Our children: healthy, happy individuals who make the most of what they have.
Newsletter – November 2017
All the children have settled in well and Christmas is on the way but there are many exciting things planned before then.
Keeping You Informed
Regular newsletters and blogs keep you up-to-date with all that is going on in school. If you want to look further ahead please visit our website: click on the About Us tab, Curriculum, your year group on the drop down menu then select the medium term plans for the term. You will also find the maths and literacy plans on this menu. Or follow the link http://www.bgpschool.kent.sch.uk/page/?title=Curriculum&pid=19
Each year we feel it is really important to get feedback from parents/carers but this year we are including the wider community. Our school has been at the heart of Borough Green for over a hundred years and so we must continue to evolve and reflect our practice in this fast paced world. The four key elements of our vision will remain – GENEROSITY – INDEPENDENCE – MASTERY – BELONGING but we want to renew our vision statement ‘ Our children: healthy, happy individuals who make the most of what they have’. As part of this process we are asking all stakeholders four key questions. If you would like to be part of this review please click on the link here, paper copies are also available from the school office.
Term Two Experiences
Year 1/2 – ‘I Spy with My Little Eye’ – which develops the children’s ability to write and send emails with attachments. Through computing, literacy and art the children work to solve the mystery of who stole the Headteacher’s chocolate cake!
Y3/4 – ‘Pork Scratchings’ – The children are already fully engaged in the novel ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick King-Smith where subjects: literacy, design technology, science and computing are covered.
Y5/6 – ‘Who Wins? You Decide!’ – This was an extremely successful experience last year that culminates in an ‘Extreme Sell’ at the Christmas Fair. Children have already carried out their market research and are preparing budgets and design plans. The class that makes the most profit gets to choose how it is spent. Last year an additional laptop was purchased by Oak Class – I wonder who will win this year.
These experiences, alongside other continuous units, ensure every subject is fully covered and the children receive the breadth of curriculum required whilst continuing to reach good levels of attainment in mathematics, reading and writing.
Swimming Pool Update
Our swimming pool project has been a long journey but the end is in sight. The whole area has been levelled, the changing rooms have been demolished, new paving is in place and the enclosure has now been erected and looks wonderful. There are a few tasks still to do but the whole area is completely transformed. Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising for this.
Early Years September 2018 Intake
Our first Open Evening for prospective parents took place on the 19th October and we have two further Open Mornings planned for the 21st and 22nd of November. Parents are also encouraged to book an individual tour in addition to these sessions if required. Please remember that the closing date for the receipt of online applications is the 15th January so you may wish to get this completed before Christmas to ensure it doesn’t get forgotten.
School Games Mark (Sports Mark)
At the end of last year we achieved the Bronze School Games Mark which rewards schools and other educational establishments for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education. This year we are aiming for Silver. To achieve BRONZE LEVEL we had to meet a range of criteria:
- A system in place to track children’s participation in the School Games
- Opportunities that attract less active children to participate in physical activity
- Completion of the Inclusive Health Check tool
- A positive approach to delivering physical activity.
- Opportunities for both boys and girls to take part in sport
We also had to ensure children were provided with two hours of Physical Education and school sport per week, inclusive of extra curriculum provision – applicable to Years 3-6 only. We had to prove that at least 20% of pupils are engaged in extra-curricular sporting activity every week. We also needed to attend a range of school sports events including 5 events organised at the school and 3 events at other venues. Finally we needed to ensure that at least 5% of children were involved in leading, managing and officiating school games activities. Thanks must go to Miss Wood who ‘pulled’ all the information together and is already gathering evidence for the Silver Mark.
Congratulations to Mrs Watson who has been offered her first Headship at Joydens Wood Junior School. Mrs Watson will be leaving us in January to start her new post and we wish her all the best with this new venture. As with every member of staff who moves on much time and thought has gone in to ensuring that there is a smooth transition from one teacher to another. From January Mrs McGee will be job sharing with Mrs Davis and Mrs Lott will continue to work with Mrs Quantick. Until July the Assistant Headteacher role will be shared between Mrs Jeffery and Mrs Martin.
Each night, straight after school, our library is open for children (with their parents) to change their books, this may be their Accelerated Reading book or their library book, they may also complete their Accelerated Reading Test. I have also seen some children completing their MyMaths homework with parental support and this is great too!
Each Friday a whole school assembly takes place and each week has a key message – topics covered in the last few weeks are: Black History Month, Anti Bullying and Harvest. This is also a time to celebrate what the children have achieved from a 5m swimming badge to their grade 5 music theory. Children also receive certificates from their teachers such as Attendance, Ink Pen Licence and of course Star of the Week. Our House Captains and Sports Captains are fully involved and congratulate the children on their success. Friday assembly also provides children a ‘platform’ in which to advertise any clubs or competitions they wish to run. Clubs and competitions run by children for children encourages leadership skills and opportunities to share hobbies and are a great addition to the clubs already run by staff and volunteers.
Parent consultations will be taking place on 8th November and 9th November and everyone should have received a slip with their time slot. Teachers try hard to keep to the times available but there is always the unavoidable knock on effect which can result in a delay, thank you for your patience with this each year. If you can come a few minutes earlier or have time after your appointment it is a great opportunity to look at all the amazing work your children have produced – they have certainly been working hard.
On the 14th November children in year groups EY, Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4 will be receiving their flu immunisation if permission has been granted, administered as a nasal spray. Please refer to the information sent home and reassure your child that it is a quick and simple process – no needles involved!
Our infant play takes place on the 12th December at 2pm and 13th December 6:30pm. The children are learning their lines and practising the songs and, as always, it is sure to be a wonderful performance with plenty of ‘ah!’ factor.
Other Key Events
Friday 17th November – Own Clothes Day/Bring a Bottle Day
Saturday 18th November – School Christmas Fair
Saturday 25th November – Borough Green Christmas Lights – choir will be singing
Thursday 14th December – Christmas Dinner/Red and Green Jumper Day
Monday 18th December – Family Trust Pantomime at 2.00pm
Tuesday 19th December – Year 5/6 Carol Service at COGS at 2.00pm
One of our parent governors, Mrs Foster, has produced an excellent jargon buster which covers most of the acronyms used in the world of education. It can be found on the school website under Key Information.
Headteacher, Borough Green Primary