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Saltford Reception classes in special nativity event
Saltford Reception classes in special nativity event

Watch it streaming on Saturday and Sunday 7 – 8pm

Children in our Reception classes were invited by Bath & Wells Church Diocese to take part in a special nativity event organised by South West Carols.

Saltford Reception ready for nativity performance

Our Reception children were ready, willing and able to act out part of the nativity story to a narration. This was produced and filmed in the school hall by Mrs Browne and the Reception teachers and staff, following all covid-related safety procedures.

This first ever such event is a celebration of all the good things that take place at this wonderful time of year and the reasons why we celebrate. It includes a great selection high quality musical performances from diverse artists and participation from schools all over the South West. It also promises interviews, stories and fun moments to make you laugh out loud. The nativity was streamed on Saturday and Sunday December 5th and 6th.

You can see the Saltford children in action below or if you would like to see in full screen, please watch on YouTube at youtu.be/6Zz5cIjTgPg

You can also watch the whole South West Carols show on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oHF8H9cOg8

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Advent nature trail
Advent nature trail

Christmas trail in the school garden

The children are looking forward to getting out in the school garden for a special Advent nature trail which will be led by Reverend Daile.

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Stone Age experience
Stone Age experience

Years 3 & 4 head outside

Years 3 and 4 welcomed SG Forest school to Saltford at the end of November to give the children a hands-on experience of life in the Stone Age.

The Stone Age comes to Saltford

The children had the opportunity to strike flint, build dens, grind wheat and make pots as they discussed the key question, "Were the people living in the Stone Age super-heroes?"  After the experience, they decided that yes, to be able to survive without any of today's luxuries, they were!

The Stone Age comes to Saltford The Stone Age comes to Saltford

A huge thank you to Tim and Jane from SG Forest School for bringing the Stone Age to life for us.

The Stone Age comes to Saltford The Stone Age comes to Saltford

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Reverse Advent calendar 2020
Reverse Advent calendar 2020

Children and staff are giving back to families in need

Even under normal circumstances this time of year can prove to be very difficult with some families struggling to put a meal on the table, let alone being able to think about any of the little extras that so many of us will enjoy over the festive period. In the current climate of Covid-19, this has never been more true and Saltford School wanted to play our part in supporting our local community. And so, following the success of the last three years and the overwhelming gratitude of the Keynsham Food bank, we once again invited the children to take part in our reverse Advent calendar and in doing so, help a family in need this Christmas.

Every day from Monday 9th November, one or two children from each class brought in a Christmas food item for the class box.  Then on Dec 4th when our 25 items are in, they were delivered to our local food bank, where the donations were  gratefully received by the Trussell Trust.

Reverse Advent calendar donations for the food bank

Staff also asked this year that, should parents be considering a token of thanks for your child’s teacher, your generous donations to the Advent calendar collection would be thanks enough.

We would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthwhile cause, and Mrs Nethercott in particular who coordinated everything for Saltford School.

We were delighted to receive this letter of thanks from the Chairman and Project Manager of the Keynsham Food Bank:

Dear Mrs Sage,
I write on behalf of the Keynsham Food Bank to thank you and the school family for the support that you have again given us as we once again approach Christmas. Your kindness is very much appreciated.
This fiscal year so far has been extremely busy for us and since April 1st we have supported just short of 1,700 people which is 400 more than in the whole of the last fiscal year. Currently we are covering Keynsham, Saltford, the Chew Valley and the neighbouring part of South Gloucestershire.
None of what we do could be done without the support of people such as your school family.
Thank you again.
Best Wishes
Alan

For more information about how to access help from the Keynsham and Saltford food banks, see our Pupil premium page. If you would like to know more about the Keynsham food bank, you can see their website here.

Keynsham Food Bank

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Anti-bullying week
Anti-bullying week

United against bullying

Our equalities team lead the activities as part of national anti-bullying week beginning 16th November.

Anti bullying weekThis year's theme was 'United Against Bullying' and is part of the ongoing work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance who provide lots of useful resources for parents and children online.

Children were encouraged to wear odd socks to school on the Monday to show their support and they responded in great numbers. Why wear odd socks? It's about celebrating individuality and appreciating that we are all unique.

Here are Class PN and Frankie & Freddie from Class ESST showing off their odd socks to support anti-bullying
Class PN in their odd socks against bullying Odd socks against bullying

All classes participated in activities and discussions about bullying and thinking about ways to stop bullying from happening. All the children at Saltford School regularly discuss bullying in their classes throughout the year but the purpose of this week is to raise its profile even more. In class we look at different types of bullying, how to help if you think someone is being bullied or what to do if you think you are being bullied.

Here are some examples of the lovely work Class ESST did on the part they would play in stopping bullying

Anti bullying work Anti bullying work

E-team and Miss Jupp are also there to support all children across the school who need extra support. 

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