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Welcome to the Head's Blog 

Please visit this page regularly for news and information about our school.

Mrs Hillman



Dear Parents and Carers

We are at the end of another wonderful year at Polperro School. The children have worked extremely hard and have achieved so much and we are all proud of them as I am sure you are. Thank you so much for all of your support throughout the year.

I will write again at the end of the summer break but here is the main information you will need about the new term in September.

Dropping off and picking up In September, the gates will be open from 8:40 to allow you plenty of time to drop off in order for your child to be in school ready for registration at 8:55. Please drop by 8:50 so that they are there in plenty of time for registration at 8:55. Pick up time for all classes will be 3:15 with Penhallow Class leaving from the side gate and Talland and Chaipel Classes from the main gate. Parents of pupils in Landaviddy Class (year 2/ Year 3) are asked to wait for their child outside Landaviddy Classroom on the patio at 3:15. This is accessed via the playground.

Homework The children have worked incredibly hard this year to catch up on any gaps they may have had as a result of the pandemic. In order to make the most of this progress and to keep your child’s learning ticking over during the summer break, information regarding activities they can do over the summer will be on class blogs today. With regard to keeping up writing skills, you child may wish to write about a particular trip, adventure or event over the summer. They are welcome to bring this in to share with their class and teacher in September.

Staffing This time last year we said goodbye to Ati Charlesworth who after three years in our nursery was leaving to pursue her dream of becoming a primary school teacher. One year on, I am delighted to let you know that Mrs Charlesworth is returning to Polperro School in September to teach in Talland Class on Fridays and across the school when cover is needed.

Uniform Information about our uniform is on this website under the information tab. Please ensure that everything is labelled for the start of term. https://www.polperroprimary.co.uk/Information/Uniform PE and Swimming PE kit should come in on the first day of term and be in all half term. The swimming pool will still be open in September therefore please send your child in with their swimming kit on the first day. After School and Breakfast Clubs Wraparound care will start on the first day back (6th September). Please email the office (secretary@polperroprimary.co.uk) if you would like your child to attend.

INSET Monday 5th September is an INSET day. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school at 8:40 on Tuesday, 6th September.

Thank you again for all of your support throughout the year. Wishing you all a wonderful summer break.

Mrs Hillman and the staff at Polperro Primary Academy


Update 15th July 2022 

Update 15th July

It’s hard to believe that there is just one week left of this term before everyone breaks up for summer.

We have had another busy week with the Beach Day where children produced some wonderful writing in spite of the heat; Penhallow Class and Chaipel Class had art with Sean where the children finished their contribution to our school mural which will be completed over the break;  everyone has had swimming lessons in the pool.

In assembly today our many Taekwondo experts shared their recent gradings with the school.  Well done to Peyton, Chloe and Paige.

Year 6 Cake Sale, Thursday 21st July, 3pm There will be a cake sale next Thursday run by year 6 who have asked to do this to raise money for the school to buy something special for pupils who will be attending once they have left. Aren’t they amazing?! They are particularly keen to buy new sacks for the sack race next year. Cakes will be on sale from 3pm at the main gate at a cost of 75p each.

Ice Pop Friday
We will be selling ice pops again on Friday 22nd July, the last day of term.  We have raised over £100 so far for school so far.  Many thanks. 

We are currently planning fundraising events for next year. Watch this space for more details about what we are fundraising for and how.

Enjoy a sunny weekend ahead.

Mrs Hillman


Update 1st July 2022 

Last week Polperro Children took part in the first ever Bridge Schools Games. They really enjoyed the events and everyone gave it their best. The children competed in five events against the 14 Bridge schools (2200 children in total) and I am absolutely delighted to let you know that Polperro School came 1st! We are incredibly proud of this achievement and look forward to being presented with the trophy very soon. Congratulations to Darite for second place and Trenode (3rd Place) and to all of the other schools.

Sports Day is on Monday 4th July, starting at 10:00 am and ending at 12:00. The forecast looks good so here’s hoping the sun shines and we can enjoy a proper sports day this year with parents and carers present to cheer everyone on. Please ensure your child has their PE kit and a sun hat and sunscreen and a water bottle on the day.

Ice Pop Friday We will be selling ice pops after school at the main gate every Friday from next week until the end of term to raise extra funds for the school. Please send your child in with £1 or bring £1 along when you pick them up if you would like to buy one.  

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Hillman


Friday 24th June 

This has been such a busy week. It was great to see so many of you at the School’s festival day on Tuesday. We are very proud of the way the children performed and have been delighted with your kind feedback about the children’s wonderful performances. Thank you.

