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Posted on: February 13th 2019

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A Message from Mr Nation Posted on: 22/03/2019

A Message from Mr Nation

Last week was Science Week and what a week it was! The staff went above and beyond to ensure the children had a fun and engaging time. A special thank you to Mrs Auton for her efforts - Mrs Auton put on quite a show! Mrs Tomasik has very kindly organised for an author to visit Beech Class on Friday the 29th. Ally Kennen (author of The Everything Machine, Sparks, My Great Viking Adventure and Spooks) will be hosting a writing workshop for upper KS2 children. In addition, she will be signing books on the day and there will be an opportunity to purchase her books at a discounted price of £5. On Saturday 8th March, Oscar and Ethan took part in the 2K Junior Grizzly. Emily, Jonathon and Izzie ran in the Grizzly Fun Run. All the children did incredibly well on a tricky route that includes running across the pebbles on the beach! Louis, now in Y7, came 1st in his age group and 7th overall in the 4K run! Well done to all of our runners! Enya and Oscar starred at the Holyrood Cross Country representing the school. They did us proud! Thank you to parents for transporting the children and for their support. We’re keen to set up additional  music sessions for the children. If your child/chldren would like drumming lessons, please get in touch. We need approximately 10 children to make this viable. I know Buckland St. Mary is fortunate to have the support of parents and the local community. To this end, if there are any volunteers who would like to assist in the nursery over the next two weeks, please get in touch with me via the school office. Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that class registers are taken at 8:55 am so the school day can start at 9:00 am prompt. Please ensure your child/children are in school on time to minimise any disruption to the start of the day. Thank you in advance for your support with this.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Chris Hunt Posted on: 15/02/2019

A Message from Chris Hunt

Thank you to everyone for your support during my short time as Head of School at Buckland St Mary C. of E. Primary School. It has been a privilege to work with this wonderful community with the school at its very heart. The children are lucky to be supported by such a hard-working dedicated staff and I thank them all for their warm welcome, kindness and sense of humour.  I have also particularly appreciated the support of the fantastic FoBS team; their fundraising abilities and enthusiasm to help the school are phenomenal!  I am also extremely grateful to the Ethos and Welfare Committee, who have been key in further strengthening the links with the Church and meeting regularly to take part in productive discussions to support further improvements. I have loved getting to know all the Buckland children and I would like to thank the enthusiastic Ambassadors and Play Leaders for all their help.  I look forward to hearing of all your achievements and all the exciting events that will be taking place over the coming months. I was delighted to receive a letter this week from the Department for Education, congratulating the staff and pupils on the very high standard of achievement demonstrated in the writing Key Stage 2 assessments last year.  Well done everyone! Mr Nation enjoyed visiting the school this week and meeting all the children and many parents.  I wish him all the very best as he takes on the leadership of Buckland St Mary and I know that the school will continue to go from strength to strength. Finally thankyou  to everyone for your kind words, wishes and gifts;  I was very touched by Wednesday’s Collective Worship.  I repeat, it has been a pleasure to be here.  I wish you all every success and happiness for the future.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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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