Friday, 19 July 2019

Weekly Newsletter - Friday 19th July, 2019

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

End of the Academic Year
It is always a bitter-sweet moment writing the last newsletter of the term; whilst we all need a break - students and staff - the realisation sets in that another year is coming to an end. By the end of today the school will have an empty lifeless feel. There will be staff in school over the next few weeks, especially contractors and site team, but not the pupils full of their energy, excitement and thirst for learning that they bring.
The end of term is always busy with sporting events, trips, celebrations and awards which means that school days are less than ‘normal’ for pupils. However, all of these enrichment activities are central to our ethos at Broadford. When Ofsted visited in October they could clearly see this and commented in our report that ‘Pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities in the curriculum to broaden their cultural horizons and become more familiar with British institutions.’ We are proud of this distinguishing feature that sets us apart from other schools.
In the first newsletter of this academic year I wrote about the challenging time that we had been through during the summer of 2018. We have continued to be tested throughout this year. But I am thrilled to say that as a school community I believe that we have come through these times and we have reached the other side. We are immensely proud of our year 6 pupils, they have demonstrated to everyone that pupils at Broadford pupils make great progress and achieve very well. We have pupils in year 6 that have received full marks in ALL of their SATs tests this year. We have pupils in year 6 who have scored full marks in their spelling tests every week for 3 years. This is achieved through sheer hard work and determination. However, it is not always about academia. Our year 6 pupils have demonstrated kindness, resilience, sportsmanship and reciprocity and these are life skills which are the foundation for successful and fulfilling adult lives.
We are looking towards and looking forward to the next academic year when we get to fully enjoy all of the benefits of our new build and new grounds. We have waited long enough for it, some of us thought that it was never going to happen! We will have an opening celebration in the autumn term when parents and carers can come inside and have a look at our wonderful new facilities.
Thank you all, as always, for your constant support and co-operation. I wish you and your families a summer break filled with enough happiness, laughter to create great memories together.

Attendance and House Points
Congratulations to Chestnut class who won the summer term attendance league and have enjoyed their reward at Jump Evolution. Well done to the pupils in Chestnut for remembering their number 1 job of coming to school everyday on time.
I am thrilled to announce that Cricklade Green House are the summer term house point winners for doing their best in school and for being kind and polite to everyone they meet. They have enjoyed extra trail time and delicious ice-lollies.
We are very proud of you all. 

Return to School: Thursday 5th September 
Year 1 - Year 6 pupils are expected back at school for 8.30am on Thursday 5th September. Breakfast Club will be open as usual that day from 7.45am

Summer Reading Challenge & Activities
Each summer Mrs Mcfarlane runs the reading competition where you have to get caught with a book in an unusual place. We've seen children reading in: airports, on sun loungers, in trampoline enclosures, on the beach and by a palace! All you need to do is snap a photo of your child reading their book and message it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to office@broadford.havering.sch.uk

Mrs Mcfarlane will judge the winning entries on the return in September, with the best photos earning a prize and certificate… so get reading!

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do this holiday, take a look at the ‘50 things to do this summer’ list. A lot of the ideas are free, simple and can be carried out with friends, siblings or even on your own. If you manage to complete one or more of the activities make sure you take a photo and send it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to office@broadford.havering.sch.uk. Look out on the blog to see what all of your friends are up too this six weeks!

Term Dates 2019-20
Havering term dates for the academic year 2019-2020 can be found here.
Thursday 5th September - Return to School
Friday 18th October - Break up for half term
Friday 20th December - Last day of autumn term

INSET Days 2019-2020
INSET 1
INSET 2
INSET 3
INSET 4
INSET 5 
Wednesday 4th September 
Friday 3rd April  
Monday 20th July
Tuesday 21st July
Wednesday 22nd July 

Good Bye
This week we are saying farewell to several of our teachers who are moving onto new opportunities in September. Miss Daly, Mr Nicol, Miss Hammond, Miss Powderly and Mr Jackson - together they have contributed over 10 years of teaching to Broadford Primary. On your behalf we would like to wish them all the best for their new roles and thank them for the positive impact they have had on our pupils and families.

Congratulations
Please join me in sending Mrs Cocks and Miss Jarvis best wishes as they start their maternity leave and prepare for their new arrivals. We are all looking forward to meeting their bundles of joy. Best wishes from us all.

All that leaves me to do is to wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. For those of you moving on to secondary school we will miss you but we know you are well prepared for the challenges you will face and you go with our very best wishes for the future. If you are travelling, then I wish you a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you rested and refreshed for the start of the new school year on September 5th.

Kind regards,

Mrs L Nicholls 

Headteacher

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