Springing into Easter

Head Teacher Newsletter 4th April 2022

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It's a jam-packed newsletter for the last week of this term, with lots of news and photos.

This Friday (8th April) is a PD Day, so the last day in school for children is Thursday.

Also reminders that Monday 2nd May is the early Spring Bank Holiday and that Bardwell will be taking its discretionary Bank Holiday for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Friday 27th May.

While you have your diary out, also note that class and whole school photographs (and Y6 Leavers' photo) will be taken on Wednesday 18th May - a change from the date previously given to you. Please ensure your child(ren) are in smart school uniform that day, and have their colourful sweatshirt with them.

We hope you all have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the inevitable chocolate overload!

Ukraine fundraising grand total = £138

Thank you to everyone who contributed and to Oak Class for making and selling their beautiful lino-printed cards.

Prayer tree for Ukraine

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New menu for School Lunches

Please see the new 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.

Hazel Class - portraits with the family

Hazel Class pupils welcomed their families in this week to continue their work on 'Who Do You Think You Are' portraiture and family trees. Pupils had decided where and how they wanted to photograph their families. Visitors could also view the pupils' exhibition of painted portraits, which are inspired by Andy Warhol.
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Oak Class Zoology Live Learning

This story was written by Oscar T, one of our pupil journalists.

Tuesday 29th March 2022

Today Oak Class had a Google Meet with the Zoology Museum in Cambridge. We had a lot of fun. Did you know Charles Darwin was not a good student and he had a beetle collection?

Pippa said, "I really loved it and I would love to do it again".

We learned Charles Darwin was more interested in mockingbirds than finches while he was at the Galapagos Islands.

After the Google Meet we looked at some skulls and their main features, then drew them.

I was very impressed by your students – with their curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject, they were lovely to work with. Dr Roz Wade from the Zoology Museum, Cambridge.

The image below was selected by Oscar - it shows a rhino skeleton at the Museum and you can see the class in the small window, bottom right!

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Silver Birch Class - printmaking

More lovely feedback from Katie, the printmaker:

"Thank you so much to everyone at the school for making me feel so welcome and for launching in to the workshops with such enthusiasm! It was great to work with all those fabulous young artists."

Rowan Class welcome customers to Harry's Cafe

The children made invitations, menus, the food out of playdoh, poured drinks, created a security team at the entrance to the cafe, made toys for the table, decided on music for the event, made place cards, took payment with paper money they made and waved off their guests with a wonderful thank you and goodbye!
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After School Club - cancellation of Thursday sessions & new themes

It is with regret that we have to cancel the Thursday sessions of our After School club provision, after Easter. Gipping Valley Sports Partnership have an ongoing shortage of suitable instructors and at present, they can't provide an instructor. We have looked into alternatives from a commercial provider but, given the usual numbers that attend, we would need to charge a high fee for each session, c. £15-20 per pupil.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The themes after Easter will be:

  • 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 (bookings will open this weekend) and let us know if you need to cancel so that we can free up the space for another pupil.

Thank you,

Mrs Allman

PTA - news & dates for your diary

Foolish Friday - thank you for all the chocolate donations, and well done for the kooky costumes and crazy hairstyles!

Cake Sale at the end of school on Thursday 7th April - this time it's Oak Class pupils' turn to make/buy cake and bring them into school that morning. All children/parents/carers/staff can then bring in money to buy in the afternoon.

Easter Raffle - tickets will be on sale in the last week of term. Please buy lots of tickets!

Sale Trail - Saturday 30th April, 10am-2pm. Please come along to browse and buy at this event, or run a stall to clear out your clutter! Pitches are £5, the trail map is a 50p minimum donation. Contact us on bardwellpta@gmail.com to book your pitch - before 22/04 to be included on the map. There will be a small number of pitches available at the School for those who aren't resident in Bardwell.

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Reading for Pleasure - newsletter 9

Here are this week’s recommended reads from me, with an Easter theme.

Miss Mansfield, Literacy Co-ordinator

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Government information - COVID-19 vaccination programme

Update on COVID-19 vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds and 12 to 15 year olds (from the Department for Education)

The in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme will end on Friday 1 April. 12 to 15 year olds will still be able to access the vaccine outside of school, at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or walk-in centre.

Healthy 5 to 11 year olds will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine from the beginning of April. Vaccinations will take place outside of school, in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GP surgeries and walk-in centres. Parents of 5 to 11 year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information on the vaccine.

For 5 to 11 year old and 12 to 15 year old vaccinations, please signpost parents to where they can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online, at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without needing an appointment. Appointments and walk-ins can be accessed for 12 to 15 year olds now, and bookings will open up for 5 to 11 year olds from the beginning of April.

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Flu immunisation service - survey

Dear Parents/Carers,

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support to us last year with helping us deliver the School Flu Programme.

We are looking for any feedback you can give us which will help us improve for this year.

Any feedback you can give will be extremely helpful and appreciated

Please see the link below:

Parent and Carer survey link for schools to send out:


Thank you again for all your support and we look forward to working with you again later this year

Kind Regards,

Samantha Payne | Suffolk Immunisation Administrator

The Epi Centre | Haverhill | Suffolk | CB9 7LR

Baby & Toddler Group

It was great to welcome some parents to the Baby & Toddler Group last week. Attending a social group like this can help extend/build social networks for all those who've had a baby during the pandemic and had limited opportunities to meet with other families. Also, it's a great way for any September YR starters to meet the little people that will become their classmates!

The group will 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.

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Swimming lessons (Y3 to Y6) - action required

Please read the letter giving information about swimming lessons, with a link to a Google Form that you need to complete by 24th April.

