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Woodside Academy News
Rotary Carol Concert
Well done to Woodside choir for an amazing performance at the Rotary Club Carol Concert. You sang and played at one of Thurrock’s major Christmas events, where all the other acts were adults, and gave a performance to be truly proud of. Thank you to staff and parents whose support made this possible.
From next term we will be using the ParentMail payment system and you will be able to pay for dinner money and everything else we provide securely online. This should be available from lunchtime on Monday 5th January.
We are no longer using the Frog Virtual Learning Platform as their technical support for problems we had was inadequate. Links and homework sheets will be available here on the main website from next term.
Apart from our training day on Monday 5th January, there is no holiday club during the Christmas break. However Mr Carter and Mr Doye will be running activity days from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th December.
St Mary’s Carol Service
Year 2 walked to St Mary’s and gave us a beautiful (electric) candle-lit service with Rev Walton revealing the meaning of Christmas through a Christmas cracker.
Well done year 5 and 6 for some superb acting and singing in very convincing performance of A Christmas Carol.
Nursery Christmas Concert
Both our nursery classes gave their very first performance to their parents in two lovely informal concerts on Wednesday.
Born in a Barn
Thank you year one for your well-rehearsed and innovative nativity told from the point of view of the stable animals: Born in a Barn.
The Fairyland Nativity Show
Well done reception classes for your lovely first nativity with The Fairyland Nativity Show.
Thank you to year 3 and 4 for two excellent performances of the beautiful musical Silent Night. Well done to everyone concerned!
Well done 6S for a moving and poignant performance of your own play about Christmas 1914. This was written by the children and an excellent example, for our Thurrock Trailblazer Project, of harnessing the arts to improve standards in schools.
Well done to The Friends for another well organized community event and thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas bazaar. With your help we raised £3400 for the school!
Thurrock School Meals Service have developed a new form for any children who may need a special diet because of allergies. Please note this needs to be verified by a medical practitioner. A list of possible allergens in our menu is however available here on our website. If there is a specific ingredient you would rather your children avoided you can ask them to choose one of the alternatives that day. If you have any questions regarding allergens and special diets please email: CateringServices@thurrock.gov.uk
Former Thurrock Corporate Diversity Officer Samson DeAlyn has presented us with the Diversity Award in recognition of our commitment to celebrate cultural diversity and challenge inequality.
Sutrans Silver Award
The Mayor of Thurrock came to give us our new Silver Mark for sustainable travel and at the same time presented our Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award and our Modeshift Stars Bronze award. We are the first school anywhere in Essex to receive Sustran’s Silver Mark for Excellence in Sustainable Travel. Read about it on Your Thurrock.
The government has published a parents’ guide to cyberbullying coinciding with National Anti-Bullying Week. Please read this as it not only provides good guidance for keeping children safe but clear expectations for parents themselves online.
Children In Need
Thank you for your colossal support for our Children in Need fund raising day. With donations and the sale of wristbands we raised £762. Children in Need wristbands are still available from the school office (£1.50 each). Donate directly here.
This has been a spectacular term for Woodside Academy; beginning with a highly successful Ofsted inspection and ending with publication of school league tables showing Woodside leading Thurrock on every key measure. We proved we can attain academic success while maintaining our outstanding commitment to sports, arts, and sustainability; winning the Sainsbury’s School Sports Mark Gold and Sustrans Silver. Our children worked with The Royal Ballet, performed Shakespeare at Thameside Theatre, cycled at the Olympic Park, wrote and performed their own play about the 1914 Christmas truce and delighted their parents with a dozen Christmas performances, culminating in the choir joining adult musicians at the Thurrock Rotary Club Christmas Concert. Thank you all for your support and have a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
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