We had even more excitement yesterday with a visit from the Squashbox Theatre Company, kindly funded by the Polperro Arts Foundation. After a performance ‘Tales from the Trees’ which had the children (and staff) in stitches, Landaviddy Class and Penhallow enjoyed puppet-making workshops.

In addition to swimming lessons, the children have enjoyed participating in the first ever Bridge Schools Games all week. They have also had art lessons from Sean Hewitt in preparation for creating a school mural.

Parent Questionnaire The parent questionnaire is open now and will close in a fortnight at 4pm on Friday 8th July and we would love to have your views as we value your input. Please click on this link to complete it: 
Bridge Schools Trust Summer 2022 Parent and Carer Survey

Sports Day This will be held on Monday 4th July, starting at 10:00 am and ending at 12:00. Please ensure your child has their kit in from now on as they will be practicing their races as part of their PE curriculum.

Parent Support Group Please find attached information regarding a Virtual/On-line Support Group which provides friendly support and advice regarding challenging behaviours. If you would like to be able to talk in confidence and meet other parents/carers experiencing similar challenges, you are invited to come along. The group is run by Together for Families, Cornwall Council

Clubs There will be no Running Club on Tuesday 28th June. Clubs will continue for the next 3 weeks. There will be no clubs during the last week of term (week commencing 18th July).

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hillman

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Update 20th May 

Dear Parents and Carers

It was so lovely to see so many of you yesterday evening at the art exhibition in the Polperro Arts Foundation Gallery in the village hall on Thursday evening. Feedback on the exhibition has been wonderful and the children thoroughly deserve the positive comments on their work. If you didn’t make it, the exhibition is open on Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm. The art looks amazing and cards made by the children are on sale but going fast!

Health and Wellbeing Day On Thursday 26th May we will be holding a Health and Wellbeing day for the whole school and your child will take part either in the morning (Talland and Chaipel classes) or the afternoon (Penhallow and Landaviddy classes). We have external coaches coming in to offer the children a range of activities including archery and problem solving. Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in on the day. The beach day which was originally planned for this date will now take place on July 13th.

Jubilee Afternoon Tea Picnic We are looking forward to seeing you at our Jubilee picnic next week on Friday 27th at 2pm. Please join us on the school field (entry via the field gate) and bring an afternoon tea picnic and a rug for you and your children. If you are not able to come, please send an afternoon snack in for your child to enjoy. The children will be singing at 2pm after which they will join you for the picnic. If you are not able to come, please send an afternoon snack in for your child. There will be traditional games run by the children and we will be running a raffle and chocolate tombola in aid of the school. Children, Staff and Parents are invited to wear red, white and blue on the day. Thank you to parents who have generously donated prizes for our raffle on Friday. If you have any prizes to donate, please send them into school with your child by Wednesday.

Upcoming Dates A reminder that Half term is coming up (30th May – 3rd June) and there is an INSET day on Friday 10th June. 

Staying Safe
Click here to go to a page on this website where you will find information about  'Tackle Child Abuse '- an England wide campaign to help you recognise the signs of child abuse and neglect. 

Class Photos
These are on Monday 23rd May.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hillman


Polperro Primary Academy Art Exhibition 


Polperro Primary Academy’s Art Exhibition ‘Abstract’ which is being held in the Village Hall in Polperro and  has been kindly funded be the Polperro Arts Foundation.

Parents and carers are invited to attend the private view which is on Thursday 19th May from 5:30 – 7:30 where you will be able to see a selection of the children’s amazing work. Refreshments will be available and a selection of cards made by the children will be on sale to raise money for the school. Alternatively, you may wish to attend the exhibition on Friday, Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 11am and 5pm.


Update 9th May - upcoming dates 

Dear Parents and Carers

Art Exhibition A private view of the art exhibition of the work the children have produced with local artist Sean Hewitt will be held on the evening of Thursday, 19th May at the Village Hall. An invitation with further details will be sent out later in the week. The exhibition will then run on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (11:00 – 5:00 daily).

Book Shares As our last parent consultations were held online, we were unable to share the children’s work with you. This term we will be inviting parents from each class for half an hour at the end of the day over the coming weeks so that the children can share their work with you and show you their classroom. Dates are as follows:
Penhallow: Monday 16th May 2:30pm 
Talland: Wednesday 18th May 2:45pm
Chaipel: Monday 23rd May 2:45pm
Landaviddy: Thursday 9th June 2:50pm
We look forward to welcoming you in. If these dates are not convenient, please contact school and we will endeavor to make alternative arrangements.

