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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
07 Sept 2018
Welcome back. I hope you had a wonderful summer.
It has been a great start to the school year with the children looking happy, settled and keen in their new classes.
We had two really useful staff training sessions to start the term. On Monday we had training on Talk 4 Writing, an approach we have introduced at the school but will be developing further this year to further raise progress in Reading and Writing. On Tuesday we had whole staff training on behaviour and empathy. Both days were fantastic and will support the development of our provision this year. I want to pre-warn you that the school will be closed on Wednesday 10th October for another Staff Training Day. Whilst this is not ideal, we have had to take this date, so please make a note of it in your diary.
Over the next few weeks the teachers in KS1 and lower and Upper KS2 will be arranging ‘Get to know the Team’ parent sessions. Please look out for these as they will also give you a chance to ask any questions you have about the year ahead.
Have a great weekend.
25 July 2018
Well we are finally here! What a tremendous year the children and the school have had. We ended with the news that we have been awarded a Silver Sport’s Mark for our participation and commitment to sport. What great news- well done to Mrs Drake for all her organising behind the scenes!
Goodbye and good luck to our Year 6 leavers- thank you for sharing your memories of your time in Primary School with us in your hugely entertaining leaver’s assembly.
We say thank you and goodbye to Miss Osborne, with her exciting travel plans, to Mrs Hill, with her plans and next steps and to Mrs Neiser who is being posted. Thank you to these staff and on behalf of myself and the SLT, I just want to publicly thank all staff for their commitment to the school and to every single unique child in it.
On behalf of the staff of the school we wish you a wonderful, safe, restful and exciting summer.
See you in September
20 July 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I trust everyone was satisfied with the reports that went home that reflect how hard your child has worked this year and the good progress they have made. Please can I remind parents and carers to complete and send back the reply slip on the back of my letter to you that came with the reports. If you do not have this you can email your comments marked for my attention at email@example.com
If you do decide to e-mail your comments please could you also let us know how satisfied you are with your child’s progress this year. The options are: very satisfied/ satisfied/ not satisfied. I would welcome any comments or feedback both positive and in respect of areas in which you think we could do better.
If you have visited the school over the past week you will have seen Mirek, a well renowned Street Artist from Bournemouth, painting our new entrance lobby with an incredible design that we think captures the essence of our school and the curriculum and mastery learning we offer to help all children make progress. There are some lovely photos on the back of this newsletter that show his starting and end points.
Bovi’s Got Talent dominated this week as the quarter finalists became semi-finalist and, by the time you are reading this, a winner will have been chosen. We also had our end of year House Team assembly so well done for the children whose positive choices have helped support their House Team to win. Well done Hardy!
Finally, Year 5 & 6 had a lovely walk through Moreton Forest on Thursday as an end of year reward and it was pleasing to see how much they enjoyed this good walk to Moreton Ford.
Last few days of this academic year are in sight now.
Have a great weekend
13 July 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
We had two fantastic assemblies this week from our Reception children. Thank you to Lulworth who shared their learning about ‘what the ladybird heard’ and thankyou to Corfe who shared their learning about the ‘very hungry caterpillar’ and thank you to all the parents that came to see such joyful, confident and happy children.
On Monday afternoon, our Year 6 pupils had a session with some workers from the Dorset Youth Service to identify, discuss and give them some strategies to address anxieties and worries they may have about their transfer to Secondary School. They will have a second session in the autumn when they are in Year 7.
You might have noticed an incredible design appearing in our entrance lobby. We have commissioned a popular street artist based in Bournemouth, Mirek, to paint a picture to encapsulate the school. He will continue to work on this next week and we will open it when it is finished.
Finally, your child is bringing home their annual school report today. I have read every report and I know that you will be proud of your child’s wonderful learning and progress this year. What amazing, hard-working, polite and kind children we are lucky to have in our school.
Well done to them all.
Lastly, congratulations to Hardy who were the winning house on sports day.
Have a great weekend
06 July 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
It was lovely to see how excited the children were during their Transition Afternoon on Thursday as they met their new teachers and class mates for the first time. It was great to welcome our new staff to the school, Mrs Doak, Mrs Warner and Mr Hay and experience the gasps of surprise and delight from the children as they found out who was going where and who would be teaching them next year.
We had another hugely successful and well-attended Sport’s Day and Summer Fayre on Friday. It was hot and the ice pop stop proved very necessary and popular along with the other refreshments and entertainments. What was clear was that the children gave it their all.
The Sports day winners of the House cup will be announced in next week’s newsletter.
The Sport’s Day takes a massive effort to put together and is only possible through careful planning and collaboration. So there are a few thankyous:
And finally, to so many parents and carers that made it such a wonderful day for the whole community.
Thank you to Year 5, who wrote the letters to local businesses, shops and attractions to ask for prizes for the summer fayre.
What a great community we are lucky to be in.
Have a lovely weekend
29 June 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
What wonderful weather, Please make sure your child has sunhat and sun protection (applied before they come to school) so they can enjoy the most from being outside.
I was talking to the children about ‘filling their buckets’ with feelings in my assembly this week. The idea that we all have invisible buckets that we can fill up with good feelings and our bucket’s get even more full if they help fill another person’s bucket. (There is a good link to a reading of this book here that is suitable for younger children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EuemNAo6XE)
I am busy adding my Head teacher comments to the children’s reports and it is wonderful to see how much effort so many children have put into their learning this year. These will be coming to you in a couple of weeks now.
The highlight of this week has to be the Fiver Challenge. Children in Year 5 & 6 are loaned £5 to start a business that they have to repay with 50p interest and they can decide whether to donate the profits to a charity of their choice or to the school for something for the children. What creative ideas they came up! I liked Whack-a mole, Sponge Wars and ‘The human Fruit Machine’ amongst many others and I certainly spent my money and enjoyed myself and the ice cream I bought. What brilliant business people of the future. I will let you know some of the profits they made next week http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/fiver-challenge/
I have some good news to share. In case you haven’t guessed Mrs Maslin is having a baby in the Autumn. We wish her the best of luck.
Don’t forget- next Friday is Sport’s Day and Summer Fayre.
Have a great weekend
22 June 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Last Friday the children participated in Green for Grenfell day and helped raise money for communities in need. Thank you for your donations. http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/green-for-grenfell-day/
It was great to see so many parents come to our termly ‘Stay and…’ open morning on Tuesday. There were going on for 70 parents in school on this morning in classes from Reception to Y4. Everyone was joining in with their children’s learning and seeing a little peep into the daily life of the learning that goes on every day at Bovington.
All this week Wessex FM have been broadcasting our pupils on their regular School of the Week slot that they recorded with us the week before. If you haven’t heard it yet you can find and listen to here:
The children involved gave a great account of themselves and our school and we hope to be involved in future activities like this with Wessex FM.
On Thursday we were lucky to have two students from Brunel University come and work with our Y5 and 6 pupils to do some STEM. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Maths and is an area that is really a great choice for a future job but to the children that took part in the challenge to make chocolate bridges they were left inspired and had a brilliant time. Some of the best comments of the day included:
“This has been the best lesson ever”
“STEM is so much fun”
“Can you come back next year to teach us again?”
Mrs Maslin said: ‘For me it will be the smiles, giggling and squealing that I will never forget – it was pure magic to see learning causing such laughter and amazement!’ http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/stem-chocolate-challenge/
Now that the non-uniform days have started to collect donations for the PTFA stalls at the sports day and summer fair it is beginning to feel like summer is in full swing. The weather is certainly helping!
Have a great weekend.
15 June 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
This week we sadly said goodbye to Mrs Boston our PE HLTA who has been at Bovington Primary School for 17 years. She has been a fantastic member of staff and each week teaches everyone in the school PE. She has moved with her husband to Somerset and we wish them the best of luck for the future.
We have recruited a new PE teacher who will join our staff in September – Mr Simon Mitchem.
You will have noticed the white wall in the entrance area of the school opposite to where visitors sign in. This week Mirek, a Street Artist who we have commissioned to work with a group of six of our pupils, begin to gather design ideas ready to start painting an exciting artwork onto this wall. We are looking forward to what our lobby looks like after its makeover.
The music was pounding and the floor was bouncing with awesome dancing at the School Disco this week. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. For me the ‘Worm competition’ was a highlight as about 30 children ‘caterpillared’ (New word) across the floor. Wow! Thank you to our amazing PTFA and to all the school staff that made this possible. We raised an amazing £300!!
Our Y2 assessments were moderated by County this week and ‘all judgements were verified’ and the moderators were particularly impressed with the ‘great range of evidence seen’. This means that our Reception teacher assessment judgements, Y2 teacher assessment judgements and Y6 teacher assessment judgements have all been externally moderated and all have been found to be accurate. I am pleased to be able to report to parents that the teacher assessment at Bovington, all the points that are externally verified, has been confirmed as accurate.
On Friday, it was heartening to see the support for the Green for Grenfell day. In my assembly on Monday I explained to the children that a positive that came out of the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell disaster has been a raised awareness of how communities, such as those around the Grenfell Tower come together to support those in need in times of trouble. In Bovington we have such a community and it is a privilege that the school is at the heart of this.
Have a lovely weekend.
08 June 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome back to the summer term. I hope you had a good week and enjoyed the lovely weather. It has been good to see the children settle quickly back into the routines and expectations of school.
This week our Year 5 and 6 visited Maiden Castle and had a great time walking round the ramparts. If you haven’t visited Maiden Castle it is great for a morning or afternoon walk. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/maiden-castle/
Thank you to our PTFA for putting on a coffee morning last Thursday. This is a regular event and parents are welcome to come and have a chat whilst their toddlers have time in our school library looking at some of the lovely books here. We are looking forward to the School Disco next week!
Next Thursday 14 June will mark one year since the Grenfell tragedy. In the days after the fire, the Grenfell community came together in a great show of unity, and an enormous amount of support poured in from across the whole of the UK.
We want to celebrate the spirit of people coming together so on
Friday 15 June, we are participating in the UK-wide Green for Grenfell Day.
Finally, we were visited by three Dorset County moderators to audit our assessments in writing for our Year 6 pupils. They were very impressed with the quality of work in the children’s books and their comments included:
‘Presentation in books and data were well organised with clear knowledge of the children and their next steps. Pupils edit their own work extremely well. (The) books etc. show evidence of quality first teaching and high expectations for all. Teachers clearly understand the needs of individual pupils and support their writing appropriately. Spelling at all levels seen is a noticeable strength’.
Thank you to our hard working upper KS2 staff and to Mrs Maslin for their efforts with our older pupils that are reflected in these comments.
25 May 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers
Well we have come to the end of another term that has seen us go from snow to sun.
Our children have completed most of their assessments now apart from the phonics assessments for Year 1 and 2 next term. Everyone has worked really hard this term and given it their all.
We are entering report writing season now and the Monday after Half term is given to the teachers to have some time to write their reports.
This week we have had our outside class room built and installed in our Forest School’s area. This large wooden structure, complete with benches, is a sight to behold. If you have not seen it for yourself, please have a peak onto the end of the school field- it is wonderful.
We took a group of children from KS2 to the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole to watch, listen and join in with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Our children were complimented by the stewards for their sensible and polite behaviour.
Moreton Class gave an entertaining assembly with lovely paintings and performances to a packed hall. It was lovely to see all the learning they have been doing this year. Thank you to all the staff involved in putting this together- everyone certainly enjoyed the assembly.
We will see you on the Tuesday after half-term, rested and ready for an exciting summer term ahead.
I hope you have a good break
Dear Parents/ Carers
Our Year 6 pupils approached their SAT assessments with a great attitude and have certainly tried their best. Well done to you all- you are so much more than the snapshot that will be revealed through the tests that you have taken this week. It has been wonderful to see what well rounded and resilient young people these pupils are growing into. Thank you to all the staff that volunteered and ran the Breakfast Club for the Year 6 this week. It was a lovely sight to see the enthusiasm with which children were running to school early to get in a good mindset for the day ahead. Thank you also to all the staff that have been involved with and have taught and supported these children whilst they have been at the school. Finally, thank to our parents who have worked so hard with the school in partnership so that your children can thrive. Your children are a credit to you.
We have had a wonderful royal wedding red, white and blue themed day today with lovely royal picnics and a celebration of the best of British values. When I picked up the children in the minibus this morning many children had already practised their royal hand wave. This was useful because I believe that the minibus passed Princess Anne on the way back from horse riding as she went to open a new part to the Tank Museum. You cannot get better than that!
Finally, I have some parents come to see me recently because they have been concerned about the way in which a very small minority of parents have shouted at or verbally abused school staff, including myself, either at the school gates or on the minibus runs. It is not acceptable for parents to behave in this manner and I would remind those parents that we have a zero tolerance approach to this. It is not acceptable for staff to be disrespected in this way and the parents that have come to see me and our Governors have asked me to remind all parents of this. We all have a responsibility to lead by example in terms of the respect that we are teaching children, recent behaviour is distressing for our children to see. If there is a concern then I would ask that a meeting is made for this to be discussed in a respectful and civilised manner.
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing
11 May 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers
Next week we wish it is the end of KS2 SATs for our Year 6 children. These tests are tiny snapshots of performance at the end of 7 years of primary school and reflect not just the efforts of the pupils and staff at this school but the resilience, determination and grit our pupils have developed as young people over their entire primary school career. For some of our children this may have been just in Bovington; for others it may have been over four or more schools.
We recognise that, whilst these tests are important, our pupils are so much more than these tests can measure. Our pupils are rounded, resilient, curious individuals with developing and unique personalities who can paint, code, care and collaborate, make fires, laugh, compete, have a growth and performance mindset and most importantly are resilient to face the future and the next stage in their learning.
So – last minute tips and homework!
Mr Winthorpe’s advice to Y6:
Do your best, check your work, and don’t worry.
Mr Winthorpe’s homework for Y6 this weekend:
Find below my list of homework for Year 6 this weekend. Try and do as many as possible:
Go on a bike/ scooter ride or a long walk with your family;
Read a book and watch your favourite TV programme;
Smile and chill out and have some ‘mindful me’ time;
Laugh until your tummy hurts;
Rest and get some good sleep;
Run until you cannot run anymore;
Have an adventure;
Have a treat and/ or some ice-cream and/ or some chocolate;
Spend time with your family and friends.
If you feel you have to, you may revise BUT you can only do this for a maximum of one-hour total.
Remember – Mr Winthorpe and Mrs Maslin are in charge of worrying.
Be resilient- I am proud of you all so just believe in yourself!
We wish all our Year 6’s good luck ahead of their SATs next week
4 May 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Thank you to those parents that added their opinions to our parent view last week. Please make sure your view is recorded as it is an important part of helping us set priorities for next year. The link is here:
If you have a question or concern please ensure that you raise it with your child’s class teacher, phase leader or myself so that it can be addressed.
Each week I try and share some aspects of school life that show how we try and develop curiosity, growth and resilience. This week I was fortunate to go to Carey Camp with 30 of our Year 4 children. What an amazing experience all of us had. Yes, it was cold and wet and hard work and tiring and relentless but for the children they learnt to be resilient, to challenge themselves, to not give up. They had a great time. The pictures speak thousands of words and can be found here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/carey-camp-2018/
It was lovely to see lots of parents come to the open morning on Thursday. We had Stay and Math with minibeast activities in Reception, an art activity in Key Stage 1 with Stay and Pointillism and lots of fun learning in Stay and Rock with times tables Rock Stars in year 3 and 4. I managed to catch a tiny bit of the beautiful singing from our children in Year 5 and 6 who sang some Space songs with much gusto. What a treat!
Finally, Studland entertained the whole school and their parents with more lively singing and performance as they shared their learning from across this year in their assembly on the theme of Where the wild things are’. In all of these things, I am sure that you will agree that we have confident and happy children that love sharing their learning and it is wonderful to see this grows every day.
Have a lovely Bank holiday weekend!
27 April 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
On Wednesday we had a Governor meeting where it was requested for me to draw your attention to the OFSTED Parent View. Here is where you can post your thoughts on the service we offer as a school. It is really helpful for parents that are moving to the area or thinking of sending their children to the school.
I know from standing on the gate that many, many parents give positive comments to me about their child’s day at school. I pass on these comments to the staff and some of you are kind enough to put your thoughts in writing. All of the staff at the school work very hard each day to ensure the children make progress with their learning and that each child is happy and safe.
Currently there are only 10 responses for the school on Parent View. Please can I ask that you take the time to ensure your voice is heard so we can note our strengths and identify areas where we may need to do better to help shape our plans for next year. Feedback is always listened to and acted on by my colleagues and, whilst we respond and deal with parents all the time through the very good partnership work we offer, it is always very difficult to get constructive and positive feedback. Please can you help and please can I ask you to share your views.
Thank you in advance for the few minutes of your time that will be really useful to us and other parents that will come to the school. Please click on the link below:
This week we also sadly say goodbye to Mrs Bains who has help set up our library and has been a fantastic school librarian. The library is in good shape and is a favourite part of the school. We wish her good luck in her new job in Yeovil. Going forward, the library will be maintained by our staff and children and also volunteers from our PTFA. Thank you in advance to those involved for so generously giving us your time.
20 April 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
It is great to be back after a good and restful Easter. What a way to start the summer term with the blazing weather we have had this week. The children have loved being out on the field and eating their packed lunches on the picnic benches.
We had a visit from the county maths advisor this week and we were pleased to be able to show her the positive impact of the textbook Mastery Math work that we have introduced across the school over the past couple of years. I am pleased to say that the great majority of the children that are in the school at present are making good progress in their maths. The ongoing challenge for us as a school is that we have many children joining us and many leaving due to the service families that come to Bovington. However, we are able to say with confidence that whilst they are with us we can have a really positive impact upon areas like their understanding, reasoning and enjoyment of mathematics through the teaching and learning we provide.
This week our school council prepared and buried a Time Capsule at the Tank Museum. This was a great opportunity not only to take part in, but also to actually make, local history. There are some great photos on the back of the newsletter and more on the website including the letter to the people of the future that the children wrote. CLICK HERE
Speaking of the Tank Museum, our Reception children had a great day at the museum on Wednesday. Each year half the school work with the museum on some extended learning.
