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Dear Parents/Carers,

As we enjoy our final week in school for 2019-2020 we look back on a busy term and look forward to a fresh start in September.  Thank you for all of your support for this year.  We are pleased that Mr Pudifoot has recovered from his operation and has been able to resume his role as full time Head Teacher.  We thank Mrs White for her leadership during the year and value the pastoral support that she continues to provide.   September will bring exciting new learning opportunities so we look forward to welcoming you back and wish those moving on future success.

 

September 2019

We have welcomed our new reception pupils and their parents into school this term.  It is lovely to see siblings in school and new faces.  Parents and carers were able to spend an evening in school to understand how we welcome pupils into school in Reception and pupils attended two taster afternoons.  All pupils were able to familiarise themselves with the classroom and staff in preparation for September.  Teaching staff visited new pupils individually to further understand their needs in time for the new start.

 

Lifespace Caravan

All classes were able to visit the Lifespace Caravan or tent.  The tent was new to our school this year and provided a calm and interesting space for the pupils to learn.  The sessions use effective strategies to help teach children how to keep themselves healthy and safe.  Governors were able to view the sessions to see interactive and engaging lessons first hand.

 

Summer Disco

Thank you to FOS for organising a summer disco for the pupils.  This is a lovely opportunity for the pupils to socialise outside of school.  Please look out for future, similar events and support the school in this way.  FOS provides a great deal of funding to the school which is invaluable especially with current funding levels.

 

Longborough Opera Workshop

Class 5 pupils were able to gain an understanding of Opera through an Anna Bolena workshop where they were able to get to know the story and characters in this production that was staged during Longborough Opera Festival .

 

Sports Day

Despite the threat of rain from the day before the sun appeared and a fantastic, family fun, Sports Day was held on the school field.  Thank you to Mr Jones for organising the day.  It was wonderful to be able to share a day of pupil achievement with family members and enjoy a shared picnic.  There was a definite holiday atmosphere despite there being four weeks of term to go!

Both Sports Day on the field and Sports Day at the Prince of Wales Stadium (whole school attending the Sports Stadium in Cheltenham for our Sports Day) will be fixtures in the future.

 

Year 6 Leavers

The end of the year always brings mixed feelings as we say goodbye to valued members of our school community. However it is wonderful to see the young people that they have grown into and their future potential.  All have worked very hard this year to achieve their best and we wish them all the best with their future learning. 

Transition and farewell events have taken place this term.  This included an event at the Vicarage in the village with a picnic and games when moving on was discussed. 

The Year 6 group went on residential to Hooke Court in Dorset last week and spent two nights and three days participating in outdoor activities and looking at coastal defences.  All came back with a healthy glow and lasting memories.

As is traditional in Blockley the Year 6 pupils enjoyed their Leavers Meal this week, choosing a menu of burger in a bun or mozzarella cheese sticks with herby diced potatoes and sweetcorn or salad followed by double chocolate brownie.  This seemed to be popular with the whole school!

The final goodbye was the Leavers Assembly where the Year 6 pupils entertained parents, pupils and teachers alike with songs, sketches and memories.

 

Key Stage 2 Performance – Pirates of the Curry Bean

What an amazing two nights of entertainment.  Well done to all involved.  A great deal of hard work went in to producing a roof raising performance of Pirates of the Curry Bean.  A great deal of talent was evident and fun was had by all.  Thank you to all the staff involved, in particular Mrs Furniss.

 

KS2 SATs

We were pleased to be able to share the pupil results with you in your child’s report.  Pupils made fantastic progress and the results were very pleasing with 83% the pupils achieving the expected standards in reading, writing and grammar, punctuation & spelling and 74% achieving the standards in maths. This is all credit to the very hard work that the children in year 6 put in – well done everyone.

 

Staff

We say a fond farewell to Miss Alcock this term as she is moving out of the area and welcome Mr Parsons to Class 2.  Many of you will have been able to meet Mr Parsons during ‘moving on’ morning earlier this week.   We wish Miss Alcock all the best in her new job.

Mrs Robins was with us to cover Miss Overton-Short’s maternity leave.  Miss Overton-Short has returned to work and we are saying goodbye and thank you to Mrs Robins who is leaving some amazing artwork, completed by Class 4, as a wonderful memory of her time here.

Miss Overton-Short returns as a part time teacher and will be teaching in Class 1 in addition to supporting teaching in other classrooms.  We welcome Miss Stewart into Class 4 who has already met many parents and carers and has spent time this week getting to know the pupils.

 

Head Boy and Head Girl

Alice and Harrison have been selected by the staff as our new Head Boy and Head Girl.  They were informed during the Leavers Assembly and we are sure that they will be great ambassadors. 

 

End of Term 2018-2019

Term finishes at 2pm on Friday 19th July.  Please collect your children promptly at 2pm as there is no After School Care.

 

Parent Support Advisor

Please be aware that Tracey Baker, our parent support advisor works term time only and will therefore not be available during the summer holiday. 

 

Summer safety

For safety advice during the summer break please visit the child accident prevention trust www.capt.org.uk/News/focus-on-summer-safety or the NSPCC website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

 

Uniform

We are proud of our school and want our pupils to reflect this.  Our uniform is designed to help pupils to feel part of the school and ensure that they are sensibly dressed for learning.  It also ensures that there is not competition to adhere to new fashion trends, thus ensuring equality and economy for parents/carers.

We require all pupils to come to school dressed to learn in Blockley School uniform.  The details of this can be found on our website.  Shoes should be sensible in black or blue and cover the toes.  Trainers and boots are not permitted.  We look forward to all pupils returning to school in September dressed smartly and ready to learn.

 

Transporting your child to school

We understand that many pupils live some distance from school and have to be transported by car.  It can be very congested at drop off and pick up times and accidents can easily happen.  Please be mindful of others, in cars, on foot and those who live nearby, particularly ensuring that residents driveways and house access remain clear at all times.  Thank you.

 

September Forms

Data Collection forms will be sent out in September.  Please ensure that these are returned at the earliest opportunity.  To keep your children safe it is vital that we hold accurate medical and emergency contact details for them. If your circumstances or contact information alters at any time during the school year please let the office know.  

