Latest News- A Message from Mrs Staniland

Posted on: May 28th 2021

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Judging by the weather, you wouldn't think it was May and that we are entering our final term of 2020-2021! 

Summer 1 at Buckland St. Mary has been a busy and productive term. The team has worked relentlessly and the school continues to go from strength to strength. It never ceases to amaze me how your children live out our Vision and Values. They show such kindness, consideration and empathy towards others. It’s an absolute delight to work with each and every one of them. 

This week, I spent time talking to the children about their work in ‘Discovery Lessons’ (Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology etc). The standard of work, their ability to articulate their learning and passion they demonstrated was fantastic. The school has worked hard to implement a curriculum based on experiences and discovery following the consultation sessions we held with parents, staff and pupils two years ago. Despite a turbulent two years, the staff have endeavoured to improve the curriculum offer for your children and they have certainly delivered! 

Our Collective Worship sessions have continued to focus on ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’. The children have demonstrated great empathy and understanding. They realise the importance of ‘acceptance’ in such a diverse world and have shown great maturity when discussing these matters. 

I hope you all have a lovely half term.


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A Message from Mrs Staniland Posted on: 21/06/2024

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Another fabulous start to our final half term before the summer break here at Buckland St Mary Primary School and what a busy start we have had. The rain stayed away for, not one, but two sports days! A big thank you goes to FoBs for setting up the gazebos, keeping score, handing out the winner’s stickers, providing refreshments and donating the all-important ice poles! Thank you also to David and Geraldine for painting the white lines in preparation for the event. A fabulous example of community spirit indeed. Red team were victorious with blue and yellow coming a joint (very close!) second – well done to all the children who took part and supported each other with great enthusiasm. Thank you also to our Nursery team who put on a fabulous first Nursery sports day, complete with music and bubbles! Willow class were delighted to see so many people come to support their very first sports day and we were pleased to welcome parents and carers into our wonderful Nursery for some delicious baked goods and refreshments after the event. Continuing our sporting theme – our children enjoyed a cricket workshop on the Wednesday before half term. Our KS2 children have begun their weekly swimming lessons at Chard pool. A number of children also took part in Quadkids athletics event which includes the four core disciplines of running, throwing, jumping and sprinting. Despite the recent rain of late we managed to get a whole school photo at the end of last week. It was touch and go weatherwise but we are pleased to report that it was able to go ahead – the photographer certainly kept everyone’s spirits up and made us all laugh as we dashed out during a break in the rain. We will share the details of where to purchase this in due course. A particular mention must also go to our Year 6s who have worked hard before half term (and all year!) to complete their KS2 SATs. We are proud of each and every one of them for their determination and perseverance. As we continue into our final half term of the year, we have much to look forward to – our upcoming STEM day and science competition, FoBs team marathon fundraiser supporting sports and wellbeing at Buckland and our residential - Beech class are very much looking forward to returning to Pinkery for their residential this year. Finally, thank you to all of our parents and carers for all your support at our school events – please keep an eye on the ‘dates for your diaries’ for more in the term ahead.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Mrs Staniland Posted on: 8/12/2023

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Where has the term gone? I can’t quite believe it is December already and what a month we have had!  It has been fantastic to hear how hard the children have been working practising their songs for the Carols by Candlelight. We were so thankful that we were able to go ahead with this wonderful event despite the weather's efforts to the contrary! A big thank you goes to Sephi and Somerset Music for her wonderful work with the children in preparation for this (with her three month old twins in tow on the night of the performance too!), the Stoke band for their wonderful music, the teachers and staff for all their additional preparation and rehearsals and to FoBs for the delicious refreshments - it certainly made us all feel full of the festive spirit.  Following this Christmas theme - I was delighted to experience my first Buckland St Mary Christingle service this week. The highlight for me was when the children were singing with the lights dimmed and their candles lit - just magical. Thank you goes to Reverend Jim and Revd. Nick for supplying us with all the oranges and sweets to enable all the children to make their own Christingles. The children looked all the more festive in their Christmas jumpers too. In the afternoon we enjoyed a tasty Christmas lunch in the hall - complete with log fire (on the big screen), Christmas music, festive place mats and crackers (thank you FoBs!)  If that wasn’t enough - I have also heard great things about the community carol concert in the church which is taking place on Wednesday 13th December and I am very much looking forward to it. If you haven’t already please put the date in your diary to join us!  With one final week to go before we break up for the Christmas holidays I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas with your friends and families from all of the staff at Buckland St Mary Primary School. We look forward to seeing you again for the start of the new year.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Mr Morton Posted on: 14/07/2023

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