Thank you to Kimmeridge class for their wonderful open assembly on Thursday based upon their visit to see the Diplodocus in Dorchester and the learning that followed it. Everyone was fascinated by the coprolite or should I just say ‘dinosaur poo’ that the children had made and showed. Euch!
29 March 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Can you believe we have reached the end of the Spring Term?
The children have certainly worked hard this term and this has been reflected in the progress they are making in their lessons, their learning and in their books, as I am sure you saw at the parents’ evenings a couple of weeks ago. The staff have also worked tremendously hard at ensuring that alongside the focus upon reading, writing and maths the curriculum continues to develop so that it is broad, exciting and engaging. I would like to publicly thank them for their huge effort and professional and dedicated approach including the time they give to every single child to ensure they are safe, happy and learning well at our school. Thank you.
It has been an ‘eggciting week’ with Easter Egg Hunts and a very successful egg decorating competition with lots of intricate designs and certainly a lot of fun and involvement between parents and children. That is what home learning is all about! 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 as far as Home!
In the rain, the whole school walked up to the Garrison Church on the camp to celebrate Easter with a service. The singing and readings were wonderful and explored the symbols of renewal and new life. Thank you to Padre Tony and to Mrs Jones who organised this for us all.
As we end now, we say goodbye to Mrs Burge who has been holding the fort in Studland, (after Easter, Mrs Partridge returns to her class) and we also welcome Mrs Dooley into Moreton.
Thank you also to you the parents and carers that make the strong partnership that we have with so many of our families possible. The staff have really appreciated the letters of thanks and support that you have written to me as Head teacher that I have shared with them parents that reflect the value of that partnership.
I hope you have a restful and happy Easter
23 March 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I cannot believe that the weather interrupted our planned start to the week in the way that it did but it was clearly too dangerous for the staff and many of our pupils to travel to school in the snow and ice.
However, the snow was gone just in time for the trips to visit Dippy on Tuesday and Wednesday. When we found out that this Diplodocus was coming to Dorchester last year we immediately planned this trip. What an opportunity to inspire curiosity and interest. Definitely too good to miss and really enjoyed by the whole school!
It has been really good to see the Learning Outside Forest School aspect of our curriculum begin to take off. There are some really great photographs here: Learning Outside
We aim for our pupils to develop a love for the challenge of learning and become resilient to failure. We want them to be curious, interested learners who seek out and use new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.
Upper Key Stage 2 had a scientific sleepover on Thursday night at school and used the iPads to track constellations and chase giant bubbles.
On Friday our wonderful Year 3 & 4 Bovington Brass Band gave a concert to a packed hall of parents of the music they have been learning and practising over the past 10 weeks with Mr Randall from the Dorset Music Service. What a fantastic performance they gave. Well done to you all.
Next week we are visiting the Garrison Church and celebrating Easter. Don’t forget that we finish on Thursday and Friday is Good Friday.
Have a good weekend!
16 March 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Thank you to Tyneham Class for their lovely assembly about a lost and found penguin. It was great to see all the learning they have been doing. The lost and found song reduce many staff and parents to tears as it touched an emotional nerve.
We have had a wonderfully active Sport’s Relief week starting with Sport’s Coaches on Monday that led tennis, cricket and basketball. There were activities each break time led by the Bronze Ambassadors that included skipping, Zumba with warm ups by Mrs Boston and mini activities and games on the court. On Friday afternoon there was whole school active sport on the playground that everybody out of breath; in a good way. Sport’s Relief bracelets have been sold
I would also like to thank all the teaching staff for their professionalism during parent’s evenings. The feedback I have had from parents shows that they found it useful and that they have a good view of their child/ ren attendance, progress and effort.
This week I went and watched some maths teaching across the school. I have seen some really great learning by across the school this week.
Next week is Science Week and the whole school is going to visit Dippy the dinosaur in Dorchester and Year 5/6 are having a stargazing sleepover at school.
Parents and carers are reminded to act responsibly on social media. The school does monitor social media and where there are inappropriate conversations these are referred to the Commanding Officer of Bovington Camp and/ or the relevant authority. If parents/ carers have any concerns they are encouraged to discuss this in a professional manner with the school so that we can protect the safety and dignity of any children or young people involved.
Have a good weekend!
9 March 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Well that was certainly a cold snap! But the weather, like the business of school has returned to normal.
Thank you to Poole class for their entertaining open assembly, postponed from last week, with a really entertaining quiz of the year assembly, that I hope you caught on Monday or Thursday.
On Tuesday we had the NSPCC team in talking to the children across the school about how to speak out and stay safe. This is an important part of our provision to teach children about the different forms of abuse that exist in a child accessible way and how to keep themselves safe and what to do if they ever experience a situation that they are uncomfortable with. You can see an overview of what the children experienced this week in assemblies and workshops from the NSPCC volunteers in this short video- Click here.
There is also some fantastic advice for parents on all sorts of aspects to keep children safe on the NSPCC website including some really good advice and resources about online safety and how to talk to children about these things. These resources can be found here- Click here.
Stay and … I counted over 50 parents/ carers in school on Wednesday for the Stay and… open lessons. I hope you learnt something and enjoyed your time in the school. It certainly looked like parents and children were enjoying themselves. Thank you to everyone that came and thank you to the staff for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make these things a success.
World Book Day had to be rescheduled because of the snow and so we had it this Friday instead. It was great to see all the wonderful costumes and the activities across the day to celebrate books and reading. What a surprise it was to have that Giant Peach and those two horrible aunts! Thank you for all your support with this.
Next week is parents’ evenings and the teachers will be discussing the importance of attendance, your child’s progress and predicted attainment for the end of the year and giving you a view of your child’s effort and attitude to their learning. I will also have a table so that you can share any feedback that you might have to help us as we seek to improve our provision further. Positive feedback is also particularly welcome and I will ensure that it is noted and fed back to the appropriate staff if you are able to give the time to share.
2 March 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Reluctantly I had to take the decision to close the school on Thursday and Friday due to the weather and in particular the Amber weather warning from the met Office that would have made it unsafe for children and staff to travel to and from school. I hope that you were able to keep warm and safe.
As a result of this I have moved Poole Open assembly to first thing on Monday morning and rescheduled our World Book Day celebrations to next Friday as I know many children were looking forward to coming to school as their favourite character from a book. Don’t forget that we have a book Fayre at school next week so that you will be able to come in at the end of the day with your child to buy a book. The more books we sell, the more money we also raise to buy more books for the school library, so come and spend your World Book Token and perhaps a little more!
In our short week we had some wonderful singing on Monday that we hope to be able to share with you soon and I also saw some great stop motion animation. I also spent the afternoon teaching in Reception on Wednesday. It was great fun! - see below!
I hope you have a great weekend
Dear Parents/ Carers,
A cold but sunny week this week that has been ideal for us to start our Learning Outside curriculum. It was lovely to see the children putting their boots and coats on and going out to our Forest Schools area for the first time. Mrs Humphries will be taking children outside each week to build on learning in other parts of the curriculum and begin to teach them skills and knowledge in this aspect. So many children these days don’t get much time to be outside, but by building time into our curriculum, we can help foster children’s curiosity about the natural world. Children will be learning to take managed risks and learning to work through failure to develop self-discipline and resilience. The evidence shows that by enabling children to experience learning in this way that, not only will they gain important physical and mental health benefits, but the attitude and resilience that they gain will transfer to other parts of their academic learning so that they persevere and are more determined to work through learning that they might be finding a challenge, at the moment, for example in maths or writing.
Speaking of learning outside the classroom, Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant day on their trip to the Planetarium in Winchester. It was great to see all the happy and excited faces as I waved them off from the school at 8 O’clock on Wednesday. I know from speaking to the children on their return that they were able to explore many, many aspects of science in such an exciting and hands on way. This educational visit brought science alive for the children, in a way that it can be difficult to do in the classroom and has given them experiences to think about that will stay with them for life, possibly, I hope, even inspiring some to consider being scientists in the future!
It was wonderful to be able to launch the Strengthening Families Programme last Monday at the school. I know from those parents that came to the evening workshop that they, and their children, found this first, of six sessions, useful. If you have children aged between 8-13 and would like to take part in the next round of this practical programme please contact either Mrs Stone or Mrs Reddyhoff.
9 February 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
We have arrived at Half Term after a busy start to the New Year. These weeks have just flown by! Firstly I would like to say a big well done to Weymouth class for their fantastic performance of The Tempest with dancing, gymnastic and acting, what a show!
This week our Middle Leaders presented their reports on the progress and attainment of the children across all year groups. It is good to see that the efforts of the children are reflected in this progress alongside their increasing grasp and enjoyment of reading, lively and accurate writing and grappling and mastery in maths. This progress in our pupils’ basic skills sits inside the rich and deep curriculum that characterises Bovington Primary School.
On Monday the children were excited to learn that the winning House Team this term was Raleigh. Well done to all the children in Raleigh who now have their House Flag flying for the next 6 weeks. The children in this winning House had a House Art Treat on Friday afternoon.
