Learning is Experience!

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 2nd July 2021

This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:23

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Learning is experience. Everything else is just information. Albert Einstein

Contents

1. This week’s Aspirational Bardwellians

2. Experiential Learning at Euston Farm

3. Tempest Photography update (whole school and class photos)

4. Carnival - Friday 16th July, from 10.30 am

5. Bardwell Workforce Summer Days

6. Year 6 Leavers' Supplement

7. Arbor accounts

8. Free Solihull parenting programme - new module

9. PACT - local support for families

10. Museum of East Anglian Life - ‘Thrills and Grills’ Summer programme

11. Raring2Go

12. Twitter

13. Dates for the rest of the term

14. RSE Response to Parent/Carer Feedback

15. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

1. This week’s Aspirational Bardwellians

A huge Bardwell congratulations to Oliver J who has been accepted into 'The Royal Ballet School'; Oliver has been dancing since he was 5 years old.


We asked Oliver for his comments. He said ‘‘I’ll be travelling to London every Saturday to study ballet with professional ballet teachers. It took a lot of courage to keep going during lockdown but it’s good that I did. I’d like to thank my dance teacher, Miss Jessica, Leah for getting me into dancing and my Mum for encouraging me to keep going. I’d like to join the full Royal Ballet and eventually become a professional dancer. I’m looking forward to being in an all-boys group and to being taught by some of the best dancers in the world.’’


We wish you every success Oliver and we all want tickets to your first professional show.

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Our rising Dressage champion Constance D had great success at a recent Dressage competition.


She said "It was only my second competition and I came 1st! It’s all about neat movements where you are really in control of your pony. Polo is a pretty good pony but she needs to improve on her cantering on the left rein. I want to get even better and be a professional horse rider. I want to thank my Mum and Dad for letting me join dressage and I want to thank Polo too.’’

We are hoping to see you on the Olympic team very soon Constance.

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Rowan and Hazel combine experiences through drama...

Our joint drama session this week with Hazel Class was all about promises. We created tableaux depicting broken promises and trust - it was all very dramatic! We studied facial expressions and body language to create our fantastic pieces of drama work.

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2. Experiential Learning at Euston Farm

It was another experiential learning opportunity for the KS2 team this week. Children learned all about the environment and climate and the notion of farm to fork by developing their understanding of vegetable, cereal, and sugar beet growing. It was also a further opportunity to engage with the great outdoors and, of course, it would have been rude not to have climbed some trees and go on a trailer ride around the farm.

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3. Tempest Photography update (whole school and class photos)

You should, by now, have a hard copy of the whole school photo order form, which was sent home with every pupil on Monday. Please view and order online here with the code C573DDCF42.


Class photographs are now ready to view and purchase at http://htmp.st/BardwellCEPrimary

There will be a free “deliver to school” option for orders received by midnight on Monday 5th July, otherwise home delivery is available for £5 postage and packing for orders received by Tempest after that date.

If you need assistance, please call Tempest 01736 751555 (option 3) or click on contact us on the home page.

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4. Carnival - Friday 16th July, from 10.30am

How are those colourful costumes coming along?! We can now let you know more about the programme for the day. We will be parading around the village from approximately 10.30 am and then returning to our Daisy Meadow (the large rear field) for carnival entertainment and fun and games by way of an enterprise market, which will be raising funds for our PTA. You are warmly invited to join us in your most vibrant outfit, please bring a picnic lunch if you would like. All children opting for a school dinner will be provided with a School Packed Lunch - there will be no hot dinners on that day.


Note that we expect to have a press photographer present.


If you need to use the School’s toilet facilities during this event, please use the toilet in the Green Room (the former portacabin), which is at the rear of the school and is accessible from the Daisy Meadow. There will be no access to the School building by visitors on this day.

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5. Bardwell Workforce Summer Days

This is a call-out for anyone who wants to help support the school with further improvements on some selected days.


The Summer holidays are soon on the horizon and we appreciate this is a busy time with holidays booked and days out planned. However, as part of our commitment to continue to improve the provision for our school children, I would like to invite you all to some school workforce days, over the holidays, where you could support us with our redecoration programme and outdoor maintenance.


If you are interested in working together to improve the Bardwell schooling environment and would like to chip in with a bit of elbow grease, painting or gardening, PLEASE DO HELP! WE NEED YOU! Please complete the Google Form, below.


We are a small school with a very small budget; therefore any help you can provide will be hugely appreciated by the children.

