October 2022 Newsletter
Harvest celebration - collection for Worthing Foodbank
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to all the children for the second half of the Autumn term. We have a full calendar ahead with all the excitement of Christmas approaching fast, so do please check ahead on the website. Some key dates are in this news letter to help you.
As we start this new half term, there are a few things to remind you of.
It is important that children can be proud of their presentation, so please can you ensure that your child is wearing the correct school uniform.
In particular on PE days, ensure they are wearing the correct PE kit, and if the weather is cold, tracksuit bottoms or leggings as laid out in the uniform list on the website (royal blue or black).
Website link: Broadwater Church of England Primary School | Uniform
Reminder about jewellery and watches:
- If ears are pierced, simple studs only. These will need to be removed or taped for PE lessons.
- No necklaces or bracelets – unless they are worn for religious purposes.
- please no smart watches that can take pictures/videos or connect to the internet.
Start and End of Day:
- to ensure the safety of everyone, we ask that children do not play running games or use any of the school equipment at the start and end of the day. It is best that they wait together with their adult.
- as the weather becomes more autumnal – please can I ask that if using the blue field gate, that you avoid walking on the grass – this avoids tracking mud over the pathways, playground and into the building.
- A reminder that the only morning snacks allowed are fruit or half a sandwich.
- We encourage those with lunchboxes to aim for a balanced healthy lunch, avoiding too much sugary foods.
We look forward to another exciting and busy half term of learning.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
Activities that have been taking place
Year 2 visited Broadwater High Street's Post Office to post a very important letter to the king. They are hoping to receive a reply back!
Last half term, year 4 enjoyed exploring Roman pots. They looked at how they were made, the different shapes and what they were used for. As part of DT, the children designed their own pot and used either the pinch pot or coil method to make their design. Once painted and glazed, they evaluated their work and thought about how they could improve their designs next time. It got messy but they had lots of fun!
As part of their fabulous finish for their topic on rivers, Heron and Kingfisher class 'Beat the Flood' by designing, making, testing and evaluating their own flood-proof houses!
We took part in a fascinating history workshop with Amanda from the Novium Museum on Monday 31st October. We learnt all about smuggling in our local area in the 18th century. We learnt about which items were smuggled, how the smuggling gangs operated and some of the punishments involved for those who were caught! We couldn't believe some of the historical punishments that were given for some of the crimes!
In Nature Club last half term, the children had been getting creative. They had been using leaves to create a piece of artwork. They painted symmetrical patterns onto each leaf to form wings of a butterfly.'
SPORTS and CLUBS
5th October - Year 2 Rugby Skills Festival
Nine of our year 2 children went to TAB Junior school to try their hand at some rugby skills. They kicked, passed, tagged and ran their way around the circuit and had a fantastic time!
6th October - Year 5/6 Netball Shootout – 6th
A group of our year 5 children went to Goring Primary School to compete against both year 5 and 6 children in a football inspired netball shootout competition. They competed in lots of games and had a mixed set of results, as you would expect with shootouts. However, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and supported each other throughout.
11th October - Year 5 Football – 8th
Despite playing some good football at times, the boys had a bit of a struggle throughout the competition and could not find the decisive finishes when attacking. A frustrating afternoon for them ended with three 0-0 draws and three single goal defeats.
13th October - Year 6 Basketball - 2nd place and through to the partnership finals!
The Y6 basketball team played exceptionally well in their tournament, coming a fabulous second place and moving forward to the partnership finals after half term. They demonstrated superb teamwork throughout and showed great sportsmanship by supporting each other in every game. They earned fantastic wins against Downsbrook (12-0), TAB (8-4), English Martyrs (6-4) and Whytemead (2-0) – only losing out to eventual champions Chesswood.
