Suzanne 13 Dec
Wow, did you make it to the Christmas Fayre on Saturday? What an amazing day, we welcomed hundreds of people through the door and a great time was had by all. My thanks go to all those parents and staff who made it possible. The Fayre was just the first of many exciting occurrences this week. Tuesday saw the whole school taking part in our Christmas Dinner. Knives and Forks were set, napkins were arranged, crackers were laid and music was played. Heather and Helen prepared dinner for over 150 people and the children were waited upon by the staff. There was very little left on plates although one or two sprouts did make it through! We welcomed the Bishop Christopher to Brighstone Primary on Wednesday and the children listened carefully as he spoke of the joy of giving as well as receiving gifts. He kindly left gold chocolate coins for all of the children and it filled me with hope and joy as I watched so many children choose to pass their coin to a friend rather than eat it themselves. My Time Machine was busy again on Thursday as we were transported back to the Great Exhibition arranged by Year 6. Once again it was a well-supported afternoon with many visitors taking part in the quiz and enjoying the refreshments. Well Done Topaz class it was a super display of the work that you have completed. The whole school have enjoyed a piano concert and a display of our violinist skills this week, what amazing talents our pupils have. Our athletics teams travelled to Ventnor and took part in a range of events with great success and as I write this our Reception children have gone out into the wilds of Brighstone to hunt for Rudolph who has been sited roaming the nearby paddocks. I hope they find him, fingers crossed!
Suzanne 11 Dec
I am beginning to think that walking inside Brighstone Primary School is like stepping inside a Time Machine. Last week we were transported to Medieval times and this week the Tudor Court. The whole school enjoyed seeing Opal class and His Majesty (Mrs. Pugh) perform this morning and the Banquet that followed was a terrific sight! Although I never envisaged being threatened with execution when I arrived at school this morning (Thank you Alfie)! Huge congratulations go out to our mixed 7 a side Football Team who visited Nine Acres earlier this week. The boys and girls were overjoyed at their success as they beat the more experienced side 3-1. Our School Choir also produced an amazing performance at the opening ceremony of the Christmas Tree Festival, well done. A big thank you to all the members of the BSA who helped decorate the Christmas Tree in the hall last week. If you have seen it, I am sure that you will agree that it is magnificent. Preparations are underway for tomorrows fantastic Christmas Fayre. I believe that Father Christmas has started his long journey to ensure that he is here in time. I have visited the Fayre for many years and am very excited to actually be part of it this year. There will be lots of things to do and many stalls offering the opportunity for Christmas shopping. I look forward to seeing you there. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself if I have not had the chance to meet you yet.
Suzanne 29 Nov
A funny thing happened to me on Tuesday! I arrived at school to be greeted by Medieval ladies, gentlemen, jesters and the King himself! I had to pinch myself to check I was not dreaming. For a moment I wondered if I had been transported back in time but then I realised that Sapphire Class were taking part in Castle Day. Dancing, Archery and a display of Falconry were enjoyed by all. The following day Year 2 turned into tour guides as they conducted their visitors around their museum, you can read more about the occasion within the Buzz. I would like to thank Miss. Brough and her team for all of their hard work in preparing such a successful two days. Friday at Brighstone Primary School is one of my favourite days, closely followed by Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is not because the weekend is around the corner but because we start the day with Golden Worship. This morning was no exception and we were overrun with certificates and examples of tremendous work and outstanding attitude to learning. It was also wonderful to see an ever growing number of family and friends joining with us to share in the childrenâ€™s (and adultâ€™s) successes. I counted 40 visitors this morning which is certainly a record in the time that I have been here. This coming Thursday is our school Eucharist service which begins in the Church at 8.40am and we would love to see you there too. This Sunday sees the beginning of Advent. Many of the children have been producing Advent Wreaths and the preparations are beginning for what will be a very busy but delightful few weeks. The school Fayre is next Saturday and I am really looking forward to lending a hand. If you have a spare hour or two and would like to help please let us know. Lastly a big thank you to all of you who have donated prizes or bought raffle tickets. We have raised a terrific Â£112.08 to be donated to help those people in need in the Philippines. Good Luck at the draw which will take place today at 2.45 in the Hall.
