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Posted on: May 25th 2017

A Message from Steve Morton

The nature area continues to evolve with the grass seed now laid and life starting to settle in the pond. Once again a big thank you to all the willing volunteers who have made the nature area look so marvellous in such a short space of time. If you have any compost, patio paving slabs or any plants that you are willing to donate then let us know and we will gladly add them to our space.

We have secured a piano teacher for lessons using our new Clavinova. If you would be interested in learning to play the piano then please let me know straight after half term and I will arrange for more information from the teacher.

Well done to all of our budding cricket stars who played with great sportsmanship on Tuesday at the inter-school tournament. Mr Durham and Miss Cridland relayed back to us all how well you played, represented our school and showed dogged determination to keep on going throughout the whole day. Plans are coming together for our whole school art week in the second week back. If you have any spare material or spare time and would like to be part of the week then please let us know.  Have a restful break and I look forward seeing you all for the final half term. Steve Morton, Head of School

 

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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
A Message from Steve Morton Posted on: 16/06/2017

A Message from Steve Morton

What a busy fortnight it has been! Firstly, well done to Both Lola Connett and Jessica Slade, who both valiantly represented our school at the Ilminster Literary Festival last week. You both recited your poems with amazing gesture, expression and passion. You made us all very proud. Secondly, to our fantastic Quad Kids team who demonstrated their sporting prowess at Holyrood on Wednesday. As always, you all did an amazing job and played with full commitment and sportsmanship that some professionals could learn from. Well done to you too. Thirdly, a big thank you to Jaqui, Janet and all the parent volunteers who have been working with the children and staff this week to help make our Art week run so smoothly. The children have had an amazing time and have really shown us their inner artists. We will continue with the art projects that we started over the rest of the term. Please keep popping in to see how they are progressing. Finally, a bittersweet pill.  After 2 marvelous years, sadly we say goodbye to Mr Durham at the end of term. His time with us has been filled with fantastic memories of his creativity, interesting sense of humor, passion for teaching and commitment to our school .He leaves us to explore an exciting career as a musician and music teacher back in his home county of Hertfordshire.  He will be  greatly missed by us all. I am however, delighted to welcome both Miss Nadine Luesley and Miss Fiona Cridland to our teaching team. Fiona and Nadine will be joining Rachael and Lisa next year completing our staff. Next year looks set to be another year full of new and exciting opportunities for all of the children at Buckland.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
FoBS News: Posted on: 28/04/2017

FoBS News:

FOBS Hope you all had a super Easter break. Thank you to everyone who has kindly agreed to help at the May Fair on Saturday 13 May 2017.  This is our biggest and last fundraiser of this academic year!!  Thank you to all parents running stalls - you should know that the Fair starts at 12 noon and so it would be great if you could arrive by 11 - 11.30am to set up your stall, collect your float etc. Please park in the parking field not outside school.  Please return any sold/unsold Grand Prize Draw tickets to either school office, Daisy, Liz or Kate before the big day. Please note that we urgently need the following if you can kindly spare:  Cakes, cakes and more cakes - for the cake stall and to sell with the cream tea/refreshments for adults/children to purchase on the day with a drink. As usual, bought cakes are always welcome too! Please drop to school hall on Friday 12th May.  Outgrown school uniform you no longer need for uniform stall - give to one of us beforehand  Any produce to sell i.e pickles, eggs, chutneys, jams, fruit and veg etc - drop to school hall on Friday 12th May.  Good condition books and toys - desperate for these - please give to one of us  Plants/Seeds/Flowers for the plant stall Friday 12th May outside school please or the day  Thanks everyone - this is our last fundraiser of the year to help top up our bank account as much as possible for the next academic year. Proceeds of this years May Fair will go towards the renovation of the library area / library books so thank you in advance. A letter will follow detailing stall holders and further details shortly.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
FoBS News Posted on: 18/04/2017

FoBS News

Many thanks to all of you who supported the Bingo and make this event happen! It was certainly a busy night and a great success raising £527. Hopefully this week in book bags you will receive 10 raffle tickets per child for our Grand Prize Draw for the May Fair. Please sell as many of these as you can to friends and family and return the money and ticket stubbs in an envelope to with school or any of the FOBS team before May 12th. The more we sell of these, the bigger profit we make before the event even starts. If you require more please just ask and if you can't sell them all don't worry, just ensure you return them to us before the big day to hopefully sell. Please see below dates for your diary: Thursday 20th April - Non Uniform Day - This is to source prizes for the May Fair - please can your child bring in an unused / unopened / within date prizes for either the grown ups tombola or the children's tombola or better still both!! This can be food, toiletries, gifts, new toys, new books etc This is our main source of accumulating prizes for both these stalls so thank you in advance. Please leave in the hall. May Fair Sat 12 May 12-3 - If you would like to help please let us know. Spread the word as it is our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to fund school trips, children's trophies, school & nursery equipment etc every year for all the children both at school and nursery. If you know any local businesses that would like to donate prizes for our Grand Prize Draw please speak to Liz, Kate or Daisy. If you have fresh stall ideas or would like to run an existing stall please do let us know ASAP. May Fair set up and take down - we will be putting up a marquee again this year - if you would like to help with set up on Friday 12th and also take down please do let us know. We need a team of about 8 people.Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Steve Morton Posted on: 31/03/2017

A Message from Steve Morton

I challenge anyone who says that community spirit is diminishing in modern society to come and visit Buckland St Mary. You are all truly amazing people and you demonstrate the strength passion of a community. Because of all of you, we are well underway with our nature area and it will soon be open to our children to access during the school day and for the local community in the evenings and weekends. We have one last delivery of timber arriving this week for our decking over the pond and fences. If you are skilled with carpentry, own a drill or you are just enthusiastic. Then please join us this Saturday for an hour or 2 from 9 am to put the finishing touches to phase one of the project. Thank you to all of you who were able to join us for our Easter service in Buckland St Mary Church. I’m sure you will agree that the children, once again, demonstrated their high level of skill in public speaking and singing. A big thank you also to the ‘Open the Book Team’ for sharing one of their church assemblies with us all. The team share a story with us every Tuesday at 1:15pm and would be happy for you to join us. We would like to say thank you to Mrs Jane Freestone, who will be retiring on Friday from her role as Chief Operations Officer, for all of her hard work and commitment to our schools. We wish her all the best and look forward to welcoming her back to our school to share in all of our celebrations. Congratulations to Mr Andy Middehurst who will be moving to a new job after the Easter break. Thank you for all of your hard work and we wish you all the best in your new job. Dates for your Diary: ? Thursday 20th April Non Uniform Day ? Sat 12th May - May Fair 12-3pm ? Monday 15th May Class Photos We raised £79.07 for Red Nose Day. Thank you for all your donations ! Community Spirit At Its BestCategories: 1 CategorySchool News
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