On Monday afternoon and evening the performance of ‘Wherever Home is.’ was a real success. Thank you to all that came. We had over 100 parents, visiting professionals and children that came to the two performances. The Head teacher of Downlands School (Blandford Camp) along with 8 of his teaching staff came along with members of the Garrison Army Welfare Service, professionals from a Children’s Centre and the majority of our Governing Board. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with comments from parents including that it was ‘spot on’ in capturing the reality of life for service families and children. This event was kindly sponsored by the Garrison Welfare committee. This brilliant play gives a real insight into the reality of life from two service children’s points of view and if you either missed the play or simply want to watch the performance again then follow this link to a full version of the play: http://www.whereverhomeis.co.uk/performance/
The focus of Computing Lessons and assembly this week was Safer Internet Day. Last week I gave you some links to the Safer Internet Day website that has some great resources and advice on e-safety for parents. You can find further useful resources on our website here
If you have a few minutes why not take the fun quiz with your child to see how Internet Safe they and you are: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/safer-internet-day-quiz-2018
2 February 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Another week has flown by, a little like the strange objects that have been seen by Year 5 and 6 hovering over the school grounds. I understand that we have to send these photos to the MIB but before I do they are here on our website: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/ufo-sighting/
The public have been warned!
If you drop your child off on the top playground you will have noticed that we have had some minor building works. A fence has been extended around the Year 2 classes so that these children can access outdoor provision as part of their learning. It will be good to watch this space grow and develop over the months ahead.
Next Monday we are excited that we are able to host and present a play that is being performed at the school by the Invisible man theatre company called Wherever Home Is… The play is for parents and children (KS2 and above) and shows what life is like from the point of view of two children that have to face many of the challenges similar to those faced by our children. Performances are at 4pm and 7pm. These performances have been sponsored by the local garrison.
Next Tuesday 6th February is Safer Internet Day 2018 where we will be ensuring that our pupils have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online and of the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites. You can find some really useful advice for parents and carers here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/sid2018-education-packs/education-pack-parents-and-carers
Have a good weekend
26 January 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
This week, I have seen lots of Maths across the school. This has included working with Mrs Oram and it is good to see how the approach to Maths that the school has put in place is really deepening learning. Children are beginning to grapple and reason with developing confidence particularly with more challenging problems. As a result of this, they are increasingly working at greater depth in their learning.
In addition, Mrs Oram has been talking with children about their maths and it is clear that those she has spoken with not only increasingly love the challenge of learning, but they are becoming more resilient to failure. They are becoming curious, interested learners who are increasingly willing to take risks, seek out and use new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge and, because of this, make progress through their developing growth mindset.
As a school, we take our reputation very seriously for the safety and dignity of the, well over, 200+ children and families that attend Bovington Primary. Throughout their time at our school, every day we proactively work in partnership with parents, carers, other professionals and agencies, including school improvement partners, to ensure that every single child is able to thrive and make good progress through our education, provision and care. I am proud to say that we do this really well, this is not just me saying this, it has been acknowledged by Dorset County Council.
Where there are concerns, we acknowledge them and more importantly, decisively address them. In the spirit of this, we do invite and welcome feedback from our partners, including parents, and it is most useful when it is constructive so that we can act upon it to support our drive for continual improvement. That is one of the reasons that I stand on the gate as often as I can so that, should they wish, parents can talk to me directly or make an appointment to do so privately.
We do monitor all media, including social media, and I would kindly request that if there are areas that concern or questions that you would like to ask that you make an appointment with your child’s class teacher, phase leader or if you require it, a senior leader or, indeed, myself. We will always listen and we will work with you for the benefit of your child and every child in our school.
We are here to work in partnership with you to the mutual benefit of your child and every child in our school. Thank you.
Have a good weekend
19 January 2018
‘We are such stuff
As dreams are made on:
and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.’
Dear Parents/ Carers,
The quote above is from the Shakespeare play the Tempest that our upper key stage 2 children were so engaged in through the workshops that they had on Wednesday. At the end of an intense day they performed an abridged version of the play to the whole school. The engagement and energy that the actor Jo brought from the children as they spoke and performed these and many other words was as powerful a moment as you will get in a school. This was a great bridge to the learning the children have started and will continue to do from this classic play.
It was great to see all the parents that came to the ‘Stay and….’ morning on Thursday. Unfortunately, I was at a meeting, but Mrs Maslin has told me all about the positive atmosphere across the school and I have seen the photographs too. I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with your children in their classes and we will be having another ‘Stay and…’ morning next half term.
On the 5th February the garrison have supported an evening performance of a play that some of the children at the school saw last year. The play is called ‘An invisible Man’ and I was keen to try and arrange for parents to see this play. I hope that you will come and enjoy the play that gives an insight into the lives and voices of so many children at our school. Our PTFA will support this evening.
Well done to the the Handball team who learnt a new sport at a Handball workshop and came 4th !!
Thank you to Swanage Class for their wonderful assembly on Friday. It was so lovely to see the huge amount of work that Swanage Class have been doing so far this year, we especially enjoyed the James Bond dance.
Have a good weekend
12 January 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I cannot believe how quickly this week has flown past.
There have been some strange events going on around the school. I believe Y5/6 came across an alien that had been found on the school playing field. Well, you know how it works, there had to be an alien autopsy right there and then… What a great inspiration for writing!
I went to watch our school football team play against Wool on Thursday. It was great to see our players really co-operating and working together as a team under the stewardship of Mr Martin. Although Wool put up a sporting game the final score was 11-1 to Bovington. Well done team.
We all know how important it is to be physically healthy but we do not talk as much about the area of mental health. This week the teachers and teaching assistants have training to further develop their understanding Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and resilience to support the children at the school. This relates to things like anxiety, anti-social behaviour and poor social skills. There can also be an impact of things like obsessive thoughts or events such as bereavement, family separation or other traumatic events. It is sometimes an area that can be difficult to talk about, particularly if you are child and you do not have the language to describe how you are feeling, and this is why, as a school, we say that children’s behaviour is a type of talk. Poor social and emotional mental health can become a barrier to learning and progress and we do our best to support and address children who have any needs in this area so this impact can be reduced.
As a school, we have always taken the emotional needs and wellbeing of our pupils very seriously and we are continuing to develop our provision and support for children in this area.
If you have concerns about the social and emotional mental health of your child, or any mental health concerns at all regarding your child please contact the Head teacher or the SENCO or a member of our pastoral team.
This week I felt the first touch of warmth from the Sun as I was outside at lunch break with the children. I definitely think we need more of this!
Have a good weekend
5 January 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely festive time and are ready for all that 2018 will bring to us.
It’s great to be back and I mean that! Although, I have to admit, all the teaching staff, including myself, found it just a little bit hard to come in to school on the 2nd January for our staff training day. Nevertheless, it was a very useful day. We looked at developing resilience and growth mindset both in ourselves as teachers and in the pupils. We did some learning about the important place of pupils struggling a little with problems, sticking at them even failing and building determination to improve, before teachers give very targeted comments to help them make progress with their learning. This is the way lessons in our mastery maths approach are structured so it was a great opportunity to have some time to share our thoughts and do some learning ourselves about this important area.
The children have settled back well into the routines of school and they look smart and ready to learn. We have begun the new year as we mean to go on by reinforcing our high expectations for behaviour. The school feels happy and positive despite the incredibly windy and wet weather we have had.
This week KS1 have been visiting the Tank Museum to undertake a range of activities. This included having their lunch down there which was an experience that made a big impression on them. I am sure they have told you all about it.
Year 3 & 4 started their music lessons this week with Dorset Music Service; they are learning how to play brass instruments!
I have listened to some of the feedback that was given to us from the parent/ carer survey about behaviour on the playground at the start of the day and I have changed arrangements to ensure that we have many more teaching staff out on the playground to ensure that all children are safe and supervised.
I hope you have a good weekend.
21 July 2017
The last Newsletter of the academic year- can you believe it. So much has happened this year!
We have to say goodbye to Mrs Croft, Mrs Godfrey and Mrs Cummins as well as Mrs Gill. But we are able to welcome Miss Osborn who will be teaching Swanage, Miss Brown who will be teaching Corfe and Mrs Grainger who will be teaching French and RE. Mrs Humphries and Mr Grattidge will be teaching Computing from September.
Our Year 6 leaver assembly certainly tugged at the heart strings with their memories, thankyous and hopes and dreams. We wish them all the best at Secondary School. There are several other children across the school that are leaving and although we will miss them we wish all our leavers the best of luck in their new destinations.
It was wonderful to have Col Stuart Burman and his welfare team in school presenting the prizes for the Road Safety poster competition that was set for Home Learning. Look out on the school fence after the holidays!
This week we reached the final stages of our ‘Bovi’s Got Talent competition’ and the quality of the performances was really high. After a tense semi-final the winner was finally chosen, well done to Rhys Waterman! Thank you to all the children that took part and thank you to our judges as well. They did a great job through many auditions all the way through to the final.
I just want to say a public thank you to all the staff at the school that have worked so hard this year to ensure that every single child has thrived and made progress. We pride ourselves on our broad and rich curriculum, the quality of experiences that we try and offer to the children and the curiosity, growth and resilience we seek to nurture in every child. This came through in the thankyous from the Year 6 leavers and is also reflected in the positive comments from parents on the report return slips.
