Issue 24, Brighstone Buzz, 20th March, 2020

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Dear parents,

I write this with sadness as it may be the last Buzz that is sent out for a while (we will, however, be in constant communication through email, text, Facebook and the school website). These are unprecedented and uncertain times and, as a school, we really appreciate your support and

understanding. Over the last few days we have been provided with and have been following government guidance which is updated daily, and we will continue to update you accordingly.

The teachers have been busy creating packs for home learning and exciting activities, and an email will be sent out giving you more information about this. A range of books will also be kept in the school foyer for you to borrow, to enable your children to continue reading and enjoying books. All home learning correspondence will be through our new email address created

especially for this: homelearning@brighstoneprimary.org.uk. You can also email photos and short descriptions of activities that you are doing at home, which can then be put on our school Facebook page (if permission is granted). We would love to see what you are up to!

The BSA have very generously given gift bags to every child in school – inside are a range of goodies that you can enjoy while you are at home. They have also given a wonderful gift to the whole school. They have named a star for Brighstone School Children! Every child has been given a certificate providing details of this, and showing which star it is (it is the top right star in Ursa Minor, otherwise known as The Little Bear). This way, wherever we are, we can look up into the night sky and see our star shining down on us. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the BSA for these very thoughtful gifts.

Today also brought a mystery to Brighstone Primary School. You may have noticed a plaque in the ground by our mini Longstone on the field. This details where a time capsule was buried in 2009, due to be opened in 2020. With great excitement we all gathered around to watch it being dug up, but all we unearthed was a lump of concrete! Drilling into it with a breaker brought no answers, so Mr Goldsmith took the shovel and continued to dig deeper and deeper, wider and wider until… nothing! So the mystery begins. Where is the time capsule? What has happened to it? The Mystery of the Missing Time Capsule sounds like the title of an exciting story, so we would like to challenge children to write a story about this, and we look forward to reading these! (They can be emailed to the new ‘homelearning@brighstoneprimary.org.uk‘ email address.) We will also keep you updated if we ever find the time capsule! We will then be gathering ideas of what to put in a new one. Email your suggestions to the above address.

As a small community we are doing all we can to support each other, and I would like to say a huge thank you for all that you are doing to help in these uncertain times – the way the children are keeping so calm, as well as having fun, is testament to this.

We will be here in school over the coming weeks if you need any advice – we are just at the end of the phone.

20th March Issue 24We wish you and your families the very best of health.

Take care and best wishes,

Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone team