It is that time of year when you find out who is teaching your children in the next academic year. As many of you are aware from my previous letter that we are moving to a 4 class structure from September, due to an increase in pupil numbers. This is fantastic news for our school and children as we move forward and also means that we will be introducing some new staff for next year.
Class 1- EYFS and Year 1
Class 1 will remain the same as this year with Miss Simpson teaching the class. She will be aided by Miss Cannon (am) and Ms Steer (pm)
Class 2 - Year 2 and 3
It gives me great pleasure to introduce our first new member of staff for next year! Miss McFadzean will be joining our team and will be teaching Class 2. She has already been in school and has spent a week in the classroom meeting the children and getting up to speed with school life here at Broadhempston. She is going to be a fantastic addition to our team, offering a number of new skills.
Class 3 - Year 4 and 5
It is with sadness that I inform you that Mrs Brazier will not be with us from September, due to family circumstances but she has promised me that she will actively stay in touch with the school and children by volunteering and offering after school clubs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all the hard work she has put in this year and the support she has given children and parents alike.
I would like to offer a warm welcome Mrs Stock who will be sharing the responsibility of this class with Mrs Eatwell (different days) for English and Maths in the mornings. The children will then have a bespoke timetable in the PM. This is different to our normal structure in order for us to give the children increased opportunities to access the broad range of interesting and engaging topics in the wider curriculum. Their PM sessions will be taught by one of the following staff; Miss Nicolson, Mr Turner, Miss Cannon or Mrs Eatwell. This allows us to offer a more bespoke learning experience for your children that we look forward to being able to give.
Class 4 - Year 6
For the first time in a long time, Year 6 will have their very own class for 2019/2020. I have spent a number of long hours timetabling a bespoke curriculum for this year group and therefore staffing will be slightly different to normal in order to give them this specialist offering. Miss Nicolson will be in charge of this class and will be teaching every morning (English and Maths). In the afternoons the class will have different staff depending upon the subject being taught. Their PM sessions will be taught by one of the following staff; Miss Nicolson, Mr Turner, Miss Cannon or Mrs Eatwell. This allows us to offer a more bespoke learning experience for your children - something that we look forward to being able to give.
I hope this gives you an insight into next year and the opportunities that we are offering our pupils. It is an exciting time at Broadhempston Village Primary School and we cannot wait to put our new curriculum plan into action in 2019/2020.
Thank you to all of you for your continued support, of both the school and your children, this year and I wish you all a great summer.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
From the Chair of Governors
Joining the LINK Academy Trust.
Just an update to let everyone know that our application to join the LINK Academy Trust has been approved by the South West Region Head Teachers Board. This means that everything should be plain sailing from now on and we can confidently anticipate joining LINK on 1st October 2019.
You may have been made aware recently in the media of some primary schools which are unhappy about joining Academy Trusts. In these cases the Academies involved are very large ones, which reinforces the Governors’ opinion that joining a small, local, primary-focussed trust was definitely the right one.
Just wanted to share some photos with you all from the first three days of Activities Week 2019.
It has been a fantastic start to the week with visits to Morwellham Quay, Haven Banks, Eden Project and we have also had a Forest School session. I will upload more images as I receive them so keep checking back!
I hope all the children have had fun and have lots to talk to you about on their returns.
The children were taken back in time to Victorian Britain where they took part in manual labour (rock breaking to extract copper ore), school life (they seemed to find the punishments fun?), a stint in the copper mine and then to top it all off chocolate making.
Year 5 and 6 took the minibus to Haven Banks to take part in both kayaking and paddle boarding. We had great fun and the rain didn't bother us - we were already wet!!
Not much I can really say except aren't you glad they got cleaned up before pick up?!
Please find all letters and permission slips for Activities Week below, as well as any other useful information.
I hope you all had a fantastic half term break and that you had many fun days out and about. I have a couple of updates that have come through over half term and would like to share them with you.
