November 2021 Newsletter
We are delighted that the mosaics for our prayer garden have been installed. The Arts Council created the design with Sue Penrose, a mosaic artist from Brighton. Then, in September, she worked with all the children in Year 1 to Year 6 to bring their ideas to life. The finished design incorporates the fruits of the spirit which are the values the school upholds. It is a fantastic start to our prayer garden and we would like to thank F@B for supporting us in this project.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had such a busy half term and our children have enjoyed so many creative learning experiences. Please see below for some of the highlights.
As we draw closer to Christmas the arrangements for the end of term are well underway. Please look out for any additional information that will be sent out during the last 3 weeks of term.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
Activities that have been taking place so far this term:
Last Friday Little Bo Peep came to visit Duck and Hen class, to say thank you for helping her solve her sheep problem. She read 'Each Peach Pear Plum' with the children and answered questions about how she looks after her sheep.
Year One have been making sculptures inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.
Year 2 have been exploring how to draw a dragon. Last week we looked at dragon scales. We drew different shaped scales then added colour using watercolours.
This week, Year 3 had a surprise visitor! Mrs Hinks came to talk to us about the charity, Friends of Mombasa. She showed us the wonderful work they do in Kenya and even taught us some Swahili!
Year 4 Macaw Class celebrated their learning from this term. They performed a news report, showing how the Celts and Romans changed Britain. Well done for showing a great performance.
Year 5 took a virtual flight to Egypt to kickstart their new topic! Once there, the children took part in an archaeological dig where they uncovered ancient Egyptian artefacts and inferred what they might teach us about ancient Egyptian life.
In Year Six, we were really lucky to have a visit from an author. The children had the opportunity to hear all about the writing process and what it is like to be an author. The children were very enthusiastic and loved the opportunity to complete some creative writing of their own. We are looking forward to writing our own stories over the next few weeks, thinking about the hints and tips our author gave us.
SPORTS and CLUBS
The uptake for clubs has been excellent. Please refer to the club timetable on the website to see which clubs are running on each day. Please remember to call the office at 2.15pm and choose option 2 to hear which clubs are running on each day.
The club leaders will be starting clubs promptly at 3:20; please can you leave the school grounds as quickly as possible at the end of the day.
Year 2 Cross country
Boys – winners and gold medals! Girls – silver medals!
Individual gold – Jacob, Individual silver – Ralph
It was the first ever year 2 cross country event and we had nine of our children competing in the races. They all ran superbly and in the boys’ race Jacob took the gold medal, just ahead of Ralph who collected the silver. The boys team as a whole stormed to the gold medals and the team trophy!
The girls also ran extremely well and earned silver medals for their combined individual positions and team score.
Year 3&4 Girls Football
Six of our girls took part in the tournament at TAB Junior school. It was a tough start with a heavy defeat in their opening game but they improved so much as the afternoon went on and defended very well in a 0-0 draw with Goring. They finished in 4th place overall and had a great time.
Year 5&6 Girls Football
The girls enjoyed the experience of playing at the Sussex FA football stadium under the floodlights and had a great time.
They were very competitive in their group games, but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
In the second phase of matches they played their best football and the confidence really started to flow. Unfortunately, despite playing very well in all other areas of the pitch, they still couldn’t find the elusive goal meaning they drew both games 0-0. Overall, the team finished in a very respectable joint 5th out of the 8 teams.
Year 3&4 Football
A team of our year 3s and 4s went to TAB Junior school for a football tournament and their performance was nothing short of sensational!
They dominated all of their games and won each of them without conceding a single goal! They defeated Heene 3-0, English Martyrs 2-0 and Chesswood, Whytemead and TAB 1-0 to finish with a perfect record. Well done boys!
You may have noticed that we have taken delivery of a textile recycling container in our front car park. This is part of our school recycling commitment which our Eco Council and Mrs Miller are leading on.
This recycling facility is for the whole school community to use and the school will benefit financially from the textiles that are collected (weight = income).
