Newsletter: Friday 12th January

Dear Parents,

Class 5 entertained us this morning at their class assembly. I particularly enjoyed the rap and it was great to see how confident the children were in sharing their learning. We often hear about the lack of uptake in Science at secondary school but the children in this class were certainly inspiring and showed that science leads to lots of exciting careers. Well done to class 5 and thanks to Mrs Housden for preparing the children so well.

Congratulations to our certificate winners this week, with the theme of making good choices: Arlo, Imogen, Saul, Orla, Remi, Harriet, Flo, Sophie, Izzy, Jake, Alice, Kirsty, Leon and Harry.

Class 4 were our first class to visit Bore Place this year. We are thrilled to be involved in a project that links us with them for several visits across the school year for Classes 4, 5 and 6. It will be a great opportunity to see how the farm changes through the seasons. Luckily, the children were wrapped up warmly as they definitely got to experience the winter conditions! The children shared:

“On our trip we had great fun. I stroked a cow, felt a cow’s horn, made a pinecone birdfeeder, went into the milking parlour and lots more. My favourite bit was when I got the carry the cow’s horn around the farm. Did you know that cows produce 20 litres of milk a day?!”
“Some of class 4 went on a scavenger hunt for different animals; we were looking under logs and over bushes. Next we made bug hotels for an animal of our choosing. A couple of other and I saw a deer! Yes, it was an exciting sight.”
“I enjoyed seeing lots of transparent ice in the fields and carrying some too.”

This term, our focus in on the arts. The children will be studying different techniques and finding out about some well-known artists. I know that there are plans to visit some local art galleries and we are looking forward to showcasing our budding artists at the end of the term.

We have some exciting baby news to share: Mr Johnson and his wife welcomed Niamh this week! We were all thrilled to hear the much-anticipated news and I am sure you join me in sending congratulations to them. We can also share that Mrs Zerrad is expecting a baby early summer and we are delighted for her and her husband.

Great news on the attendance front – this week’s attendance was 97.4% - a new high score for this academic year! Fingers crossed for everyone’s continued good health.

Next Thursday 18 January, schools across the country will be submitting data based on the number of eligible pupils (children entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals and Free School Meals) who take a school lunch on Census day. The kitchen are offering a fun menu that day – all day breakfast (please see attached).

The data collected via the census directly impacts the funding the school receives; therefore we will be inviting all eligible pupils (children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and FSM) to have a free school meal on that day. For those children who do not usually have a school meal, it gives them an opportunity to sample some of the food cooked in the kitchen if they would like to. If your child would prefer not to sample the meal from the kitchen, they don't have to and should bring their packed lunch in as normal.


Have a great weekend.

Kind regards,

Julie Burton and the Bidborough Team


18th January – Class 5 trip to the Amelia
25th January – Class 6 trip to Bore Place
31st January – Children’s university session

1st February – Class 5 trip to Bore Place
2nd February – Class 2 assembly
2nd February – PTA disco
6th February – Safer Internet Day
9th February – last day of term 3
10th February – Chinese New Year
13th February – Shrove Tuesday
19th February – Children return for start of term 4