our application and last week the final trees were planted! We thought long and hard about which year group would plant the trees and came to the decision that Year 6 would be the most suitable, as it would allow them to leave a true legacy behind them for all future generations who attend C of E. The children worked hard, alongside Mr James and Cate Cody (Councillor for Tewkesbury), to plant and secure a mixture of Silver Birch, Rowan and Wild Cherry saplings.

The Trees will take time to grow but we know that they, and future children, will flourish in the new environment which they create.

Newsletter #26

Tewkesbury C of E Primary School



Value: Community

Dear parents/carers,

We hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well and have managed to enjoy some of the beautiful weather that we have experienced over the last month.

All of us at C of E continue to miss the normality of everyday school life and most importantly, we miss seeing your child/ren and you every day! However, we know that if we all continue to follow the Government advice to ‘stay home and stay safe’ we will all hopefully be back together soon. It is important to state at this point that, as a school, we have not received any direction regarding a date for when we are likely to return to school (despite media speculation) and will continue to be led by Government guidance regarding this.

Showbie and Tapestry

By now, you will have noticed that we have changed the way that we are sharing the home learning with the children, setting weekly tasks, rather than daily activities. The reason behind this is that we want to make home learning more manageable for yourselves, your children as well as for our staff. The challenges they set, will cover a variety of activities across all aspects of the curriculum as well as to continue to allow the children to practice their maths, reading and writing. Please remember that there is no expectation for your child/ren to complete all activities throughout the week.

Links to other resources

Those parents who would like to access further learning resources, we have put a together some really good links and resources and have added them onto our website These include the government approved National Oak Academy who have developed a comprehensive virtual curriculum and BBC bitesize, who are also producing daily activities for children to take part in.


We would like to take this opportunity to share with you all, the news that Mrs Rouse will be retiring from teaching. We know you will all join us in celebrating with Mrs Rouse who has given 20 glorious years to the school. We have all been immensely proud to work alongside such a dedicated, enthusiastic and creative teacher and we know that you will all join us in wishing her all the best for the next chapter in her life. The staff have planned a virtual afternoon tea to mark the occasion, but will look forward to celebrating with Mrs Rouse, when we return to normal.

VE day

Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE day and we would love you to join us in celebrating this special occasion. The staff will be busy enjoying picnics, cake baking, flag making and doing many other lovely things to celebrate the day. We’d love it if you could take part too by carrying out one of these activities at home, then if you were to add a photo onto Showbie and Tapestry, we will put them all together to share all of the wonderful things that you got up to on to Facebook and the website for all to see.

Feeding the 5000

Please see the flyer attached from The Long Table, who are offering great, local food for everyone, delivered to your door.

 We miss you all and are really looking forward to seeing you all soon. 

  Take Care

       Mr T Blakey                                     Mr T Rylatt                                       Miss C Black

      Headteacher                         Assistant Headteacher                         Assistant Headteacher

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Newsletter #25

Tewkesbury C of E Primary School



Value: Forgiveness

Dear parents/carers,

Well, this is a new experience for us all isn’t it! As I write this, I am surrounded by my 3 children, one of which is napping on the sofa, one deeply involved in his dinosaur versus pirate’s game and my eldest constructing a Lego fort. At this point, I have two thoughts, How long will this harmony last? And isn’t it true that every bad situation, will have something positive!

Ms Black and some of the teachers have also noticed a big difference in school this week. Whilst most of the children are at home, there are still a very small few at school, whilst their parents help to support the people in need. It seems so quiet having such a large school with only a few children and teachers around, far from the usual hustle and bustle of a full school. The children (and staff) are having a lovely time, they’ve been riding bikes, playing sport on the field, making art and enjoying each other’s company. They’ve even painted this lovely rainbow on the front door as a symbol of hope.


Home Learning

In these extraordinary times, I want to reassure you that your child’s education is in safe hands at home with you! Please don’t add extra stress or pressure onto yourself or your child by worrying about whether they are accessing and completing all the work set or whether they have spent enough time working throughout the day. Sometimes, your child just needs to be reassured, comforted, loved and feel secure more than they need to be learning.

So, please don’t argue and fall out about any of the learning ideas we have sent home or provided. Instead, cuddle on the sofa and watch a film. Share a book and talk about it. Bake and cook together. Paint pictures, create and make. Play board games. Carry out science experiments. Travel the world via Google Maps. Go on virtual tours of museums, art galleries and zoos. Look at old photos and tell stories about family members, some of whom your children have never met. Write letters to those you cannot visit at the moment. These will all be valuable experiences for your children.

