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Posted on: November 3rd 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

 

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A Message from Chris Hunt Posted on: 17/12/2018

A Message from Chris Hunt

As we approach the end of term, I would like to thank everyone for their dedication and support of the school. To the teachers and support staff for all their efforts this term in providing such a variety of exciting learning opportunities for your classes; to FoBS for organising so many events and to all the parents and friends who have supported them so well and finally to all the children who respond and engage so brilliantly and make us proud every day. We were all very excited last week to receive a visit from the ‘Elf’ team from RNAS Yeovilton, who landed in the field right next to the school (thankyou, Mr. Gready) and despite the rain lashing down happily chatted with the children and took on a bunch of letters to Santa.  We have obviously had lots of other Christmas related activities and events. The Christingle Service in the Church this week was delightful and the ‘Carols at the Candlelight’ was a wonderful community event. Thank you to all involved. We are all looking forward to the Community Carol Service next Wednesday and hope to see lots of you there. The pantomime that came to school was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the upcoming Christmas party promises to be a special occasion for the children. Thankyou again to FoBS for their fantastic organisational  skills and sheer hard work.  We have been talking to the children this week about making the right choices (linked to our focus on the Christian value of Responsibility), particularly in the playground and during less structured times of the day.  All the children have been told about the importance of avoiding rough play in order to ensure playtimes are happy for everyone. They also know that there will be consequences if they engage in activities that are unkind or risk upsetting others.  All the adults are on the lookout for children doing the right thing and children know that they should always tell an adult if they are being upset or worried by anything. I would be most grateful if you could re-iterate this message with your children. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to arrange an appointment with your class teacher or myself. I am also looking forward to appointing some Buckland Ambassadors from Beech Class, who, among other things, will be helping to provide some additional activities at lunchtimes.   (cont.) The 2018 KS2 Performance Tables are being published this week.  I am delighted to confirm the excellent results received by the Buckland St Mary Year 6 pupils last summer. The percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading (91%), Writing (100%) and Maths (91%) were all well above national averages  and with 82% achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths combined, this was again well above the national averages. Very well done to the pupils and also the Buckland St Mary staff who worked so hard to enable the children to achieve such excellent results. You will find more details about the school’s outcomes in 2018 on the website. May I take this opportunity to notify you of a recent update to the school’s website. Under the ‘safeguarding’ tab, there is an ‘e-safety’ section. Here you will find several useful resources which provide guidance and information to help keep children safe online. Also, please see the links contained in the safeguarding section of this newsletter which we hope will assist you if you are considering which games are appropriate for your children to play. Finally I would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas and very much look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 7th January 2019!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Chris Hunt Posted on: 30/11/2018

A Message from Chris Hunt

How quickly two weeks fly by in a busy school! We have had lots of visitors recently. Thank you to Mr Rob Radley from the Somerset Fire Service who came in recently to give a very valuable talk to Beech and Oak Class on Fire Safety.  The children learned a lot and were given extra information to bring home and hopefully they have told you all about it.  We also welcomed Mrs Carolyn Banfield, a SIAMS inspector, who came for a supportive visit to discuss the work we have done since our last inspection.  She spent the morning in discussion with school leaders, including the Ethos and Welfare Committee and I was proud to show her round the school.  She agreed that the school is in a very positive position to continue to move forward as a church community. I must also thank the Open the Book team, who we visit every week in Church, who kindly battled the rain to come to us on Tuesday, to save us braving the elements!  On Wednesday we welcomed several Maths leads from across the Trust for a training session. Well done to Oak class, who behaved beautifully with extra teachers in the room. It proved to be a very valuable session, enabling lots of best practice to be shared.  Congratulations to the Year 6 children, who represented Buckland St Mary at the Wellington Maths Challenge last Saturday.  They worked superbly as a team and were a credit to the school.  I am looking forward to the next few weeks in the exciting run up to Christmas. I am sure I will see all of you at the variety of events planned. Thank you again in advance to FoBS for all their organising and generosity, starting with the Pantomime coming to school on Monday (oh, yes it is!).  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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