15th October - Years 3-6 Cross country
14 schools and around 700 children competed in this year’s competition and we placed in the following positions…
Y3 girls 5th, Y3 boys 2nd Y4 girls 4th, Y4 boys 7th
Y5 girls 10th, Y5 boys 9th Y6 girls 9th, Y6 boys 9th
It was an incredible effort from all 50 of our children who turned up on Saturday for the cross country at the Gallops. We are very proud of all of them for taking part in what is always a very tough competition. There were some great individual performances and it was, as always, very pleasing to see the children encouraging and supporting each other as they ran the course.
A special mention to James in Year 3 who won the bronze medal in a field of 100 competitors! In addition, the year 3 boys combined for a stunning 2nd place!
Photos below: Yr 3-4 and Yr 5-6
18th October - Year 4 Netball skills festival
The children went to Worthing College and took part in a rotation of activities run by the Worthing College Netball academy girls. They did different games involving shooting, passing, defending and agility and concluded the afternoon with a couple of friendly matches too. It was a lovely event and the children had a brilliant time!
19th October - Year 6 Netball Tournament – 6th
The team had their first competition of the year at Davison High School and played very well throughout. They were extremely competitive in every game and, despite losing a couple of games, did not stop encouraging each other. They also recorded impressive wins and draws in three of their matches to contribute to an overall very respectable 6th out of 10 schools.
20th October - Key Stage 2 Boccia – 3rd and bronze medals!
The boys went to Durrington Junior School for a morning of non-stop boccia. They played many matches against different schools and registered many wins! Their accuracy and skill led to a third place finish out of the ten schools and the bronze medals!
F@B NEWS - Latest News
We look forward to hosting the school discos on Friday 4th November, disco tickets will be on sale after school outside of the hall until Wednesday 2nd this week. Schools Pre-Loved jumpers and cardigans will be out beside the ticket sales, at the same time, please bring your cash and donate what you can (if you can) for the items. There are lots available, especially larger sizes. Please take what you need, they are not doing any good just sitting in the cupboard!
Stock up for winter. For all the children who completed a Christmas Card design, a free sample card for you to keep along with an order form for the different products available to purchase with your child's artwork will have already been sent home. The deadline for order forms is Wednesday 9th November, please include these with either a cheque or the correct cash together in an envelope and post in the silver post box in the school reception. The cards come in packs of twenty and include envelopes and the self adhesive labels come in a sheet of 16 labels. All profit from the sale of these products goes directly to the school, and F@B really appreciates your support every year.
Plans are progressing for the Christmas Fair taking place on Friday 2nd December, more details to follow soon.
Thanks Nikki Chapman F@B Chair & Team
Odd Socks Day - Monday 14th November 2022
This year, we are holding Odd Socks Day on Monday 14th November 2022. This event marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week, which this year has the theme Reach Out. This is an important day as it sends the message to pupils that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying. We will also take the opportunity, in assemblies and RSHE lessons, to remind children of the importance of using ‘kind words’ and how to report bullying within our school. Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. They support schools in raising the awareness of bullying and creating safe environments in which children can live, grow, play and learn.
To find out more about them follow this link to their website: https://antibullyingalliance.org.uk/aba-our-work/about-aba . In order for the ABA to continue this vital work, we will be asking for a £1 donation in return for the children wearing their odd socks. The socks can be odd by being mismatched or demonstrating your child being unique. Please make sure the rest of your child’s uniform is worn as normal. I hope that the children will enjoy the day and find it valuable.
Important Diary Dates
Odd Socks Day (anti-bullying week):
Monday 14th November
Weds 16th - Friday 18th November
Non Uniform Day:
Friday 18th November (bring specific item for Christmas Fair - info to follow)
Monday 21st November
KS1 Nativity dates:
7th December @ 2:15pm
8th December @ 2:15pm
9th December @ 9.15am
Reception classes Nativity date:
13th December @ 9.15am
F@B Christmas Fair:
Friday 2nd December 5.30-7.30pm
Please see the parent calendar on the school website for a full list of events and dates.
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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