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Bridgewater e-News - 24 Nov 2023

   

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Bridgewater e-News

Date : Wednesday, 21 February 2024

 
 

Dear Parents 

Message from the FriendsVolunteers Needed Urgently! 

"It's one week to go until the Christmas Fair, which will take place at school on Friday 1st December from 3.30pm to 6pm.  The Friends of Bridgewater are busy with the preparations and are really in need of more volunteers to help during the fair. Even if you can only help out for an hour or so, the Friends will be delighted to hear from you. Their email address is . " 

Governor Drop in 

The Governors enjoyed meeting you and hearing your views at the drop-in near the school entrance gate this Wednesday after school.  It is important to remember that these are individual views and if you would like to share your own views also, please attend the next governor drop-in after school on 12th March 2024 or put a comment in the Governor’s comment box in the reception office area. The following points were raised on 21st November 2023: 

You said … 

We replied … 

Most parents/carers have a positive outlook of school and general comments were that the school is a good size with an open feel and lots of play space. 

Thank you for your comments and we agree that our building and site work very well for a school and appreciate our large grounds and space.  We worked hard when we grew from 2 to 3 form entry to keep a family feel and a nurturing approach alongside a rich vibrant curriculum preparing them for the future. 

More vegetables were wanted in school dinners 

Meals are planned to meet government recommendations for healthy eating. There is a vegetarian option daily. As well as a vegetable selection they are also disguised (mashed) within the food.  The meals are aways colourful and nutritious. 

Communication for Christmas Performances is not passed on. 

Communication is within year groups. As a large school Y4 do the Harvest Production and Y5 Easter but not a Christmas Production.  An overview can be found below, in year group ParentMail  and also on the website.   

Parents don’t see Upper Phase teachers on the slope. 

Teachers are preparing for the day however teachers can be available for emergencies and we encourage more independence in the top building.  Support staff are always on the slope who can inform teachers or let them know that you can make an appointment.  You can contact the office or contact teachers via Seesaw.  Members of SLT are on the gate daily.  

You like the SEND coffee mornings 

We are pleased that parents feel supported.  

Seesaw Learning Platform font is too small. 

It can be enlarged or looked at on a large screen. 

Trim trail accident 

The Trim Trail was built to safety recommendations and is checked annually by British Engineering Services on 16.08.2023 to meet safety requirements. The children are taken outside annually to remind them of the Trim Trail Rules.  They are supervised and a class rota is in place to limit numbers. Our H & S Governor/SBM monitors termly.  

There is not enough communication 

·        Weekly newsletters 

·        Information on the website 

·        Class/year group emails 

·        Seesaw communication 

·        Friends/Governor communication  

·        Facebook/X platform formally Twitter 

·        You can email, call the office staff who will pass on your messages. 

·        The big screen near entrance 

·        Staff/SLT on entrance gate every morning 

Concerns about PSHE/RSE/teaching of protected characteristics 

We teach the curriculum at an age-appropriate level and with sensitivity. We will offer a drop-in session in the Spring Term for parents to ask questions about the curriculum, particularly RSE Relationships & Sex Education. The policy is on the website and all the resources are also available for you to view.  

Can school wash lost property? 

It is the children’s responsibility to look after their property and parents/carers to wash and label it.  

Pacesetters don’t allow children to wear jackets when they are cold.  

We checked and they do encourage jackets or hoodies.  Please also contact Pacesetters directly if you have a concern. 

Some children don’t adhere to PE/Sport Uniform 

Overall, there has been a big improvement, and all children are reminded of the correct Uniform. On occasions, children, mostly older, still push boundaries wearing nail polish, false nails, makeup, leggings, earrings, branded sports kit. Please support us with this, keeping it for the evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Two people would like more homework offline.  

We are conscious of getting a good balance of off and online home learning. 

One parent would like 5 minutes outdoor time between lessons.  

The children have break and lunch times and brain breaks in between lessons. 

One parent complained about bullying 

This needs to be brought to our attention so that we can address it please. 

   

We hope you find this information useful and continue to welcome your feedback. 

Fire Engine 

How lovely that the fire engine came to visit Reception children yesterday.  We may have inspired some little firefighters for the future. Norm from the fire station spoke to the children about fire safety and gave them a little challenge about whether they had smoke detectors within their family home.

Year 3 & 4 Athletics Competition

A team of Year 3 & 4 children took part in an Athletics Competition on Tuesday, organised by Northamptonshire Sport. The children enjoyed the experience and we are awaiting confirmation of the results.

Carols on the Green Invitation to all the Community 

This year Miss Hodges is organising the ‘Carols on the Green’ next Thursday at 4pm which all the community are very welcome to come along to, families and local residents.  There will be musical accompaniment and its always a jolly, twinkly start to the Christmas season.  

Have a good weekend 

Mrs Alison Harvey

 

 
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