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Minerva Primary School and nursery settle in to their new  learning environments. Posted on: 20/09/2021

Minerva Primary School and nursery settle in to their new learning environments.

Minerva Primary School and nursery settle in to their new learning environments. "Growing together, making the impossible...possible" Owlet’s nursery, based at Minerva Primary School in Taunton (part of The Redstart Learning Partnership) are absolutely delighted to be starting the term in their new nursery building. The building project commenced in March 21 and was carried out over a three phase approach, with the nursery expansion being the final and biggest phase. The nursery capacity has doubled from 24 to 40 and they now have a huge outdoor area with two large shelters allowing outside play in all weathers. In addition to the nursery the project included the expansion and refurbishment of the year 1 & 2 classrooms, an expanded and refurbished year R & year 1 classroom, a new staff room, a refurbished pupil kitchen and a welcoming new entrance lobby decorated by a local artist with plans for the children to add their own artistic touch.  All in all a very big and exciting project for the nursery and the school. Sophie Furse, Owlets Nursery manager said: “The children and staff are so excited to be starting back in their newly extended, refurbished and decorated nursery and classroom spaces. Since starting back the Owlets have been busy playing indoors utilising the new space and have also been playing in the outdoor area.  It’s going to have such a positive impact on the children and allow us to offer more activities and sessions and increase our numbers.  We are also looking forward to offering support for parent and carers by hosting coffee mornings and settling in sessions and opening a library in the reception area.” Isla’s mum, Lucy wrote to the nursery expressing her gratitude to the staff saying they are “excellent” and that they have “gone above and beyond”, she also said that she was extremely glad that she chose Owlets nursery.Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
School provides hot lunches during lockdown Posted on: 25/01/2021

School provides hot lunches during lockdown

With our usual meal contractors closed during lockdown and the kitchen staff on furlough, Minerva has decided to offer hot lunches to all children attending school. The meals are available to all children in school and are in addition to the Free School Meals vouchers provided to eligible families. Mrs Phillips and Mrs Elliott, who both hold Food Safety certificates, have been preparing popular meals such as fishfingers and chips, pasta in tomato sauce, and pizza. About 40 children have signed up so far and have been clearing their plates - and enjoying seconds when supplies allow. Some of the older children have also been having fun helping with the cooking. Food has been generously donated by Taunton YMCA and Asda, and the children were thrilled when Mademoiselle Desserts - previously Ministry of Cake and before that Maynards - sent a car-load of delicious cakes and puddings, with the promise of more to come. A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership said: "We want to extend our thanks to the Taunton YMCA, Mademoiselle Desserts and Asda Taunton for all their kind support. "We would also like to make a very special thank you to Mrs Phillips and Mrs Elliott and the staff at Minerva for going above and beyond and for looking after our children by providing them with a hot lunchtime meal. It’s an absolutely fantastic effort by all involved and we applaud you." To show their gratitude to the companies involved, the children are making thank you cards to send to them next week. Mrs Phillips said “I wanted to make sure that although our kitchen was closed, these children still had the chance to eat a hot meal each day. In this most difficult of times, I didn’t want to be moaning and not helping. So I used what I could, asked for provision and made sure we loved these kids in the best way we can.”Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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