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Bentley Church of England

Primary School

This week at Bentley...

We have had a terrific first full week back at school. Thank you to all the support from home in helping your children to be ready to learn. It was great to see so many people at the Welcome BBQ and also at our Meet the Teacher evening this week. Thank you for all the many lovely messages to say how welcoming and useful these events have been. We look forward to working in partnership with you this year at school to help your children to flourish.

Our Vicar Yann came for his first Collective Worship of the year and introduced us to our focus value for this half term which is ‘Thankfulness’. We have so very much to be thankful for in the children, families, staff and community who come together into our Bentley CE Primary School family. I was immediately reminded of the beautiful sky on Wednesday evening as parents came into school.

“How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! Each day announces it to the following day; each night repeats it to the next” Psalms 19.

In class this week...

Year R have made fantastic progress in phonics with seven sounds worked on already AND several words read!

Year 1 were super spotters of Autumn and have a brilliant knowledge of trees

Year 2 immersed themselves in all things Florence Nightingale

Year 3 loved taking part in the 'Inspirational Maths' thinking about shape, pattern and how important it is to have a growth mindset

Year 4 tackled some tricky maths reasoning problems with gusto

Year 5 demonstrated awesome hockey skills

Year 6 illustrated their understanding of Romeo and Juliet through a comic strip

I wish all of you a lovely restful weekend and hope you can enjoy the sunshine.

Mrs Pinchess, Headteacher

PTFA NEWS

Mrs Proud and Mrs Pinchess would like to invite you all to our PTFA AGM on Wednesday 2nd October 8-9pm. As our new chair Mrs Proud has got some great new ideas and wants to get every family involved to suggest ideas and support the school fundraising this year. Do come along to hear more.

A big thank you to everyone involved in the Back to School BBQ and to the staff and volunteers who gave up their Friday evening to cook and serve refreshments for everyone to enjoy.

NO POWER BUT SCHOOL WILL GO ON!

Thank you to the terrific school staff and HCS3 kitchen staff who coped admirably with the trials of the power cut today. Teachers changed their plans and usual timetables to adapt and provided creative and exciting lessons. Children were stalwart about lunch changes and we were able to feed everyone with a simple packed lunch option so that we didn’t have to send children home.

STAFF NEWS

Click here if you missed the introductions to our new staff on the website.  We were rather worried about our lovely Year 5 teacher Miss Wiggins, who was rushed into hospital on the day of our INSET training. Judging from her communications, with us back at school, she was more worried about letting her new class down than her own two day hospital stay. Never a pleasant experience and we were very pleased to see her back on Monday and she is feeling much better again now. What a trooper and look after yourself Miss Wiggins!

Next week Miss Kirby requires some scheduled medical treatment so we wish her all the best to get well soon. Mrs P and Mr G will be holding the fort for our Year 2 pupils, with some supply cover in place. Please ensure that any messages are passed into school as usual so that they can be dealt with promptly and not mount up whilst Miss Kirby is away. 

MATHS

We know that maths is an area where parents really want to support their children at home, but often worry about new methods and vocabulary. We want to make maths easier and more accessible for everyone and we know that you are key educators in supporting your child’s learning. Mrs Rushin, our super Maths Leader, will be running two days of training for parents called ‘Help your child with maths’. There are two sessions focussed on the Infants’ maths curriculum (Years R – Year 2) and two for the Juniors’ curriculum (Years 3-6).

WHOLE SCHOOL EVENT DATES COMING UP SOON…

We will be celebrating European Languages Day on Wednesday 25th September with a special French day where each class is going to learn about a country across the world where French is the first language. Children are invited to come into school that day in non-uniform clothes. They might simply wear something red, white and blue, or you could get really creative and come in full Francophile mode…the Eiffel Tower? A baguette or croissant? The choice is yours! More information to follow from Madame Jones in next week’s newsletter.

This year we are having three House days set up by Mrs Scott-Bromley to celebrate, challenge and bring together our four fabulous houses (red, blue, green and yellow). The first one is on Tuesday 1st October and each child will be expected to come into school with a t-shirt in their house colour. This can be the uniform t-shirt purchased at a reasonable price through the uniform suppliers OR a plain t-shirt of that colour. No logos or pictures on the t-shirt please. To engender fun and fair play we place all family in the same house. If you are unsure which house your family is in then please email the office to check.