Jubilee preparations

Head Teacher Newsletter 11th May

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Regretfully, as some parents will be aware, we have recently had to deal with some unpleasant incidents that have stemmed from some KS2 children using social media. Although these incidents have occured at home, school has inevitably become involved as children's mental and emotional health have been affected. This is a very worrying national trend.
As a parent myself, I do understand the pressures that our children can put upon us when they want a social media account. No one wants their child to be isolated as, 'The only person in my class without Whatsapp.' However, very simply, primary aged children should not have social media apps such as SnapChat, Tik Tok, Whatsapp and Instagram, which are all for people aged 13yrs and up. Understandably, young children do not fully understand how to use this form of communication and we are seeing the implications of this at school as children's friendships suffer, upset occurs and learning time is lost.

To quote a Headteacher who wrote on this subject recently, "Do not allow your child social media and discuss this calmly with them, highlighting how they could get into trouble and how social media might affect them - with their self esteem and mental health. Children are not mature enough to understand the ramifications of using social media and could be breaking the law by sending abusive and offensive material that could get them into trouble. Families who have stopped social media have seen an improvement in behaviour and confidence. "

I do feel very strongly that the use of social media in young children is a safeguarding issue and in the interests of protecting them it should not be used.

On a happier note, we have been asked if children are allowed to wear gingham dresses during the Summer Term. Our Active Uniform was introduced to promote physical activity whilst protecting knees and bottoms from cuts and grazes. However, we do understand there's nothing quite so cute as a gingham dress! Therefore, if you wish your child to wear a dress, rather than the active uniform and feel that their physical play will not be affected please feel free to purchase. This is NOT a requirement. The active uniform is our core uniform but we recognise and appreciate that some parents might like a summer dress option. Dresses can be any of the 6 COG colours (yellow, red, dark green, dark blue, royal blue, purple). We look forward to seeing a rainbow.

On an even happier note, many thanks to our wonderful PTA who organised the hugely successful Sale Trail which has raised lots of money; we will update with a total when we have it.

The money raised by the PTA goes a very long way to enrich the education that we can offer. So far this year you've bought: Christmas Advent books for all classes, subsidised the Year 2 to visit Audley End House, purchased art materials and Book Nook areas within classes. Quite often, the PTA is funding the very things that capture the children's interest and bring excitement to their learning. Many thanks for supporting the PTA and please do help out if you can with upcoming events including Cars on the Village Green and the Bardwell Village Fete.

Mrs Boyd

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Diary reminders

  • Wednesday 18th May - class, whole school and Y6 leavers' photos. Smart active uniform;
  • Friday 27th May - discretionary schools' Jubilee Bank holiday, no staff or pupils in school;
  • Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June - May Half Term Holiday;
  • Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June - Bardwell Church Flower Festival: children's art on display;
  • Sunday 5th June - Bardwell Cars on the Village Green event: children will be performing at this event;
  • Tuesday 14th June - Sports Day, parents/carers invited to attend in afternoon. If you can, please dress your child in a T-shirt in their house colour (see Arbor);
  • Wednesday 15th June - Gooddies deadline for uniform orders for pre-summer holiday delivery into school;
  • Tuesday 21st June - reserve date for Sports Day

Please note that we will NOT run After School Club on the afternoon of the school's Sports Day.

  • Saturday 18th June - Bardwell Village Fete on the playing field;
  • 28th and 29th June - SET Ixworth transition days (specific Y6 pupils only)
  • Wednesday 29th June - Oak Class WCET Concert, Ashlar House;
  • 13th and 14th July - Thurston Community College transition days (specific Y6 pupils only)
  • Thursday 21st July - last day of term
  • Friday 22nd July to Wednesday 31st August - Summer Holiday
  • Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September - PD Days, no children in school
  • Monday 5th September - children return to school.

Platinum Jubilee

This week you received a letter explaining what we are doing for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Monday 16th May. Please do come along to the service in Church at 11am and join the Jubilee Torch Relay route around the village, if you are able to.

Our celebrations will continue at the village's Cars on the Green event on Sunday 5th June and the children's painted corgis will be in the Church Flower Festival over the Jubilee weekend as well.

Oak & Hazel Classes - singing lesson with Mr Pearson from St Edmundsbury Cathedral

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Corgi painting in Silver Birch & Rowan Classes

We were delighted to host Bardwell resident and floristry teacher, Sarah Clerke, to the school last week. She brought in a consort of corgis for the children to paint; these will become part of the Flower Festival at the Church during the village Jubilee. Please come along with your family during 3rd-5th June to view your child's handiwork.
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Rowan & Silver Birch - motorcycle visit

A big thank you to Mr Aitken for bringing in a junior motorcycle and telling us all about it.

Rowan Class - Antarctic art and wonderful words

"The dad looks after the baby penguins."

"The mummy penguin catches fish, tiny fish, for the baby."

"It's freezing icy cold in the sea, scary and dark."

"My penguin has super strong flippers to zoom in water."

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Forest School this week - toastie making and clay creatures

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School Swimming Makes Smiles

On April 28th, Oak and Hazel classes of Bardwell School took a trip to Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre for swimming lessons.

Alexa, Y3, said, "It was funny I couldn't touch the floor because I am so tiny." Lucas, Y6, said, "I couldn't swim at first but I still made it to the advanced class."

The swimming instructors were so nice, it was like having a chocolate bar on your birthday. The children swam with paddling boards, played games like 'Sharky Sharky' and even chased after sinkers.

Jacob, Y5, said, "It was all so fun I wish it never ended." Albie, Y4, said, "Everything was so exciting and it never got boring."

All the people in their swimming costumes looked so colourful, it was like a school of rainbow fish gliding through the ocean.

Oscar and Lily, Y5, pupil reporters.

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Uniform ordering dates - reminder

Don’t miss the summer deadline dates for Gooddies, order by 15th June 2022 for delivery into school before the end of term – we will email you when your order is here.

If you order after 15th June and before 15th July you can select ‘deliver to home’ (NB: additional charge) to have your order delivered during the summer holiday. Note that this is not an express option.


Please speak to the office staff if you have any queries.

A plea for buttons from Miss Mansfield

If you have any buttons that you could donate to the school, please bring them in. We particularly need white/cream, silver and gold of any shade, please.
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Save The Date - Sunday 5th June

Children will be performing at Bardwell's Cars on the Village Green event on this day - we will share further information nearer the time.

Our brilliant PTA will be selling raffle tickets for this event so please look out for those when they come home with your child.

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Voicemail superstar

Rubi is the voice of our current voicemail greeting - thank you Rubi!

Supporting young people's mental health - Parent/carer workshops

These free virtual workshops from Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's Psychology in Schools team are designed to provide up to date advice and guidance on how parents and carers can support the young people in their life. The workshops are 60-minutes long and will be recorded so anyone unable to attend can watch the workshop.

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New menu for School Lunches

Please see the current menus on the School Meals page of the website.

At Bardwell, our cook trials the new Vertas EATS menu for a couple of rotations and then may make changes to the menu based on pupil feedback. If she makes changes, we will circulate an amended menu in due course.

Please note that your child can opt for a jacket potato on any day - they just need to let their class teacher know at registration. You can also opt for your child to have sausages instead of fish on Fridays - if you'd like this, please let one of the office staff know.

Reading for Pleasure - newsletter 11

Here are this week’s recommended reads from me, with the theme Awesome Planet Earth.

Miss Mansfield, Literacy Co-ordinator

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After School Club

  • Monday - Forest Fun with Mr Hurkett
  • Tuesday - Football with Mr Hurkett
  • Wednesday - Summer Sports (e.g. athletics, rounders) with Gipping Valley & Thurston Sports Partnership.

As always, please book your place in advance via Arbor and let us know if you need to cancel so that we can free up the space for another pupil.

Thank you,

Mrs Allman

Oak Class parents & carers

If you've not already done so, please complete the Google form to give permission for your child to take part in the WCET concert on Wednesday 29th June.

Bardwell Church - May

Sunday 15th - Morning Worship, 10.00

Sunday 28th - Tea Party, 15.00

Every Wednesday in term time - Bardwell School's Collective Worship - 10.05am, followed by coffee for parents/carers.

My Suffolk Story competition

If you have a keen storyteller in the family, how about entering the My Suffolk Story competition run by Suffolk Libraries?

The theme of the writing competition is Suffolk and the environment, with the prompt, 'What do you love about the outdoors in Suffolk?' to get children inspired. This could be the wonderful countryside, the beach, your local park, street or anywhere outside.

The My Suffolk Story writing competition is suitable for children aged 5-14, with three categories for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 children. There will be a winner and a runner-up for each category.

Children have until 30 June to submit their entries. Entries can be short stories or essays.

Entries should be no longer than a single side of A4. Entries can be handwritten and submitted to your local library, or written electronically and emailed to mysuffolkstory@suffolklibraries.co.uk.

The prize for first place will be a tablet, with the first runner up receiving a £50 book token and the second runner up receiving a book token worth £25 for each age category.

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Baby & Toddler Group

The group continues to meet in the School Hall on Thursdays from 1.30pm, so we'd love it if you came along with your pre-school age child.

If you have a child starting at Bardwell School in September, it's a good way of getting them used to the school environment.

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Healthy Snacks

Please ensure your child has a healthy snack in school to have at break time - e.g., a piece of fruit, carrot sticks, muesli bar, yogurt tube. No chocolate bars or crisps please, and nothing containing peanuts.

Younger children (YR to Y2) have fruit or vegetables provided by the School Fruit & Veg Scheme.

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Allergy Awareness

We are an allergy aware school and would like to remind all families that there may be pupils in school with a peanut allergy. If a child with a peanut allergy comes into contact with peanuts, or with a pupil who has eaten peanuts, then this could lead to an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy.

Because of this the school cannot accept products containing peanuts to be provided in lunch boxes or for eating at other times.

Advance notice - Bardwell Fete

The PTA are involved in organising the Bardwell Fete, which takes place this year on Saturday 18th June, please make a note in your diary. All being well with weather, there will be a spectacular 'Battle of Britain' flypast!

If you are able to help out in any way, please contact Penny via the office staff.

Thank you.

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Further information for families seeking financial help

Will Wright at West Suffolk Council has advised that, for families that are not in receipt of free school meals, but that are in financial hardship:

A) Have you also spoken to the Citizen Advice service in West Suffolk about any financial hardship funds available?

Citizens Advice West Suffolk | Free, confidential, independent advice (suffolkwestcab.org.uk)


B) Suffolk Advice and Support Service

Suffolk Advice and Support Service Helpline (SASS) 0800 068 3131 | Community Directory


In addition, you may be able to apply for funding from the Bardwell Charities.

Covid vaccinations - government information

The government has asked schools to convey the following information to parents and carers:

For all 5 to 11 and 12 to 15 year old vaccinations, please signpost parents to where they can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site, to get vaccinated without needing an appointment. Parents should also have received a letter from the NHS with more information about how to get their child vaccinated.

May Half Term - GVTSSP sport camp

Sports Camp: 30 May-1 June 2022

Mon 30 May: AM Ipswich Town Football OR Target Games / PM Ipswich Town Football or Summer sports or Parkour

Tue 31 May: AM Gymnastics / Pm -Dance OR Parkour

Wed 1 June: Am Nerf and Laser Tag OR BMX / PM Nerf and Laser Tag OR BMX

AGES: 5 – 12

Venue: Beyton, Thurston Sixth (IP30 9AA)

£10 per workshop

Go to www.gvtssp.org for more information or see this flyer.

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Bardwell Cricket Club - All Stars and Junior Cricket

All Stars Cricket is returning to Bardwell Cricket Club on

Friday 6th May - 5.30pm-6.30pm

This is an 8 week course designed to introduce 5-8 year olds to cricket with an emphasis on having fun.

To sign up, please follow the link below or find us on the ECB website for more information. The cost is £40 for the 8 week course

ClubSpark / All Stars / Course

Training for the 5-7 year old age group will take place Fridays 5.30pm-6.30pm too starting 6th May.

Bardwell Junior cricket is back on ............

Saturday 23rd April 2022

Under 9's - 9.00am-10.00am

Under 11's – 10.00am-11.00am

Under 13's and Under 15's – 11.00am-12.30pm

We can't wait to see you all again and meet new friends as well

Junior’s £15 first child then £10 for siblings.

Add £20 for juniors unlimited adult match fees

More information here

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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.

Safeguarding, Online Safety & Wellbeing

Please use the links below to learn more about the safeguarding themes relevant to the co-education of our children.
A guide to DBS checks

Safeguarding children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

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