Activities Week 2019 is fast approaching and I am busy completing all risk assessments and checking the final details. I currently have a couple of vacancies for volunteers for specific days and am hoping some of you may still be available to help us. The dates are as follows:
Monday 17th June 2019 - 4 volunteers required
Wednesday 19th June 2019 - 1 volunteer
Thursday 20th June 2019 - 1 volunteer
If you can help out with any of these dates please let Mrs Carwithen know.
Thank you again to all of you that have signed up and for completing your DBS checks promptly (if you still haven't been in with your ID, please can you do so asap).
NB without a DBS we won't be able to use you on our trips out.
Could I please ask that all payments are made for Activities Week 2019 via Parent Pay as soon as possible as we need to pay the companies involved.
We have now confirmed the dates for the summer school production and they are as follows:
Matinee - 1.45pm on Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Afternoon/evening - 4.30pm on Wednesday 24th July 2019
On the afternoon of Thursday 25th July we will also hold our Year 6 Leaver's Assembly - more details to follow
On Friday 12th July 2019 we will be holding our Transition Day during which children in the school will meet their teachers for next year.
Please see attached document below
Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers. It is great to be able to welcome you into our school and for the children to be able to interact with you. Please remember that if you would like to volunteer just let Mrs Carwithen know and she will sort out DBS checks.
Just a quick reminder that Activities Week starts on Monday 17th June 2019. You should have, by now, received letters highlighting the activities and the total cost. Parent Pay is now live and you can makes payments for these activities. After half term, you will receive letters for individual activities with any additional paperwork that requires completing and returning. The end of the week sees this years Sports Day (Friday 21st June) where all the children compete in a range of different sporting events. As a school we will spend the day at Headlands (weather permitting) and would like to invite parents to come and join us from 1pm - feel free to bring a picnic for yourself (the children will already have eaten).
We still need volunteers for some aspects of Activities Week 2019. If you can help please sign up at reception - without your help some trips/activities won't be able to go ahead due to ratios.
We are delighted to say that this years summer school play is 'Pantastic'. The children have now been given their roles and scripts - where necessary. Rehearsals in school have begun and the children are putting some fantastic effort into the preparation. Could I ask you to help your child/children learn their lines at home so they are well prepared for rehearsals. I am awaiting confirmation form the village hall regarding our dates for the production but provisionally I am trying to get Tuesday 23rd July (matinee) and Wednesday 24th July (after school showing - approx 4.45pm). As soon as these dates are confirmed I will send out a message on the app.
Gardening club is up an running and it is great to see so many children taking part (currently 20). They have been extremely busy preparing the raised beds and planting over the last couple of weeks. I can't wait to see what they are growing. Thank you to Mrs Eatwell and Miss Steer for helping to run this club and to our volunteers.
Over the last few weeks a number of children from across the school have been taking part in our athletics club (Thursday after school). They have been developing skills in a number of key areas in preparation for Sports Day 2019. Thank you to Miss Cannon for organising the club and getting the children ready for our upcoming Sports Day.
Makalu Yoga has been a great success so far and we have had some very positive feedback from the instructor regarding our children, behaviour and conduct during the sessions. Well done to all of you who take part in this club and I am very proud of the way you represent our wonderful school. Due to the success of this club we have decided to keep it going after the half term. Letters to sign up again for the yoga have been sent out this week, please return them ASAP so we know numbers.
Guitar lessons will continue on Tuesdays after half term for those that have signed up. We are also introducing singing lessons on Mondays (during school time), if your child would be interested please let Mrs Carwithen know. I know many have already signed up after reading the information on the App.
Many of you by now will have noticed our new fence in the playground, a big thank you to the Parish Council for helping us get this sorted. As part of this I have applied to the Woodland Trust for some hedging plants, that can be planted along the bank by the children. I have just received notification that we have been successful in our application and that we will be receiving 120 hedging plants on November. I will be looking to the children for help with planting this section of hedge for the local community.
Parent and career views after the spring term survey.
