Photos from Year 6 Citizenship Award work with Year 1
It has been another busy term and everyone looks so colourful today in school- ‘Dress to Express’ day always brings joy and positivity. We would like to take some time to reflect on the things that have been going on and events planned for the future.
We would like to congratulate Mrs Hancock on all her hard work completing her Level 3 Forest School training. She has committed many hours to the training and her portfolio has now been submitted for final accreditation. The Forest School area at the bottom of the field is a hive of activity and so many of our children are loving their sessions down there. It was only last Easter that this area was an unloved, messy area of the school without function or purpose and now it is a dedicated planned and planted space for Forest School teaching and learning. Thank you Mrs Hancock, Mrs Castle and all of your dedicated support team who have helped realise our vision for this area. We look forward to developing this area further so that more children can use it and access it as we move forwards.
You will see that we have lots of new trees planted around the school playground and more have been planted in the Forest School area. These were donated by The Woodland Trust and we thank Brackley Wildlife Trust for supporting us in planting them. Obviously, they will need time and nurture to grow so please help us in keeping children away from them during drop-off and collection times.
Our school council representatives have been busy meeting to discuss the proposed plans for the new adventure playground to replace the old one at the bottom of the field. They discussed the plans with their class groups and brought back the information to the council meeting about the equipment which children want to see in the new playground. The next stage is to decide the final details of the plan so that we can press ahead with it being completed ready for the summer.
Many children have had the opportunity to return to competitive sports fixtures recently including KS1 Multiskills; Y2 Kurling; Y5/6 Netball; KS2 Sportshall Athletics. Some events are inter-school Trust events and some are linked to Northants Sports Partnership with a broad range of inclusion, participation and performance events. I know the children who have participated so far have enjoyed wearing the BLPS sports kits and represented the school with pride. Miss Howarth, our PE leader, has planned a busy calendar going forwards too.
FOBL – 22 days Spring Challenge!
We are very excited about the 22 days fundraising challenge which FOBL have sent information home about. We will launch this in a school assembly on the first day back and all of the teachers will also be joining the challenge to learn something new in 22 days starting on 22nd February 2022. Please support the children in their fundraising ideas to raise £20.22 if possible. Any contributions towards this will really help us in raising vital funds to buy equipment for the school. There is always a long wish list!
We are planning future trips with confidence now and Year 4 will be going on their first residential in March, also a new residential choice for Bracken Leas. They are going to Aylmerton in Norfolk which is a Geography based trip near to the coast. I am looking forward to joining them for this- new wellies needed!
Year 6 will enjoy their residential in May after they’ve completed their end of Key Stage assessments. They will be the first year group at Bracken Leas to experience a new residential at Liddington PGL adventure centre in Wiltshire.
Year 1 have a trip to Warwick Castle booked for early next term and we look forward to sharing photos from their visit with you. All other year groups will be planning summer term activities which you will hear about next term.
Today is the last day at Bracken Leas for Mrs Lewis. She has worked here for nearly 20 years and in my time has been Assistant Head with responsibility for safeguarding, pastoral welfare and mental health. Many of the children will have fond memories of her as their Year 2 teacher and she will be missed greatly by all. Fortunately, I have the privilege to continue working alongside her as she takes up an interim position as Head of School at Marie Weller Primary in Towcester, the new school in The Hawksmoor Learning Trust. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her all the very best and thank her for her commitment and dedication to Bracken Leas. Mrs Smith will take on the role of Assistant Head now and the last 6 weeks have ensured a smooth transition and handover of information.
Today Mrs Wyatt also leaves us as she is retiring. She has been a cleaner here for many years but her connection to the school spans right back to its opening. She has been a parent, lunchtime supervisor and TA amongst her roles. We will all miss her, particularly in KS1- the children don’t always see her, but she is the one tidying and cleaning at the end of the day! We wish her well for her retirement and new ventures.
We look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 21st February. Enjoy the half-term break and thank you for all your support this term as always.
Photos from our recent School Games and Kurling Competitions