Willowbrook School Newsletter

7th October 2019

“Believe, Achieve, Succeed Together”


Dear Parent/Guardian,

What a busy week we had in school to end September; we even managed to have a few days when it did not rain all day! If you visit the school website, you will see our school twitter feed and see many photos showing all the great things that have been going on in school. You do not need to sign up to twitter…although I notice we are now up to 261 followers! I am sure there will be more postings next week, particularly from Year Six in Heatree, if the signal is strong enough!

Theatre Alibi

We were expecting this fantastic theatre company in school last week, but we had an early morning phone call to say one of the actors was too ill to perform. Such a shame for the children, but the good news is that they have rearranged to come in April.

Year Six

Most of the children are off to Heatree this week to spend time on Dartmoor, learning new skills, making new friendships and trying to keep their rooms tidy! The children who are not going will be taught by the Year Six teachers who have some nice activities planned for them.

Year One

The children started the week with a fantastic trip to Lyme Regis. The trip was based around their history work at the moment about the life of Mary Anning. The children have loved learning about this famous local woman and her incredible life. They came back to school with handfuls of fossils and exciting tales to tell about their day. Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers who came along for the day. Without you giving your time, trips would be hard to manage.

Year Three

The children are off to Dartmoor on Thursday to learn more about the Iron Age. We are lucky to have so many natural resources and local places to visit in Devon, which supports what the children are learning in the classroom. Make sure you come with sensible shoes or boots and a waterproof coat!

Visiting Athlete

On Wednesday, we have a famous athlete visiting school through the Sport for School programme. All of the children will have the chance to take part in a short workshop session with their class with the athlete and then they will give an assembly about their experiences and their training and the children can ask questions. The children can then participate in a sponsored activity to raise funds which are shared between the athlete and the school. Last time we did this, we had a gymnast doing very impressive back flips through the hall!

Parents’ Evening

On Friday, you should have had a letter to book an appointment for parents’ evening. These evenings will take place on Tuesday and Thursday of week commencing 14th October. It is a chance to talk about how your child is settling in to their new year group, look at their books and ask any questions. Appointments are scheduled for 10-minute slots and we ask that you try to stick to that time. Children are welcome to come with you but please make sure they stay with you and are supervised by you at all times. I will be in the community room with Mr Pearson and Mrs Ellor, where tea and coffee will be available. I look forward to seeing you there.



There will be no after-school activity clubs run during the week of parents’ evening, as staff will already have two late nights that week. The After School club will still be on and will be in the Learning Hub classroom.


Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 9th October                                     Sport for Schools event: an athlete is visiting Willowbrook

Thursday 10th October                                        Year 3 trip to Postbridge

Monday 7th-Friday 11th October                         Year 6 Residential to Heatree

Monday 14th October                                           Year 4 trip to Escot

Monday 14th October                                          Whole school Dodgeball event

Tuesday 15th October                                          Year 1 trip to Farmwise

Tuesday 15th & Thursday 17th October               Parents evening

Wednesday 16th October                                    Times Table Rockstars dress up day

Friday 18th October                                             Flu vaccinations


Monday 21st – Friday 25th October                     Half Term


Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November            Skip to be Fit event

Friday 8th November                                            Music assemblies for Years 1, 2, 3 & 6

Friday 15th November                                          Music assemblies for Reception, Year 4 & 5

Monday 2nd December                                        Non-pupil day

Wednesday 11th December                                 Reception Nativity time TBC

Thursday 12th December                                     KS1 Carol Concert time TBC

Tuesday 17th December                                      Nursery Nativity time TBC

Thursday 19th December                                     KS2 Carol Concert time TBC

Friday 20th December                                         Last day of term






















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