For some children however, a learning routine may be exactly what they need to help them to cope. They might thrive on structure and routine. They might be bored or anxious about not learning. They might be desperate to feel connected to their class mates or teachers. They might love learning online and fly through tasks, therefore the tasks set is exactly what they need to help them through this period, so for you, we will keep them coming.

Your child might be both of these types of children: most children are! Feel confident to follow their lead and use your gut instinct. You won’t go far wrong. Don’t worry about their academic progress. All of the above will help them.

Remember, every child is in the same boat at the moment. They will all be ok. When we get back to school, after celebrating being back together again, we will pick up from where we left off and meet your child’s needs like we always do. That’s our job!

So, use the learning resources – or don’t. Or anything in between. Try to have fun spending time together. Your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing – and yours – is far more important than anything else. How they felt during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives, far longer than any worksheet or online learning task.

Covid-19 provision

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff, many of whom are still coming into school daily to provide a safe and happy environment for the children whose parents are key workers. We received a letter of thanks from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP (the education secretary) yesterday, in recognition of all the efforts that went in to put this provision in place, we’re really proud of you all.

Showbie and Tapestry

Please keep an eye out on Showbie (Year 1-6) and Tapestry (Pre-School-Rec) as your child’s teachers will be continually searching for fun and exciting activities for your children to enjoy. They may post links to websites, challenges to have a go at or pictures of things that they’re up to. It’s important that your child knows that their teachers are still there for them, thinking of them and will answer any questions that they have. Please keep uploading things you have been doing too, we really love seeing all of the different things you are all up to.


You may have heard or seen that people up and down the country have been creating rainbows to place in their windows. This is to help reassure people, whilst spreading a message of hope and showing a wonderful sense of community. 

The Pre – School children took part in this as one of their tasks to complete at home this week. They have been very busy creating beautiful, bright rainbows!

Here is just a small selection of some of the rainbows they have made at home. It has really made us smile and we hope it makes you smile too! Well done Pre-Schoolers we are incredibly proud of you all!

‘My Lighthouse’ challenge

We set a challenge yesterday, and that was to ask your child, if they wanted to, sing all or part of one of our favourite collective worship songs, ‘My Lighthouse.’ I’ve had some amazing responses (I apologise for my terrible singing). Please keep them coming, over the next week, we will put these together to re-create the song and then share it with you all, this will allow you children to see some familiar faces and keep our community spirit alive.

Letters to Authors

I want also say a huge well done to some of the children in Y6, who were given a challenge to write a book review for the last book they read. Miss Davis then sent these off to the authors of the books, some of which have responded. Well done year 6 and thank you Miss Davis. We were really proud to read these responses.


We hope you manage to have a relaxing Easter, the teachers won’t be setting any activities, but may pop up with a challenge or two. Remember to try and go out for your one bit of daily exercise allowed, or failing that, take part in the P.E. with Joe Wicks, we’re loving that to start our day!

We miss you all and are really looking forward to seeing you all soon. 

 Take Care

           Mr T Rylatt                                                                                                 Miss C Black

     Acting Headteacher                                                                               Acting Headteacher

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Celebration Assembly!

Every Friday we gather together for an assembly which recognises children who have impressed staff with their work, attitude or behaviour. These children receive a certificate which goes on our whole school celebration board for all to see. Children who reach their DoodleMaths target join the celebrations and receive a certificate to recognise their achievements. We also update …

Newsletter #24




Value: Hope


The children have really settled into their new classes and our Reception Class children have taken to school life seamlessly. There have already been trips and next week Year 2 will be going on their residential trip to Kingswood. Our exciting Creative Curriculum has seen Year 6 all be war time cooks using the vegetables from the school gardens. Please look at your child’s class web page to see what they have been up too.

New Parent Governor Vacancy

We have a vacancy for a parent governor. Parent governors are elected by and from the parents of children currently attending our school. They serve a three-year term of office and bring a very important and valued perspective to the work of the governing body.

You might like to look at the information for prospective governors on the Gloucestershire County Council website Further information on the role can also be obtained through the school office.


