Latest News- A Message from Mrs Staniland

Posted on: December 18th 2020

A message from Gareth Nation

Welcome to the final newsletter of 2020. The staff and children have achieved so much this term despite the challenges we have faced.  As you approach Buckland School, you’re presented by a beautiful display of fairy lights around the perimeter of the school (well almost the perimeter!). It really does lift your spirits on these long, dark days! My thanks to the parents who supported and organised for these gorgeous Christmas lights. To get us in the festive spirit, the children have made Christingles, Ash have performed a nativity and our Discovery project has involved making high quality Christmas decorations. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure we’re enhancing the curriculum and that we’re working inline with our foundation subject’s ‘Statement of Intent’ (available on our website). The children of Beech Class have made some fantastic decorations this term and have applied their DT skills from last year. They have learnt about electricity and circuits, combining their skills to create a wonderful Christmas decoration. Oak Class have been budding scientists and Miss Auton has inspired them with her knowledge and expertise of plants and living things. They have also applied their DT skills when sewing their delightful Christmas decorations. Ash Class are now fully settled into school life thanks to Mrs Rundle, Miss Sullivan, Mrs Blatcher and Miss North. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly young children adapt to school life and thrive. You may recall from Autumn 1, our Discovery project was based on ‘our village’. We’re planning to take several clay sculptures, tiles and creations to Holyrood School to be fired as soon as it is safe to do so. Once completed, they will form a collective piece of artwork and a large installation of Buckland St. Mary (not to scale!). We will of course update you as soon as this is complete.  The other week, I met with a School Effectiveness Advisor from the Diocese of Bath and Wells. She was delighted to hear how our Christian vision has supported and guided us over the past months. The staff and children have shown such resilience, determination and courage. Team Buckland must once again, be very proud of what they have achieved.  My thanks to you as parents/carers for your continued support of the school. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 


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