LUDGVAN SCHOOL NEWSLETTER 27.9.19
LUDGVAN SCHOOL NEWSLETTER27.9.19
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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...
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!
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.
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
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
Fastest river boat
Joint 1st: Josh and Casey Lennon
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
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.
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.
Head Boy – Isaac Hutchings
Deputy Head Boy – Atti Evans
Head Girl – Harlyn Sykes
Deputy Head Girl – Frankie Wiezel
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
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
Georgie and Nicole
Junior Road Safety Officers
What’s been going on...
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 www.oasischildcare.org.uk 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.
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.
nationaltrust.org.uk/trengwainton-garden/whats-on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates What’s Congratulations... for been the going year... on...
Term Date Event
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
Break up for Christmas
Return to school
Parent Consultation 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
25 th – 29 th May
30 th June
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