As you will appreciate, initiatives such as this come with Terms and Conditions. The key points for us are what can and can not be placed in the container. This information will be listed below.
Please feel free to use the facility at the beginning and end of the school day. The container will be emptied every fortnight. Please do not leave textiles on the ground (if the container is full) as the company will not receive wet goods.
Thank you in advance for supporting this project.
Quality and Material Accepted
Astra Recycling will continually monitor the quality of all the collected material on a regular basis from the external bin collections.
We accept the following wearable items:
• All men's, ladies and children's clothing
• Paired Shoes
• Handbags, bags, ties and belts
• Bed clothes, towels, soft toys
Astra Recycling cannot accept the following items:
• Duvets both synthetic and feathered
• Pillows & cushions
• Carpets & Rugs
• Soiled or wet clothing
• Workwear e.g. (overalls/tabards)
• Shredded or mutilated textile material
• Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material
OFFINGTON PARK CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
This term, Art club and Art council have been busy designing and making Christmas tree decorations using the theme of ‘Fruits of the Spirit.’ These will be used to decorate a Christmas tree as part of the Offington Park Methodist Church Christmas Tree festival, taking place from Thursday 2nd - 5th December. The festival is open to the public and is a free event. For further information, visit: https://offingtonpark.org.uk
SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL - ADVANCE WARNING
Ms Costello our School Crossing Patrol will not be on duty from Monday 13th December until Friday 17th December. This is a change from Monday 6th as previously advertised. Please make a note if your child uses South Farm Road as there will be no one supervising the crossing. Thank you
CHILDREN IN NEED TOTAL
Thank you to everyone who donated for 'Children in Need' and as a school we raised an incredible £378.67 for this charity. We are very proud of our contribution and the positive difference we are all continuously making in God's world - School Council. Thank you, Mr Bone and School Council
BROADWATER COMMUNITY AWARD
Congratulations to Beau who has been nominated for this month's community award. Beau raised £40.00 for Children in Need by spending an hour a night over a week doing football skills and games. Well done Beau!
For results of our recent parent surveys please go to our website:
Welcome to Governors' News.
The Governors had the pleasure of meeting many parents and children during the recent Parents' evenings and we thank you for taking the time to complete the parent/carer survey, the results of which can be found on the website on the following link parent survey. The Governors are proud to support Broadwater C.E. Primary School and it was very pleasing to know that parents and carers also feel so positive about our school. There is an opportunity for our children’s voices to be heard in the Pupil Survey, which they will receive shortly in class, and we will publish the results in due course.
The Governors have been active in supporting the Prayer Garden’s upkeep by joining the working party. This has made the Prayer Garden a quiet and welcoming place for reflection and prayer that embraces the ethos of the school and its community. This has been enhanced by the new addition of the fruits of the spirit mosaics created by the children.
The Governors have also had the pleasure of viewing the new facilities of the Wrap Around Care club. We are sure that this additional service will be well received by parents/carers and by the children who use it. Please visit the website for all information.
In light of the recent rise of COVID infections in the local area the FAB team, in liaison with the school, have decided to withdraw from offering a full Christmas fair this year and to offer a tombola of the very popular and much missed Christmas hampers instead. The tombola will be held outside the school hall after school from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd December.
Please click on the link below to see the flyer:
The Governing Body as the Admissions Authority at Broadwater Church of England Primary School is conducting a formal consultation on its proposed admission arrangements. The Governing Body has followed advice from the Diocesan School Effectiveness Officer (specifically in relation to faith criteria) and followed guidance laid out in the School Admission Code 2021.
The time period for the consultation is 6 weeks. Start date: 30th November 2021. End date: 11th January 2022.
Please see below the link to the consultation page on our website Admissions-Consultation-2023-2024
Children with COVID-19 symptoms
If your child has any of the main COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they should NOT attend school and should stay at home.
You should arrange for them to get a PCR test and email or call the office with the test results. Your child should not attend school while you are waiting for test results even if they are feeling better.
