Back In Full Swing!

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 27th September 2021

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Good Morning Bardwellians,

I can't believe we're already entering Week 4; everyone has settled extremely well - pupils (old and new) have transitioned back seamlessly, as have our new and old staff team. We have a freshly painted environment to boot and 'Phase 1' of our school refurb is complete. May I take this opportunity to thank of all of those who gave up their time to support me and Mrs Boyd over the summer holidays - we could not have achieved what we did without the incredible support and active paintbrushes.

Our colourful start has passed and we're now in full swing...

OPAL continues to develop our children's play experiences and well-being; pupil leaders for the year 2021 have and continue to establish - our wonderful Collective Worship leader, Danielle, sets such a beautiful tone with the start of the day; our house captains have begun working with Mr. Hurkett and Mrs. Boyd on several exciting events related to health, fitness and well being and a newly formed school council (alongside the birth of new house names - watch this space) will be setting their sights on further improvements to our wonderful school.

Year 6 is looking forward to their PGL trip to Caythorpe, Lincoln in just 4 weeks - it'll be 'Parents Get Lost' come 20th October.

Enjoy the reflections of the past week...and remember 'It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.'

Monday Mile

What a start to the Monday Miles! A total of 36 miles walked/run by pupils last Monday with the following managing a full mile: Noah H, Jack, Henley, Izzy, Eva, Albie, Lucas, Oliver, Henry P, Henry G, Lily, Ethan, Oscar, and Jacob.

Back in the Spring Term, after we’d walked a virtual pilgrimage to Walsingham in Norfolk, we decided to see how long it would take us to walk/run all the way to Lourdes. We are now only 118 miles away!

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Well done to the Y5s, who took part in Bikeability recently.

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OPAL in full swing...

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If you have any feedback about the new lunch menu, please let the office staff know, either by email/phone or by completing this form

We’d like to hear from you whether or not your child has had any of the lunches, as we’d like to know if the options are putting off anyone from having a school lunch.

As previously advised, the school’s cook is trialling the menu for 2 full rotations, then may make amendments if any dishes don’t prove to be popular. Please note that, at Bardwell, the first lunch listed is our main course served to all children except those listed as vegetarian/vegan who will receive the vegetarian lunch. On a Friday your child can have sausages instead of the fish/chicken option - please let the office staff know if you’d like this listed as a dietary preference. We always have jacket potatoes (with cheese/beans) or a School Packed lunch available as well.

Thank you,

Mrs. Allman (for our Head of Kitchen, Heidi)

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Morning & afternoon drop-off/pick-up

Thank you all for avoiding the residents’ parking area at 25-43 School Lane; we are sure this is appreciated by our neighbours. Please also take care to avoid the yellow zig-zag ‘Keep Clear’ area at the gate during the drop-off and pick up times. This area is used only by the County Council taxi service when they drop off before 8.35 am and pick up after 3.30 pm.

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An update on Derrick (the cat) from Freddie D’s mum

I know many of the children who go to the school love Derrick who is always wandering around the playground meeting and greeting people. We’ve had lots of concerned children ask us if Derrick is ok so I thought I'd share an update with you all.

Derrick is fine, he has had to have most of his tail amputated but this hasn’t phased him at all. He has to stay in for 10 days but is eager to be out and about and to visit you all no doubt!

We just wanted to say thank you to the children and adults who let us know he was injured. He has lots of love to give and this has proven how many little hearts he warms each day with his greetings.

Vicar Karen and the children said a prayer for Derrick in Collective Worship last week.

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Request for a table

We are looking for a small, low table to use in Collective Worship, about 75cm x 75cm and around 30cm high (or close to these dimensions). If you have something suitable that you could donate to us, or make for us, please let Mrs. Allman know.

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The Big Ask

Earlier this year, The Children’s Commissioner asked all children in England to complete a survey, to show the true voice of this generation and we shared this information with you. The results are in and The Children’s Commissioner would like to say thank you. Over half a million children responded to the largest survey of its kind in history, and at a landmark moment for young people growing up in this country.

At a critical time, as we emerge from the pandemic, children have told us how the past year has affected them and what needs to happen now to put them at the heart of recovery. Despite the sacrifices they have made, the majority of children say they are happy.

