17 May 2019
Year 6 SATs Week - Your children have worked incredibly hard leading up to these tests and have been simply amazing. Well done to all of you! It has been wonderful to see what well rounded and resilient young people these pupils are growing into. And thank you to all the staff that supported children in Boosters, in supervision and Breakfast club. It really has been a whole school effort!
On Thursday this week a selection of Year 3&4 pupils had the exciting opportunity to attend the Tennis Festival at the Purbeck School. The children really enjoyed themselves and have brushed up on their tennis skills.
I am pleased to announce that Rebecca Davis has got 3rd place in the Wessex FM Design your own Chocolate bar wrapper competition with House of Dorchester!! A massive congratulations to Rebecca, we will be selling the winning chocolate bar in school with the proceeds going to the amazing charity Julia’s house. Details will follow.
Next week children will have the opportunity to vote for a member of staff to be gunged on Friday.
It will be 20p a vote and all proceeds will go to the charity - Mosaic.
We are signed up here.
There will be a table on the school gate where children can vote each day. On Friday itself there will be a Mufti Day to bring money to school for the charity and the results of the voting will be announced on Friday at 2.45 when the unlucky staff member is gunged!
Just a reminder that our Marvellous Me app will be replacing parentmail after the May half term, so for those of you who have yet to sign up please contact the school office for your joining code.
Can I also just remind parents that if you have any areas of concern with regard to your child at school please discuss these with your child’s teacher in the first instance. We have a phase leader for each key stage should you wish to escalate a concern. Or if you wish to speak with myself, Mrs Reddyhoff or any of the senior leadership team please schedule an appointment with the school office. Thank you.
Finally, As we start to think about the organisation of the school for next term it is important to work out numbers and class sizes. Please let us know if you are leaving in the next few months – even if it is not definite it is helpful to know that a move is imminent!
Have a wonderful weekend
10 May 2019
What a great week we have had. Yesterday we had a wonderful display of the art that has been produced for Purbeck Arts Week on the theme of ‘Flight of Fantasy’, which was inspired by the 500 anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci. The children have all worked very hard and it is reflected in the incredible pieces of art work they produced, it was lovely to see so many parents come in and enjoy the exhibition. Well done to all.
On another note, it was great to see so many parents in school on Wednesday, joining in with the stay and session. I know the children love showing you what happens in their classroom and I hope it gives you a little insight into your child’s daily experiences.
We hope that those of you who were able to attend Mondays meeting with Aspirations found this session useful and informative. The presentation will be available on the Aspirations Academy Trust’s website: http://www.aspirationsacademies.org
Alternatively if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, We would all like to wish our Year 6’s the best of luck with their SATs which they will be sitting next week commencing 13th May, I am sure that all their hard work this year will do them justice. We, like you, are really proud of them.
Have a lovely weekend.
3 May 2019
What another busy week we have had.
This week our Year 4 pupils went to Carey Camp, and I must say an amazing experience was had by all! The weather may not have always been kind to them but it showed the children’s resilience and determination to achieve anything they put their minds to. For more great photos please check out the school website.
Several letters have been sent home this week, one of which detailed information regarding a parent meeting on 7th May at 6pm in the school hall where Aspirations will discuss the exciting future plans for the school. We hope as many parents as possible can attend as this gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Please may I express again the importance of following the school uniform policy. I have noticed that there are still a number of pupils wearing inappropriate hair accessories. Hair accessories should be discrete - no bunny or cat ears please! Thank you.
We hope you all enjoy the long bank holiday weekend.
26 April 2019
I hope that you all had a lovely restful break
over the Easter holidays, and we are now ready for the Summer Term.
Just a little reminder, children are not to arrive at school any earlier than 8.45am in the mornings; the school gate does not open until this time and again there is no adult supervision until then. Children waiting outside school alone become a safeguarding issue.
Next week our Year 4 pupils are going on a trip to Carey Camp, please can those children going bring their suitcases through to the Blandford Suite Monday morning. They will be leaving around10am.
Over the Easter holidays we asked everyone to decorate an egg as their favourite book character. Well done to everyone who entered we have certainly had some’ Eggsellent’ entries… but I must say a big Congratulations to Lacey-Mai Harris for her super Mr Fox display.
I have also noticed that there are still a number of children coming to school recently in incorrect footwear for school, also please could you ensure that hair accessories are discrete; please see over for our uniform list and ensure that your child is correctly dressed. Thank you!
Finally I’d like to say a big welcome to all of the new children and families who have joined us for the summer term.
We hope that you have settled in well and enjoy living in the area.
Have a lovely weekend.
05 April 2019
Can you believe we have reached the end of the Spring Term?
The children enjoyed walking to the Garrison Church on Tuesday. There was a lovely service of singing and spring poems. Padre talked to the children about the new life of spring and the symbolism behind celebrating Easter.