Thank you also to the parents and community around the school. Our partnerships have grown stronger this year and we will continue to build upon these next year particularly as we bed in the initiatives we have introduced over the past couple of years.
Have a wonderful summer!
See you in September
14 July 2017
I hope you have had as good week as we have at school.
We are nearing the end of term now and you will be receiving your child’s report today. You will see that every child has worked really hard this year. Well done also to all of our children that took external assessments; we were so pleased with the progress you made through your efforts. Every single result of every child tells a story and when you know that child you will know how hard all have worked.
Yes we are disappointed with some of our overall external whole school results but we have reviewed what we are doing and will be tweaking and building on what we have already put in place. The strategies that we have put in place this year, like Maths No Problem and Read Write Inc., take time to work their way through but are already raising expectations and the quality of teaching and learning for so many children in the school. These need to be bedded in over the next year.
This week also:
Mrs Boston’s Dance Club performed the routine they have been working on to parents. What rhythm!
Rev Langford and the ‘Open the Book’ community group performed and retold the story of ‘Adam and Eve’;
We had our first live show of ‘Bovi’s Got Talent’. The standard was really high with children performing to the whole school. Four acts got through to the next round, with 8 more next week. Personally I am devastated because I didn’t get through singing a song from ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Finally, thank you for Corfe class for their super and energetic assembly that reflected on how they have changed and grown throughout the year.
Have a good weekend
7 July 2017
I think I will have to rename this week to be Activity Week. I cannot believe that we have managed to fit so much into one week.
What a splendid Sport’s Day and Summer Fair on Friday. It was great to see so many people there enjoying themselves. Thank you to Mrs Drake and the staff and children for organising and taking part in the sporting activities and thank you to the PTFA for the great Summer Fair stalls and amazing BBQ.
I need a nice cool glass of water after all that!
Also, on Monday Year 5 & 6 had a very successful trip to Paulton’s Park as a reward for their good behaviour and effort, particularly this term. Two coaches took the children that had earned it to the fantastic theme park near Southampton where they also had a really engaging science workshop.
Tuesday was a super busy day with lots of new faces in the school. We had the School Safer Internet Team in doing e-safety workshops with our Y4, 5 and 6 children.
Also our new Reception starters came and had a lunch at the school to help them get ready for September. The food seemed to go down well!
In the afternoon we had a successful transition afternoon as people met their new teachers and class mates ready for September. I cannot believe that this year has flown by so fast.
Wednesday was a day for pirates and adventure as the M&M theatre company came and performed Treasure Island to the whole school in two performances with additional workshops. Continuing with the theme of dramatic productions you may have notice the extra minibuses we hired to take Year 4 to see a production of the Lion King by Dunbury School whom we sometimes work with. The standard of the performance was incredibly high and those who went said that they forgot they were watching children perform.
What I would please ask is that if you are able to give some money toward the costs of particularly the theatre trips it helps us to ensure that we can offer these wonderful experiences to your children at the very least cost possible. Every penny really does help. Thank you.
Have a good weekend
30 June 2017
What a change in the weather! Still it was good to see everyone looking really smart in their school uniform on Monday.
This week I was talking to the children about the importance of being active to support their health and how important it is to be active for 60 minutes a day. We will try and be active for at least 30 minutes at school so they need to ensure that do the same at home. Walking, cycling or scooting to school certainly helps!
Next Friday is Sport’s Day so we hope the weather is kind to us as we have plenty organised alongside the sports programme. In the afternoon parents of children in KS1 may collect their children to be with them for the afternoon, after they have been registered, as they may like to take them to the Bouncy Castle, for example. All children will need to return to class for the end of the day where they will be dismissed at the normal time.
Open the Book- On Wednesday we had a group of volunteers from several of the local parish churches that brought alive the Creation Bible Story for the whole school. The Open the Book group will be visiting us every two weeks over the year ahead to share stories from the Bible. We are really lucky to have this community involvement in our school.
Fiver Challenge- On a rainy Wednesday afternoon we had our Fiver Challenge both inside and out. It was fantastic to see the school packed with so many parents and relatives of the children and to see the little business enterprises that had popped up across the school and that were successfully selling goods and services. It was a great fun afternoon and the children involved have learnt important life skills including how to make a significant profit from a sum of investment. Well done to all involved.
Moreton open assembly- What an amazing train ride to India. We loved your singing and you certainly showed us how to keep healthy with your Wake Up and Shake routine.
Have a good weekend
23 June 2017
What a scorcher of a week! The hottest days of the year so far meant that we had to make some adjustments to the usual routines. These included Cinema showings at lunchtime for those that wanted some shade and Ice Pops I believe!
Normal Uniform returns next week
We let the older children take their ties off but please can we start next week with ties and school shoes back on so we can have a smart start to the week.
I have been looking at the photographs of the Y6 children at Barton Hall and what fun they have had building rafts and facing some really incredible and exciting challenges. It is great to have them all back safely now- even the staff!
Barton Hall blog: http://bovington.j2bloggy.com/Barton-Hall/
Thank you to those children that learnt an entire ‘Play in a Day’ on British Values with Konflux Theatre company and then did such a great job performing it to the school and parents. I learnt something about what makes us British and it was great to see your confident delivery.
Reception new starters
It was great to welcome so many parents and carers of our new Reception children that are starting with us in September to our workshop on Thursday. What a delightful group of children they were to read to. They certainly seemed School Ready.
The school has acquired the bungalow at the front of the school. Work will shortly begin by County to clear the site and the bungalow will be converted for educational use over the coming months. This will include extending the perimeter fence around the site. We will move some of our provision into the bungalow in the autumn term.
Have a good weekend
16 June 2017
We have had some amazing weather this week and it is very important that your child is dressed appropriately for the conditions. This includes a sun hat and sun cream (applied before school please!) and….of course…. an emergency waterproof coat should they need it.
Thank you to Mrs Humphries for organising the Den Building day last Friday. The children really enjoyed collaborating to make shelters.
It’s been another busy week for the children with Upper Key Stage 2 researching aspects of science whilst Lower Key Stage 2 have been enjoying a creative arts focus. The children enjoy and get so much more out of this themed focus to some curriculum areas where they can really immerse themselves in the learning.
Meanwhile, Year 1 have been busy with Phonics Screening and Year 5 today visited the Charborough Estate. All this alongside the daily diet of English and Maths.
With SATs now finished for this year, Year 6 are preparing for their residential trip next week which will see them taking part in main adventurous and team building activities, they are very much looking forward to going as are the staff that will be going with them, let’s hope the lovely weather holds!
9 June 2017
Welcome back, I hope that you had a lovely half term. It is hard to believe that we are now in the final term of this school year, with still so many activities and events to go – please check the diary dates opposite.
This week the children (and staff!) enjoyed a fabulous performance of David and Goliath by the Oddments theatre company who visited the school on Thursday.
Thank you to Mrs Humphries who organised the Den Building afternoon, the children had a fantastic time constructing and using their dens.
Thank you to those parents that responded to the behaviour survey that was open over half term. It was good to see that 71% of those that replied felt that the school rewards children who are well behaved and make good choices. We have plans to develop this further so please come to the Behaviour Workshop that I will be running on Thursday afternoon to find out more.
Finally, I would like to say a big well done to Mrs Drake who completed the Dorchester Marathon raising money for the Marie Curie charity.
Have a good weekend
Friday 26 May 17
What beautiful weather.
Our SEN Governor visited the school last Monday and has a great picture of how the school is supporting children with Special and Additional Needs. He is keen to be a point of contact for parents that may wish to discuss SEN matters outside of the SEND team at the school. His name is Paul Tapping and he can be contacted via the school.
Fiver challenge- Our y5/6 children had a great morning learning how to set up a business and are busy forming their own companies ready for this year’s Fiver Challenge that was so successful at last year’s Summer Fair.
Thank you to the PTFA for another scorching and successful DISCO. I can hear the singing from the hall as the children sing along to their favourite hits. They are having so much fun every time I check in on them.
Our Marie Curie Mufti and Elmer day was a real success and the children looked really colourful. Mrs Bains is doing a wonderful job promoting the Library and reading.
It was great to see so many parents at the assembly for Lulworth to find out what they have been learning throughout the year. What lovely singing and dancing!
As a school we all work very hard to ensure that all children follow our school behaviour policy and that all children also feel safe and happy in school. We are aware of recent situations were a couple of children’s behaviour has unusually overstepped what is acceptable and tolerable in school. I have taken robust action to address the challenges that have arisen for those children involved. We do ensure that we work very closely with the families and children involved and actively involve other professional agencies to work alongside us. The children at Bovington are overwhelmingly sensible, polite and well-behaved and as their Head teacher I am as proud of all them as you are of your own child. Their sensitivity, care and understanding is a real credit to you.
Please remember, if you do have any concerns, please make an appointment to come and see me.
Have a great half term. I hope the weather continues….
Today was national Walk 4 Wildlife day. Our school joined hundreds of other schools across the country in a sponsored walk to raise money for Wildlife charities and for our Forest School developments that will encourage wildlife.
