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Save our Leisure Centre...
A letter to Boris!

As you have heard Y3/4 have been lobbying Cornwall council to keep the Saltash Leisure Centre open.

Our latest letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has now been posted by this Y3/4 pupil, so we now eagerly await his response!

Save our Leisure Centre!

Brunel are standing strong with Saltash Leisure Centre: last week LKS2 school councillors posted an array of fantastic persuasive letters to the consultation, in a bid to save the centre from closure.

We've heard from many eminent people recently that if we all 'do our bit' it can really make a difference, so let's hope that our efforts bring success.

Well done to all the children in Y3/4 for all their hard work and many thanks to one of our parents, Sharon Coombe for her consultative work!

Bulbs from Brunel Friends...

Following our visit to Coombe Woods for a spot of bulb planting, the Brunel Friends Association very kindly donated two BIG sacks of daffodil bulbs to school to brighten up the environment. These have been distributed to classes from Nursery to Year 6, so watch this space...Spring promises to be blooming lovely. Many thanks for the thoughtful donation.

.Brunel Pupil wins Treasure Hunt at Coombe Woods

In July we sent out a treasure hunt set in Coombe Woods and we were thrilled this week to hear that we had a Brunel winner.

This Y4 pupil took part during the holiday with his family. Incredibly he managed to spot 68 out of the 72 bird boxes and so won a cash prize and a large tub of sweets, which he kindly shared not only with his class but also with the class next door. Well done J!

Thanks also to Jon Foster for organising this fun activity and presenting the prize. Our Brunel Primary and Nursery community really appreciates his fantastic work in improving the  Saltash environment for us all! 

Planting Bulbs at Coombe Woods

A group of keen gardeners from LKS2 went to Coombe Woods this week to plant bulbs at the invitation of Jon Foster. It was great fun but rather hard work because the ground was so hard after all the dry weather. Amazingly, the children managed to plant over 900 daffodil, tulip and other Spring bulbs!

Now, we can’t wait to return in Spring to see the glorious results. Many thanks to all those who sent in bulb donations.

Saltash Regatta

How wonderful it is to be able to report a community event after such a long period of restrictions!

During the last weekend of the Summer holidays, Saltash Regatta took place on the weekend of the 4th/5th September. Saturday morning started with a parade, complete with the Town Band and many whistles through Fore Street. 

A huge thank you to all the Brunel parents and children who joined a merry band of teachers - who were more than delighted to see them, I might add! This ended at the stage on Jubilee Green, with a special mention for Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy and a prize for J in Y4 for his fabulous jellyfish costume. 

We were all proud that Brunel had once again risen to the occasion!


Year 3/4 Pay a (socially distanced)Visit to St Anne's

It seems such a long time that our LKS2 children were able to pay their weekly visits to see our friends in St Anne's Residential Home and we'd heard from their manager that the residents had really been missing the children. So it was decided to do a 'walk past' to coincide with Children in Need and dressed in lovely bright colours, all four classes (suitably spaced in their bubbles) took part, along with the staff and Mrs Cooper.

Nothing had prepared us for the reception we were to receive, there were residents and staff outside, all wrapped up warmly and others waving from windows. It really was heartwarming and they were delighted to receive postcards, including some epic jokes from Year 3 and banners from Constantine class, as well as being treated to a moving art gallery of paintings from Whitsand class.

We are now excitedly planning our next joint venture.


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Year 3 Celebrate Remembrance Day

 Despite the national events Of 2020, Brunel’s year 3 were determined to mark Remembrance Day in our Saltash community. The children made some beautiful poppy mementos and walked to Longstone Park to lay them for the public to see.

They were both honoured and delighted to be joined by Second Officer Newman, of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, who was in full dress and paraded the Royal Naval Association standard. 

A two minute silence was observed as it was lowered and the staff were proud to note that all the children were extremely respectful.

Thank you to the children and staff of year 3 for representing Brunel Primary & Nursery Academy so well.

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Pupils at Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy named and designed their own special Elmer Elephant as part of the Elmer’s Schools Education Trail which took place at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park during the summer of 2019.


St Luke’s Hospice worked in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press to bring this art trail to life, featuring the much beloved children’s character of Elmer, by Devon born artist and author David McKee. Linked to the curriculum and Arts Award, the Elmer Schools Education Trail enabled our school to incorporate the much loved character and stories of Elmer in lessons and extra-curricular activities, dealing with topics such as loss, making memories and diversity. Brunel’s own Elmer sculpture has a very apt name - Olifans - after pupils entered a competition to name him. Two of our pupils won having chosen “Olifans” or “Oli” for short which means elephant in our native Cornish language.

Brunel and the Community

Brunel takes every opportunity to be visible and make links in the community, e.g. Y3/4 are in the third year of working with St Anne’s Residential Home as part of the Archie Project, a nationwide initiative to raise the awareness of dementia.  Local community events have also been a focus, for example: attendance at the Royal British Legion church service to commemorate the end of WW1; participation in the Kalan Gwav festival, Saltash Regatta, Mayor’s Christmas shop window judging; Christmas Tree festival at St Nicholas & St Faith Church and a Christmas carol service at St Stephen’s Church.

Our field gun crews took part in this year’s Armed Forces Day on Plymouth Hoe. The school choir have taken part in a number of events including performing at Song Fest at the Plymouth Pavilions, St Stephen’s Church Summer Fayre, Drake Circus shopping centre, Waitrose and regular visits to St Anne’s Residential Home.

We also place a lot of emphasis on the cultural heritage of the local community and of Cornwall in general. We address each other in Cornish at the start of assembly, our school motto ‘Degemer an Jydh’ is Cornish for ‘Seize the Day’. Our carol services include carols sung in Cornish and our annual Music of the Afternoon concert features Trelawney, whilst our classes are named after Cornish beaches.

Moreover, we are proud to report that 9 KS2 children won awards at the Saltash Town Youth Awards and for the second year running, the Saltash Young Citizen of the Year is a Brunel pupil, all having been nominated by the academy.

More and more local people are coming in to the school. This includes: Visitors from local churches, an ‘Open the Book’ assembly each term, Royal British Legion, Merchant Navy Captain, Field Gun crew, RNLI, NSPC, TSB bank etc.


The Archie Project

Weekly Visits

Training with the field gun crew has been cut short but we currently have two teams of 16 children who have been training hard for many weeks, including during the wind and rain!

Working with Mr Knight and Mrs Newman, they had been looking forward to playing a part in the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
This was not to be. New teams will be in place as soon as possible.


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