Newsletter: Friday 17th November

We have had a busy week here in school, beginning on Sunday for our Pupil Leadership team as they represented the school so wonderfully during the Remembrance service at St Lawrence Church.  Thank you for all of your support with the Poppy Appeal; we raised a fantastic £512.84 for the Royal British Legion.  Maisy and Rory report:

On Sunday at eleven o’clock, the Pupil Leadership team represented Bidborough Primary School at the remembrance service, lead by Mr Hills. The service started with Mr Hills making a speech and reading bible verses. The last post was played and we had a minute of silence, to remember those who fell to give us freedom. Then groups including us, The Royal British Legion and Brownies laid their wreaths on the lychgate at the bottom of the church. We then shared a prayer to end.

This week in school, we have been marking our Kindness Week (a combination of Inter-faith and Anti-bullying week) with lots of wonderful learning in school.  We began with our whole school ‘Odd Sock day’, celebrating our individuality and uniqueness with the message that ‘we are all different but we are all the same’.  Each class then used a book based on a particular culture or faith to drive their learning for the week (make sure that you take a look at the class pages to find out what your children have been up to!).  We were on the lookout for ‘kindness in action’ all week and focused on one of our ‘Six Principles of Nurture’: nurture is important for the development of wellbeing.  Being kind to one another makes us all feel better!  We ended the week this morning with a celebration of our learning during assembly.  If you would like to continue any discussions with your children this week, the following resources on the ‘Anti-bullying Alliance’ website might be useful:

A few dates for diary:

  • - You should be receiving some information today from the PTA regarding their Christmas events. This will include a red and green own clothes day next Wednesday (22nd November) in exchange for either a decorated sweet bag (KS1) or a bottle for the tombola (KS2).  
  • - We have a couple of NHS visits next week which you should have already received information about. This includes whole school nasal flu vaccinations on Thursday.
  • - We will be holding our first ‘open classrooms’ event of the year on Friday 8th December at 2.45. This will be a chance for you to come in at the end of the school day to celebrate your children’s successes in their classrooms.  More information to follow. 

The weather is beginning to turn chillier so please do remember coats, hats etc. Please make sure that all of these items are named.  We have had quite a few children (and staff!) off with illnesses this week (our average attendance figure for this week is 91.97%) so we want to try our best to keep our school community as well as possible.

You may have noticed that the car park gates have been closed during drop off and collection.  From Monday, at home time, we would like all Year 1-4 parents to come through the Y3/4 morning entrance, around the hall and then out through the double gate.  Please then exit via the pathway alongside the front of the school.  Morning drop-off will remain as normal. 

We are looking forward to our first Class Assembly of the year next Friday, as our Year 6 children present their learning journey so far.  A reminder that all Year 6 parents are welcome to attend this at 9am; no need to sign up, just wait by the hall door!

Have a great weekend!

Julie Burton and the Bidborough Team


22nd – Red and Green non uniform for PTA donations

24th – Class 6 assembly

25th – PTA Christmas Fair
30th – St Andrew’s Day (dress up)

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