Headteacher Newsletter - Autumn 2020
1. Welcome Back!
2. Back to school and it's great!
3. Risk Assessment
4. Early Help Offer
8. Playground Conversations
1. Welcome Back!
I am delighted to confirm that our average attendance thus far (since pupils returned to school on Thursday 3rd September) is 98.1% and I would like to thank you all for placing your trust and confidence in the school. Now, we haven't got everything spot on, however, we continue to endeavour to navigate and adapt to a very new and challenging landscape. It has been a difficult time for everyone; the staff have had to adapt and take onboard measures they've never had to before and all with less than 2 days to prepare! I, therefore, ask for your understanding with any system changes and day-to-day adaptations. Please bear with us.
Our Risk Assessment is still very much a focal point of the day-to-day functioning of Bardwell. This 'live' document has formed the basis for ensuring everyone feels safe, supported and able to strive forwards; please do continue to check in on the document and any changes that may have happened since you last looked.
Have a fantastic weekend!
2. Back to school and it's great
Welcome to all new starters and their families - settling in!
Our new Enrichment Leader, Mr Hurkett, shares a story with Rowan Class
Rowan Class enjoy their new outdoor provision. Exciting times!
Hazel Class get back to learning the fundamentals
Forest Schools is back!!!
Bikeability has started for Oak already!
We are looking for one or more people to become a Midday Supervisor at Bardwell School. This involves supervising at lunch service and during outdoor play and learning (OPAL); to include helping the pupils, administering first aid and clearing/tidying the lunch area. You will be paid at Grade 1, £9.25 per hour and would be needed to work from midday to 1pm during term time.
This is a great opportunity for you to become more involved with the school and you will receive full training. There may also be opportunities to become involved with breakfast club and in accompanying school trips. A DBS check is required for this role. If interested, please complete the form emailed on 4th September and return it to the office; then we'll arrange an informal interview with the Head. Hard copies are available from the office.
3. Risk Assessment
4. Early Help Club Offer
Due to, essentially, functioning as a school bubble, we will be offering clubs from Monday 14th September. We are also delighted to announce that this year all our club provisions will be FREE of charge. Our maximum number for a club, at the moment, is 16 pupils.
Please see the Club Timetable below. If you would like to book a club, please visit your Arbor account to sign up.
Communications Flow chart
Class 'Dojo' Communications
Class Dojo is closely aligned to our behaviour policy, therefore, we will be using it to create a positive culture in relation to the Bardwell Behaviours. Children will be able to earn a 'Dojo' for demonstrating any of the school's 6 behaviours: inquisitive, courageous, resilient, kind communicator, aspirational and reflective. These will then also count towards the school's house point system.
In addition to 'Dojos', teachers and pupils will also be able to share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios. We think this is great because it is about giving children a voice.
Finally, Class Dojo also has the feature where informative communications can take place between yourselves and your child(ren)'s teacher.
We will shortly be sending you out a code, therefore, please accept and join the community of Class Dojo.
No Resources Needed!
8. Playground Conversations (overheard)...
Y6 pupil: "I love Year 6, my cousin told me it was the best year at primary school and he was right."
Y1 pupil: "But Year 1 is absolutely brilliant."
Y6 pupil: "Year 1 is good, but just you wait, school keeps getting better and better every year."
Forest Schools Feedback...
Staff Member: "Why is Forest Schools so good?"
Year 6 pupil: "Because being outside and doing stuff like den building is so relaxing and it helps you let off all the energy you have inside and think about other things. Then when you go into class it is much easier to focus and concentrate on things, as you don't feel so fidgety."
Drones and fish
Mrs Boyd would like to ask any anglers out there if they could donate a whole fish to the class. She is also looking for someone who can legally record drone footage of the school from above and share it with her. Please contact the office or Mrs Boyd if you can help?