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Posted on: November 22nd 2019

A message from Gareth Nation

It’s amazing to think we’re three weeks into the second half of Autumn Term already. The children have returned full of energy and school is in full swing. We’ve started our new project for this half term and our ‘Gateway’ is ‘Cracking Ideas’. Following the session for parents last year, when we discussed Buckland St. Mary’s Curriculum, the school’s website has been updated. Under the ‘About Us’ tab you will find a ‘Curriculum’ tab. Please have a read of the document at the bottom of this page titled Curriculum Intent. Some of the pages are ‘under construction’ so watch this space for updates. My thanks to parents/carers for supporting the Shoe Box Appeal so well. We were able to send off many items that benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. In addition, we raised a fantastic ‘£104’ towards Children In Need. Raising the awareness of such charities and issues in the world is an integral part of what we do at Buckland St. Mary C of E School and clearly has a direct link to our Christian Values. It was lovely to see so many of you at Parents Evening last week. For those of you who didn’t manage to complete the survey, please scan the QR code on the back of this newsletter and answer the questions. On Wednesday 27th November, I will collate the responses and share with everyone before the end of term. Your feedback is valued and has already guided much of the work and efforts to date. For example, communication has been raised as an area for improvement. In light of this, we continue to send emails, letters etc. and all key dates are regularly updated on our school website as well as being added to all newsletters. In addition, and when necessary, we text/phone parents. All communication will aim to give parents/carers a minimum of two weeks notice. I appreciate that some things may have to change due to unforeseen circumstances but we endeavour to keep this to a minimum. If you feel this is not enough, please do get in touch so we can agree other forms of communication. 

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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 31/01/2020

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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 20/12/2019

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