 

November Residential

As in previous years the Year 4 and Year 5 pupils will be able to visit Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre, nestling between the River Severn and River Wye in the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean, during Term 2.  They will be able to discover the great outdoors through adventurous and challenging activities in a supportive and nurturing environment.  We are looking forward to going with the Year 4 group from 20th – 22nd November and the Year 5 group from 27th – 29th November.

 

Operation Christmas Child

We will once again be supporting Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal this year.  This is a chance to help children around the world to experience joy at Christmas.  Leaflets will be given out in the new academic year but the summer holiday may provide opportunity to purchase appropriate items.  Please visit their website for more details www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

 

Bikeability

Bikeability is the national cycle training programme supported and funded by the Department for Transport. The course builds the skills and confidence of children who can already ride a bike.

The Year 6 pupils will have the opportunity to be trained to ride their bike safely on the roads in September.  Letters regarding this will be issued to parents/carers.  More information can be found on the Bikeability website www.bikeability.org.uk .  Pupils will need to have a roadworthy bike and to be able to ride without stabilisers.  Bikes will need to be brought into school daily from 23rd September (for up to one week).

 

Music Lessons

We have peripatetic music teachers visiting school.  If your KS2 child may be interested in learning an instrument please contact the school office in September.  

 

Term 1 September 2019

We hope you all have a wonderful summer and keep safe during the break.  We look forward to welcoming all pupils back into school at 8.40am on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

Lead                     Encourage         Aspire                 Respect              Nurture

Dear Parents/Carers,

The staff and governors have been pleased to welcome Mr Pudifoot back to school as the Full Time Head Teacher following his successful heart operation.  Mrs White returns to her position as the Deputy Head Teacher and will also continue to be available to speak with parents/carers as necessary.

Thank you for all your support this term, especially the Year 6 parents/carers.  Your children have worked really hard and it was amazing to see how they were able to focus and apply their knowledge.  We are very proud of them.  The hard work continues into term 6 as we look at other aspects of the curriculum.  Hopefully we will experience some good weather for summer sport and learning outside.

We are looking forward to a busy summer term with plenty of additional learning opportunities; class visit, residential, sports day, life learning and the KS2 play.  We will be focusing on the value of truthfulness which underpins everything we do and is fundamental to creating a happy learning and working environment. 

Therapy Dog

We are enjoying seeing Margo when she visits on a Thursday morning.  She brings an important dimension to our learning environment and allows pupils to express themselves more easily.  A very popular addition but we are also mindful of those who are not comfortable around dogs so she is based in a room away from the pupils.  This room is currently decorated with a fantastic image of ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Matilda’ is in progress with more mural work planned.

The Dogs Trust

We had a visit from a lady employed by the Dogs Trust at the beginning of the term.  She was able to show how we should behave safely around dogs and how to be a responsible dog owner.

Sharing Assemblies

We hope you have all enjoyed seeing a snapshot of your children’s work during the sharing assemblies.  The growing confidence of the pupils is evident as they progress through the year and we value this opportunity to share the excellent work they produce.  We are looking forward to the opportunity Class 1 will have this coming Friday.

Training

Staff have been on moderation training this term to ensure work is marked consistently across schools and attended sessions relating to the new Ofsted Framework. 

Governors

Governors are looking forward to a further Governor in School week next term when they can see how the school has developed throughout the year.

Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition

Congratulations to Amelie, Thea and Alice for their photographs being selected as part of Gloucestershire Young Photographer and Cheltenham Camera Club’s annual exhibition.  There were 330 entries from 21 Primary Schools this year, 17 of which were from Blockley. The 3 judges were greatly impressed with our entries and would like to thank those children for taking part. Entries can be of any subject and must be the child’s own work should your child be interested in entering the competition next year.

Chedworth Roman Villa

As part of their topic work, Class 3 will be visiting Chedworth Roman Villa on Monday 10th June.  They are all looking forward to their topic work being bought to life.  More details to follow.   Thank you to FOS for paying for the coach for this visit.

Panathlon Games Final

The Panathlon Games final will be held on Thursday 13th June at Hartbury College. We will be taking our gold medal-winning team of Blockley Pupils in an attempt to try and return triumphant once again. The team comprises: Bea, Reece, Finley, Charlotte, Vinnie, Alfie, Tommy, Seb, Emma and Oscar.

Life Caravan

We will have another visit from the Life Caravan in the middle of June.  This is a mobile classroom run through Coram Education that runs life skills sessions in an age appropriate, interesting and accessible way.  The programme is aligned with the National Curriculum and covers all of the Key Stages.  Children’s experience of Coram Life Education’s sessions is fun, engaging and memorable. Children meet Harold the Giraffe puppet (‘Healthy Harold’), and friends, have discussions and watch short films about personal behaviour, development and welfare and how choices and behaviours can affect dreams and aspirations.  Parents will also have the opportunity to visit the classroom and speak with the staff member. 

Reception 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming our new reception pupils and their families during term 6.  We have a new reception parent evening booked for 11th June (6.30pm) which we encourage all reception 2019 parents/carers to attend.  They will be able to find out more information about starting school at Blockley.  Home visits will be booked during this meeting and the reception pupils will be invited to taster days in July.

Early Years

Parents/carers with young children may find the following website helpful relating to aiding language development in Early Years children.

https://small-talk.org.uk/3-5-years/

Longborough Opera

Longborough Opera’s education team will be visiting school to work with Class 5 on 19th June.  A fun and inspiring workshop that brings opera to life.

Sports Day

This year our Sports Day will be held on the school field.  It is proposed that this will be held on Friday 21st June (weather permitting).  It will be rolled over to the following week (28th June) if the weather is not favourable.  More details to follow but please plan to watch some traditional races and have a picnic lunch on the field (between 10am and 2pm).

Key Stage 2 Play

Key Stage 2 pupils (year 3, 4, 5, 6) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their dramatic prowess during the production this year.  This will take place at the beginning of July with evening performances to parents/carers on 3rd and 4th July (from 6.30pm).  Further details will follow but family admission numbers will be limited due to the size of the school hall. Get ready to set sail for swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas with the ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’.  Pupils can choose to audition for parts in the play during lunchtime on 5th and 6th June.  They will be asked to sing ‘Life is a Wonderful Thing’ and read a short extract from the play.  Good luck!

