'I am he who will sustain you.'

Isaiah 46:4

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 23rd October

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Contents

1. Here's to a sustainable journey!

2. Rowan's Adventures...

3. Hazel's Exploits...

4. Oak's Endeavours...

5. Forest School Diaries

6. Get Active Weekly

7. Design a Habitat Competition

8. Forest School preschool session posters - can you help?

9. Half Term Sports Clubs

10. Key/Critical Workers

11. Poppy Appeal 2020

12. Job Vacancy with Vertas - Food Service Assistant

13. Parish Council Information

14. Christmas 2020 PINK Orange Scheme

15. REMINDER - Early Help Club (Breakfast and After School)

16. Free School Meals

17. Help Active Suffolk shape their Children & Young People offer!

18. Playground Covid-19 Etiquette

19. School Improvement Activity

20. Safeguarding

1. Here's to a sustainable journey!

Good morning everyone,


Well, it's here...half term already. WOW!


It's a bumper final issue for this term; I'd like to say a huge 'anticipated' thanks to all of you who have read and engaged with the newsletters this term. I do hope they are useful and informative...more than anything, I hope they have provided you with a lens through which to view all of the wonderful learning and community spirit that has evolved these past few months.


I am super proud of all of the efforts this term. It has most certainly been a team effort but I would like to give a special thanks to all of the staff; they have worked tirelessly, patiently, and collaboratively without question. I am in awe of their endeavours and I truly value their energy and passion every single day!


It's great news for Rowan Class as Mrs. Boyd will be joining the team on a permanent basis. This is exceptionally good news because she has been a breath of fresh air since gracing the halls of Bardwell; she is a wonderful teacher and one that gets both the big picture and the nuts and bolts. I have to say her most impressive asset though is the fact she puts the children at the front of the queue every single time!


And finally, I am thrilled to also confirm that I will be staying at Bardwell for the foreseeable future. I am chomping at the bit to continue my works with you all, therefore, please do continue to engage with everyone involved with this special and unique eco-system.


Here's to a sustainable journey!


Have a restful half-term and stay safe!


Mr. Francksen

Average Attendance (year to date) - 97.1%

The DfE published figures showing average national attendance figures of 89-90% for the past three weeks.

2. Rowan's Adventures...

We always have a huge amount of fun in Rowan Class, however, the children also work incredibly hard and their academic achievements this term have been phenomenal. Every child has progressed with their tricky word challenges and they are all devouring books faster than I can change them! The quality and quantity of their writing have also amazed me and many of the children are now producing paragraphs, not just single sentences. This of course makes me a very happy teacher. However, what really makes my day is to watch the love and care that the children have for each other. These moments are what make Bardwell School an incredibly special place that it is. There are countless moments every day when children help and support each other to be successful. Our photograph this week shows Amelia, lending an ear to Sidney because he wants to practice his tricky words. The children did this independently because they want to help each other to achieve. This photograph, at the end of a very successful term, sums up for me just what an incredible class Rowan is.

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3. Hazel's Exploits...


What a fantastic week for Hazel Class! We have now completed our first independent narrative. I have been absolutely blown away by the quality of every child’s writing. It has been so lovely to see the children enjoying writing and challenging themselves when editing their work. The children were really keen to share their stories with their peers. This was such a lovely moment as children were complimenting each other’s efforts which really built up their confidence as writers and speakers. We have been completing some very tricky maths this week, practicing column subtraction and addition! The children have really pulled together to help each other with learning this new concept and have moved from concrete to pictorial to abstract brilliantly. I hope you all have a wonderful half term and I am really looking forward to seeing your completed 3D building designs for your geography homework! Our photo this week is of the children learning BSL for ‘sorry’ and ‘forgive’ as part of our RE topic on reconciliation.

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4. Oak's Endeavours...


It’s all Greek to me! Oak class pupils have enjoyed Greek Day on Wednesday and they came to school dressed up as Athenian Citizens, Spartan Soldiers, Greek Gods and Goddesses, and even an incredible Pegasus (Edward) and Minotaur (Tobias) both with outstanding homemade headpieces. Activities included learning about Greek theatre, with masks, the Greek chorus speaking in unison and the protagonist; Ancient Greek battles with pupils making their own shields; the Olympic Games with some children taking part in the discus and long jump competitions. Josh and Ted, winners of these competitions, were both presented with a traditional Greek laurel wreath. A superb day which showed that pupils at Bardwell do not ‘rest on their laurels’ but together, we care, inspire and achieve.

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Oak welcome some new visitors to the forest...

5. Forest School Diaries

It's been all about the Fire Triangle this week...oh, and the odd marshmallow!
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6. Get Active Weekly

Mr. Hurkett and the Sports Captains up the ante!
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7. Design a Habitat Competition

Mr. Morris, our Science Co-ordinator, has organised a competition for all pupils, with a mystery judge and PRIZES to be won. We would like you to design an artificial habitat (a home) for an animal. It can be any animal you like. You can draw your design or make a model.


Your habitat should be as close as possible to that creature’s natural habitat. So think about:

  • The climate the animal lives in;

  • The food the animal eats;

  • Where the animal will shelter;

  • The animal’s life cycle;

  • How to keep the animal safe from predators.


Bring your entry in by Thursday 5th November.

8. Forest School preschool session posters - can you help?

If you live in or near any of the following areas and would be willing to put up a poster on your village noticeboard, please ask in the office for a laminated copy:

  • Norton;
  • Coney/Market Weston;
  • Barnham;
  • Barningham;
  • Honington village;
  • RAF Honington;
  • Hepworth;
  • Fakenham Magna;
  • Pakenham;
  • Stowlangtoft.

