WOODSIDE INFANT and NURSERY SCHOOL
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Bake Off for Comic Relief - Monday 18th March, 2013
Canary Opens New Play Equipment - 25th January, 2012
Norwich City footballer Andrew Surman officially opened new play equipment on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field on January 25th as part of the village pledge day.
Canary Andrew went on to make his own pledge in the Active Norfolk Pledge Pod in Woodside School promising to help Norwich City stay in the Premier Division.
The equipment and surrounding fencing has been made possible through the hard work of the Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust and grants from Veolia Environmental Trust, the Geoffrey Watling Foundation and the South Norfolk Neighbourhood Scheme. The new equipment includes adventure climbing towers, multiplay units, a carousel, a playhouse, a playbus, a springer, trim trail and a mushroom seat.
Villagers, councillors, representatives from village groups and children from Woodside School came together to see Andrew Surman cut the ribbon to officially open the new equipment.
Guests were welcomed by Memorial Playing Field Trust Chairman and Hethersett Parish Councillor Simon Floyd who thanked the sponsors for their generosity and highlighted coming community workshops which will be held in March to discuss future use of the playing field. He also pointed out that an Old English fair will be held on the field on June 3rd as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Head teacher from Woodside Infant and Junior School Nicola Cushion praised the new equipment: "It's the first place the children head for when school finishes," she said.
Andrew Surman also praised the efforts of all those involved in providing the new equipment: "This is a great focal point for the village and I'm sure my children will be playing on the equipment for many years to come," he said.
Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Margaret Cobbold said: “It is
great to hear that all the work has now been completed and the new playground
is already being enjoyed by so many children.
“Playgrounds provide children with a great foundation for development. This new playground will enable children to develop their physical and social skills, while letting their imaginations run wild.”
Paralympian Opens School Fete - Saturday 21st June, 2008
Para-Olympian Mel Clarke was guest of honour at Hethersett Woodside
Infant School annual summer fair.
children, parents and supporters braved the drizzle and wet weather for
another successful event organised by the Friends of Woodside group.
day was opened by Mel Clarke who will shortly be on her way to Beijing
to represent Great Britain in the archery section of the Para-Olympics.
Mel, from Taverham, has built up a close relationship with the
Hethersett school over the past few months.
day also included songs from years one and two and the school’s samba
band with support from the Norwich Samba group. There were plenty of
games and attractions for all the family as well as a well supported
barbecue and raffle.
Friends of Woodside work extremely hard every year to raise funds to
provide our children with special extras. The limited budgets that
schools receive make their efforts and the support that parents
generously give to the school increasingly important,” said Head
Teacher Helen Lamb.
has been a very busy year for the school which reverted to Infant status
last September. Improvements have included a new outdoor classroom
donated by the Friends of Woodside and the introduction of breakfast and
after school clubs.
The Friends Group, which has also provided 120 sets of wet weather clothing for pupils, is looking for additional volunteers to take the place of a number of long-serving members who will be stepping down in October.
Ace Re-cyclers - January 2008
Woodside Nursery School is taking part in a national recycling campaign which will see a visit from a leading air pollution expert.
The Bob the Builder Project Renovate is aimed at looking at ways to reduce, reuse and recycle and involves a competition with 12 awards of £5,000 to create a more energy efficient setting.
"Early environmental education experiences help shape children's values. perspectives and understanding of the environment and how we interact with it.
"By starting at this age we hope to help them develop into adults who understand and care about environmental issues. We hope to create a mini environmental education garden in which the children can have fun and get messy while learning about seasonal plants, vegetation and wildlife." said deputy head Sara Johnston.
Scientist and leading expert in air pollution Dr Joanna Ferreira will visit the school to talk to the class of three and four year olds.
Dr Ferreira said: "Sometimes children can more easily think about how to improve the environment than adults - they are more open minded. Children need to learn from a very early age that the environment has an impact on their lifestyle, quality of life and even their health. Similarly their lifestyle has an impact on the environment."
Christine Says Farewell - July 2007
First School held an open day to say goodbye to secretary Christine
above with year three pupils who will also be leaving the school at the
end of term) was due to
retire after working at the school
for 24 years.
Staff old and new,
along with parents popped in to say goodbye and enjoy a few
reminiscences as Christine reflected on almost a quarter of a century of
being the “face at the front of the school.”
