News archive

2014

  • Another school year has finished which means that some of our children will be moving up to “big school”. Good luck to all our leavers.
  • The children enjoyed a brilliant end-of-term party at preschool on Friday 19th July. Thank you to all the staff and helpers who worked so hard to make the morning special. Enjoy the summer holidays!
  • It was lovely to see so many of you at the Fun Sports Day. We raised nearly £330 for the preschool and were delighted with this achievement. We'd like to say a huge, huge thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success.

2013

  • We are holding a Fun Sports Day on Saturday 13th July, 2-5pm, Lime Kiln Field, Alveston. There will be a bouncy castle, popcorn and silly races for all ages. If you feel like doing something fun in the sun this weekend, please join us and help support our Preschool. We have exciting ventures in the pipeline, we need your support to make them possible.
  • Thank you to everybody who supported our Quiz Night. We raised £137 for preschool!
  • Our Ofsted inspection in October was a success. The preschool was given a ‘Good’ rating. A huge well done to all staff for keeping the preschool running so beautifully. The full Ofsted report is available in preschool or can be accessed on the Ofsted website (click here).
  • Would you like a stall at our Fun Sports Day on Saturday 13th July? Click here for more details.
  • We are asking for donations suitable for a tombola/raffle/hamper to be used at upcoming events for the Preschool. If you would like to make a donation, please leave it with a member of staff at the Preschool, for Gemma to collect.
  • St Helen's Church Summer Fete, Sunday 30th June, 2pm-4pm. We will be having a stall at the summer fete at St Helen's Church, Alveston. Please come along to support us; it would be great to see you!
  • This term we are looking forward to being able to spend even more time outside, on our Field Fridays. The children are outside most of Friday morning in the garden and in the field adjacent to the garden. This has been a big hit with the children.
  • Concept Photography will be in preschool on Monday 20th May. The photographer will take individual photos of the children and we are hoping to also have a group photo. Parents are not obliged to buy photos. If you would like younger siblings photographed with your preschool child please bring them with you at 9am, these photos will be taken first. If your child does not attend preschool on Monday mornings and you would like them to be photographed, you should bring your child at 9am and wait with them. If you do not want your child photographed, please let Tricia know.
  • Thank you to all who attended and helped at our Mother's Day Craft afternoon. We raised £49 for the preschool.
  • We are pleased to welcome Sam to the staff on a temporary basis, working with us on Thursday morning forest school sessions. Sam, who previously worked with us as our visiting artist, will hopefully be with us until the end of the academic year.

2012

    • The Christmas disco went extremely well, raising over £100 for the Preschool. Thank you to all those who participated and helped to make this a really fun afternoon.
    • The children enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party at preschool on Friday 21st December. Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make the morning special and to everybody who helped with the cafe afterwards. What a lovely way to end the term!
    • On Monday 15th October, Ofsted visited preschool. Provision at preschool was judged to be good in all areas. The full report is available in preschool or can be accessed from the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk.
    • Christmas events… Take a look at our Events Diary below for details of the Preschool Christmas Disco (Friday 21st December). Also, a nativity service at St Helen’s Church (Sunday 16th December).
    • Thank you to everybody who attended the preschool AGM on 11th October. It was an enjoyable evening, with examples of the children's work and photos to look at. A new committee for 2012/13 was elected - many thanks to everybody who has volunteered to be on the committee this year, and of course huge thanks to the committee that has just stood down. Your support and dedication has been vital to the running of the preschool.
    • Thank you for filling in and returning the parent questionnaires. We have compiled the feedback into a document. Click here to read it.
    • Another school year has finished which means that some of our children will be moving up to “big school”. Good luck to all our leavers.
    • The children enjoyed a brilliant end-of-term party at preschool on Thursday 19th July. Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make the morning special and to the committee and helpers for the cafe afterwards. What a lovely way to end the school year! Enjoy the summer holidays!
    • We would like to thank Eastwood Gardeners' Club for their kind donation to the preschool.
    • It was lovely to see so many of you at the Jubilee Celebration Picnic. We raised in excess of £300 for the preschool and were delighted with this achievement. We'd like to say a huge, huge thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success. Thank you to everyone who helped man the stalls, and everyone who contributed with lovely cakes and wine etc.
    • We are collecting Tesco vouchers for schools again this year. Please place any vouchers you may have in the box on the table in the entrance hall. Last year we were able to get a rain butt and some new toys, so hopefully this year we will be able to add to this. Thank you.
    • A massive thank you to everybody who came to our Easter Extravaganza, especially those who did the treasure hunt despite the hailstorms! We hope you all enjoyed it and warmed up afterwards with tea and cake. It was a brilliant afternoon and a success for the preschool, raising about £170. Thank you!
      Click here to see some photos.

      Our Easter Extravaganza fundraiser also featured in the Thornbury Gazette (May 3, 2012).
      Gazette article

    • Thank you to St Helen's Primary School, who have offered us the use of their woodland for our Monday afternoon forest school sessions after Easter. Having this lovely facility available to us will enable us to offer a wider range of opportunities and experiences to our preschool children. Reception children from St Helen's will also participate in some of our forest school activities.
    • Thank you to the Alveston Trust for the £100 grant, which has been used to buy new waterproofs for the children.
    • Treasure Hunt – Saturday 21st April, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Easter treasure hunt poster

Come along to our Easter Extravaganza! It's at the Jubilee Hall (preschool hall), with a treasure hunt around Alveston, on Saturday 21st April between 2.30 and 4.30 pm.
There will be plenty of fun things to do, including;
Face painting
Easter bonnet competition
Cakes and teas
Raffle (prizes include At-Bristol tickets, camping stoves, David Lloyd family pass)
Plus, of course, the treasure hunt around the village.
Tickets are £5 per team (of up to 5 people) and can be purchased on the day.
Come and join in the fun and help raise funds for our lovely preschool.

