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Posted on: June 30th 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


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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: 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
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