A strange-looking ‘structure’ appeared in the new school ordhard at the end of last week! The children were intrigued and curious, having some fun trying to guess what it might be.
The answer is that they are actually the bundles of willow that are being planted to create an outdoor ‘classroom’ space in the orchard. The construction is happening this week and will provide a new learning space outside for the pupils to use.
We also now have our raised beds being built in the orchard, ready for each class to have a vegetable garden to use.
At the start of February, the Government publishes the finalised results and data from the 2017-18 Key Stage 2 SAT exams for the 20,000 primary schools across England and Wales.
Yet again, our amazing pupils last year produced outstanding results, putting us in the top 2% of schools nationally and the top 1% for reading! We are so proud of them, and so greatful for the incredibly hard work from our staff, alongside the wonderful support from parents.
These results aretestimony to the fantastic ‘team effort’ – well done everybody!
We have recently signed up to a clothing recycling scheme that will help raise money for charity, raise money for the school, and… allows us to have a good clear out at home of all the clothes and shoes that we haven’t worn for ages!!
‘Recycle with Michael’ is a national scheme for schools, run by the Salvation Army clothing bank. We have issued every child with a ‘Recycle with Michael’ bag to take home and we want you to fill it with your clothes and shoes destined for the recycle bin! Please bring your filled bags into school on Monday 25th March before their collection during that week.
Blue Spruce recently had a Viking Day at Peasmarsh as the two Y3/4 classes began their learning journey for this term – ‘The Vikings!’
Pupils learned about everyday life, dressing in Viking costume and experiencing Viking crafts, food and writing. The children also learned about the Viking warriors and how they conquered new lands. It was a great day and gave the pupils a real appetite to learn more about this time in history.
Many pupils and parents have now caught a glimpse of the wonderful new stained glass window that has been installed in our school library. The window was created by a parent who is a stained glass window artist, based upon 3 designs from pupils. The window has been installed to mark the end of our ‘Beckley 200’ celebrations, celebrating the 200th birthday of the school, and is a key feature of our library refurbishment which is also almost complete.
The window is a wonderful legacy for the school and lists the names of the staff and pupils at the school during its 200th year.
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.
We are really pleased to have gained the Sports Mark Silver Award for 2017-18. This is a national scheme that has been running for many years now and it based upon thte number of pupils who have participated in extra-curricular sports activities throughout the year. Over 80% of our pupils took part in some form of extra curricular sporting club, event or activity and we participated in various competitions inat least 5 different sports.
A big thank you to Mr Bourne, our Sports Coach and to the many parents who have stood out in the cold, cheering on our pupils and giving them lifts to the various locations for events.
We are already planning this year, with the intention to go for GOLD!