Pupils from all classes have been taking part in our Road Safety Week this week at school, completing traffic surveys, making posters and carrying out questionnaires with the local residents. The activities throughout the week helped pupils develop their understanding of the traffic issues, particularly at drop-off and pick-up times outside the school. On Thursday afternoon, the School Council worked with the Community Speedwatch Team to record the speeds of any traffic passing by the school – 48% of the vehicles seen were exceeding the speed limit! Children hope that their activities will help them and their parents think carefully about good driving and parking!
Pupils from Beckley entered pieces of Art work for the annual Stormont Awards art competition at Rye Art Gallery last week. In all, 7 schools submitted 20 pieces of art work each – all based around the theme ‘Monsters’! The art work has been exhibited at the gallery and we were thrilled to hear that 5 Beckley pupils won either first of second prize in the age categories. In addition, Beckley School won the prize for the best overall school! What amazing artists we have!
Our cross country winners from Beckley took part in the Hastings and Rother event last week, along with over 80 other pupils from across the area! We are incredibly proud of all our pupils who took part in the event.
Special mention goes to Florence who came 5th and has qualified for the county finals in Brighton! Fantastic!
In October, Beckley School were awarded the prestigous ‘Sportsmark Gold’ award for our commitment to PE activities and sports. The Gold award is based on the number of pupils participating in extra-curricular sports clubs, the number of sports competitions and events the school has taken part in, the number of pupil involved in leading and organising sports activities and the links that the school has to local sports clubs. We are delighted that so many of our children take part in a wide range of sports activities throughout the year and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mr Bourne, our Sports Coach for all the work he does.
At Beckley, we believe that taking children away from their classroom into a different space can open up creative opportunities for their learning. We have a well-established culture of using the spaces around the school as ‘outdoor classrooms’ and have recently improved some of our outdoor spaces by making them a little more weather proof. In October, we added large awning covers to the outdoor spaces by Acorns and Red Maple classes, to help keep some of the rain and wind out as we move into the winter months. Already, children are enjoying being able to use these spaces, even when the weather is miserable!
In October, we were thrilled to receive a letter from the Minister for Education Standards, congratulating us on our outstanding results for the Phonics Screening tests last year. This is someting that all Year 1 pupils in England and Wales are required to take. Our success in June 2019 placed the school in the top 2% of schools throughout the country, which is quite an achievement. Huge congratulations to the pupils, and the staff who worked so hard to achieve such success!
On Friday of last week, pupils and staff from Beckley performed a specially written play about the life of Beckley School throughout the years of the First World War. The moving and powerful play was based upon the entries in the school log book between 1914 and 1918, by Mr Blackmore the Headmaster at the time. The performance took place in the village hall, with over 100 people in the audience – including the 92 year old sister of one of the ‘Garden Boys’ in the play, who lost his life during the Great War.
The play was a very powerful and poignant reminder to all those who were there of the impact that WW1 had on the school, the village and the lives of so many people!
Last term, many of our pupils entered the Stormont Art Competition organised by Rye Art Gallery. This year the theme was ‘Jungle’. We had 25 pupils whose work was chosen to be included as part of the exhibition, which had its official opening to the public on Saturday. Out of all the local schools involved, the judges selected Alexander from Beckley as their overall winner in the 5 -7 years category! What fantastic news! The exhibition is open to the public until 25th November, so please go along and take a look – you will be inspired!
Early this term, the pupils in Years 5 and 6 went on their week-long residential trip to an activity centre, near Ashford. They had an amazing time, challenging themselves to work as teams, face their fears of heights, problem-solve and be creative. For some of the children, it was the longest they had spent away from home. Some of the most popular activities included the ‘leap of faith’, the ‘3G swing’, the ‘night line’ and the ‘chariot building’. Many pupils developed their confidence, independence and made new friends. It was a fantastic week and a brilliant way to start the new school year as a new class. Huge thanks to Mrs Morley for organising such a wonderful residential trip!
Last week, we held a ‘Vision and Values’ evening for parents of the two schools in the Federation. It was an opportunity for parents from both Peasmarsh and Beckley to hear from the headteachers about the sharted vision and values developing as we move the schools forward together. Parents said they really appreciated the opportunity to share their ideas and comment upon the Church of England Vision for Education document that both schools are using as the basis for this developing piece of work.