More Beckley Sports Success!

The fantastic run of our sports team taking part and winning local sports tournaments carried on this week as our Y5/6 mixed team took part in the local Netball tournament and won! Beckley played against other Y5/6 teams from other local schools. The pupils played magnificently and did not lose a single game, finishing as champions. What was even more wonderful was to see the great sporting attitude shown by our pupils who played throughout the tournament with a really positive and encouraging approach. We are so proud of all those Y5/6 pupils who took part and it was great to have such terrific support from our parents who came to cheer them on! Thank you to everyone!


Fantastic Fun at the Easter Fair

There was real excitement in the final week of term at the BSA Easter Fair. After missing 3 Easter Fairs because of the pandemic, the Beckley School Association were finally able to run their first main event after the relaxation of the COVID restrictions – much to the thrill and delight of pupils, staff and parents. It was really lovely to see the school as a whole community once again, enjoying the various stalls and activities at the fair. Children loved being able to move around and decide what to spend their money on for the first part of the afternoon, before the parents joined them later. Highlights were the hoopla stall, hook a duck, the Easter Egg raffle and the fantastic Easter Egg hunt in the school orchard. Parents joined the fair for the final hour and enjoyed the amazing cakes on offer, with a nice cuppa! The event was the first time for two years that parents of Reception, years 1 and 2 could enjoy with parents from across the whole school community. It was also a great opportunity for them to see an example of the wonderful work that the BSA do. Mr Thurston said, ‘It was fantastic to see the school as a whole community again – we have missed it so much! I’m so grateful to the army of parents who have worked hard to organise and run the Easter Fair, and it was brilliant to see so many new parents getting involved with the BSA too!’


Our Fabulous Footballers!

Earlier this week, our Year 3/4 boys football team took part in the Hastings and Rother School Games football tournament at Northiam school. Five schools were involved from the surrounding area, with each playing the other schools in a round-robin format.

The Beckley team had been practising in school for the last few weeks and , despite losing two players to illness in the days before the tournament, our Year 3/4 team were magnificent! The boys did not lose any of their games and won the tournament by the slim margin of goal difference!

Yet again, we have great reason to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our pupils and we are incredibly proud of the boys. Well done


Tell Us What you Think – Parent Survey

As many of you will know, over the last few years, Beckley developed a new school vision and has spent time embedding this amongst our pupils and staff, in particular. We have been delighted to see how the vision has been understood and ‘absorbed’ into the daily life of the school, but Mr Thurston is very keen to understand how familiar the vision is amongst parents and what can be done to develop parent understanding further.

He would very much like parents to complete a short, online survey to get your feedback. Please click the link below  to go to the begin the survey:

Parent Survey – Beckley School Vision


Our All-Conquering Benchball Winners!

On Tuesday, our team of Y3/4 girls took part in a Benchball competition for all local schools. The Hastings and Rother School games Partnership event was hosted at Northiam School and it was one of the first sports competitions that has run in the last two years. Our team of Year 3 and 4 girls had been practising their benchball skills and tactics over the last few weeks and came into the event confident in themselves, but having no idea about the quality of the other school teams present.

The girls put in a series of really strong performances – not losing a single game! They were very convincing winners of the competition and thoroughly enjoyed the whole afternoon. Well done to the whole team – we are really proud of you all!


Planting a Tree for the Queen!

On Friday afternoon, pupils from Acorns class joined members of Beckley Parish Council in planting a new tree in the school orchard, as part of an initiative celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ is an initiative involving every parish council in Britain planting a tree to commemorate the Queen’s 70 year reign. Beckley  School were very keen to link with the Parish Council and participate with them in this venture. A cherry tree was planted in the school orchard on Friday – the 70th day of the year, in the 70th year of the Queen’s reign! Despite the drizzle, our pupils from Acorns class were very excited to ‘plant a tree for the Queen’!


“World Book Day was horrible”, says Mr Twit!

World Book Day

As always, the pupils and staff at Beckley got fully involved with celebrating World Book Day on 3rd March this year. The entire school dressed up in  costumes to represent a character for their favourite books and the school ran a series of activities and events to celebrate reading. The children particularly liked the ‘Mystery Reader’ event in the afternoon. In the morning, each pupil chose from a list of  book extracts or stories being read by a member of staff, without knowing which member of staff it would be. Time in the afternoon was spent listening to the story they had chosen to hear, and discovering who the member of staff was reading it to them!

The day was a great success and reinforced the love of reading and the wealth of amazing books available to enjoy. Well done everyone for getting so involved in the day! Even Mr Twit was caught smiling on one occasion!


Full Wrap-Around Care is a Great Success

We have been delighted with the recent launch of our After School Club, which now means that we are running full wrap-around provision that is already helping many parents with their before and after school child care arrangements. At the moment, we have around 6 children attending After School Club on average, with around 15 attending Breakfast club every morning.

Breakfast Club starts from 7:45am each day with children enjoying cereal, toast and fruit juice. As well as this, they have various activities to enjoy before they go to their classrooms at 8:30am. After School Club currently runs Monday to  Wednesday, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Here, there is a range of different craft activities, board games, outdoor play and  some TV programmes to enjoy. The children have drinks and snacks provided and have time to relax together as well as engage with the activities offered.

If either or both clubs are something that might be of interest, please contact the school and we will give you more details.


Children In Need Day

Despite the greatly reduced numbers of children in school this week, Beckley pupils have still thrown themselves into our Children in Need day today – dressing up in dotty clothes and having crazy hair to raise money for the national charity.

We have obviously had to limit the number of activities taking place at school, but it has been great to see how enthusiastically pupils and staff have got involved. Well done to everyone who took part today!


We Won’t Ever Forget…

Pupils from Beckley produced a wide range of art work based around the theme of the Poppy and Remembrance, as part of our focus on Remembrance Day last week. The art work, along with a number of artefacts from WW2,  was taken to create a display at Beckley Church and formed a focal point for the Remembrance Day events in the local community.

For many years now, the school has used art to help children understand the significance of events that have resulted in a national day of Remembrance for over 100 years. Pupils relate to the impact of these historical events within the local community and their own families. We believe it is vital for children to never forget the price paid by many others so that future generations can live freely and safely.

 

We won’t ever forget…