Dear Parents,

We are delighted to announce that Bidborough Church of England Primary School, have achieved the GOLD School Games Mark Award. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

This award recognises the large proportion of young people competing in local inter-school competitions and we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. A special thanks to Mrs Ronaldson who has coordinated so many of our efforts in this area.

Also to be celebrated is the fantastic evening enjoyed by many at the Young Voices event at the O2. It was a privilege to accompany the 60 children from Key Stage 2 as they sang along with seven and a half thousand other children. They were so well prepared, thanks to Mrs Bateup and Mrs Lindley, and were an absolute pleasure to be with. Thanks also to Mr Orpin, Mrs Sharpe, Miss Cheeseman and Miss Sands for joining us on the long day and getting involved (I know you spotted their dance moves!). It was great that so many of you could come along and we are looking forward to doing it all again in 2020!

As I write this, there are lots of children enjoying movies. What a great way to end the term – I hope they all manage to keep their eyes open! Thank you to the parents that are here supervising, that have made lots of sandwiches, collected and organised slips and will be clearing up at the end.

I met with some parents and pupil representatives this term and have created some healthy snack guidance. The Year 6 children have been trialling these new guidelines in class and their teacher, Mrs Pollard, is already seeing the benefits. To summarise, snacks can be: fresh or dried fruit, fresh veg with a dip, plain rice cakes, crackers and cheese, breadsticks. Snacks should be brought in named, re-useable pots and have little or no packaging (Fruit winders, Yo-Yo bears and cereals bars are not permitted). Our no nuts policy across the school must be strictly adhered to. I have also attached the Eat-Well guide. The SNAG group will be meeting again next term to discuss school lunches, so look out for the next date if you want to get involved.

Congratulations to our football team who were in action last night. Our ‘home’ games are now played at the all weather pitch at St Gregory’s. The team played St Matthew’s who are currently top of the league. The children began with some trepidation on a cold evening with Isaac and Mylo bravely boosting defence, William taking a lot of strikes from the competition and Marcus going on to score twice! They held the opposition to a very creditable draw, 2-2. We are very proud of them. Thanks also to Mr Handschuh who stepped in to referee at the last minute.

This week, we involved all the children in Safer Internet Day. The theme this year was ‘Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you’. The children looked at how the internet can be used to make people happy and ‘fill our buckets’. The E-Safety Champions presented an assembly to the school which reinforced the message about being considerate about what you do on-line and mirroring how you act in real-life. Thanks to Mr Orpin for organising the activities.

What a lot of thank yous! Please also note the Governor’s newsletter which is attached.

I hope you all have a good break and we look forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday 19th February.

Kind regards,

Julie Burton

Newsletter 19