Ready to Hurdle?!

Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 22nd March 2021

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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Contents

1. Ready to Fall?!

2. Rowan's Adventures...

3. Hazel's Exploits...

4. Oak's Endeavours...

5. After-school Achievements

6. Wraparound provision/Breakfast & After School Clubs

7. Around the World Challenge update

8. OPAL

9. Good to Grow

10. Easter Holiday Sports Clubs

11. Arbor’s SMS provider

12. School Zigzags and School Lane parking

13. Term Dates 2021-2022

14. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

1. Ready to Fall?!

Good morning everyone,


WOW...what a week! It's been non-stop; there have been plenty of highs and a few hurdles to navigate. As always, the children, staff, parents, and community of Bardwell have pulled together to show what a wonderful little village and school this is! We may be small but we definitely pack a punch!


It seems strange to be facing only one more week before another break from the school children; that said, it will hopefully provide a good pit-stop before fully cracking on with the summer term and all the joy that this brings.


I have scheduled two parents evenings upon our return; these will be:


  • Wednesday 28th April From 3.15-5.15 pm
  • Wednesday 5th May From 4 - 6 pm


This will hopefully give you a chance to speak to your child(ren)'s teacher about the recent return to school and how they are adapting to the social, emotional, and academic demands. Your child's teacher will be in contact to arrange an appointment, either via a face-to-face meeting or telephone call.


Let's hope there are fewer hurdles this week. However, remember 'If you're not ready to fall, you're not ready to hurdle.'



Have a great week everyone!


Mr. Francksen

Executive Headteacher

2. Rowan's Adventures...

This week has been jam-packed. Lots of tricky problem solving in maths, a morning of football merriment, writing a WHOLE paragraph in English and investigating the incredible resilience of wild animals, and looking at what we can learn from them.


We have continued to describe materials and look at their properties, as well as take our spelling tests and complete our number bond challenges. Huge congratulations to Freddie and Sidney who both passed their Bronze Level number bonds challenge. We’ve also, collectively now read 375 books on EPIC. Rowan Class is on fire! By Friday, we all needed to cool off in the Bardwell Spa aka the Pingo Pond!

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3. Hazel's Exploits...


The children had a fantastic enrichment day, learning football freestyle tricks! We have also been working hard on fractions this week, using our reasoning skills to answer some tricky questions. The children have nearly finished their literacy topic which means next week we will be creating our own narrative all about dragons!

4. Oak's Endeavours...

Oak class have had a lovely week and particularly enjoyed Wednesday afternoon when they had two fantastically contrasting activities. First, they explored prayer spaces, created by Dinkie Williamson, which provided them with the opportunity to be still and think about feelings and thoughts (see photograph below). Children commented that the den with the finger labyrinth, provided by Vicar Karen, was one of the best places ever! They then moved on to participate in an inspiring ball skills masterclass with Jamie Knight which was an experience I’m sure they will remember forever. This linked well to our new English unit which focuses on an adaptation of the poem ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou. Children were taught about stars who have been inspired by the poem and watched a powerful reading by tennis legend Serena Williams.

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5. After-school Achievements

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6. Wraparound provision/Breakfast & After School Clubs

Thanks to everyone who has completed the survey so far; we have used your responses to help tailor our club's offer for the Summer term and we are pretty pleased with what’s on offer. Have a look at the club's timetable to see the activity(ies) at each after-school club for the Summer term from Monday 12th April, and note that booking will go live on Saturday 27th March at midday.


Please remember to let the office know if your child’s place is no longer needed on any After School Club session as we have a high demand on some days and keep a waiting list.


There is still time to respond to the survey; it closes on 29th March.


Parent feedback:


“This has been fantastic for my children! They absolutely love it! It's been great for their fitness, mental health, and in times of such uncertainty and lockdowns...This structure and routine are much needed! Thank you to all involved!


“As a working parent, I feel very lucky to have the wrap-around care in place, not to mention that we are offered this without a cost implication! It really does take a lot of stress and worry out of finding childcare!”

7. Around the World Challenge update

We've only got 3 days to go everyone...so remember to log those last few miles.

8. OPAL

Creativity and resourcefulness demonstrated in the playground this week as groups of children collaborated to build a sturdy OPAL treehouse.

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9. Good to Grow

We are feeling very ‘good to grow’ at the moment as we’ve been successful in our applications for free seed potatoes via the Grow Your Own Potatoes project and also for Innocent Drinks Big Grow seed kits.


Keep an eye on those raised beds which will be filling up soon.

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10. Easter Holiday Sports Clubs

Thank you to all those who expressed an interest in your child(ren) attending sports clubs during the Easter holiday on Tuesday 30th March and Wednesday 31st March. We have now booked the GVTSSP instructors for both days and you should have received an email confirming that your place(s) have been reserved.


The provision is FREE but we do ask that you commit to the club session(s) you’ve booked for, otherwise, we will need to make a charge to you (£7 half-day, £12.50 full day) to help cover our costs. The clubs run from 9.00-15.30 each day and children should arrive in suitable PE kit including footwear. Don’t forget to provide water, weather-appropriate clothing/hat, sunscreen, and a packed lunch for those attending a full day.


If you’d like to book a place, please get in touch with the office staff to find out if there is space available.

11. Arbor’s SMS provider

Our communications provider, Arbor, have informed us they will be switching their SMS provider next Monday, 22nd March 2021, so will be using a new bank of mobile numbers. They say,

“The old numbers (if you reply to a text) will continue to work for 1 week, but after 29th March 2021, they will be switched off. Anyone who responds to an old SMS from one of these numbers after 29th March will receive a reply asking them to contact their child’s school via alternative means.”

12. School Zigzags and School Lane parking

We’d like to remind all families that morning dropoff is from 8.35 am. The county council taxis need to be within the school’s gate area from 8.30-8.35am for a safe handover of pupils to our staff, so we encourage you to arrive after they’ve gone so you can cross the road easily.


Please don’t park on the school’s zigzags, even partially, particularly the one to the left of the school gate. One of our near neighbours in the lane opposite the gate is very poorly and we need to ensure that access is always possible for an ambulance.


Parking is available along School Lane, in the outer parking spaces of School Close, at the Dun Cow pub, and by the church porch. Thank you.

13. Term Dates 2021-2022

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

14. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

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