For the third year running Kennet Valley C of E VA Primary School are running a reverse advent calendar for children and staff. This means that rather than getting gifts from an advent calendar on the countdown to Christmas they give gifts to others.
For the next twenty days (Monday November 9 to Friday December 4) staff, children and parents will bring in a wide selection of food, toiletries, and other essentials to give to the Trussell Trust, which has a base in Devizes.
The Trussell Trust is a fantastic organisation that supports people in our local community. They organise a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. They also campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Headteacher, Emma Russell, said,
Over the last two years our school community has worked together to support this crucial charity and I am very proud of everyone being involved. It is fantastic to extend our advent calendar so that we are able to collect more in our third year.
We have also been very lucky that our local community has also supported this initiative by bringing items into the school. I am incredibly grateful to residents of our local villages who helped us in the past.
I know that it will be more difficult for local residents to help during the coming lockdown, but we would welcome any donations when lockdown has finished in early December. All items collected will be taken to Devizes later in that month
Over 80 bags were donated towards the Friends of KVS’s first fundraising activity of the 2020/21 school year. Old clothes, shoes, bags, household linens and soft toys were collected and the result is £235 towards the current fundraising project which is the revamp the school playground.
The Friends of KVS will be running various fundraising events in 2020/21 and also have a crowdfunding page set up, if you would like to donate towards this project, please visit Just Giving KVS Playground Fundraising
Our pupils have been able to make the most of the recent glorious weather by enjoying a fortnightly open air Collective Worship bubble session led by Rector, Rev. Maria Shepherdson.
The sessions have been held in the school playground and are in addition to daily Collective Worship sessions held in class bubbles.
The focus this term has been on the value of Curiosity, and Rev Maria has been talking to the pupils about Creation.
Emma Russell, Head Teacher, commented,
It is absolutely fantastic that our Rector, Maria, is able to lead these small outside Collective Worship bubble sessions. Being a Church of England school, Christian values are at the core of everything we do, and we work very hard to actively promote these values and the Collective Worship sessions help to keep our school community fused.
The Collective Worship sessions will continue to be held outside whenever weather permits.
Mrs Naomi Watts reached her 25th anniversary last week. Naomi had also been a pupil at Kennet Valley and then many years later her own children, Demelza and Ezra, followed.
She is known for her calm, friendly and caring nature and her fabulous sense of humour.
Naomi says: “It’s a joy working in a school with such a great family atmosphere. Helping children to reach their potential is a privilege and the wonderful colleagues I have met along the way have made me feel supported in everything I do”.
Mrs. Emma Russell the Headteacher, stated, “All of the staff who have had the pleasure of working with Naomi, would have to agree that she is absolutely fantastic, both as a teaching assistant and colleague, she treats everyone with the same fantastic caring and friendly nature and we all feel very lucky to have worked with her. Well done and thank you, Naomi”.
For the second year running Kennet Valley Primary has organised a reverse twelve days of Christmas event.
This fantastic idea means, rather than the children opening an advent calendar and receiving a gift, they instead are encouraged to donate specific food and toiletry items which for the Trussell Trust food bank in Devizes.
The children, parents and local residents all responded amazingly well, very quickly filling the twelve baskets with items, exceeding last years’ impressive collection with 344 items donated.
The pupils delivered the items directly to the food bank, where they were shown around and told about how the food bank works.
The annual Friends of Kennet Valley School Christmas raised an amazing £1200 at the Decemeber event.
Family and Friends of the school were treated to Mulled Wine, hot chocolate and a delicious BBQ. Father Christmas even showed up and created a beautiful grotto, complete with elves.
The Friends of KVS would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting the event. And a huge thank you to all the individuals and business’ that supported the event by donating raffle prizes, a big thank you to;
The Bell at West Overton
David Owen Accountants
Kennet Valley Amateur Dramatics Society’s
Elm Tree Motor Company Ltd
Basset Down Golf Course
This year we supported Children In Need by holding a school Pajama Day and having a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, where the oldest children read stories to the younger members of the school while nibbling on homemade fairy cakes. We also had a raffle throughout the week to raise more money.
Well Done to the School Council for organising these things to help raise money for this worthy cause.