Residential

Our year 6 pupils are looking forward to finishing their time at Blockley School by visiting Hooke Court in Dorset in July (10th -12th July).  They will have plenty of learning opportunities outside of the classroom, be able to build their confidence in readiness for their transition to secondary school and have a lasting memory of time with their primary school friends.  We are sure it will be a special end to the year.

Year 6 events

To celebrate the end of their time at school the year 6 pupils will be also be having a leavers assembly and a rounders match after school.  There are also plans to visit the church and vicarage for a transition to secondary school session.  More details regarding these events will follow in term 6.

Beginning the School Day

Please remember that pupils file into school promptly at 8.50am.  Unless pupils are booked into Morning Drop off Club (which begins at 8am) pupils should not be dropped off before 8.40am as there is no staff supervision in the playground prior to this time. 

During the nice weather pupils in Morning Club may be enjoying the fresh air so if there is no answer at reception please be aware that they may be found on the playground or school field.

Open Evening

We will be pleased to welcome current parents/carers into school on Tuesday 16th July when you will be able to see your child’s work and look around the school.  The school will be open from 2.30pm until 5.30pm.

Staffing

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Yuhong Meads will be joining the school team at the beginning of June to run the Academy finances.  Although she will be a back office member of staff and therefore not deal with parents/carers directly she will still be located in the main office.  Jane Harwood will continue to deal with reception matters and parental enquiries.  We are looking forward to welcoming her and the expertise that she will bring.

We hope you have an enjoyable break and we look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Tuesday 4th June.  Term 6 will end at 2pm on Friday 19th July and a reminder that clubs will finish on Tuesday 9th July.

Blockley School Staff

Service

Who are the unsung heroes who
serve us?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?
How do you serve others?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?

Lead                     Encourage         Aspire                 Respect              Nurture

Dear Parents/Carers,

We wish you all a very Happy Easter as term 4 draws to a close.  Thank you to the pupils for working so hard this term.  We have seen some excellent reports with pupils making fantastic progress from the beginning of the academic year.  The pupils have worked really hard to achieve and develop their understanding and it really helps when they are supported well at home, so thank you for your guidance and support.  We move into SATs exams next term and are confident that the hard work will pay off.

Following Mr Pudifoot’s successful surgery and recovery it has been lovely to welcome him back to school this week.  He is on a phased return so will be familiarising himself with school matters and liaising with Mrs White to ensure continuity.  She remains available during this time and will be able to deal with pastoral matters moving forward.

Play Equipment

We have been able to remove the posts in the playground and neaten the area with a low climbing wall this term.  The pupils are enjoying the play equipment and the opening up of this area.

Friends of the School

It has been lovely to welcome the Friends of the School for their meeting during the school day.  We hope this will allow some parents/carers who struggle with evening childcare to join in with meetings and provide this valuable support to the school.

You may have seen the ‘Design a Thank You Card’ competition that FOS have sent home in book bags this week.  This will enable FOS to send personalised thank you cards to the many local businesses and individuals who donate in support of the school.  Please encourage your child to enter and return their design to the school office by Wednesday 24th April.  Spare forms are available in the office.

World Book Day

Once again we saw the school filled with a diverse selection of characters.  It was great to see the creativity inspired by reading. The popularity of certain books was in evidence alongside less well known novels.  A lovely way to demonstrate our love of reading.

Training

Staff have attended training related to maths and literacy as well updating knowledge about Asthma and Autism this term.

Governor in School week

We welcomed Governors into school during the week beginning 11th March.  Governors are very involved in the life of the school and visit classrooms and events while the school is in action to ensure that they have a full understanding and can make informed decisions during meetings.  Governors were able to help with science activities from looking at fruit to learning about the heart as well as watching inspiring and complex maths and English lessons.

Internet Safety

The year 6 pupils had a visit from the local police constable to teach them about being safe on the internet.  There is so much information available for all to see that we need to ensure our pupils learn how to manage its use alongside guidance and control from parents/carers.  The police are able to give up to date advice.  If you want to know more about keeping your child safe online please visit the Think You Know website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

First Aid

In line with their work on the heart Class 5 pupils were able to learn about basic first aid in relation to the heart with a visit from the provider of our school first aid trainer.  A really fun, informative and interesting session.

Youth Speaks

Well done to the two pupils who represented Blockley School for the recent ‘Youth Speaks’ competition held in Chipping Campden.  They competed against pupils from other local schools and demonstrated Blockley talent very well speaking on the topic ‘If only I could…’.

Alice in Wonderland Competition

Thank you to all those who entered the competition run by Blockley Amateur Dramatic Company who are performing a play of Alice in Wonderland in St George’s Hall during the Easter holidays.  The judges had a hard time to choose the best from a strong field of over 30 entries.  After much deliberation, congratulations go to Emma who won the competition with her fantastic entry of the White Rabbit. A close runner up was Alex’s line drawing of the White Rabbit.  With so many strong candidates they chose four pictures to have Special Commendations and four further pictures to be displayed in their programme in addition to the winners.  The programmes can be obtained on performance nights April 9th– 11th or at the Matinee (2pm) on Thursday 11th April.  Tickets for the performance are on sale at Blockley Village Shop.

Big Questions Service

The pupils have been to church this week for an end of term service.  This was a less formal event with pupils and staff thinking about Big Questions.  With Easter happening at the end of the holidays we will have an Easter themed assembly at the start of term.

Easter Bonnet Parade

We are looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations on Friday afternoon as our reception and Key Stage 1 pupils parade their Easter Bonnets around school.  A Blockley tradition!

Floorball

Well done to the floorball teams who have been demonstrating Blockley School values and shown great team work throughout the floorball season.  Thank you to the parents/carers who have transported them to and from competitions.

Black Country Living Museum

Class 1 had a brilliant day out at the Black Country Living Museum.  They were able to see history come alive and continue the work they started earlier in the year relating to the home. 

