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A message from Helen Woodhams: Posted on: 3/11/2017

A message from Helen Woodhams:

It's been lovely to see the children coming back refreshed and ready to work.  I've been spending time in all the classes this week observing some fantastic learning going on. It's always great to see how hard the children are working, how engaged they are and in particular I love listening to their conversations. We are also having a real push on presentation and handwriting at the moment and it has been heartening to see the extra effort the children are putting in. A quick reminder. The bell goes off at 8.55am each morning and we expect all children to be here ready to line up at this time. It's really disruptive for both the child and the rest of the class when someone arrives late, and it does need to be recorded on the registers. More news. I am happy to let you know that we are now in the position to offer piano lessons. Having been let down by one teacher, Harrison (our current guitar teacher) is also qualified and happy to teach piano. If you are interested please do contact the office. I am also pleased to announce that we have recruited additional staff to provide more office cover in the office which I am sure will be very welcome. We will be reverting to a manned office 8.30-1.30 each day. At other times, the phone will be diverted to Castle School where Nikki and Rachel will be happy to deal with any queries. Finally, a huge thank you for the continued support you give the school and especially FOBS. This week, I have placed a large book order, funded by them, which we are sure will encourage and inspire our younger readers. Helen Woodhams, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Helen Woodhams: Posted on: 15/09/2017

A message from Helen Woodhams:

What a great start to the term! It has been a delight to see the children again after the summer; looking so smart and coming to school with such enthusiasm. They have quickly settled into their classes and are already working really hard. I always enjoy the Autumn term at school as we look forward to all the exciting events and activities planned throughout the year and this year is certainly no exception.  It was good to attend an 'Open the Book' assembly on Tuesday afternoon in the church, meeting with members of the local community. May I thank them for their continued support of the school. You should also have received the clubs letter, detailing the wide range of activities offered here at Buckland. We are particularly pleased to be able to offer an ever- increasing range of Musical Instrument lessons to complement the wide range of sports already on offer, both within the school day and after school. I have enjoyed meeting and speaking with many of you during this first week back and will continue to be available on the playground on a regular basis. However, if you are free next Friday 22nd September, please do come into school and join me and Miss Auton for the first 'Tea and Chat' (9.00-9.30am). I intend to hold these periodically, giving all parents the opportunity to meet  infomally to discuss any ideas you may have for the school moving forward. If at anytime however you would like a more fomal meeting, please do make an appointment either with myself or via Castle School (01935 822342). As Head of the Small Schools Hub (which comprises Ashill and Hatch Beauchamp, as well as Buckland St Mary Primary Schools) my time in each of the schools will continue to be flexible, with Miss Auton deputising whenever I'm not here. The staff always know my diary and will be happy to let you know when I am next on site.    Thank you so much for all your support so far and I look forward to a happy and successful year here at Buckland.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Steve Morton Posted on: 30/06/2017

A Message from Steve Morton

It is a marvelous feeling every fortnight to take time to reflect on the achievements of the past 2 weeks here at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School. I am always so proud of all of the hard work and effort that the children and teachers are able to cram into such a short space of time. This week saw the triumphant victory of our school poets at the Small Schools Poetry Recital competition. The competition was comprised 3 categories; Individuals, Small groups and Whole class. We placed third in individuals (well done Lola), second in small groups (well done Isabella and Hannah) and we came first in the whole class (well done to the whole team). Your use of expression, tone of voice and passion for the poem shone through, even though I'm still not sure that 'sick in the sink' is a poem that I want to memorise. Well done to all of the Year 6 children who last week went on their Pilgrim's day to Wells cathedral. The trip consists of lots of different fun activities that are all designed to prepare children for the transition to secondary school. The day starts and concludes with a service in the main body of the cathedral and includes a procession where our children can proudly hold our banner aloft for all to see. A reminder that school starts promptly at 8:55 am. Can you please ensure that your children are on the playground and ready to start school for this time. A teacher is on the playground from 8:45 am each morning to allow for a quick drop off to avoid trick parking outside school. Thank you Steve Morton, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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