The governing body has a vital role to play in making sure every child receives the best possible education. This is achieved by ensuring that governors have the necessary skills and commitment to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The particular skills that governing bodies need, will vary and will include personal qualities and capabilities, such as the capacity and willingness to learn and work as part of a team. It is expected that governors will make use of the various training opportunities available to them and play a full part in the work of the governing body. We are particularly encouraging those parents with finance experience.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, contact the school office with your nomination (self nomination is acceptable), which will need to be with the school by 12.00 noon on Friday 11th October 2019

If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held and you will be sent a voting paper.


Harvest Festival

We are inviting you to celebrate Harvest with us at Holy Trinity Church next Thursday 3rd October at 9.30am. We are collecting donations of Milk (UHT), Fruit juice (long life cartons), Instant mash, Sponge puddings (tinned), Cereals, Tomatoes (tinned), Vegetables (tinned), Rice pudding (tinned), Biscuits, Tea bags, Instant coffee, Jam, Ham (tinned), Sanitary Products, Toilet rolls, Shampoo, Shower gel, Small soap powders from Monday please.

Evacuation Day

Our annual evacuation Day was scheduled for Friday 11th October, unfortunately this has now been postponed and a new date will be set in the new year. We will endeavour to provide you with plenty of notice as we know it impacts on childcare.



We would like to invite any Year 3 children to join the school choir. The choir meets after school every Thursday until 4.15pm. Those children wishing to join please speak to the office ladies.


Special Lunch

Next Thursday 3rd October is our Special Lunch day as well. The children have selected some of their favourite foods. If your child doesn’t normally have a hot school dinner can you please encourage them to do so next Thursday. The more children that have a school meal next Thursday provides the school with additional funds from the Local Authority. These funds we can use on the children’s education. The special Menu as chosen by the children is;-

Pizza, chips, beans or sweetcorn.

Jacket potatoes with fillings of cheese, Tuna or beans

Salad bar

Ice-cream and Jelly

Yum Yums

Fresh fruit

The cost of a school lunch is £2.20



Thursday 3rd Harvest Festival at Holy Trinity at 9.30am

Thursday 3rd Special Lunch

Thursday 10th Year 1 Birdland trip

Monday 14th Year 3 Rainforest Roadshow in school

Monday 14th PTC meeting

Friday 25th End of term normal finishing time


Mrs C Scott


Newsletter #23




Value: Hope


Welcome back to a new academic year. The children looked very smart in their full uniforms coming into school and very excited about their new classes. From their stories they have obviously had a wonderful break with you.

Today I have shared with the children the news that I will be stepping down as a Headteacher from January 2020. I have taken a directorship of a new consultancy company offering wellbeing support to head teachers. Currently over one third of head teachers leave their posts early due to stress and excessive workloads. I am looking forward to this new role and challenge. It has been an extremely hard decision to make as the pull of this school, its children and staff are unique and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for your support over the years.

New Chair of Governors

Last night we said our found farewells to Mrs Beryl Thomas, Chair of Governors, as she had come to the end of her term of governance. The staff presented her with a bouquet of flowers and many personal notes of thanks for her support and service to this school over the last 6 years. She will be missed.

The governing body elected a new chair, Mrs Lisa Quelcuti. She is the former head teacher of Tirlebrook primary school and has a wealth of experience in primary education. We welcome her to our school community.

New Parent Governor Vacancy

Our Parent governor Michelle Prosser has stepped down as a governor due to the expansion of her work commitments. Whilst Michelle was only a governor for a short period her contributions and understanding of school finance was immense. I will be advertising the vacancy next week. Meanwhile if you feel you have the time and commitment to support the school with a particular strength in finance please consider putting yourself forward for election. For an informal chat or to know more about the role please contact me direct.


Please note that clubs start next week.


Uniform Orders have now arrived and are available for collection.

Community Centre Play Area

Can I please stress again with parents/child minders that the Community Centre play area is only for the pre-school children and not a public park. Sadly it was used over the holidays and damage has occurred. The climbing apparatus is not suitable for older children. Our insurance does not cover public use.


I hope you have found the recent term dates useful, below are a reminder of this month’s key dates.


Overview meetings

9th Year 6   at 5PM

10th Year 5 at  5PM

11th Year 4 at 5PM

12th Year 3 at 5PM

16th Year 2 at 5PM

17th Year 1 at 5PM

16th Year 4 Swimming

19th Year 6 WW2 Trip

30th Year 2 Kingswood Residential

Mrs C Scott


Newsletter #22




Value: Respect


Boy’s football victory

Last week our Year 5 & 6 boy’s football team once again led the school to victory in the Large schools football league tournament. The trophy has been won by the school for the second consecutive year.

