River Families

River Families at Pear Tree ad what does that mean?

Here at Pear Tree every child is assigned to a river family when they start and we have chosen the names of local rivers for their families ie Bollin, Checkley, Dane, Dee, Mersey, Gowy and Weaver. There are approximately 30 children in each river ranging from our very youngest to our oldest children. Staff are also assigned to a river too (see below) and there are 2 river family captains for each river family (elected by the children) who look after the group.

Bollin  -  Mrs Hadfiled, Mr Greasby, Mrs Maumy

Checkley  -  Mrs Lacey and Mrs Steele

Dane  -  Miss Morrell and Mrs Benson

Dee  -  Miss Swan, Mrs Ryles and Mrs Cliff

Gowy  -  Mrs Newman and Mrs Yeomans

Mersey  -  Mrs Swallow, Mrs Degg and Mrs Howard

Weaver  -  Mr Sykes, Mrs Costa and Mrs Boughey

The river family captains take their roles seriously. This year they have decided they’d like to reinstate the river family lunches that we used to have a few years ago and so we will start these on Thursday 16th November with Bollin. When it’s your child’s turn they will come home with a letter asking whether they’d like a school dinner that day or bring their own packed lunch. It doesn’t matter what they choose the important thing is that they sit together in the hall with the rest of their ‘family’ and enjoy eating at a table together.

The river family captains have some great ideas for fundraising this year and in January cake sales are planned to raise money-more details will follow. Later in the year there will also be a river family sports day; last year Bollin were the champions!

We value the importance that being in a river family has at Pear Tree as it creates that feeling of belonging and I hope you will support your child with the various activities we have planned this year

Dates for River Family lunches:

Bollin: Thursday 16th November

Dee: Thursday 23rd November 

Mersey: Thursday 7th December

Gowy: Thursday 18th January

Dane: Thursday 25th January

Weaver: Thursday 1st February

Checkley: Thursday 8th February 

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