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!