Friday, 6 September 2019

Weekly Newsletter - Friday 6th September

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

New Academic Year
I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all pupils, parents and carers. It has been wonderful to catch up with so many of you this week and welcome you back for the new academic year. There have been lots of happy faces coming into school each day and we are all thrilled that the pupils are so eager to get stuck back into learning. It has been wonderful to start this year without some part of the school being a building site. This has not happened for quite some time now. I am sure many of you will remember how long we had to wait for the old building to be demolished before we got any closer to the fabulous facilities we have now. Thank you to all parents and carers for your patience, understanding and co-operation with the collection arrangements. The gates at the lower end of Faringdon have always been the entrance and exit for the school site, previous to any building work taking place however, we have been unable to use these for the past few years due to builders compounds etc which is why we had a temporary solution in place. Now that all builders have left the premises and as our pupil numbers rise we can revert back to using the original entrance and exits. Obviously, this is a trial period and we fully appreciate all of your feedback in regards to the situation we will be reviewing the routines and making any adjustments necessary. Thank you once again for your support and patience in this matter, it is very much appreciated.
I have no doubt that this year working together as a school community we will have another fantastic year.

New Staff for Academic Year 2019-20
We are delighted to introduce our new members of staff to you.
Mr McLucas - Headteacher to cover Mrs Nicholls maternity leave from October.
Miss Ahmed - Nursery teacher
Miss Salisbury - Reception teaching assistant
Miss Tuffley - Year 1 teacher
Mrs Hathaway - Year 2 teacher
Miss Helps - Year 2 teaching assistant
Miss Betty - Year 3 teacher
Mr Croft - Year 3 teacher
Miss Young - Year 4 teacher
Miss Islam - Year 4 teacher
Ms Float - HLTA
I know you will join us in warmly welcoming them all to the Broadford team. Welcome to the family!

After School Clubs
It is that time again to consider which clubs you will be interested in ready for the new school term. We shall be continuing to offer a variety of clubs. Please follow the link to apply for your child’s after school clubs.
Ensure that you have completed one form per child by Friday 13th September.

Pupil Jobs and Homework Expectations
For our established parents you already know that we accept only the best at Broadford. We achieve this by working together with our families and emphasizing some key values. Pupils are expected to:
1. Turn up every day on time
2. Do their best in every lesson
3. Be kind and polite to everyone that they meet

Parents and carers are expected to:
1. Ensure that our children arrive on time for school and ready to learn:
a. We will have provided our children with a healthy breakfast
b. They will have warm clean clothing
c. We will make sure they have the right equipment for school (book bag, reading record, PE kit)

2. We will support our children’s learning at home through:
a. Reading regularly
b. Helping them to practise their spellings and mental maths
c. Encouraging them in their interests

3. We will model politeness and kindness to every-one we meet

We will ensure that our staff are professional, approachable and focused on making sure that every child in their care achieves their full potential. Working together we can continue to deliver outstanding results for our pupils so that they have every chance of going on to succeed at the next stage of their education.

All pupils are expected to continue their learning at home. Or years 1-6 there are three core elements for this:
  • Pupils must read every night 15 mins (this may involve an adult reading them a bedtime story)
  • Pupils must practise their spellings for 15 mins ready for the test on Friday
  • Pupils must practise their times tables for 15 mins a night
School Uniform
It has been wonderful to see all of the pupils return to school looking very smart in their school uniform. Please be reminded that the school colours are grey and navy. All school uniform is available through Premier School Wear (

Shared mailboxes and communication

Don’t forget that you can contact staff using the shared mailboxes. They are checked daily and can be used to ask questions, pass on information or check details:

If you would prefer an appointment with your child’s class teacher then please call into the office to fix a time.
To ensure that we continue to be environmentally friendly and in order to reduce our carbon footprint we have been circulating our newsletter online via the school website, blog and facebook page. If you would like to continue to receive a paper copy or an electronic copy of the newsletter via email please come into the office and inform Mrs Taylor. If you do not make a specific request you will be able to access the newsletter on the school blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page every Friday. I am sure you will agree with us that this is going a long way towards us becoming a ‘greener’ school and working towards a better future for all of our children.

Cancer Research UK

Thank you to everyone who collected and sent in their sponsor money at the end of the summer term. We raised an amazing £2582.43. Can we please ask that any remaining sponsorship money is sent into school by Monday 9th September.

Get Caught Reading
It has been amazing to see all the get caught reading photographs over the summer holiday and we are so pleased to see so many pupils reading. Please be reminded that the deadline for any entries is Friday 13th September. There are lots of photographs scheduled to be posted so keep an eye out for your entry.

Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2018
Autumn 1 
Autumn 2
Monday 14th October
Parents Evening 1
Monday 9th December
KS1 Nativity 9.15 
EYFS Nativity 2.00
Tuesday 15th October 
Parents Evening 2
Tuesday 10th December 
EYFS Nativity 10.30
KS1 Nativity 2.00
Tuesday 16th October 
Individual school photograph day
Thursday 12th December 
Year 3 Carol Concert 2.00
Friday 18th October
Last day of half term
Friday 13th December
Year 5 Carol Concert 2.00 
Monday 28th October
Pupils back to school
Monday 16th December
Year 6 Carol Concert 

Year 4 Carol Concert @ St George’s Church TBC

Wednesday 18th December
Christmas Dinner Day TBC

Thursday 19th December 
Christmas Party Day 

Friday 20th December 
Last day of the autumn term
Term Dates 2019-20
Havering term dates for the academic year 2019-2020 can be found here.

INSET Days 2019-2020
Wednesday 4th September 
Friday 3rd April  
Monday 20th July
Tuesday 21st July
Wednesday 22nd July 
Please note that the final day of the summer term will be on Friday 17th July, 2020. 

Parents Calendar
All dates are available on the calendar from the school website. On the front page at the top right hand side, click on the calendar label which will direct you straight to the electronic calendar.
All of the dates are published on our weekly newsletter which can be accessed via the school website, twitter feed or Facebook page. Or alternatively you can request hard copies or email versions from the school office.

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning Monday 2nd September is week 1 on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.25.

Weekly Attendance - Target 96%
Pupil Job 1 - Turn up every day on time.
Don't forget at Broadford we do not only reward 100% attendance but if you keep up attendance above 96% you become part of the 96%+ club and earn yourself extra bouncing time on 'Go Bonkers' day in the summer term.

The class attendance league will kick off again this September. Each week the class with the highest attendance win the most points in the league and displays the shiny attendance trophy proudly in their classroom. At the end of each term, the class with the most points earns a class trip to Jump Evolution!

If your class gets 100% attendance for a whole week you could earn a cupcake party.
At Broadford we take attendance very seriously, with sprinkles on top and lots of bouncy fun!!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend.
Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Nicholls

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