Well the end of Term 5 certainly caught me by surprise. It has indeed been a whirlwind of a term but what an enjoyable one! It has been a term of sporting achievements and it didn’t stop this week. Our footballers came away with the league trophy this week, our cricketing teams were in action on Tuesday and Wednesday and we heard the news of the astonishing amount raised by our ‘Spend a Penny’ mini marathon!
As a smaller school, we are allegedly somewhat at a disadvantage with a smaller pool of children to choose from. And yet, we gain so much from our sports, whether we are placed or simply take part. We do see an incredible amount of success – our cricketers came second on Wednesday for example – but this is a small part of what our children gain: The opportunity to come together as a team, to collaborate towards a shared aim, to take on the competition with courage, to celebrate in every achievement. Another teacher commented on how charming our children were at the cricket and all our teams represent the school with pride. As I show around prospective parents to our school, I emphasise our aim to give children these opportunities not just in sports but in as many areas of life as possible! As we come into our last term of the year, I hope that we have given many children the chance to have a shining moment.
Term 6 has more sporting opportunities planned, culminating in Sports Day on 5th July. An early reminder that teams compete in their house colours for sports day, so check you have a plain, coloured t-shirt for the day (St Andrew’s in blue, St David’s in yellow, St George’s in red and St Patrick’s in green). Please ensure that your child always has their full PE kit in school, including trainers. Whilst classes have do have a routine for their PE lessons, we also adapt our timetables weekly to accommodate other events, so PE can happen on any day!
Our final term is another busy one and I have added an up-to-date list of events at the end of this newsletter. We return to a week of Enterprise activities. Remember, the children are encourage to return to school on Tuesday dressed as someone from a STEM profession. On Friday morning, we invite you to come and see what the children have been preparing (preferably with some change in your pockets). The children have come up with some really exciting ideas and are already looking forward to the week. For those families who have not experienced an Enterprise Week in school before, the children have a budget of £2 per child to pool and build upon. They plan, design, create, promote, sell and evaluate their products. They calculate their costs and, hopefully, their profits. Following this, the children will consider what to do with their profits. We give them a free choice on this. They are even allowed to buy something for their class. And yet, each time we do this, the children present ideas to their classes in support of various life-changing and often personally significant charities. It truly is one of my favourite weeks of the school year!
I know many of you have managed to get away this week, so wherever you are, I hope you have a restful week. In particular, I hope those parents who are actively supporting the PTA and preparing for BidFest get a rest before the big events at the end of the year.
Please note, there have been minor changes to the following dates after feedback from parents.
4th June – Children return to school (STEM dress up day)
5th June – Money-sense workshops in school
6th June – Careers fair
7th June – 8.45 onwards – Enterprise Fair
8th June – BidFest
10th June – Y6 to Pensarn
10th June – Y5 Secondary Transition consultations with Mrs Burton/Miss Greenwood (please sign up at the office)
11th June – Y5 trip to London
11th June – Y1&2 visit from drama group
14th June – R and Y6 Fathers’ Day Lunch (sign-up information to follow)
18th June – Regional finals for Gym team
19th June – Welcome meeting for our new Reception parents
21st June – Class 4 assembly
27th June – Open WAP (please sign up at the office)
27th June – Home Learning Exhibition
4th July – Move up Morning
5th July – Sports Day (KS1 a.m., KS2 p.m.)
8th July – Year 6 production week (details to follow)
12th July – RockSteady concert
12th July – Open Classrooms and reports home
18th July – Bidborough’s Got Talent
23rd July – Leavers’ Assembly and end of term