In the Spring term the school governors distributed a questionnaire asking for feedback on the school’s three strategic principles. 20% of families responded.
90% stated the school is inclusive and welcoming to children, parents and carers
80% felt their children are developing a long-lasting and positive attitude to learning
90 % agreed that the school promoted a culture of wellbeing in all children
Comments included: The school is:- ‘friendly and caring’, ‘offers professional support’ and ‘it recognises differences and treats them appropriately’.
We did or are undertaking!
The school needs to provide healthier school lunches
Our current provider has given us notice and we are in discussion with a new provider for Sept 2019.
There was a need for better communication between, the PTFA, school and parents.
The school is working with the PTFA to ensure all events and news are on the website and the school app.
There is a need to have more creativity in the curriculum and timetable to be communicated.
Currently the curriculum is under review and the school will communicate changes during the next academic year.
More before and after school clubs.
We have introduced athletics, gardening and Yoga classes. We will continue to look into more opportunities for the future.
Thank you for the constructive feedback, governors and staff will continue to listen to the school community.
Progress towards conversion
On the 13thof January the school commenced a statutory six-week consultation period during which anyone with an interest in the school could give their views on our proposal for joining the LINK Academy Trust. An open meeting was held on 13thFebruary in school attended by the CEO of LINK as well as staff and school governors.
The LINK is made up only of primary schools and this is where their expertise lies. (Just to remind you, there are currently 9 schools: Bearnes (Newton Abbot), Cheriton Bishop, Diptford, Harbertonford, Hennock, Landscove, Stoke Gabriel, Tedburn St Mary and Yeoford.) Because the areas of finance, business management, premises, Health and Safety etc. are taken over by the LINK administrative staff, each individual school is freed up to concentrate on teaching and learning.
At the beginning of this term the school entered into a Management Partnership Agreement with LINK which will be in place until October, and our Head of School, Dan Turner, has started working with the LINK Academy Heads.
Our application to join LINK will be put to the next meeting of the Head Teachers’ Board which consists of representatives of schools in our region, and we are confident it will be approved. If all goes well we should be able to consider finally becoming part of the LINK by the beginning of October.
One area which will change is that of governance. Our current governing board will be dissolved on conversion, and we will join the Totnes hub governing group, which consists of representatives from Landscove, Diptford, Stoke Gabriel and Harbertonford. A parent governor will be elected to represent Broadhempston and at least one other governor co-opted to join the Board. If you are interested in becoming a governor, please get in touch with me through the school in the first instance
Vicky Stevens, Chair of Governors.
The Broadhempston Village Fete will be on Saturday 29th June 2019, we are currently looking at ways that the school can be involved in this day. I will give more information closer to the time to highlight the schools involvement.
I hope you all have a fantastic half term and that the good weather stays with us.
Thank you again for all of your support
Welcome all to the latest school update. We have all been very busy in school recently producing some fantastic work and taking part in a number of different activities. We would love to share some of these with you!
Firstly, a huge congratulations to Amie who won the Luscombe Maye competition and will now have the card she designed given to every home buyer. This is a fantastic achievement, Well Done!!!!
On Thursday 7th March the school celebrated World Book Day. It was great to see everyone take part by coming in dressed as their favourite book character. We had some beautiful and wonderful costumes worn and it was obvious a lot of time had been spent creating these, so thank you all! We also ran a competition for the 'Best Dressed' in each class - well done to Arthur, Fletcher and Violet who have won their choice of a new book. The children will be selecting these this week, ready to order.
This year saw the return of Radio 2's 500 Word competition - Class 3 have created some wonderful and imaginative short stories during sessions on a Friday morning. Good Luck to the 14 children who entered the competition.
On March 6th the two school Year 3/4 Handball teams went to KEVICC's to take part in a local Handball Tournament. For some of them it was the first competitive tournament they had taken part in. It was fantastic to see how the two teams worked together and built up their confidence. It was a tough competition with a lot of talent. Morale was high and the teams had a fantastic afternoon of sport with goals being scored by both teams. A big well done to Toby B for his amazing goal keeping skills!