On Thursday a selection of our KS2 children were invited to the opening of The Tank Museum’s newest exhibition: Long after the Battle. A topic the children have been particularly interested in. The rest of KS2 joined them in watching a magnificent tank display, some of which have never been seen before!
Thank you to Studland for their wonderful class assembly on Friday ‘Gorillas can’t dance…….Or can they’ it was hugely entertaining and a joy to watch, well done to you all!
The PTFA raffle also went really well and there were certainly many happy winners, although I am not sure how much chocolate actually made it Home!
As we end now, we say goodbye to Mrs Oram as she moves onto a new job after Easter. Mrs Oram has been a member of staff here for many years and she will be much missed.
I hope you will join me in wishing her lots of luck and best wishes in her new role.
After Easter we welcome Mr Steve Cottrell who will take over from Mrs Oram in Wareham class. Mr Cottrell has been working with Miss Doak and Mrs Oram this week getting to know the class.
Miss Amos also joined us this week taking over the P.E teaching across the school as well as helping out in KS2.
I hope you have a restful and happy Easter.
29 March 2019
With the Easter holidays fast approaching we have had another busy week at school. On Monday LSK2 and KS1 enjoyed an Orca Workshop. These interactive, fun presentations and activities help children to understand more about the largest animals on our planet. Why not test them to see what interesting Orca facts they have learnt.
It’s been wonderful to hear the progress our Year 3 & 4’s have been making in Clarinet lessons. They performed a concert to parents on Thursday of the music they have been practising over the last term. What a fantastic show they put on. Well done to you all.
Please can I thank everyone for their support during Book fair week, we raised a massive £187.99 which will go towards books for the Library.
Also, congratulations to the PTFA who ran a very successful secret Mother’s day gift shop on Thursday after school, they raised £230! I hope you all enjoy the wonderful gifts the children so carefully picked out for you.
After Easter we will be holding a meeting for parents with Aspirations Academy to discuss the conversion from Bovington Primary School to Bovington Academy. Further information will follow.
Next week we are visiting the Garrison Church and celebrating Easter. Don’t forget that we finish on Friday 5th April.
Have a good weekend!
22 March 2019
Wow, what a busy week! Firstly, thank you to Tyneham class for their lovely assembly on Friday, following the theme of ‘Comparing Bovington to Africa’.
We would like to welcome back Miss King as the class teacher for Kimmeridge class through to July. This week we successfully recruited two new teachers that will start in KS2 in September.
Just to update you, our exciting new Parent App- Marvellous Me is now in full swing. Letters were again sent home this week for those of you who have not signed up. This app enables you to receive positive messages about your child’s learning and day at school.
Reception classes took part in an ‘eggsellent’ Dinosaur egg hunt Wednesday afternoon, what an imagination the children have, it’s wonderful to see them immersing themselves so fully into their topic.
For Years 4 and 6 – don’t forget that payments for the 2 residential trips to Carey Camp and Barton Hall are due soon; please do ensure that you are up to date with your payments.
Lastly, I have noticed that a number of children have been coming to school recently in incorrect footwear for school, also please could you ensure that hair accessories are discrete; please see over for our uniform list and ensure that your child is correctly dressed. Thank you!
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
15 March 2019
After a warm start to the new half term, we seem to have returned to more traditional weather! Please ensure children have coats with them at school - even if there is a little rain we try to get the children outside every day, and coats with hoods or hats ensure they stay warm and dry at all times.
It was lovely to see so many parents come to the open meetings this week to meet with your child’s class teacher. I hope you found them useful and you have a good veiw of how your child is getting on, their progress and what you can do to help them further.
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the book fair – we hope you have enjoyed reading your new books! The PTFA also ran a preloved book sale where they made over £70, thank you to all who helped and who bought books to help raise money.
Today the school took part in a 6 hour danceathon for comic relief. It was wonderful to see everyone dressed up in their dancing gear and their red noses. We even had parents join in at the end of the day. What a super day we have had!
The Yr6 pupils did a fantastic job of selling the red noses and
all money raised will go towards helping those people living unimaginably tough lives in the UK and internationally.
Please check out the website for more amazing photo’s.
Finally, just a gentle reminder that parking in the three bears nursery car park is for nursery staff and nursery parents only. Please be mindful of this and if you are dropping your child/ren off at school can you use the designated drop off zones on Holt Road (beyond the double yellow lines) and on the main road.
Have a wonderful weekend
08 March 2019
I hope you enjoyed listening to Wessex FM this week where we were school of the week. You can find all the broadcasts here: https://www.wessexfm.com/On-Air/carl-ashwin-in-the-morning/school-of-the-week.php
The media file will be uploaded later today.