Suzanne 22 Nov
I cannot believe that it is Friday again already! The temperature may have dropped considerably this week but it has not dampened the spirits here. On Monday Opal class explored the West Wight on foot. Once again Mrs Pugh tells me that the children were a credit to the school and their parents, well done Year 4. Several pieces of outstanding writing have been highlighted throughout the school this week. Firstly Garnets have produced some magnificent letters to Jeremy Hunt regarding their views on smoking and we await to see if we receive a reply. Secondly I had Goosebumps when I heard Miss Capelin read out the work of several Year 1â€™s in Golden Assembly this morning. Wow we clearly have several future authors in our midst! Our weekly worship theme has been compassion and I have been heartened by the way that so many of the children have privately reflected on this value and its relevance to them. I have overheard several conversations where the children have made connections between the worship theme and their day to day life. Sapphireâ€™s have been busy preparing for their Castle Museum Day, which I am looking forward to visiting next week. Thursday saw a terrific response to our parents evening. The staff and I would like to thank so many of you for coming to discuss your childâ€™s progress; due to the tremendous response we were able to discuss 89% of the pupils at Brighstone Primary. If you did not get the chance to talk to your childâ€™s class teacher please feel free to call and make an appointment. I would like to thank you for both your positive and constructive feedback and assure you that this will inform the schools self-reflective process. December will soon be upon us, if you have not let the office know whether or not your child would like a school Christmas dinner on 10th Dec we would appreciate it if you could return the slip by Tuesday 26th November. I hope that you all have a super weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Suzanne 15 Nov
â€˜If you go down to the school today, you are sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the school today you will not believe your eyesâ€¦â€™ I can honestly say that I have never seen so many teddy bears in one place as I have today! Thank you for the tremendous response to our Children in Need appeal we have raised a super Â£171.62 (this includes Â£8.50 from the pre-school) which will go to help those children who are less fortunate. This has drawn to a close what has been a week of reflection for everyone, a week which began with our Remembrance Service. Neither rain nor technical hitches stopped us from paying our respects to those that have fought and given their lives to keep us safe and free. As our voices filled the Church I noticed I was not the only one to be moved to tears. It was a great honour to welcome so many of the British Legion to our service and once again thank those of you who were able to attend. You will have received an invitation to book a ten minute appointment with your childâ€™s class teacher. I urge you to take the opportunity to share in your childâ€™s success and to ask any questions that you may have. The early appointments will, I am sure, be snapped up quickly but we will do our best to meet your needs. The weather has resulted in the wellington boots being dusted off! We are short of one or two sizes. If you have a spare pair of size 6 and would like to donate them please take them to the office. I draw your attention to an important reminder towards the end of this edition of the Brighstone Buzz. Have a super weekend.
Suzanne 08 Nov
Welcome back! I hope that you all had a relaxing and fun Half Term and survived the wind and rain. The school sustained a little damage. We hope to have the ridge tiles repaired soon which will mean that you will be able to access the playground from the front of the school once again. Thank you for your cooperation this week. On Wednesday our intrepid Year 3 and 4 students travelled to London. It was a very early start and an even later finish but it was certainly worth it. They did not stop all day and managed to take in many of the sights. Between the two groups they travelled by Tube, a Cable Car, a Clipper Boat and the London Eye. Opal Class explored the Tower of London and Emerald Class enjoyed a trip to the Theatre to watch a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. On Thursday the children, although a little bleary eyed, were enthusiastically telling me about every aspect of their trip. What a wonderful day. I would like to thank everyone who made it possible. We have been overjoyed to welcome two members of the Armed Services to our school this week. Private Daniel Greaves spent time with several classes on Thursday and Captain Si Davies gave a fascinating talk on his recent mission to Afghanistan during Golden Worship on Friday. Captain Davies explained the role of the bomb disposal unit and spoke of 52 degree heat and Sandstorms which turn day to night. It was a terrific way to give all of us an insight into the conditions faced by those brave individuals who serve on our behalf and gave us an opportunity to reflect and remember all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. The whole school will be taking part in our Remembrance Parade on Monday and everyone is very welcome to join us. We will begin at the memorial at 10.50 and then continue into the Church.
Suzanne 24 Oct
Many people both in school and in the local community have asked me if I have enjoyed my first half term at Brighstone Primary School! I can honestly say that it has been the most amazing 8 weeks and I donâ€™t think that the smile has left my face during the whole time! My thanks and gratitude go out to all of you that have made me feel so welcome and for the support that so many of you offer the school. I would draw your attention to the letter which accompanies this weekâ€™s Buzz as it offers you a further opportunity to get involved in supporting and developing Brighstone Primary School at this exciting time. Although the children have only had a 4 day week they have managed to fit a lot in, I am pleased to report that the wet weather has not dampened their enthusiasm. Opal class have been completing a range of different Art and Craft activities, I have been particularly impressed with their sewing and clay work. A display of Year 6 Art work based on the Industrial Landscape has appeared in the shared area which received very complimentary comments from the Governors. I had the pleasure of teaching Garnet class on Tuesday morning and was pleased to see how quickly they settle and well they work together. Today has seen the great chocolate cake sale which Emerald class have so busily been preparing for. Sapphires have had a visitor from Carisbrooke Castle. Joy Verrinder came and told the children all about her job and they had the opportunity to write on parchment using a quill. I was also â€˜kidnappedâ€™ by Diamond class to take part in their sticks activity and had a glorious time as they learnt about rhythm. Wow what superstars you all are! Lastly I would like to thank Ruby, Billy and Isabel who attend the Bookworm after school club with Miss. Capelin for sharing their wonderful books with me. You too will be able to read all three books after half term as they will be added to the shelves in the School Library. By the time we return to school the clocks will have gone back an hour and so it will be a little darker but your smiles will once again light up the school. I wish you all a wonderful and safe half term and looked forward to seeing you all on Monday November 4th.
