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Posted on: December 15th 2017

A message from Helen Woodhams

As we approach the end of my first term at Buckland St Mary, may I thank everyone for your welcome and support. Firstly, the children whose spirit and kindness should make us all proud. It is a real joy to spend time with them in their classrooms, observing their enthusiasm and hard work. Secondly, the parents and community whose support of the school is so evident. I am overwhelmed by the number of volunteers who give their time so readily; reading with children and taking part in Forest School Activities. I have also enjoyed attending the different events organised by FOBS and am amazed by the amount of money raised each time. Yesterday evening at the Candlelight was magical and I am now eagerly looking forward to next Wednesday's Community Carol Service. I would also like to extend my thanks to the governing body, who have supported and worked with me in my first term- they work tirelessly behind the scenes and much of their work can go unnoticed. Finally, a huge thanks must go out to all the staff who make Buckland St Mary such a special place for all the children. They are a great team of people and I have enjoyed getting to know them.  2018 is going to be a busy and exciting year here at Buckland St Mary. We are planning to relaunch our Afterschool Provision in the new year to include a range of different activities such as Sports, Cooking and Crafts. Watch this space! I would also like to invite you to come in for a ‘Tea and Chat’ next Wednesday 20th from 2.45pm– an opportunity to share what is going well and ideas for the future. However for the moment, may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. With the staff in training on the 8th January, we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 9th January.


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