SATs

SATs exams take place for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils in May and all are working hard so that they can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding during the tests.  Well done for all of the hard work – parents/carers and pupils.  We have high aspirations for the pupils to ensure that they strive to be the best that they can while enjoying a well-rounded education.  Year 6 SATs take place during the week beginning 13th May and Year 2 SATs take place during the month of May.  Plenty of good quality sleep during this time will aid these pupils ability to think clearly and quickly. 

Ghana Day

We all had a very informative and enjoyable day learning about all things Ghanaian.  Sprits were lifted with the wonderful display of colourful clothing.  In the afternoon pupils enjoyed a variety of workshops; dance, craft, hair braids and trying Jollof rice.  The rice was very popular, especially as it was eaten with our fingers while sitting on the floor.  As well as learning about another country and culture the day was also arranged to raise money for metal desks for the pupils at Tishigu School in Ghana.  Desks are made locally and cost £30.  We managed to raise just over £406 so thank you for your generosity.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 3 Iron Age Experience Day

On Monday, 25th March, Class 3 visited Greystones Farm, Bourton on the Water to take part in an Iron Age Experience Day. The children learnt how people lived in the late Iron Age settlement at Greystones, known as Salmonsbury Camp, 2,000 years ago.  After dressing up as Iron Age people, Class 3 spent the morning completing some of the chores people living in the camp would have done.  They used a saddle stone and a quern stone for grinding flour for bread and cooked it on the fire in the roundhouse.  The children also learnt how to use a fire steel in order to light a fire and thoroughly enjoyed mixing daub with their hands using it to repair a wattle panel to restore the wall of the roundhouse.  In the afternoon, children had an opportunity to handle Iron Age and Roman artefacts found on the site and found out how these are used to help us learn more about the past.  A fun day was had by all in glorious spring sunshine!

Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition.

Thank you to the 17 children who have entered the competition.  We now await to hear how our entrants have fared.  The school will be notified of winning entries and any other photographs selected by the judges for exhibition in April.  Good luck to our budding young photographers.

Panathlon Games

Congratulations to the Panathlon Games Gold Winners: Blockley School!  The event was organised by the charity St James Place.  Blockley competed against nine teams from other local primary schools at Chipping Campden Secondary School.  The children took part in a range of sporting activities including curling, parachute games, target practice and skittles. The emphasis was on working together to score maximum points for their team. The children performed well together, encouraging and supporting one another. The team consisted of pupils from Year 2 up to Year 5. They will now be invited to take part in the finals in Stroud.

Term 5

We are looking forward to Mr Pudifoot increasing his time in school during Term 5.  We are saying goodbye to Mrs Dean and continue to wish Miss Overton-Short, Mr Jones and their son well.

We have a number of events to look forward to after Easter.  The Dogs Trust are visiting to talk about safety around dogs during the first week back.  The winners of the Knex Challenge will attend the next stage of the competition and sharing assemblies take place to which parents/carers are invited.  Class 5 will have a leaving event at the end of term 6.

Sharing assemblies are booked as below:

3rd May Class 3

10th May Class 4

17th May Class 2

24th May Class 1

We will have ‘service’ as our value in Term 5, remembering those that serve us and how we can serve others.  Merit awards will be issued to those who demonstrate service to others while in school.  We will look together at how serving others can bring a great deal of personal happiness to those who serve.

Finally we wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Blockley School Staff

Justice

JUSTICE

Justice means more than making things ‘fair’.  In order for people to live together well in a just community, it is important to have rules or laws that everybody sticks to.

With the right attitude to learning, following our principles of Lead, Encourage, Aspire, Respect and Nurture we can all ensure that pupils ‘be their best’ while at Blockley.

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a very positive start to 2019 with pupils demonstrating their excellent learning skills by following our value of the term and persevering with their work.  With the right attitude to learning, following our principles of Lead, Encourage, Aspire, Respect and Nurture we can all ensure that pupils ‘be their best’ while at Blockley.  Many pupils have been rewarded with value certificates in our merit assemblies when they have shown particular perseverance skills. 

In addition to Friday merit assemblies the pupils have enjoyed showcasing their classwork during sharing assemblies and, despite the snow forcing a postponement of Class 3’s chance to shine until the last day of term, all pupils were able to demonstrate some of their skills to you.

We value a strong home school relationship to bring out the best in the pupils and thank you to all those who were able to attend parent/carers’ evening.  This is a valuable chance to speak with your child’s teacher and have information regarding their learning passed on so that you are best equipped to support your child at home.  Our thanks to the supportive Friends of the School and the volunteers who ran the crèche enabling many of you to attend the sessions without worrying about childcare.

The Friends of the School provide valuable financial support to the school enabling extended learning opportunities to be available to your children by paying for coaches for offsite visits and providing money for additional classroom resources.  Following the purchase of the school reading scheme through FOS, donations and the provision of lockers through Northcot Bricks; our thoughts turned to the vacant cloakroom space.  Once again, our thanks to the volunteers who decorated the room so beautifully.  Donations for the locker project from Cotex paper allowed a carpet to be laid and the electrics to be altered.  Exciting plans are in place for the area which begin with artwork which will be evident after half term.

We have said goodbyes to some pupils and staff at the end of the term and welcomed others.  Paula Daley-Allen has moved to work in a school nearer to her home and we thank her for her years of hard work.  Gloucestershire area finance team have been engaged while we recruit a suitably qualified candidate as our Finance Officer.  We wish Miss Overton-Short all the best for the birth of her baby and her maternity leave and welcome Mrs Robins to the team.  Pupils in class 4 will already have met Mrs Robins but please introduce yourselves to her when she is on duty in the mornings.  Miss Overton-Short thanks all parents/carers for their best wishes for her birth and maternity leave.  We have been in regular contact with Mr Pudifoot and are pleased to report that his recovery is progressing as planned.

We wish you all a happy, relaxing half term and look forward to the exciting events and activities planned for term 4. 