Suzanne 18 Oct
Can you remember what you were doing 20 years ago? One of the wonderful ladies who work in our kitchen has been reminded this week. Helen Chambers has completed 20 years of service and our thanks go to her and to Heather for the service that they provide to the many children, staff and members of the community who have school lunches. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents who returned the recent questionnaire. It was great to read the long list of Brighstone Primary School highlights that you provided. I was also pleased to see a few suggestions regarding things that we could do differently and will be discussing these further with staff. One instant change will be that we contact you a little earlier in the week (Wednesday) if your child is in the Golden Book and will be celebrated during Golden assembly and I hope this allows you more time to make any necessary arrangements. This week has had many highpoints. I was drawn to the hall earlier this week as the singing that could be heard was so wonderful. I expected to find the whole school and was surprised to find that the voices belonged to Diamond and Sapphire class only. Well Done to both classes who certainly sparkled! Thursday saw one or two changes to the normal school day. Emerald and Opal class were challenged with the task of developing their own bridge building companies. Names were decided upon, plans were put in place and materials were purchased from Brighstone Bobâ€™s Building Merchants! There was mixed success for the final bridge designs however I congratulate all of Year 3 and 4 on their exceptional teamwork skills. I have had the pleasure of showing a number of different people around the school this week and many of them had commented on how industrious Year 5 and 6 have been when we have reached their classrooms. Keep up the great work Garnet and Topaz class. I cannot wait to see what next week brings! Please remember next Friday is a development day.
Suzanne 11 Oct
We began this week by welcoming Councillor Priest and Councillor Howe to Brighstone. They commented on how polite and well behaved the children were. They continued to be impressed with the displays of work that they saw during our tour of the school. On Wednesday a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils had the opportunity to become Marine Biologists for the day (please read the report within the Buzz, and look at their photos on the homepage of this website) and I am told that several of them are now considering this as a future career choice! Our three Tag Rugby teams were also out in force on Wednesday as they travelled to St. Francis' Primary. Mr Harwood sang the praises of all those who took part and several of the children appeared in Golden Worship this week. We received the excellent news on Thursday that the Pre-School, following a positive outcome from the awaited visit from OFSTED, will soon be back on site. We look forward to their return and offer a warm welcome to Jayne and her team. I look forward to every day at Brighstone but Friday mornings are always extra special as Golden Worship allows us the chance to celebrate that weeks shining stars. It has been wonderful to see the number of visitors that join us grow over the last few weeks. You are more than welcome to join our weekly celebration, please make your way to the office for 8.40am. Since the beginning of this academic year we have had the great pleasure in welcoming many new children and they have all settled remarkably well. It has meant that our Reception and Year 1 class has now grown to 29 and in preparation for any further new arrivals, as this would take Diamond class up to and then over the upper limit of 30, we have advertised for a new member of staff. We will be interviewing on Thursday 24th October and will keep you up to date with the outcome however please be reassured that there are no immediate plans to change the structure of Diamond class. As a school we are committed to offering your children the very best that we can and this appointment will allow us to continue to do this in the future. If you would like to discuss this further please feel free to call or come and see me. I wish you all the best for the weekend and look forward to seeing the wonderful things that next week will bring. K. Hall
Suzanne 04 Oct
Wow October already, time certainly does fly when you are having fun. What a wonderful month September was at Brighstone Primary School, we have packed such a lot in and I know that this month will be equally amazing. We welcomed several potential new parents to our Open morning and our Year 6 tour guides did a wonderful job of showing them around. If you have a child due to start school in September 2014 then you need to complete an application form by October 31st. If you require more details please contact the office. We have received the happy news that Ofsted are on their way to the pre-school and we are looking forward to welcoming the children and staff back on to our site soon. Can I thank all of you with children at the pre-school for your patience. Our new football kit had its second outing this week. The boyâ€™s football team took on both Yarmouth and Shalfleet. The end result was one win, one defeat due to a last minute sneaky goal from Shalfleet! You played well boys and made us all proud, well done. It has been wonderful to meet so many of you over the last few weeks, we all appreciate the time that you take to support our activities such as Harvest Festival, Eucharist and Golden Worship. I have included a short questionnaire with the Buzz this week which I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete and return it to school. I am hoping for a huge response as I would truly like to collect as many views as possible allowing us to work together to ensure that Brighstone Primary is the best it can possibly be. I promise to read everyone and keep you updated re any changes that are made in response to the comments. Iâ€™m not sure what the weather will bring us this weekend but I hope you all have an enjoyable few days. I look forward to seeing you on Monday. A HUGE THANK YOU FOR COLLECTING 81.3 KG OF HARVEST FOOD FOR THE FOODBANK.
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