What an amazing World Book Day we had. The costumes from the children and staff were brilliant. The day started with an assembly and a story from Mrs Muraro followed by a parade of all the children and staff in their costumes. Book and reading related activities happened all day and many parents came into hear a story at the end of the day in a ‘Read and leave’ finish. This was then followed by a Disco for KS1 and KS2 organised by the PTFA who also organised a Reloved Book Sale on Friday after school.
A huge thank you to all that helped organise and make this day possible. The message that reading is fun was certainly well communicated! We have a Book Fair week all next week.
Moreton Class assembly showcased their learning about animal groups. It was good to hear the Year 1 children talking about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
Don’t forget it is Parents evening next Monday and Tuesday when your child’s teacher or in some cases teachers will update you about their learning and progress.
Have a great weekend
01 Mar 2019
Welcome back- I hope you had a good half term.
I am pleased to tell you that CJay raised over £800 (and still counting) for his chosen two Cancer Charities as a memory and tribute to his father who died of Cancer 5 years ago. What an impressive achievement! Thank you, on his behalf for the generosity and support that was shown to make this such a success for him and your money will go to support holidays for children with Cancer and research into prevention, cures and support for those with Cancer. CJay was interviewed and appeared on Wessex FM in their news on Wednesday to mark this incredible achievement.
Speaking of Wessex FM, our school features as School of the Week on this radio station all next week. School of The Week can be heard on weekday mornings at 7.35 on Carl Ashwin In the Morning and at 16:10 on weekday afternoons on Drivetime with James O'Neill. I would listen out for this as our pupils will put you in a good cheer to start or end the day.
This week the children looked incredibly smart and full of character for their class photographs. This will be available to purchase soon and provide a wonderful memory of happy times and good friends as we all, as adults, know!
Year 6 have been studious and focused for a week of Mock Sats. It has been pleasing to see that the children’s confidence and performance has improved in the term since the last round of Mocks as the children have become better able to give a good account of themselves in this significant test situation.
I hope you are enjoying getting your Marvellous me notifications about your children on your preferred device. I have enjoyed being able to send photos and messages of some of the good work that has been brought to me this week directly to parents and the children have been so excited and motivated by this. Over half term we had 48% of parents signed up, as I write this we now have 74% of parents signed up so if you have not yet downloaded the app and logged in you are missing out on some of the success your child has had in their learning and behaviour at school this week.
Next Thursday is our celebration of World Book Day and we shall be expecting everyone to be dressed up as their favourite character from a book or story. There are lots of exciting things planned across the week including a theatre performance on Monday!
Please ensure that you book your parent consultations for a week on Monday & Tuesday.
Have a great weekend
15 Feb 19
Half Term is here!
Thank you to everyone that has donated or helped support CJay’s fund raising in memory of his Dad this week. His brave and noble approach has really brought the school together. I will let you know how much he raised for his two cancer charities when the final total is counted.
We have a new way to engage with parents/ carer’s and for you to find out about your child’s learning and success at school- Marvellous Me! Please download the free app, use your unique log in code and then you can follow your child’s learning and success at school. It is important to note that the Marvellous Me app will replace Parentmail. It saves the school money and it is more direct and straight to your phone and about your child – incredible.
This week we had a Parent meeting to update parents/ carers about actions the school has taken following the OFSTED inspection. It was a positive meeting and the positive feedback about the school and the staff has been fed back to them. It is much appreciated. There are some important points that it is important to share with parents arising from the meeting:
Firstly, I offer my apologies that the letter about the county reinspection of SEND to parents was sent out late. It was only received by the school late Thursday. It was read and processed by the Head teacher on Thursday evening who then actioned it to go out to parents on Friday. Regrettably the deadline for the questionnaire was 12 noon, many schools, and we were one of them, struggled to meet this deadline. This was not intentional.
This week we took part in a Netball competition at the Purbeck School and to end the week with a fantastic assembly from Dorchester Class on the theme of Eden & Recycling. We got to see wonderful photos of their trip to the Eden Project and they made fantastic inventions for taking plastic out of the sea. Well done to Dorchester Class!
Finally, Congratulations to Hardy House for winning the House Tournament this term.
Have a wonderful break.
08 Feb 19
This week we began to set up our new exciting Parent App- Marvellous Me. You will be able to download this to your phone/ tablet and receive positive messages about your child’s learning and day at school at least twice a week.
This week has been a week of exciting trips. Year 3/4 had a wonderful time at Marwell Zoo on Tuesday and Year 5/6 have travelled to Cornwall to the Eden project as I write this. I here they have also had a long but spectacular day.
Thank you to Kimmeridge class for their open assembly it took the theme of ‘Friendship’ and shared a great magical recipe and moral.
A group of pupils from KS2 participated with enthusiasm in a cross-country this week as part of the Purbeck Sport’s Partnership that we are a part.