Cloakroom

The cloakroom is now a wonderful teaching space and the pupils will have the opportunity to name the area in due course.  Artwork will be added to the walls during the break to make the room more inviting.  Pupils will then have the opportunity to use the space.  In addition; we also are excited to leak the news that we will have a therapy dog visiting school for a short time on a weekly basis.  We are mindful that some pupils have allergies and therefore the visiting therapy dog has a hypoallergenic coat.  Contact with the animal will be voluntary and fully supervised.  Further details will be sent out after the break and parents/carers will be able to opt out of their children being in contact with the animal if they so wish. It has been shown that children can benefit both educationally and emotionally, increase their understanding of responsibility and develop empathy and nurturing skills through contact with a dog so we hope this will be a very positive experience.

Dogs on site

While we will have visits from our therapy dog we cannot allow parents/carers to bring dogs onto the school site.  In school visits by dogs are risk assessed and are fully supervised in a controlled environment.  Please ensure that you leave pets secured away from the school site.  Unfortunately there have been a number of reports of dog poo being found on the grass areas adjacent to the car park and St George’s Hall.

Training

As part of our rolling programme of training some members of staff have updated their first aid training this term to ensure that the maximum number of staff are available to deliver first aid.  The trainer made a positive comment that Blockley School have a high number of staff who have undergone this training.  Hopefully it will not be used but staff do know exactly what to do in an emergency.

Staff members have also refreshed safeguarding training and attended courses relating to safer recruitment.  The Governors are also completing a programme of training modules.

Reception Open Mornings

Class 1 held reception open mornings for parents/carers of reception pupils to attend.  The classroom was open for an hour each morning, on two consecutive days, one with a literacy focus and the other with a maths focus.  It was a lovely opportunity for us to show the great work that the reception pupils are capable of.

Spirit of Dance Competition

Well done to the 13 children we took to the Spirit of the Dance Festival.  Not only were they fantastic on the stage dancing but they showed great sportsmanship throughout and encouraged other schools.  They were a delight and credit to our school.

Fly to the Line Competition

A team of pupils attended the Fly to the Line competition at RAF Kineton last week.  Well done for fantastic effort and ability.   The children came fourth, just missing out on the finals!

Floorball

Both floorball teams continue to attend matches at Chipping Campden Secondary School on Tuesday evenings where they have the chance to play against other local primary schools and the year 7 pupils at CCS. 

Cross-Country

Well done to all who qualified and took part in the cross-country event held at Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College.  Everyone should be proud of the effort they made and special congratulations to those who got through to be part of the North Cotswold team in this year’s Gloucestershire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships. They are to be held on Saturday 2nd March at St Edwards Prep School, Cheltenham.

Bishops Visitor

We were pleased to welcome the Bishops Visitor to school on 7th February.  She enjoyed having a tour of the school and speaking with staff and pupils.  She was able to see various RE lessons happening in school covering different religions and see the Big Frieze in the corridor which is used for the Understanding Christianity section of the curriculum. She informed us that she had a very interesting and enjoyable visit.

Uniform

We sell embroidered school uniform through two uniform suppliers one of which is Brigade.  The other supplier could previously be found through Tesco Direct.  Tesco Direct has now closed so the company now sells direct to its customers through their website My Clothing.

Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year Competition

Pupils are being given the opportunity to enter this competition again if they wish.  Each pupil can submit one, unmounted photograph only, either in colour or monochrome: minimum 6″ x 4″ (150mm x 100mm) and maximum size A4 (210mm x 300mm).  The whole picture must have been photographed by the entrant and therefore be their copyright.  The photograph does not have to have been taken recently.  Further details and competition rules are available from Ms Davies.

Entries must be handed to her by no later than Monday, 25th March – this allows sufficient time to get photographs to the organisers.   

Greystones Farm

Class 3 will be going to Greystones Farm, Bourton on the Water on Monday, 25th March.   The purpose of the visit is to take part in an Iron Age experience day and to learn what life was like in this area at the time of the Roman invasion.  The class topic in the summer term will be Roman Britain so the visit makes the link between the Iron Age topic from the Autumn term to their summer work.

Black Country Living Museum

Class 1 will have the chance to visit the Black Country Living Museum next term.  Earlier on in the year they had the chance to see historical artefacts held by Blockley Heritage Society relating to their topic on the home.  They welcomed members of the society to tell them about this aspect of history and were able to visit the Jubilee Centre where the items could be viewed.  They are continuing this work by a visit to the Black Country Living Museum in March.

Residential Meeting – Year 6 – Hooke Court

Mrs White will be visiting Hooke Court during this break to find out first-hand the experiences the pupils can have during their visit.  She will then be able to inform year 6 parents during the residential meeting on 6th March, 6.30pm. 

Governor in School Week

Governors attend many events in school and discuss areas of the curriculum with staff.  Throughout the year we have a number of weeks where there is a Governor focus on coming into school and spending time in the classroom with the pupils.  This allows Governors to gain a real understanding of the school and enable their decisions to be informed by first-hand experience.  Our next governor in school week takes place in March.

New Governor

We welcome our new Parent Governor, Mr Mark Chappell, to our Governing Body.  Mr Chappell is a parent appointed by the Governors and will serve a four year term of office.  We look forward to utilising the skills and expertise he will bring to the team.

Ghana Day

Blockley School has links with an Anglican school in Ghana.  The school serves a huge area of the poorest parts of the city, and we have in the past supported the buying of text books and uniforms.  The current crisis is regarding classroom furniture and a lack of desks in reception, class one and class two rooms.  About 240 children are being taught on the floor.  We are working with the church community to sponsor desks for Tishigu School.  Desks in Ghana cost £30 to make, provide employment for welders and joiners in the city and are robust enough to last for 30 years.

To teach the pupils about Ghana and raise money for this cause we are having a whole school African afternoon on 15th March – flag making, roof shaking, voices raising, food tasting, soul waking!  At the beginning of term pupils will be issued with a fundraising card.  Pupils will be encouraged to ask family and friends to donate, they may even be able to go without something for a week eg sweets and add the money to the card instead.  Perhaps they could do some jobs around the house in exchange for fundraising money.  If you are visiting family and friends over the break please encourage them to donate to this worthwhile cause.  We will explain more to the children at the start of term. 