Holiday Activities Fund (HAF) activities

From Hana Richardson/Will Wright, Families and Communities team at West Suffolk Council.

The Department for Education has committed three more years of funding to the HAF (Holidays Activity Fund) initiative, which predominately aims at supporting our most vulnerable families and children. Those on free school meals, pupil premium or where there is an identified need outside of these criteria can apply for free holiday activities and healthy food at a range of venues and offers across the district.

The scheme is kicking off in 2022 with another full schedule in the West for the Easter holidays, and will go on to include a full Summer and Christmas programme also.

We have even more providers working with us this year and offers include:

All of these offers include healthy lunches and snacks throughout the day. The Family Park Cooking days include a food parcel for families to take away at the end of session, with fresh food and recipe cards to feed a family of four for a week.

To see a full schedule of dates and event details on offer across West Suffolk see the attached table.

For any more information including support to book spaces please contact Hana at families.communities@westsuffolk.gov.uk

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

Government update following the announcement on living with COVID-19

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April. Most of the COVID-19 specific guidance for education and childcare settings will now be withdrawn from GOV.​UK.

New and updated UKHSA guidance for the general population, which will also be relevant to education and childcare settings, includes:

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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Gooddies Uniform - website change

Our school uniform supplier has advised us that their web address for Bardwell ordering has changed. It is now


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Easter Holiday activity programme - GVTSSP

Camp 11-14 April 2022

Mon 11 April: AM- Skateboarding OR Target Games / PM- BMX OR Skateboarding

Tue 12 April: AM-Ipswich Town Football OR Gymnastics / PM - Ipswich Town Football OR Dance OR Parkour

Wed 13 April: AM-Nerf and Laser Tag / PM- Nerf and Laser Tag

Thurs 14 April: AM Multi games and Inflatables / PM -Multi games and Inflatables

AGES: 5 – 12 Venue: Beyton, Thurston Sixth (IP30 9AQ)

Flyer /Booking form Attached


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Easter Tennis Holiday Camps 2022

Walsham Le Willows Tennis Club, 8 Summer Road, Bury, IP31 3AH

A great way to get into tennis or to improve your existing skills

Aged 4 – 14 - Children Ranging from Beginner advanced level will be grouped of similar ability. On each day a different stroke will be coached & practiced. The course will cover the ABC, (Agility Balance & Control). We will also play popular games like Tennis Cricket, Friend like Foe which the children love.

Dates Times

Camp :- 13th, 14th & 15th April 9am - 12 noon

3 day Camp Costs: £65 (Payment Can be made online to secure)

Single Days: £25 10% Sib Disc on 2nd Child

Please note- Appropriate clothing in case of inclement weather/ sunshine, plenty of drinks & snacks. Contact Giles Davey 07887 547981

or Email Giles@daveytennis.com for further info.

See attached application form

Kinetic Kids Holiday Clubs are back for the Easter holidays!!

Running on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April in Claydon and Bury St Edmunds, with the additional dates of the 13th in Bury and 21st and 22nd April in Claydon. Our clubs run from 10:00 - 15:30.

Come and join us for some Holiday Club fun. We have action packed days planned with lots of seasonal themed games, arts and crafts, team games and science activities!

Our Holiday Clubs are for children aged from 6 -14 years, and are broken into the below age groups:

KS1: For children from 6-7 years old

KS2: For children from 8-11 years old

KS3: For children from 12-14 years old

Our clubs are £30 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, “looked after children” or vulnerable children. To reserve a space, please email for a booking form, instructions on how to make the payment if needed 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 advice, please contact us on:

Tel: 01473 830077
Email: kinetickidseastanglia@gmail.com

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Information from New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

It would be brilliant if you could please pass this information on to any of your students who might be interested in joining our groups. Please note that bursary places are available for young people who may not otherwise be able to access our activity.

Our Youth Theatres are a great place to make friends, explore creativity and develop theatre-making skills with professional practitioners and artists.

As we have a limited number of spaces, we are running an application and selection process. We will let people know the outcome of this as soon as possible after the application deadline.

To apply for a place please fill in this form by Monday 25th April.

For ease I have included all of the group, dates and fee info below, but you can also pass the following link on to families for them to find this on our website:



W/c Monday 25th April - w/c 11th July (no sessions in half term, Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June).

Youth Theatre 1 (school years 3&4 / age 7-9yrs) meet on Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm at NW2, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS.


Prices given on a full term basis.

Standard Plus: £75 (For those who can and wish to pay a little more per term, this rate will help us to provide bursary places for young people who would otherwise be unable to access a weekly group.)

Standard: £60

Second child: £40

Means-tested (Universal credit or a young person living independently): £30

Bursary (free) places are also available. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a Bursary place or have any questions or queries about Youth Theatre: sthomas@wolseytheatre.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes


Sian Thomas

Creative Communities Producer (Young People)

she/ her

New Wolsey Theatre

Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS

01473 295900


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Aldeburgh Young Musicians information

Applications for Aldeburgh Young Musicians are now open!

Deadline 9th April 2022.

Application flyer: click here for info

Part of the national network of Centres for Advanced Training, Aldeburgh Young Musicians facilitates the musical development of over 50 passionate young people, unlocking their potential through a range of inspirational and immersive residential courses and additional activities at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.

Members of AYM have access to some of the best musical training on offer, collaborating with expert professional musicians and like-minded peers to explore a diverse range of musical styles and approaches.

We welcome applications from any young musician aged 10 – 17 who would like to be a part of this exciting programme.

Please see the attached and visit our website for more information on the programme and how to apply.

We are very fortunate to be able to offer financial support to many of our students and are committed to ensuring that no one is prevented from accessing AYM due to financial concerns. Please do get in touch should you have any queries.

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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.