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NEWS AND EVENTS

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Term 4 begins on Monday 25th February

Term 4 ends on Friday 5th April

PRAYER SPACE EVENT

Last year the whole-school took part in an exciting and interactive two-day Prayer Space Event. This year it will be on Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April and we would love your help to go around the activity zones with the children. Each slot lasts an hour and a half so please let Mr Cline know if you can support us with this.

SCIENCE WEEK

Science Week was a great success! All classes participated in investigations and experiments on their journeys from inner space to outer space. Classes looked at the brain, optical illusions, life on the space station, digestion, slime and even launching rockets! The work was shared for the exhibition on Friday afternoon which both children and parents enjoyed. 

The star gazing evening (supported by the BSA and PTA) was well attended with positive comments from families and guests. Unfortunately, there was no real stargazing due to the weather, but all enjoyed seeing stars and planets in the planetarium. 

Astronomy Adventures were on hand to answer any space related questions and had telescopes and meteorites for the children to see. 

Thank you to all who attended or supported this event.

CHOIR SUCCESS

Congratulations to the 50 members of KS2 choir who performed The Jamaican Alphabet and This Little Light of Mine last Friday at the competition. We were very proud of both their brilliant performance and the way they represented the school so well. The choir even won their category! Thanks to all families who could attend for your ongoing support and also for your kind words and supportive messages.

BOOK FAIR

Thank you very much to everyone who supported our book fair. The total raised by the bookfair was £654 which earned us £332.40 to spend on books for the school.

DIOCESAN EFFECTIVENESS PARTNER VISIT

Marian Ham, our Diocesan Effectiveness Partner, visited the school last Thursday to observe pupils leading Collective Worship (well done Finley, Seth and Emily from Y6!), take a tour of the school and to look at evidence of work since her last visit in October. She wrote: “I would like to congratulate the school on their strong Christian ethos which clearly permeates the daily life of the school - which I have seen, and felt, around the school on my visits. The children’s behaviour, happiness, focused learning and their respect for the whole community, and the environment, is a joy to see.”

STAFF CHANGES

We would like to welcome Mr Borthwick to the school in his role as Caretaker and Site Manager.

However, we are sad to see two members of staff leave us by the end of this term. Mrs Barton, our School Secretary is leaving us at the end of March to pursue a job with the NHS and Miss Godley, our Year 5 teacher is leaving us at the end of this Term to pursue a job teaching in a special school for autistic children. We would like to thank them both for their years of work at the school and wish them both the best for the future. An advert for the secretary role is out now (available to view on our vacancies page) and cover arrangements for the Year 5 class are currently being finalised and we will let parents/carers know the arrangements as soon as possible.

PGL 2019

On Monday 11th February, our intrepid explorers set off across the sea to the Isle of Wight. They have had some beautiful weather, taking part in lots of activities and enjoying trips to the Needles and the Brading Roman Villa. You can see what they got up to on our PGL page.

PARENT AND CARER QUESTIONNAIRE

Below are the results of our Parent & Carer Questionnaire for your information. As well as asking you questions that Ofsted and other inspection teams would ask we have also asked you questions about your child’s mental health and wellbeing (linked to our Inner Space theme for the year). 

Thanks to all who responded – if you would like to discuss anything further with us, please book an appointment via the Office to speak with Mr Cline or Mrs Rew.

GUESTLING BRADSHAW AWARDED HERITAGE STATUS

Thanks to the hard work of all the staff and pupils at Guestling Bradshaw, Heritage Status has been awarded to the school by Historic England. Rubi-Lee and Marney (Y5) and Evan and Sam (Y4) attended the presentation evening at Hastings Museum along with staff members to collect the awards. The children talked about the projects the school had been involved in including the Ore War Memorial listing, the whole school WW1 project and assembly. Please look out for the ‘Heritage’ logo on the school headed paper, the plaque and the report in the Hastings Observer.

CO-OP LOCAL COMMUNITY FUND

The PTA are currently one of the chosen charities in the local Co-op Community Fund, in order to help fundraise to build an outdoor classroom. If you have a Co-op card you can register us as your chosen charity and 5% of all your spending on Co-op branded goods will be donated. The total raised so far currently stands at £194.26. If you do not have a card, but use the Co-op, you can sign up for membership at a cost of £1 and help us raise as much money as possible. 

Thank you!

 OPEN FOR PARENTS E-BULLETIN

Please see attached a bulletin with details of parenting groups, drop-ins and various workshops for parents (e.g. e-safety) taking place over the next few weeks in the local area. There are also details of events organised by the Education Futures Trust.

WEATHER STATION

Click here to visit the Guestling Bradshaw weather station and get the latest weather updates.

GUESTLING READING CHALLENGE

Can you rise to the challenge? See details below.

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

The document below lists 10 questions you can ask your child about their day at school. Please try some of them out at home – we’d love to hear about what the children say! You can find the document below.

MEDICINES

Just a reminder that, as per our policy regarding medicines, any medicines required in school time (prescription and non-prescription, including cough sweets, Strepsils etc) must be brought into school in original packaging with child’s name, and a form must be completed by parents (available in the Office). Medicines must also be handed to the Office where they can be stored safely. Thank you.

ALLERGIES

Due to severe allergies we ask that children do not bring oranges or anything similar i.e. satsumas, mandarins etc. to school (even peeled ones).

YOUNG MUSIC MAKERS

The East Sussex Music Service is offering Saturday morning sessions for children aged 3 to 7. Please see the flyer below for details. 

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES

This year, all of our School Development Priorities are based on our ‘Inner Space to Outer Space’ theme:
 

Inner Space = Increased levels of resilience and mental well-being evidenced by pupils and staff
Outer Space = Further development of broad-balanced curriculum using outdoor learning and child-led learning opportunities. Increased attainment results, especially in reading and progress measures, especially for boys.

 

We have attached a copy of our Home-School Agreement with this newsletter for you to discuss as a family.

SIERRA LEONE FUNDRAISING

In order to support our link school (Maynard School, Kossoh Town) in Sierra Leone, we are raising money for tables and chairs as there are not enough for every child and the existing ones are in poor condition. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate for a table (£10) or chair (£5), please see Miss Godley or Mrs Rew.

ANY ISSUES OR CONCERNS?

Please raise any issues or concerns that you have about the school via Mr Cline, Mrs Rew, class teachers or the school office so that the matter can be dealt with. We ask that you do not talk about pupils on social media sites (e.g. Facebook). Thanks for your support with this.

UNIFORM

Please make sure your child comes to school wearing smart school uniform every day. We ask that hairbands, clips and bows are small and not multi-coloured and that nail varnish is not worn to school. Please also ensure that socks are plain and not striped or patterned. We have attached the School Uniform policy for your information. Thanks for your co-operation.

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