this week at Bentley.......
It has certainly been a very wet and windy start to the second half of the autumn term and yesterday’s reappearance of the large playground puddle provided much excitement and curiosity amongst the children! Let’s hope the weather is kind to us this evening for our eagerly anticipated bonfire night celebrations.
The PTFA have been working really hard behind the scenes to get everything ready, so a huge thank you in advance to everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer either tonight or as part of the preparation stage. This event is partnered with the Bentley Parish Council, who run the bonfire, fireworks and take responsibility for the insurance and set up. The money you pay at the gate goes towards funding this significant part of the event. Bentley PTFA has been providing the refreshments for many years and the school benefits from the funds raised through this.
Here is all the information you need to know ahead of tonight’s event:
- Suggested donations at the gate - £2 per person or £10 for a family of up to five people. This money covers the Parish costs, so please give generously.
- ID is required at the bar for anyone who looks under 21 buying alcohol.
- Wellies or footwear suitable for mud are a must! The event is held in a field next to a pond and it has been raining all week!
- Wrap up warmly with lots of layers.
- NO BUGGIES can be safely brought on site – babies/toddlers will need to be carried
- Keep an eye on where your children are. The field is very dark and it will be busy close to the bonfire and stalls – it’s easy to get lost!
- Arrange a place to meet with your children if you get separated. I will be at the main entrance gate, so this is a good meeting place. I have told the children to come to me there if they get lost, so you know where to find them.
- Have fun!
I look forward to seeing lots of you later this evening.
Update on Mrs Hallett
I hope you all had an enjoyable half-term. I was able to get away to Mudeford for a few days with my parents and Emily. The sea air was wonderful to blow away the cobwebs and Emily challenged her Grandad to see who could catch the most crabs!
I thought I would give you a little update on my treatment. I have finished the first batch of chemotherapy and am about to start on the next. I have been told to prepare for total hair loss during this next stage, so Emily and I had wonderful fun at the wig shop finding the perfect one! The doctors are pleased with how I am responding to the treatment, so I hope to be with you all as soon as I can in the New Year.
Have a great time at the bonfire tonight!
On Friday 10th November we will be commemorating Remembrance Day. Year 5 and Year 6 children and staff will represent the school at the Remembrance Service at Holy Cross Church, Binsted led by Revd Matt. The rest of the children and staff will remain at school where Mr Goddard will lead Years 1 – 4 in a special remembrance service. The Reception children will pause for a one-minute silence in their classroom at 11 o’clock. During both services, we will reflect together on how others have made sacrifices to protect us. This of course, will be handled in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner.
We are delighted that Scholastic will be returning to school again this term. The fair will be open Monday – Thursday from 13th to 16th November, before school 8.30 - 9.15am and after school 3.15 – 4pm. All payments will be online via the Scholastic website, which can also be accessed by a QR code on the day. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some super Christmas presents and every purchase you make raises funds for new books for our school library.
Yesterday Eco Council launched an Eco Schools campaign called Cut your Carbon. Every class was shown a presentation to explain why we need to ‘cut our carbon’ and how to do it – click here to find out more! Throughout November, they are challenging the whole school community to complete 9 actions to help reduce our carbon footprint. If you’ve not already seen the sheet, it’s small and green and was brought home on Wednesday! Actions include trying a meat-free meal or turning the heating down by 1˚ for a week! Over the coming weeks we’ll share some top tips in the newsletter and on our Facebook page. Please help your child(ren) to get involved and to help them spread the word about why it’s important that we all reduce our carbon footprints. Thank you for your support.
Eco Council are delighted to be able to offer pen recycling at Bentley. They are currently setting up recycling points in the classrooms for pens that have run out at school and we are happy to accept your donations as well to the recycling point in the school office. Click here for more information from Terracycle about the scheme and what can and cannot be recycled. The pens will be taken to Ryman’s in Festival Place, Basingstoke to the official Terracycle drop-off point.
Litter Picker Backpack
We are still desperately in need of pre-loved rucksacks for our Litter Picker Backpack scheme. Currently, we only have 2 backpacks in operation and would like a further 12 to provide 2 backpacks per class. Please have a look in cupboards and wardrobes for any backpacks that aren’t being used anymore! Thank you in advance.
Back on the Rack
Whilst you’re having a sort out – the collection point for pre-loved festive and winter clothes is now open in the school office. This is for the upcoming Young ACAN Back on the Rack sale on 24th November at 3.30-6.00pm. We would especially love your Christmas jumpers for the Christmas Jumper Swap as well as any other winter clothes which you no longer need. Back on the Rack is the same day as Alton Lights’ Switch On so why not bring the family to both events for some festive fun!
There are still some spaces on the new Talking Teens course starting on Thursday 9th November 7.00-9.00pm (please see the flyer on the community page). The course is useful for parents of children in Year 6 who are beginning to see signs of teen behaviour.
Hampshire CAMHS have also sent the link to a page where parents can access The Good Mental Health Handbook Parent and Carer support – CAMHS (hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk).
As the weather is getting colder and wetter, please make sure your child has a suitable coat with them at school so that they are properly protected at break times.
Bentley Scouts are holding a Christmas Fair next Saturday (11th) in Bentley Village Hall. Please pop along for Christmas gifts and treats. Entry is free.
PTFA coming up …
Thank you to everyone who is helping with Bonfire Night. It is always great event. We’ll reveal the total profit asap!
Please remember to join Easy Fundraising. They are currently running an exciting competition that could win Bentley School extra funding. Please sign up! See below.
Some of our biggest brands are offering DOUBLE stamps every day until Sunday 12th November when you shop with them via easyfundraising! Once you've collected 5 stamps, you can enter the November prize draw to WIN up to £3,000 for Bentley School PTFA! Follow this link. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk
The uniform sale has been moved to next Friday (10th Nov). There will be a cake sale, baked by year 6 families at the same time!
Juniors Film night ‘Elemental’ on Friday 17th November. Popcorn, hot dog and a sweet treat at the end are included, for £6 per child. Tickets are available from www.pta-events.co.uk/bentley
Christmas photo shoots - Saturday 18th November – please book via the PTFA website.
Did you buy one of our Christmas trees last year? Do you have a photo of it you’d be willing to share? If so, please send it to your class reps. We’d like to show off just how nice they are!
Bentley PTFA (Parents, Teachers & Friends association)
Visit the PTFA website by clicking here