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This week at Bentley...

We have had a terrific first week back at school with many extra special SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) highlights…

Over the whole week our classes have visited St Mary’s amazing Prayer Week. The church is open all week with special prayerful activities which everyone has really enjoyed. Feedback was children have impressed the volunteers at church by being respectful and engaged. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to St Mary’s and all the creative and thoughtful people involved.

On Monday we started the week in Collective Worship reflecting on how much we have all grown and learnt in our class families this year. We look forward to enjoying the last half term together before moving upwards!

Our afterschool Peace Club are meeting on Mondays this term (there are still spaces if anyone else would like to join). This week the children decided to raise money for Sitahuma School at Sports Day next week. After all the hard work of the sporting challenges and a yummy picnic lunch the lovely Peace Club members will be collecting donations and selling ice creams and lollies. Well done to Peace Club!

This money will make a huge difference in the lives of our friends in The Gambia.  Our own school budget difficulties were very much put into perspective when we heard that the Sitahuma School had been unable to provide school meals for several weeks until word got back to the Kaira Konko charity. Where budgets are fragile we are only too aware of how vulnerable schools can be, but our children would never go unfed at school.  Our infant children all receive a free school lunch every day and all the children here were very sad to hear others weren’t as fortunate.

Several of our super Year R children have really caught the ‘courageous advocacy’ bug and came up with ideas and suggestions to help their friends in Sitahuma… well done to Rhys and Sophia who inspired their families and a big thank you from Kaira Konko.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we were pleased to hear about the Eid celebrations of Bentley CE Primary School families as well as all our friends in Sitahuma School in The Gambia. Happy Eid!

On Thursday our Year 3 and 4 class went on a very interesting journey to Neasden, London by coach to visit a beautiful Hindu temple called Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. The children were brilliantly behaved. Thank you to the teachers for organising this brilliant visit. 

I know that we have a lot of pupils and families camping all weekend across Scout, Cub and Beaver troops all over East Hampshire. Good luck to everyone involved and please have a nice early night on Sunday back in your own beds, after a lot of fun no doubt!

A wee reminder for all those courageous advocates who are adults considering our current vacancies in the governing body – we really NEED you! Please ensure that all applications are due in by 12 noon on Friday 21st June and do contact me or a governor if you would like to talk more about the role.  You can download an application form from the foot of this page or pop into the office and grab one from the spinner.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Katy Pinchess, Headteacher  


Staff news

Mrs Tewkesbury and Mrs Drew are delighted to welcome Max, Year 2, to the admin team on Thursday next week when he becomes the ‘Office Assistant for the Day’ having made the successful bid in the Promises Auction last term.  He will be answering the telephone, shredding paper, typing and swivelling on his chair – do pop in to see how he’s getting along! 


Well done to…

…Miss Kirby for all the preparation ready for Sports Day – now all we need is a dry day.

Please click here for the information you need to be able to get involved, to get the right PE kit to hand and to get involved. As ever, we encourage everyone who is coming to wear house colours if you want to and to take part in the family ‘Runtastic’ too if you’d like. It is all about joining in and taking part whether you walk, jog or run. The more the merrier but don’t forget that we need a good cheering squad so get involved and do that if you are not taking part in running.

…Lucas, Year 1 who has been so inspired by the gardening team, he has planted his own herb and vegetable garden.  He even included some kale for his brother’s bearded dragon! Great work Lucas!


Thank you to…

…the Day family whose kindness made Miss Kirby’s day!

…the Clarke and Bowler families for the super plants


Good luck to…

…Mr Goddard and his brother and sister who are walking 26 miles tomorrow in the ‘Macmillan South Downs Mighty Hike’ in memory of their lovely mum who they lost to ovarian cancer a year ago.  If you would like to support this wonderful charity, and give Mr G and his family a boost, please click here to find his JustGiving page.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other Mr G – we will all be thinking of you! 


Scholastic Books Update from Cher Fay

Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic Book Club. We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we have earned £25.44 to spend on books for the school since creating the online booking system.

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Click here to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.  Please place your order online by July 1st, 2019.