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Dear Parents,

 Today is World Teachers Day. It is held yearly on October 5th and since its set up in 1994, the day celebrates the marking of the “teaching in Freedom” in 1996. Its point is to centre around “acknowledging, evaluating and enhancing the instructors of the world” and to give a chance to consider the issues identified with educators and the teaching process in general.

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela.

I feel all the more grateful for our teachers here in this school and the facilities that we have this week as we have been hearing from the Men of Bidborough as they visit our friends in Tanzania. On Thursday, we were able to connect via Skype during Worship and Praise. The joy at this connection was evident on the children faces, both here and in Kibaigwa. The children in the school there, now equipped with desks following our support a couple of years ago, face many challenges in their education. From long walks to school to lacking teaching materials, the children and teachers there are dedicated to achieving change through education. The BlinK representatives also visited a school for the deaf and a secondary school in the town. They listened to plans to build a girls’ dormitory in one school so that more girls can attend school as the proportion of girls receiving education drops sharply as the children get older.

 We have had lots of prospective parents visit us over the past couple of weeks and it is always with a huge sense of pride that I am able to talk about what makes Bidborough such a special place to work and learn. The Year 6 tour guides inevitably rise to the occasion and are great ambassadors. If you have a younger sibling coming up to school age, bear in mind that the admissions website (www.kent.gov.uk/ola) opens on Monday 5th November.

Our teachers will be available for Learning Reviews on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of October. There is one exception with Year 6 Learning Reviews taking place on the Wednesday and Thursday. Sign-up sheets will be available from Monday morning.

 Also, from Monday, we are trialling new access arrangements. If you have a child in Reception, please continue to use the top gate for drop off and pick up as usual. As before, siblings of Reception children can also use this gate. We would ask that ALL other children are dropped off and collected from the main front doors.

 Breakfast club children will continue to enter through the hall doors. If you are a regular user of Breakfast Club, you should have received notification that we will be handing over this service to Bidboro’Out. If you wish to use this service, please do pick up some information from the office or via the Bidboro’Out website (there is a link on our website).

 We are still open to new parent volunteers in school. There are 2 specific roles that we are looking for at the moment: firstly, a couple of volunteers who can come into school at 2.30pm, before pick up, to hear some of our Reception children read (not Reception parents, please). Secondly, we are looking for volunteers to help around school in a more practical sense – gardening, sweeping, tidying outdoor areas for example.

 Finally, but very importantly, please remember that we are a NUT FREE school. We have seen some cereal bars containing nuts coming into school for afternoon snack for example. As you will appreciate, it is potentially life-threatening for some children to come into contact with nuts so please do not send any into school.

 Please remember to keep hold of your weekend newspapers – we will be needing lots for our upcoming STEM day.

 Enjoy the autumn sunshine.

 Kind regards,

 Julie Burton

Headteacher

Weekly news - 5th Oct