4th March A huge “Well done!” to the Year 5&6 children who battled their way through the rain and mud in a cross country event after school today. You were all magnificent. Thank you, parents, for your support. Greatly appreciated, as always. Details and photos to follow when we are all less soggy! Watch this space... ... See MoreSee Less
The end of a busy first week. Sport once again seems to have been the theme of the week, with tag rugby and gymnastics coaching provided by specialist teachers from the Shepway Sports Partnership. I’ve also seen badminton lessons, a yoga session and dance lessons! We shall be able to put on our own Olympics soon!
The winds of recent storms have sadly caused damage to our outdoor canopies. Unfortunately one of them has had to be condemned for safety reasons. This will be removed during the weekend. Fortunately one was repairable, and that work was carried out during the half term break.
We have parent consultation meetings coming up on the 10th and 11th of March. Please book your appointments via Parentmail. There will be no hot dinners served on the 10th as we use the hall, so children will need to bring a packed lunch please.
We continue with the recyclying, this term we are doing this in school time. I believe another consignment was posted off this week which is a further £25 in the kitty. We would always welcome help with this scheme, if you feel you can offer any support Mrs Davis can be contacted direct on email@example.com
We have a competition running this week for World Book Day: Design a potato as a book character. All entries need to be in class on Thursday 5th March please. I think you will agree that there is far to much commercialism now surrounding costumes for dressing up, which totally misses the point of celebrating reading. I would much rather money was spent on books than increased supermarket profits! (we shall have our turn for dressing up for our VE day celebrations, watch this space).
As a school we are receiving constant updates from both the Local Authority and Public Health England with regard to the Corona Virus. Should any action be required this will be proportionate to the advice given. We continue to work on good hygiene practices with the children.
We said farewell this week to teaching assistant, Mrs Harman who left to pursue other interests. We have also said a goodbye to Miss Harkins, Diamond class teaching assistant. Both Mrs Harman and Miss Harkins have worked tirelessly for the children in our school and we wish them well for the future. We welcomed Mrs Liddell back after a period of absence and thank Mrs Day for stepping into the world of Jade class to support during this time. We continue to send positive wishes to Mr Sharp, Mrs Brinan and Mrs Ryan who continue to absent from school. We miss you! Miss Reeves resigned from her post as Diamond class teacher, following her maternity leave and we are looking forward to Miss Rachel Turner joining the team after Easter.
Following Mr Cayley’s departure in the autumn I have finally got to grips with how to update the school website and while it’s early days I have begun to add more information about the learning that goes on daily. I have added a tab called ‘Our Learning Journey’ and here you should find photographs of work and activities linked to the subject areas. I am also adding this dojo post to the website each week and it can be found under News and Events…Weekly Round up. I am aware that often family, grandparents etc don’t get to see Dojo so I am trying to reach a wider audience and showcase our work. But all this takes time so bear with me!
I think that’s all for now. I’ve broken my own rules by posting on Dojo at the weekend but time just ran away with me yesterday!
Stay safe in the windy weather and have a good weekend.
Well that’s half the academic year done and dusted! Long awaited spring and summer are on the horizon, but first a weeks break from school routine.
Thank you to you and the children for the Valentine Bake Off entries. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see them but Mrs Spink, our catering manager, tells me she had a tough time judging as the entries were all amazing. Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you too to all the helpers at the event too. Given we only have two PTFA members the afternoon couldn’t have happened without you. Thank you.
We shall be back to school on Monday 24th February. Have a super week.
Friday, and the sun is shining, what’s not to love?!
There has been all sorts going on in school this week. Zoolab visited our younger children giving them the opportunity to have some seriously close, wild encounters. They learned about, and saw, a range of creatures including giant African land snails, a Chilean Rose Tarantula, a giant African millipede and a Madagascar hissing cockroach!
We also hosted a Shepway Sports Games football tournament and fielded three teams of year 1’s. They played ferociously and were a credit to the school.
The sports theme continued with year 1 having some specialist gymnastic teaching and years 5 and 6 enjoying hockey sessions with our regular coach Marc. We are so fit!
Coming up we have the PTFA Valentines Bake Off competition. Please bring entries into school on Wednesday. After school prizes will be awarded and the entries will be on view and available for purchase. Happy baking!
Don’t forget next Friday (14th) we have a staff training day. No school for children. Teachers will be in school planning new and exciting curriculum events for the final two terms.