Christine was appointed
secretary in 1983 having previously worked
for a shoe company and an estate agents. It was at Woodside,
however, that she found her true vocation and was able to combine her
love of children with her administration skills.
Over the years she has
seen her functions change dramatically. She has served under three
different heads but admits that it is technology that changed her job
“The job has changed
out of all recognition, everything is now electronic and we work with
computer databases, not that it’s cut down the amount of paper we have
to deal with,” she said.
Christine admits that
it has been fascinating seeing children grow up and have children of
“Obviously one of the
things I will miss is the company of the children, but I’m sure I will
see them about the village,” she said.
Christine hopes to have
more time to spend with her two grandchildren and also more time to
follow her passion for gardening and travel.
“I’m sure it will
feel strange in September when everyone returns to school. I have lots
of fond memories of so many lovely children and so many lovely people
over the years. Woodside has been a lovely place to work thanks to some
wonderful staff, children and hugely supportive parents,” she added.
Weather stays kind for annual summer fayre - June 2007
Hethersett Woodside School held its final summer
fayre as a first school before changing to infant status in September.
The rain stayed away as hundreds of people helped
to raise funds at the event organised by the Friends of Woodside.
The event was opened by head teacher Helen Lamb,
chair of governors Simon Cooper and governor Nicky Wardale.
“This will be our last summer fayre as a first
school before we become an infants’ school in September. So today we
have mixed emotions. The school was built in 1972 and opened in 1974 by
Margaret Thatcher. From September we will be saying goodbye to our year
three children who will be moving on to Hethersett Junior School. We
will also be sad to be saying goodbye to some staff this year.
“On the upside, however, we have received a
fantastic Ofsted report which has highlighted the high standards, the
wonderful children and out excellent staff. The report praised us for
being a cohesive team and team-work is the theme of the fete,” Helen
Mrs Lamb also outlined the importance of the Friends group. Writing in the summer fayre programme she said: “The Friends of Woodside work extremely hard every year to raise funds to provide children with all the special extras e.g equipment and educational events that the school would not be able to provide. The limited budgets that schools receive make their efforts and the support that parents generously give to the school increasingly important.”
Simon Cooper also expressed his appreciation for
the hard work of the Friends organisation and appealed for additional
“We are a very successful and happy school and
the Friends group does a tremendous amount of hard work throughout the
year,” he said.
With two year groups moving up to Hethersett Junior
School in September, a number of vacancies have become available for
parents on the Friends group. One of the Friends’ latest projects is a
new outside classroom which will be erected in the school playground. It
has been delayed by the recent bad weather.
The summer fayre featured years two and three’s samba band, line dancing, songs from the children, a grand draw, numerous side-shows and food stands and a very popular visit from Dippy the Dinosaur from the Dinosaur Park.
Quiz and Footie - May 2007
Friends of Woodside
First School, Hethersett, held a quiz and fish and chips evening with 14
teams taking part.
Earlier in the day
a team of young footballers from the school took part in a six a side competition at Little Melton School Fete. They
reached the semi-finals after beating Larkman 2-0, but then lost to
eventual winners Cringleford.
summer fete will take place this year on June 23rd.
Going For Gold - March 2007
Children and parents from Hethersett Woodside First
School joined head teacher Helen Lamb and chairman of Hethersett Parish
Council George Beckford to plant tree to help launch Anglia in Bloom
A 12 foot Whitebeam was planted in the school’s
grounds and pupils from the school council also planted a number of
perennials and shrubs around the tree.
The symbolic planting co-incided with similar
events throughout East Anglia to help launch this year’s competition:
“Despite the cold this is the official first day
of spring and the launch of Anglia in Bloom which saw us receive a
silver award last year. This year we will be going for gold,” Mr
Over the past few months the school has been
working closely with the Hethersett Environmental Action Group (HEAT)
with volunteers helping to tidy-up the grounds as well as installing
hedgehog boxes and making a variety of other improvements.
“HEAT and the Friends of the School group, along
with scouts, brownies and guides have been working very hard to improve
the environment both at the school and in the village,” Mr Beckford
Mrs Lamb praised the efforts of HEAT: “It is very
important for our school to be part of the community and involved in the
excellent work that HEAT are doing both at the school and in the
village,” she said.
Other improvements already carried out in the village include new flower beds on the B1172 to help add a splash of colour. Numerous other projects are planned before the Anglia in Bloom judging takes place in the summer.