Pupils from across the school were excited to start up our new ‘Garden Club’ two weeks ago. With a wonderful bunch of willing parent helpers, the children began by clearing the raised beds and preparing the soil for planting. It was wonderful to see how engaged the children were as they weeded, dug, fetched and carried through the wet and muddy orchard. We are all looking forward to seeing the new shoots emerging as we move towards the warmer, sunnier and…hopefully drier time of the year!
‘Which book have you come from?’ was a question heard over and over again yesterday, as the staff and pupils at school celebrated World Book Day! The entire school dressed up as a character from a favourite book for the day and took part in a range of learning activities linked to the theme. In the afternoon, classes joined together to share with one another about their favourite books, and listen to each other read a passage from it. We have never seen so many ‘Harry Potter’s’ in one place before!
We have recently become a collection point for the Rye Foodbank, and can now receive donated food items, which are collected and taken to the Rye Foodbank base at Rye Baptist Church. Foodbank provide emergency food supplies for individuals and families who are in crisis and have nothing to eat. At Beckley School, we are pleased to have an opportunity to help with this important work. Our collection point is just inside our main entrance and during the normal school hours, pupils, parents, staff and local residents can bring any donations they have. You can find a list of the food items used at the Rye Foodbank by clicking on the School Community tab at the top of the homepage, and then clicking again on the ‘Community Links’ tab. Please do what you can to support the work of the Rye Foodbank.
Work to renew the drainage outlets and pipes started on Monday and will be continuing for the next week or so. We have had to say ‘goodbye’ to our climbing frame, as part of the building work but it is good to know that the climbing frame will hopefully be given a new home in the local play park.
As well as the excitement of watching the building work going on, the children are also beginning to think about ideas for the new playground markings, once the area has been resurfaced. Lots of ideas for new floor markings are beginning to be talked about, as we look to redesign the playground space, once the drainage work has finished. It’s time to be creative!
Beckley changed from our usual ‘green’ to ‘yellow’ today, as the school held a ‘Yellow Day’ to fundraise for St Michael’s Hospice. The children learned about the work that St Michael’s Hospice carries out and the range of ways that people work and volunteer for the charity. Our ‘Yellow Day’ has so far raised about £100 for the hospice. Well done everybody!
On Thursday, a team of Y5 pupils to part in a maths challenge day at Rye College. They were one of 12 teams from local primary schools who had to engage in a range of different tasks and challenges throughout the day, all of which required them to use and apply different aspects of maths knowledge and understanding. Their challenges included, using systematic reasoning skills to crack a cypher to solve a problem and building the tallest possible structure using sheets of paper. Our team did Beckley proud and they came 3rd in the challenge day. Well done!
Pupils in Red Maple and Evergreen had a group of Japanese Students from Buckswood visit them last week and enjoyed learning about what life is like in Japan! The Buckswood teachers and students helped our children learn how to write their names in Japanese and how to eat using chopsticks! Red Maple children really enjoyed finding out about some of the Japanese beliefs and traditions, which gave them a tremendous insight into a very different and wonderful culture.
This week, the pupils at school started to learn about life your young children growing up in the slums of Mumbai – the largest city in India. Here, children have to pass an assessment at a nursery school, or ‘KENDRA’ in order to be able to attend primary school. The Beckley pupils looked at some photos of the Jyoti Kendra in Mumbai and were able to see for themselves just how different it was to the classrooms here. As part of our focus this year on ‘helping others’, Beckley pupils will be raising money throughout the year to help support the children at the Jyoti Kendra.
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!