This Friday (15th March) is Red Nose Day! The school council have met to discuss and decide on fund raising ideas for this day. It was decided that we would do the following:
We hope to have some fun and raise money for some great causes.
I have been so impressed by the uptake for Times Tables Rockstars - it has been a joy to watch children improve their multiplication tables in such a short period of time. We have introduced weekly certificates, a different one each week! It could be fastest rock speed, most coins or greatest accuracy this week? We have also developed a TT Rockstars display in the entrance of the school showing our Hall of Fame and achievements. Please encourage your children to continue to use this fantastic software as it really does help with maths confidence!
Well done to the following children who have now become ROCKSTARS!!!
I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of our fantastic volunteers for the time and support they give to the school and our children. The time given really does help our small school community to flourish and offer opportunities that we may not be able to offer without them. If you would like to get involved in the school and volunteer please do let Mrs Carwithen know. It is more important than ever, with the school numbers increasing, that we have volunteers to help us meet required ratios.
I am currently in the final stages of developing a new behaviour policy for our school. I am hoping to launch this over the next few weeks and will send you all out a copy/place a copy on the website. Please make sure you read this policy as it details our new rewards and sanctions systems. We will also be launching an app that allows you to monitor achievements and sanctions received by your child as well as their attendance. We hope this system will allow you to get an insight into all the great things your children do here at our school. I will keep you all updated on the implementation of this new policy as soon as I can.
Thank you to all of you for supporting the school with our attendance ambitions. We have set our target at 97% inline with Devon schools and are currently working towards this target. It is great to be able to reward those with 100% attendance and this was celebrated in assembly a couple of weeks ago. This weeks class winners for attendance are Class 2 with 98.6% so well done to all!
A big well done also to the following individuals who achieved 100% attendance in the Autumn term:
On Friday 1st March we were visited by Brendan Prince who is the Founder of Above Water who came into school to talk to all of the children about keeping safe on our local beaches. It was a very informative and useful talk which gave the children a real understanding of the dangers our coastline has (and also gave them the chance to see Mr Turner have ice cold water poured down his back). Please talk to your children about being safe around water as I am sure they will have some great knowledge to pass on - I know I certainly learnt a lot.
Years 1/2 and Years 5/6 had a great talk from a local firefighter about fire safety. During the talk the children learned a lot about being safe and what to do in an emergency as well as getting to try on some firefighter kit.
I am currently putting together dates and activities for this years Activities Week - if you have any ideas or would like to volunteer to help with any trips that take part please let Mr Turner know. More information will follow as soon as dates are finalised.
Guitar lessons start in school next Monday (18th March) an email has been sent to all parents of children who have returned slips. We hope this will give the children a greater love of music and a new skill that they can show off at some point in the near future.
On Wednesday 13th March we have Makalu Kids Yoga taster sessions running during the day for all children to try this activity with the aim to setting up a new after school club. Children are not required to wear P.E. kit, however any girls wearing skirts will require leggings or shorts underneath.
Swimming is going fantastically well at present with lots of the children becoming more confident and more skilled in the pool. Please remember that we have 3 sessions remaining with the last being on Tuesday 26th March. Thank you to all those that have volunteered as without you we would not have been able to offer swimming to the whole school!!
Just a quick reminder that on Thursday 21st March we will be hosting our annual Celebration of Music in the Village Hall from 2.00pm you are all more than welcome to join us.
Thank you to all of you who have returned your parent questionnaire which was given out at parents evening. Could any parents that have not returned their questionnaire please do so by Monday 18th March so that we can see what our development areas are for the future. If you need a new copy of the form please let Mrs Carwithen know.
Thank you to all that have actioned on the letter sent out a few weeks ago regarding school uniform. The children are looking great! Could I please ask that the blue hoodies are only worn on P.E. days and for sporting events - it was not intended for day to day wearing and that trainers are not worn during the school day.
