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Where's Gary - Barlow that is?

Nailsea School has asked its staff, students and friends to take part in a Where’s Gary? challenge to promote its charity calendar being sold as part of its yearlong 60@Sixty campaign.

The campaign aims to raise funds for the school and to celebrate its diamond anniversary.

The challenge has seen staff, pupils and parents donning the Where’s Gary? mask, taking pictures of themselves and posting them on social media – using the hashtag #wheresgary.

The aim of the activity is to raise awareness of the school’s special charity calendar, which goes on sale at the end of November.

Earlier in the school year students and staff were invited to submit a hand drawn picture of themselves with some creative and often hilarious results.

The calendar has been beautifully pulled together by head of art Rachel Davies and features more than 900 hand drawn portraits, it is a real work of art.

As well as featuring staff and pupils from its anniversary year, it will also feature a special guest appearance.

Head teacher Dee Elliott is renowned among the community for her total esteem of all things Gary Barlow (she even has a life-sized cut out of him in her office).

In response to this total adoration, ‘Gary’ will appear in every scene, wearing a different outfit and hidden among the staff and pupils.

Each month has a Where’s Gary? theme.

Mrs Elliot said: “So far Gary Barlow has not called to place an order for the calendars, but I’m sure it’s just a question of time…in the meanwhile, we are reliant on the community to help our cause and buy a calendar to support our fundraising.”The 60@Sixty Where’s Gary? calendar go on sale at the end of this month from the school and from Nailsea retailer School Togs at £10 or £15 for two.

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Crown Glass Shopping Centre has chosen Nailsea School 60@Sixty fundraising as is Christmas fair charity. A spokesman said: "Thank you so much everyone for all your suggestions of a local charity for us to support at our Christmas fair. It's great to see so many local organisations doing fantastic work for our community. This year we have chosen to support Nailsea School with their 60@Sixty campaign. This year Nailsea School celebrates its 60th anniversary, and to mark the year the school has put together a programme of events and has launched its 60@Sixty campaign, aiming to raise £60,000 in a year to support the school. It is an exciting time for Nailsea School, the programme of events puts the school right at the centre of the community, and we are delighted to be able to support them." More details of fair on Friday, November 29 HERE.

Rotarians put Backwell School in picture frame

Backwell School had a visit on Wednesday, November 12, to judge entries for this year’s National Rotary Young Photographer Competition.
This is the first year that Backwell School has taken part in the competition.

Organised and supported by art and photography teacher Colin Ray, students submitted their series of three photographs under the theme 'through my eyes'.
It took more than one hour to judge the 20 submissions before prizes were awarded in the senior and intermediate categories. Congratulations to Adam (1st), Ava (2nd) in Year 7 and Grace (3rd) in Year 8 who were the intermediate winners and Cole (1st) and Rob (2nd),Year 10 and Year 9 respectively, in the senior category.
Judges Roy Ackrill and Bob Keightly, of Rotary Nailsea and Backwell, were very impressed with the entries, and were then kind enough to share their wisdom and advice on photography to those taking part following the prize giving.
Rotary Youth Committee chair Peter Hoare thanked those involved for their '...wonderful entries...we hope to do this again next year.'

Mr Ray said: It was a fantastic experience and I am pleased so many students took part.

"The standards of entry were very high and we hope to display the images around the school site for others to enjoy.”
The winning entries will now enter the next heat of the completion against other students in local schools, with those successful then moving up to the regional and national finals.

Fundraising for Africa at car boot sale

A North Somerset school is hosting a car boot and table-top sale to raise money for a school in Africa.

Fairfield School at Backwell has linked with the Macalpine School in the Bandawe region of Malawi and is holding a series of events, in association with the charity Hooke Court in Malawi, to support the school and provide its pupils with books, pencils and other learning resources.

The sale is on Saturday, November 16, when the school is also holding an open day for families wishing to look around.

Fairfield School headmistress Lesley Barton, said: “We are so excited to be sponsoring the Macalpine School in Malawi and we’re hoping that our car boot sale will generate some much-needed funds for new educational resources at the school.

