Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds
Newsletter – December 2018
2018 is nearly over and we are already through one third of the year! Each day as I walk around the school there is a constant ‘buzz’ of learning, children engrossed in the latest experience, excited to share their latest triumph and always keen to show their work. The children at Borough Green are proud of what they achieve and work co-operatively to produce the best they can.
Experiences so far this term:
Y1/2 – Funny Bones, Penny For The Guy and Who’s Coming To Tea
Y3/4 – Disney Designers, Tree Top Challenge, The Really Wild Show and X Factor Comes To Borough Green
Y5/6 – Heartbeats, Remembrance WW2 and It Could Be Lonely This Christmas
Each experience covers a vast array of skills required by the National Curriculum with some of the highlights this term being afternoon tea by Y1/2, the recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Y3/4 and the wonderful WWII work by Y5/6.
All good schools receive a visit twice a year from a Senior Improvement Advisor from the Local Authority. Our recent visit was once again a very positive experience with our curriculum highly praised.
‘One of the main focus areas for the school remains curriculum development. A lot of work has been completed here and the school is well ahead of most others in its design. The curriculum is a model of excellence that should be shared more widely.’
The performances of ‘Ralph the Reindeer’ by our reception and Y1/2 classes were fantastic with fabulous singing and wonderfully clear voices from the speakers. There were many proud parents in the audience who also generously donated to Demelza House raising £218.63 which I am sure will be gratefully received. Order forms will be out shortly for the video and photos.
One of our football teams had their first match this week and although they lost 8-4 they had come back from 5-0 at half time. All credit to the team that did not give in and in fact raised their game in the second half despite the score line.
As usual our Y5/6 children will be performing at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the last week of term with the whole school attending on the last day where we combine our final assembly with their performance.
To complete this final newsletter of 2018 I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy New Year before finishing with a message from our Chair of Governors, Jenny Hadfield.
As we near the end of 2018, Governors take the time to reflect on the year to date – how we can support continuous improvement, celebrate successes and look forward to the rest of the school year.
Last school year but still in 2018, the Parent and Teachers Association raised extraordinary amounts of money which delivered many much wanted projects in the school including of course, the upgrade to the swimming pool and class room refurbishments. They continue to raise funds with fantastic events to deliver more initiatives! They are an amazing group of people and we know the school is lucky to have their drive and ethos.
Borough Green Primary School was Ofsted inspected late in the last school year. In confirming our continuing status as a Good school, Ofsted made several positive observations including that BGPS was found to have leaders that are unrelenting in their ambition to secure the best possible outcomes for all pupils… and to be fully prepared for the challenges of life beyond primary school…. Pupils are proud of their school and enjoy all that it has to offer. They are friendly, polite and self-assured… demonstrating very positive attitudes to learning.
Governors congratulate the School on achieving these excellent outcomes. We are impressed by the dedication of the whole team (parents, teachers and TAs, office, kitchen, facilities staff and volunteers) who provide pupils with a broad curriculum, delivering lessons in an engaging and enjoyable manner, looking after and understanding the needs of each child whilst striving to help them achieve. Staff ensure pupils are safe, organised, nourished, have fun and develop interests. Just attending one of the many school events demonstrates the team’s ongoing dedication. Extra-curricular clubs ranging from lace making to literacy, crochet to choir and many others are run by staff and volunteers. Governors see children laughing and hurrying on their way in – they seem to love going to school.
Governors are proud to be associated with Borough Green Primary School and we thank everyone involved in working together for the best outcomes for the children in the school, underpinning the school vision of Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds. We wish you all a peaceful Christmas and New Year and look forward to 2019 and the rest of the academic year.
Jenny Hadfield, Chair of Governors, Borough Green Primary School