9. Half Term Sports Clubs

These will be running from 9 am to 3.30 pm on Tuesday 27th October and Thursday 29th October. Unfortunately, we were unable to go ahead with the Monday session due to low numbers.


Please ensure you know which session(s) you have booked and ensured that your child has their own packed lunch, water bottle and is wearing a layered sports kit/trainers. If you have any queries during the half-term holiday, contact the GVTSSP, whose team will be running the sessions.

10. Key/Critical Workers

We’d like to ensure that our Key Worker list is up-to-date. If you are a Key Worker, please ensure you let the office staff know. Similarly, if you were on our Key Worker list back during lockdown (i.e. receiving a weekly email asking if you needed in-school provision) but no longer need to be, do let us know. The government’s definition of Key/Critical Workers is here.

11. Poppy Appeal 2020

Our school has traditionally contributed a significant proportion of the village’s Poppy Appeal donations. We do this by enlisting our Head Boy and Head Girl to do daily rounds with the collecting tin and poppy items. Let’s make 2020 a really good year for the appeal. We will be collecting during the week commencing 2nd November so please ensure your child(ren) has/have a cash donation available during this week if you would like to contribute.


Please note that we have had the Poppy Appeal items stored in the office for more than 2 weeks, so all items have been ‘quarantined’.

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12. Job Vacancy with Vertas - Food Service Assistant

Vertas, the school’s catering company is still looking for a Food Service Assistant. Main responsibilities:

  • Basic Food prep in Ixworth kitchen

  • Set up of the service areas including the dining hall

  • Serving lunches

  • Clear down of the kitchen and dining hall

  • Applicant must be able to drive to transport food between two sites

  • Additional duties dependent on the needs of the kitchen

Your Package:

  • Salary = £8.72 per hour

  • Colleague loyalty discount scheme with LifeWorks Perks

  • Term time only

  • NEST Pension Scheme.

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13. Parish Council Information

The Play Area on the Community Field will be closed for a few days during w/c 2 November while fencing is erected. This period has been chosen to avoid the half-term break. The facilities at the Playing Field will remain available.

14. Christmas 2020 PINK Orange Scheme

Throughout the 2020 school summer holidays, PINK Orange developed and delivered a ground-breaking pilot service across Suffolk with an aim to help fight food poverty.


The Pink Orange project consists of sourcing healthy, nutritional, fresh, and ambient products that are combined in our ‘Food Hub’, to form Pink Orange ingredient kits, which contain the exact quantities of food needed to make a number of family meals throughout each week.


These kits were then distributed directly to families whose children are recipients of free school meals, each week, throughout the school holiday period, directly combating holiday hunger at the source.


PINK Orange is back and we’re now open for registrations for Christmas 2020.

15. REMINDER - Early Help Club (Breakfast and After School)

The next half term’s Early Help Club sessions go live for you to book from 9 am tomorrow - Saturday 24th October. We’ve found that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays have been particularly popular so if you need a place on those days we’d advise you to book as soon as you can. If you then find that you don’t need a place, please let the office staff know at the earliest opportunity.


As always, please ensure your child has a healthy snack.


Please note that Mondays will now be Target Games and Tuesdays will be Basketball.

16. Free School Meals

We’d like to remind all families that you may be eligible for Free School Meals. We actively encourage you to apply for income-based Free School Meals (FSM) if you think you are eligible, even if your child is in YR/Y1/Y2 and in receipt of Universal Infant Free School Meals. This is because the school will benefit from a Pupil Premium payment and you will continue to receive Free School Meals until they leave primary school. To check if your child is eligible, see Suffolk County Council guidance and apply online (https://bit.ly/SuffFSM) for an immediate response, or call 0345 606 6067 for advice.

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).

17. Help Active Suffolk shape their Children & Young People offer!

Active Suffolk have been in touch asking us to promote a survey they are asking all young people in Suffolk (or their parents/carers) to take part in.


“At Active Suffolk we are currently working to revise our offer to Children and Young People across the county by revising our five year plan. As part of this work, we have teamed up with Healthwatch Suffolk to carry out some research. Rather than making the decisions ourselves, we are working with Healthwatch Suffolk to gather insight from children and young people from school years, year 1 – 11.


The survey which has been created as part of this project is to be completed by parents/ carers of children from year 1 – 2 and pupils in year 3 – 11 in Suffolk or the young people themselves. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous and not linked to an individual’s contact details or name in any way.


If you’re a parent, carer or young person please complete the survey (below) by Monday 2nd November 2020.”

18. Playground Covid-19 Etiquette

We’d like to remind you that our Risk Assessment (Section 22) states:

  • One parent to do drop off;

  • A one-way system will be put in place for parents, laminated card on gates; enter via small pedestrian gate, leave via the larger gate;

  • Parents should drop off at the school gate;

  • Parents/carers are to maintain a 2m distance (where possible) between them and others, using a common-sense approach, at pick-up time.

19. School Improvement Activity

  1. To implement high-quality numeracy across the school - I am delighted to announce that we are beginning the first year of a 4-year journey with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to develop the vital skills and practices to build a sustainable, mastery approach to mathematics teaching and learning.
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20. Safeguarding

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

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe

We told you last week about the Speak Out Stay Safe programme. The NSPCC kindly offers this programme free-of-charge to schools but they welcome donations for their work. If you are able and willing to contribute, please make a donation to the NSPCC here.