Key Stage 2 have produced regular issues of their own magazine to circulate in the village. These are available in the village shop and church and have helped us to raise money for the school. The editions often have a theme, but include a mix of puzzles, poems, recipes, jokes and articles (all written by the children) to entertain the local community.
Winster School is lucky to be part of a vibrant village community. Winster has many active traditions, in which the school plays a part:
On Shrove Tuesday, Winster's Main Street is closed to traffic for the time honoured tradition of pancake racing. The children and parents throw themselves into this annual tradition where races include one for each school year as well as Mums, Dads and over-60s!
The children are actively involved in events such as the duck hunt, treasure hunt, and the grand finale of this week of fun, which is the fancy dress competition at the carnival. Winster School runs a regular Wakes Week event at which village residents are invited to the school for a display by the children, and a delicious cream tea.
Winster's Secret Gardens weekend is a locally renowned event where the more green fingered village residents open their gardens to the general public, in order to raise funds for village groups. Winster School provides much needed protection from the elements for hundreds of visitors to Winster, offering a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake for those in need of sustenance.
Local visitors to the school
Village residents are welcomed to the school: some come regularly to read with the children; others are invited in to talk to the children about an expertise relevant to a topic being studied. It's amazing how many experts we have around us and the children love hearing from them.
The local over 55s Luncheon Club members are invited to lunch at the school. The children enjoy sharing lunch with them, and hearing their stories. For more information about Winster, click here to visit the Winster village website.