The Value for this term is:
Courage

Looking back … and forward …

Time for a little reflection …

Such a fantastic summer term!  So much done – £1100 raised at the Summer fair (thank you!), and I have no doubt many of you will have seen the very flattering photographs of me soaked through, thanks to our lovely children – and one or two parents!  Sports day and the family picnic were equally super – we have been so lucky with the weather, let’s hope it stays this way for a lovely summer break.

Our trip to Whipsnade was a huge success and we are in the process of adopting our very own giraffe!  More news about that as soon as we have any, but I know the children are very excited; I did hear some mention of keeping it on the field, but I’m not too sure the zoo would be happy with that …

Pride of Badgemore!

Pride of Badgemore!

Our new addition to the Badgemore family ...

Our new addition to the Badgemore family …

Of course, whenever camping is planned, it rains – and our Year 5 /6 camping event went true to form!  Nobody minded, though – if one tent got a bit wet, there were plenty of others to choose from.  We were able to use our fabulous new fire pit (courtesy of Geraint Harding – thanks to him!) and toast more marshmallows than were good for us.  Parents loved the barbecue – there was some talk of a family camping event next year, so watch this space …

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And then there was The Tempest!  We have never doubted the potential of our children at Badgemore, but if ever proof were needed this was it – tackling Shakespeare in primary school is always aspirational but Cedar and Beech classes showed us that they were more than capable of putting on a performance that Shakespeare himself would have loved.  It was a truly spectacular performance and many thanks to all of you for helping to make it possible – from the comments in our book, I know you loved it too.

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… and, finally, the leavers assembly.  It is always difficult to say goodbye and, in such a small school where everyone knows everyone else, it is a very emotional time.  There were tears and smiles as the staff and children reflected on the successes and achievements of this very special group of children.  I know they will make the most of the opportunities on offer at Gillotts and look forward to hearing about their progress when they come back to visit us – hint, hint!!P1000364

So, all change for September.  As I speak there are burly men dismantling my office ready for the building works that will take place over the summer.  We have a new roof and a new classroom to look forward to!  We also have our new Acorns coming in and several children coming into classes throughout the school; I know you will make the new children and parents feel very welcome.  We will be teaching Literacy in a very different way and I will make sure you are kept informed of how you can support your children with this – there will be an information morning at the end of September so look out for the date.  For now, have a truly wonderful summer break – long may the sun shine!