Barningham CEVC Primary School has close ties with St Andrew’s, the Parish Church which is near the school in Church Road. The Rector Reverend Cathy Bladen is a foundation governor at the school and frequently visits the school to lead Collective Worship and assist on some Fridays for the ‘Open the Book’ sessions. Members of High Street Chapel, Hopton also attend to act out stories from the bible through the Open the Book team and to lead Collective Worship. Our recent chair of governors, Elizabeth Hall, is the church organist.
The children enjoy visiting the Church to discover its long history of over 500 years and interesting features. The children are able to sketch the mediaeval angels and carved bench end figures such as the pig in the pulpit and the camel. The chancel screen is also examined and is probably mid 15th century. The font is early 14th century and the children appreciate the patterns carved on the bowl.
The end of term services are held in the Church and are attended by the children, parents and carers. At the end of the summer term service at the church the Barningham Charity presented each of the Year 6 leavers with a copy of the Youth Bible. The bibles were donated by the Barningham Charities.
The staff, governors and I are looking forward to welcoming every child back from Thursday 03 September 2020. The children will be in their new classrooms. Each classroom will be a ‘bubble’. Bubbles will play, learn and have lunch together. Assemblies will be held in individual classrooms. The school day will look very much as normal. Teachers will be planning a creative curriculum, but appreciate that for many children there will be issues to be talked through and some recovery of skills and knowledge.
The school day will continue to start at 8:50. We shall have a staggered start time from 8:40 – 8:50. The children are to come into the classroom straight away. There will not be a school bell. Please can I ask parents and carers not to wait on the playground to minimise contact. Y5 and Y6 children will have the opportunity to walk to and from school with parental permission. Playtimes will continue to be split into two time periods: EYFS (Rabbit) and KS1 (Squirrel) 10:15 – 10:30 one class on each playground. LKS2 (Badger) and UKS2 (Owl): 10:30 – 10:45 one class on each playground. Lunchtimes will also be staggered to keep each bubble safe. Tables are washed at lunchtimes. Toilets are monitored by adults to ensure that children allow a sensible space. We will ask parents and carers to collect your child from 3:10 to 3:20 to stagger the number of people waiting on the playground.
With the return to school, I am expecting each child to wear the correct school uniform. Each child will need a water bottle and snack. PE kits will be required in school each day as normal. The teachers will continue to organise their classroom by placing the desks in rows. Each child has a work station, with their books in their tray. In order to reduce physical contact points, I am asking parents and carers to provide a stationary set for each child: 1 30cm ruler, rubber, black, green and blue pen, glue stick, coloured pencils, coloured felt pens and highlighters. The pencil case will stay in school in their individual class tray. Badger and Owl children will also require a basic calculator and a protractor, if possible.
Mrs Chapman will cook school lunches daily as at present and an order form will be sent home shortly. The Breakfast Club will be running Monday to Friday, starting at 7:45 and costs £4. After School Club will also run from Monday to Friday, finishing at 4:30 prompt to allow for cleaning, with a cost of £4 per child. Booking is essential, please.
The emphasis will remain on regular washing of hands and good hygiene. We will continue to take everybody’s temperature each morning. Any child or adult who is feeling unwell will be removed and we will contact you to collect them immediately and follow the COVID-19 NHS advice. The school is deep cleaned every night.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you a great summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you in September.
Can you think of your favourite day of the year? For many of you we reckon it’s your birthday! Even as we write now, we can imagine the cake and the candles, the singing, the cards and hopefully a present or two.
Well, for us, the most special day of the year (as well as our birthdays which we really like too) is Easter Sunday, and we’ve been preparing for it for weeks. Obviously, we love the chocolate eggs (especially the big ones with lots more chocolates inside) but we also love the Easter story behind the eggs. More about that in a minute…
Yet, this year, it has to be one of the strangest Easters either of us have ever had, and together we have celebrated well over 100 Easter Sundays!
We bet it’s pretty strange for you too. Perhaps it’s hard sometimes at home? We guess that you might be missing your friends, the chance to play outside as much as you’d like. We’re also concerned that our eyes are starting to look like the shape of our screens, we’re on them so much! What about yours?!
Anyway, back to the Easter story, which happened over 2000 years ago. It is about Jesus, the teacher and healer (and of course friend to many children), being let down and betrayed by someone he called
a friend. He had done nothing wrong but ended up dying on a cross. People thought it was all over, end of story. But no, three days later Jesus walked out of the tomb alive, showing everyone he had fought with death and won. In fact, it wasn’t the end but the start of something new for all of us – a new way of life with Jesus who loves us so much he wants us to be everything we can be, with Him.
It’s because of this story that we love Easter so much and every time we eat an egg in the next couple of days, we remember the new life that Jesus brought and we celebrate. Now we know we’re not on our own and Jesus is with us. We are praying with Jesus every day at the moment for those who are sick or sad and those who are helping them and we’d love you to join us in praying. God loves it when we pray so the more the merrier. If you’re not sure how to pray just tell God what you’re thinking. He’ll do the rest.
Finally, we want you to know that we’re praying for you, that God will be with you through this time. If you ask your Mum or Dad or a grown up you’re with to email us [firstname.lastname@example.org] your first name, we will pray for you by name on Easter Sunday and whenever we get the chance. We very much look forward to meeting you one day, hopefully in our churches or schools, when this time is over. Do say hello and tell us that you read our letter.
Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike
*for very strange reasons our official titles are the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and the Bishop of Dunwich but that’s far too long isn’t
Meeting: 15.01.20 1. The council discussed the changes at playtimes and lunch times with the introduction of the basketball. Everybody agreed that it was calmer and children seemed less angry. There were not so many angry exchanges between certain children. 2. There is a need to talk to the school about looking out for children on their own. Perhaps to extend the friendship groups? 3. The worship council will plant a prayer garden after half term. 4. The Worship Council wrote certificates for the next Celebration Assembly.
Owls Class have enjoyed celebrating Christmas with some Christmas challenges, puzzles, a Christmas quiz, our class party, performing our Christmas music compositions, having Christmas lunch, wearing Christmas jumpers and attending/ contributing to our Christmas Church service. We wish you all a Merry Christmas!