Perseverance

Perseverance

Very little that is really worthwhile
in life can be achieved without
perseverance. An athlete may train
for years before they are ready to
compete at the highest level. A
musician must practice every day,
sometimes for hours at a time, if they
are to really master their instrument.

• Can you give an example of
something you have achieved by
determined perseverance?
• Is there a skill that you think you
could improve with perseverance?

“If at first you don’t succeed try,
try and try again.”
W.E. Hickson

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  We have had a long and busy term this year with a great deal of hard work completed by the pupils so well done to all and enjoy the well-earned break.

We are pleased that Mr Pudifoot has had his successful operation and is now beginning a steady recovery.

Last academic year we began a consultation process to reword our mission statement and create a strapline to best represent Blockley School.  We are pleased that we are now able to announce our new school mission statement and strapline.

Blockley School Mission Statement

Blockley School creates a caring environment where everyone is encouraged to be the best they can, with each child supported to love learning, develop resilience, respect difference, celebrate success and value others within a Christian environment.

Strapline – LEARN

Lead

Encourage

Aspire

Respect

Nurture

We hope you will agree that these words sum up the successful, caring environment that we aim to achieve here in school.

This success is only possible with the right attitude to learning from our pupils, supportive parents/carers and the correct resources. 

As you will hear in the press National Funding of Schools is an ongoing problem and we are all feeling the financial squeeze.  We are therefore very grateful for any financial support from the wider community.  We are thankful for the support of parents and carers through the Friends of the School.  Your donations make a real difference to the broad balance of education that we aim to give Blockley pupils.   We are also very fortunate to have supportive businesses locally who understand the constraints we face at this time and are willing to give time and money to support the school.

Books

We hope your KS2 children have been as excited as we are about the wonderful new range of books that we have been able to purchase thanks to the Friends of the School donations.  Each KS2 child has been individually reassessed to ensure that they begin reading at the appropriate level and has had the opportunity to bring home a new book.  Please ensure that you encourage your child to read these at home and record their reading.  The books can be discussed as a family to establish understanding which supports their comprehension development.  Thank you so much for the support of FOS without which we would not have this great resource which will help inspire and support literacy.  Reading has been found to enhance connectivity in the brain and can increase our emotional intelligence, so good medicine for all!

Lockers

Our corridor is looking bright, colourful and tidy thanks to the addition of metal lockers for every pupil in Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5.   Coats and bags are easily found and pupils are enjoying having their own storage space.  We are extremely grateful to Northcot Brick Ltd who donated the lockers to school.  They were kind enough to send their employees to fit them in place and alter notice boards etc.  They have done a fantastic job and we are sure you will join with us in thanking them for this donation.  In addition we are thankful to Cotek Papers who donated money towards the project.  We are now in the process of refurbishing the previous cloakroom area to provide a valuable additional space in school.

ParentPay

Due to continuing funding squeeze it is even more imperative that government funding is spent on the education of the pupils.  We cannot loan money to parents/carers through ParentPay so please can you ensure that ParentPay accounts are kept in credit.  This means that you put money onto your ParentPay account before school services such as Before School Care and After School Care are used and before school meals are taken.  You will then see your balance decrease weekly as the services are used.  The use of these services is entered manually on a weekly basis, normally on a Friday or Monday, so you will then be able to see what has been used.

If you think you may be eligible for free school meals then funds will be available to support your child in school even if your child is in reception or KS1 and receives universal free school meals.

www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

School Meals

The price of food has increased and our dinner money income hasn’t.  Therefore, along with other Gloucestershire Schools, it is necessary to increase the cost of a school meal to cover our costs.

School meals will therefore increase to £2.40 per KS2 pupil beginning after Christmas in Term 3.  Meals for those in reception and KS1 remain free to parents/carers under the current government scheme.

We are sure that you will agree that a freshly prepared hot meal at a cost of £2.40 remains good value for money.  Many thanks for your support.

Christmas Shoe Boxes

Your generosity was evident earlier in the year when we had our Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for Operation Christmas Child.  It is important to make our pupils aware of those less fortunate than themselves and how they may be able to help them.  Filling a shoe box with gifts for another child is a great way to do this.  We were thrilled to be able to send 36 shoe boxes off with those from Blockley Church to help children in need elsewhere in the world and for them to experience a little Christmas joy. 

Parent Governor

As per the letter that was issued to all parents via Parentpay earlier this week the Governing Body will have a vacancy for a Parent Governor at the end of this term.  Governors are directors of the Academy and as such are registered at Companies House.  If you have the skills, time and commitment to fulfil this role then please speak to the clerk, Jane Harwood, via the school office.

Maths evenings and Maths Clubs

Thank you to all the parents/carers that were able to attend the KS1 and KS2 Maths evenings earlier in the year.  We hope you found them useful and that they gave you the knowledge to assist your child’s learning at home.

Thank you also for your support for those invited to our Maths Clubs.  These are really helping boost your child’s learning in this area.

Court Barn

Class 4 enjoyed the experience of running Court Barn Museum at the beginning of November.  They had fun using the till and were able to participate in an activity making a chocolate box linking in with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory topic.   They also were able to see the history of Chipping Campden when they all went for a walk around the town. 

Remembrance Poppies

The results of the creative efforts of each class contributed to the wonderful display of poppies at Blockley Church for Remembrance this year.  The chancel was covered in poppies made by the local community to remember those who fell in the wars.  We hope you managed to see the display over Remembrance Weekend.

Sunday 11th November

Blockley School was well represented as a number of pupils attended the remembrance service at Blockley Church and laid wooden crosses to remember the dead.  The Head Boy and Head Girl read beautifully during the service.   Thank you to all those that attended and represented the school so excellently.

Floorball

Our Floorball teams have participated in the Floorball Competitions held at Chipping Campden School.  They play short, fast games against local schools and the Year 7 pupils at Chipping Campden.  Games have been won and lost but all enter with a competitive spirit and a great deal of enthusiasm. 

Children in Need

We loved seeing the variety of spotty attire in school on the 16th November.  Thank you for your donations to Children in Need.  A total of £163.70 was raised for the charity.

