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Posted on: February 28th 2020

A message from Gareth Nation

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful half term. 

Our new ‘Gateway’ for this half term is ‘Exploration’ and the children will be learning about significant figures and key events in history. Across the school, the children are focusing on ‘Space’ and will be using timelines and secondary sources of evidence as a basis for their learning. 

I look forward to sharing how this work develops over the forthcoming weeks. 

I know you’ve all been patiently waiting for an update regarding Forest School provision. Rest assured we are in the final stages of organising quality outdoor provision for all of the children at Buckland St. Mary C of E School. In addition, we’re keen to further enhance the Physical Education for the children. To this end, we’re organising a company to work with us to enhance the PE we already offer. 

Today, we welcomed Mrs Flack, Mr Burr and Ms Rogers into school. They spent time in classes, talking with children and with staff. It was a valuable experience for all involved and the team identified some key strengths of which the school should be proud. We look forward to building on the many strengths of the school over the forthcoming weeks. 

We have a short but busy half term ahead. Please ensure you keep updated with the many events which can be found online and on this newsletter. 

 

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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 25/09/2020

A message from Gareth Nation

Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2020 - 2021. A warm welcome to everyone who has joined us this year and also to those familiar faces, families and friends. I can’t emphasise enough how lovely it is to see the children return to school full of joy and positivity. We’ve had a fantastic start to the school year thanks to the efforts of the team at Buckland St. Mary and my thanks to you as parents/carers for your understanding with some of our new procedures - which are working fantastically. As you are aware, Forest School is firmly in place and the children have had a fantastic time working with the Forest School team from ROAM. They have toasted marshmallows, built (and tested) dens and made beautiful leaf and medal designs. In addition, Premier Sports are providing quality PE sessions for the children as well as supporting groups at lunchtimes and throughout the school day. Classrooms have a real ‘buzz’ and are hives of activity. The range of tasks the children have taken part in has been fantastic and we’re underway with our Discovery work based on ‘Our Wonderful Village’. Classes have studied maps, navigated themselves around Buckland and drawn detailed studies of OS maps. Of course we’ve also learnt lots in maths and literacy; teachers and support staff are working hard to commence learning from Spring last year! As a father of two, I fully appreciate the logistics of staggered drop off and collection times, the reduction of After School Clubs and any concerns regarding the current situation. I understand the importance of supporting the children to adapt to these new routines and help them to feel safe and secure when things around them are slightly different than before. As a school, we are here to support you and your family as best we can. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I’ve received some lovely positive comments from parents/carers about all we’re doing in school which has been wonderful to hear so thank you. ‘Team Buckland’ have been invaluable in ensuring the start to 2020 - 2021 has been successful.Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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

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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 22/11/2019

A message from Gareth Nation

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A Message from Mr Nation Posted on: 25/10/2019

A Message from Mr Nation

I have spent time in classes this term, teaching the children, watching them make progress in lessons and demonstrating our Chrisitan Values. I have to say that the children are very determined to do their best, which is lovely to see. A few weeks ago, a School Effectiveness Advisor from the Diocese of Bath and Wells came to visit Buckland School and she was impressed with the efforts and positive impact we’ve had on the children at Buckland this year. Well done to all the staff and children. The pupils have enjoyed their visits to church this term and put Rev. Jim through his paces with some really challenging questions! Well done and thank you Rev. Jim for welcoming us into church and working with us for our RE sessions. Our project based around ‘Changes’ has been a successful one. The work displayed in classes and in books identifies the hard work the children and staff have put into the project. Some classes have enjoyed making moulds of their teeth, seeing real (pig) lungs and a heart as well as sharing photos of themselves as babies and as they’ve grown.  I would like to thank those who came along and supported the Harvest Festival. It was lovely to see so many parents, family and loved ones in attendance. I’m sure you’ll agree that the children were all fantastic and showed such confidence and enthusiasm when performing to a large audience. Thank you everyone for your kind donations.  Mrs Rundle and Miss Cridland have been working with the School Council and the children have agreed to raise funds for CLIC. The School Council led Collective Worship, delivering some amazing and thought provoking presentations. Following the Collective Worship the children were asked to choose the charity most dear to them using their voting slip. My thanks to Mrs Blatcher and Mrs North for continuing to support the children whilst we attempt to recruit a new Forest School Leader. I understand the children now access a shorter session on a weekly basis, rest assured that such changes are considered in consultation with the staff team at Buckland and are agreed to benefit the children in our care. A huge thank you to FoBs and everyone involved for raising money to buy the children 10 Chrome Books - they’re a huge success!   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 27/09/2019

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