I hope as many parents as possible can come to the meeting on Tuesday after school at which I will be able to give an update of developments following the Inspection last term. I will let parents know what we have done, where we are and what will happen next and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Send provision in Dorset is currently being reinspected. I know parents are sometimes frustrated with what they see as the lack of provision that is offered by the school but in reality we can only offer what is in our ability to do so from Dorset County Council. As a school we work hard to support children with SEND but this is limited by things such as the level of funding, advice and provision that is available to us from Dorset. The letter attached indicates how you are able to express your views in relation to this.
Polite Reminder – Please, unless you hold a blue Badge or have prior arrangement with the office could parent’s refrain from using the carpark to drop off children in the morning. This is a very busy time of day and the carpark needs to be used for staff, visitors and deliveries. Thank you.
01 Feb 2019
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused by my decision to close the school because of the weather. (Apologies also to parents of Kimmeridge class -we will postpone the assembly to next week). I took this step following the decision by Dorset County Council to stop school transport across the County and also the closure of several other local schools. This was made in the interests of children and staff some of whom would have had to travel in particularly treacherous circumstances otherwise. Safety is always my top concern. I wanted to give you as much notice as I could to put alternative arrangements in place rather than wait to the last minute
Last Friday the school had a monitoring visit from the local authority to review the plan and actions that the school has and is taken following the inspection. We were told that we are on track and that the plan and actions address the right points and is ‘fit for purpose’. I want to share in person what we have been doing since the parent feedback last term and I propose holding a School Meeting on Tuesday 12th February at 3.30 to 4pm to do this. At this meeting we will update you, listen to your views and take feedback about what you would like us to focus upon.
This week we were visited by the school attendance officer who looked at all the attendance, non-attendance and lates across the school and was very pleased with our attendance, that remains above the national average and the procedures we have in place to manage this.
I have reviewed lunchtimes at the school and following this we are taking steps to improve lunchtimes for the children, including addressing the behaviour of a minority of children that is spoiling lunchtimes for other children. I will write to you next week about this and these new arrangements will begin during next week.
There was a successful school nurse drop in session this week. All parents are welcome to these sessions and we will be running another session soon.
Several children went to the Purbeck School to join in with a Marvellous Maths session.
I hope you have a safe weekend
25 Jan 2019
It was lovely to see the parents that ‘Stayed and ….’ this week. The feedback I had from parents and staff, and indeed children, was that it was great fun and an opportunity to see what and how learning was happening in the classroom. It was wonderful to see so many parents joining in with the exciting things that were happening in the classes.
We also had a parent’s workshop for parents and children in Y6 about their end of Primary School SATs. Miss Doak and Mrs Oram led the session and explained what is in the tests and gave sensible and practical advice to parents and children to ensure that they can prepare well without undue anxiety.
The Incredible Years parenting course ends next week that has been running at the school led by Mrs Stanton and Mrs Reddyhoff. Thank you to those parents who attended, it was a really supportive and fun group! The next group will be running in March in Wareham and Swanage, please phone Jacqui Stanton on 01305 225729 to register your interest and book your place!
In addition, Dorset Echo visited to take photos of the Reception classes for their article on Reception Classes across the county.
Thank you to those parents who are always asking questions about school when they see me on the gate or speaking to their child’s class teacher. If you have any queries, questions or concerns please just ask in person or make an appointment. This is always more helpful than discussion on social media, speaking of which we are looking to develop our social media presence in the coming months. If you are interested in helping with this I would love to talk with you… in person!
Have a great weekend
18 Jan 19
I would like to welcome Will Williams, our new school Learning Mentor, who has joined our Pastoral Team and will be working with both parents and children and whom many of you will meet as he deputises for Mrs Reddyhoff and I in meetings. Mr Williams has much experience in this area and besides his role as Learning Mentor he will join our Safeguarding Team. Our Safeguarding and Pastoral Teams will continue to communicate and work closely together but with added capacity this will enable Mrs Reddyhoff and I to spend greater time in classes as we all concentrate our efforts on raising standards in teaching.
Mrs Reddyhoff and I have been on a Maths course this week led by Dr Yeap Ban Har, the person that wrote the Maths No Problem scheme we use at school. This will enable us to further raise the quality of Mastery Maths teaching across the school.
There are some useful videos for parents, featuring Dr Ban Har here: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
This week some of our Service families and parents sought some further clarification how the school spends the £300 Service Pupil Premium that is received for children registered at the school. There is comprehensive written information and reports on the school website and I have additionally written a summary document that can be found here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/service-pupil-premium/
The letter is titled- Military Families SPP query 160119.doc.
It contains quotes and feedback from our recent OFSTED inspection report that are related to this area.
This week has been an active week with the wider curriculum. A group of UKS2 cyclists have been learning how to cycle safely on the road on a Bikeability course. Our Football team played away at Wool Primary School with a final score of 4 – 2 and Year 3/ 4 have started their Clarinet lessons. The Open the Book group led an assembly on Wednesday that continued the Christmas story with what happened afterwards as they are now working on the New Testament.
