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Wheatfield’s new facilities officially opened

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 9:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mayor Tom Aditya cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new play equipment.

Wheatfield Primary School formally unveiled its new play equipment and multi-use games area (MUGA) on Friday 11th October. Despite the rain, children, families and staff came out to watch the mayor of Bradley Stoke, Cllr Tom Aditya, cut the ribbon to officially open the facilities.

The MUGA will allow children to use the school’s outdoor space throughout the winter months for sporting activities such as football, netball and dodgeball. The new play equipment includes rope walks and a miniature climbing wall, encouraging the children to develop a range of skills.

The redevelopment of the Key Stage 2 playground and installation of the MUGA was possible after the school, in conjunction with the Friends of Wheatfield Primary School, raised over £20,000 across the last academic year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the school’s opening.

This was done through a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including movie nights, school discos and quiz nights. Families and local businesses were also able to sponsor a brick as part of a legacy pathway being built within the school.

The school came very close to winning the Aviva Community Fund challenge back in November last year. Despite overwhelmingly receiving the highest number of votes in its category, the Aviva selection panel unfortunately decided on another project, although the school was still awarded £500 as a finalist. However, this didn’t slow the fundraising efforts down, with the Marathon Boys’ amazing contribution and the culmination of the year’s fundraising being Wheatfest, held in July, which raised a staggering £6,000.

Headteacher Phil Winterburn said:

“I am enormously proud of the effort and commitment, on behalf of so many people, which has helped to deliver this project. Our children and community now have the facilities they deserve – a fitting way to mark twenty years of Wheatfield Primary School. I would like to extend my thanks to the families, children, staff and sponsors whose support was exceptional. A special thank you to our Friends group who excelled in their fundraising efforts – £20k for 20 years!’

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School kicks off 20th anniversary celebrations

Posted on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 9:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of current headteacher Phil Winterburn and former heads Lois Haydon and Chris Dursley cutting an anniversary cake.

On Saturday 16th March, Bradley Stoke’s Wheatfield Primary School opened its doors to ex-pupils, families and members of staff for an open day to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary.

Over 200 people attended the event and took the opportunity to explore the school and catch up with old friends and colleagues.

The hall was decorated with pictures from throughout the school’s history and videos of key events were played in classrooms.

The day was organised by Hazel Boyes, a teaching assistant who has been in post for 19 years.

It forms part of a series of events throughout the school year to mark the 20th anniversary.

The culmination of these events will be ‘Wheatfest’ on Saturday 13th July, which will be a day of activities, rides and performances to celebrate this important time for the school.

Photo of guests mingling in the hall.

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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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Common buzzing again thanks to award-winning project

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 9:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Paul Hughes with StreetCare staff, volunteers from Bradley Stoke Green Gym & Bradley Stoke in Bloom and children from Wheatfield Primary School.

A South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) community project has won a national award for creating a wildlife haven at The Common East in Bradley Stoke.

The project picked up a Bees’ Needs Award 2018 during a ceremony at Kew Gardens on 13th November, hosted by Defra and Green Flag Award, in recognition of the work done to transform the site into a wildflower meadow to encourage pollinators and make it a pollinator-friendly habitat.

In recent years, the common had been unmanaged and the grassland was overgrown with brambles and scrub, so a project was devised to bring it back into active management whilst enhancing the community space for pollinating insects.

Working with national wildlife charity Buglife’s Urban Buzz project, the council set out to turn the site into a buzzing hotspot.

Last autumn, the scrub was cut back and the land prepared for sowing. Pupils from Wheatfield Primary School, which borders the common, visited the site and spread wildflower seed mix with the chair of the council.

Heavy snow covered the common last winter, but the hot summer produced a blaze of colourful flowers for bees and other insects to enjoy. Ecologists have surveyed the site and recorded a high variety of wildflowers, including an abundance of yellow rattle, which will weaken the grass, enabling more space for wildflowers to grow.

This autumn, volunteers from the town’s Green Gym and Bradley Stoke in Bloom cut the meadow with traditional scythes. The cuttings were stacked and left for a few weeks before the council collected it to be composted.

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