“We are so fortunate here at Fairfield to have the very best resources at our fingertips to teach and encourage our pupils but we know that others aren’t so fortunate.

"It is a big part of our ethos to instil in the children a desire to be caring and giving. It is wonderful that our pupils participate with such enthusiasm in all the charity work we do here.

“We’re hoping many people take this opportunity to not only support a wonderful cause but also to have a big clear out of unwanted items just before Christmas.”

Visitors to the event can also enjoy hot dogs, cakes, waffles and hot and cold refreshments on the day.

Entry will cost 50p per person or £10 to take a table/car bootspace.

Lesley added: “The car boot sale will take place on the same day as our open event.

"Thisis a great opportunity for interested parents to take a look around our school, meet with teachers and pupils and get a sense of our culture.”

The open event is 10am-noon with the car boot sale noon-3pm.

To register your interest for the open event or to book a seller space for the car boot sale contact secretary@fairfieldschool.org.uk or call 01275 462743.

Fairfield School is an independent co-educational school for children aged two to 11 with class sizes are limited to a maximum of 20 at Fairfield School, with many much smaller.

There is a very wide range of clubs and activities, sport, music and drama to excite the interest of pupils.  

PHOTO: Fairfield School teacher Louise Campbell

volunteering in Malawi

DANCE CLASS: You can dance, you can sing - while academic success is paramount Nailsea School sixth formers are also offered more creative paths to fulfil their aspirations. The school is happy to announce that from September 2020 it will be offering a BTEC Level 3 Natonal Diploma in Contemporary Dance. Find out more on Thursday, November 21, at the open evening - see poster top

PINK PEEPS: Backwell School Year 9 students wore something pink for a whole week in PE for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October - well done. Here is the happy team pictured in the gym... 

Coming soon... official unveiling

Nailsea school children have created a beautiful mosaic to brighten up a brick wall in the town centre.

Pupils from Golden Valley Primary School, Hannah More Infant School, Grove Junior School and Nailsea School have all contributed their artistic talents to make three large collages depicting life in the town.

Fran Newton, a volunteer with Nailsea in Bloom, came up with the idea for the scheme, which has been sponsored by Nailsea Town Council.

The wall is adjacent to the village green and children designed pictures based on given topics:

  • Nailsea School – Today

  • Hannah More and Grove – History

  • Golden Valley - Nature

Fran said: “The community project, originally conceptualised back in 2010 and coordinated by me has now reached its first major stage.

“The mosaic artwork consisting of three large panels has been created to enhance a blank and uninspiring wall space to the side of New Look and provide residents and visitors with an informative and colourful space to relax near.” 

The schools were first invited to get involved back in September 2017.

Approximately 300 pupils, aged from Year 2 up to sixth form were asked to come up with suitable designs.

Fran said: “As well as planning their design, they were asked to think about how it might translate into a mosaic format.

"It was great to be part of the planning experience. 

“There was an excited buzz around the whole classroom when the children were working together to discover what pictures they wanted to create. 

“It was also lovely to see different age groups working together and inspiring each other."

Twelve winning designs from each school were selected for adaptation by David Bowers of Mosaic Madness, in Knowle. 

The materials were provided by David and each school took three days to create their respective panels.

The whole process was thoroughly enjoyed by all the pupils involved and some were particularly pleased to have found new skills in tiling and grouting.

MADE IN NAILSEA: An army of schoolchildren supported and sponsored by Nailsea Town Council and the community made this village green mosaic 

It has taken approximately two years from the initial approach to the schools to the panels' final placement on the wall. 

There were a lot of other members of the community involved as well as businesses who either provided support or financial assistance including CBRE Property Services, Nailsea Town Council, Waitrose, Touts Budgens, Nailsea Community Trust, Nailsea & Backwell Rotary, Nailsea Lions, Changing Lives as well as private donators.

Fran said: "I've loved being part of this project and seeing the children get so much enjoyment from it. 

“It's been hard work to get the funding in place to ensure this was a free community project and I'm thrilled to see the pieces made and put up into their desired space.

“I hope people enjoy what they see."

