Well what a busy couple of weeks we have had, especially with those two snow days! It was great to be able to talk to the children about their experiences over those couple of days.
It is a very busy time in school at present with lots of activities and important dates on the horizon.
Mrs Carwithen and I have been busy updating different aspects of the website, making sure it is being used to its full potential. We now have a dedicated Outdoor Woodland Education page which is being updated with information and pictures of your children enjoying their time at the Beacon (click here to see this page). I have also been busy updating the E-Safety page with lots of useful information and key documents to help you keep your child/children safe online (click here to go to our Safeguarding page). We will continue to make sure the website is updated regularly with key information, in particular the latest news aspect, so please keep checking back.
On Tuesday 20th March 2018 from 15.30-16.15 Mr Turner will be hosting a 'Keeping your child safe online' talk for parents. If you would like to attend this event then please contact Mrs Carwithen.
It is that exciting time of year again when the sun starts to shine (hopefully) and we celebrate the Easter period. This year we will be having our Easter afternoon on Thursday 29th March 2018 but this year it will be slightly different.
As you are probably all aware Thursday 1st March was World Book Day but unfortunately due to the adverse weather we were unable to support this fantastic event. In light of this we will be incorporating World Book Day into our Easter celebration - but how I hear you ask!
On Thursday 29th March children will be allowed to dress up as their favourite character from their favourite book. We will be swapping our Easter bonnet competition for an Easter garden decorating competition.
We will be hosting a competition for the best dressed in each class and obviously for the best Easter garden.
Family members will be invited to join us to look at the fantastic creations and to watch the award ceremony from 14.30. Children can then be collected from school at the normal time of 15.15.
As you will be aware by now athletics club starts on Monday 12th March 2018, for KS2 and Tuesday 13th March for KS1. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn and improve skills in many different areas from qualified athletics coaches. Sessions run from 15.30-16.30 in the Village Hall. Children will have a snack at school before the session and will then be escorted over by staff/coaches. We ask parents to pick their children up from the Village Hall promptly at 16.30.
Miss Nicolson and the children have been busy organising and preparing for our 'Celebration of Music' on Tuesday 20th March in the afternoon. I will update the website and the school app with timings of this event after our practise tomorrow afternoon. All parents/family members are welcome to join us for this event.
Thank you for all your help in making sure your child/children have the appropriate uniform (click here to see our uniform expectations). Please remember that you can buy uniform from our online supplier, link can be found above. We have seen a rise in the number of individuals wearing nail varnish - could I please ask that children do not wear nail varnish to school.
As from Monday 16th April 2018 our new attendance policy will be in place and a letter will be sent to you highlighting key changes. The policy will also be available to you online and I would urge you to read this important document for your information. The purpose of the policy changes is to make sure all parents and children are treated equally. Thank you to those of you that are making sure that your child/children are in school and arriving on time on a daily basis. There is still some work to be done in this area and I would appreciate your continued support with this.
Thank you all for your support and I apologies for the inconvenience caused during the school closures. As I am sure you can appreciate it was a decision that needed to be made in order to keep the children, staff and yourselves safe.
All children from Year 1 to 6 had the opportunity to attend a talk on the 'Stay Safe, Speak Out' programme. It was great to see the children actively involved in the presentations and starting to realise how important it is to share their problems with a trusted adult. The Year 5 and 6 children also took part in a workshop during the day and it was clear how confident they were when talking about the topics raised.
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