 

  • Goodbye and good luck to Yvonne, who will be leaving us at the end of this term. We will all miss you.
  • Our Mission Statement is now available to read on the Information page of our website. Also available are blank WOW Stars and News from Home printouts. Children love to bring WOW stars from home to share their achievements with their friends. We read these out to the group and then the children stick them into their books. We are also interested in hearing and sharing any other news from home.

2011

    • The children enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party at preschool on Friday 16th December. Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make the morning special and to everybody who helped with the cafe afterwards. What a lovely way to end the term! Happy Christmas!
    • Thank you to everybody who came to our book sale in November. We hope you found some lovely books and good bargains too! Thanks to Ian and Beck for arranging it… £130 raised for preschool!
    • Thank you to everybody who attended the preschool AGM on 22nd September. It was an enjoyable evening, with examples of the children's work and photos to look at, and uniforms available to order. A new committee for 2011/12 was elected - many thanks to everybody who has volunteered to be on the committee this year, and of course huge thanks to the committee that has just stood down. Your support and dedication has been vital to the running of the preschool.
    • Thank you for filling in and returning the parent questionnaires. We have compiled the feedback into a document. Click here to read it.
    • We have a new webshop! Help raise money for St Helen’s Preschool by doing your online shopping via our new Spend and Raise eStore. There are over 100 leading retailers and each time you shop with these retailers via our eStore, a commission is generated and given to the preschool by the retailer (at no extra cost to you). Click on the graphic below to start shopping:
    • We all had a great time at the Thornbury Carnival with our sea-themed “float”. Photos of the carnival float and 2011 leavers can be viewed here.
    • Thank you to everybody who came to see us or helped out with our stall at the Alveston Community Show. The secret auction went really well – thank you to Jack for providing the auction items. Thanks also to the Round Table who ran the ever popular bouncy castle and popcorn stand on our behalf. We hope you all had a fun afternoon.
    • Another school year has finished which means that some of our children will be moving up to “big school”. Good luck to all our leavers.

2011 leavers

  • Thank you to everybody who collected Tesco vouchers for us and to Mike and Wendy for coordinating the collection. We are excitedly awaiting delivery of a water butt and stand from Tesco!
  • Don't forget the preschool AGM on 22nd September – further information is in the “Forthcoming events” section below.

Committee news... As ever, our dedicated committee of parents and carers has been working hard to support and develop the preschool. Several braved below freezing temperatures in December to help the Round Table with Santa's sleigh as it toured the neighbourhood, for which the Round Table has donated £60 to preschool funds. Many thanks to the Round Table.

This year, the preschool committee AGM will take place in September. Any parents or carers who would like to know more about the work of the committee, with a view to joining from September, should speak to a committee member – Jo and Donna are our chairpersons, or Tricia can direct you to the other committee members. Remember that preschool is a committee run setting; without a committee we cannot have a preschool. Click here to find out more about the committee.

Welcome to Michael Slade, who has taken over as Treasurer.

Tesco vouchers... We are collecting Tesco vouchers again this year. Please bring your vouchers to preschool.

2010

Christmas at preschool... Thank you to Father Christmas, who has been very generous to the children this year, giving them a beautiful doll's house to play with. We'd also like to say a HUGE thank you to the lady who donated the most amazing gingerbread house to the children. It was the centre of attention before their Christmas party. All the children were very excited by it and it was a very clever piece of baking and architecture. We also had our raffle for the Christmas hamper; hopefully the winner enjoyed all the delights the basket contained. Thank you to all who donated to the hamper and bought raffle tickets. This raised £50 for the preschool.

Halloween party... What a great night! Thank you to all who attended, we hope you had a good time. Thanks to all who helped out and donated to the raffle, and special thanks to Claire Shaw for organising the whole thing. We raised £200 for the preschool.

VOLUNTEER TREASURER REQUIRED... Our wonderful treasurer, Jane, wishes to step down due to other commitments. This means that a vacancy has arisen for a volunteer treasurer for the preschool. This is a vital role and the preschool cannot run without a treasurer on the committee. If anyone might be interested please contact us initially by email to discuss the role and responsibilities.

Christmas raffle... don't forget to buy your raffle tickets from Claire Shaw for your chance to win a luxury Christmas hamper!

Alveston Community Show... Thank you to all who donated to and helped with the Preschool's stall at Alveston Community Show and everybody who visited us on the day. We raised about £100 with the tombola and lots of people won some great prizes. The bug houses were very popular too... there will be some very cosy bugs in the village now!

Thornbury Carnival, July 2010... Thank you to everybody who took part in, helped with, or came to watch and support our procession through Thornbury at the Carnival on 3rd July.
Click here to view the photo galllery.

Smarties collection... Our Smarties fundraising collection has now finished. We raised just over £100. Thank you and well done! Don't forget to buy your summer raffle tickets from Maxine or Claire!