Happy New Year and a very warm welcome back to school! You may recall that at the end of term Mrs O’Donnell organised a winter market. This project involved every year group using their design technology skills to produce winter themed items to sell at the market. The children studied a variety of products, created designs, recipes, packaging and then created the items to sell at the market. Each class was given a budget to work with and had to factor in the costs associated with making each item and challenged to make the biggest profit. The project was a tremendous success and the market made a profit of nearly £500 with Year 2 and Year 5 generating the largest amounts. The winning year groups will be able to spend some of the money on a DT themed item for their wet play boxes. The remainder of the money will go towards computerised technology to support the teaching of DT. Well done Worsley Bridge and a very big thank you to Mrs O’Donnell and her amazing elves-it was an incredible way to end a very busy term.

Last term we sent out a consultation regarding a two week half term in the Autumn term. The Trust Board and its associated governance committees have discussed the October half term consultation at length. The Board valued the comments from supporters of the proposed two week break and those that disagreed when making its decision. Ultimately, the argument for the extended break with its benefits to combat pupil tiredness, workload and absence can be countered by those that disagree.

The community survey showed 57% were in favour of the two week break with 33% against. At school governance level this figure was 63% in favour with 18% against, with others highlighting the need for alignment with other schools.  At Worsley Bridge Primary School it has been decided that the October holiday in 2020 will be TWO weeks. This means the half term holiday will be from Monday 19th October 2020 to Friday 30th October 2020.

Over a school year, pupils are required to attend for 190 days/380 sessions. The full term dates for 2020-2021 are attached to this email and ensure that the children will be receiving their full entitlement of days.

Wishing you all a great week ahead.

Mrs Williams