26th October 2018 Newsletter
Your family has the responsibility to help you learn and exercise your rights, and to ensure that your rights are protected.
Attendance Winners October
Well done to Class 1P, who won the attendance award for October with an amazing 99.37% attendance!
Recent events that have happened in school.
Last Thursday, our school football team hosted local rivals Church of the Ascension in their first match of the season. Spectators enjoyed some excellent wing play from our man of the match Ethan P and a number of shots on goal from Captain Lewis W. Eventually, however, the visitors overcame Blanford Mere’s stubborn defences and left as victors. The next match, was an away cup game against Bromley Hills Primary school yesterday. Although they didn't win, they played with enthusiasm. Good luck with the next game!
We are so very proud of one of our year 6 pupils – Dominic Woodley, he recently sat an Academic Entrance Exam at Oldswinford Hospital School, Stourbridge. Out of all the candidates Dominic ranked number 1 – this is an amazing achievement for both him and his family. He has been awarded a place and a scholarship from September 2019. This should be celebrated and credit needs to first and foremost go to Dominic for his effort, dedication and hard work, secondly the staff who have taught Dominic during his time at Blanford Mere and finally the tremendous home support he receives with his education. Continue the hard work Dominic – we are elated at your achievement!
Harvest Appeal Foodbank
Thank you to all those who donated to our Harvest Appeal collecting for the Black Country Foodbank. You collected and donated an amazing amount of items – both food and non-food.
We have received a certificate from the Foodbank who have asked us to pass on their sincere thanks to our families.
"To all at Blanford Mere Primary School,
Thank you so much for supporting Black Country Foodbank with your Harvest Collection.
We are so pleased that you have chosen to support us again this year. The food donated will continue to help local families and individuals in crisis. You collected and donated 212kgs of food and 16.2kgs of non-food which is an amazing achievement!
Well done and thank you everyone.
From all the team at Black Country Foodbank"
Monster Mash - Fun Night.
We had an amazing time, the children fully embraced the theme and enjoyed a ghoulish time! The children looked great in their outfits – thank you for supporting them.
Year 1 Grandparents Day Tuesday 23rd October
What a lovely afternoon the children had, with so many Grandparents taking the time to come into school. They shared together experiences from the past and present. They worked together to make a toy from long ago.
Odd Socks Day!
Monday 12th November 2018
Odd Socks day will take place on the first day of Anti Bullying Week, Monday 12th November 2018 to help raise awareness around anti-bullying.
This an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality, their differences and what makes us all unique!
Can children please come to school on this day wearing odd socks? It’s that simple!
We will not be asking for donations to take part on this occasion.
Events and Activities during Half Term
We have received information about lots of activities that will be available for children and families during the half term break.
Also, on Saturday 3rd November, Himley Hall and Park will be hosting the annual bonfire & fireworks night and I have attached the web link with all the information about this below.
All of this information is also on the Dudley website which is kept up to date on a regular basis and when you access the site, if you click on the ‘Events – what’s on’ section, the information will be on there. There is a ‘Halloween 2018’ section where information on Halloween based activities can be found. Any further activities and events for half term and throughout the year will be uploaded onto the directory, so it’s always worth checking this out on a regular basis.
Science Stars for this half term are:
These children have been nominated to be the ‘Science Stars’ for this half term by their teachers. They have shown interest, flair and scientific knowledge in the subject – well done!!
Zara F - For asking super curious questions about the body.
Lennon V - For showing great enthusiasm and explaining the different body parts.
Frankie R- For labelling the parts of the body correctly and independently.
Lewis D - For sharing his knowledge about materials and what we use them for.
Luke R - For answering our curious question 'why can't we build everything out of metal' with lots of understanding.
Freya S - For being able to explain the difference between natural and man-made materials.
Alex F- Fantastic understanding of materials and why some materials are not suitable for some jobs.
Mason D - Great sorting of materials and distinguishing between what an item is and what it is made from.
Aurora A - Excellent work recreating the house of The Three Little Pigs using materials at school.
Layla-Rose T - Fantastic descriptions of materials.
Liam H - Understanding the 5 senses and explaining which two we use when we watch television.
Henry C - Excellent drawing and labelling the parts of the body.