Nailsea Town Council is arranging an explanatory plaque and once this has been created, an official unveiling will take place before Christmas with representatives of those involved. 

A second phase for placement of planters and additional seating is the 2020 project, added Fran.

FORGET WALLY: Trending on Twitter is the #wheresgary tag posted in an attempt to get head teacher Dee Elliot's hero Gary Barlow to respond to his cartoon being on every page of the fundraising calendar published in the schools 60th year...

HALLOWEEN REGISTER: Appearing in the window of School Togs at Clevedon Walk are the four houses of Nailsea School - Dragon, Griffin, Phoenix and Unicorn - and a timely reminder to parents that the deadline for secondary school applications is Thursday, October 31.

BRAIN TEASERS: Successful sell-out quiz night raised £722 for the 60@Sixty challenge. A big thank you goes to everyone whether it was partaking, supporting or donating a raffle prize. It was victory for the team who knew the name of the British fleet at Trafalgar...special thanks to quiz master Will Hellier who is pictured below with the winning team.

Nailsea School 1959-2019

celebrating diamond anniversary

This year Nailsea School celebrates its 60th anniversary, and to mark the year the school has put together a programme of events and has launched its 60@Sixty campaign.

The campaign aims to raise £60,000 in a year to support the school.

Students were invited to submit requests for improvements to their student council, who are working with the senior leadership team to put together a shopping list.

Suggestions so far have included weather shelter, improved ICT facilities and sporting equipment.

The school opened with 90 students, but now educates more than 1,000 pupils in its school and sixth form with numbers increasing annually in recent times.

The school is inviting students, staff, parents and the community to get involved with its fundraising, whether it is by attending one of the numerous events, initiating a fundraising activity or by donating.

Headteacher Dee Elliott said: “Built in 1959 originally as a grammar school, Nailsea School has been at the heart of the community for several generations.

 “Because of its close ties to the community we are hoping to meet our target, it sounds like a very significant amount of money, but if every child within the school could fundraise £5 a month for the year it would be attainable.”

It is an exciting time for Nailsea School, the programme of events puts the school right at the centre of the community, and the offers of support have been brilliant.

One parent has offered to run a marathon on behalf of the school, a local cider-making group have shown an interest in being involved, while the first event of the programme – a quiz night supported by Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club has sold out.

Musical Bingo is the next programmed event and is being organised by the school PTA other events include a movie night, treasure hunt and car boot sale.

The grand finale will be a summer fete, where the school will welcome students past and present in a celebration of the its history.

In the meantime, it is hoped that the whole community will get involved, and the school is keen to hear from anyone who would like to help with fundraising.

Mrs Elliott added: “With the 60@Sixty campaign we want to commemorate the school’s significant contribution to the community, the memories made here, the careers built, and the friendships developed while ensuring we continue to have an impact on future generations.”

WHO'S COUNTING: Mrs Elliot and school presidents, Daniel and George with the 60@Sixty totaliser.

Schools recognised at national travel awards

Seven North Somerset schools including one from Nailsea have been recognised with national travel awards.

Following an academic year packed full of activities to promote walking and cycling, five primary and two secondary schools picked up bronze from Modeshift STARS in recognition of their work to encourage pupils and parents to choose active travel on the school run.

Supported by funding from North Somerset Council, the Department for Transport, and Living Streets, the schools carried out surveys of pupils, installed cycle racks and scooter pods, and ran Bikeability training to teach children skills to ride safely.

They were also given the chance to learn about the benefits of active travel with the council’s pedal powered smoothie bike.

Becket Primary School, Churchill Church of England Primary School, Flax Bourton Church of England Primary School, Kingshill Church School, and Sandford Primary successfully encouraged all pupils who could to walk on a regular basis, while Priory Community School Academy and Churchill Academy and Sixth Form focused on supporting those pupils arriving on foot and bike by making sure staff and parents drive safely on school grounds.

Kingshill Church School Year 6 teacher Sarah Bennett said “We were keen to work together using Modeshift STARS to raise the profile of active journeys to and from our school.

