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Headteacher Newsletter - Tuesday 19th October 2021
Good afternoon everyone,
It's another bumper edition for the Bardwell Massive!
We've got news of our recent Bardwell Vs Crawford's football match, up and coming school events, including next year's Year Reception Taster Sessions (please spread the word), next term's FREE wrap around care offer, a festive PTA event, parent surveys (please do give your feedback as it helps us grow stronger as a school and community) and a variety of extra curricular opportunities during half term.
I cannot believe this is the final week of term 1, however, I am extremely excited to build upon such a wonderful first term back, come November.
For now, stay well, and wish me and Mrs. Mansfield all the luck (I think we're going to need it) as we embark on our PGL trip adventure with Oak Class... not to mention the very high climbing walls, zip lines, rifle shooting, orienteering, fencing, and campfire antics.
Get Well Soon
In her absence, Mrs. Webber has been working with the class and this has enabled the same routines, learning journey, and support. We will keep you informed, however, if Mrs. Pratt is going to be off for a longer period we will be looking to add to the team with a supply member of staff.
We wish you a speedy recovery, Mrs. Pratt, and miss you!
Football Friendly - KS2
Bardwell won the match 6:3, a great result.
Our team player Oliver was very complimentary about the Crawford's team and said they had played really well and had some quite young players. Well done for your kind communication and great sportsmanship, Oliver!
If you've not already done so, please ensure you return your washed kit as soon as possible. Thank you.
PTA Halloween Trail
You can buy a map before the end of term, from the office, or from Laura or Emma in the playground, or via the PTA Facebook Group. If you are able to help out with organising, please let Laura or Emma know.
YR Taster Sessions
We are inviting families with 3 and 4-year-olds that are due to start school in September 2022 to join us for Taster Sessions. These will run from 9.30-10.30 on the following dates:
Thursday 4th November - indoors
Tuesday 9th November - outdoors
Thursday 18th November - indoors
Tuesday 23rd November - outdoors
Please contact the school office if you would like to attend or book online.
We would also appreciate you letting others know about these sessions, via email or your social networks. Please download a pdf (for emailing) or an image file (for social media) and share away! If you have a child in a local nursery and can put up a poster there, please speak to Mrs Allman who will provide a hard copy
Your Arbor details
Also, please ensure that we have an email address for both parents/carers where applicable, as this will ensure that information is sent to everyone that needs it.
Please support (y)our PTA - Cake Raffle
Good luck everyone - and a very big thank you to Hannah!
After School Clubs next half term
Mondays - Table Tennis with Mr Hurkett
Tuesdays - Dodgeball with Mr Hurkett
Wednesdays - Archery (40mins), Football/Tag Rugby (1hr) - Gipping Valley & Thurston School Sports Partnership
Thursdays - Racquet Sports - GVTSSP
Fridays - Multisports - GVTSSP
These need to be booked in advance, via Arbor, and will be available to book from 10am on Saturday 23rd October. Note that there will be no After School provision on Friday 17th December.
Attendance year to date - 96%
Therefore, when a pupil's attendance drops below 95%, we may be in touch to see if your family requires any support from us or the County Council's Education Welfare Officer.
Anyone that didn't receive an immunisation on the day, but who had consented, will have received a follow-up letter giving details of what to do next.
Collective Worship - Wednesdays
Please do join us regularly on Wednesday mornings in the Church for Collective Worship, which begins at 10.10am and lasts for around 20 minutes.
Dinkie would also like to let you know that they will serve refreshments after Collective Worship to any families attending, this will be after staff/pupils have returned to school.
Response to the Pandemic Survey
Dear parents/carers, staff, governors and members of the community,
Whilst the past 18 months have been a difficult and turbulent time for us all, I also feel it is certainly worth celebrating and acknowledging the response of our school to the pandemic - a real example of Christian vision in action.
Therefore, it would be great to receive feedback on the questions, below, in order to continue to support our pupils and community.
Explore Outdoor - half term sessions for eligible families
This October Half Term Explore Outdoor is continuing to offer FREE sessions across Suffolk to support families entitled to free school meals or in financial hardship.
We have both our Family Park Cooking days and free Adventure Days programmes running throughout the holidays in the Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.
