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Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 3rd December 2021

Calendar dates

  • Wednesday 8th December - Christingle service during Collective Worship in the Church at 9.45am. Parents/carers are, as always, warmly invited to attend, note the slightly earlier start time this week;
  • Friday 10th December - final day for your donations to the PTA hamper raffle. Please donate non-perishable soft drinks, wine, beer, seasonal biscuits, chocolate, sweets, etc.;
  • Monday 13th December - all Nativity costumes need to be in school in a labelled bag please. You will receive an email on or before Monday 13th to let you know which Nativity performance you have been allocated places for.
  • Wednesday 15th December, 2pm (arrive by 1.45pm) - Nativity performance 1, and PTA sales of drinks, refreshments, Christmas goodies and hamper raffle tickets;
  • Thursday 16th December - Christmas jumper day. Please wear a Christmas top with your usual school uniform;
  • Thursday 16th December - Christmas lunch for staff and pupils. We have had no opt-outs so, if you pay for lunches, please credit your Arbor lunch account with £2.30 in advance;
  • Thursday 16th December, 2pm (arrive by 1.45pm) - Nativity performance 2, and PTA sales of drinks, refreshments, Christmas goodies and hamper raffle tickets;
  • Friday 17th December - last day of term, please wear usual school uniform. No After School Club.

Book Advent

Miss Mansfield has enlisted the help of some very kind and generous elves to arrange Bardwell School's first ever Book Advent. We started opening the doors last Wednesday, with Chester's help.
The first book, The Lights That Dance In The Night by Yuval Zommer, will be going into Rowan Class' library.
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Check your washing baskets!

Please can you all check the uniform you have at home for your child? One of our families is looking for both their sweatshirts - a blue and a red school sweatshirt in the 5-6yrs sizing, these have the child's name in them and are very much needed in this cooler weather. Another family is looking for a yellow sweatshirt in 9-11yrs.

Generally, if an item is 'mislaid' at school and it is clearly labelled we are able to reunite it with its owner; we think these items have mistakenly gone home with another child and may be in a washing pile.

If you find anything that is not yours, please return them to the office or to your child's teacher.

Bardwell Church Services over Christmas and New Year

  • Tuesday 14th, Coffee Morning with Carols, 10.30-midday
  • Sunday 19th, Carols by Candlelight - for all the family! 4pm (Collection to support the work of Crisis)
  • Friday 24th, Crib Service, 4pm. Come dressed as angels, shepherds, kings, Mary or Joseph
  • Friday 24th, 'Midnight' Eucharist, 10-11pm
  • 25th, Family Christmas Worship, 10-10.30am


  • Sunday 2nd, Epiphany - The Arrival of the Kings, 10am at Ixworth Thorpe Church
  • Sunday 16th, Communion Service, 10am
  • Tuesday 18th, Coffee Morning, 10.30-midday
  • Saturday 29th, Messy Church - Candlemas, 2.30-4.30pm
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Nativity performances - let us know your preference

As you are aware, Nativity performances will take place on Wednesday 15th December and Thursday 16th December at 2pm.

The performances are all outdoor and you will be moving around the school site, in areas that can be muddy, so please wrap up warm with lots of layers on and wear sturdy footwear. On the day, we will make available the Green Room (portacabin) toilet where handwashing and sanitising facilities will be available. In order to comply with current Suffolk Enhanced Response Area guidelines we ask that you wear a face covering throughout, unless you are exempt. We are expecting a photographer from the Bury Free Press to be with us on the Wednesday so please be aware of that if you are in the audience that day.

If you've not already done so, please complete this Google Form to let us know if you are restricted in which performance you are able to attend. In order to keep audience numbers manageable, we will offer 2 adult places per family, pupils' younger siblings are welcome. We will allocate you to your preferred date wherever possible, but may not be able to do so if we have an excessive number of preferences for one date over the other.

If we have not heard from you by Wednesday 8th December, we will assume you have no preference and will allocate you to either date - we will not subsequently be able to swap you to the other date. We will inform all families of their allocation by Monday 13th December.

Note that, if the weather causes us to cancel a performance, we will aim to deliver a show on the afternoon of Friday 17th December (last day of term). We would like to remind you that, during this busy period of preparation and rehearsals, your child's attendance at school is hugely important so that they are fully prepared.

