Issue 35 Brighstone Buzz – 3rd July 2020

Karen News, The Buzz

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was wonderful to see more Y6 children back into school on Monday this week, and then we
welcomed back some Y5 children on Wednesday. It was clear that they were very excited to be back, and
we were very pleased to see them again! They have settled back into the routines really well, and it is
lovely to hear the chatter and see them all working and playing with their friends. Yesterday, we were
pleased to hear the government announce that schools will fully reopen again in September. We are now
putting into place preparations for this ready for the new academic year, including an amendment of the
current risk assessments to ensure that the stringent health and safety measures will be in line with the
updated guidelines and regulations. We will inform you of these arrangements in the next couple of
weeks.
Effective transition between year groups and settings, is really important, and some aspects of this are
already in place. Other ideas are currently being discussed (such as how your child can meet their new
class teacher), and we will share these with you as soon as possible.
You will have received a letter today (via email) informing you of your child’s class teacher next year, and
below in the Buzz you will see our new class names. We have chosen inspirational local sailors, as their
endeavours and ventures link well with our school values of Love, Courage and Respect, as well as the
range of learning behaviours and attitudes that we aspire to and encourage in school. These sailors are:
Ben Ainsley, Natasha Lambert, Shirley Robertson, Ellen Macarthur and Seb Clover. Your challenge over the
summer holidays is to find out more information about these people and present your findings when we
return in September. You could present the information in a range of ways, including: posters, leaflets,
stories, pictures, PowerPoints, diary entries, descriptions, and more!
In the staffing letter, we also detailed the changes of staff. We will want to say a special goodbye to those
who are moving on, and further details about leaving gifts will follow.
At Brighstone, we value parents’ and carers’ feedback, and we would like to thank those of you who
completed our parent survey a couple of weeks ago. We had lots of positive feedback and comments, as
well as some very good ideas that we have already started to consider. We will share the results of this
survey next week. I would also like to thank those of you who responded to our parent consultation about
our new PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education policy. This is now ready for approval from the governors
and the Diocese, ready to be put in place for the new academic year.
We would like to wish you a fun and relaxing weekend, and we look forward to seeing you all again on
Monday.

With best wishes,
Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone Team

3rd July