Thumbs up for the exciting new play zones
The PTA commissioned a playground extension to provide new active zones for all ages, built by Big Wood Play. The area to the right of the school has been transformed into an “Active Zone” with castle towers linked by a wobbly bridge, complete with a scramble net, a climbing wall and a ladder, with a slide and a firefighter's pole too.
It's clear from the pictures that this installation gets a big thumbs up from the children. Everyone was delighted to play together.
Alice, Isaac and Mo from year 5 said how great it was to have something "adventurey" that would be enjoyed by all ages. Mo particularly liked playing on the tree branches, and all agreed being right in the tree was exciting.
The early years area now enjoys a new active area for use during lessons comprising a traverse wall, stilt walk, beam and rope, balance beam, bridge and an 'A' frame climber.
This was all made from environmentally sustainable, English farmed larch, sourced locally and using the skills of local craftsmen. Beneath the equipment rubber grass mats provide a soft, but durable surface and a pathway of the same material links to the upper playground, allowing year-round access to these lovely resources.
We would like to say a big 'thank you' to the wonderful fundraising efforts of our PTA and your support of all they do.
Unwinding together in our lovely countryside
Last Friday we held our annual Ascensiontide walk to the top of Kelston Roundhill. This is a very old Saltford School tradition which we revived over ten years ago and which has become a favourite day for many children and teachers. As a Church school we think it is important to mark the major Christian festivals and it is good that we can commemorate this special event at the end of SATs week.
We started walking in rather damp conditions but luckily the weather soon improved - after ten o'clock it was dry but cloudy. Ideal walking conditions for a large group of children.
We walk down into the village, along the cycle track, over the fields to Kelston and across the main road. When we get to the top of the hill we have a short act of collective worship with readings, prayers and songs. We were delighted that our new Foundation Governor, Mrs Emma King, was able to join us this year and she gave the children a very interesting talk about the meaning of Jesus's Ascension.
After the service we ate our packed lunches and then there was an opportunity to play on the hilltop or just sit and admire the beautiful view, albeit a rather cloudy one on this occasion.
On our way back, as we walked down the lane back to the cycle track, we met a very friendly herd of cows who had decided to move to an upper field. All the children waited quietly and sensibly on the grass verge while the somewhat bemused animals passed by!
We are very grateful to landowner William Heath for giving us permission to visit the round hill once again and to all the adults who gave up their day to come along. Well done to all the children for their sensible behaviour on the walks and during the service. We hope you all enjoyed your day.
N Baker RE coordinator
Thank you to our generous parents
Thank you to all of the parents/carers of Saltford School. The seven cake sales this school year have raised a wonderful £1304.23 for the classes. The children along with their teacher get to choose items for the classroom, this could be games, toys, books etc.
We are getting a list together to give you an idea of what they have chosen this year and hope to put a little piece on here before the end of the school year.
We do have one more cake request to all parents, carers and grandparents for the 'Tea Rooms' for the summer fair on Saturday 15 June. These donations help give visitors to our summer fair a wonderful choice to pick from and is a huge fundraiser, so please don't put your wooden spoons down just yet. More details will be available closer to the event.
Thank you again for all your support, what an amazing school community we have.
Help save our special pool
At Saltford we are very lucky to have a swimming pool on site. This way we know that all our children can learn this life-saving skill with minimal disruption to the rest of their school day.
However, understandably, the maintenance, running costs and swimming teacher’s wages are expensive and so, considering the current educational funding crisis, we do need your support to continue to fund the upkeep of the pool.
We have not reached the decision to make this request lightly and we only do so after considering all other options, including using the public pool. We understand that not every family will be able to make a contribution but we cannot save costs by offering fewer lessons because if the pool is not operated regularly enough then it would become irreparably damaged.
If we do not receive sufficient contributions for this academic year, we will have to consider very seriously permanently discontinuing swimming at Saltford and pursuing the much inferior but cheaper public pool provision instead. Please take a look at our Swimming information for full details of costs and the options that have been considered.
If we are to keep all children at Saltford School swimming we respectfully ask parents for a voluntary contribution to cover the lessons, running costs and repairs for this academic year September 2018 – July 2019. The suggested contribution is £25.70 per pupil (for 20 weeks). For those parents of children in our Reception classes, swimming starts in Term 5. As these children will only swim once a week for 13 weeks, the suggested contribution is £15.50 per child. However, if you feel that you are able to contribute more we would be very grateful for any donations.
Please donate online via the School Gateway.
Saltford year 4s head to Wellsway School
On Thursday 9th May all of our year 4s were invited to an afternoon of indoor athletics at Wellsway School, organised by Mrs Burston, Wellsway’s sports coordinator.
The children took part in numerous activities focusing on the three disciplines of running, throwing and jumping. The whole afternoon was a joy to witness as the children from Saltford worked so positively with the year 4s from St Johns Primary School as they were coached by Wellsway’s year 8 and year 9 Sports Ambassadors, many of whom are former Saltford pupils.
Mrs Brook would like to thank all of the parents who walked with us, to Mrs Burston for organising this wonderful event and to the Sports Ambassadors for their guidance and patience throughout.