This week at Bentley...
We have packed an awful lot into the four day week! Year 3 and 4 have had a brilliant time at their first school residential. One of the children described it to me as “like the best ever sleepover, but with your whole class and you’re all having fun”. I visited earlier this week and can confirm the Gordon Brown Centre remains a child’s paradise with animals to pet, plenty of green space to play, and brilliant instructors to inspire, and our Bentley teachers are on hand to offer support and fairness. A huge thank you to Mrs Rushin, Mrs Rhodes, Mrs Phillips, Miss Hastie and Mr Goddard for juggling home life so they can take the children for this amazing opportunity. We are so lucky to have staff who volunteer to do this. You can read more about what they have been up to by clicking here to read the blog.
Today Year 5 and 6 are off on the bus to London today where we will be performing at the 02!!! This was originally planned for January but Covid postponed things and we are so grateful it has been rescheduled. The children gave us a taster of their singing in our Tuesday assembly; they have been working so hard to learn lyrics, practise hand gestures and shake off the performance nerves. We have a fun day ahead singing with the whole choir (usually made up of around 4000 primary aged children!), enjoying time together and being amazed by the professional dancers and singers we will be working with. We can’t wait to wow the audience tonight!
Year R, 1 and 2 have been enjoying a more normal kind of week, making the most of the beautiful May weather. We have also been delighted to meet some of our new Reception starters for September as parents came in to school with their documents to formally confirm and take up places.
I suspect ALL the juniors and the staff are going to need lots of sleep over the weekend and the Year 3 and 4 washing machines will all be busy at home for sure! Next week is SATs week for our Year 6 class and early nights will be required every day so they all feel confident, rested, and ready to give their best efforts in these rigorous tests. Good luck Year 6.
A reminder that all children need a replenished water bottle and sun hat in school every day in the summer term. We recommend using a 12 hour sun tan lotion before school too now the weather is getting warmer.
Mrs Katy Pinchess, Headteacher
This half term, every class has taken some time to discuss a very important topic...PANTS (The underwear rule.) This is an NSPCC initiative that we share with the children every year at Bentley as an additional part of our RSHE curriculum to support children and keep them safe. 'Talk PANTS' helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. The PANTS rule is:
P - Privates are private.
A - Always remember your body belongs to you
N - No means no.
T - Talk about secrets that upset you.
S - Speak up, someone can help.
For such a serious subject, the NSPCC have made it child-friendly with a song about the Pantasaurus. This was shared and enjoyed by the children. Click here to watch or share the video and resources with your children at home.
Can you help please…
Since Lockdown began staff have been providing all the junk modelling for the Reception class. This term we have lots of DT projects and a Junk modelling club going on so we are keen to get some extra help with collecting suitable items for modelling. All items need to be clean of food and we cannot take toilet rolls, egg boxes or anything which contained nut products.
If you can collect and pass into school items such as; boxes (all sizes), kitchen roll tubes and any interesting bits (e.g. ribbons, wool, tissue or sweet wrappers etc) we would be really grateful. Please leave donations on the bench by the front door. Label any bags you would like returned and we return them via book bags. Thanks so much!
we are really proud of…
…Sophia in Year 4 who achieved her black tag in Taekwondo.
…Harriet in Year 4 who was named ‘Most Improved U10 Player’ by the coaches at Alton Hockey Club.
The Big Plastic Count – 16-22nd May 2022
If you are frustrated by the amount of plastic packaging that you accumulate each week, you may wish to participate in The Big Plastic Count by clicking here to sign up. This huge survey has been organised by Greenpeace and is asking UK citizens to tally their plastic for one week only. As well as being a great way of using maths at home, this project is also the perfect way for you to join us on our quest to reduce single-use plastic. The results will be used to push government to make changes to policies on plastic.
As a school we have been working towards becoming a Plastic Free School and have almost completed the award. Today our Eco-Leaders from Year 6 met with Mrs Proud to discuss ways in which the PTFA can reduce plastic at future events including the forthcoming Bfest - watch this space for more details!
We currently have a governor vacancy and are, very sadly, saying goodbye to two long serving community governors, so we are looking for local recruits to join the Governing body in September as co-opted governors. Nick Austin, our current chair, is one of the leavers and he has served for 20 years here at Bentley but this length of service is by no means mandatory, as a four-year commitment is what we ask for! If you might be interested please do complete the form at the foot of this page or get in touch with Mrs Pinchess at school. It is an extremely rewarding role and there are 200 amazing children who would really appreciate it!