Beddington Infants’ School Letter 9 Tuesday, 25th March ‘14 End of term Arrangements Just a reminder that this term ends on Friday, 4th April at 1.30pm. As next week is International Week, on Friday,4th April, children will be invited to wear international clothes/mufti. Beddington Buddies will be holding an Easter Fun Day that day, so children are asked to bring cakes or £1 please. Cakes can also be international — they will be sold from the Beddington Buddies Hut from 1pm. Nursery times (Bear Cubs session: 8.45—10.45 Lion Cubs session: 11.30—1.30). The Summer term starts for everyone on Tuesday, 22nd April. Bell ringing will, of course, take place as usual, from 1.30 on the last day of term. Have a lovely holiday! Returning to school Beddington Buddies Thank you again to Beddington Buddies and all those of you who attended the recent disco — an amazing £800 was raised! This dynamic and creative team continues to organise all sorts of amazing events! These events are great occasions for everyone to meet as well as opportunities to raise money for projects which we otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford eg year groups are busily creating designs for wooden houses to be used for role play outdoors. Please watch out for the letters on their way from Beddington Buddies about Mothers’ Day (gifts on sale from the Beddington Buddies Hut at the end of the day on Thursday 27th and 28th Friday). They are also going to write to you with details of the Fun Day on the last day of term. Thank you! Extreme Reading at As the weather is so unpredictable we are trying to be prepared for all weathers. All children should have a named sun hat which is left at school please. Hats can be any colour so that children can recognise their own hats easily. All children and staff wear sun hats in the outdoor areas. Once the sun shines, any children without a sun hat stay in the shade. Children’s shoulders should be covered at all times when at school please. Children do not wear sunglasses. Sun cream—all day sun cream should be applied before school please. Earrings: ideally children should not wear earrings to school. If they do wear small stud earrings they will put micropore tape over them for PE. Children should not wear large stud or hooped earrings to school at all. Thank you. Please remember that all children are encouraged to bring a box of tissues and a glue stick to school at the beginning of term. This is the one time they don’t need a name on them as they are stored to be used by the whole class over the term. Thank you! Beddington Infants’ School We have been amazed at the great photographs children have brought to school to be displayed in the reading areas in their classrooms. You have been very creative! Don’t worry if you haven’t sent one in yet —all classes would be happy to add more to the display! Office Team Welcome to Mrs Charlotte Slade, our new Office Manager, and Miss Zoë Pullinger, our new Finance Officer. Thank you to Mrs Jackie Dowden who joined us three years ago on a temporary basis, as a bursar, while we worked with governors to restructure the admin aspect of the school to ensure that it meets the current needs of the school. Mrs Dowden has been with us much longer than any of us could have anticipated and we will be sorry to see her go! We very much hope that she will keep in touch. Mrs Dowden will continue to work here for a few weeks to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. Thank you also to Mrs Bull, Mrs Rudling, Mrs Elliott and Miss Smith who have ensured that the office has run smoothly throughout! Contact Details Please let the office team know as soon as any of your contact details change. A note in the blue home/school book is fine. Earth Hour is a global initiative encouraging us all to turn off electrical items for 1 hour this Saturday. Greenhouse Thank you for the great response to the request from Mrs Lane, Mrs Wenham and Miss Potter for help creating a greenhouse out of recycled materials! We are very grateful for the many offers of help and bottles. Sixteen hundred bottles is quite a target, but we love a challenge!! The bottles can be any colour. Thank you already to Bradley Harding in Giraffe Class, and his family, for donating all the bamboo canes! Thank you also to Dominic Bales in Elephant Class, and his family, who have put us in touch with a local company who would like to help us in this venture. Leaflets We are asked to distribute many leaflets in the book bags but instead, as an eco school, we display one leaflet in the notice board at the front of the school and keep a few in the office. If you are interested in any of the leaflets please ask at the office and they will give you a copy. After School Clubs for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Thank you to Miss Smith for organising them. Letters about clubs for the Summer term will be coming home in the book bags very soon. Sports Partnership Thank you to Sutton Grammar School for their continued support this term. They run a very successful programme involving their students running supervised small group, PE sessions with our children in Year 2. This is a real bonus, not only for the extra PE tuition, but also for the fact that they are providing such positive role models for our children. Musicians at Beddington Infants’ School We are delighted that so many children are playing instruments either as part of their year group provision or in assembly. In assembly we have enjoyed recitals by Anishka Dhankani in Panda Class on the violin, Caitlin Elliott in Tiger Class on the guitar, Alex Leah in Zebra Class, Jennifer Lim in Giraffe Class and Noura Haq in Kangaroo Class on the piano. In addition, all children in all year groups have been composing and performing their own music—and indeed many children are making their own instruments! We’re very much looking forward to International Week, next week, when the IROKO Theatre Company will spend Tuesday and Wednesday with us — every child will take part in an African drumming workshop and an African dance workshop. Weather permitting, on Wednesday, the IROKO team will perform from 3.10 near the bell tower so that you can experience it too! The IROKO Theatre Company would be thrilled if you would like to dance with them! Thank you to Mrs Thevathas (mother of Suruthi in Kangaroo Class) who will be leading Indian Dance lessons in Year 1 and Mrs Ratnayake (mother of Thakshila in Panda Class and Kalpana in Jaguar Class) who is going to show each year group how to play some Indian Instruments. Charities Thank You for your continued generosity, even in these very difficult times. We will continue to support charities as it is a big part of the children’s learning but please don’t feel that you have to make donations to all of them. We recently donated £150 to St Raphael’s Hospice from the Gift Box Fund, on your behalf. Sport Relief All the children were thrilled to walk the Sport Relief mile last Friday. The School Council measured the site, created a route around the school site and led the way. All classes enjoyed walking, jogging, hopping and singing their way around the route. The total of £253.64 will be sent to Sport Relief on your behalf. Thank you again! New build From time to time I have mentioned our plans for an extension at the front of the school. It is now looking like a positive outcome is approaching! We are hopeful that when we welcome you back in September we will have a new office, reception area and meeting room. The current office space will become a flexible learning environment— set up as a Dance/Drama Studio, allowing us much needed flexibility across the school. This will be a modular build so much of the work will take place off site. The timetable is being finalised but work should be completed within 5 months. We will, of course, minimise disruption for you and for everyone in the school during that time. Drawings of the proposed build are available below and in the notice board at the front of the school. Thank you to the governors who have worked very hard on this project for a number of years! Existing structure New structure— converting the existing office space into a flexible learning environment by moving the offices into the new build adding a welcoming reception/ waiting area, a toilet and a meeting room.
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