Fabulously Fit!

12th October 2021

Health & Fitness Day

The whole school enjoyed an amazing Health & Fitness Day last week, it was fabulous to see some parents and carers joining in with 'Work It With Hurkett' - well done to those of you who rocked up in your lycra, we hope your muscles didn't ache too much the next day!
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Your Arbor details

Please log in to Arbor and check that all of your and your child's details are up-to-date. Ensure any change in address, new phone numbers, etc. are noted and let us know if there has been any change in circumstances, also check that your doctor's surgery is listed. You should be able to make most changes yourself, via the app or the website, but do get in touch with the office staff if you need to.

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.

Thank you,

Mrs Allman

Harvest Collective Worship

The Harvest Collective Worship at the Church was beautiful and we thank you for your generous contributions of food. These were distributed to Gatehouse Foodbank in Bury St Edmunds and we received a thoughtful thank you letter from them, which has been shared with all the children.

Dinkie Williamson, our church warden and foundation governor said, "Please compliment the teachers and children for their brilliant behaviours in church.
The children were so quiet I didn’t hear the church mouse! And, for the first time ever, I didn’t need to pick up a single kneeler!"

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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.

Mrs Boyd

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.

Many thanks.

School Attendance - 96.4%!

Attendance so far this term is at 96.4% across the school - this is a great achievement given the levels of COVID-19 we are hearing about in the community.

Football friendlies

KS2 pupils are invited to play in a football friendly with Crawford's on 13th October - parents/carers of pupils in Hazel and Oak Classes received an email recently. Please complete the Google Form below, if you've not already done so. The school has football kit available, which will be loaned to pupils that play - this needs to be washed and returned to school after use.

Mr. Hurkett

Letter from the Secretaries of State for Education and Health

For parents/carers of secondary school age students

The Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have written a joint letter to parents about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 and the importance of continuing with twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting.

The letter provides information on COVID-19 testing and advises that, in response to potential outbreaks, local health teams may advise additional testing and isolation protocols at your school or college. For example, if a student or pupil is identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace, they may be asked to take daily lateral flow device (LFD) tests, while they wait for their PCR test result. In this scenario, they should continue to attend school or college as long as their LFD test results remain negative. Alongside the letter are some frequently answered questions for parents, from Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation.

A copy of the letter is available to download. Please share this letter and the frequently asked questions with your parent networks.

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


Please share the attached posters with your families and encourage them to book into the programme.

To book parents must email exploreoutdoor@acleisure.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.

October half term - voucher scheme return for Free School Meals families

From Suffolk County Council: I am pleased to advise you that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now announced a £500 million fund called the Household Support Fund to support families over the coming months. We do not know the detail or level of funding that Suffolk will receive. However, we consider it important to make arrangements now to support families who are eligible for income related free school meals and will underwrite the cost.

We used Edenred to provide vouchers for families for the May half term and the summer holidays and intend to use them again. Most schools are already set up to use this service and you will be able to order vouchers using your SCC funded Edenred account from week commencing 4 October 2021.

We know that schools are extremely busy and appreciate your continued support in helping to ensure that all eligible pupils receive the vouchers to which they are entitled. We are asking schools and settings to place an order for Edenred vouchers for the October half term for pupils who are eligible for income-based free school meals.

Edenred will email the voucher links directly to the families on your uploaded list providing that you include the parent’s email address with your order. The parent can then select where they wish to spend their voucher. The current options are Aldi, Asda, Farmfoods, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, McColl’s, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.

Please remind parents that any unused vouchers from summer holiday must be used before they expire in the next month or so.

Here at Bardwell, we will place the order as soon as the email comes in from SCC. If you are in receipt of income-related FSM, please look out for your voucher email and get in touch if you don't receive it. Thank you, Mrs Allman.

Half term Science Clubs - Kinetic Science

Kinetic Kids Holiday Clubs are back this October Half-Term! We have a range of exciting activities in store. Our clubs are for children from 5-14 years old, and will be running on Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th October in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.
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First Class supplement - East Anglian Daily Times, Tuesday 19th October

Parents of YR and Y1 pupils - we have submitted a photograph to the East Anglian Daily Times for their 'First Class' supplement which is published on 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.

Class codes:

Rowan & Silver Birch - gf2lfnn

Hazel Class - kb2hb6s

Oak Class - akeyunl

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.

Updated Suffolk guidance for COVID-19

We recently sent this letter to all families, as Suffolk Public Health have updated their local guidance for COVID-19. It states:

From Wednesday 6 October 2021 children and young people who live with a sibling who has tested positive;

• Suffolk’s children and young people aged between 4 and 18 years (unless exempt - see below) are now advised to stay at home when a sibling they live with, who attends an education setting with an outbreak tests positive for COVID-19.

• All siblings who live in the same house as the positive case should get a PCR test from the third day following the initial positive PCR. If this comes back as negative and the siblings feel well, those siblings can return to their education setting.

• If any sibling develops symptoms, they should isolate immediately and take another PCR test.

• If any sibling tests positive, they should isolate immediately.

Children and young people exempt from this advice and able to continue to attend their education setting if either of the following apply;

• 12 – 18 year-olds who have had at least one dose of the vaccine more than 14 days ago

• Anyone aged between 4 – 18 who has tested positive for COVID-19 themselves via a PCR test within the past 90 days and has completed their isolation

• Those who are medically exempt from vaccination as determined by their clinician.

Any parents or carers who still want their child to continue to attend school have the right to send their child into the setting. In these situations, the child or young person should produce a negative PCR test and continue to undertake a daily Lateral Flow Test for four days and attend school only if negative.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, or feels unwell, should continue to get a PCR test and stay at home. Individuals informed by Test & Trace to isolate should remain at home for the time advised.

Suffolk is supporting education settings and has developed an enhanced local version of the Contingency Framework. It provides a range of step-up and step-down measures that settings can consider implementing depending on the assessed severity of the COVID-19 situation.

These additional control measures will be in place from 6 October 2021 and will be reviewed in the week starting 18 October 2021.

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 Support

  • 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!

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PE survey

The government provides dedicated funding to schools to help improve the provision of PE and sport. The money has been provided by the Departments of Health, Education and Culture, Media and Sport. This year we will be receiving £16000 in funding (plus £10 per pupil). To help us achieve our aims, and determine how we spend future funding, we would very much appreciate feedback from parents. This is an opportunity for you to comment on the current PE provision at our school. This applies to both PE that is taught in the school day, after-school sport provision and competitive fixtures or events against other schools. We would welcome positive feedback as well as areas for further development.

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)

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

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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Safeguarding & Wellbeing

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

Self-care September (Action for Happiness)

It is more important than ever to be aware of our mental health. Action for Happiness is a charity founded to create a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.

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