“The children particularly enjoyed scooter safety training and going out in to the local area to learn the skills to keep them safe.

“We recommend Modeshift STARS because it has focused the whole school on the health benefits of active school travel.

"The impact has been clear to see as many more of our children are choosing to walk, bike, and scoot to school and there is now a real buzz about being active.”

The Modeshift STARS website is free for all schools to use and has tools to survey pupils, review facilities, plan improvements, and review their success. To find out how your school could get involved click HERE or email sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk.

A-level football

Study for an soccer A-level must be a dream come true for teenaged football fans but this is what a Nailsea based sports coaching team is offering. 

Priority Football now in its third season has joined forces with Nailsea School to deliver a Post 16 qualification from September 2020.

The academy will offer enjoyable and structured sessions to student athletes during the school week, as well as a competitive fixture programme against other schools and colleges.

This is an amazing opportunity for the Mizzymead Road students to achieve their full footballing potential and pursue professional opportunities across football and sport.

Qualified coaches Alex Lumsden and Rob Prior will head the teaching team.

Rob said: "In the more immediate future, excitement among our coaching team is growing with changes to existing weekly sessions just around the corner.

"These include the beginning of a brand new Girls Programme in the coming weeks and our first year-round outdoor sessions for our oldest age group.

"The past 12 months have been amazing with more than 170 children now taking part in weekly sessions and 41 hugely successful camp days being delivered.

"We can’t thank you all enough for the support you’ve given us and the trust you place in us each week – we’ll never take it for granted!"

For more details click HERE.

Breakfast is best at Nailsea School

It’s been a fabulous start to the new academic year at Nailsea School, with supermarket -Tout’s Budgens, supporting new students with a welcome breakfast.

The generous donation from the Wraxall store, saw an abundance of freshly baked goodies including croissants and pain au chocolat as well as fruit and juices being delivered to the Mizzymead Road campus.

The delicious breakfast was served in the first instance to the new Year 7s who had the school to themselves to get their bearings before the rest of the school joined them the following day.

A little later new sixth former, pictured, arrived to enjoy their brunch, and talk about the next steps of their academic journey.

The breakfast eased students into their first day and within minutes’ students were chatting to each other and to staff breaking the ice - ready for the first term.

The first day back for Year 7 was full of activities to help students find their way around the building, understand lesson timetables, school systems and pick up tips that will help them adjust to secondary learning.

For Year 12 it was an opportunity to speak to staff about their GCSE results, ensure they have selected the right subjects for A-level and make any changes. 

It was a brilliant start, providing the beginners with a great foundation to start their next journey, to find out about starting at Nailsea School, families are welcome to attend their Open Evening on Thursday, September 26, 6-8.30pm.

For more details go to the fantastic newly revamped school website by clicking HERE.

Thursday, November 21, at 5pm
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New website, click image to go to site and see

Ravenswood School £2 million fundrasing bid build sports hall

Children at Ravenswood School, Nailsea, like those at Golden Valley have also enjoyed an extended summer holiday because of fire safety work.

Head teacher Mark Seniorsaid: "The six week works are to improve the fire breaks in our ceilings. 

"These are building features designed to stop a fire spreading. 

"Due to the age of the building, there is some asbestos present. 

"This was a common material used in many buildings of a similar age. 

"We are not unique in having asbestos and it poses no risk to pupils or staff."

Everyone is due back on Monday, September 9.

New sports hall

The school for children with special educational needs and disabilities caters for pupils from all over North Somerset has launched this term a massive £2 million fundraising bid to build a new sports hall at Pound Lane.

The oversubscribed school with more than 100 students said its current sports hall is 'not fit for purpose'.

The first event to help them reach that goal is a car boot sale on Sunday morning, September 22 - see poster for details.

Hot drinks and bacon rolls will be served and there is no need to pre-book a pitch just turn up from 7.30am onwards.

Pitches are £6 for cars and £10 for vans and/or trailers.

Admission is £1 for adults and children free. 

