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

A message from Gareth Nation

It’s been lovely to see the children return to school in high spirits and full of enthusiasm.  Classes have been busy working on their ‘Gateway’ Cracking Inventions. They’ve researched and designed various inventions based around the theme of ‘Space’ and have explored materials to make space helmets and rovers. It is lovely to see the children measuring accurately, sawing, glueing, sanding and just before Christmas - stitching! They have produced some beautiful work. In order to promote a greater sense of pride in our outcomes,  I would like to display some examples in school. To this end, we’d be most grateful if you could donate your child’s Christmas decoration for display. We would of course return it in readiness for next Christmas!  Last term we purchased some new ‘Discovery Books’ for Year 2 - 6 children who have begun adding excellent examples of their work. It is such a pleasure to see them willing to share their outcomes with staff. Reception and Year 1 children record their work in the class ‘Floor Book’. They too are always keen to share their learning. These will be available for you to look at during the next ‘Drop In’ session on 14th February 2020.  Our day trip to ‘We the Curious’ was a huge success. My thanks to Mrs Cann and Miss Auton for organising the trip and to all those who supported. The children’s behaviour was exemplary and they represented their school beautifully. Well done to all involved.  Miss Cridland very kindly organised for a GB athlete to come to our school. On Monday, Rich Parker (a British professional ‘vert’ skater) visited Buckland, led a circuits session with all the children and showed us his skills - by jumping over three members of staff! My thanks to Miss Cridland and Rich Parker for such a fantastic afternoon Finally, we have a wonderful opportunity for you to become an integral part of Buckland St. Mary C of E School. We’re seeking to increase the numbers of our (currently known as) ‘Ethos and Welfare Committee’. We meet regularly throughout the year and discuss the School’s priorities. If you’re interested, please get in touch via the school officeCategories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 20/12/2019

A message from Gareth Nation

I cannot believe how quickly this term has passed. It has been an incredibly busy and successful Autumn Term with much to celebrate.  I’d like to start with a huge thank you to parents, carers and loved ones for your continued support of our wonderful school. My thanks to Rev. Jim and Rev. Nick for their support at different events this year. Whether it was coming into school for Collective Worship sessions based on our values, supporting at community events or welcoming the children to church to ask questions based on their project, we’re grateful for their time and effort.  It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Vision Day’ last week. During the course of the day, the children had the opportunity to explore what the vision means to them, to locate it in the bible and to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. We had some wonderful comments from all who attended. Rev. Jim and Rev. Nick also joined us for the day and enjoyed taking part in supporting the children to understand the importance of our school vision. A special thank you to Rosey Thompson and Jane Carver who have painted our vision so beautifully in the school hall. Mrs Rundle and Miss Cridland planned the day and ensured everything went smoothly - well done team!  Thank you to all of the parents, carers, family members and friends who joined us for Carols at the Candlelight. I’m sure that you will agree that the children’s singing was amazing. A special mention must go to the soloists who were incredible! The children raised a fabulous £105 for CLIC, the school’s chosen charity this year, which is fantastic. An enormous thank you to the Boarder family, for kindly dressing the hall for Christmas lunch and donating, once again, the crackers and table clothes. It looked absolutely magical. Finally, my thanks to the Friends of Buckland St. Mary School (FoBS) who have begun fundraising again, helped with many events this term as well as providing the children with new ChromeBooks and many other extras for the children. Thank you especially for organising the pantomime. The newly interpreted retelling of Beauty and the Beast was fantastic. The children absolutely loved it and fully got in to the ‘he’s behind you’ spirit of panto! They were totally enthralled. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy spending time together as a family and cherish those dear to you.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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