Residential

Our Year 4 and Year 5 residential visits to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre, in the Forest of Dean, took place at the end of November.  The pupils had an amazing time, learnt new skills, challenged themselves and discovered hidden talents.  They participated in activities such as bridge building, tunnels, bush craft, navigation, climbing wall and crate stacking. 

We have provisionally booked the dates for 2018-2019 so we hope the current year 3 and year 4 pupils are keen to enjoy the experience.

Provisional dates for 2019

Current Year 3 pupils: 20th – 22nd November

Current Year 4 pupils: 27th – 29th November

Year 6 residential

Letters will be sent out in January regarding our plans for the Year 6 residential but in advance we would like to inform you of the dates: 10th July until 12th July 2019.  We plan for this to be a group end of year celebration of each pupil’s time at Blockley School and good preparation for their transition to secondary school.  We have booked for a visit to the activity centre, Hooke Court, in Dorset.  Please take a look at their website to see what they have to offer and look out for the January communication from school via ParentPay.

https://www.hookecourt.co.uk/residential/

Nativity

Well done to all the reception and Key Stage 1 pupils for their fantastic performance in ‘It’s a Baby’ and for the FOS help.

Christmas

We are looking forward to the end of term Christmas activities next week.

In particular please remember to send party clothes into school on Monday for Reception/KS1 and Tuesday for KS2.  Pupils need to wear normal uniform into school.  On Thursday they can wear a Christmas jumper on top of their normal uniform and enjoy the school Christmas dinner.

You are welcome to join us for our Church Christmas Service on Thursday 20th December 9.30am.  This will be held in Blockley Church.

We finish at 2pm on Friday 21st December so please collect your children promptly as there is no After School Care.

Staffing

Staff have been on literacy training this term.  Miss Alcock went to a KS1 literacy training event and Mrs Furniss a KS2 event.

Paula Daley-Allan has been successful in gaining a position as a Financial Controller at a school that is closer to her home.  We are sure you will join us in wishing Paula all the best in her new role and thank her for the fantastic work she has done at Blockley for the past 4 years.  Recruitment for her replacement is already underway.

Emergency Closure

If the school is closed for any reason the closure will be displayed on the Gloucestershire Closed School Website.  Where possible, we will place the information on our school website and send a message via ParentPay. 

Term 3 – dates for the diary

Swimming

Class 4 are swimming on the following dates next year:

16th January, 23rd January, 30th January, 6th February, 13th February.

Sharing Assembly

We run a series of sharing assemblies where pupils have the opportunity to share their work with their peers and relatives.  We encourage parent/carers of the pupils in the class running the assembly to come and watch.  Please keep a note of these dates in your diary.

11th January – Class 4

18th January – Class 2

25th January – Class 1

1st February – Class 3

8th February – Class 5

Class 1

We welcome Class 1 parents/carers to visit and work with their children during the following times.

28th January – Literacy open hour

29th January – Maths open hour

Parent/Carers Evening

11th February – 3.30pm-6.30pm

12th February – 3.30pm-6.30pm

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday 7th January at 8.40am.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Blockley School Staff

A huge thank you for the messages of get well for Mr Pudifoot.  He is very grateful for all of your kind words.  We look forward to welcoming him back to school in due course.

We have enjoyed a fun and interesting term with a variety of activities having taken place.  The new reception children have settled in really well and it is lovely to welcome new families to Blockley School.  As well as the younger pupils we have also been able to welcome pupils into our school in older year groups and they are quickly making new friends and feeling part of our community.

Thank you for your attendance at parents/carers evening this month.  It is a valuable opportunity for teachers to share information so that you can support your child’s learning at home.

We hope the children enjoy a well-earned break and we look forward to the beginning of the new school term on the 29th October.

Blockley School Golden Rules

  • We are gentle
  • We are kind and helpful
  • We listen
  • We are honest
  • We work hard
  • We look after property

As mentioned in the previous bulletin we all expect high standards of behaviour from the pupils in school and ask everyone to respect our Golden Rules. 

The pupils are enjoying our whole school Golden Time on a Friday afternoon.  Pupils are participating in a range of fun activities as a reward for their good behaviour.  Activities include dancing, outside games, construction, drawing, mosaics, origami, yoga and painting.

For excellent lunch hall behaviour pupils have a chance to sit on the Golden Table once a week.  This is gold in colour and pupils can request a ‘friend’ to join them.  Sharon Miles (Class 1 teaching assistant) was specially chosen this week and had the honour of eating her cooked lunch as a Golden Table guest.

Bikeability

Well done to all the year 6 pupils who demonstrated their cycling skills to the road safety instructors around Blockley.  Their bikes were checked to ensure that they were road worthy before the pupils’ competence was assessed.  Those that chose to take part in the training passed with flying colours.

Harvest Service

Thank you for supporting our harvest service this year at Blockley church and for the donations of food to the food bank.  This resource is a vital support for many in our community who struggle to make ends meet.  All classes led a section of the service, Class 1 sang Cauliflowers Fluffy, Class 2 showed their art work, Class 3 shared their poetry, Class 4 did a harvest dance and Class 5 shared harvest maths.

Poetry Day

The whole school participated in National Poetry Day on 4th October.  Pupils and staff were able to share their poetic talents and the result of the pupils’ hard work is on display around the school.  Class 5 have written poetry that links in with their geographical work on volcanoes and tectonic plates.

Inspiring Literacy

Drama and dance were used to inspire pupils’ literacy work.  A professional actor led workshops for each class.  The younger children were able to study The Gingerbread Man while older classes looked at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  This was particularly appropriate for Class 4 as it is their current theme.

Cross County

The school has a long history of inspiring and producing cross country runners.  Our annual house cross country event took place on a fine day in October where all children, regardless of their ability, took part in a cross country run around the school site.  A fantastic level of effort was on display alongside a competitive spirit.  For the older year groups this event was the qualifying session for the inter-school cross county event at Chipping Campden School.  Four qualifying races were run, year 3/4 boys, year 3/4 girls, year 5/6 boys and year 5/6 girls with the top 10 pupils being invited to run at Chipping Campden School.

The race at Chipping Campden was a little muddier, as it followed a few days of rain, but pupils came back to school having enjoyed the morning and all ran well.  We came a proud third, so well done team!