Upper key stage 2 walk through Moreton Woods and the rest of the school walked a mile around the school grounds looking for wildlife.
Parents came and fun was had by all.
Friday 19 May 2017
What an action packed week!
It has been good to see so many children walking to school this ‘Walk to school week’. We all enjoyed the long walks we did on Friday afternoon to raise money for the wildlife and Forest School’s projects that the school has planned. We hope we help set a new World Record for participating in this. Thank you for your generosity in supporting this and thank you to Mrs Humphries.
Children went to the Purbeck School as part of a cross-school reading club to get children more excited about books;
A group of children visited ‘Cloud’s Hill’ using the school National Trust membership and the minibus to learn about Lawrence of Arabia as a springboard for writing;
We have had an Artist working with children for the second week helping to make a large stained glass window panel that has been commissioned for one of the stairwells in the school and as part of Purbeck Arts week. It is looking rather fabulous and we all cannot wait to see it when it is hung up.
We had a group of students from Bournemouth University in working with our older children to give them the message of high aspirations. We hope that all of our children can see that University is a possibility that they could make real through hard work.
This week after school clubs began. Thank you to the staff that have volunteered their time to support these.
On Thursday a group of children from the school went to ‘The Big Swing’ golfing tournament - they won the whole competition with 703 points! Very well done!
Finally, I have to say how impressed I was with the children from the Raspberry PI club. Mrs Cummings has done some amazing work with computers, coding and programming with the children this year. Thank you Mrs Cummings.
Have a good weekend
Friday 12th May 2017
SATs: This week our Year 6 pupils sat their Sat tests for maths, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Whilst we recognise that these are important, we know and we want your children to know that these tests do not assess all of what makes our pupils special and unique. They do not assess our children’s skill in playing football, teaching gymnastics, cooking, scooting or their artistic and creative use of language in a reflective poem or the kindness they have shown a friend. The tests do not reflect the curiosity, growth mindset and resilience that our pupils have shown throughout their time at Primary School. It is true that the tests will give some numbers and tell us something about how your children did on a day in May 2017 but they will not tell us everything. There are many ways of being smart and all of our pupils have shown that they are and can be smart in so many different ways. Your children have worked incredibly hard and are simply amazing. Well done to all of you! Thank you also to all the teachers and staff across the school that have supported children through afterschool clubs, breakfast club and space and timetable reorganisation. This has been a whole school effort!
New starters: Meanwhile our Reception teachers have been visiting the Nursery and preschool getting to meet our new starters to the school in Reception in September. I hear the Nurseries are looking fantastic and it has been great to work with them on improving our school readiness this year.
Gym Club: I have to tell you about the Gym Club that has been organised by Jamie and Izzy for the Year 1 children. These two superstars are doing such a great job at running this club; all who walk through are stopping in amazement and the organisation and ability that these girls have shown.
Thankyou Studland for a lovely assembly on the Great Fire of London. We all enjoyed your singing.
Have a good weekend
Friday 5th May 2017
We have had a great short week at school. It is good to see the children being able to get out and enjoy the better weather.
Next week our Year 6 children have their National Curriculum Tests (SATs). We wish them the best for the SATs and we know how hard both they, and the staff, have worked not just in the weeks leading up to the SATs but throughout their time at Primary School. I just want to remind our parents that they are only tests that reflect a performance under pressure on one day and we know that they don’t give a reflection of the whole child. We know that some children thrive under these conditions and others find it a challenge so it is good that we are able to present the wider picture of your child when we meet with their teachers for Secondary school. We, like you, are really proud of them.
I just want to let you know that we were rated as Good (86%) in our recent Health and Safety audit and report of the school. Well done to Mrs Serkis and her team who has led this area for me. Our new Health & Safety governor as already come in and checked that we have actioned and addressed the outstanding areas and he like us is pleased that the school is a safe and secure place for our children and staff.
Yesterday we had a wonderful display of the art that has been produced for Purbeck Arts Week on the theme of ‘A moment in Time’. The work was stunning and when it was collected together like this very powerful and showed what creative and skilled artists we have in our school. You can find photos of the artwork on our website here:
Have a good weekend
Friday 28th April 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I hope you had a lovely Easter. The weather certainly was wonderful.
It was good to see the children come back to school rested and ready to learn and it has been a week when they have certainly enjoyed being back with their friends with the opportunity to be outside so much.
On Wednesday we had a special assembly with to members of the RNLI and an opportunity to ‘Meet the Lifeguards’. They gave all the children the important messages about water safety and how to keep safe when at the wonderful local beaches. As a school, we know how important teaching children to swim is which is why all our children in KS2 are taught swimming for a term each year through the good partnership we have with the Military Garrison swimming pool.
In lower KS2 they had an art day this week and the children have all had the opportunity to do some marbling, make a coil pot from clay and add to a wonderful mosaic
I have spent time walking round the classes to see the learning and behaviour of the children. They are a real credit to you. It is good to report that it has been a happy settled start to the summer term.
Friday 7 April 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
We have made it to the end of the term and what amazing weather to go into the Easter holidays with!
The children enjoyed walking to the Garrison Church on Wednesday. There was a lovely service of singing and spring poems. Padre Tony talked to the children about the new life of spring and the symbolism behind why we have an egg at Easter.
The fantastic weather was just what was required for the Easter Egg hunt on Thursday with the 3 year old visitors from Bovington Nursey and 3 Bears and our youngest children at school. A splendid morning was had by all with a parent writing to me and saying:
‘Thank you for letting the Bovington Nursery come and do some Easter activities at the school this morning, my youngest won't stop talking about it and won't take her bunny ears off! A lovely way to introduce them to primary school.’
Thank you to Tyneham class for their lovely assembly on Friday. We all enjoyed the song about the ‘Great Fire of London’.
On Sunday I shall be closing the parent survey, so if you have not yet filled in your comments, please could I remind you for the last time as your views and opinions are important to us. The survey is here:
Finally, thank you for all your ongoing support of the school this term. We are continuing to make changes and improvements to our teaching and provision and I hope you can see the impact of this on your child.
Have a happy and safe Easter.
Friday 31 March 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
The writing tree- We launched our Writing Tree this week that has some of our best writing from Reception to Year 6 ‘growing’ on it and on display. If you have time, please come into the hall to see the wonderful examples of writing from children of each class whose writing is there to inspire and set examples for others to ‘magpie’ and borrow from for their own writing. I am amazed at the quality of thinking and turn of phrase of so many of our children.
Visitors- On Wednesday we had two visitors from North Devon, Sandy Brown and Gail Holmes. Sandy is the Executive Head of the North Devon Teaching School Alliance and Gail is the Head teacher of an Outstanding School in Woolacombe, North Devon. Both are National Leaders of Education that help support and develop schools. I asked them to visit us to quality assure certain aspects of the school and to help us reflect upon our positives and our areas for development. Our visitors praised your ‘fantastic children’ who they felt were ‘articulate and engaging’ and also the school’s inclusive approach. They also noted other strengths such as the positive impact of the changes that we have secured at the school over the last year and a half, for example, the development of the Library. They also commented that the behaviour of the children was a strength of the school.
During their visit they agreed with my senior leaders and myself about the areas that we have identified to work on as a school as they challenged us to raise the bar even higher. I shall share some more of their comments with you over the coming weeks.
Parent view survey- There is one week to go before I close the current Parent Survey. Your feedback is really important to us as we continue to develop and improve our provision. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete it on our website in the parents section here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/parental-view/
Have a good weekend
24 March 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Another busy week at school:
Thank you to those parents & carers that have taken the time to complete our current survey. If you have not done so yet you can find it here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/parental-view/
Town Councillor visit: Cllr Meadon, a Purbeck District Councillor led an assembly on Democracy and British Values last Monday. Afterwards she was quizzed by our school council. She wrote to me afterwards and said:
‘My session with the School Councillors after the Assembly was excellent. I am most impressed with how well they are informed, especially on current affairs and how quickly they grasped some of the issues we covered. I really hope that they enjoyed it as much as I did. The questions they asked me on behalf of their classes were well thought out and they acted in such a responsible manner’
Keep your child E-SAFE- Please be mindful of uploading videos or photographs to YouTube or social media of your children. Do not post videos or photos with their names or in their uniform that you may have taken in assemblies or other events.
SEND: We are working hard to ensure that our school is inclusive and that we take our responsibilities to deliver appropriate provision for SEN for those pupils with additional needs. It was good to read in the recent SEN inspection of the local authority that there was recognition of the quality of SENCOs, particularly as Mrs Reddyhoff was one of those SENCOs asked to go and meet with inspectors.
Samba Concert- What an amazing Samba concert that Y3/4 gave to a packed hall on Wednesday. Thank you to the Dorset Music Service and Mr Whitmarsh.
As I write this Y5/6 are at the Tank Museum having a Trench Experience with a focus on Archie Smith as part of their themed topic on World War 1.
Finally, I can hear the children enjoying their lunch break in their red outfits and with their red noses. What a fun way to end the week!
Have a good weekend
17 March 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
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 clear picture of how your child is getting on, their progress and what you can do to help them further.