6. Year 6 Leavers' Supplement

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7. Arbor accounts

Please ensure that you clear any outstanding balances on Arbor before the summer holiday. Thank you.

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8. Free Solihull parenting programme - new module

It’s been an anxious year for many adults, children, and young people alike. We know many of you are worried about the impact of the pandemic on your children.


BRAND NEW!! Online course ‘Understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing' from the Solihull Approach (NHS).

Access for free:

Did you know Suffolk County Council has PRE-PAID for every parent and carer in Suffolk to access a course for parents/carers (access now for life-long access)? FREE (with access code: WOLSEY at: www.inourplace.co.uk) for residents in our area. There are courses for parents, carers and grandparents about children from bump to 19+ years.

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9. PACT - local support for families

PACT is a local community interest company which was founded in 2013 in Suffolk to provide support for parents and carers of children and young people with a mental health issue (diagnosed or undiagnosed). They have no referral system and there is no cost for parents as they are funded by local grants and The National Lottery.


We offer group support, online group drop-in sessions, 1:1 support, local training with facilitation, and national guest speakers on many subjects around mental health and well-being.


Please see their flyer, below, to learn more about their service.


Bec Jasper

Co-Director PACT Parents and Carers Together CIC

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10. Museum of East Anglian Life - ‘Thrills and Grills’ Summer programme

The Museum of East Anglian Life has an incredible summer holiday HAF programme for 7-12-year-olds. Each day, they have 30 free places for children who are in receipt of free school meals and 10 paid places at £35 per day. They have made a short video (see below) where you can find out more. Also, please see their website, below, for further information.


Free places are available for recipients of free school meals, for more details email education@eastanglianlife.org.uk


The children will make full use of the facilities we have at the museum. This will include using our new wood-fired oven, open-fire cooking area and the open spaces available. Instructor to children ratio of 1:10.


Chris Macfarlane

Food Learning Officer

Museum of East Anglian Life

Main Museum: 01449 612229

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11. Raring2Go

Please follow the digital link, below, for the Raring2go! Summer Magazine.


The magazine is full of great ideas for the summer holidays, featuring holiday camps, days outs, and activities for all the family to enjoy.


Emily Parker, Editor, Raring2Go

12. Twitter

Don't forget to check our Twitter page to see our learning throughout the week.
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13. Dates for the rest of term


  • Monday 5th July: deadline for ordering Tempest class and whole school photographs for delivery into school

  • Wednesday 7th July: September 2021 YR pupils transition afternoon, 13.30 in Rowan Class

  • 8th/9th July: Thurston Community College Transition days (Y6). Note change of date - affected families have been informed by TCC

  • Thursday 15th July: September 2021 YR pupils transition morning and lunch, 9.30 in Rowan Class, pick up at 13.00.

  • Thursday 15th July, 2 pm: Leavers’ & Achievement Collective Worship, St Peter & St Paul Church

  • Friday 16th July: Carnival from 10.30 am approximate. Year 6 leavers photos in Bury Free Press

  • Monday 19th July: Last day for pupils in school. No After School Club on this day, Breakfast Club will run.

  • Tuesday 20th July: PD Day, staff only in school

  • 21-22nd July and 26th-28th July - School Workforce Summer Days

14. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Response to Parent/Carer Feedback

I'd like to say a huge thank you to those who have been able to respond to our recent survey and policy regarding the RSE curriculum. We've had some invaluable feedback and would like to address a few key points referenced by yourselves:



  1. Can we have more clarity regarding what will be precisely taught to each year group, especially in regard to sex - Yes, we will be sending out a curriculum breakdown, specifically pertaining to the relationships and sex aspects of each curriculum phase;
  2. Is being a small school a problem with younger children mixing with older children, and the playground discussions being sexualized? - It is true, functioning as a small school often brings younger and older children together. This is also apparent with mixed classes. We feel this is a huge strength, and the positive collaboration and learning that is achieved far outweigh any negatives. We take a very sensitive and serious approach to age-appropriate communications and collaborations, especially during playtimes. At Bardwell, our ethos is to encourage children to learn from each other in an environment where we can, best, support and educate their knowledge, understanding, and language used;
  3. Will, you still be able to impart the Christian Values? - Our newly formed Bardwell Cogs underpin our Christian values and everything we do. They specifically relate to 6 key biblical characters and these characters are integral to our daily collective worship, faith offer, and RE curriculum.

15. Safeguarding & Wellbeing