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Happy New Year!

Here it is – 2015 already, and a new term just around the corner!  I do hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and didn’t overdo it too badly – somehow, we managed to get through three boxes of Terry’s Segsations and two huge boxes of Jelly Babies, and I have absolutely no idea how that happened!  I definitely need to get out and do more running!

The end of last term was exhausting, busy and wonderful and included a very successful visit from Sarah Hubbard, our HMI, who came to undertake a monitoring inspection visit prior to our next full Ofsted inspection.  She did make a great many very positive and encouraging comments about the school, the children and the work the staff are doing to move Badgemore forward on our journey towards becoming a truly fabulous school (or ‘Good’, in Ofsted-speak!).  It is always reassuring to know that our efforts are making a difference to the school and for our children but I would particularly like to thank parents and carers for the contribution you make to our journey – many of the changes we have made so far and a number of the ideas for improving our school have been implemented following your suggestions and comments.  Making Badgemore truly fabulous is very much a team event!

Christmas is always a great time at school and last term was one of the best; the younger children wowed us with a spectacular end of term production, Baubles, and demonstrated yet again that our children have a wealth of special talents which they keep well-hidden most of the time.  Singing is becoming one of Badgemore’s strengths; Beech class performed outstandingly well at the HET concert last term and have been asked to perform again during the Youth Festival in March, which will be here before we know it!  Carols around the Tree was very well attended and was a lovely, relaxed event for the end of term – we’ll definitely be doing that again next year.  With the Helper’s Assembly, performance for the elderly members of our community and an excellent Christmas lunch, it was the perfect build-up to Christmas.

So, a new year will bring us a bigger school – the building project is progressing well and by September we will have two new classrooms, a new, bigger hall, better admin facilities and a kitchen in which we can make our own lunches.  I think this is the bit that the children are looking forward to the most!  I am very aware that the revised menu has not been a hit with everyone and the last menu from Food With Thought has been amended slightly following feedback from several schools; hopefully it will be more popular!

We are kicking off our new term with a whole-school project, China, and hopefully the children have been busy over the break making their masks – I can’t wait to see them!  Staff have been busy over the break booking workshops and planning events to make this a truly memorable topic but we are always grateful for support or ideas from parents and carers so if you would like to be involved in some way do let us know, as one or two of you already have.  Our next whole-school topic will be Badge-fest, during the Summer term, and we are hoping that this will be a much bigger, community event.  Keep an eye on the website for more news about this – it could be the new Glastonbury!

Right, I’m off for another slice of Christmas cake – I’m the only person who eats it, so there’s always plenty!  A little tip for you – if you haven’t tried Christmas cake with a slice of cheese, do give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.  It’s a Northern thing, but I think Henley is ready for it …