Please let us know how we are getting on by completing our parent’s view survey: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/parental-view/
Last Monday, we held a phonics and reading workshop and shared the changes we will be making to teach children to read and write in the early years. For those of you who did not come there are some videos here: www.ruthmiskin.com/parents
Children from the Nursey and pre-school that are joining us in September came for their first stay and play visits this week. On Wednesday some of our youngest children also visited Wool Library.
On Thursday, I visited a school in the east end of London to see what they do there to achieve very high standards. Elmhurst Primary School - is one of the best in the country. I was privileged to see children learning across the school and also to look at children’s books. I was fortunate also to be able to discuss the most effective strategies to secure high standards with the Head teacher Mr Shahed Ahmed OBE. At the heart of his approach, over the 15 years he has been there, has been strong teaching, high expectations and the very effective use of the Read Write Inc. approach that we are adopting. He has ensured that these approaches have been developed and revisited so they are at the centre of the school. For us, it will take time to bed these approaches in, but I am confident that if we do it this well it will have a tremendous and positive impact upon our pupils.
Finally, thank you to Kimmeridge class for their very entertaining assembly that showcased some of the fantastic learning they have been doing this year.
10 March 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
We are at the end of another busy week. This week we have had the fantastic Book Fair at school and children have enjoyed browsing, choosing and buying books. Alongside this, we were able to welcome our new volunteers from the Dorset Reading Partnership who have now started and who will be coming into school each week and working with some children to develop their love of reading.
On Monday there is a Reading Workshop for Reception and Year 1 children in the school hall at 2.30 that will explain the big changes and improvements we are introducing to the way our youngest children will be taught to read and write. Please come if you have a child in these year groups as you are a very important part of this big development for the school and we will have some of the new resources that we have spent over £8000 on and that your children will be using over the months ahead.
Mrs Reddyhoff has stepped up as Acting Deputy Head teacher, whilst Mrs Maslin is on maternity leave, and this week we have been visiting some lessons to see the children learning Mastery Maths. Children are clearly enjoying the Text Book approach and there is some really good and deep learning going on across the school.
Next week it is Parents evenings and your teacher will be discussing your child’s progress with you and you can see some of their books. I will be available on both evenings so, should you wish, please either make an appointment to see me or stop by and have a chat. All feedback is most warmly received and will be used to help us improve what we are doing. It is also good to hear what we are doing well and positive praise is passed back to staff. To this end I have opened a parental survey on our school website. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and I would really appreciate your view of how we are doing. I will have some IPads on the evening so you can also fill it in whilst you are waiting or are between appointments. The survey can be found here: http://www.bovingtonprimary.dorset.sch.uk/parental-view/
I just want to mention BBC or Bovington Breakfast Club as this week we received a donation from TESCO community fund towards the club. Thank you to TESCO and also thank you also to the staff that are making this such a great place to be in the morning. There is always active fun for all first thing before the start of school. Places are beginning to fill up now and we are beginning to move toward the establishment of the after school club that we hope to start after Easter.
Have a good weekend
3rd March 2017
Wow! What an amazing week! What a fantastic celebration of reading and books!
Several of the staff have shared their favourite books and their love of reading, including myself, and there has been so much talk of books and reading all around the school. This has been a valuable boost to getting across the message of how much pleasure there is in reading. When we launched the Bovington top 25 books there was so much excitement from the children.
On World Book Day itself, the effort put into the costumes and the smiles and joy from the children was infectious; in the afternoon all the children paraded and lots of prizes were awarded.
It was wonderful to see both staff and the children all dressed up in the hall listening to Dr Dawson, a local children’s author, as he shared and discussed his books, the characters and his process to write the books. (http://www.mulberrytreebooks.co.uk/). With his life sized ‘Scary Bones the Skeleton’ and magic tricks, Dr Dawson had 300 children wide eyed and enraptured as he told them the story of where Scary Bones came from. There was an audible gasp from the children as a golden skeleton popped out of an old grey and dusty box.
Thank you also to Poole class for their fun assembly on Friday. We all enjoyed their song and they have had a great time learning about the Romans.
I want to inform you that whilst Mrs Maslin is on her maternity leave Mrs Reddyhoff will be stepping up as the school’s Acting Deputy Head teacher.
Have a great weekend
24 February 2017
Well we are back into the swing of school after the Half Term break and, although it took a few children a couple of days to settle again, it has been good to walk around the school and see the children working hard in their learning.
This week Upper Key Stage 2 had another fantastic science day and where getting to grips with understanding some important functions of their body and also how to look after it. The teachers in Year 5 & 6 have worked hard to make these days exciting and engaging and the children enjoyed measuring pulse rates, understanding the function of the heart and blood but, perhaps their favourite, learning about digestion. It was great to have so many children coming up to me saying ‘We made poo!’ now, that is what I call memorable learning.
Mrs Maslin has now started her maternity leave and we wish her and her family all the best and I will keep you updated when I get some news.
What a lovely way to end the week on such a glorious sunny day, particularly after the storms and winds.
Have a great weekend
10 February 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers
I cannot believe that we have reached half term already and we are now exactly half way through the school year.
This week I have been looking at the progress that the children have been making and it has been great to see how their hard work is reflected in their reading, writing and maths. I have to say that this can also be seen in enthusiasm that the children show about books when they are in library, the amazing writing and poetry they are producing and the depth and enjoyment they are getting out of their Mastery Maths lessons. (Yes- I did say enjoyment!)
On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day and a group of our pupils led a coding workshop for some parents that saw some parents making simple games controlling and moving objects in an virtual space. This was followed by information about e-safety that shared advice about helping to keep children safe online. There is some good advice for parents about online safety for their children on the SID website: (https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/tips-and-advice-parents-and-carers).
The Valentine Disco was a success with thanks to all those involved and linked to the PTFA. Nearly £400 was raised that will go towards items and activities for the pupils at the school.
Weymouth Class had a wonderful Open assembly on Friday morning and we ended the term with a lively Celebration Assembly on Friday afternoon to present the House Trophy to Anning House Team. Well done!
Sadly, we have to say farewell to Mrs Dent who leaves at the end of this term to go to a new teaching post near the new house she has just moved to. I want to thank her for her hard work at the school both as Class Teacher for Corfe and also in leading so much of the PE and sport across the school. We wish her all the best and good luck in her new role.
After Half Term we have two new members of staff joining us, Mrs Brown, who will lead Corfe Class and Mrs Dorrington who will take over as class teacher of Wareham ready for Mrs Maslin to leave for her maternity. Mrs Maslin will be non-class based at the school for a couple of weeks after half term helping hand over her class to Mrs Dorrington.
Thank you for continued support of the school.
Have a great Half Term.
3 February 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
It has been good to see the buzz continue to build centred around the library as Mrs Bains, Mrs Partridge and Mrs Muraro have added new furniture and new books. The children have been introduced to the 100 most popular books in an exciting and entertaining assembly last Monday and were thrilled by the fact that they could actually read and borrow them. Alongside this, we have refreshed the books children are taking home with as home readers across the school and we are continuing to look at how we can develop this area. Reading is such an important part of our Primary School life and we need to ask you to read with your children each day when they are young and for them to read to you or themselves as they get older. We are looking forward to World Book Day on the 2nd March and we have booked a local children’s author to come and work with the children.
Our older children had a ‘Tanktastic’ afternoon at the Tank Museum on Tuesday. They had to work in teams to make tracks for a Lego robot tank that they then had to drive around an assault course. They all had different roles and had to note down their initial ideas. They scored points for the completion of their booklet and how well their tank moved around the different obstacles and the winning team were given a certificate. Needless to say everyone had a great time.
Our football team continue to do well with a 17-0 score against St. Georges in Langton Matravers. Well done team!
Next week we have a couple of events that I want to remind parents about. On Tuesday it is Safer Internet Day and to mark this parents are invited into a coding and e-safety workshop in the afternoon in the computer suite. This will be a great opportunity to have a go at some simple coding, supported by some of our pupils, and update yourself about how to keep your children e-safe. On Thursday we have the PTFA Valentine’s Disco and tickets are selling like ‘hot cakes’. You can get them after school and they are also on sale at lunchtime: £2 a ticket.
Finally, I went to a meeting of the Garrison Welfare Committee this week and I hope to get some new signage outside the school to ask traffic to slow down in front of the school. Please remind your children if they scoot or ride down the hill in front of Purbeck View to slow down, stop and dismount for the road.
Have a good weekend.
27 January 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
This week we had a visit from a theatre company that spent a day performing and exploring life for children from a Service family's perspective. The day powerfully explored the themes of change and the impact of moving and contained themes that were relevant and accessible to all the children in Key Stage 2. This day was a good opportunity to explore the impact of change and for all children to have a common experience to discuss, what it is like when you have to move home or you have a family member that is away for long periods.
I just want to draw your attention to a special event. In a couple of weeks’ time on Tuesday 7th Feb at 2pm it is Safer Internet Day. To mark this we will be holding a Coding and E-safety workshop. This will be a chance for parents to come in and have a go at coding through the game-like environment of Kodu guided and supported by some of our technically minded pupils. You will get a chance to code your own game. This will be followed by a short briefing and update on E-Safety that will give you the latest information to help your child stay safe online.
