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Your family has the responsibility to help you learn and exercise your rights, and to ensure that your rights are protected.

Football Matches

On Thursday 14th March, the school football team played the first of their Spring term fixtures against local rivals, St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School. In a thrilling match, Blanford recorded their first win of the season. The final score was 4-1 and the team eagerly awaits their next challenge at home against Queen Victoria Primary School on 1st April.

National Science Week

Throughout the week commencing 11th March—National Science week—lots of exciting learning took place throughout the school. The Theme this year was ‘Journeys’.

Science Parent Workshop

On Wednesday 13th March, Mrs Woodley planned and delivered an Interactive Science workshop, which many parents and grandparents turned up to and participated in. There was awe and wonder happening in the hall. Mr Weaver – Our Chair of Governors was there to gather parental views and observe the events that unfolded before his eyes!

There were lots of positive comments from family members who really enjoyed their afternoon. Mr Weaver acknowledged how much extra work was involved in setting up such a practical workshop and would like to thank Mrs Woodley on behalf of himself and the Governors for her time, effort and commitment to both Blanford Mere and the Science curriculum. Mr Weaver was delighted to see Science in action at Blanford Mere and the enthusiasm of both children and adults.  

Science Quiz

On Thursday a team of 4 year 6 children –Dominic, Morgan, Ella and Jack competing against other local primary schools in a science competition at Kingswinford School. I am pleased to say that the children came a magnificent first! They worked really well as a team and represented the school extremely well. We are so proud of them and their scientific knowledge!

Comic Relief

Thank you! The money raised for Comic Relief amounted to £295.00 – the children have raised a huge amount for this wonderful charity and worthy cause both here in the UK and across Africa.

Mobile Phone and Camera Policy - Updated

We have reviewed and updated our Mobile Phone and Camera Policy. Please look on the school website for the full policy. We need to make your aware of some of the significant changes, to ensure that we comply with GDPR, as well as current Safeguarding good practice.

Mobile Phones – Visitors (including parents, professionals, contractors)

  • Visitors may bring mobile phones on to the school site but, when visiting the main school, are asked to switch them off and place them out of sight until they leave the building and have exited the school gate. This is done as part of the meet and greet process in a way that makes clear our safeguarding priorities.
  • Parents/carers should not use mobile phones whilst on the premises. This includes filming class assemblies, sports day and any other activity that children are involved in. This is to comply with GDPR, as we have some children who are not able to be photographed or videoed for safeguarding reasons.
  • Visitors waiting briefly in reception/foyer – e.g. to collect a child – may keep phones to hand but they must be stored out of sight and not be used.
  • Visitors found to be using their phones in contravention of this guidance will initially be reminded of the policy and ultimately asked to leave.
  • Easter Bonnets

    On Thursday 11th April - Each child from Nursery to Year 2, should they wish to take part, will need an Easter bonnet for a traditional ‘Easter Bonnet Parade’ for the school during the morning assembly. Afternoon Nursery children will Parade throughout KS1 and Reception. Please work with your child at home to make the bonnet; being as adventurous or as simple as you like. This can be as straightforward as a bonnet from a simple cardboard band painted in Easter and Spring colours to papier mache eggs, rabbits and lambs. This is not a competition, but a bit of fun and a chance for you to create something fun with your child!

    Safeguarding

    At Blanford Mere Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people both within the school environment and outside.

    Please take the time to read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy on our school website.

    The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Blanford Mere Primary School is Mrs Miller, Headteacher

    The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Blanford Mere Primary School is Miss Stanton, Deputy Headteacher

    If you are worried about a child you can speak to us.

    Alternatively you can call Dudley Children’s Social Care. During office hours call the children's services referral and advice service on 0300 555 0050 (9:00 – 5:00 Mon-Fri). 

    Out of office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 555 8574 or in an emergency call 999.

    If you contact Dudley safeguarding you will speak to a professional who will listen to your concerns. They may take a few details and might need to contact you again but your concern will be dealt with quickly and appropriately.

    You do not need to provide your name or give contact details if you do not wish to do so. Anonymous calls will not be ignored.

    You can also contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or email them by visiting their website 

    Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard children and protect them from harm.

    Forthcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 10th April – ‘Easter Egg Competition’ entries to be sent into school (not before please, we have nowhere to store them) – a letter was sent home about this on Monday 18th March.
  • Thursday 11th April - Nursery to Year 2, traditional ‘Easter Bonnet Parade’
  • Friday 12th April break for Easter holiday at 3.15pm
  • Monday 29th April – school reopens at 8.50am
  • KS1 Yr 2 Testing from 1st May until Friday 24th May – please do not to book any holidays during this time please.
  • Thursday 2nd May – Polling Day – School closed to pupils
  • Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday
  • KS2 SATs Testing week – Monday 13th – Friday 17th May – Please inform the school immediately if your child is unable to attend due to illness. Do not book any holidays during this time please.
  • Friday 24th May – Sports Day – weather permitting. More details nearer the time.
  • Friday 24th May – Half term – school closes at 3.15pm
  • Monday 3rd June – school reopens at 8.50am
  • Yr 1 Phonic screen checks – Monday 10th – Friday 21st June. More details nearer the time.
  • Summer Uniform from Monday 29th April

    After Easter, if the weather stays warmer, children are welcome to wear Summer uniform or they can continue to wear their winter uniform. We leave it up to parents to decide when the time is right!

    Girls

  • Blanford Mere red polo shirt (or suitable alternative) and grey school skirt, pinafore or trousers.
  • Red and white checked/striped dress
  • Sensible black shoes and white socks
  • Boys

  • Blanford Mere red polo shirt or suitable alternative
  • Grey shorts or trousers
  • Sensible black shoes and grey socks (not black trainers)
  • Please remind children that they should not wear nail varnish or jewellery (other than a watch and/or stud earrings) for school. Don’t forget that if your child wishes to have their ears pierced the best time is beginning of the summer holidays as it is a Dudley Council policy that children cannot wear any kind of earrings during PE lessons.

    Best wishes Mrs Miller Headteacher

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