School is back 8.50am Monday

After an extended summer holiday It is back to school on Monday for pupils at Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea.
Head teacher Kevin Lynch was always confident the Nailsea Park school would be ready to reopen on Monday, September 8.
He said: "Absolutely. Contrary to rumours, staff have been working in school this week like trojans and school will be ready for Monday.
"We knew that the planned building work for the summer would be substantial, little did we know the full extent of the work that would be done. 
"The original scope to ensure that the school would be compliant in terms of fire breaks and asbestos quickly escalated to new ceilings, new lighting, new fire alarm system, new CCTV and a complete re-decoration of the original building. 
"This was a mammoth undertaking in the time available and the contractors were amazing."
And he told parents: "Your child's school is now ready to receive its pupils on Monday morning at 8.50am.
"The GV staff have been wonderful. 
"They have worked so hard to unpack the 300 crates of resources, move furniture from storage and ensure that school is ready to be opened. Everybody has worked above and beyond this week - a real team approach with no negativity and just the drive to get things ship shape."
Mr Lynch took the photos and added: " You will see from the photographs below just how lovely the school is looking.
"There are a few things still to happen such as installing new blinds, but other than that, GV school will welcome you all on Monday.
"Thank you for your patience and understanding; we appreciate the extra arrangements you had to make with the delay in opening. 
"We look forward to seeing you on the playground on Monday morning."

Backwell School GCSEs results

Backwell School is celebrating another year of very strong GCSE results reflecting the hard work of students during the past two years.
75 per cent of students achieved a standard pass at Grade 4 or above in both English and maths, while 55 per cent received a Grade 5 or higher in both subjects.

Overall 70 per cent of students achieved the equivalent five A*-C grades including English and maths and 41 per cent of students achieved the very challenging combination of higher passes which earns them the English Baccalaureate.
George Taylor achieved eight Grade 9s in his GCSEs results as well as one Grade 8 and one Grade 7.

George, picturerd, was almost speechless with his results.

He said: “I am feeling overwhelmed.

"I worked really hard but did not expect these results.”

Argentine Person, also pictured, who gained four Grade 9s, four Grade 8s, one Grade 7 and one Grade 6 made the most progress in the year group.

She said: “I got my dad to look at the results first as I was too nervous!

"The teachers were great at supporting me and I am really happy today.”

She is excited to continue at Backwell in the Sixth Form next year studying A-level physics, maths, chemistry and further Mmaths.
Oisin McGilloway was really proud of his results, especially his Grade 9 in English Literature.

He said: “I was not expecting such a high grade in literature.

"I am hoping to become a writer for film and TV so these grades are a great start.”

Siblings Marta Aleksinska and Wojciech Aleksinski achieved 16 GCSEs all graded 5 or above including two Grade 9s and 4 Grade 8s between them.

Their mum confirmed that a lot of hard work and revision has gone into their results and 'these results will give them many opportunities in the future'.
Head teacher Jon Nunes said: “Our Year 11 students have worked very hard during the past two years, and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.

"I would also like to thank the dedication and skills of the teachers who have been teaching them.

"GCSE results are the start of these young people’s futures and I wish them the very best in whichever path they choose to take.”

GCSE breakdown Summer 2019
  • 75% achieved Grade 4 (standard pass) in English and maths
  • 55% of students achieved Grade 5 (strong pass) in English and maths
  • 41% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate
  • 70% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and maths (at Grade 4+)

Nailsea School 2019 GCSE results

Students, staff and governors are celebrating GCSE success at Nailsea School.

Overall, 75 per cent of students achieved 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 with 70 per cent attaining the ‘basics measure’ with passes at Grade 4 in both English and maths.

And 83 per cent of students gained a Grade 4 (equivalent to an old C grade) in English, and 73 per cent of students gained a Grade 4 in Maths.

Headteacher Dee Elliott was keen to praise the efforts of students and staff alike.

She said: "These excellent GCSE results are a just reflection of the efforts of our students and staff over many months at Nailsea School.

"Behind every set of results there is a story, and for some students the story included some real personal difficulties.

"I am are every bit as proud of our students’ preparedness to overcome difficulties as we are of their results.

