Today books came alive as horses, heroes, princesses, Heidis, cowboys and a wide range of other exciting characters came to visit the school. Thank you so much for making today successful by taking the time to source or make a costume. This morning we had an assembly and showed each other our costumes. We have taken photos of each class. Then, after play, the children enjoyed listening to the teachers’ favourite stories. We were also delighted to invite the Broadway & Towerview Playgroup to share stories with Class One this afternoon. World Book Day book tokens have been sent out in book bags for children to swap for a book or get £1 off any book.
Next week we have class trips to Bristol, our first Family Lunches this half term and the first of two parents’ evenings. There is also a film night on Friday. Proceeds from the Film Night will go towards the outdoor classroom, which we are hoping to have installed over the Easter holiday.
On that note, may I say a huge thank you to all the Friends, Parents and Local Businesses that have made the purchasing of the outdoor classroom possible. It will be a fantastic resource and the staff and children are really looking forward to it. There have also been a few loans from parents to enable us to purchase the drapes (to block the sun/allow us to use the class even when the weather is not fantastic) so any monies raised over the next few events will be paying that money back.
The classroom is going at the back of the field and we need to move fences and planting blocks before the company come to site it. The Friends are writing directly to parents to ask for help at gardening parties so that costs may be reduced.
I have received several requests for holidays during term time during the last few working weeks and thought it would be useful to explain how decisions are made. The granting of leave of absence to go away on holiday in school term time is, by law, a matter for consideration and decision by the school. There is no automatic right to any holiday in term time. Neither the Local Authority nor the school regard the granting of up to ten school days leave of absence in any school year as any kind of norm. The Department for Education (DfE) and Worcestershire Local Authority (LA) policy is that family holidays should not normally be taken in school term time. Where such requests are made, clear special circumstances must be the reasons for them. Requests for leave of absence in any school year will only be considered where, as the Regulations specify, there are clear exceptional circumstances as the reasons for them. If you feel that your reason for a holiday meets the exceptional criteria, please fill in a request form from the School Office.
School Trip to At-Bristol Science Centre
The whole school will be going on a trip to At-Bristol Science Centre to link in with the current topic of space. This will be an all day trip returning to school after normal home time. Class 1 and Class 2 will go on Monday 10 March. Class 3 and Class 4 will go on Tuesday 11 March. Please see the separate letter sent out today. Children should come with a packed lunch that day. If you have already ordered a lunch for that day then Mrs. Freaney will cancel your order and arrange for a credit on your behalf (unless you advise her to order a packed lunch or move the meal to another day). We will order packed lunches for all Free School Meals children through the dinner company.
Clubs Next Week
There will be no Drama Club on Monday and no Tag Rugby Club on Tuesday due to the school trips. Spanish Club (Monday) and Multiskills Club (Tuesday) will be going ahead as usual.
Phonics Meeting for Parents
There will be a phonics meeting for Year 1/2 parents on Thursday 8 May at 3.15pm in the hall. If you need to bring your children along too then Mrs Chappell has kindly agreed to look after them in Class 2 while you attend the meeting.
The Friends of Broadway First School are putting on a film evening for all the family to enjoy. Come along to the Lifford Hall on Friday 14 March to watch Justin and the Knights of Valour (U). Tickets are only £2 per person and are on sale from The Friends or the school office.
Nearly New Sale - Save Broadway Library
There will be a fundraising event in the school hall on Sunday 23 March (10am – 12 noon) in aid of Save Broadway Library. There will be a £5 charge per table to vendors (if you are interested please contact Anna on 07926 590658). Please do come along and support this worthy cause!