Newsletter 17th June 2022


17th June 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,


This Week in School

Many people imagine that schools are ‘winding down’ at this point in the year, but for the staff and pupils, this is far from the truth and it has been another tremendously busy week in school! Year 1 had a very successful trip to Watchet Harbour, and afterwards they caught the steam train to Minehead to visit the beach as part of their seaside topic. Their kind teachers treated them to an ice lolly on the field when they returned, and they looked at the photos from the trip.


Some Year 5 and 6 pupils attended a Swimming Gala at Queen’s College on Tuesday evening. Mr Chidgey has written a report (below) detailing the atmosphere and excitement of the competition and the enthusiasm and motivation of the children who took part. Do have a read!

On Wednesday, the talented students in Year 5 danced their hearts out to a large audience at Heathfield, and Mrs Rolf was so proud of them for their hard work and commitment. They then performed the dance to the whole school in our Golden Book Assembly on Friday, and I can tell you it was an absolute treat to watch them! Well done, all.

Mrs Gavins and the Year 6 team took the class away this week to Woodlands for a fantastic 3-day, outdoor adventure. It was lovely to see the parents waving them off on the bus, and having visited them on Thursday evening, they certainly enjoyed their rustic adventure. The venue was fantastic and it was very much back to nature, but the team spirit and enthusiasm shown by the children was exceptional and they should be very proud of themselves.


Not to be outdone, Mrs Earp arranged a similarly exciting, overnight trip to Pinkery for Year 4. I was very excited to join them for the infamous ‘bog walk’, and it didn’t disappoint. There were a few muddy children on the walk back to the Pinkery House, but their smiles and laughter were far more noticeable. I left as the children were preparing to cook their dinner (sausages and mash) and some tasty biscuits. What a treat!


I know from experience what it takes to organise a residential trip. We are very grateful to all the teachers who not only spend months planning these adventures, but who give up their time and spend it with the children, ensuring they have a trip to remember. Thank you also to the parents who kindly  offered their time to support. It was greatly appreciated.

I imagine we will have some tired children and staff this weekend! Do have a rest, enjoy the good weather and we look forward to seeing you all again next week.


KS1 Sports Day

Just a reminder that Key Stage 1 Sports Day is taking place on the afternoon of Thursday, 23rd June (next week). Parents are invited to attend and we would love to see you. Please ensure your Key Stage 1 child comes to school with a water bottle and wearing PE kit and, if the weather is hot, with sun cream applied and a sun hat.


Summer Fete

We are so excited about the return of the summer fete and very grateful to the parent volunteers who are organising it this year. The initial meeting went well and there is a further meeting in the Busy Room on Friday, 24th June at 2.45pm to finalise details. Mrs Webber has put up a sign up sheet in the foyer as volunteers are still needed to run stalls. Please speak to our office staff if you have any questions. There will be even more information in the coming weeks – watch this space!




Sports Report from Mr Chidgey


Queens College - Primary School Swimming Gala - 14/06/22


On Tuesday afternoon, we took a Year 5 and 6 swim team over to Queen’s College for a swimming gala. The gala was contested by teams from local schools and two teams from Queens College. 

The atmosphere was electric and the talent level extremely high. For many of our children this was a brand new environment.

Amelia W (Y6) was familiar with this environment, and she dominated the Butterfly event. Amelia was by far the strongest swimmer in the competition and received huge praise from all of the spectators.

Nikita O (Y6) took on the freestyle race, qualifying for the final and coming 3rd place overall – a fantastic achievement!

Kirshane and Isobel (Y6) completed the numbers for our girls’ team. They both swam fantastically to help the girls win both the medley and freestyle relay Race. Well done to all the girls involved in this wonderful achievement.


The boys’ team consisted of Shamuel and Reiss (Y6) and Matvey and Solomon (Y5). The boys came together brilliantly in the relay races, achieving second place in both of their relay events. A particular highlight was Solomon who pulled the team back from 4th position to 1st position in his 36m swim. St George’s team came 2nd place overall in the Visitors’ Cup. 

I am mostly proud of the children for their attitude towards the event. Overcoming their nerves, winning and losing with grace and displaying exemplary behaviour throughout.


A Note from Mrs McDonnell

What a fantastic achievement and well done to all of the hardworking, motivated and resilient children involved who represented our school to the highest standard. We would also like to mention Mr Chidgey and Mrs Buck, who give up huge amounts of time to ensure the children can attend these events. They often have several of these tournaments a week that can finish from 6pm onwards. What fantastic commitment they show! I’m sure you’ll join me in thanking them for their time and effort.


Best wishes,

Edwina McDonnell



Upcoming Dates:


  • Wed 22nd June: Year 6 Leaver’s Mass at Clifton Cathedral.
  • Thurs 23rd June: KS1 Sports Day – 1.45pm to 3.15pm. Please send your KS1 child to school in PE kit.
  • Mon 27th June: KS2 Sports Day –  1.45pm to 3.15pm. Please send your KS2 child to

school in PE kit.

  • Wed 29th June – St Peter & St Paul Mass in Church led by Year 5 pupils – 9.30 am. Parents welcome to attend.
  • Fri 15th July – Summer Fete.
  • Wed 20th July – Year 6 Leaver’s Mass. Year 6 Parents welcome to attend.
  • Fri 22nd July. Year 6 Leaver’s Assembly. Year 6 Parents welcome to attend.