Fond Farewell to Margaret


After 29 years as manager at the pre school, Margaret Ballantyne has hung up her boots and retired.  


On the 19th July, the staff and committee arranged a surprise tea party, inviting parents, children and family that have attended during her time, to say their goodbyes.


Thank you to all who made this a very special day.  Margaret will be very much missed.  


We look forward to Jess and Shannon taking over as joint managers in September.


August 2019


Going Wild in the West Country


Clare Balding rambled with our very own Charlie and his family.  Charlie's mother runs the Facebook page 'Go Wild, Go West' and took Claire for a walk with spectacular views of the Chew Valley Lake, through the stunning gorges of the Coombe, all in the beautiful East Harptree countryside.  She was encouraging children and parents to enjoy this free rescource and have fun with nature.  They meandered through Harptree Coombe following the 'Squirrel Trail' trail, our annual fundraising walk that our committee organise.  She gave our Forest School a great mention in the programme (13 minutes in).  


“There’s a resurgence in Forest Schools and Charlie goes to a Forest School, actually the East Harptree one.  I have gone with them a couple of times and if you see them all, the kids, together outdoors, they’re running around, they’re happy, they’re getting their hands dirty, they’ve got questions… they just totally come alive and that’s what children should be doing.”  


Georgie, a pre school parent, commenting on our Forest School to Claire Balding on Ramblings Podcast.


Georgie Littler

‘Go Wild Go West’ Blogger


Click here to listen to the podcast


Click here for the Gazette article


June 2019

Garden Refurbishment in Progress


Exciting news!  Thanks to G Sheldon Groundworks and Surfacing we have a new decking area, fencing and picket gates in the garden.  


The children have been making the most of the outdoor area since.


There is more to do and we  are looking for 10x6' shed and some garden furniture.  Any donations would be gratefully received.  


February 2020

Love is in the Air..... The Valentine Disco


With great excitement, the children arrived ready to 'partay'!  Food, music, drink, raffle prizes and everyone entertained, the PTA worked their socks off to make it an evening to remember.  Thank you to all those who supported our event.  


A big thank you to all those who donted raffle prizes.   We had pub vouchers, fresh flowers, A voucher from Meatbox the Hassell's  'theStory', Pet Hamper, Chew Valley Animal Park, Yeo Valley Garden entry, Moo Chews voucher and much more.  Thank you!


We raised £400 which has helped buy an indoor water tray, a mud kitchen and dolls with accessories.  


14 February 2020


Superhero and Princess Dress Up Day


On 15th and 16th of January, the children were invited to dress up in their favourite superhero or princess costume for their pre school session for a donation.  Lots of fun and all for a good cause!


January 2020

Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Award


The Green Trees Schools Award encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils about trees, woods and wildlife.  We are so proud to have achieved the Bronze award through Forest School just before the lockdown.  We challenged the children with practical projects, learned about ancient trees and had a lot of fun with nature and the environment around us.  


March 2020