Water Bottles As a Heathy School we encourage children to drink water throughout their day at school. We would prefer that your child’s water bottle contains water only, to encourage healthy habits. This also helps us when there is a spill as water doesn’t stain! If there is a reason why your child cannot drink water please let you child’s teacher know. Please note that this applies to their classroom drinks and not to their lunchtime drinks.

End of half term Platinum Jubilee Picnic Parents and carers are invited in to school at 2pm on the last day of half term, Friday 27th May to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. Please join us on the school field from 2pm (entry via the field gate) and bring an afternoon tea picnic and a rug for you and your children. The children will join you for the picnic after singing to you first. There will be traditional games run by the children and a we will be running a raffle and chocolate tombola in aid of the school. If you would like to donate raffle prizes, these would be very welcome. Please send them into school with your child. Children, Staff and Parents are invited to wear red, white and blue on the day.

Friday 20th May - Mufti Day for the Jubilee Picnic Chocolate Tombola Please send a chocolate item on the day. This will be put into the tombola for the Jubilee Picnic and children can wear non-uniform.

Swimming We hope to see some warmer weather very soon so please send your child’s swimming kit in, if you haven’t already.

Best wishes

Mrs Hillman


Update 8:4:22 

Dear Parents and Carers

It was so lovely to see you all yesterday for our Easter concert. I’m sure you will agree that the children sang beautifully. Along with funds raised by the nursery earlier in the week, we have raised over £280 for Shelterbox.

Upcoming Events After Easter, we will be inviting you into school at last (hooray!) to share the children’s work. Planned for the summer term we have a whole school literacy-related Beach Day (funded by the Polperro Arts Foundation); a whole school Day of Dance; an art exhibition of the work the children have produced with local artist Sean Hewitt, and the Polperro Festival School’s day. Further details about these events and more will follow in our weekly update letters.

Clubs Clubs will continue immediately after Easter on the same days as this half term. Year Six SATS club will continue as usual (8:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Guitar Lessons Apologies to those who brought their guitars in on Wednesday. The final lesson for this term was actually last week. Next term’s lessons will start on Wednesday 27th April.

Staying Safe Online We are aware that some of our children have accessed social media sites (outside of school) which on the surface appear innocent due to the art style, but underneath it all are not. Many contain sexually explicit or violent images. Please be aware that 'Free team manga', 'free team anime' 'hiischooldxd' and 'henti' are not suitable for children to access. You may wish to look at this online safety guide https://www.internetmatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Internet-Matters-online-safety-Age-Guide-6-10s.pdf which covers the steps you can make to establish positive behaviour online and how you can teach your child to stay safe.

Easter Egg Hunt Our very own Easter Bunny visited school this morning and handed out eggs to the children. The Polperro Easter Egg Hunt taking place on Sunday 17th April from 11:00 am. Starting at 'Coffee, Cake, Create' there are 12 eggs to find around the village and prizes can be claimed from the Museum Tearoom.

Have a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th April.

Mrs Hillman


Update 1:4:22 

Dear Parents and Carers

What a busy couple of weeks we have just had. With the better weather more of the learning has been outside. Reception have demonstrated their skills during their balance bike sessions on the playground; the RNLI has visited us to hold an assembly about how to stay safe on the beach; Talland Class has experimented with wattle and daub in the school garden and Year 6 have come back from an enjoyable residential in Carnyorth where among many challenging activities they cycled, climbed and did archery.

Cross Country Congratulations to our cross country runners who shared their successes in our celebration assembly today. Those who completed at least 3 races have been awarded medals for the league. Well done also to Jazz for winning first place in the Landrake Fun Run (Y5/Y6 girls) and 3rd place overall for Y5/Y6 girls in the cross country league.

Parent Consultations Please remember to sign up for parent consultations which are being held next week.

Ukraine A reminder that next Thursday (7th April) at 2:30 you are invited to come and listen to our pupils sing together in the playground before you collect your children at the end of the day. A maximum of 2 people per family should attend please. At the end of the performance we will be collecting funds for Shelterbox based in Helston. Your support will provide lifesaving aid for families affected by the Ukraine crisis. Please support us with whatever you can afford. On the day, pupils should come in wearing uniform; however they are welcome to also wear something yellow and blue (the colours of the Ukrainian flag) eg socks, a scarf, a hairband. We will deal with any discussions which may arise from this fundraiser in a sensitive and age appropriate way.

Easter Holiday Wild Tribe Activities Attached to this blog, is a flyer regarding Wild Tribe Easter activities which are taking place at Callington Community College 10am to 2pm on Monday 11th to Thursday 14th April.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hillman

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