Finally, if your child is in Year 6, please attend the Y6 Parents Meeting next week where the teachers will discuss what the children need to do to prepare for their end of Primary School assessment, what we will be doing as a school and what you can do to help your child.
Best wishes for the weekend
11 Jan 2019
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!
This week Mr Brown started with us in Y2 in Studland Class, and Mr Boucher started with us In Y3 Kimmeridge. Both they and the children are settling back into the new routines and expectations that have begun from the start of this term.
Following our training day on Monday, I hope you can see how we are making the most of every minute of the school day when you drop your children off in the morning. I am also pleased to say that the children have risen to the new expectations and the school has a very purposeful and happy feel to it as we start the new year.
Punctuality- You can really help us and your child by ensuring they arrive promptly in time for school. You should note that, although the school gates open at 8.45, school actually starts, as it always has, at 8.55. Now that the children come straight into class registration is much more prompt and takes place when school starts. This means that children need to arrive at school and be in class for 8.55.
Registration runs from 8.55 to 9.00 and lessons start at 9.00. Children not at school by 8.55 will not be registered in class by their teacher and may be late for lessons, for example the RWI phonics lessons in Reception and KS1 that start at 9.00 promptly.
Please ensure that your child is at school on time for 8.55 to start their lessons for the day.
The best advice is to aim for your child to be at school for 8.45.
Uniform- can I remind parents that uniform helps set a good attitude to learning and by encouraging children to take pride in themselves we know that this will be reflected in their work. This means that hair headbands, for example, should be practical rather than ornamental please.
Reading- please read with your child or ensure your child reads at least 5 times a week as this really helps them with their reading. When your child reads please can you write and sign your child’s journal. If you put comments in the journal we will respond to them.
I would like to share with you the success of our ‘Daily Mile’ that the children take part in each day. As you enter the school you will notice the blue line painted around the playgrounds that acts as a guide for the one-way flow of children walking and jogging for 15 minutes each lunchtime from 12.45 to 1 o’clock. The children and staff that join in with this are enjoying this physical and very social daily exercise.
We had a fantastic performance from Dorset music service which should inspire the next generation of musicians. Next week the children in Year 3 & 4 start their music lessons as they learn to play the clarinet
Have a great weekend.
07 Dec 2018
Bovington Primary School determined to ‘rapidly improve standards’
A major programme of improvements is underway at Bovington Primary after inspectors placed the school in ‘special measures’.
Following the school’s latest inspection in October, Ofsted has rated the school as ‘inadequate’ as it felt that pupils were not receiving an acceptable standard of education.
With the support of Dorset County Council, the school is making improvements across several areas, including:
leadership and management
the quality of teaching and learning
The school also needs to focus on raising outcomes for pupils, particularly the most able and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.
Kris Winthorpe, Headteacher of Bovington Primary School, said:
“We’re disappointed that our school has been put into special measures. There have been significant changes and challenges since the school’s last inspection six years ago, including changing from a first school to a primary. We recognise that we have to rapidly improve outcomes for our pupils through stronger teaching and have already introduced new measures to address this.”
Improvements that the school has already made include taking steps to improve the effectiveness of Governance, introducing new progress assessments and measures and work by the Headteacher, leaders and the dedicated and professional staff, to develop and improve the impact of good quality teaching and learning for all.
Mr Winthorpe added:
“I’d like to reassure parents that myself, staff and governors are all deeply committed to making the necessary changes. We have a robust action plan and are confident that we can rapidly improve our standards.”
Ofsted did identify a number of strengths during the school’s inspection. They said that:
arrangements for safeguarding are effective and inspection evidence confirms that this is a safe school;
the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.
all staff have an in-depth understanding of pupils’ pastoral needs and work with agencies to remove any barriers pupils may face
the school’s curriculum provides a range of subjects and experiences
early years provision is improving
pupils are happy, enjoy attending school and feel safe
Being put into special measures means that an ‘academy order’ will be issued for academy trusts to express interest in supporting the school’s improvement.
I would like to say a public thank you to those parents that were able to come to the meeting on Friday. Your vocal support for the staff and the school is much appreciated as we begin to address the issues identified.
30 Nov 2018
The school was shaken by the weather this week. This is the first time since we put up the flagpole that I have had to take the flag down because of the wind! Unfortunately, this meant that we had to postpone the Elite Commando’s and their Bouncy Castle and also the Bikeability. These have been rescheduled and we will let you know when they are on again.
Y5 went to Nothe Fort on Monday, completing the Upper Key Stage 2 trips to this amazing place in Weymouth. It was a memorable day in-role as an evacuee and the volunteers did an amazing job of helping the pupils understand first-hand what life would have been like as a child during the 1940’s. This was living history that they won’t forget.
