Junior School Head’s Blog

Welcome back!

I hope that you all had a wonderful rest and are ready for the new term. It seems a little unbelievable that the children are entering their final term in their current year group – it probably doesn’t seem so long ago to you that they all began in September.

I was delighted to read your children’s full reports which were published during the final week of last term. There were many positive comments and plenty of advice about how to improve during the final term in their current year group. There will be an opportunity to book an appointment to see the Form Teacher on either Tuesday 09 or Wednesday 10 May. Details of how to do this will be sent to you in due course.

We will quickly pick up where we left off and before you know it, routines will fall back into place. It is the turn of cricket, rounders, athletics and tennis in the sports’ calendar and I have everything crossed that we get some lovely weather so that they are even more enjoyable to watch. Some clubs begin after school this week but many do not start until next week – please ask your children to check and let you know accordingly.

We are joined by two new members of staff this term. Mrs Kate Harpin is our permanent replacement for Mr Capuano and Miss Claudia Lambert will replace Mr Wilkinson for the Summer Term only. I am sure that you will join me in welcoming them to the BMS community and I hope that they will enjoy their time with us.
As always, the children are permitted to wear summer uniform from now until the end of September. For the children in Years 3-5, this means short socks for all (white for girls and grey for boys). For girls in all year groups there is also the option of a summer dress. Short sleeved shirts can be worn by all children and this is something that many choose to wear as the days get warmer.

There are several events coming up over the next few weeks and these can be found on the calendar card on the parent portal. All of the children will be taking part in a two week Food Technology project in their DT lessons beginning on Tuesday 02 May. They will be asked to make sure that they have an appropriate apron in school and be prepared for some healthier supermarket requests as a result of their work!

On Friday evening there is a chance for those in Year 5 and 6 to end the week with their stylish dance moves at the Disco. This takes place in the Christopher Fry Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm and has been organised by the Parents’ Association. My ear plugs are due to arrive on Thursday so I hope there is no delay in the post and I am currently deciding which sparkly outfit to wear!

Next week the time will have arrived for those in Year 6 to go on their residential trip to Kingswood, which leaves on Monday 24 April just before lunchtime. I am sure that they will keep their behaviour in check and represent the school in a very favourable light. I am also sure that the parents will share in my sincere thanks to all the staff who put their own lives on hold to ensure that this trip takes place. It is a long, tiring week but hopefully they will all have a great deal of fun. It will certainly be quiet back here in the Junior School.

And the latest total for the Comic Relief fundraising event is £1100 – marvellous!