For the last few years, we have supported the ‘Surviving Christmas’ charity in Hastings and Rye, by providing gift boxes that can be sent to children and families who would otherwise have no presents to open on Christmas morning. This Christmas, we would love to donate more gift boxes than ever before!
Here is a list of the items to put into a gift box:
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 n 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 we 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!
Welcome back to all of the pupils and parents at the start of a new school year, and a big welcome to all of our NEW pupils and parents. Over the summer break, there have been a number of contractors in school, working hard to develop various parts of the building and outdoor spaces. Work over the summer has included:
Developing the piece of land behind the school, including access from the playground so that we can begin to use this area as an outdoor learning space
Re-developing the old staffroom so that we now have an extra two room spaces. One is being used as an office space for our bursar and SENCO, with the other room being multi-purpose for small group work; music lessons; meetings and a teacher workspace.
Decoration of the school hall
Decoration of the school entrance lobby
Completing the Learning Pad by adding a weather panel that allows us to countine to use the space as the weather deteriorates
The works carried out form part of our rolling programme to enhance, upgrade and develop our school environment.
‘It was a pleasure talking with your pupils. I was impressed with how confidently they talked about their school, their learning and what they enjoy.’
Beckley had our OFSTED inspection on 14th June and we have now received our report from the inspector. There are many positive aspects to the report and we are very pleased to have been judged as a ‘good’ school. If you would like to read the full report and the parent letter from our governors, they can be downloaded from our Policies and Documents section on the web-site.
‘The school’s Christian values, particularly the need to care for eachother, are very evident.’
‘The curriculum provides exciting and memorable learning opportunities.’
Since last week, pupils at Beckley are even more enthusiastic then ever to be active and exercise! This is because our brand new playgound exercise equipment has now been installed. Pupils have been having lessons to show them how to use the variety of exercise machines and the climbing wall, allowing them to exercise every day! The re-development has been funded through the Health Improvement Grant that we were successful in getting last year and our new playground is now a key part of our various activies to promote healthy living in the shcool.