Newsletter 2






Artwork courtesy of Y5

A word from the Principal...


Incredibly, we are already at the midpoint of the first half term!

We have had a really strong start to the year, with a number of new and exciting events

taking place. Last week was the first time we have taken a group of children to the Climate

Change Strike in Penzance. It was a fantastic opportunity for children who have already been

proactive in this area to contribute and feel like they are part of something much bigger than

just a small group at school. The event was really well supported and the participation of the

children was widely appreciated by fellow strikers and members of the community.

We have also held elections and announced the new responsibilities for the upcoming year.

These include, Head Boy and Girl and Deputies, School Parliament Members, Team Captains,

Librarians and ICT monitors. Many of these roles, required children preparing speeches and

delivering them to a large audience of children and/or adults. We are very proud of all the

children who put themselves forward and demonstrated such determination and bravery.

This week we also welcomed headteachers from across Leading Edge (St Hilary, Mounts Bay

Academy and Fowey River Academy) and CEO, Sara Davey, to our school. They spent a morning

visiting all of the classes and were really impressed with the learning environment and the

provision offered. I will share the formal feedback from this visit in the next newsletter.

Your children may have told you that the new play equipment is being installed this week and

next. Once completed, it will really add an extra element to our outside space and provide

more opportunities for physical and exploratory play. The FLS are also moving forward with

their plans to develop the adjacent area to provide a quiet and sociable space for children to

read, draw and relax.

You will see that one page of this newsletter is entirely dedicated to dates. We have tried

to provide you with as many of the major dates for the whole year as we can at this point.

Please be aware that there will be more events added as we go through the year and some of

the listed dates may change as circumstances do.

Kind regards,

Adam Anderson


Meet A word our from Local the Principal... Academy Committee...

We have a very strong Governing Body at Ludgvan School who do a lot of work behind

the scenes to ensure that the schol runs as smoothly as it does. In order to ensure

that you are aware of who our current governors are and their areas of expertise

they have, please read on.

Michael Payne


My family and I made the decison to move to Cornwall from Essex five years ago, after

spending many happy family holidays here since childhood. I am Finance Director of a Pharmaceutical

Recruitment Agency based in Kent. I have also had almost 30 years experience

within the healthcare insurance market, now running a Trade Association that represents advisers

and insurers in that sector. Both roles often take me up country during the week but its

always a pleasure to come back to our home in Cornwall.

I have two children at Mounts Bay Academy. When I am not running the “parent taxi

service”, I enjoy live theatre, music, ancient history, reading, eating out, fine wines and walking

our two dogs.

In additon to Chair of Governors at Ludgvan, I am also a Parent Governor at Mounts

Bay Academy and can often be seen at Ludgvan as a volunteer in one of the classrooms.

Emily Kent

Joint Vice-Chair

In my professional capacity I am the Head of Economy, Skills and Culture for Cornwall Council

leading policy, implementation and delivery of the economic growth and culture strategy for

Cornwall. I lead a large multidisciplinary team ranging from economists and policy formers,

skills and inclusion specialists to Cornish language and archivists at the Cornwall Record Office.

I have a positive, forward thinking attitude and am driven to ensure that young people

are offered the best possible chances in life. I was born and grew up in Penzance and have

two children, Rowan in Year 4 and Laurel in YR.

Caitilin Finch

Joint Vice-Chair

I have been a part of Ludgvan school for the past 14 years and having a caring nature and

passion for children and their education, I became a parent Governor 6 years ago. All four of

my children attend/ed Ludgvan and my youngest is now in year 5. I run a small artisan textiles

business from my home in Marazion and in my spare time I love to spend time with my

family, gardening, coast walking, the beach, arts and crafts and travel.

I feel privileged to be part of such a welcoming, compassionate and inspiring team here at


Meet the Local Academy Committee...

Susan Ranson

I spent my early years in Lagos, Nigeria, before my parents returned to the UK to settle

in Ludgvan, where I grew up. Between degrees at University in Canterbury, I squeezed an

amazing year travelling around the world. After qualifying as an Architect, I worked in the

Cotswolds, where I won the SPAB 9-month travelling scholarship and met my husband. We

built a house together and brought our two children (now Y8 and Y4) to Cornwall in 2011. My

hobbies are less exciting nowadays, but badminton, gardening and family walks with our dog

are current favourites. I feel my background, professional and team skills are beneficial to

the Governing Body. My roles include being Link Governor for Achievement and Maths and a

member of the Finance Committee.