Our Open the Book volunteers led an assembly on Wednesday and Year 6 had a Stay and ….read session.
I want to thank everyone for their incredible generosity and donations for Children in Need. We raised an incredible £197.70. Well done everyone.
With the stage up, little children with sheets around their heads, songs at every corner and a tree being decorated in a corner of the Hall it’s beginning to feel a lot like…. No …… I am determined not to say that word till we reach December.
I have spent most of this week in classes looking at the learning and talking with pupils about how we can raise expectations. Next week our Y6 pupils will be taking ‘Mock SATs’ to give them a taster of what is to come next May. Children from Year 2 to Y6 will also be taking progress assessments over the next couple of weeks. We will use this information to make sure that we can match work to support children’s learning and challenge them on to aspire, reach and achieve the high standards of which they are capable.
On a final note, whilst Mrs Maslin is on her maternity leave, I have appointed Mrs Reddyhoff as the Acting Deputy Head teacher to work with myself and the Governors to lead the school.
Have a good weekend.
23 Nov 2018
I think we have had all weather this week apart from hot and sunny!
This week I have been observing some of the learning in classes across the school, I am always impressed with the determination and effort of so many children, guided well by the staff, to make progress even when grappling with complex ideas. From the children learning their letter sounds and how to write and spell simple words in Reception, to our older children learning how to use modal verbs and when to best use a fronted adverbial. Additionally, I have seen children counting successfully well beyond 10 in Reception whilst in KS2 children are adding and multiplying 3- and 4-digit numbers- similar skills at very different levels and with vastly different numbers. The focus of the teaching is much sharper already this term and is having a real and measurable impact upon the children across the school. I know that this was discussed with you personally in the Parent’s Evenings last week. Children are clearly enjoying the greater challenge we have introduced over the past few weeks this term as we have begun to lift further expectations across the school to ensure that each child makes good progress and reaches their potential.
On another note, it was good to see so many parents come in for the Stay and… sessions in most of the school joining in with the counting, art, singing and multiplication sessions. Thank you for your support, I hope these sessions give you a little window into the daily life of your child in our school.
This week more Reception children visited Wool Library and on Friday I accompanied Year 6 on an educational visit to Nothe Fort in Weymouth as part of their continuing history based learning. Even I got to play the part and experience what it was like to be an evacuee!
Next week we have some more exciting things lined up for the children, including Bikeability Sessions and Commando Survival Days alongside our continued daily focus on reading, writing and maths.
Finally we would like to say Thank you very much for helping with the Poppy Appeal we raised £98.51.
Have a good weekend
16 Nov 2018
This week has been Anti-Bullying week and it kicked off with Odd Socks day and the children have been discussing the theme: Choose Respect. We work very hard to ensure that ‘no child falls through any gap’ and all children feel and are kept safe. The Anti-Bullying Alliance has some really good resources for parents including an Interactive Training Module for parents that can be found here.
It was good to see so many parents at our parents’ meetings this week and the feedback given to our teachers and Governors was overwhelmingly positive. Good communication between parents and school helps to ensure that we get things right for the learning of your child and where there were concerns, on either side, these meetings gave a genuine opportunity for these to be discussed and aired.
Our Reception children went to Wool Library this week and enjoyed the experience of finding out that there are other libraries out there besides the school library. Thank you to the Librarians in Wool for making the trip so enjoyable and engaging.
On Friday, we had a great ‘Children in Need’ day with all donations going to the charity and appeal. Thank you for your generosity.
Following representations from some parents I have decided to postpone the Diversity sessions that had been planned for next week. A more detailed letter is to follow.
Finally, I have written to you elsewhere about unavoidable changes to the planned Christmas Productions for children in KS1 and KS2. The new times and dates are also in the Dates for the Diary in this newsletter. I apologise for the short notice for these changes, particularly to those parents that have been notified about the productions that we are now unable to offer, but the changes have become necessary and have been discussed and agreed by the Full Governing Board.
Despite other challenges, I can confirm that we have now managed to arrange a Christmas Dinner celebration on Thursday 20th and I hope that as many children as possible are able to join in with this tradition. This is the day planned for a visit from Santa as well as other Christmas treats.
Have a good weekend
09 Nov 2018
Another busy week of learning and activity at the school.
This week we started the Daily Mile in earnest. We have measured that a mile is just over 8 laps of both playgrounds and children are having 15 minutes of activity walking, jogging or running from 12.45 to 1.00 each day.
Our Bronze Ambassadors have been trained now so we have some sporting champions that will also help keep everyone active and healthy.
