Newsletter Issue 4 January 2017

20 Jan 2017

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Dear Parents/Carers,

A warm welcome and happy New Year as we begin the Spring Term at BJS, I hope all our families enjoyed the Christmas break. Another busy start to the new year where students are working hard and enjoying all the extra-curricular activities provided by our staff.

I would like to draw your attention to the Reading Campaign at BJS, part of a wider project across all Ealing schools. We have invested a substantial amount of school funds in providing 1000’s of books to generate a love for reading amongst all our pupils. Look out for projects and opportunities for parent involvement and most of all get reading with your children!

Mrs L Khan, Head Teacher

Literacy Open Mornings

Over the past few weeks we have had several open mornings across the school - The aim of these mornings was to give parents the opportunity to come in and observe their children as they learn at school. 

This proved to be a  successful event and was valued by parents who appreciated the chance to see what their children learn and what they are taught in a typical Literacy lesson.

Thank you to all the parents who came to the open mornings, we greatly value your contribution and interest in your child’s education.

From the feedback forms that were completed by parents we were able to conclude that:

  • 100% of parents would like to do it again.
  • The most popular lesson to see next is maths.
  • 100% of Parents found the lessons informative or very informative.
  • 96% of parents felt that their children liked them coming in.

What parents had to say:

  • “The children were kept engaged at all times, I was surprised at the knowledge they all had” Year 4 Parent
  • “A very interesting lesson, all children were eager to learn with excellent participation.  Well done to the teacher and the class” Year 5 Parent
  • “I enjoyed seeing the children all well-mannered, eager
  • to participate and learn” Year 3 Parent
  • “I just want to say thank you to the teacher” Year 6 Parent

Sporting News

Well done to the school football team who finished second in the annual Dormers Wells Football competition, The Headley Cup. They didn't lose a game and missed out on top spot by 2 points! They had 5 wins and 2 draws.

Congratulations to the handball team. The B Team came 4th and only lost one match. The A Team produced an outstanding performance not losing a single game! So well done to them for making Berrymede Featherstone handball champions for 2017!

Well done to all the children who took part in the Featherstone Boccia and Kurling championships today. One of our teams managed second place in the Boccia and were awarded silver medals!

School Dinners

Please remember school dinners must be paid for in advance, directly to Harrisons. Call 02082800319 to make payments, daily cost is £2.30  - for a copy of the menu, please visit the office. If your Harrisons account is not in credit, this will result in your child being unable to have a school dinner. In these circumstances, you will be required to bring lunch in for your child.

Lost Property

There are a large number of items in the lost property. There are 2 lost property areas – 1 in lower school and 1 in upper school. Please ensure all belongings are clearly labelled with children’s names and where possible their class.

All lost property items will be on display in the NORTH HALL during Open Afternoon on Thursday 9th February 2017. There will also be a number of good quality used items on sale!

Shakespeare comes to Berrymede

Well done to all the cast of the fantastic Year 5 / Year 6 Shakespeare production of Romeo & Juliet.

Year 5 and 6 pupils have been working hard, putting in extra work after school, learning lines and they did not disappoint – a fabulous performance!

Attendance

Please remember that the current Government legislation does not give schools any authority to approve leave for children to take holidays in term time. Any leave requests need to be done by filling in the Leave of Absence form which can be collected from the school office. There is no entitlement to leave during term time and it will only be approved under exceptional circumstances which need to be explained and evidence produced. Failure to comply with this will mean a referral to the Local Authority which may result in a fine and court action. Thank you in supporting us to ensure your children have every opportunity for success in their education entitlement.

Unicef Article 3: The best interest of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

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