Lorna Trudgeon

I am the Senior Manager of the Oasis Childcare Centre, which is situated on-site at Ludgvan

Academy. I have worked at Oasis since 2001 and was previously the Manager of Ludgvan

Community Centre. I have a wealth of experience with supporting children and their families

across all age ranges. As a member of Ludgvan Parish Council and the Secretary of Ludgvan

Cricket Club, I value and appreciate the importance of strong working partnerships within our

local community. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, watching my son play a wide

range of sports and walking our beautiful coastal paths.

Gail Terry

I have been involved with Ludgvan School for 18 yrs and part of the FLS for 12 yrs. You may

have also seen me driving one of the school minibuses on one of the many great excursions

they go on.

I have four children which have all gone to Ludgvan, the youngest of which is in Yr 4.

I became a Governor because I wanted to represent the views of the parents and support

the staff.

I live in the village so know a lot of the children who have gone through Ludgvan and are

now heading off to Uni and College, and so I feel part of the community that Ludgvan School

represents. Because of my time on the FLS I have a particular interest in the relationship between

parents and the school and how important the community is to the school.

Meet the Local Academy Committee...

Hayley Wherry

My name is Hayley Wherry and I am currently the Year 2 teacher, a member of the school SLT

and Key Stage 1 leader. I have worked at Ludgvan School since 2007. During my time at

Ludgvan School I have taught in Years 2,3,4 and 6. My responsibilities throughout my time

here have involved leading P.E, Swimming, PSHE, Humanities and Creativity, as well as running

the School Parliament. Many of which I still currently lead. I became a Teacher Governor

in 2011 and have really enjoyed working within the school in a different capacity and

gaining a wider knowledge and experience of the finer workings of our fabulous school.

I live locally within the village of Crowlas and my daughter has just started in our Reception

class. I am currently expecting our second child, so I will be in school until October half term

and will return before the end of the school year.

I am friendly and approachable, so please feel free to say hello!

Sue Winn

I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant based in Yr 4. My areas of interest in school are

Health and Safety, PSHE and cookery/ healthy eating. Before I worked in school I worked as a

chef for 20 years. I run the after school cookery club.

Outside of school I help my husband run our building consultancy business. I enjoy reading,

playing badminton, gardening, eating out and listening to live / loud music. I also love to

bake and enjoy cooking for family and friends.

I have two children, who used to attend Ludgvan School, one now studying at Falmouth University

and the other at Penwith College.

Adam Anderson

I am Principal of the school and have been here since I was an NQT in 2006. In that time, I

have taught from Y1 - Y6, led PE, Maths and Pupil Attainment and undertaken the roles of

KS2 Lead, Senior Teacher and Vice Principal.

Outside of school, I recently stopped gig rowing, which I did for over 20 years, winning 8

World Titles. You will now find me spending time with my wife and two daughters or sweating

it out at Jolly Sailor Crossfit.

I feel privilged to be a Governor at such a fantastic school and will continue to give my all to

drive further imprvoement.

Broad and balanced...


The children have all settled in extremely

well and are very confident

within the school environment. This

half term our topic is Getting to know

me.... The children have had the opportunity

to talk to the adults about

their likes, dislikes and their families.

We have introduced daily phonic sessions

and the children love learning

with Fred the Frog. They have produced

some lovely art work and had

fun making pizza faces!


The children in Class 1 have had lots

of fun creating self-portraits using

only things they could find outside. I

have to say, I am very impressed with

what they created!

Broad and balanced...


Last week Class 2 went on a trip to

Marazion beach to do a beach clean.

They found lots of plastic waste and fishing

ropes, which they turned into plastic

monsters on the beach, before most

importantly binning it all! They sketched

St Michaels and then created some fabulous

pieces of artwork back in class.

To continue our plastic pollution theme,

this week the children have been busy

learning about ‘ghost fishing’ through

the story book Nelson’s Dangerous Dive.

During English they got to practise their

questioning skills and interviewed Nelson

about his awful incident with fishing



Year 3 have been exploring qualities

needed to be an effective team member

and created some word collages

on the iPads. We then applied these

skills to work as a team to create 2D

shapes with our bodies - this was a

great problem solving exercise.

Broad and balanced...


This week, we started our D+T project

where we will be designing and

making beeswax wraps. First, we

measured up how much material we

needed. Maria and Mary lent us some

bread to make sure our measurements

were realistic!


