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Have you ever attended or worked at Wheatfield Primary School?

Posted on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 10:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Poster advertising the 'Wheatfield at 20' drop-in event on Saturday 16th March.

Bradley Stoke’s Wheatfield Primary School is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is trying to locate as many past pupils and staff as possible to join them for a special event.

The school will be holding an ‘open afternoon’ on Saturday 16th March between 3pm and 6pm. Past pupils and staff are welcome to ‘drop in’ and catch up with faces past and present – there will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the school and see what the current crop of pupils have been up to.

Ahead of this event, Wheatfield is encouraging past staff and pupils to get in touch and share some of their memories. The school is especially keen to use the experiences of past pupils as inspiration for those now attending the school and would very much welcome hearing from anyone who is willing to share their story. They have set up a template to capture some key information (and maybe the odd photograph) which can be downloaded from the school’s website.

There are several ways to get in touch if you would like to be part of this event: Search for the Facebook page ‘Wheatfield at 20’, visit the school website www.wheatfieldprimary.com and follow the link on the homepage or email Wheatfield20@gmail.com

Everyone at Wheatfield is hoping that word will spread and the event will well represented by each cohort that has passed through the school’s doors over the last 20 years.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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FREE computing courses at local libraries

Posted on Saturday 26th January 2019 at 7:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Library.

Would you or someone you know benefit from learning or improving their computer skills?

In a relaxed and friendly environment, with approachable and patient tutors, you will be able to learn the following skills:

  • Use the Internet to search for information, shop safely online, book holidays, flights, hotels and other activities
  • Use email to send and read messages and add attachments
  • Create documents such as letters and posters
  • Learn about ICT, safety and security when working online

Courses start in late January 2019 at the following venues:

  • Monday – Winterbourne Library (starts 28/01/19)
  • Tuesday – Downend Library (starts 29/01/19)
  • Wednesday – Emersons Green Library (starts 30/01/19)
  • Wednesday – Bradley Stoke Library (starts 30/01/19)

All courses take place over 17 weeks, for 3 hours a week.

If you would like to book or have any questions please contact Susannah Griffiths on 0117 909 2272; susannah.griffiths@sgscol.ac.uk or pop into your preferred venue and speak to a librarian.

More details: Part-time courses (SGS College)

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Kumon Bradley Stoke marks 20th anniversary

Posted on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of current students and alumni on stage at the 20th anniversary event.

On Saturday 2nd December, the Kumon Bradley Stoke Centre held a very special end-of-year ceremony to celebrate the achievement of current students and alumni from the last 20 years. Around 150 students, parents and supporters came to the Olympus Theatre at the WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford to be part of the celebrations.

Students received awards for reaching an advanced level of study in maths and English relative to their age. The roll-call for the awards totalled more than 100 names; one parent said: “It was really quite spectacular to see so many children achieve awards. My son was over the moon to receive an award and we as parents are incredibly proud. I loved how it felt so grand and I could see a lot of preparation had gone into making it a success.”

Sarah Nutchey, the Instructor at the Kumon Bradley Stoke Centre, began her Kumon career in 1998 with around 12 students, and over the last 20 years has nurtured more than 1,400 students through the maths and English programmes. Some of the original students from the centre sent messages to share how Kumon has helped them with their ongoing study and Sam Head, now 22, said: “I joined the maths Kumon programme while I was in Year 5 as although I was good at understanding maths at school, my arithmetic and times tables were slowing me down. Through the regular daily practice and encouragement, I soon began to enjoy being able to calculate quickly and stayed at Kumon to level I. When I started my AS-level maths at college, I completed our one-hour assessment test in 15 minutes, which is definitely down to Kumon for working quickly and accurately. In due course, I achieved A*BB at A-levels and went on to gain a 2:1 in computer games programming at Staffordshire University. I now work in my chosen field of computer games programming, which involves the use of 3D maths and physics.”

Rachel Knowles, now 27, said: “I started Kumon in Year 7 and continued through secondary school. It improved my maths skills greatly as I went from bottom set to one of the top sets for GCSE. As well as helping me achieve my school grades, it has helped me during my career. I am now a sales manager and still using the techniques I learnt from Kumon. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their skills.”

More: Certificates, medals and cake! »

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Wheatfield School grounds workday doubles as 20th anniversary celebration

Posted on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 8:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Chris Dursley, Lois Haydon and Phil Winterburn cutting the cake.

Wheatfield Primary School held its bi-annual Grounds Day again on Saturday 13th October. Staff, parents and children came together to help tidy up and prepare the school grounds for winter. The day also marked the 20th anniversary of the school’s official opening and the launch of a series events that the school will be holding across the academic year to celebrate this important milestone in its history.

Past and present headteachers from the school (Miss Chris Dursley, Mrs Lois Haydon and Mr Phil Winterburn) all attended on Saturday and they, along with some of the children, planted seeds in a new wildflower garden to recognize the occasion. Those who attended were rewarded with cake and marshmallows around the fire pit.

Photo of children and adults scattering wildflower seeds.

Photos: 1 L-r: Chris Dursley, Lois Haydon and Phil Winterburn cut the cake. 2 Scattering wildflower seeds.

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 43). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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