Thank you for your understanding if you received a letter about attendance from me last week. I know that there are stories behind children’s absence and when children are ill and contagious they will need to remain at home in line with our policy. However, you will understand, and expect me as Head teacher, to monitor attendance as it is so important to children’s progress at school. If you are in any doubt please phone the office or please arrange to meet with me if you know you have a significant planned absence so we can discuss and work with you to achieve the best.
Have a great weekend
20 January 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Business as usual at school this week with children working hard on their reading, writing and maths. We have refreshed the Banded Books so the children that read from these collections have some different books to share at home. Daily reading practice really helps children with all parts of their learning and they love being read to as well. Here are some ideas for how to read with your child from the Book Trust: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/how-to-share-books/
You might have noticed your child coming home with a few extra words of French as we have changed the way we are teaching French across the school. Mrs Godfrey has joined our carousel to support teacher release for planning and assessing, along with Mrs Cummings and Mrs Boston, to teach French. Even our youngest children are getting a little taster of some French words.
This week I have met with the landscape architect to discuss the plans that have been drawn up to improve the school grounds and outside areas. We will be starting on the Early Years outside area to improve this shortly but we also have some grand designs for the school field including a forest schools area. If you are interested in helping with any outdoor projects, for example, clearing plants and foliage or if you have an interest in gardening and would like to be involved in any of our outdoor projects please let me know by dropping me a letter. I am anticipating some Saturday mornings, at some point, literally digging in and if you want to be part of the Ground Force please let me know so I can add you to my list. I am also looking for some sponsorship for both the landscape and arts projects that we are working on for the children and if you have any ideas of companies that I might approach these would also be most welcome. Just make an appointment to see me or please write me a brief letter.
Speaking of sponsorship I have secured a small donation from Tesco to support the launch of our Breakfast Club. This is proving to be increasingly popular and it is great to see such happy and active children. The other day they had set up an obstacle course in the school hall and were dancing along to an active exercise video, another day they were playing indoor hockey. We plan to launch after school provision after Easter for the Summer Term going forward.
Thank you to Swanage Class for their engaging and entertaining assembly on World War 1- what an interesting topic.
Have a great weekend
13 January 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
We have been thinking about ‘attachment and relationships’ as a staff after some really interesting training from Mrs Reddyhoff and Mrs Stone. These are clearly really important in helping your child feel secure and able to fully engage in the learning at school and are an important way in which we work as a school to support and challenge children. A really good and entertaining way to understand the behaviours that your child sometimes shows you is to do as we have done and watch the film ‘Inside out’ that came out a couple of years ago. (We only watched extracts).
This week’s music lessons started for many children and there was some terrific samba drumming coming from the hall from Y3 & 4. When they are ready we will invite parents in to see a performance that I am sure you will enjoy.
The Reading Champions book club started this week for some children in Year 6 and we are reading one of my favourite books - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A real highlight of the week was the science day in Y5 & 6 on Wednesday. Wow - so much fun, excitement and anticipation as the practical and messy science ignited enthusiasm and learning. Just the way real science should. Well done to all involved!
Please read the note about road safety on the back of the newsletter as there was a an incident involving a child and a car this week and the two actually collided. Please remind your children about how to cross safely and ensure they understand not to run out between parked cars.
Have a great weekend
Happy New Year - Welcome Back!
Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely festive break with your families.
The children have made a wonderful start to the term and have settled back in to the school routines and expectations with renewed enthusiasm and great resolutions.
The staff training day on Tuesday was about the new Mastery Maths and we had a trainer working with us to help us develop the approach that we began last term and that is making a real difference to children’s confidence and enjoyment in Maths already. Later this half-term we will be running a series of open mornings to enable parents to come in and see what happens in your child’s English and Maths lessons.
These winter evenings are a great time for sharing a story and reading together so please make the most of this opportunity and time to support your child’s reading for pleasure as well as for learning.
On Wednesday our new Kid’s Breakfast Club started with Mrs Helen Wiles being the Supervisor and Leader of the team that allows children to have some breakfast and fun in a safe and friendly environment before school. The children have been enjoying the resources and activities available to them before joining their friends when school starts. We have one or two spaces still available for this term but you can pre-book and reserve your place for next half term now. Existing users have first preference for the places we have available.
On the back of the Newsletter is the letter that we received from The Quality Mark Team upon our award at the end of last term of the Basic Skills Quality Mark. We are very proud of achieving this award as it reflects the school’s strong commitment to ensure that all children learn to read, write and use and apply maths. I am sure that you will join with me in thanking and celebrating the hard work of all staff at the school that are part of the team that made this possible.
I would ask that children wear school shoes as part of their uniform, trainers are not acceptable footwear.
Please remember that I am always available to listen and meet with you to help you solve any issues or questions you may have, including when we don’t get things right but it is also good to hear what we are doing well and if you are able to put this in writing this makes it easier to share with the staff.
Have a great weekend!
There cannot be many schools where Father Christmas arrives on a Tank but that is just a symbol of one of the many things that make Bovington such a special school.
At the centre of the garrison community of Bovington, the tanks that surround us are a metaphor for the resilient emotional armour that we foster in our pupils to help them thrive and develop healthy attachments and relationships. We ensure that we celebrate Christmas in style so that every child can take away experiences and memories where they are valued individually and develop feelings of being part of the collective community and family of the school.
The Christmas productions were wonderful and the singing, at the school, in the Memorial Hall and at the Tank Museum was amazing. Thank you to everyone that helped make this such a memorable Christmas. It was worth it.
Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
Friday 25 November 2016
This week there is the really exciting news that the school has achieved the award of the Primary Quality Mark for its commitment to ensuring that all children are effectively taught the Basic Skills of reading, writing and maths. This is something that the Middle Leadership Team at the school have been working on for about a year and reflects what the school has been doing in phonics, reading, writing and maths. We know there is more to do and you will have begun to see the impact of children beginning to borrow library books and of our new approach to maths teaching at parents evening. Well done to all staff involved but also to the whole staff of teachers and teaching assistants who work so hard to ensure that children make progress in these areas. Thank you to you too, because one of the many strengths identified by the quality assurance assessor, was the quality of communication and partnership between school and with parents.
A Governor has this week been working with myself and our SENCO to audit our Safeguarding and Child Protection systems and I am pleased to also tell you that this remains a real and significant strength of the school. On a similar note, if you have to register into school you will note that we have a new and improved touch screen registration system that will I hope be both more user friendly and ensure even more site security.
This has been National Road Safety Awareness Week and children have been encouraged to think about keeping themselves safe on the roads and also the danger of fast vehicles around pedestrians. Please can I ask you to also remind your children to walk and ‘scoot’ safely and ask that you drive and park safely around the school. Thank you.
Dorchester Class, were fantastic with their American themed open assembly that was both full of information and fun and showed just what else they have been learning besides the Basic Skills.
Well done Izzy who came to me to ask if she could continue to raise money for her charity and for the school Bronze ambassadors through the sale of the Loombands that she had made. I think we have a future business entrepreneur in the making here judging by the roaring trade she has been doing and hopefully that will inspire others to set up and lead similar projects.
Finally, the school is full of music and singing as rehearsals for Christmas have now earnestly begun to get into gear. You can already begin to feel the excitement and buzz of the children as we enter their favourite time of year.
Wednesday 19th October
Book at Bedtime.
Thank you to all the parents and children that came and attended this event. It was lovely to see so many generations of family come to support this PTFA event.
It was a real success and helped us share our favourite Bedtime Stories along with a nice warming hot chocolate afterwards.
Thank you to all those parents and members of staff in the PTFA who made this event possible and thank you to the Reception / Year 1 children who shared their retelling of Owl Babies to close the evening.
Thursday 6th October 2016
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Harvest Arts Cafe today - we really hope you all enjoyed looking at the amazing art work produced by our children, to celebrate the seasons of Harvest and Autumn. It was a great time to share in the life of the school, and for parents and friends to catch up over a coffee. Here are a selection of photos just in case you missed it!
Weds 5th October 2016
Today the whole school walked up to the Garrison Church where we celebrated Harvest together. Padre Tony spoke to us about being thankful, especially at this time of year, and remembering all the hard work that goes on 'behind the scenes' in order to get food into the shops and onto our tables. The children sang beautifully and some of our Year 6 children read poems and prayers. We all felt very proud to be a part of Bovington Primary School.
20th September 2016
The PTFA meeting was well attended last week with some really good events and activities planned for the children and families in the year ahead.
This Monday the teachers began teaching using the new Maths No Problem scheme and it has been good to see how the children are responding to using the quality text books.
13th September 2016
Today we had great fun with Roald Dahl day. The children came dressed up as characters from his books and had great fun learning about his life and his stories. Mr and Mrs Twit made an appearance in the assembly. I think there was a lot of chocolate involved in many classes. It was just one of the days that is special at Primary School.
Today we launch our new school website.
A lot of work has gone into creating a site that we can grow and add to over the year ahead. It will be good to get some contributions from the children.
Last week was a great start to the new school year. The children made a really settled transition into their new year groups and are really looking forward to the learning ahead.