Posted: Fri 10th Mar 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you to Parthenon class for a brilliant assembly this morning - it was fantastic for us all to find out about the amazing work they have been doing in class and the singing was fabulous!. Well done to 4P and Miss Pluim and thank you to parents and carers for coming.
On Monday, we held our Careers and Aspirations Day 2023 and all enjoyed a day dedicated to careers related learning. We were very fortunate to welcome 11 visiting organisations to school, hold 2 exciting STEM Workshops, a mini ‘Theme Park Ride’ apprentice style activity and a ‘Standing Out from the Crowd’ Workshop in year 6. We were delighted to also have in attendance both Mrs Tully (Chair of Governors) and Mrs Ace (Link Governor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) on the day, who both thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the children, speakers and staff. We are in the process of pulling together a write up of this extraordinary day and will share this with you on our BHPS Newsletter next week. Miss O’Mahony, Assistant Headteacher, Curriculum, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said “This was such an excellent opportunity for our pupils; they thoroughly enjoyed finding out about different fields of work and the skills required for these roles. Thank you so much to all of our parental volunteers for your engaging and informative presentations and offering this enriching experience for the pupils at BHPS!” This was such a successful day - a day that we will ensure is on our calendar next year!
On Tuesday, year 1 invited grandparents and parents and carers to share old toys in their ‘Old Toy’ sharing day. Thank you so much to our visitors - as well as sharing the old toys, coming to school in person to share your own experiences as a child really does bring this topic to life. Thank you also to Mrs Gilham, Mrs Clark and Miss Castledine for arranging and coordinating this for the children.
We were also delighted to take delivery of the first of two wonderful ‘Buddy Benches’ on Tuesday from The Biggin Hill Shed, who have made them for us in response to a request from our School Council Lead, Mrs Snelling, who contacted them on behalf of our school council members. We are delighted to have received this beautiful bench and it is soon to be placed in situ on the KS1 playground. Another one for the KS2 playground is being made as we speak! I would like to thank both Mr Martin and Mr Brazier at The Biggin Hill Shed for making and delivering this to our school.
On Wednesday, we unfortunately had to close the school due to the snow. This is never a decision we take lightly, however we do hope the online learning activities set by our teaching staff helped. We also hope the children had a chance to enjoy the snow.
Thank you for supporting the Book Fair which took place last Friday and this week at school - we hope that children have enjoyed visiting. Purchasing books in this way helps to support the school as we receive commission for every book bought which we can then use to buy more books for class libraries.
I would also like to share the news that Mr Walpole (Mark), our Site Manager, will be leaving us on 17th March to start his very well deserved retirement. Mark has been with us since 2010 and has looked after and developed our site brilliantly. Mark will be handing over to an interim, part time Site Manager over the next week. We will be advertising for a new, full time site manager in the summer term. On behalf of the leadership team, staff and children at the school, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark for his tireless work and support to both the school and myself as headteacher. Our site is large and our extensive grounds can at times be a challenge - we are very grateful for all his work at BHPS and wish him all the very best with his retirement!
Have a wonderful weekend.
My very best wishes,
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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