We have recently seen an increase in the number of toys and the amount of jewellery being worn in school. Could I please ask for your support in this area by not allowing toys to be brought to school and to make sure that jewellery is limited to a pair of earrings.
Thank you to all who attended the consultation held regarding the school joining The Link Academy. Please remember that the consultation period is still ongoing and that any comments or questions can be sent to the school via the following email address email@example.com
Parent Pay is now up and running in our school allowing you to pay for any lunches, trips etc online. We hope that this service is of use to you all but please let us know if you are experiencing difficulties or have any questions.
|Year 5/6 Handball||13/03/19||4.00-5.30pm||KEVICCs Astro|
|Year 4/5/6 Football||20/03/19||4.00-5.30pm||KEVICCs Astro|
|Year 3-6 Cross Country||26/03/19||4.00-6.00pm||Haldon Forest|
As we come to the end of the first term we have lots to celebrate and remember. It has been a busy term with lots of activities happening. It has been great to see how all the children have settled into this academic year and how much they have learnt.
|10/12/18||Buckfast Abbey Christmas arts and crafts||9.00-15.15|
|11/12/18||EYFS Parents evening||3.30 onwards|
|12/12/18||Dress Rehearsal for school play||13.30-15.15|
|18/12/18||School Christmas Lunch||Lunchtime|
|18/12/18||Christmas Carol Service (Church)||18.30-19.30|
|19/12/18||Matinee performance of Christmas play||14.00-15.15|
|20/12/18||Afternoon performance of Christmas play||16.30-17.30|
|21/12/18||Last day of term and PTFA Christmas Party||Lunchtime/afternoon|
|08/01/19||First day back after Christmas break||8.45-15.15|
In order to communicate information with our parents we use Our School App. Please make sure you have downloaded the app from your app store to keep up to date with all of the events in school. Mrs Carwithen updates this on a regular basis with all necessary news, activities, informations, dates and times.
This years Carol Service will be held at the church in Broadhempston at 18.30 on Tuesday 18th December. The children have been learning the carols, during assembly, for this event. Please feel free to bring your child and join us to celebrate the Christmas season. This is definitely an evening on the calendar not to be missed.
With Christmas fast approaching the children and staff are busy working on the finishing touches of this years Christmas play. There will be two performances this year (dates and times in above table). We would like to extend an invite to all family members and supporters of the school. The children have worked hard for many weeks and would love for you to come and support them.
It is also the time of year when I ask for so help putting up the stage on the morning of Wednesday 19th December. If your are free and able to give up an hour of your time it would be greatly appreciated. I will be in the village hall from 9am. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer.
Ms Steer has now completed her training fro Lego Therapy, which is a fantastic way for children to build those all important personal and social skills. In order to run these sessions we are in need of some Lego. If anyone has any Lego models, that include all the pieces and instructions, and are no longer in need of them they would be gratefully received by the school.
We all had a great day out at Buckfast Abbey on Monday and got to take part in a number of different activities to celebrate the Christmas period. Thank you to all our volunteers for their help on this trip!
With the last day of term fast approaching I wanted to share with you the arrangements for the day. The school day will run as normal from 8.45-15.15, however the children will be having their PTFA Christmas party from 12.00. If your child is eligible for free school meals or are in KS1 the lunch will replace their normal school dinner. If you child is in KS2 a charge of £2.70 will be in place to cover the cost of the food provided. The party will run until 14.00, at which point the children will come back to school. The children are allowed to wear their Christmas party outfit to school on this day, in order to save time changing. They can also bring in one board/card game, if they wish.
After much discussion, and on the advice of the Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner, the governors voted at their last meeting to register an interest with the department for Education to move towards academy conversion with the aim of joining the LINK Multi-Academy Trust. We will start due diligence proceedings next year, which will include a consultation with parents, and we would aim to join the Trust in the academic year 2019/20. Information about the LINK MAT can be found on-line, and the details of Governors' discussion are in the minutes posted on the website.