Race For Life

Thank you for all the efforts gathering sponsorship for our Race for Life event to raise money for Cancer Research.  We are sorry that the event could not be held as originally planned, with family and friend participation, but despite our best efforts to rearrange the day the weather was against us.  However Mr Jones arranged a fantastic work out for the pupils throughout the morning with everyone completing their 15 minutes.  Well done for all the money raised.  All money raised needs to be back into school by 29th October 2018.

Class 4 Educational Visit

Class 4 have a chocolate related topic this term, looking at the history, culture and literacy related to this.  They paid a visit to Cadbury World where they learnt how the Mayan people lived and their relationship to chocolate. They were taught about the ancient city of Chichen Itza and discovered the Mayan myths and legends about human creation.  There was a definite smell of chocolate as they walked back into school and hopefully some was shared at home!

Poppies

As part of the 100 year anniversary of WWI all pupils in school are making a poppy for remembrance.  A variety of methods are being used to create these, linking in with curriculum work. Class 5 have been using chromatography to create their poppies, Class 1 used hand prints to formulate theirs and other craft ideas have been used throughout the school.  These poppies will then be in church and pupils will have chance to see them in situ on 9th November.

RAF banners

Blockley Church is hosting a display of RAF banners in church and the pupils have been invited down to the church to view these and then discuss the topic in their classes.

FOS Disco

The last day of term can be celebrated by the children by attending the disco run by the Friends of the School.  This is a great way to support the school by raising well needed funds and having fun at the same time. 

Books

Our current reading books for KS2 have been in school for a significant length of time and are in need of updating.  We are very grateful to the Friends of the School for supporting the purchase of a whole new reading plan for the older children.  Teaching staff are very excited about the new range of books that will be on offer and we hope that they will inspire reading and literacy for the pupils.

Parent Helpers

Reading forms an important part of your child’s education and we encourage children to read at home either with parents/carers or independently, as much as possible.  We also want to give pupils the opportunity to read to adults in school.  We would welcome volunteer adults to come into school to hear pupils read.  Any time you can give on a regular basis would be gratefully received.  All volunteers in school have to undergo appropriate safeguarding checks but once this paperwork is complete you will be able to start.

Lockers

As we renew the books and storage for these we have been looking at the provision for pupil bags and coats.  It is easy for these to be knocked onto the floor with the current cloakroom situation.  We are therefore researching locker provision within school to ensure pupil belongings can be stored neatly and safely.  Watch this space!

Hair

Unfortunately we do get outbreaks of headlice within school.  Please be vigilant and check your child’s hair regularly and treat as necessary according to the NHS guidelines.  To reduce the risk of headlice passing from head to head we do ask that all long hair is tied up while in school.  Thank you.

Governors

We have a team of dedicated Governors.  New to the Governing Body this year are Mr Sampson, Mrs Riberzani and Mrs Davies.

Training

Staff have been able to update their skills this term with more training due next term.

During the INSET day all staff were able to be inspired with a Maths Workshop that they attended along with teaching staff from other schools.

As Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs White has completed her refresher safeguarding training and Mrs Furniss has attended a KS2 Science event.

Operation Christmas Child

If you are participating in our Christmas Shoebox Appeal, filling a shoe box with appropriate gifts, then please return these to school by 5th November 2018.

Knex Challenge

Class 4 are having a Knex Challenge workshop in school on 6th November.   Those who come up with the best designs will have the opportunity to go on to participate in a competition against other schools.

Driving and parking

Please be always mindful of pedestrians when driving and parking your car.  The car park does become very busy during pick up and drop off times but nobody wants an accident to occur so please take care. 

Open Morning and New Parents Evening

Our Open Morning for all parents/carers of prospective new pupils will take place on 7th November 2018 from 10.30am until 12 noon.  This will be followed by an Open Evening on 13th November at 6.30pm for all who are interested in reception children places for 2019.

Flu Immunisation Programme – NHS

This will take place in school on 12th November.

Menu change and packed lunch

Please be aware that we have a new menu for Term 2 that is on the website and will be sent out via ParentPay.  We often have pupils in school that are allergic to nuts.  We therefore ask that all packed lunches do not contain nuts to ensure the safety of all pupils.  Many thanks for your help with this.

Spotacular

We will all be asked to wear spots to raise money for Children in Need on Friday 16th November.  More details to follow.

Residential

Pupils and staff are looking forward to our residential visits to Viney Hill which are due to take place from 21st-23rd November for Year 4 and 28th – 30th November for Year 5 pupils.

Nativity

Reception and KS1 will deliver their annual nativity to parents on the afternoon of 11th December and the evening of 12th December.  Tickets will be limited per family but more details regarding this will be sent out nearer the time. 

Looking ahead to Christmas events

The children will be treated to a cinema experience on Monday 17th December.

Father Christmas will pay a visit on the 18th December.

The whole school will watch the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ on 19th December – thank you to FOS for funding this.

Classes will have Christmas parties. 

The kitchen (and FOS helpers) will treat the staff and pupils to our Christmas Lunch on 20th December.

Value

Service

Who are the unsung heroes who
serve us?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?
How do you serve others?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?

Thought of the Day

Welcome back Mr Pudifoot.

Upcoming Events

Sep
16
Mon
all-day Parking
Parking
Sep 16 all-day
Art Society Meeting in St George’s Hall – car park may be busy.
Sep
23
Mon
all-day Bikeability
Bikeability
Sep 23 all-day
Bikeability begins for Year 6 pupils.
Sep
24
Tue
9:30 am Harvest Festival Service
Harvest Festival Service
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am
Harvest Festival Service in Church.  Pupils to bring non-perishable food item to school and carry to church (no glass containers)
Oct
2
Wed
10:30 am Open Morning
Open Morning
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Open Morning for existing and potential new parents.
Oct
21
Mon
all-day Parking
Parking
Oct 21 all-day
Art Society Meeting in St George’s Hall – car park may be busy.

Contact us

Blockley C of E Primary School

Park Road
Blockley
Moreton-in-Marsh
GL56 9BY

01386 700 567

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