Free sessions are for any children as listed below:
- Eligible for free school meals
- Young Carers
- Children in Care
- Fostered Children
- Any children deemed vulnerable or at risk
- Children who have experience bereavement
- Children entitled to Pupil Premium
- Children of families in financial hardship
(Please notify us if a child doesn’t appear on the Free School Meals database)
Family Park Cooking Days (At least one child from each family must be aged 8 years or over).
A full day out for the family in a local green space or country park
- Active family day out (Pumpkin carving, fire lighting, archery and more)
- Outdoor cooking master class
- A week of food and recipe cards to take home
Adventure Week (children must be aged between 8-12 years)
A fun day out for adventurous kids
- 6 hours of outdoor activity
- Lunch and snacks included
- Lots of active and exciting activities
HOW TO BOOK:
Please share the attached posters with your families and encourage them to book into the programme.
To book parents must email email@example.com with the name of their school and the sessions they want to book.
We will then send out an email containing all of the booking information, locations, timings and kit list.
Places are limited and filled on a first come first served basis.
First Class supplement - East Anglian Daily Times, Tuesday 19th October
Reporting illness - a reminder
As always, please phone the school before 9 am (rather than emailing) if your child is unwell; if you need to leave a message, please give an indication of the nature of the illness, and let us know if there are any Covid symptoms (new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change to a sense of smell or taste). If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, but has no symptoms and is feeling well, the government expects all schools to provide remote learning and we will do this via Google Classroom.
The guidance for families on how to access Google Classroom is here.
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If you need to borrow a school Chromebook in order to access this learning, please contact the office staff.
If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, or any other illness, there is no expectation that they complete remote learning if they are not well enough.
Free School Meals - could you be eligible?
Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.
To check or apply online, visit: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/
Check if you're eligible
Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:
Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week
Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.
We encourage you to apply, because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.
Village Baby & Toddler Group
We are delighted that some parents at the school have been able to re-start the village Toddler Group which happens on Wednesdays from 2pm until just before the end of school. If you have a pre-school-age child, please come along for a chat and playtime. The group works co-operatively so please lend a hand if you can.
You will need to sign in at the reception desk for fire evacuation purposes, but there is no need to book.
If you know of other parents/carers in the area who may be interested, do spread the word!
October Half Term - GVTSSP holiday clubs
The Gipping Valley School Sports Partnership will be running their half-term holiday clubs as follows. Booking is essential, please see the flyer:
Mon 25 Oct: AM Ipswich Town Football/PM Ipswich Town Football OR Parkour
Tue 26 Oct: AM Parkour/PM - Capoeira OR Multisports
Wed 27 Oct: AM- Skate/PM- Bikes
Thurs 28 Oct -AM Dance/PM- Gym
Fri 29 Oct- Am Nerf + Laser Tag/PM Nerf + Laser Tag
AGES: 5 – 12 Venue: Beyton, Thurston Sixth (IP30 9AQ)
Half term Science Clubs - Kinetic Science
Walsham Tennis - half term
Please find attached a flyer for upcoming children’s tennis camps to be held at Walsham Sports Club during October half term holidays. If possible please can you share this information with parents of the children attending your school, contact details for the tennis coach is included on the flyer if parents have any queries.
Thanking you on behalf of Walsham sports club in anticipation of you support for this community event.
Jan Murton, Walsham Sports Club.
Raring2Go! online magazine
Please find below the link for the Autumn edition of the Raring2go! magazine, which is full of ideas for the October half term, clubs & classes, holiday camps and (dare I say it) upcoming Christmas productions.
Editor Raring2go! Suffolk
We’d really appreciate parents and carers taking a few moments to add a favourable Google review for our school, to help raise our profile in the community. To do this, please search for Bardwell Primary School within Google Maps then select ‘Write a review’.
If you have any queries that would prevent you from posting a 5-star review, please raise these with the School first, via your child’s class teacher or the office staff
Safeguarding & Wellbeing
Please use the links below to learn more about important topics including online/social media, safeguarding and wellbeing resources, updates.
The children's mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children.
The advice can be found on over forty topics including:
- Understanding sibling rivalry
- My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
- My child has trouble going to sleep
- My child says ‘I hate you!’
- Cultural identity: who am I?
The Parenting Smart website can be found here: