Return to Glory

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 12th March 2021

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

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Contents

1. Return to Glory

2. Welcome Back

3. Rowan's Adventures...

4. Hazel's Exploits...

5. The Forest Schools All-Weather Suits Get Their First Usage!

6. Wrap-around Care

7. World Book Day

8. Term Dates 2021-2022

9. OPAL Sheds And An Old Friend

10. Voicemail greeting

11. Messy Church - Special Mothers In The Bible

12. Government Information About Lateral Flow Testing

13. Uniform Price Rise

14. Easter holiday activities flyer

15. Easter holiday tennis camp - Walsham

16. SCC Easter Holiday food scheme

17. Exciting Events On The Horizon...

18. Extending the School Day

19. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

1. Return to Glory

Good morning everyone,


Well, we did it! We all returned safely and positively so a huge congratulations to you all.


It's been amazing to see the school come to life again and (despite certain restrictions still being in place for experiences such as collective worship) it is truly wonderful to have all the children, staff, parents/carers back together as a community, eco-system, and team!


I have been immensely impressed with how the children have returned to school life and the demands of the daily timetable. We are, of course, continuing with wellbeing and PSHE as a primary focus but it's also been excellent to see the curriculum become reborn with children in the classroom and around the school grounds.


In response to the pandemic (and some curriculum time having been parked), we have started to implement an assessment system to support your child(ren). The staff will be focusing on phonics/reading (tracking their phonic phases and using the Salford reading age test), and maths (using the 'Ready to Progress' criteria - please see below). More information will follow shortly but we intend to share this information with you in the next parents' evening.


For now, let's celebrate that it has been a 'Return to Glory and long may this continue.


Have a great weekend everyone!


Mr. Francksen

Executive Headteacher

Attendance - year to date = 97.8%

2. Welcome Back...

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Thank you to Sophia’s mum and dad for donating the balloon garland to the school.

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3. Rowan's Adventures...

How did it all get so busy so quickly!? This week has been full of Spring spotting walks, gravity-defying gymnastics, story writing maps, more and more 2 digit numbers, science investigations, Mother’s Day cards, World book day dressing up, and a sprinkling of cake making. Rowan Class definitely needs the weekend.


A reminder that Rowan Class pupils will need PE kit on next Wednesday and Forest School clothes (including a full change of clothes, in case they get wet in the pingo pond, please) on Friday.
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4. Hazel's Exploits...

The children have really enjoyed learning about medieval castles this week. We’ve had lots of discussions and used our inferencing skills when looking at who lived/worked at a castle, in history, and where the best place to build a castle would be, in geography. To link with our topic, we are focussing on the narrative George and the Dragon in our literacy lessons. In science, we are looking at patterns in motion and we visited the park to explore different patterns in motion on the play equipment. The children had a wonderful time!

5. The Forest Schools All Weather Suits Get Their First Usage!

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6. Wrap-around Care

Bardwell would like to continue to offer FREE high-quality wrap-around care, throughout the week. In order to do this, we would like to ask your opinions about our current and ongoing club's provision.


Our aim is to continue to attract as many pupils as possible and to offer a range of activities and experiences e.g. allowing them to get active, have fun alongside their peers, develop their social and emotional skills, enjoy sport and team games.


Please complete the form below to aid us in offering the best possible provision imaginable.


Thank you, Mr. Hurkett

7. World Book Day

We had a wonderful array of costumes again this year - both words and characters. We had a trio of Wimpy Kids, a circle of wizards, and a forestful of woodland creatures including Fantastic Mr. Fox, Uki the rabbit, and the Owl that said Wow!


Your child should have brought home their World Book Day token this week, we have plenty of spares so do ask Mrs. Allman if you need one.


Information from the World Book Day website about voucher redemption: Families can redeem their £1 token in lockdown OR hold on to it to use later. Bookshops are offering new ways to make the £1 books available, and bookshops will welcome families when they open again (the tokens will be honoured beyond 28 March – while stocks last).


Please check https://booksellers.org.uk/wbd for information about retailers open near you and contact them for information about ways to redeem the token before you visit.
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8. Term Dates 2021-2022

These are also noted on the School’s online calendar and can be found in the online brochure too.

9. OPAL Sheds And An Old Friend

One of our former pupils, George, helped handyman Peter over the last week to build some new storage sheds for our OPAL equipment.


When we asked George about his memories of Bardwell, he said, “Having to run such short races on Sports Day and ending up running into that hedge, we only had this little space” (the grassed area next to Oak Class). As well as liking the school’s larger sports field, he also said he was envious of all the play equipment, especially the tyres. George is now at secondary school and we asked him what he likes most about it, he said pupils moving onto secondary will enjoy learning more subjects in more depth. George particularly enjoys science, design technology, and PE.

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10. Voicemail greeting

We’ve just changed the voicemail greeting - our current voice superstar is Josh.

11. Messy Church - Special Mothers In The Bible

For more information about this Saturday's Messy Church, please click the link below.

12. Government Information About Lateral Flow Testing

Regular rapid testing is now available for parents, their households, and bubbles. Regular rapid testing is a fast and easy way to find out if you have coronavirus and help protect your loved ones and community. It’s free and takes around 30 minutes. For more information, please see below.

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13. Uniform Price Rise

Gooddies have informed us that they will be applying a small price increase to some of the items in our range.

14. Easter holiday activities flyer

We have agreed to circulate details of this Easter holiday club programme to be held in Bury St Edmunds. Please note that the School is not involved in the event and any queries should be directed to the organiser.

15. Easter holiday tennis camp - Walsham

We have agreed to circulate details of this Easter holiday tennis activity programme. Please note that the School is not involved in the event and any queries should be directed to the organiser.

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16. SCC Easter Holiday food scheme

This information comes from Chrissie Geeson, Head of Localities at Suffolk County Council


If your child is eligible for free school meals, or if you are facing hardship, we encourage you to register for a food parcel that will be delivered to you by our partner The Pink Orange. To register, you must complete a short online form on the Smart Survey web page smartsurvey.co.uk/s/easterholidays, or scan the QR code in the attached letter. You will be required to provide your child’s details and to consent to these being shared with us at Suffolk County Council to enable us to check eligibility. Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the form online, please call The Pink Orange on 07553 894 233. You must register before 5pm on 15th March 2021. Visit our website healthysuffolk.org.uk for further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme.

17. Exciting Events On The Horizon...

  • Wednesday 17th March - Jamie Knight, world-renowned freestyle footballer in for a whole school Enrichment Day. See Jamie’s website showreel for a taster;

  • Wednesday 24th March - Whole school Enrichment sessions on maps and orienteering with Adrian Hall of Active Outdoor Discovery;

  • Saturday 27th March to Sunday 11th April - Easter holiday;

  • After 19th April (date TBC) - Woodland Trust tree planting session;

  • Friday 23rd - 30th April - Travelling Book Fair;

  • Friday 30th April - England Does the Daily Mile;

  • Monday 12th April - the launch of new EATS school menu;

  • Monday 3rd May - May Day bank holiday, no staff or pupils in school;

  • Thursday 6th May - Whole school trip to Thorpe Woodlands;

  • Thursday May 20th - Outdoor Classroom Day;

  • Spring/Summer Term - Parents/carers’ Consultations (TBC);

  • Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June - May half-term holiday;

  • Tuesday 8th June - Class and whole school photographs, smart school uniform, please;

  • Wednesday 30th June, Thursday 1st July - Suffolk Agricultural Association event in school (taking place of Schools Farm & Country Fair);

  • Y6 pupils transition events (TCC transition days 13th & 15th July, SET Ixworth 29th June & 30th June);

  • New YR transition morning - Wednesday 14th July. Families of September YR starters will be contacted after Offer Day with further details;

  • Y6 Leavers’ trip - Wednesday 7th July (Provisional date, TBC);

  • Leavers’ service & achievement awards, whole school - Monday 12th July (Provisional date, TBC);

  • Sports Day (Thursday 10th June with 17th June as ‘backup’, in case of poor weather);

  • Monday 19th July - last day for pupils in school;

  • Tuesday 20th July - PD Day, no pupils in school.

18. Extending the School Day?

Please complete this form to offer your views on a potential extending of the Bardwell School Day.

19. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

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