"I would like to thank all our staff for the unstinting and remorseless hard work that has been put into this year’s results, our governors for their encouragement, and our parents who have shared the anxiety and have been a great support to the students and the school.

"It was a genuine pleasure to see them enjoying the good news this morning as well’

GCSE breakdown Summer 2019
  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 75%
  • Grade 4+ English 83%
  • Grade 4+ maths 73%
  • Grade 4+ English + maths 70%

Nailsea School A-levels

Year 13 students at Nailsea School are once again celebrating exam success with 54 per cent of all entries at A-level being awarded A*-B grades and 25 per cent gaining the very top grades.

The overall pass rate was 99 per cent.

Student success came across a wide range of subjects, confirming the breadth of opportunity on offer.

Many students have also had their intended destinations confirmed with courses chosen ranging from English literature, history, law & psychology to architecture, international relations, nursing, publishing and zoology, demonstrating the diverse and ambitious range of choices that studying at Nailsea sixth form enables students to make.

Sixth form head Jon Reddiford said: “We are delighted so many of our students achieved excellent grades and are now going on to take up offers of apprenticeships and to some of the country’s top universities.

“It is great to share in our students’ successes and excitement about their futures.”

Head teacher Dee Elliot said: “These results reflect the tremendous diligence of our students and their tenacity.

“Families and teachers also play a crucial role in the success of this school and I would like to thank parents for their support and teaching staff for their unstinting dedication.

“Our staff open up extraordinary opportunities for students which allow them to make ambitious choices and to flourish in a future of their own making.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of all of our Year 13 students and wish them all the best of luck in the future.”

A-level breakdown Summer 2019
A*-A 25 per cent
A*-B 54 per cent
A*-C 82 per cent
 
With a 99 per cent pass rate

Nailsea School open evening is on Thursday, September 26, 6-8.30pm.

Join staff and students for an ‘access all areas’ tour of Nailsea School, explore our easy to navigate classrooms and corridors and see the facilities on offer.

You will be able to meet staff and talk about academic life at Nailsea.

The school welcomes families of all ages and there will be subject related interactive displays during the evening. Information will also be available regarding transport links, Pupil Premium and SEN.

Presentations by the head teacher Dee Elliot and students are at 6.45pm and 7.30pm.

EXAM RESULTS 2019

Nailsea School 

  • from 9.30am Thursday, August 15 A-level and AS

  • from 9.30am Thursday, August 22 GCSE and BTEC

Staff will be available until 1pm in the auditorium

 

Backwell School

  • from 8am Thursday, August 15, for Year 13 A-level and AS (separate arrangement for Year 12 and below)

  • from 10am Thursday, August 22 GCSE for Year 11 (separate arrangements for Year 10 and below)

Results will be given out outside the Sixth Form Building or in the Sixth Form Theatre in the case of bad weather.

 

Students at both comprehensive who cannot attend in person to collect results will need to make alternative arrangements by filling in the authorisation form prior to these dates.

Backwell School A-levels

Backwell School sixth formers have been celebrating another amazing set of exam results.

More than a quarter of exam entries were graded A* or A and 74 per cent of results were at grade C or above with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.

Head student Jemma Mayler, pictured, achieved three A* grades at chemistry, maths and sociology and is off to Lincoln College, Oxford to read law.

She said: “I am so happy, I had a plan in place in case I didn’t achieve my required grades, however I do not need it!

“I am very thankful to the school and my family for all the support.

“I am looking forward to the next chapter.”

James Harris, who joined Backwell School for his A-level studies, pictured, was amazed with his four A* grades in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.

He said: “I have worked very hard during the past two years.

“The support and friendly competition, especially in my maths group, certainly supported me to achieve these results.”

He is now heading to Warwick University to read maths and considering a future carer in either finance or astronomy.

Subjects such as maths and computer science were popular university choices this year, with students heading off to Exeter, Southampton and Warwick Universities to study these subjects including Eddie Jones with two A*s and two As to read maths at Durham and Ed Turner with three A*s studying maths at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Lizzie Knowles with two A*s and an A is also heading to Oxford to read geography at Jesus College.

She said: “I can’t quite believe it, I am excited.”

Students are looking forward to their future plans with others undertaking apprenticeships with companies such as Airbus and in sectors including recruitment, finance and business administration. And former pupil Emilia Osborne will be staying on at Backwell School for an apprenticeship in business administration.

Head teacher Jon Nunes said: “I am very proud of all of our students who have worked incredibly hard towards their successes today; they have grown into well rounded young people in addition to achieving academic success.

“We wish them all the very best for the future.”

A-level breakdown Summer 2019
 
A* 12 per cent
A*-A 27 per cent
A*-B 48 per cent
A*-C 74 per cent
 
With a 97 per cent pass rate

FAIRFIELD FIELD: A programme of renovations is taking place at Fairfield School, Backwell this summer, including an all new purpose-built playground for the reception class. The newly relocated reception classroom is having its windows removed and new double doors fitted which will lead out on to the new age-specific playground. With a soft surface and a racetrack feature for children to run along, the new playground has been specially designed to appeal to four and five-year-olds. The outdoor space will also boast numbers and letters on the ground so children can continue their learning outside. As part of the re-jig of classrooms the IT Suite will be removed and instead classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art Chromebooks and iPads, which have been purchased by the PTA.

  • Golden Valley Primary School at Nailsea is also having work done during the summer holidays which has meant Trendlewood church has had to temporarily hold Sunday services at Nailsea School.

Only One Me

Creative children from a Nailsea primary school have made a brightly coloured pebble path in their playground.

Pupils found different size and shape stones and then painted them from designs of sea creatures they had drawn in the classroom.

Year 3 teacher Chrissie Powell, who lead the enterprise, said: “This has been a whole school project for the past few months.

“Based on the book Only One You, every child decorated a pebble to show that we are all unique and to celebrate that no matter how small we are we can make a difference in our world. 

“It's been a wonderful project for bringing the school together.”

The book by Linda Kranz uses the ocean and its underwater creatures to illustrate diversity. It tells the story of a fish called Adri whose parents share their wisdom to guide him as he goes about exploring his world.

Miss Powell added: “I had no budget for the project, so we were very fortunate to have some help from the community. 

“Our amazing Whiteoak Way School Association (WOWSA) provided the resources to decorate hundreds of pebbles.

“Builders merchants Travis Perkins at Southfield Road donated us cement and sand and The Gould Group of Blackfriars Road made us the brilliant sign for free.

“A team of more than 10 volunteers gave up five hours one Sunday to put the pebbles in the ground with the expertise of two kind dads, Andy Harrison and Paul Watson. 

“It's going to be a lasting and amazing  reminder for many years to come.

“The pebbles are all unique and a reminder to the children that each of us is unique too.”

Nailsea School sports personality

Bristol Bears fly half Callum Sheedy was the guest speaker at Nailsea School sports personality presentation.

Top athletes from Years 7-11 attended the end of term formal awards at Cadbury House Hotel to recognise their sporting endeavours across the season.

Now it its ninth year and the brainchild of PE teacher Daniel Van Grudgings it has become a firm fixture on the school calendar.

Teams and individuals were celebrated with awards chosen by managers and players.

Mr Sheedy inspired the students during a Q&A session when he talked about his resolve to be the best he could be thanks to the inspiration of his teacher.

He said he decided while at school he would always be the first on the rugby pitch and the last to leave, telling the Nailsea students that ‘half an hour every day makes a difference, dedication is everything’.

The highpoint of the evening was when two Year 11 students were named sports personality of the year.

There were six nominees: Elin B, Rebecca L, Jonty M, Pollyanna S, Harry W and Ewan W.

Mr Van Grudgings said they were all highly skilled individuals and it was most likely that some of them would become professional sports people or successful in the sports industry.

Congratulations went to Rebecca and Ewan, pictured top, who were announced overall winners and took the Wyn Daniel Trophy.

The other nominees in true sporting style, took to their feet to congratulate them alongside rousing applause from the 180-strong crowd.

This year was the last event for Mr Van Grudgings who in September moves to another school and a new role.

He was honoured by the students who commandeered the microphone to give him a moving leavers speech and present him with farewell gifts.

He said: “It has been an honour watching you grow as sports’ people and develop strength of character – Nailsea students will always hold a place in my heart and I feel privileged to have been a part of your lives.”

SCHOOLS OUT: Forever for Year 13 students who will be embarking on a new adventure in the big world. But with Nailsea School Radio in charge of the DJing a fabulous night was was enjoed by all at Cadbury House Hotel end of term party

CLASS DATE(S): Nailsea School newcomers have already enjoyed an induction Saturday morning breakfast and on Thursday night, June 27, with wonderful weather the September Year 6 intake and their families enjoyed an after school barbecue which was a brilliant success. Meanwhile towards the other end of their school careers Year 13 Prom Night with the pupils swapping uniform for finery were at the Lord Mayors Mansion House for an evening of celebration

BIG BOOM: Boomsatsuma is launching a Creative Campus at 65 High Street, Nailsea on Thursday, May 30. Boomsatsuma works with young people to 'fuel the next creative generation'. Established in 2011 the company has grown rapidly to be a producer of leading edge arts and engagement projects and the leading creative industry training provider in the West of England. So far is has delivered projects to more than 3,000 children and young people and have raised investment of more than £600,000 from funders including Arts Council England, Children in Need, Quartet Community Foundation, Youth Music, and the Creative Employment Programme. On offer at Nailsea will be two year full time diploma courses which will  be equivalent to an A-level in creative and digital media and games VR anbd VFX courses for 16 -18 year olds starting this September 2019. For more information click HERE.

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS: Backwell School sixth form production team presented a £4,292.53 cheque to Barnardo's, a charity which helps children. The students raised the money from their performances of Legally Blonde earlier this year. Barnardo's is a British charity founded by Thomas John Barnardo in 1866, to care for vulnerable children. Now it is helping hundreds of thousands of UK children, young people, parents and carers.  

Welcome breakfast for bumper September intake

Nailsea School welcomed nearly 300 parents and children on Saturday morning, April 27, to a delicious cooked breakfast.

The Year 6 children, who will be joining the school in September, were given the opportunity to meet their new classmates, explore the school and to chat to staff.

The 94 families that came to event enjoyed a choice of bacon, eggs, beans, sausages and hash browns or a lighter meal of croissants and crepes.

The children enjoyed the food and were excited to hear that the cooked brunch often features in the school lunch menu.

Many of the children set off to explore the school, and have a good look around, leaving their parents to chat over coffee.

The atmosphere was very relaxed and the students looked comfortable in their new surroundings.

One parent said: “There was a really warm atmosphere, friendly teachers and fab food. I know it has really helped to provide a positive introduction to senior school.”

This year the school has received a record number of entries and the school is looking at ways to make sure its catering facilities continue to run smoothly by expanding the provision.

Teachers and other members of staff were on hand to answer any questions and help both the parents and students through the transition event.

Assistant head and transition manager Craig Mawford said: “The Welcome Breakfast was really well received; it was great to see the kids getting stuck in and exploring their new environment and chatting to staff.

"We run a number of transition events in the lead up to their start in September; we have found it makes for a more confident and progressive start to the academic year.”

Year 6 pupil Edith, aged 11, said: “I loved the breakfast and it was great fun having a look around the school, I even met a new girl called Jess.”

Orca needs new Nailsea base

The after-school club at Nailsea School is to close this summer.

Orca Kids Club After School Club has been running at the Mizzymead Road comprehensive for the past 13 plus years and has 176 children on roll aged from four to 14 years.

Its largest session is on a Thursday when it can look after up to 51 children.

Since it was given notice in January it has desperately been looking for alternative accommodation.

Only two of the Orca youngsters attend Nailsea School with the rest coming from Ravenswood, Hannah More, Grove, Golden Valley and St Francis primary schools and one from Backwell School.

It has had the exclusive use of the ground floor café area and has been paying £5 per hour rent.

With Nailsea School intake for September 2019 at maximum it needs extra space.

Head teacher Dee Elliot said: “Nailsea School