Family Letter - w/e 18/11/2022

Dear Families,

It has been another full week in school. We have had a focus on Anti-Bullying week where we kick started the week with ‘odd socks day’. It has also been Parliament week in school too. Following the success of our Pupil Parliament last year we have run another week to look at the election of our new Members of Parliament (MPs). Last year’s MPs were very successful in the work of the school and they are now set to become our ‘Lords’. This means an increase in pupil voice across school to implement change and ensure the work of the school includes their voice. We linked Anti-Bullying to Parliament week and below gives you an overview of learning across the week and the questions and themes pupils have been exploring.

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Introducing Bader Academy’s Lord and Members of Parliament for this academic year!

Pupils have voted for their Class Base MP today and elections made for our lords and MP’s for this academic year. We are looking forward to our first meeting in the coming weeks!

Parents can find details from the school office if they have not received this on the ClassDojo letter.

Christmas Fayre – Tombola Donations

We are very busy planning and preparing for the Christmas Fayre and the Friends of Bader parent group met earlier this week. We are looking for donations for the tombola which will be running on the day! We are asking for donations of chocolate, bottles or sweets for the tombola, from families. If you can help please send any donations in to school with you child. We would be grateful for any contributions. We are currently working with local businesses to secure raffle prizes and to welcome small businesses into school to sell a variety of Christmas products. We will provide further details in the coming weeks as to different stalls and what will be available on the day! We welcome all families into school for the Fayre but will of course support any young people where families are not able to attend.

The Friends of Bader and meeting again on Thursday 1st of December and further information will then be provided to families of the format, stalls and offer from the Christmas Fayre, if any parent would like to join this meeting please do get in touch. We are looking forward to celebrating as a community and thank you in advance for your donations.

Family Questionnaire

As a school we are always striving to be the best we can be and support young people to achieve their fullest potential. We welcome the support of families to continue to improve and develop everything we do. With this in mind, we would be extremely grateful for you views and thoughts as to how we are working with families and your views on how school shares information in order to contribute to the school development plan and continued development.

A direct link for your views to be heard and to support the direction of school can be either found on the copy of this letter on ClassDojo, or from the school office. We would really appreciate you taking the time to complete a short questionnaire for us to understand your views and work to understand what we could do better and celebrate what we do well. The Microsoft form is anonymous, however, if there is something specific you would like to discuss please do contact me directly.

We thank you in advance for completing this.

Football World Cup

We are very aware that we have a large number of pupils who love football and the World Cup is about to begin. With the first England game on Monday 21st November at 1pm, against Iran, pupils will have the option of watching the game in school. Class Bases will be able to watch the game or have an option to watch the game – it is by no means compulsory! We believe these things are important for pupils so will make it possible if they would like to on Monday afternoon.

Christmas Dinner

On Wednesday 14th December we will be having our Christmas dinner in school. This will run as a family service approach and staff will eat with the young people and we will celebrate together, further strengthening our big question this half term of ‘Why do people Celebrate?’

In order to prepare and plan for Christmas dinner we are asking parents to indicate whether their child will be having Christmas dinner. We know this celebration may alter from pupil’s usual choice. We are therefore asking you to provide us with the crucial information to ensure we are prepared and have a good understanding of the number of dinners to be provided. Christmas dinner will be charged at the usual cost of a school meal which is £3.00, unless pupils are in receipt of free school meals or in Year 1 and Year 2. Please complete the Microsoft form on the ClassDojo letter.

Children in Need Donations

Thank you so much for your support and donations in relation to Children in Need. It was wonderful to see pupils and staff in their pyjamas and own clothes today, raising money for such a worthy cause. We raised £61.20 and will ensure that this is donated to the charity.

Dates for your diaries

Please see below activities which are already planned up until Christmas. There will be more dates added as we move through the term and I am sure and this will be updated to reflect and changes. We will provide more information closer to the time where needed. Times have been added for the Christmas performances, these are highlighted in red below.

  • Monday 21st November – School Photographer
  • Tuesday 22nd November – Flu Vaccinations
  • Wednesday 7th December – Lower School Nativity 10am
  • Wednesday 7th December – Upper School Christmas Showcase 2pm
  • Thursday 8th December – Whole School Pantomime visit
  • Friday 9th December – Christmas jumper day
  • Tuesday 13th December – Christmas Fayre (afternoon)
  • Wednesday 14th December – Christmas Dinner
  • Friday 16th December – Christmas parties and school closes for the Christmas break

Kind Regards,

Viki Drew
Headteacher

Posted in Weekly Letters on Nov 18, 2022

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