If the test is negative they should continue to go to school as normal. If they test positive, they should continue to self isolate and follow public health advise.
If anyone in the household has symptoms, the whole household can get a PCR as close contacts. If children are a close contact they are now asked to take a lateral flow test (LFT) before attending school, if they are not displaying symptoms themselves. This includes primary aged children. This is left to parental discretion, and test kits for primary aged pupils can be accessed via gov.uk or their local pharmacy.
If your child has no symptoms themselves, they can come to school. If you are unsure, please contact the school!
Admissions for September 2022
As in recent years, parents are being encouraged to apply for their child’s school place using the online system at www.westsussex.gov.uk. Applications must be submitted by the national closing date of Saturday 15 January 2022. The online system opened yesterday Monday 4 October 2021.
For parents who do not have access to the Internet at home, free access has been arranged at all libraries and Children and Family Centres within West Sussex, where staff will be on hand to assist parents making their application.
Parents resident in West Sussex must complete an official West Sussex County Council application in order to apply for a school place.
Applications not made by the closing date cannot be considered until after all other applications have been considered. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school.
Please ensure you apply before the closing date of Saturday 15 January 2022.
Please can all jewellery be removed before coming to school and hair that is longer than shoulder length be tied back. Plain hair bands can be worn to keep long hair/fringe out of children's eyes.
Please can I remind you not to park on the zig-zags outside the school or across residents' driveways. We are still receiving complaints from both parents and residents on the matter.
End of Day Pick Up
The club leaders will be starting clubs promptly at 3:20pm; please can you leave the school grounds as quickly as possible at the end of the day.
Chartwell's Christmas Lunches
We are holding our Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 15th December.
For Years 3-6, please ensure you order your child a hot Christmas Lunch by this Sunday 28th November via the Chartwell's website which can be accessed via our website School Lunches and then follow the link under 'Promotions' and directly on the link below:
For children in Early Years to Year 2, they automatically get a free hot lunch as part of the Universal Infant Free School Meals incentive.
Christmas Dates for your diaries
Monday 6 Dec – Christmas Post boxes go up
Tuesday 7 Dec – Infant Nativity to DOVE parents 2.15pm
Wednesday 8 Dec – Infant Nativity to ROBIN parents 9.15am
Thursday 9 Dec - Infant Nativity to PUFFIN parents 2.15pm
Friday 10 Dec - Infant Nativity to PENGUIN parents 9.15am
Saturday 11 Dec - St Mary's Christmas festival (worship club singing 10.25-10.40)
Monday 13 Dec - Y3-6 Christmas parties 12.30pm – 3.15pm
Tuesday 14 Dec - EY Nativity performance to Hen parents 9.15am
Tuesday 14 Dec - EY Nativity performance to Duck parents 11.00am
Wednesday 15 Dec - EY-Y2 Christmas parties (no food due to Christmas lunch) 9.00am – 12 noon
Wednesday 15 Dec – Christmas lunches
Friday 17 Dec – Last day of term
Please see the parent calendar on the school website for a full list of events and dates.
TERM DATES for 2021-2022
Thursday 2nd September 2021 (Note: INSET DAYS 2nd & 3rd Sept) – Friday 17th Dec 2021
(Half term holiday: 25th - 29th October 2021)
Tuesday 4th January 2022 (Note: INSET DAY 4th Jan) – Friday 8th April 2022
(Half term holiday: 21st – 25th February 2022)
Monday 25th April – Friday 22nd July 2022 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th and 21st July and Bank Holiday payback day (school closed) on 22nd July)
(Half term holiday: 30th May – 3rd June 2022)
TERM DATES for 2022-2023
Thursday 1st September 2022 – Friday 16th Dec 2022
(Half term holiday: 24th - 28th October 2022)
Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – Friday 31st March 2023
(Half term holiday: 13th - 17th February 2023)
Monday 17th April – Friday 21st July 2023
(Half term holiday: 29th May – 2nd June 2023)
INSET days to be notified in due course
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