Letter to Families - 04/02/2022

Dear Families,

It has been another amazing week in school. We have celebrated Chinese New Year, completed lots of learning activities and finished the week with an amazing assembly, celebrating achievements across the week. This half term is flying by and we cannot wait for another fun filled week next week before our half term.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

On Tuesday pupils across school came together for a Chinese New Year Celebration. Every young person had the opportunity to take part in a ceramics workshop where they decorated their own Chinese New Year plate. In the afternoon we saw some real dance skills as young people took part in a Dragon Dance workshop. It is difficult to capture the experience in words so we have included some pictures to showcase how wonderful pupils were!

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National Schools Breakfast Programme

We are pleased to announce that as a school we have signed up to the National Schools Breakfast Programme. This means that after half term we will be able to offer all of our young people breakfast in school. The offer will include a range of cereals and bagels. We know that breakfast is an important meal for our young people but that some really find eating in the morning difficult, it is hoped through social experiences with their peers this may encourage them.

There are some specific items that we can offer to our young people and we will be asking them their preferences in school. We hope that you will support us in discussing this with your child. This will begin after half term and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Austerfield Study Centre

Across the last few weeks a number of our young people have visited Austerfield study centre. We have tried a few sessions to see if our young people would enjoy the opportunity and experience of outdoor learning. This has proven very popular and something pupils have really enjoyed. We have taken some pupils from Lower School and Upper school and the feedback has been overwhelming.

We have booked some subsequent sessions for after half term. School have subsidised the trial sessions, however after half term we will be asking families for a voluntary contribution of £5 per session. Further information will follow after the half term break if this involves your child. We have asked pupils this week to let a member of their class team know if this is something they would like to experience and attend so please encourage them to come and let us know!

Wonder dome (Mobile Planetarium)

On Tuesday 8th February Bader will be welcoming the ‘Wonder dome’. As part of pupils learning and links to their topic in class we have a mobile planetarium coming to school. We cannot wait to share this fantastic experience in next week’s family letter. In order to cover some of the cost we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £3 from families. This can be paid via the MyChildAtSchoolApp and is already available for payments to be made. We thank you in advance for your support with this.

Parent Governor

Just a quick reminder that our Parent Governor election is still open! If you have not already done so please complete the Microsoft Form to cast your vote; a reminder letter can be requested from the office.

If you are unable to use the link you can inform us of your vote via the school office. Your response to the vote requires you to submit your name to ensure the election is carried out fairly. A member of the school Senior Leadership team and a member of the Nexus Central Trust Team will see the data that is submitted and count the votes together.

The vote will close on Tuesday 8th February at 5pm, any votes placed after this time will not be counted. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact school. Self-nomination statements from Janine Allison, Scott Spence-Hill, Leanne Bradley, Leanne Hempshall and Nicolene Fritz can be found on last week’s family letter. This is a very exciting opportunity to have your say in who is elected as our two Parent Governors. Thank you in advance for your support!

School Equipment

We would really like to ask for support from families with a matter which is causing some concern within school. We understand the needs of our young people at Bader and during times when things are difficult, we are experienced enough to know that equipment may get broken and damage to property can occur. Historically we have managed this without asking for your support however, it has become apparent that we need to take further action to help with this. We would kindly ask that you speak to your child about the need to look after ICT equipment, reading material, tables and chairs and ask too that young people are reminded about respecting their friends work.

We are very lucky to have a stunning state of the art building and we really want it to stay like this. We are spending a significant part of our budget on replacing items which have been poorly treated by the pupils. We do appreciate that this is not every pupil but by working together we know this will improve. We will continue to support young people to manage their behaviours. However, if constant and significant damage to property occurs involving individuals, we will have to ask for support from yourselves to recoup costs for damages.

We do not want to do this and consequently add any additional pressure to our families but equally we cannot maintain a high quality education on replacing intentionally broken equipment and, in some cases significant damage to the building.

As always, thank you for your support and we will always work with you before we turn to any additional measures such as charging parents. We are very fortunate to have relationships with families which support these matters and we are sure that by working together we will be able to resolve these concerns.

Dates for your diary

Please see below some key dates for the rest of the term. As always more information will follow closer to the time of the event. More events may be added, if this is the case you will be informed

  • Date Change Tuesday 8th February – Mobile planetarium coming to school
  • Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day
  • Friday 11th February – School closes for half term
  • Monday 21st February – school reopens
  • Monday 28th February – School closed for pupils – Inset Day

Finally…

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you wish to discuss further. We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,
Viki Drew
Head of School

Posted in Weekly Letters on Feb 07, 2022

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