Our Cross country team are also doing well but we won’t know the final results until a couple of weeks.

The Year 5 children have spent a day at Tewkesbury High School to experience the facilities, lessons and lunches. They spent time in the Science Laboratory, Geography, ICT Food Technology and PE. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are grateful to the High school for organising such a great day.

Over the last couple of weeks the Year 6 children have been out and about on their bikes achieving their cycling proficiency test.

Our Reception classes welcomed the parents back into class to learn alongside their children in ‘Stay and Play’.

Website Facebook and twitter

Our website is having a facelift and we will be going live with this in two weeks. We have been listening to parents to make it more ‘User friendly’ and we have listened to the children to include more of the fun things that they are doing at school.

In addition to emails, texting and the website we will be launching our own Facebook page and Twitter page. This is to improve communication between the school and its community.

World book day 7th March

This year the children will be dressing up in their favourite book character and having a day of exciting activities. Parents like the advanced notice so that they can start making outfit or hitting the online bargains.

Book Fair

Monday 11th March through to Wednesday 13th March there will be a book fair after school in the school hall.

Holiday requests

Please do not apply to take your children out of school during term time for a holiday. I cannot authorise absence for holidays. The government attendance target for each child is 96%. Authorised absence can only be for religious observations, family emergency

A reminder of Upcoming dates for February and March – for more dates please see the school website calendar

  • Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February Half Term
  • Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
  • Friday 8th March Year 4 Bishop’s wood trip
  • Friday 8th March – Mr Rylatt’s class assembly
  • Friday 15th March – Miss Armstrong’s class assembly
  • Friday 22nd March – Mr Stagg/Mrs Yeoman’s class assembly
  • Friday 29th March -Mrs Lewis class assembly

Mrs C Scott


Newsletter #21




Value: Respect


Happy New Year to all our families and school community. The children have really stepped back into the swing of things and have shared their many happy experiences of the Christmas break.  Already this week we have celebrated the children’s achievements at the Tewkesbury Schools Swimming Gala . Lucy Walsh came first in her race. The whole team was commended for their conduct as well as representing the school in a sport.

Our assembly this morning was a celebration of those children succeeding in growth mindset. This is an approach that we have been developing, not only in maths but across the curriculum. When working, perseverance, effort and a positive attitude to mistakes influence the children’s thoughts and actions, helping them to achieve different learning challenges. This is becoming second nature to the children. The impact we are seeing is that they are less frustrated by difficult concepts as they will try another approach to solving problems.


Thank you for returning the children in their required full uniform. Boots are allowed to walk to and from school but please ensure they have their black school shoes to wear indoors. A further plea please to name every item of school uniform so that we can reunite lost property. On rare occasions children bring home another child’s clothing/PE bag can I ask that from time to time everyone checks these items are indeed their child’s.

Census Day – Special Lunch Day

We would like all of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children to try a school dinner next Thursday 17th January. We would like to encourage as many children to have a school lunch on that day. It is School Census Day and the more children having a school dinner will entitle the school to more, much needed additional funds from the local authority. The kitchen is doing a special menu of Sausage, Chips and Beans, Quorn Sausage Chips and beans or Chicken Soup and pancakes for desert. Please let the school office know if your child would like a lunch on Thursday.

Change of Menu

Next Tuesday Cowboy Hotpot will be replaced by BBQ chicken and BBQ Quorn chicken.

Residential Trips

A reminder please to Year 6 parents that payments for the Normandy trip are required this month.

Dinner Money

Regular reminders of dinner money arrears are now being sent out. The school cannot continue to provide meals where families are in arrears.

Reception Class Parents Evening Event

Reception class parents have received an invitation to a special Q&A event to assist the school in how it can help new parents understand the operational practices of schools and how this can best be improved. Please ensure you have completed the attendance form to assist with catering requirements and numbers.

A reminder of Up Coming Dates for January – for more dates please see the school website calendar

Friday 18th January Y6 Miss J Class Assembly  at 9.00am

Friday 25th January Y 6 Mr Shaw Class Assembly at 9.00am

Monday 28th January Y6 Bikeability


Mrs C Scott