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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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A message from Helen Woodhams Posted on: 20/04/2018

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I can’t believe we have only been back 2 weeks. The classes have been so busy. Across the school, I’ve seen lots of poetry going on; children exploring different poetic devices and developing their vocabulary. I’ve also seen Oak class busy exploring their science topic, living things and learning all about classification. They have also been making the most of our lovely outdoor space on grammar treasure hunts! With Beech class studying plants this term, it’s fantastic that the children are able to put their knowledge skills into practice into forest school with lots of planting going on.   Thank you to all the parents who came into school for one of our information meetings this week. It was good to have those frank and open discussions about how we have responded to our OFSTED visit and explain some of the work we have already done     and are continuing to do to further improve the education for all the children at Buckland St Mary.  A big thank you to Rosie who has, with Mrs Blatcher, been in rehearsing our maypole dancers. We are all looking forward to the forthcoming May Fair. The support of parents, and FOBS in particular, is really appreciated by all the staff and children at school.   The library transformation is about to take place- we can’t wait to see all the new furniture and we are in the process of selecting new books to support the teaching of our wider curriculum. Again thank you to FoBS for financing and helping to organise this project.   A final good luck to Beech class who are performing tonight with Ashill Primary School.   Helen Woodhams, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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