Have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget to batten down the hatches, storm Ciara looks a bit feisty!
Well, the award for the muddiest classes this week goes to Jet, Jade and Onyx! What a fabulous time they had at Brockhill Park, and what a beautiful day it was for them too. Looking at the photographs they clearly had a great deal of fun, from building dens to popping popcorn on an open fire! Thank you to all the teachers, support staff and volunteers who made this lovely experience a reality for our children.
We have had the last round of the Canton Martial Arts and I think the children learned a lot, especially about how to keep themselves safe.
We will have our next round of Parent Consultations in March. These will be held all day on Tuseday 10th and afterschool on Wednesday 11th. As usual booking will be via Parentmail and details will follow nearer the time.
Keep up the good work with the uniform, we have certainly all looked a little smarter over the last few days. Can we still try hard with punctuality too please, and as a parent commented last week, the road works so much better without the double parking at the top of the waiting area and also the illegal parking opposite the zig zags. Let’s not be selfish, as a school we are incredibly lucky to have the huge car waiting area that we have.
Next week we are hosting a SEND talk; Wednesday 29th at 1.30pm. This is an informal meeting for parents of pupils with SEND and is run by Shepway Tutoring. It’s a really good opportunity to talk to someone about SEND provision and how you can access support, especially for yourselves and at home. The meetings will be held every term and the dates for the future meetings are: 26th February, 25th March, 29th April, 20th May, 24th June and the 15th July.
Well done Amber class for a lovely assembly today; We all know that we should Reach for the Stars now! Next week its Turquoise class turn to talk to us about our value of aspiration; can't wait! Assemblies start at 9.15am
Wednesday 30th October at 11am Thursday 14th November at 9.15am Monday 18th November at 11am
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So, the academic year 2018-19 draws to a close. It’s been a year of full on learning. All our children are better readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, geographers, scientists, sportsmen, philosophers, artists, musicians and technicians than they were this time last year. Hurrah! We have sung together, danced together, and played together; we have supported each other when times have been difficult and celebrated achievement as fit and necessary. We have made visits out and had visitors in; we have challenged ourselves and have become increasingly resilient and confident (some more than others!). We have even produced two babies, and are expecting a further two! I am incredibly proud to have led the school through another year and could not have wished for better pupils and staff to have worked with.
As the year ends there is the inevitable sadness that goes with farewells. To the amazing teachers that are leaving us; Miss Pittam, Mrs Luscombe, Mrs Nesbitt and Mrs Smout, I say thank you for being such a valued team member and for all the hard work and commitment you have given to the school and the children in your classes. To Miss Oxley, our very own home-grown teacher! (she was in my class once as a pupil!) I wish you every future success as you start your teaching career at Brookland. To Kelly, our Nursery manager, huge thanks and very many congratulations for all you have achieved whilst being with us. To Mr Poole, what a brilliant right-hand man you have been to Mr Sharp and I wish you an absolutely fabulous happy retirement. To Mrs Dennison, thank you and good luck with your new before and after school venture “The Club”. To Mrs Cole you have made a difference to so many children’s lives so thank you for your utmost loyalty and commitment to the life of the school. Finally, our year 6 leavers. Well done everyone, we have done our best by you to give you the skills you need to make the next step on your educational journey. I hope you will remember all that we have taught you and will carry on being the best versions of yourselves you can possibly be.
I have continued to value your support as parents again this year and on behalf of all the staff would like to thank you for the kind messages and gifts that you have shared with us today. It is very thoughtful of you and much appreciated.
May I wish you all a very happy and relaxing summer holiday and I look forward to seeing all our returning and new families in September.
As we reach the end of this school year, and the first couple of months of recycling with TerraCycle, here is a quick update on how we are doing.
So far we have recycled the following items:
• 1496 crisp packets
• 500 sweet/biscuit wrappers
• 179 bread bags
• 169 pet food packets
This is a fantastic start, considering most of this has been done in school! Those of you who have placed things in the outdoor bin, or sent bags in with your children, we thank you. As a result of this effort, we have earned over £21 for the school funds.
The outdoors collection bin, which is situated in the parent collection area by the car park, will be removed over the school holidays, but please do continue to collect at home and bring in any donations when we come back to school in September. If you are able to put your recycling rubbish in the bin in a tied carrier bag, it makes it a lot quicker and easier for us to sort the packaging and prevents it blowing away when we empty the bin! Any carrier bags used in this way, will either be reused or recycled. If you wish to drop your rubbish off to Mrs Davis over the school holidays, please contact her through social media.
