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December 2021 Newsletter

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Key Stage 1 Nativity



December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we draw nearer to the end of the term, we can (as always at this time of year) see the children beginning to get excited. Every day my Ducks and Hen pass the rotating Christmas tree in the the reception area and find it increasingly difficult not to touch the shiny decorations and pull the tree over!

The Nativity performances were a wonderful reminder of the special meaning of Christmas. The children and staff worked so hard to bring us the Christmas Story and I would like to thank them all.

I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking FAB and all of you! What an amazing achievement to have raised all of those funds for our school. 

We have again been well looked after with eatable treats for staff- thank you. We very much appreciate your lovely gifts and good wishes.  

From all of us at Broadwater we wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Mrs Simpson


(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)


Other News




The club booking system is due to open again on Thursday 6th January at 8pm for the spring clubs.  This is however subject to change at short notice depending on COVID rates/bubbles at that time.  All club information has been emailed to parents and can be found on the website under: Information/Parent Information/Clubs and After School Activities/School Clubs or use the link School Clubs


28th November

Sussex Martlets trampoline competition

Quiana (from year 5) was competing for the Sussex Martlets and complied a superb routine including all sorts of flips, twists, jumps and moves that required incredible skill and co-ordination. She finished 5th to earn herself a trophy and also qualify for the next stage of the competition where she will compete against various other counties in Taunton. Well done Quiana!

30th November

Year 6 Football Tournament

3rd place!

Some of the year 6 boys went to the Sussex FA stadium in Lancing to compete in the football tournament.  The team showed incredible levels of determination and stamina as they played 6 matches back-to-back.  The defending was nothing short of heroic at times and a special mention must go to Ethan who was sensational in goal throughout the whole tournament.  The team kept 5 clean sheets in their 6 matches – the only blemish coming against the eventual champions Chesswood. Unfortunately, we were finding it difficult to convert our own chances resulting in several 0-0s! Excellent displays against West Park, Heene, TAB, Orchards and Whytemead meant that the team finished in an excellent 3rd out of 7 which they were, deservedly, very proud of.


Ms Costello our School Crossing Patrol will not be on duty on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th December. Please make a note if your child uses South Farm Road as there will be no one supervising the crossing.  Thank you.


Earlier this month, Taina and Ella in Year 4 along with Taina's mum and some of their neighbours, dressed as elves, decorated a trolley with lights and went door to door down their street with Christmas music blaring out, to collect donations for the Worthing Soup Kitchen.  They had an amazing response with lots of food and gift donations and £111 in cash donations! 

Well done Taina and Ella!


Governor visit to Wrap Around Care (Governor visit Report)

The Governors recently had the pleasure of visiting the new Wrap Around Care facility.  The Governors have been active in supporting the School in ensuring the new Wrap Around Care facility embraces the ethos of the school and its community.

Since the new facility opened in September, take-up has been excellent with high levels of attendance every day.  The children can access a care facility which offers a broad range of experiences which mirror the school, spanning games, sports, arts & crafts, computing, role play, reading and plenty of free choice time, with the line-up changing every day.  A healthy menu of fresh food is cooked in a dedicated, newly-refurbished kitchen – with the menu featuring input from the children.

The Governors are proud of the new facilities at the Wrap Around Care club, with staff taking an active role in guiding the children’s experiences.  We are sure that this additional service will continue to be well received by parents/carers and by the children who use it.  Please visit the website for all information.


Please find on the link below this terms Governors' Prayer Letter for all to read.  Thank you

Governors' Prayer Letter


Once again we've been blown away by the amazing support parents have shown F@B this term. We know that you (& us) were disappointed about the lack of a Christmas fair but the support for the hamper raffle and lucky dip blew us away, both in terms of donations and participation. This term we raised over £350 from the uniform and cake sales at parents evenings, over £1350 from the hamper raffle & lucky dips and a fabulous £860 from the Christmas cards designs and other Christmas items. So all-in, that's over £2500 to support your school. Thank you all so much for your time, efforts and money to each and everyone .

Looking forward, we desperately need a chairperson to lead us forward, this term has shown that we need a strong leadership to take us forward as well as the highly committed committee to take F@B to the next level. Please let us know if you're able to fill our breach,  with warmest Christmas wishes from all at F@B.

We’re a small but dedicated team of parents who organise fundraising events
to support the school. If you would like to know more, please email us.
Our email address is:


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 tested positive on a Lateral Flow Test or on a PCR please inform the school as soon as possible either via phone or using the medical email address  Please continue to email us during the Christmas break so that we are able to monitor numbers for when we return to school in January.

Any updated information for parents can be found on the website under the Information tab/Parent Information/Latest Information for Parents or click on the link below: Latest Information for Parents

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.  Please be aware that many of our children present with cold like symptoms and then subsequently test positive.

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.

Close contacts

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 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 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. 

Christmas Dates for your diaries

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

We look forward to welcoming you back into school on Wednesday 5th January 2022



Diary Dates


Please see the parent calendar on the school website for a full list of events and dates.

Parent Calendar


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 (Note: INSET DAYS 1st Sept and 21st Nov) – Friday 16th Dec 2022

(Half term holiday: 24th - 28th October 2022)


Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (Note: INSET DAY 3rd Jan)– Friday 31st March 2023

(Half term holiday: 13th - 17th February 2023)


Monday 17th April – Friday 21st July 2023 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th & 21st July)

(Half term holiday: 29th May – 2nd June 2023)


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Broadwater Church of England Primary School
Rectory Gardens, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7TQ

Telephone: 01903 235389