November 2022 Newsletter
Remembrance - Toucan class poem
Let us remember who fought for us. Special soldiers, wounded who gave up their lives. Gunfire pierced their ears. The weary army - no time to sleep.
They gave up their lives for us. Heart breaking cries were everywhere - families broken. We are grateful to the soldiers who fought for us.
Let us remember what grew for us when nothing else would. Poppies on the battle ground. Their scarlet petals bringing a sign of eternal hope and peace.
Let us remember.
Dear Parents and Carers,
November has been another full month of exciting learning experiences right across the school that continue to give depth and breadth to the education your children receive – from the visit of Mr Norbert Werre, the Principal of Unity school in Mombasa to heart dissections in year 6 science. Highlights of what each class got up to can be seen below.
This last Sunday, the Advent Season began and as this is a season of hope for us as a Christian community, we believe it is important to bring hope to others, especially those in need. I know you have already received communication about the reverse advent Calendars that each class will be running which will support Worthing foodbank’s Body Basics project. We thank you in advance for your support with this.
We are excited about what has been planned for the children across December as we build up to Christmas – do please check the dates below and the school calendar to make sure you do not miss anything.
Thank you for all your responses to the parent survey earlier this term. The overwhelmingly positive outcomes of the survey are published on the school website. However, we are constantly looking for ways to improve what we do and so will be reviewing where this was highlighted in the survey. Please do also continue to get in touch if you have any further concerns or questions.
A Few things of Note to mention:
Additional Bank Holiday
The Prime Minister has decided to proclaim an additional bank holiday to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III next year. The bank holiday will fall on Monday 8 May, following the Coronation on Saturday 6 May.
This will impact year 6 SATs week, and the DfE has released a revised timetable. This will be shared with year 6 parents in due course.
I am looking forward to my first Christmas at Broadwater and sharing with you in all the events we have going on.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
“When we soften our thoughts and open our hearts to the coming season of Christmas, we make room for Jesus: in our kind gestures, our giving hands, a warm smile and peace extended to our neighbours. Christmas is the season for His perfect love.”
Activities that have been taking place
Year 1 had an adventure to Seeley Copse, exploring the forest and learning about deciduous and evergreen trees. Not only did they learn to identify and recognise trees like Silver Birch, Hazel and Oak, they also took part in forest school activities. Children roasted marshmallows over a campfire, made nature art and learnt how to safely use a mallet to make Hapa-Zome leaf art.
Year Two have had an excellent time making drawbridges! Working cooperatively as a pair, the children cut cardboard to create a castle structure. They learnt about how the mechanism can be wound clockwise and anticlockwise to ensure the door opens and closes. We were proud of their final designs!
This week, we had a very exciting experience of an African drumming workshop! We worked in small groups to play a variety of instruments and then explored playing these all together. We worked very hard on playing to the beat and changing the dynamics of the music.
As part of their Raiders and Traders topic, Year 4 met some vicious Vikings from the Rainbow Theatre this week! This fantastic theatre group worked with them to produce a show detailing the escapades of a group of Vikings and the adventures they encountered on their journey around what we now call Europe. They were involved as both audience and actor and had the most amazing time!
Year 5 had a visit from Mr Hargreaves who came to talk to us about his charity 'Amplifying Voices' and how they support people during a crisis. The children learnt the importance of reliable information and communication and how 'Amplifying Voices' support communities, through radio, during a disaster such as a flood.
Year 6 enjoyed a visit from Miss Clements, Head of Science at St Andrews school, to learn more about the structure and function of the heart. Miss Clements dissected a heart for us so that we could see the chambers, blood vessels and valves inside. Some of us were brave enough to touch (wearing gloves) the heart too!
The School Eco Council went to a special event at the beginning of November called Eco-Summit which is run by the E.Y.E Project. This stands for 'Eco Young and Engaged' and is run by teenagers in Worthing who are passionate about climate change. They got to participate in a morning of workshops and talks all about sustainable projects that are happening across Worthing and the world! The aim was to inspire this year’s Eco Councillors to make big changes that will benefit our environment. They met with Sussex Surplus, who gave the children ideas of how to use up waste food products and Transition Town Worthing, who discussed with the children what we are doing as a school to be more environmentally friendly.
As part of the day, all the schools were encouraged to bring as much soft plastic packaging, such as crisp packets, as they could gather. The school who brought the most along would win a special prize. Our Eco Councillors were set the challenge by Mrs Langdell to collect as much as they could over the holidays and Broadwater won the prize! We were awarded a special E.Y.E Project t-shirt, which we decided to display on the Eco Council corridor display.
The children had a wonderful day and have lots of ideas to discuss at their next meeting.
Visit of Norbert Werre from Mombasa, Kenya
On Tuesday 8th November, we were visited by Norbert Werre (Principal of Unity School in Kenya) together with representatives from the Friends of Mombasa Charity Karyn Hinks and Chris Azzaro.
They shared a video in assembly that showed Unity school and the children there and Mr Norbert Werre shared how the money raised here in Broadwater has been used. He thanked the children for their support with the Danceathon fundraiser and presented a certificate thanking Broadwater for the donations that were received from this event.
Year 3 were then lucky enough to spend the afternoon with Mr Norbert Werre as part of their topic on Africa, and had the chance to ask many questions as well as learn some songs sung in Unity school.
As a school, Broadwater will continue to work to support the Friends of Mombasa charity, in the work that it does to help provide education for children in Kenya. The School Council is already considering how we can best do this.
Odd Socks Day - UPDATE
Raised £268.70 for Odd Socks Day in support of ABA (Anti-Bullying Alliance) on Monday 14th November 2022. This event marked the start of Anti-Bullying Week, which this year had the theme Reach Out. The important message to pupils is that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying. We will continue 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 ABA. 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
F@B NEWS - Latest News
Christmas Fair is THIS FRIDAY 5:30-7:30pm
We hope you can all make it, there are over 20 stalls.
We have hot food from Jim Jam Spuds and delicious things from Cat Burglar Dough Co, Juicy Sweets and more.
We NEED YOU to run stalls please get in touch if you can man a stall for half an hour (or more). Children are welcome to help you too.
We will have our pre-loved uniform out, please come and grab anything you need and if you can spare some change pop it in the pot.
All the stalls will be cash only.
There are a few grotto tickets still available, email: email@example.com
Look forward to seeing you all there.
F@B Chair & Team
Important Diary Dates
F@B Christmas Fair:
Friday 2nd December 5.30-7.30pm
Christmas Post Boxes out:
Monday 5th - Mon 12th December (classroom areas)
Year 4 Violin Concert for Year 4 Parents
Tuesday 6th December (2.40pm)
KS1 Nativity dates:
Wednesday 7th December @ 2:15pm
Thursday 8th December @ 2:15pm
Friday 9th December @ 9.15am
Yrs 3-6 Christmas Parties (& non-uniform):
Monday 12th December
Reception classes Nativity date:
Tuesday 13th December @ 9.15am
Christmas Lunch (Chartwells):
Wednesday 14th December
Yrs R, 1 &2 Christmas Parties (& non-uniform):
Wednesday 14th December
Christmas Church Service (Pupils & helpers only):
Friday 16th December (9.30-10.30am)
Carol Singing & Refreshments (all families invited):
Friday 16th December (3.15-4.00pm)
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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