Class 5 have been studying a variety

of styles to create a picture of a sea

creature. We were so impressed with

the high level of artistic skills

Class 5 also designed and built rafts to

test in a river and the sea. They were

investigating how to make a boat that

was strong, fast, and able to cope with

strong waves. Here are the results of

each competition:

Fastest river boat

Joint 1st: Josh and Casey Lennon

and Alex

2nd:Sophia and Anya

3rd Beau and Megan

Broad and balanced...


As a part of Year 6’s history unit on

Benin, they looked at some African

masks and the traditional patterns and

materials used for these. They then

had a go at painting self-portraits in

the style of these African masks. They

used so much detail whilst painting

their self-portraits and they really

reflected the style of the masks they

looked at.


On Thursday 26th September Harlyn, Isaac, Riley and Sophie represented

Ludgvan School in a Tennis tournament at Penzance Tennis Club. The team

just missed out on a podium finish coming 4th overall, but the competition was

tough as some players were regional champions! Well done team, what a great

start to our sporting season and thank you to Heather Sykes who led the team

on the day.

What’s Congratulations...

been going on...


Over the last 2 weeks, we have celebrated various successes, including naming our

Head Boy and Girl, Team Captains and Librarians.

Our Y6s had to prepare and deliver speeches in front of over 100 of their peers to

convince them of their qualities for each role. In the spirit of true democracy, each

child then voted for who they thought would best represent them.

Congratulations to:

Head Boy – Isaac Hutchings

Deputy Head Boy – Atti Evans

Head Girl – Harlyn Sykes

Deputy Head Girl – Frankie Wiezel

School Parliament

6 – Matthew and Holly

5 – Liam and Anya

4 – Emily and Rylan

3 – Felix and Evie N

2 – Jack and Megan

1 – Quinn and Finley

Team Captains

Green. Captain – Alaya Vice Captain – Archie

Red. Captain – Benjy, Vice Captain – Hector

Blue. Captain – Layla O, Vice Captain – Sasha

Yellow. Captain – Emily, Vice Captain – Tilly


Izzy, Mati, Samuel, Gracie and Abbey

ICT monitors

Georgie and Nicole

Junior Road Safety Officers







What’s been going on...

Other news...

Curriculum Information Session

On Wednesday 2nd October 2:30-3pm, we will be hosting a Curriculum information

session for all parents and carers. Our curriculum is quite dramatically different this

year and this is a great opportunity to share what we will be covering.

Oasis Job Vacancy

We are seeking: -

An experienced Finance Administrator for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Excellent

interpersonal and computer skills required.

Please see our website for further details and an application


Oasis is committed to equal opportunities in employment and to safeguarding and

promoting the welfare of children. All successful applicants will require an enhanced


Closing date: Monday 30th September 2019.

Interviews: W/C 14th October 2019.

FLS Dates

9th October – Bags 2 School

18th October – Monster’s Ball (Disco) EYFS-Y2 3-4. Y3-Y6 4:15-5:45.

29th October – AGM

15th November – Sending home paper bags for parents to fill with party treats (more

details to follow)

21st November – Pantomime (donations for Christmas Fayre, more details to follow)

29th November – Christmas Fayre

Message for Y4 parents

This year Y4 pupils will be making lanterns for the Trengwainton Lantern Walk. Admission

to the Lantern Walk nights and visits to Father Christmas (Friday 6 & Saturday

7 December) is by pre-booked tickets only and these go on sale from 1 October. Last

year they sold out in two weeks and this year it could be even quicker.

From 1 October there’ll be a link on their website to purchase tickets https://www. or you can call the box office on:

0344 249 1895

Admission is free for National Trust members but you will still need to reserve a free

ticket to gain entry.


If you would be able to volunteer any of your time to hear children read in the mornings

or afternoons, please let me know at

Dates What’s Congratulations... for been the going year... on...

Term Date Event





15-17 Oct

21 st -25 th October

28 th October

11 th Dec

Tuesday 17 th December 6pm Ludgvan


Thursday 19 th December 6pm Ludgvan


Friday 20 th 1pm/1:15pm -

Monday 6 th January

17 th – 21 st February

4 th March

9 th March

Parents Evenings

Half term

Inset Day

Christmas Dinner

Christingle KS1

Christingle KS2

Break up for Christmas

Return to school

Half Term

Parent Consultation Day

Inset Day

18 th March EYFS High Tea

Friday 27 th March

Break up for Easter



Tuesday 14 th April

Return to School

1 st June

Inset Day

25 th – 29 th May

Half Term

30 th June

Sports Day

13 th July KS1 Summer Show

14 th July

Y3 and Y4 Summer


15 th July

Y5 and Y6 Summer


Thursday 23rd July

Break up for Summer

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