Can I take this opportunity to encourage parents to consider volunteering for the fete and village hall committees and also about standing for the Parish Council next time there is a vacancy? It would be really good to have more parents involved in these grass-roots organisations.
Many thanks to all the wonderful parents and carers who have contributed so much to the school this term, volunteers, the PTFA, long-suffering makers of play costumes, homework helpers - the list goes on!
With very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the school governors
Vicky Stevens, Chair
It has been fantastic to welcome you all back to the school for another exciting year. 2017-2018 was a great year for the school and I envisage 2018-2019 being even better. I can't believe that we are already two and a half weeks into the year and already have so many amazing and wonderful things going on both in and out of school.
May I take this opportunity to welcome all our new starters and their families to our school, it is great to see so many new faces. Everyone seems to have settled in well and be enjoying themselves.
I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to Mrs Brazier who will be teaching Class 3 for three days a week. It is clear that she has had a great impact on the children already and that she has built some fantastic relationships. If you have any questions or just want a chat I know Mrs Brazier would be more than happy to.
It just want to take this opportunity to thank the PTFA for all their hard work fundraising last year and the support that they have given the school. They are already busy planning events for this year and are always looking for new members, so if you have some spare time and would like to be involved please let Therese (in the office) know and she will pass on your details.
The PTFA's first fund raiser is on Friday 28th September. We will be selling a selection of cakes (created by Year 3) as well as tea and coffee in the village hall from 3.20pm with all proceeds going towards our latest fundraiser.
We are currently trying to raise £300 in order to purchase two new pieces of software for the school - Times Tables Rock Stars and Spelling Shed. Both of these pieces of software include materials (both paper and online) that can be used both in school and at home to enhance learning in these two key areas.
A barometer has been placed in the school entrance way to show our progress towards our £300 total.
A quick reminder of the routine for the start of the school day! Doors to the school will be open from 8.45am for you to drop of you child/children and will remain open until 9.00am. Any arrival after 9.00am will be classified as a late mark on the register. May I thank all of you that get your children here on time so that they are ready to learn and start the day at 9.00am.
Another quick piece of house keeping! If your child is ill and therefore absent from school it is imperative that you ring the school office by 9.15am. If no-one is there to answer your call please leave a message. It is important that the staff know if your child won't be in school for safeguarding reasons.
If i could also turn your attention to our attendance policy - it was updated at the end of last year and highlights the importance of your child being in school regularly. Devon County Council is clamping down on holidays during term time and is now fining parents for this. Holiday requests in school time will always be unauthorised by the school. Please read the attendance policy carefully and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Please look at the following links for more information https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/attendance-information/ and https://www.broadhempston-primary.devon.sch.uk/policies/
With the weather now starting to cool and those rain clouds starting to rear their heads could I please ask that all parents send their children to school with rain coats just in case it is raining during break and lunch times.
In order to communicate information with our parents we use Our School App. Please make sure you have downloaded the app from your app store to keep up to date with all of the events in school. Mrs Carwithen updates this on a regular basis with all necessary news and information.
|24th September 2018||Year 5 and 6 Football Tournament||16.00-17.30 KEVICC Astro turf|
|26th September 2018||Class 1 Compton Castle visit||9.00-15.00 Compton Castle|
|28th September 2018||PTFA Cake sale fund raiser||15.20 Village Hall|
|15th October 2018||Harvest Festival||14.00-15.00 Broadhempston Church|
|19th October 2018||Photographer - individual and sibling photos||TBC Village Hall|
|22nd October 2018||1st day of Autumn half term (2 weeks)|
|5th November 2018||1st day back after half term|
|7th November 2018||Open afternoon||14.00-15.00|
|16th November 2018||Children in Need (more info to follow)|
|7th December 2018||Flu Vaccination||During school day|
|18th December 2018||Carol Concert||18.30-19.30 Broadhempston Church|