Constantine Cornwall

Girls and Leaders from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers alike were delighted to attend face-to-face meetings again, beginning on 25 September.

Since lockdown in March meetings have been in the regular Friday night slot over Zoom, allowing many girls to continue seeing their peers remotely as well as work towards a number of achievements, such as the apt for the times, ‘Too Cool for School’ badge.

With the implementation of a risk assessment signed off by the organisation however, we have been able to start meeting again in person. Initially we met on 25 September on the recreation ground playing field, before meeting indoors again on 9 October.

As well as being the first indoor meeting since lockdown, the evening also saw the use of a new venue, Girlguiding in Constantine having moved from the Church Hall to the Tolmen Centre, at least until January.

The Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers are operating in ‘bubbles’ as part of the Covid-secure risk assessment, which includes all members at Guides and older wearing a face-covering indoors and that social distancing (2metres) is maintained throughout the meetings. Whilst these restrictions mean that meetings look a little different, the goal to empower girls to be their best and become confident women is still central to all activities.

We cannot guess how the months ahead will be affected by the pandemic, but Constantine Girlguiding will continue to offer what we can. Anyone seeking more information can contact local leaders via: girlguiding.org.uk.

We are delighted to be back in school again with all pupils and staff in attendance. The summer term was very strange for us here at CPS, but now we are all back together it is great. Of course, school is a little different as we are working and playing within our class bubbles only. However, we are here, attendance is very good, and we are making the most of the great social times and friendships we had missed.

We have extra cleaning regimes in place and staggered start, finish, lunch and playtimes
and it is working well now everyone knows the routines. We also have more pupils who have joined our school during the last few months and we are delighted they have chosen Constantine and we are almost full!

We are used to the ‘new norm’ and are really hoping that plans we have in place for all the fun activities we usually have to look forward to can go ahead, especially our camps. Years 5 and 6 are due to go to the Isles of Scilly next Summer term so please keep everything crossed for us to help make this happen.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming parents back into our school as soon as we are allowed to do so. You have all been amazing in adjusting and we can’t thank them enough for all your continued support.

New Reception Class 2020
If you receive the local newspapers, you may have already seen our wonderful new Reception children. They have settled in incredibly well and Mrs Savage and Mrs Kent have been really enjoying getting to know them. They are an amazing class.

French skipping has taken off
To help the children all be more active and play at break times, each class has a bucket full of ropes, toys, balls and other equipment. One addition has been French Skipping elastic. Many of the chil- dren have enjoyed challenging them- selves to learning new routines and some have made up their own awesome rhymes and songs to go with the skipping.

Website Facelift

You may have noticed that our brilliant website is having a facelift. There are still some pages under development but it is very nearly finished. Mr Wild and Jeff Meadows (former governor) have worked hard and for many hours to ensure that it is easy to navigate, giving visitors a smoother, cleaner experience whilst retaining its creative personality, friendliness and child centred news focus. It is now also more compliant with OFSTED requirements and other Kernow Learning websites. We believe it stands out from the crowd more than ever now. We hope you like the changes we have made. Take a look by clicking here or on our much loved aeroplane image link or by visiting .

Cornwall School Games 2020
At the start of term, Head of School Mrs Gilbert was presented with our trophies following the Cornwall School Summer Games. We were awarded with three Golds for tennis in years 3 and 5, and volley ball in year 6. Due to the success of the games during lockdown and the restric- tions on sporting events this term, the Cornwall Sport Partnership have decided to run a winter school games also. We started by entering the athletics and we have the cross country, gym fit and badminton to look forward to before the Christmas break.

Science
Helford Class have been learning about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. They have carried out two experiments. In the first they used chocolate to create representations of how igneous rocks are formed. In the second they observed different types of rocks to classify them. They are working hard to think scientifically. Did you know, crystals form when magma cools?

New Appointments
We are delighted that Gill has joined us to be our new school chef. She is amazing and provides us all with delicious hot meals every day. She is so smiley and we look forward to lunch every day – it really is good!

Gill & Bronwyn

Our amazing cleaning team
Mrs Stocks and Kirsty are doing a brilliant job of keeping our school clean. They come in early in the morning, during the day and after school to ensure everything is squeaky clean in these unprecedented times!

New Governors
We also have two new Governors; Emma Vyvyan as a community member and Charlotte Evans as a parent member. We are delighted to have them on our team along with our Chair, Judith Carroll and community member Jo Bryce. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, then please make contact with the school on 01326 340554.

Friends of Constantine School
Over the years, the Friends of Constantine School has hosted many great events and with your huge support, we have managed to raise many hundreds of pounds. The money has helped to fund school trips by paying for coach travel and admission fees. We have also been able to buy gazebos and tables that help to make our sports day a truly brilliant event. Collectively we have funded the purchasing of countless resources and new sports equipment. We have even helped with upgrading IT equipment.

Due to distancing regulations, we are unable to host the regular Halloween discos, sports day activities, Autumn and Christmas fairs. This has had a detrimental effect on The FoCS kitty and for this reason we are setting up a Just Giving Page.

The need for FoCS donations to the school are greater than ever at the moment and we ask to give what you can. Every time you shop online you could be helping Constantine School raise funds for free. Over 4000 retailers will make a donation to Friends of Constantine School when you place an order online – such a simple easy way to help your local primary school at a time when they can’t put on their usual Autumn term events and activities.

1. Register for free by visiting easyfundraising.org.uk
2. Choose Friends of Constantine School
3. Select your retailer, place an order and our school receives a donation!

The Friends of Constantine School Just Giving page is another great way to show your support and you can add to this anytime. Can you help raise £2000 to help fund school trips and to buy resources and new equipment? Please donate on their Just Giving crowdfunding page .

Thank you for all your continued support for what we believe is the best community-led school ever!