PTA refreshments at Nativity performances

Your PTA will be selling a delicious range of warm Christmassy treats from 20 minutes prior to each performance of the Nativity, including non-alcoholic mulled wine and hot chocolate. There will also be a small range of pocket money priced items for your child to buy after the Nativity, please ensure you bring money with you to make your purchases. If you are able to help, please speak to one of us on the playground, or via the PTA Facebook Group.

We would also like to run a Christmas raffle again this year as it was very successful last year. If you can make a small gift donation to this (Christmas chocolate, biscuits, wine, beer, soft drinks, sweets, etc.) please get your donation into school by Friday 10th December. We will be selling hamper raffle tickets from Monday 13th December out in the playground and at the Nativities.

Tracey, Laura and Emma

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PTA cake raffle - grand total

Mrs Flye raised a grand total of £193 with her Bakerlicious Boutique cake raffle, these funds will directly benefit our pupils so huge thanks to Mrs Flye.

The lucky winner was our very own Mrs Webber - well done Mrs W!

Oak Class visit to Bardwell Church

Poor weather letter - reminder

Earlier this week, we sent out the Poor Weather procedure letter.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date mobile number and email address for all parents/carers in your family.

Thank you for the table, Mrs Hutchinson!

Thank you for the new table Mrs Hutchinson, it's now being used for Collective Worship so we've been able to reinstate our welcome table in the School's reception area.
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Christmas Jumper reminder

Don't forget that your child can wear a Christmas jumper (or a customised top, swapped jumper, etc.) instead of their usual sweatshirt on Thursday 16th December, when we will also be enjoying our school Christmas dinner, prior to the second Nativity performance. What a busy day we have lined up!

The office staff have ordered a hot dinner for all pupils that day, so if you pay for school dinners please credit your lunch account with £2.30 in advance.

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Bardwell Charities

In this month's Bardwell Parish News, you may have seen information about this funding. The charity can provide a limited amount of aid for those in need. If you meet requirements to qualify they may be able to help with living or educational costs, where aid is not already available from a statutory organisation.

To find out more, please visit the website at

Alternatively, contact either of the two Trustees listed below, who will treat all information confidentially:

Dinkie Williamson -

Barry Felton -

The School has also been contacted recently with similar information from Hepworth village charities fund. If you are within the Hepworth parish boundary and would like the school to make a referral on your behalf, please speak to Mrs Allman, in confidence.

Vaccination information from Suffolk County Council

SCC has asked us to share the following with you:

Vaccination centres and ‘vaxi taxis’

48.9% of 12-15 year olds across Suffolk have now received at least the first dose of the vaccine. Please continue to promote the vaccination centres which are offering vaccinations to 12-15 year olds. This flyer has information that can be shared with parents and carers about where the centres are and how to book onto them.

There is also a ‘vaxi taxi’ service that can support with transport to and from these centres. Please also share this information with your families: COVID-19 vaccinations in Suffolk | Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council - discretionary Household Support Fund

Parents and carers of pupils on income-related Free School Meals (FSM) will be contacted very soon regarding a voucher scheme for the Christmas period, which will be offered by the County Council, via Edenred. This will distribute a voucher to the value of £15 per eligible pupil, which can be used in all major supermarkets.

Kinetic Science holiday clubs

Kinetic Kids Holiday Clubs are back for the Christmas holidays!! Running on Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd and Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th December in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. Our clubs run from 10:00 - 15:30.

Come and join us for some Holiday Club fun. We have fun-filled days planned with lots of seasonal themed games and activities! Our Holiday Clubs are for children aged from 5-14 years, and are broken into the below age groups:

● KS1: For children from 5-7 years old

● KS2: For children from 7-11 years old

● KS3: For children from 11-14 years old

Our clubs are £32 per day and we provide lunch and snacks. Payment is taken via BACS. There are fully funded spaces available for school referrals for those in receipt of ‘free’ school meals. To reserve a space, please email us; instructions on how to book and make the payment will then follow once the space has been reserved.

We have limited spaces available; therefore, all spaces will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to working with you more closely in the future. For any questions or concerns, please contact us on:

Tel: 01473 830077 Email:

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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.

Considerate Parking

The vast majority of our parents and carers park considerately along School Lane, but can we take this opportunity to remind you that stopping on the yellow zigzags is not permitted - even for a few moments at drop-off time; it causes hold-ups and delays along School Lane. If you can't find a space along School Lane, there are also spaces at the Dun Cow public house if needed - these are marked in green on the map below.

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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:

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.