Children were united – they told us they want to get back to school, to get on, and do well. To have fulfilling lives. Children cared deeply about their family, their communities, their well-being and are an ambitious, exciting generation. They want to make a contribution to a better world, a greener world, rooted in the fairness of opportunity for everyone. The Children’s Commissioner is now making sure children are being heard.

You can read the full report here

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From Sidney’s dad - this may be of interest to older pupils

Dare to Speak Up is a competition that invites young people between the ages of 11-18 to write, record, and submit a speech about climate change, for the chance of coming to UEA, working with public speaking experts, and recording your speech in our film studio. It’s for Everyone! However, to compete for a place at the workshop at UEA, you must live in Norfolk or Suffolk, UK. The competition runs between the 6th and 27th of September, 2021. So share with the Gen-Z and start the change!

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Flu immunisation

A letter and consent form was shared with all families recently, please complete and return the consent form that was sent home with your child. The School Immunisations team has requested that you complete and return the form even if your child is not going to receive the flu immunisation. Please return it by Friday 1st October.

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Bury St Edmunds Concert Band

The Band is for youngsters, aged 8 to 18, who are learning or would like to learn to play, woodwind, brass, and percussion. It is a fun environment where they enjoy learning and playing music with others. The Director of Music, Rob Head, is a passionate leader who brings out the best from each individual and it is a joy to see so many of the band members gain in confidence and make new friends in the band.

It doesn’t matter if they can only play five notes or are a grade 5 player, the band offers something for everyone; beginners sit with more experienced players who can teach them the notes they don’t know and we even have some instruments we can loan if you’d like to give it a try.

We are always looking for new members and if you would like more information please do get in touch with Rob Head at I also attach a flyer/poster.

The Band rehearses at Christ Church. Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday evenings from 7.15-8.15pm.

Meanwhile, why not come along to see the band in action at their first concert in over 18 months, at Christ Church Moreton Hall, on Friday, October 15th at 7 pm. Tickets are £5, free for children under 16.

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School Photos

We are returning to using our former school photographer, who is back in business as AJS Photographic.

Individual and sibling photographs will be taken on the morning of Friday 5th November, please ensure your child is in smart active uniform that day.

Your child will then bring home proof of the image(s) selected by the photographer and you can order and pay online for delivery into school, in plenty of time for all those Christmas gifts for the grandparents and aunties/uncles!

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Bardwell School Association - PTA

The PTA has held its first meeting of the new academic year. We encourage all parents and carers to get involved with your PTA - the funds they raise to support our pupils in many ways and often pay for trips or help to bring the cost down; we are very grateful for all that they do. If you are on Facebook please head across to the PTA group

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Village Baby & Toddler Group

Until Covid-19 restrictions, the village’s Baby & Toddler Group met in the School Hall or outside when the weather permitted. This is a group that is run by local parents, not by the school, and usually has one or two parents/carers that take on the role of organiser.

We are delighted that Charlotte and Siobhan, two parents at the school, are able to re-start the Group starting on Wednesday 29th September at 2 pm. If you have a pre-school-age child, please come along for a chat and playtime.

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!

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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. We will circulate a flyer and set up online booking in due course.

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)

Voicemail Superstar

We ask our Y6 pupils to take a turn at recording the School’s voicemail greeting, our current Voicemail Superstar is Henry G - thank you, Henry!

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Google Reviews

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

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Class Dojos - NOW available for parents/carers

As part of our Behaviour for Learning Policy, we use a reward system called Class Dojo. This year, we'd like to invite you, the parent/carer, into our Class Dojo online system in order to share the many positives of your child's experiences at school - here, you can view your child's Dojo Monster and 'awarded' dojo points, and, see what Cog they got them for. The first challenge, however, is to help your child hatch their sure to log in once the invite is sent.

Also, this year, we'd like to make the sharing of your child's learning even more personal, therefore, once a week, you will be updated with a weekly blog on the 'Class Story' section of Class Dojo.

Please lookout for an email invite to Class Dojo, shortly.

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19. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Please use the links below to learn more about important topics including online/social media, safeguarding and wellbeing resources, updates.