Headteacher's Blog

Mrs. Badger's Weekly Challenge Number 3 - the Handy Helpers Challenge
How helpful are you? We always work as a team at St. Mewan so are you doing the same at home? Send us a photo of what you are doing to help out at home....washing up, hoovering, dusting, loading the washing machine, walking the dog, tidying your bedroom. Anything that helps your family team survive lockdown. Send us one photo to show your helpfulness next week and we'll choose one lucky entry to win an Amazon voucher as a prize!
Happy helping everyone!
Challenge@st-mewansch.org
Cereal Box Monster Challenge
Our winner of the Cereal Box Monster Challenge was Harleigh from Year 1 with his Mr Super Penguin Pants!
Great St Mewan Bake Off Challenge
The winner of the Great St Mewan Bake Off Challenge was Lucy with her tea loaf that looks absolutely delicious!
Remembrance Day 2020
VE Day
It is lovely to see that so many pupils and staff enjoyed their 'Stay at Home' VE Day celebrations.
Super young writers!
Today I have been visited by lots of reception pupils who were excited to showing me their writing. It is always amazing to see how much children learn in such a relatively short space of time and how their writing has progressed since the start of the Autumn. I have given out lots of special stickers today and am so proud of our young writers!
Food Bank Donations
On the last day of term, we delivered the overwhelming amount of food donations that were received to the Food Bank. I would like to thank everyone who responded to our request to help families in need this Christmas.
Choir Spreads Christmas Joy
During the last week of term, our Year 5/6 Choir visited several care homes in the local area to spread some Christmas joy to the elderly residents.
Muddy Mondays and
Welly Wednesdays

Nursery had an exciting morning exploring the school field. The children were independent and put on their own wetsuits. There were lots of bugs to be found and they even had a robin come to say ‘hello’.

The children are looking forward to more Muddy Monday and Welly Wednesday adventures.

Torchlight Carnival
Year 5 were delighted when their entry into the Torchlight Carnival placed second. Even more excitement came at the end of the procession when we were asked if "Albert" and his penny farthing could be put on show for the Tour of Britain which will be coming to Cornwall next year.
Amazing Writers!
I have had a steady stream of children visiting my office today to show me the most fantastic writing in their Literacy books. Year 3 have been writing explanations about the Earth's Core (and using some incredibly technical vocabulary), Year 6 have been immersed in the Amazon rainforest and some cheeky Year 5 children wrote a diary entry pretending to be me! Apparently, I drink coffee and eat a lot of biscuits! Check your post over the next few days as there will be a lot of 'Congratulations' postcards sent out to pupils today!
The Perfect School
On my morning visit to all of the classrooms today, I was really impressed with 4D's PSHE display. They have been thinking about what qualities their perfect school would have and what role they could all play in achieving this. It was lovely to read that many of them thought that our school was already fantastic and their 'improvement' comments have given me lots to think about!
Weekly email
Dear Parents/Carers,
 
Another week in lockdown has passed. I hope that you are all managing to stay safe and well and are coping with the challenges that we are all facing at the moment.
 
Questionnaire
A huge thank you to those parents who have taken time to complete our online questionnaire about our remote learning offer. Miss Willcock is currently collating all responses and we will listen to and respond to your comments as we know that this is a really difficult time for parents and want to help as much as we can. Many parents have sent us very positive comments and I would like to thank everyone for their feedback as staff are working incredibly hard to keep in touch with all pupils who are at home and ensure that they receive feedback on their learning. In the last week our teachers have sent over 1750 messages out on Class Dojo alone!
 
Zoom
We have also received some lovely comments about the Zoom 'Get Togethers' we have started running this week. Not only has it been great for the pupils to see one another but it has really helped lift the spirits of the staff involved. Thank you for helping your child to access these sessions.
 
Weekly Challenges
Once again I have been really impressed with the quantity and quality of the entries into my weekly challenge set on our Facebook page. The winner of this week's 'Cereal Box Monster' Challenge will be announced later today (drawn at random again as they were all so good) and I will set my new challenge after that. I have a feeling that the next challenge may be a favourite with all parents!
 
Star of the Week
In 'normal' times (if we can remember that far back!) we hold a weekly assembly in school where teachers announce their Star of the Week. We would like to continue with this for all of our children during lockdown so, as well as continuing to do this in school, teachers will be announcing their Star of the Week for children at home on Class Dojo at the end of the week. I am very aware of the difficulties of home learning for families at the present time so have asked that awards are not given for quantity of learning taking place as I recognise that every family situation is different. There are many other reasons the award may be given  - for  example, for perseverance, effort, kindness or helpfulness or a lovely piece of work uploaded to Dojo. 
 
Finally, again, a huge thank you to you all for your support. Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.
 
 
 
Mrs. Elaine Badger
Headteacher