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Posted on: January 19th 2018

A Message from Helen Woodhams

Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We were sad to see Mrs Burnside go at the end of last term and she has asked me to pass on her thanks for all the kind wishes and her presents. We also welcome Mrs Frances Aitkens to the team who will be working as a TA based mainly in Oak class. She joins us from Churchstanton Primary School and brings with her a wealth of experience. We also welcome Mrs Alison Appleyard, an experienced school leader, who has joined the Trust and will be working from Buckland on a regular basis. A couple of reminders for the new year. Firstly, punctuality. It is really important all children are at school on time. The bell rings at 8.55am and children should be here at that time, ready to learn. Much of the most important learning happens first thing, including 1-2-1 interventions and children not here are missing out on that very vital support. Secondly, I have been asked to remind all parents about parking and be mindful of space for buses to pass. On a more positive note, we have a busy term ahead with lots of learning to do and lots of fun to be had. Beech Class will have the opportunity to join other schools in an opera festival and will be singing at Holyrood. Dates will be forwarded in due course.There will also be the joint concert for the choir which we're all looking forward to. Members of Beech class will also be performing at the Youth Speaks competition. It has been fantastic to see their enthusiasm as they have planned their speeches.  Finally, we have also relaunched our enhanced after school club to include lots of different and unusual sporting activities with the aim of promoting activity and fitness across the school. Please book directly with Sharon or with the office. Helen Woodhams, Head of School


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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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