Holly R - For her continuous enthusiasm and excitement about her cress seeds growing!
William S - For his super knowledge about plants and contributions during lessons.
Seth D - For asking a range of curious questions – well done!
Jaiya U - For her wonderful presentation when recording her ideas and findings.
Jack J – Good use of science vocabulary naming trees
Olivia D – Explaining the function of plant parts
Mason R – Good use of vocabulary when discussing plant parts
Luke J- Good prediction of results based on science knowledge
Elissa W- explaining best conditions needed for healthy growth
Year 3-4 AD
Ethan T - Great knowledge on friction
Grace B - Fantastic conclusion in our friction experiment and making the links to everyday life
Owen S- Fab work in class on magnets and making links to everyday object
Grace B - Fantastic conclusion in our friction experiment and making the links to everyday life such as cupboards, microwaves and scrap yards
Tyler H- For use of scientific language within written work. Making the links
Leon – Answering questions about friction.
Lily – Neatly presenting results in a graph.
Mason – Answering questions about how magnets are used in a compass.
Iris – Identifying variables to change when planning an investigation.
Isabella – Working hard in her Science work.
Year 5-6 O
Jack G- Inquisitive questions, challenging his learning and showing reasoning by applying and explaining.
Dylan L-H- Asking Curious Questions and sharing own knowledge of vertebrates.
Rhys F-Accurate knowledge and understanding, making links with your learning, superb role-model, and every answer correct.
Rebecca H- Answering Curious Questions, thinking like a scientist and having a positive attitude towards Science.
Ethan P- Working scientifically using keys to identify species. Answering Curious Questions.
Year 5-6 B
Isabelle A- Recognising microorganism and showing reasoning skills to classify them compared to other Kingdoms.
Fin F- Working scientifically using keys to identify species. Answering Curious Questions.
Oliver S- Using a key to support identification and classifying vertebrates.
Nathan S- Inquisitive questions, challenging his learning and developing our Science Capital.
Tyler R- Inquisitive questions, challenging his learning and developing our Science Capital.
Rosie M- Making a kite and exploring how the wind controls it.
Luca M- Exploring Autumn materials and can talk about observations.
Leo F- For his great explanation of what an 'environment' is.
Harry S - For his fantastic knowledge about autumn.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
As I am sure that you already know, the new General Data Protection Regulations and legislation affects all organisations – we are no exception! We have always been aware of the need for confidentiality with personal information and each year have issued parents with a Privacy Notice.
Please follow the link below to read our updated Privacy Notice; this can also be found on the website – click the information pencil, then statutory information where you can find the notice.
Please be aware, that to comply fully with new guidance, we will not be handing out class lists or names for parents to use for their child’s party invites or Christmas cards etc.
Poppy Appeal 2018
We will be supporting the ‘Poppy Appeal again this year by selling poppy’s and other related goods such as bracelets, key rings, rulers, pencils etc (priced at either 50p or £1. These items will be available to purchase every playtime in the hall, from Tuesday 23rd October until Friday 9th November.
On Friday 9th November 2018, Blanford Mere will be supporting The Royal British Legion in saying "Thank You" to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world. This year marks the centenary of the end of The Great War and is an opportunity to reflect on a generation who helped to shape our world as we know it today. We are asking children to "Wear Red" and donate £1 to the British Legion.
All children can wear their own red clothing and make a donation of £1 towards this worthy cause.
We have been asked to pass on the following information about Sepsis to parents.
Sepsis, which is sometimes referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues. It can affect anyone at any age. Sepsis affects over 25,000 children in the UK every year. Sepsis can occur following any infection and there is no one sign of sepsis. So if your child is unwell, with either a fever or a very low temperature or has had a fever within the last 24 hours; Just ask: Could it be Sepsis?
Please find the attached leaflet “What every Parent needs to know about Sepsis”
For further information on Sepsis please see the links below –
What is Sepsis NHS Choices
UK Sepsis Trust
This will be a colourful, exciting ,fun lunchtime experience for all the children, with a menu full of the children’s favourite mains and desserts e.g. hot dogs, chocolate apples and toffee apple crumble.
Have a wonderful half term break. I look forward to seeing the children back with their smart winter uniforms and PE kits on Monday 5th November @ 8.50am.
Mrs N Miller