We are now signed up for lots of recycling schemes, meaning that nearly all of our everyday packaging can be recycled through TerraCycle, preventing it ending up in landfill and raising funds for the school.
Our Recycling Schemes:
• The EllaCycle Scheme - any brand of baby food pouches and Ella’s Kitchen’s snack wrappers.
• The Bread Bag Scheme – any bread packaging made of LDPE plastic.
• The Confectionery Scheme – all brands of plastic confectionery packaging.
• The Crisp Packet Scheme – any brand of crisp packet and outer multipack packaging.
• The KP Snacks, Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Scheme – any brand of nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets.
• The Personal Care and Beauty Scheme – all beauty product packaging.
• The Pet Food Scheme – all pet food plastic pouches and flexible plastic bags.
• The Pladis Biscuits and Snacks Scheme – any brand of crackers, cake bars and non-savoury biscuits packaging.
• The Pringles Cans Scheme – any size of Pringles tubes, plastic lids
and seal from Pringles cans.
• The RB Hygiene Scheme – all dishwashing, cleaning and fragrance flexible packaging.
• The Spontex Disposable Gloves Scheme – any household disposable gloves.
Links to our recycling schemes on the TerraCycle website, where you will find lots more information.
Given that last year we dressed in red and white to “support” England in the men’s World Cup Semi Final match, (we also moved Meet the Teacher if you remember!!!) I feel it’s only right that we do the same for our women’s team. This is a great achievement and one that I feel as educators, we should promote for our own girls. So, on Tuesday, I invite your child to come to school dressed in our national colours of red and white. It’s short notice I know…I’ve only just thought this through! And please don’t go and buy anything specially. I can’t promise the same razzmatazz with the bunting but I’ll do my best for music at the start of school.
Last Friday the weather was kind enough to give us a glorious Summer Fete. Thank you for your tremendous support which enabled the hardworking PTFA to raise and amazing £1,916 for school funds. Brilliant!
We are also doing really well with our recycling of the crisp and other packets we already have £5 in the kitty. Keep them coming!
Sadly Infant sports was rained off but we have a new date for next Tuesday. Finding a suitable time with a very busy school schedule isn't easy so I'm really hoping there won't be any more of those pesky thunderstorms.
The Junior sports yesterday and the Reception class one earlier in the week were both successful and thank you for cheering us all on. It's lovely to see the children happy and smiling and engaged in sport.
Don't forget to put the Meet the Teacher event in your diary Wednesday 10th July at 7pm. (new Reception parents is at 6pm) This is an opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher for next year and to see where their classroom is. It's not really a suitable event for children to attend (hence the later timing) as they will have visited and met their teacher prior to this. At the start of the evening I will speak about the curriculum etc as I know some of you have worries about split year group classes. I will do my best to put those concerns to rest.
Infant Sports Given the heavy overnight rain and the predicted further thunderstorms and showers, we shall postpone today’s infant sports day. I shall let you know of a new date once I have consulted with staff. We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy event so I hope you understand and respect the reason behind this decision.
At the moment it is my intention that KS 2 sports will go ahead as planned tomorrow.
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Good morning, and what a wet one it is! We are looking forward to Friday (14th June) and our annual Summer Fete (please pray for sunshine!). The PTFA are working so hard to make it a fabulous event and have been busy sourcing some amazing prizes for the Grand Prize Draw...here a few...as well as the main £100, that you could win: £40.00 Lash Eyebrow tint at Eleven MOT Colin Wood Engineering 3 X £25 vouchers for Taste 1 Month membership at the Marsh Academy Leisure Centre A bottle of "Tattinger" champagne 1 Day ticket for Leeds Castle That's just a flavour of some the brilliant prizes on offer, so we would really appreciate your efforts on ticket selling! We shall also have all the traditional fete stalls, as well as the ever popular Bouncy Castle and Ice Cream van. In addition are hoping to have some Pony Rides too! We are grateful for you your donations of cakes, tombola prizes and bottles for the bottle tombola. Just one last request: If anyone is into making 'fancy pants' cup cakes we are hoping to have a "Vintage" cake stall (as well as the cake plate cake stall) so contributions to this would also be much appreciated.
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