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Posted on: September 15th 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.

 

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