We had an Actor working with KS2 children this week with drama and poetry from World War. Each year group had a workshop session and these were all put together at the end of the day as a whole play that was presented to the school. It was very moving and powerful and the children did very well. We also had four children that had put together a presentation about the impact of plastic pollution that they shared with Lower Key Stage 2 in an assembly. It was impressive that these children had taken it upon themselves to develop a PowerPoint assembly complete with video clip and message about the importance of correct litter disposal and recycling. Well done and thank you to Nial, Maisie, Jack and Connor.
On Friday Wareham Class led an Assembly that, not only showcased their learning, but also was an act of respectful Remembrance.
Thank you again to the PTFA with another marvellous DISCO on Thursday. You can’t beat a school disco especially such a glow in the dark and neon extravaganza with all the fun that was had. Thank you to everyone involved and that helped. What a brilliant community we have around the school.
Next week is Anti-bullying week and on Monday we want to hold another Odd Socks day to celebrate differences. Children are encouraged to wear Odd Socks on Monday and they can be Wacky and Wild to raise awareness of differences.
Have a good weekend.
2 Nov 2018
I trust you had a restful half term. The dark evenings and late autumn chill do not get any easier when they arrive but they do signal that the seasons are moving the year forward.
We have had an OFSTED inspection this week. An HMI and two OFSTED inspectors were inspecting the school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Their findings remain confidential until the report is published so, regrettably, I cannot say more than this at this time.
I would like to thank the community and parents for the tremendous support offered to the school this week including the powerful parent voice that, I can assure you, was listened to by the OFSTED team. Thank you.
Mrs Wallbridge and I led a meeting for parents of new Reception children to the school on Tuesday afternoon. It was good to discuss the broad curriculum and opportunities offered by the school. Our pupil ambassadors then showed the prospective parents around the school and by all accounts, were passionate advocates for why they feel happy and safe at the school.
On Wednesday, the community volunteers from the ‘Open the book’ group performed an imaginative retelling of the story of Jonah with epic special effects and props.
Next week we have a school disco (tickets are on sale now).
In addition, we are restarting our ‘Daily Mile’ at lunchtimes’ and we have Bikeability in school for children in Years 5&6 to be taught how to use their bikes safely.
Finally, as you are passing the school please look towards the Tank outside the school near the Roundhouse. We hope you enjoy our tribute of Remembrance that has been contributed to by children from all over the school.
Have a great weekend
19 Oct 2018
I know you rightly expect schools to be safe places, where children are free to enjoy their time in education without fear of violence or harassment. To this end this week I led training for all staff on the updated guidance on Safeguarding and Keeping Children Safe in Education. To find out about what we do as school to keep your child safe find out more here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/safeguarding/
We have reintroduced the Daily Mile so that children get to walk and be active everyday as part of their lunch hour. Speaking of active challenges, on Tuesday 6 children went to Carey Camp for an adventurous activity day!
On Wednesday we had our Harvest Festival celebration with lovely singing and vivid Autumnal sensory poems written by your children. Thank you to all of those parents that have donated food that we will ensure is safely delivered to Wareham Food Bank so that this goodwill and generosity is passed on to those that need it.
It was wonderful to see so many parents at our Harvest Arts Café on Friday. What an awesome collection of Autumn inspired art and design. I am sure that you will agree we have some sensational and creative pupils.
Well done to Anning House Team for winning this term’s House competition. Their blue flag is proudly flying on the flagpole and they enjoyed their House Treat on Thursday of a Movie and popcorn. I hope you join in with the House Challenge. Please send your Pumpkin selfies to this email address: email@example.com
I just want to publicly thank all the staff, volunteers and supporters of our school. Everyone has worked hard over this half-term to ensure that the children have got off to a great start to the year. As the nights draw in now, I hope you have a happy and safe half-term and look forward to seeing you after the week’s break.
12 October 2018
Another busy week for the school has flown past.
This week we recruited a new member of staff to take on the role of Outdoor learning. Jane Buck is an experienced former teacher that has taught across the primary age range and who is currently working in a senior position in a large Nursery. She has Forest School training and is keen to develop our site further as the year progresses. I will write to you with ideas that you can become involved with outside once she has started.
On Tuesday, Dorset Echo came to take their annual Reception Class photos, and these will be available soon.
Even teachers, need to do some learning sometimes and all of the teaching staff had a brilliant day on an English training course on Wednesday to further develop their teaching of reading and writing. The key speaker was Pie Corbett the person who developed the approach that the school uses of talk 4 writing. There is more information about the approach here: http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/
The Pirates from Weymouth visited us on Thursday with a fabulous tale of life aboard their pirate ship hunting for treasure. What a wonderful assembly that really showed how involved the children have been in their learning.
Don’t forget, we are making a collection of food for our Harvest Celebration assembly next week, so please, if you can spare something, it will go onto the food bank in Wareham. Then, on Friday, please join us for the incredible Harvest Arts Café where you can collect your child and have a tour of the Autumn art that has been produced across the school and enjoy a hot drink.
