Newsletter: Friday 13th October 2023

It’s been a busy week here in school!  We began our week with our School Parliament voting day which always creates a great buzz around the school.  Children from each class were able to vote for two representatives, after hearing their wonderful speeches about why they felt they should be chosen.  The votes were carefully counted and we were pleased to announce our new School Parliament members this morning in Celebration Assembly.  The children are looking forward to having their first meeting and will soon receive their special badges.  Well done to all of the children who put themselves forward.  It was so lovely to see everyone supporting their peers and cheering them on! 

Also this week, we had our first Children’s University session for children in Key Stage 2.  Children enjoyed participating in a range of courses, from advertising to chess to magic!  It was brilliant to see the children trying out something new and, in many cases, persevering when it was a bit tricky at first.  We even have one group visiting TWGGS to take part in a Forensic Science course and, upon returning, I was told excitedly about how there was a crime scene and the children had to take fingerprints to try to find the culprit!  We look forward to sharing more about these sessions with you as the year goes on. 

Yesterday, Year 1 went on the first school trip of the year to Penshurst Place.  Clara and Dory said: ‘We went to the Toy Museum.  There was an old game with a bear who had a bottle and a cup and when you put the coin in, he tipped the drink in the cup then leant back to drink it!  My favourite thing was the old dolls because they were very fancy! We couldn’t play with them though.  We also went leaf collecting and all collected lots of different ones; I found an orange and a green one.  There was a ginormous maze which we could run through, den building and an adventure playground.  There was so much fun stuff!’

We thank you for your patience regarding the slots being released for Learning Reviews next week.  We are still having some technical issues with ParentMail but are hoping to resolve this very soon.  A reminder of the timings for Learning Reviews:

Tuesday 17th: 3.30 – 6pm in the hall

Wednesday 18th: 6pm – 8.30 online via Microsoft Teams

Finally, a few little reminders:

  • As the weather becomes more autumnal, please ensure your child has a coat every day as we do try to get the children out as much as possible.
  • Long hair should always be fully tied up please.
  • There are still a few bugs lingering so please continue to encourage thorough handwashing.  We know that lots of children are not feeling 100% so let’s keep up the good hygiene and have one final push before half term!

Have a good weekend!

Julie Burton and the Bidborough Team

17th, 31st – Prospective Parent Open Morning
17th & 18th – Learning Reviews
23rd – Half term
30th – Back to school

1st – Light Day

11th – Armistice Day
12th - Diwali – shared learning
13th – Kindness Week
24th – Class 6 assembly
30th – St Andrew’s Day (dress up)

5th – KS1 performances
8th – assessment data home to parents
14th – KS2 performances
15th – Christmas lunch for children