Have a wonderful, if wet and blustery, weekend!
05 October 2018
It was lovely to see so many parents in the school on Thursday for the Stay and Learn. I counted 60+ parents joining in, listening and actively involved in learning and play across the school. I know the children love showing the people that come what happens in their classroom and I hope it gives you a little insight into your child’s daily experiences.
Following on from our recent Jeans for Genes day and appeal, I can inform you that we have sent a check off for £195 to the Jeans for Genes charity. Thank you for your kind generosity.
Our next fundraising charity will be linked to Harvest and Wareham Food Bank. Details are on the back of this newsletter.
It has been good fun watching the children join in with the Active afterschool clubs that we have started this year. They are proving very popular with the children involved and Skipping Club looked tremendous fun.
On another note, I am currently reviewing the security arrangements for drop off and pick up of children at the school. I want to continue to balance the open access parents have to the school site at these times with ensuring that security is maintained and is proportional for the children and staff. If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions or maybe have seen things at other schools that you think we could adopt then I would really like to hear from you before I finalise our new arrangements. You can catch me on the gate, email me at the office or arrange to meet with me.
Have a great weekend
28 September 2018
Thank you for your generous donations to the Jeans for Genes charity last Friday. I will let you know how much was raised when the full amount has been counted.
It was great to see so many parents come to the RWI workshops on Monday. I hope you found them useful and for those parents that were not able to attend there is information and links to videos here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/phonics/
Additionally, we sent more staff to be trained to teach the RWI this week so that we can continue to ensure that all of our staff in Reception and KS1 are fully trained to teach this program of phonics, reading and writing.
Everyone looked very smartly turned out for their school photographs this week and we are really looking forward to seeing all the smiles and happy children when the pictures come back.
On Wednesday I led an assembly to explain racism to the children and explained that certain words were very unkind. I explained that racism was a kind of bullying that was unacceptable. You may wish to discuss this further with your children.
On a final note, I want to assure parents/ carers that may have been shared or approached with regards unkind comments about the school that if they have any concerns they wish to discuss further they should please make an appointment to see me. As Head teacher, I take the reputation of your child’s school very seriously and politely ask that if you have any evidence of negative or defamatory comments that you please bring them to my attention so that I make take the appropriate action to safeguard the school. I have been heartened by the positive support and comments from parents that have spoken with me.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
21 September 2018
Wow- what a wild and windy end to the week! We are definitely in mid-autumn now although we are only three weeks into the term.
This week KS1 had a visit and a talk about life on the farm with lots of really interesting questions from the children who were fascinated, amongst other things, why hens sat on their eggs and how they looked after them.
The blustery weather was perfect for pirates and Year 3 & 4 have had some great adventures on their trips to Lulworth Cove this week. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and we feel it is an important part of the curriculum we have designed for our learners to get the children out into this landscape as part of their learning.
Our Y5 & 6 pupils that took part in the first of the Purbeck Multisport events, enjoyed themselves tremendously. All this year we will be taking groups of children on Thursdays to take part in inter school sports events as part of our participation in the Purbeck Sports Partnership.
Finally, I would like to remind parents and visitors to note that the gates to the school are open between 8.45 to 9.00 and 3.15 to 3.30 for drop off and collection only of children. Only parents of the school and those with parental permission are permitted through the gates at these times. All other visitors and people coming to the school must report to the school office and sign in. Parents dropping children off in Reception should note that the gate will shut at 9.00 and they then will have to leave through the front door by the office. No parent or visitor should walk around the school unless they have been signed in or unless they are accompanied by a member of staff. We take the safety and security of our children and our site very seriously.
I hope you have a good weekend
14 September 2018
We began our formal curriculum this week and it has been good to see the children challenged and engaged as they have started work in English and Maths books. I saw some very interesting work about Gravity in Science in KS1.
Year 5 & 6 visited the Tank Museum on Monday afternoon as part of their new unit on WW1 with some great experiences in a Mk4 WW1 tank, exploring life in the trenches and the process of recruitment and enlisting. This was history as it should be through real and vivid experience, touching and handling objects and dressing up.
We were visited this week by Lt. Col Cathy Ridge and I gave her a tour of the school and showed her our facilities. She met some of the staff and saw the children busy with their learning. She offered her continued support to both the school and I both professionally and as a friend of the school.
We had a good PTFA meeting on Thursday evening that was well attended. We discussed some of the successes of the previous year, including the Discos and other fund raising activities and a brilliant programme for the year ahead was planned. I want to thank our PTFA who give of their time voluntarily and, not only raise funds for the children at the school, but also provide such fun events for all of pupils.
Next Friday is Jeans for Genes day and we are asking children wear their Jeans and bring in some money for this charity that the school supports annually. All donations will be sent to the charity and children can wear Jeans and non-uniform for the rest. Thank you for your support.